Filed under: Etc. , Japan , Videos , Toyota Some Japanese automakers focus purely on cars, while others dabble in all sorts of motorized transportation. Honda , for example, makes everything from motorbikes to jet aircraft. But while Toyota may be known principally for automobiles, it also makes a line of boats . And this is the latest. The new Toyota Ponam-31 motor yacht is built around an aluminum hull with a flybridge and cockpit rear deck layout, similar to the Carver 32 on which this writer spent his childhood summers. It measures 31 feet overall and is powered by a pair of 3.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engines derived from the Land Cruiser Prado (known in these parts as the Lexus GX 460 ) but marinized for nautical application. Toyota has even equipped its new Sports Utility Cruiser with such features as Drive Assist and a Virtual Anchor System. Toyota expects to sell around 15 units of the Ponam-31 through its network of 49 dealers across Japan, with prices starting at 29,700,000 yen (about $27,500 at today’s conversion rates). Scroll down below for a video, along with a press release, meant to show potential customers what’s waiting for them.
Filed under: Truck , Toyota , Off-Road , Quick Spins Introduced at the end of 2006, this is the last year for the Toyota FJ Cruiser , the reincarnated FJ40-series Land Cruiser that will shortly journey to Takama-ga-hara , the Plain of High Heaven. In its first model year, we drove it to SEMA and found it, shall we say, coarse. It bobbled on the freeway and droned in the cabin, its boxy interior providing four bounce-boards for unpleasant frequencies. Tall mirrors helped one work around the eclipse of vision aft of the B-pillars, but navigating traffic required forethought and technique. Its turning circle was measured in kilometers. For the first two years of its life, it needed premium gas. It may have been fun to look at, but we couldn’t wait to get out of it. That’s not the case anymore, and now the FJ Cruiser is poised to join a long list of vehicles that got better and better, then got axed. Driving Notes The current FJ is rugged, and surprisingly it’s not really all that coarse dynamically. We drove into the California desert, spent nearly a week playing around off-road, drove it back and then did a lazy Sunday drive to Santa Barbara, all in amiable comfort.
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 5, 2013 — It’s finally here…and then it’s gone.
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Filed under: Classics , Convertible , SUV , Truck , Toyota , Police/Emergency , Military , UK , Off-Road , Read This One of the longest-produced, most widely distributed vehicles in all of automotive history is also one of its most rugged: the Toyota Land Cruiser . With 60 years of continuous production, 14 different model lines and thousands of variations of the Jeep-like sports utility vehicle, the Land Cruiser became a success worldwide and developed a cult following among enthusiasts here in the US. We’ll be the first to admit that tracing the vehicle’s lineage from its humble beginnings as a prototype for Japan’s National Police Reserve in 1951 to what it is today isn’t an easy task, especially when one considers that the types of Land Cruisers produced traditionally have varied from market to market. For example, the Land Cruiser sold in the US is very different from the US-only 40 series Land Cruiser-inspired FJ Cruiser , which is itself different from the Land Cruiser Prado sold in other world markets. To cover the Land Cruiser’s sixty-plus year history from start to present, someone over at Toyota UK was thoughtful enough to devote a plus-size blog post to it. It’s worth a read if you have a spare 10 or 15 minutes – and even if you don’t, you can check out our historical gallery above. Enjoy! Toyota delves into the history of its Land Cruiser originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 06 Sep 2013 08:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: SUV , Lexus , Toyota , Design/Style , Luxury , Off-Road The Lexus GX and the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, which isn’t sold in the US, have gone without visual updates since the current generation was launched in 2009. But what appear to be patent filing sketches and pictures of the sibling sports utility vehicles’ mid-cycle updates have been leaked on a Russian Land Cruiser Club forum. Major changes to the GX’s front end will be made to incorporate Lexus’ signature grille. Gone are the awkwardly shaped headlamps and the soft-looking triple-slat grille. The sketch shows the Lexus with a new bumper, lower-profile headlights and a more aggressive, angular grille with one more slat and a gaping lower air-intake opening. The vehicle’s profile looks unchanged, but the rear bumper will be reshaped slightly to fit new, better-integrated horizontal reflectors. The Toyota gets a handful of styling updates as well, including a new front bumper with higher-profile headlamps that look a bit out of place to us. The Prado’s profile also looks unchanged, but the rear end gets restyled taillights and a reshaped license-plate enclosure. Take a look at the galleries we’ve included of the restyled GX and Land Cruiser Prado and the current GX for comparison. Lexus GX, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado facelifts leaked originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:40:00 EST.
Filed under: SUV , Toyota The Toyota FJ Cruiser is not long for this world. According to the manufacturer’s own fleet website , the rugged FJ will be discontinued after the 2014 model year, with the companies final orders due in June of next year. Toyota first launched the FJ Cruiser in 2006 as a 2007 model, and aside from minor year-over-year changes, it has not been substantially updated. The FJ is the modern successor to the original FJ40 Land Cruiser that Toyota produced from the 1960s all the way up through 1984, when the automaker decided to better focus on its larger, four-door Land Cruiser line. Currently, it uses a 4.0-liter V6 engine with either rear- or four-wheel drive, and is available with either a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Interestingly, word of the FJ’s demise comes not long after Toyota’s US boss, Bill Fay, reaffirmed his company’s commitment to body-on-frame trucks in late July. Also of interest, Toyota’s fleet website states that the 2014 model year Prius range will have “minor updates,” though it’s unclear what those are as of this writing. When Autoblog reached out to confirm these developments with Toyota, spokesman Curt McCallister reminded us, “As is our corporate policy, we don’t discuss future products beyond the present or upcoming model year.” Toyota discontinuing FJ Cruiser after 2014 model year originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: SUV , Safety , Videos , Toyota , Off-Road YouTube is a great place to show off your vehicle and your driving skills, but more often than not, it just helps to prove that vehicle stunts should be left to the professionals. Take this particular driver, for instance. While jumping a sand dune in a Toyota FJ Cruiser , things go very wrong very quickly. There is no indication as to the condition of the driver, but we that hope he or she is okay and has learned a valuable (if expensive) lesson. The brief video of the would-be stunter is posted below . Continue reading How to jump a Toyota FJ Cruiser over a sand dune… poorly How to jump a Toyota FJ Cruiser over a sand dune… poorly originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Chicago Auto Show , SUV , Toyota Look very, very closely. This is the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser , which, though not immediately apparent, is different than the 2012 model. How, exactly? The updated SUV has new features like LED running lamps up front, a revised taillamp design and some new wheel options. Inside, there’s a brand new hard drive-based navigation system complete with Toyota’s fancy new Entune infotainment system. Aside from that, there isn’t much else in the way of newness for Toyota’s stalwart off-roader. Under the hood is the automaker’s 5.7-liter V8 with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque, and a standard Multi-Terrain Select system keeps things in check for when the pavement turns to dirt… or sand… or mud. Check out the full scope of Land Cruiser goodness in the press release after the jump , and click through our gallery of images live from the Chicago Auto Show to see all of those ever-so-slight design tweaks.