Filed under: Design/Style , Plants/Manufacturing , Buick , Cadillac , Ford , Land Rover , Toyota , Classics , Luxury We curate the week’s events with a focus on Ford’s latest design projects inspired by the GT supercar. Plus, we’ve got other news and notes from around the automotive world. Continue reading Weekly Recap: Ford GT inspires guitar, foosball table, sailboat Weekly Recap: Ford GT inspires guitar, foosball table, sailboat originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Design/Style , Green , 2015 New York Auto Show , Toyota , United States , Crossover , Hybrid Toyota isn’t letting much info out with its tease of the RAV4 Hybrid, but the greener CUV debuts soon at the New York Auto Show on April 2. Continue reading Toyota teases 2016 RAV4 Hybrid for New York Auto Show Toyota teases 2016 RAV4 Hybrid for New York Auto Show originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Design/Style , 2015 Chicago Auto Show , Toyota , United States , Sedan Toyota is showing off the limited, colorful faces of the 2016 Camry and Corolla Special Edition models at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. They both feature upgraded interiors and new wheels. Continue reading 2016 Toyota Camry and Corolla Special Editions hit the floor 2016 Toyota Camry and Corolla Special Editions hit the floor originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Design/Style , 2015 Chicago Auto Show , Toyota , United States , Sedan Toyota has a refreshed version of the Avalon ready to debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, and the brand is bringing colorful, somewhat sporty Special Edition versions of the Camry and Corolla, as well. Continue reading Toyota to show Camry and Corolla Special Editions, updated Avalon in Chicago Toyota to show Camry and Corolla Special Editions, updated Avalon in Chicago originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Feb 2015 05:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Design/Style , Green , Toyota , UK , Concept Cars Toyota is teasing its new RND Concept with this shadowy image. However, the wait for more information shouldn’t be long, as the company is revealing the vehicle on January 26 in the UK. While technically a concept, Toyota claims that pricing, supply and manufacturing are already prepared to put the vehicle on sale. It’s all very mysterious. Continue reading Toyota teases mysterious RND Concept Toyota teases mysterious RND Concept originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Design/Style , Weird Car News , Chevrolet , GM , Toyota , Coupe , Truck , Classics , Performance , Specialty A new Toyota Tacoma for 2016 will debut in Detroit; we drive a jet-powered Corvette and find spy shots of a mid-engine ‘Vette undergoing testing. Read all that and more in this daily recap of automotive news from Thursday, January 8, 2015. Continue reading What you missed on 1.8.15 What you missed on 1.8.15 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 08 Jan 2015 19:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Budget , Hatchback , Toyota , Design/Style Toyota released a new Yaris in Europe and its Vitz clone in Japan a few months ago, so we knew it would only be a matter of time before it would launch the new hatchback here in North America. And that time has come. The new, more distinctive 2015 Yaris features far more aggressive exterior styling, a look set apart by that large lower air dam and X-motif front end. It rides on a retuned suspension hooked up to an altogether more rigid chassis, and Toyota promises it will ride more quietly and comfortably than the model it replaces. Inside the new model has additional soft-touch materials in a more comfortable cabin equipped with everything from a 6.1-inch touchscreen display to nine airbags. The 2015 Yaris comes in both three- and five-door bodystyles, and three trim levels that seek to eliminate the need for options packages. In fact the only option to speak of is a dealer-installed nav system. Power comes from a modest 1.5-liter four with variable valve timing, dual overhead cams and sixteen valves, sending 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque through either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. For all the updates, Toyota has only increased pricing by two or three percent (amounting to a few hundred bucks), with the 2015’s MSRP ranging from $14,825 for a three-door, manual-transmission Yaris L to $17,620 for five-door, automatic Yaris SE (*before $825 destination charge). Scope out all the details and pricing in the press release below .
Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs , Toyota , Design/Style If you want to know who’s been responsible for injecting some attitude into Toyota’s designs in recent years, look to Akihiro Nagaya. As a design executive and as a freelance consultant, the rockstar designer known as Dezi has styled more concept and production cars for Toyota and its Lexus brand than we would dare to count. But now he’s moving to Yamaha . According to Automotive News , Dezi Nagaya moved on July 1 to the Yamaha Motor Company as its general manager of design – a role it had never filled before, choosing to outsource most of its design work. Nagaya’s Facebook page indicates he’s been at Yamaha since January. We don’t know at this point whether Nagaya will be responsible for the design of all of Yamaha’s motor vehicles – including its motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and marine products – or just its automotive operations, but the hire comes at a time when the company has been exploring further involvement in four-wheeled transportation. In the past Yamaha has provided engines for vehicles like the Lexus LFA , Volvo XC90 and Ford Taurus SHO , and toyed with the idea of a supercar with the oddball OX99-11 concept in the early 1990s, but more recently embarked on a partnership with Gordon Murray Design to build the Motiv.e city car. Because Yamaha and Toyota each own a small piece of each other and collaborate on a range of projects, Nagaya’s move is being characterized as a “transfer” between partners instead of a poaching of one company’s employee by another. Toyota design leader Dezi Nagaya moving to Yamaha originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .
Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Performance , Toyota , Design/Style Enthusiasts have been begging for a new Supra practically since Toyota stopped selling its fourth generation in the US way back in 1998. We’ve been hearing rumors about a successor for years, but the Toyota FT-1 Concept from the 2014 Detroit Auto Show is the first tangible sign from the automaker that a new generation may be on the table. To temp us even more, the Japanese company reportedly filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office last week to renew its 2010 trademark for the name “Supra.” Granted, these kinds of trademark updates aren’t uncommon, as automakers don’t want to lose their rights to nameplates (even if they have no immediate plans to use them). However, Toyota briefly abandoned its rights to the Supra name entirely. According to The Motor Report , the original trademark was continually renewed until 2006, but the Japanese automaker let it lapse in the US until applying for it again in 2010. The FT-1 Concept in Detroit was created at Toyota’s Calty Design Research center in California and carries cues from the 2000GT , Celica and Supra in an ultra-curvy body. Officials did not disclose anything about its powertrain. Toyota is also co-developing a future sports car platform with BMW that will underpin models from both companies, but few other details are konwn, and it isn’t yet clear that the joint venture has anything to do with a future Supra. Hope springs eternal. Toyota renews Supra trademark, we renew frothing at the mouth originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:01:00 EST.
Filed under: Japan , Videos , Tokyo Motor Show , Crossover , Toyota , Design/Style , Luxury Historically, the Toyota Harrier has been a doppelg