Recharge Wrap-up: Honda FCV Concept comes to Detroit, Toyota seeks young green energy fellows

December 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Green , Detroit Auto Show , Honda , Mercedes-Benz , Toyota , Electric , Hydrogen Honda will bring its FCV Concept to the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The hydrogen-powered concept made its Japanese debut in November, and will now make its way to North America for the first time. The FCV concept improves upon the design of the FCX Clarity with a more striking appearance and roomier interior. Its smaller powertrain packaging means more space for people, and the FCV Concept seats five passengers. Honda also expects the next-generation fuel-cell car, which is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in March 2016, to cost less and have a range of over 300 miles. Read more in the press release below . Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Honda FCV Concept comes to Detroit, Toyota seeks young green energy fellows Recharge Wrap-up: Honda FCV Concept comes to Detroit, Toyota seeks young green energy fellows originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota confirms 2016 Tacoma for Detroit

Toyota confirms 2016 Tacoma for Detroit

December 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Detroit Auto Show , Truck , Toyota , Off-Road A week on from an announcement by Toyota’s Bob Carter, the Japanese marque has formally announced that the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will make its global debut next month at the 2015 North American International Auto Show . Not only that, but the company has given us a very minute (and very muddy) teaser image, showing the truck’s tailgate and driver’s side taillight. Like its big brother, the Tundra , the 2016 Tacoma will feature its name embossed on its tailgate. Beyond that, though, there’s really not much to be gleaned from this sole teaser shot. Of course, we’ll have much, much more on the next-generation Taco when it arrives in a month’s time. Until then, check out Toyota’s hilariously brief and to-the-point press release, available below. Continue reading Toyota confirms 2016 Tacoma for Detroit Toyota confirms 2016 Tacoma for Detroit originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Next-gen Toyota Tacoma to debut at Detroit Auto Show

Next-gen Toyota Tacoma to debut at Detroit Auto Show

December 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Detroit Auto Show , Performance , Truck , Lexus , Toyota , Luxury Toyota’s confirmation comes on the heels of General Motors’ successful launch of its own midsize pickups. The next generation of the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck will be revealed in January at the Detroit Auto Show , a top executive confirmed Thursday. Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota , offered no other details, but the new version of the pickup is expected to have significant upgrades compared with the aging model on sale now. Our spy shooters caught a prototype testing this summer, and rumors of the new generation have been swirling for months. We’ve also previously reported that Toyota is planning to ramp up production next April at a factory in Mexico that builds the Tacoma. Toyota’s confirmation comes on the heels of General Motors ‘ successful launch of its own midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon , which have garnered awards, positive reviews and solid sales since they arrived in showrooms this fall. It’s unclear how large the new Tacoma will be, especially considering that the Canyon and Colorado flirt with fullsize territory. The Tacoma was last updated in 2012, and the segment has changed dramatically since then with the addition of the GM trucks. Another Tacoma competitor, Honda’s aging Ridgeline , is also expected to re-launch in 2015 , which would leave the Nissan Frontier as the oldest truck in the field. Tacoma sales have slipped 4.1 percent to 140,757 units this year, though they posted a 3.3-percent gain in November.

New version of Toyota FT-1 Concept gets racy for Gran Turismo 6

New version of Toyota FT-1 Concept gets racy for Gran Turismo 6

August 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Videos , Toyota , Toys/Games Gran Turismo 6 has been the preferred marketing springboard for quite a few brands and concept cars since its debut last winter. Specifically the GT Vision concept idea – allowing manufacturers a built-in place to offer up new, original, drivable content – has enticed the likes of Mercedes , Nissan , Volkswagen , Toyota and more to dream big on the digital stage before pulling the sheets back on real concept cars. In fact, Toyota teamed its live reveal of the FT-1 Concept at the Detroit Auto Show with an in-game launch of the car, just this past January. Looking for a second bite at the GT6 apple, Toyota has just released a teaser video for a new, FT-1 Vision GT version of the same concept. The company isn’t giving us much to go on save for the 30-second video, saying only that the concept was penned by Toyota’s Calty Design Research team in California, and that it will “soon be available for download.” By the looks of it, the new FT-1 seems to be more of a racecar than the original, without obvious changes to the basic form. No word on whether or not there’s a physical concept car in the offing at a yet-to-be-named auto show. Stay tuned. Continue reading New version of Toyota FT-1 Concept gets racy for Gran Turismo 6 New version of Toyota FT-1 Concept gets racy for Gran Turismo 6 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota renews Supra trademark, we renew frothing at the mouth

Toyota renews Supra trademark, we renew frothing at the mouth

February 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

2015 Toyota Camry targeting ‘more emotional’ design

2015 Toyota Camry targeting ‘more emotional’ design

January 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Sedan , Toyota , Design/Style There are many ways to describe the Toyota Camry : “comfortable,” “economical,” “affordable,” “reliable” and “dull as a bucket of mayonnaise” would all be accurate. It’s this last one that the Japanese brand is seeking to change. While we aren’t expecting it to suddenly sprout a high-revving V8, a rear-drive layout or razor-sharp handling, a report from Bloomberg suggests we should at least expect a more evocative design from one of the best-selling cars in the country. The next Camry update, due for 2015, should have a “more emotional, more impactful design,” says Kevin Hunter, head of Toyota’s US design studio. That’s according to Bloomberg, who caught up with the styling boss at this week’s Detroit Auto Show . “Camry’s taken some hits on styling, but it’s still selling well. But we need to create better design for Camry in the future.” Toyoda wants to see waku-doki in his company’s designs – heart-racing qualities Hunter is right – the world of the midsize family sedan is no longer a realm of dreary designs. Cars like the Ford Fusion and Kia Optima both feature a design presence that allows them to stand out on the road, while new competitors like the Chrysler 200 and upcoming Hyundai Sonata should make for strong competitors. It isn’t just pressure from other manufacturers that is convincing Toyota to build a more stylish Camry, though. It’s a direct order from the man in charge, Akio Toyoda .

Toyota FT-1 Concept previews a future we want to live in [w/videos]

Toyota FT-1 Concept previews a future we want to live in [w/videos]

January 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Detroit Auto Show , Coupe , Performance , Toyota Toyota has brought its A game to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , showing off the striking FT-1 Concept. Short for “Future Toyota,” the FT-1 is, we’re imagining, the supposed Supra Concept we reported on early in December. Penned by the Calty Design Research team, the FT-1 draws inspirations from the FT-HS and the Lexus LF-LC concepts from 2007 and 2012, respectively. We certainly see a bit of Lexus LF-A in the design, while there’s more than a hint of Formula One in the FT-1’s pointed nose. “Our team was heavily influenced by Toyota’s sports car past, especially Celica and Supra , and we sought to capture some of that history. It is an aggressive, track-focused sports car concept with a presence that has been amplified for shock and awe,” said Alex Shen, Calty’s Studio Chief Designer. The FT-1’s interior is what Toyota calls a “place of business,” which would be a funny description of a Toyota, if the FT-1 didn’t look the way it did. The cabin is snug, while a colored heads-up display adds to the sense that this is more cockpit than cabin. While it may be a concept, it will be available to drive soon, as Toyota worked with Polyphony Digital to add the FT-1 to Gran Turismo 6 . According to the press release, which you can view below, the low-slung concept will be available for download tomorrow.

Toyota FT-1 Concept presents a future we want to live in [w/videos]

Toyota FT-1 Concept presents a future we want to live in [w/videos]

January 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Detroit Auto Show , Coupe , Performance , Toyota Toyota has brought its A game to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , showing off the striking FT-1 Concept. Short for “Future Toyota,” the FT-1 is, we’re imagining, the supposed Supra Concept we reported on early in December. Penned by the Calty Design Research team, the FT-1 draws inspirations from the FT-HS and the Lexus LF-LC concepts from 2007 and 2012, respectively. We certainly see a bit of Lexus LF-A in the design, while there’s more than a hint of Formula One in the FT-1’s pointed nose. “Our team was heavily influenced by Toyota’s sports car past, especially Celica and Supra , and we sought to capture some of that history. It is an aggressive, track-focused sports car concept with a presence that has been amplified for shock and awe,” said Alex Shen, Calty’s Studio Chief Designer. The FT-1’s interior is what Toyota calls a “place of business,” which would be a funny description of a Toyota, if the FT-1 didn’t look the way it did. The cabin is snug, while a colored heads-up display adds to the sense that this is more cockpit than cabin. While it may be a concept, it will be available to drive soon, as Toyota worked with Polyphony Digital to add the FT-1 to Gran Turismo 6 . According to the press release, which you can view below, the low-slung concept will be available for download tomorrow.

Auto Ad of the Year Award finalists announced [w/video]

December 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Audi , BMW , Dodge , Honda , Hyundai , Land Rover , Smart , Toyota , Volkswagen , Celebrities , Humor , Fiat Finalists for the 2013 Automobile Advertising of the Year awards have been picked, and Ron Burgundy from Anchorman 2 with the 2014 Dodge Durango is one of them. So is the underside of a cat (it’s more interesting than it sounds), which is seen through a Kia Optima panoramic sunroof. There are 15 other entertaining advertisements to be watched and looked at, ranging from the “Hands” and “Illusions” spots from Honda to a Land Rover commercial that doesn’t feature a single one of its vehicles. And motorsports geeks are sure to love Honda’s auditory and visual recreation of Ayrton Senna’s Formula One lap record at Suzuka during qualifying in 1989. We’ve included the press release and all of the videos for the ad campaigns below for your enjoyment, which are divided into four categories: Broadcast TV, Online Videos, Interactive, and Experiential Advertising. To see the three Print/Outdoor category finalists, head over to the gallery . The winners will be presented at the Detroit Auto Show next month. Continue reading Auto Ad of the Year Award finalists announced [w/video] Auto Ad of the Year Award finalists announced [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 22 Dec 2013 12:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota to shock with Supra concept for Detroit Auto Show?

Toyota to shock with Supra concept for Detroit Auto Show?

December 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Detroit Auto Show , Coupe , Hybrid , Performance , Toyota We’ve written about approximately 187,000 rumors about a return of the Toyota Supra to the land of living cars. There are a couple of good reasons for this: first, Toyota won’t stop dropping hints about a new halo sports car. Late this summer, Toyota sales guru Kazuo Ohara called a Supra successor “one of the options we have” – a comment followed by a hint that there would be “better news” on the subject in the future. The second reason for all the Toyota tales is, of course, that we all have missed the Supra since its departure from the US market in 1998. So, when a member of the Autoblog team is party to a nudge-and-wink-filled conversation about a new Supra concept headed to January’s Detroit Auto Show , we tend to listen up. A 400+ horsepower hybrid sports car would match up pretty well with the upcoming NSX. Recently, a few very well-placed members of the Toyota team indicated to us, in not-so-cryptic terms, that the Japanese automaker is ready to shock the world with a Supra concept car for this year’s shindig in the Motor City. Further, the indications we’ve been given are that this “concept car” will signal broadly about a production version still to follow. In 2007, the FT-HS concept (pictured) seemed like a perfectly promising Supra replacement, right before the economy fell off a cliff and everyone in the business shelved all non-essential product plans. This year, however, there’ll be about 16 million cars sold in the US and a 400+ horsepower hybrid sports car would match up pretty well with the upcoming Acura NSX from rival Honda , not to mention president Akio Toyoda’s mandate to shed his company’s staid image.

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