Filed under: Car Buying , Budget , Hybrid , Hatchback , Toyota , Earnings/Financials A Twitter user with the handle miami4me2c discovered something interesting at a Toyota dealer in Miami and thankfully shared pictures of this unusual Prius C Two window sticker. Remember, the base Prius C starts at just $18,950 , and the upgraded Two trim normally starts at $19,900. With the options that dealer Al Hendrickson has added to the car, it should cost $20,839, but then someone at the dealer added a “Market Value Adjustment,” which comes in at an astonishing $6,995. Total cost for the “cheap” Prius at this particular dealer ? $27,834. We agree with what you just thought: that’s completely absurd. Or is it? We called Al Hendrickson Toyota with some questions for the general manager – why so much? and are people still interested at this price? – but were asked to leave a message and have not yet heard back.
Filed under: Car Buying , Coupe , Budget , Performance , Etc. , Japan , Toyota It’s getting harder and harder to purchase a genuine stripped down vehicle these days. Manufacturers have discovered that it’s both cheaper and easier to offer every model with a surprisingly high level of content rather than build multiple variations on the same theme. That’s why tricks like power locks and windows are all but ubiquitous, even on bargain-basement models. Not so in Japan. Toyota is offering buyers a stripper version of the company’s new GT86 sports coupe. The vehicle comes as a blank canvas just waiting for your personal touch. Outside, the stock 17-inch alloy wheels are replaced with 16-inch steelies, and the bumpers, side mirrors and door handles all arrive unpainted. Don’t expect to find any fog lights, either. Indoors, niceties like a stereo, air conditioning and even trim work around the steering wheel and shifter are nowhere to be found.
Filed under: Budget , Europe , Hatchback , Toyota , Misc. Auto Shows , UK The 2012 Toyota Aygo is here with better looks, better fuel economy and emissions and better equipment. It’s the supermini’s first serious overhaul since it was introduced in 2005, and it borrows some of its aesthetic chops from the recently unveiled 2012 Yaris . A bulldog-y stance is emphasized with a jutting lower front bumper with a wide trapezoidal opening, while the lines above have been slenderized. The carryover 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine has been tweaked for efficiency; its 67 horsepower and 69 pound-feet of torque remain the same, but rowing the five-speed manual will now get you 65.7 Imperial (54.7 U.S.) miles per gallon combined. You’ll also hear less of it and the transmission due to increased sound deadening. Trim options will include new hubcaps, seven exterior hues, a new unified finish on the instrument panel, and a new steering wheel backed by paddle shifters. It might look like just another tiny Eurocar, but the previous Aygo still earned the title of The previous Stig’s favorite car , and that’s a recommendation not to be trifled with. Pricing and other details will follow closer to its on-sale date, for now, there’s a press release after the jump with more info. Continue reading Toyota l’eggos updated Aygo Toyota l’eggos updated Aygo originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:29:00 EST.
Filed under: Car Buying , Budget , Sedan , SUV , Truck , Chevrolet , Ford , Honda , Nissan , Toyota , Earnings/Financials The figures have been tallied for the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. in 2011, and not surprisingly, the Ford F-Series pickup truck is king of the heap once again. Dealers sold a total of 584,917 F-Series units in 2011, beating out the second-place Chevrolet Silverado by 169,787 units. The Toyota Camry filled out the podium with 308,510 sales, which left the top three unaltered from their 2010 rankings. Fourth place went to the surging Nissan Altima , which jumped from its seventh place position last year. Likewise, the Ford Escape enjoyed a jolt in popularity as well. While the aging CUV took the 13th spot last year, the Ford sold 254,293 units to take fifth place in 2011. That bumped the Honda Accord and its Crosstour variant to sixth place. Interestingly enough, the Honda duo just barely beat out the Ford Fusion by 5,000 units. Were the two Honda models to be split, the Fusion would have easily knocked the Accord further down the list.
Filed under: Budget , Etc. , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota , Humor As children of the ’80s, we remember Marvel’s What The-? series of comic books with fond memories. More recently, it appears the series has migrated to video on YouTube. Either way, playing parodies with Marvel’s most beloved characters makes for a romping good time, and Toyota has decided to buddy-up with the comic producer to help sell the Yaris . The first episode of the Marvel/Toyota universe features one Dr. Bruce Banner, also known as The Incredible Hulk. After a brief cameo by Red Hulk, Mr. Banner hooks up with Dr. Strange and the two of them go on a road trip.
Filed under: Budget , Performance , Etc. , Hatchback , Scion , Toyota Toyota may be hard at work on a new version of the company’s iQ microcar. The sleuths at Carscoop have managed to uncover a patent rendering of the fuel-sipping sub-compact wearing some considerably more aggressive bodywork. It’s unclear whether these designs are meant for the U.S.-market iQ or its Toyota-badged twin, but we’re more than a little intrigued by the vehicle’s widebody treatment. The kit looks to include a reworked front fascia and wheel arches along with a new rear valance that includes a diffuser and space for dual exhaust outlets. A massive rear spoiler looks to be part of the package, as well, along with side skirts to match the rest of the bodywork. What does Toyota have planned with this pint-sized bruiser? Your guess is as good as ours, but here’s hoping we hear something concrete from the company soon. Head over to Carscoop for additional renderings. Toyota patent hints at sportier iQ originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 09 Dec 2011 10:31:00 EST.
Filed under: Aftermarket , Concept Cars , Motorsports , SEMA Show , Budget , Performance , Hatchback , Toyota , Racing Toyota tucked its Yaris B-Spec Club Racer amongst a flotilla of pickups at SEMA 2011 . The slammed hatch is set to compete in the SCCA B-Spec class with BMX guru Jamie Bestwick behind the wheel. The race-ready Yaris was built by SportsCar Magazine and features a stripped-out interior and an Autopower Industries eight-point SCCA roll cage for less weight and greater driver safety. OMP supplied the complete fire suppression system as well as a six-point racing harness and a WRC-style steering wheel. A Cusco Zero-3 suspension gives the hatch greater grip and Cusco center-lock pillow ball upper mounts provide greater rigidity and less suspension flex than the stock components. Enkei 15-inch wheels shod in Hoosier racing tires help keep the car stuck to the tarmac as well. SportsCar Magazine gave the Yaris B-Spec Club Racer a little nudge in power as well thanks to an AEM series 2 engine management system, a Beta Motorsports cat-back exhaust and a custom tune by Church automotive testing. Toyota Yaris B-Spec Club Racer originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 08:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Classics , Coupe , Budget , Performance , Auctions , Toyota We have no qualms admitting that we miss the first-generation Toyota MR2 . The spry little mid-engined racer was proof that you didn’t need a summer house on the cape to enjoy a perfectly balanced, lightweight sports car. Of course, with its accessible price tag, it’s no surprise that very few MR2 models survived without encountering substantial neglect or abuse. That’s what makes this supercharged, 1989 gem particularly attractive. With a shave under 22,000 miles on the odometer, all of the factory paperwork and accessories, this machine is bone stock as close to mint as you’re likely to find in the wild. The seller is the original owner and says that he’s sending the MR2 on its way because he’s focusing his efforts on maintaining a 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that he also bought new. Different strokes for different folks, we guess. If you’ve got $20,000 lying around with nothing better to do, you can pick up the the 1989 Toyota MR2 in South Windsor, Connecticut at its Buy It Now price, or you can just bid in hopes you meet the reserve. Head over to eBay Motors for more information. eBay Find of the Day: 1989 Toyota MR2 Supercharged is minty fresh originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Oct 2011 15:30:00 EST.
Filed under: Budget , Etc. , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Hatchback , Toyota For a while there, we were worried that inane unboxing videos were going to completely take over the internet. Thankfully, that eventuality has not come to pass… but there’s still the occasional product so looked-forward-to, so unbelievably awesome, that its very first reveal into the world simply must be shared. You know, like the 2012 Toyota Yaris . Uh-huh. As you’ll see, the latest Yaris comes tightly packed in multiple protective containers, and there’s an appropriately huge user’s manual to go along with it. We’re especially fond of the honkable horn and the burrito-sized glove box. You just never know when you need an extra burrito… Check out the complete unboxing video from Toyota after the break .