Filed under: Government/Legal , Lexus , Toyota , Design/Style , Luxury Apparently the new Lexus spindle grille is here to stay. According to the Kaizen Factor blog, Toyota has filed numerous trademark applications in both the United States and Canada for various spindle grille designs. The main differences in the designs are the inserts, either a zig-zag mesh like the current F Sport models of the CT , IS , GS , RX and LS , or a horizontal pattern like the non-F Sport models. But there’s also a new “vertical bar” design revealed by the filings, which the report speculates may be applied to the next-generation IS. Toyota has also filed paperwork to trademark the basic spindle outline with no insert, according to the report. For what it’s worth, Lexus isn’t the only Japanese automaker that’s using a grille with this general shape … Lexus moves to trademark spindle grille originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 23 May 2012 08:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Sedan , Marketing/Advertising , Hyundai , Nissan , Toyota , Design/Style When Hyundai rolled out their outrageously styled Sonata three years ago, car buyers took notice. It’s eye-catching exterior styling, well-appointed interior and affordable price was just what a lot of family sedan buyers wanted. Few will admit it, but carmakers sat up and paid attention, too. However, Andy Palmer, Nissan executive vice president for global planning, doesn’t mind telling the world that his company certainly saw the significance of the midsize Korean sedan. So much so that they briefly halted design work on the 2013 Altima . “We even delayed development by a short amount just to check that the (new Altima’s) proportions were right, the (package) was right (and that) the product overall was right,” Palmer tells Ward’s Auto. “I’d say they (Hyundai) are our major point of reference.” But with the Altima as the second-best selling car in its segment, Nissan is focusing not on the Sonata, but on Toyota and the No. 1 best seller: Camry . “If you keep coming with better cars and better communications, telling better stories, over a period of time,” Palmer says. “I guarantee you’ll be talking about Toyota and Nissan.” Hyundai Sonata caused Nissan to reassess 2013 Altima development originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 Apr 2012 14:44:00 EST.
Filed under: New York Auto Show , Crossover , Toyota , Design/Style While it doesn’t even appear as a bad pixel on most enthusiasts’ radar, the Toyota Venza serves legions of mainstream consumers perfectly well. To keep the unassuming family hauler from lagging behind its advancing competition, the automaker has introduced a refreshed and tweaked 2013 Toyota Venza at the New York Auto Show . Look carefully on the exterior and you may notice the freshened fog lamps or redesigned grille on the front fascia. Out back, there are restyled taillamps. Three new colors join the pallete (Attitude Black, Cypress Pearl and Cosmic Gray Mica). Under the hood, the engines are carried over from last year (2.7-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6, depending on trim level, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission). With the exception of the new interior color (black leather or black cloth upholstery) and new buttons on the steering wheel, the cabin appears virtually identical. However, there are more standard features on the LE trim (blind spot mirror, eight-way power-operated driver’s seat, puddle lamps, tilt/telescope steering wheel, and more) and the range-topping Limited receives LED running lights and a premium navigation system with Entune connectivity. Most of the new features are offered across the model range, but at an additional cost. The updated 2013 Toyota Venza goes on sale in late May.
Filed under: New York Auto Show , Sedan , Toyota , Design/Style , Luxury Toyota has just released a teaser image of what it says is an all-new, designed-in-America sedan that will debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show next week. It isn’t immediately clear if the vehicle will be a concept or production car, but Toyota has issued no showcar qualifiers, suggesting it’s something that will be in dealers soon. Described as having “an elegant yet athletic look,” the teased rear end most likely belongs to the next-generation Avalon full-size sedan. While we can’t be sure until the wraps are removed in New York, the Avalon is our best guess based on descriptions of the redesigned Avalon from Toyota dealers who were shown it last year in June. The dealers drew comparisons between the redesigned Avalon and upscale cars like the Audi A7 and Jaguar XJ , suggesting it will transition from a traditional sedan to a four-door coupe shape. The teaser image provided today by Toyota supports this, showing a severely sloped C-pillar and little-to-no rear deck. And while the cut lines for the trunk aren’t visible in this rendering, we wouldn’t be surprised if that’s a hatch. Toyota’s new sedan, whatever it is, will makes its worldwide debut on April 5 at the New York Auto Show. We’ll be there covering it live, so keep your computer tuned to Autoblog for more. Continue reading Toyota teases all-new Avalon ahead of New York debut Toyota teases all-new Avalon ahead of New York debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:25:00 EST.
Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , Design/Style According to our recent and completely unscientific poll , the majority of our readership prefers the Subaru BRZ to its kissing cousin, the Toyota GT 86 . Just about half of those who clicked an opinion on our poll sided with the Subie, while the remainder were split – a quarter went with the Toyota and a quarter said the two cars were so similar that it didn’t matter. Similar they are, with different grilles, front fascias and badges standing out as the main differentiators. The rest is pretty much the same, right down to the front and rear lights. And, according to Automotive News at least, there’s a little bit of Toyota trickery at work in the styling. Take a close look at the rear of either the GT 86 or BRZ. Incorporating both the reverse lights and a rear foglight in the center between the dual exhaust tips is a distinctive element with a prominent inverted triangle shape. According to Toyota, that design “stands for Toyota’s ‘T’ shape” and is meant to ‘express its identity.’ That’s all well and good, but it’s also present on the Subaru , which is otherwise completely absent of any Toyota badging, for obvious reasons. This is especially noteworthy since Toyota led the car’s styling and bodyshape while Subaru invested its resources on the engine and chassis. Is there a conspiracy at play?
Filed under: Concept Cars , Frankfurt Motor Show , Coupe , Toyota , Design/Style Believe it or not, we’ve now seen the Toyota FT-86 in some form or another on five different occasions now – and it’s still a concept. The original car was unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show , we saw the FT-86 II this year at the Geneva Motor Show , along with the chassis and powertrain of its Subaru counterpart , we then saw the Scion interpretation at the New York Auto Show , and finally, a slightly revised version of the car is on display here in Frankfurt . Can we please just drive the thing already? By the time it gets to market, it’s going to arrive with a mid-cycle refresh! Toyota says that the car on display here at the Frankfurt Messe is “lighter, faster and sportier” than the concept cars that came before it, but aside from the new orange paint job, the only noticeable difference we can see are a pair of red Brembo brake calipers behind those alloy wheels. Nifty. Still, we never turn down a chance to eyeball the FT-86, and we encourage you to do the same in our attached high-res image gallery. Toyota shows off FT-86 II concept… again originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 14 Sep 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Concept Cars , Etc. , Videos , Toyota , Design/Style Everywhere we look we’re surrounded by “smart” technology embedded into everyday items. Refrigerators have built-in televisions and internet connections, while our phones contain more computing power than a NASA control room from the ’70s. Automakers are also ready to ride the tech-train to tomorrow, and Toyota has provided a glimpse of a new way to give passengers a window to the world. A car already has such a window, but what if the glass was able to provide both information of the world outside and an interactive tool to view it. Engineers and designers from Toyota Motor Europe and the Copenhagen Instituted of Interaction Design have begun thinking about the future, and it could feature a rather unique option for the rear windows. Touch-screen glass would allow one to see how far objects lie in the distance, pinch to zoom on an area outside and to generally learn more about what’s going on outside. It’s called the Window to the World concept, and you can experience it by watching the video after the jump . Continue reading Toyota offers back-seat passengers a new Window to the World Toyota offers back-seat passengers a new Window to the World originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 19 Jul 2011 09:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .