Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Toyota Every sighting of a MkIV Toyota Supra compels a wistful pause and the rhetorical query, “Ah, Toyota … what happened?” The FT-HS concept has been adorning auto show plinths since 2007, taking rumblings of a Supra successor everywhere it went. Last December, four years of hoping out loud led to Motor Trend reporting a Supra return with a 3.5-liter V6, perhaps to be ready in 2015. For any chance of that happening, the Toyota GT 86 / Scion FR-S needed to do well. Seven months later Toyota’s little 300-horsepower coupe is still accelerating enthusiast hearts, and in May of this year MT added hybrid mechanicals, 400 horsepower, a CVT from the Lexus RX and a $60,000 price to its earlier report of a Supra redux. A new report in Asia One doesn’t divulge details, but does make it appear that a new Supra is inevitable: at a European event for the FR-S, chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said, “The president (Akio Toyoda) has asked me to make a successor to the Supra as soon as possible.” This could be revisionist history, but the larger plan according to Tada has been that the GT 86/FR-S is the middle child in Toyota’s sports car strategy, with a lower-tier entry like a new MR2 and an upper-tier entry like the Supra on the company’s mind since the beginning. According to the engineer, reasoning for the sports car push is that Toyota needs to add “driving fun” to its green-car credentials, and it needs to create a stronger bond with buyers that continues beyond the dealership. Tada said both new sports cars would take at least five years to develop and Asia One predicts that the Supra (or whatever it’s eventually called) will come first, but Tada gave no indication of where it stands in the development process and he doesn’t know when they’ll be ready. We’re of the opinion that tomorrow isn’t too soon. Toyota planning Supra, MR2 successors within five years?
Filed under: Budget , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Hatchback , Toyota Cats generally don’t like car rides. Cats universally detest veterinarians. Yet to showcase the die-for-it allure of the Toyota Corolla in New Zealand (which isn’t our Corolla but the European Auris ), ad house Saatchi and Saatchi asked, ” What lengths would a cat go to for a ride if they loved it?” The answer is the 90-second tale of a cat who intentionally puts himself through seven feline hells to feed his need for another ride in the new hatchback. To the vet. Implausible, yes. Humorous, also yes. You can watch the ad below . Continue reading This cat thinks the Toyota Corolla is to die for This cat thinks the Toyota Corolla is to die for originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Minivan/Van , Europe , Paris Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota After the mini-people mover’s introduction in 2010, the 2013 Toyota Verso signals a significant mid-cycle refresh for the model. Changes for the 2013 Verso include visual updates to the front and rear – new headlights, LED running lights, taillights etc. – as well as other exterior tweaks. The inside has been refined as well, with more soft-touch materials, satin chrome trim and cool new lighting; just what the small, modern European family needs to motor in happiness. Getting it all right is important, too, if Toyota hopes to meet its own lofty sales goals for the MPV – the company stated that it wants to sell 50,000 Versos in 2013, which would give the vehicle five percent of the European market for its segment. Take a closer look at the freshened 2013 Toyota Verso , live on its stand at the Paris show , in our gallery of images . Full details are available in the press blast posted below. Continue reading Toyota debuts 2013 Verso with a new nose and high hopes Toyota debuts 2013 Verso with a new nose and high hopes originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 29 Sep 2012 16:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Sept. 17, 2012 — Following the unveiling of Lexus’ award-winning hybrid 2+2 sports coupe concept, the LF-LC at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show and its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, a new, mid-sized coupe concept, the LF-CC makes its World Premiere at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
Filed under: Car Buying , Ford , GM , Hyundai , Kia , Toyota , Earnings/Financials The annual “Car Wars” report by Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy predicts that, despite their seizing of U.S. market share over the last few tumultuous years, Korean brands Hyundai and Kia will give it all back and then some to companies like Ford , General Motors and Toyota by 2016. Murphy bases his predictions not on tea leaves or crystal balls, but rather the rate at which automakers launch new products. Ford will replace 26 percent of its product line over the next four years, a number that represents 46 percent of its volume, while General Motors will replace 25 percent and Toyota 24 percent. On account of these new product launches, Murphy says Ford can expect to add 0.8 percentage points of market share, General Motors will recover 0.5 points and Toyota will add another 0.3 points. Other automakers that won’t be so aggressive in turning over their lineups with new models include Chrysler , Honda , Nissan and the European brands, which Murphy surmises will all remain flat in terms of market share. Hyundai and Kia, meanwhile, will be introducing fewer new models than the rest and therefore, Murphy predicts, will see a 0.5 decline in U.S. market share. Of course, these are all just predictions and can be blown to bits with the next unforeseen economic crisis or natural disaster, just like the last three years were. And there are other factors that might affect market share for each automaker during the next three years, including the availability of raw materials, exchange rates, union contracts, recalls and a million another minor things that might grow to become big things, not the least of which is consumers deciding they actually like all those new products being launched.
Filed under: Hybrid , Geneva Motor Show , Europe , Technology , Hatchback , Toyota Toyota has unveiled the 2012 Yaris Hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show – the first B-segment hybrid in Europe. While the vehicle makes use of a 74-horsepower 1.5-liter gasoline engine, engineers mated the internal combustion mill with a more compact 80-hp electric motor along with a smaller inverter and battery pack. Combined, the two can crank out up to 100 combined horsepower. Toyota says the Atkinson-cycle engine and it’s associated techno wizardry is 20 percent lighter than the standard 1.8-liter hybrid drivetrain found in most of the company’s hybrid offerings. Speaking of batteries, the Yaris Hybrid stores its power via a nickel-metal hydride pack. With fewer cells than those found in the Auris Hybrid , the batteries are around 20 percent lighter. The drivetrain will net buyers a fuel consumption rating of just 3.5 liters per 100 kilometers, or around 67 mpg on the European scale. Click past the break for the full press release. Continue reading 2012 Toyota Yaris Hybrid plays big brother to the Prius C 2012 Toyota Yaris Hybrid plays big brother to the Prius C originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 07 Mar 2012 16:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .
Filed under: Etc. , Europe , Japan , Plants/Manufacturing , BMW , Toyota BMW has confirmed the German automaker will join forces with Toyota to create new green technologies . The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding for mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation lithium-ion battery technology, with the option to expand the partnership into additional areas. BMW has also announced the company will supply Toyota with 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter diesel engines beginning in 2014. That doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing a clean-diesel Prius in the U.S. anytime soon, however. BMW stresses that the engines will be used exclusively in Toyota products destined for the European market. What other sorts of tech could be spread between the two automakers? BMW may have an eye on gleaning some hybrid knowledge from the fiercely successful Prius program, and we wouldn’t be surprised if BMW slipped its new partner a few hints on carbon-fiber construction, either. Either way, the partnership will likely save both automakers plenty of research and development dollars, helping to bring new tech to customers with a slimmer price tag than would otherwise be possible.
Filed under: Europe , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota TME Zaventem Proving Ground – Click above for high-res images When we went by the European headquarters of Toyota in Zaventem, Belgium, to check out the Lexus CT 200h then still under development, the Japanese automaker was in the middle of a vast expansion plan. A year later and after two years of construction, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has completed its new test facility, and released details of all that it encompasses. The new Zaventem Proving Ground includes a 0.8-mile banked oval, a 300-foot skidpad plus test roads to evaluate and fine-tune everything from ride comfort to brake performance. All in all, the proving ground alone takes up 700,000 square and cost some $67 million to construct. The facility will allow Toyota to conduct much of its own R&D on-site at Zaventem, instead of booking time at the massive test track owned by Ford in Lommel or a similar complex. Follow the jump for the full press release and scope out the aerial shots of the new facility in the high-res image gallery. Continue reading Toyota Motor Europe completes construction of new Zaventem Proving Ground Toyota Motor Europe completes construction of new Zaventem Proving Ground originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 08:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink