Worldwide Prius Sales Top 3-Million Mark

July 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota City, Japan, July 3, 2013 — Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that as of the end of June, worldwide cumulative sales of the iconic Prius gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle passed the 3-million mark (2) .

Ford F-150 bumps Camry from top of Cars.com American Made Index

Ford F-150 bumps Camry from top of Cars.com American Made Index

June 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Truck , Chrysler , Ford , GM , Honda , Toyota With July 4th just around the corner, what better time could there be for Cars.com to announce that the Ford F-150 is the Most American car of 2013? This may be especially true since it was the Toyota Camry , a car produced by a company based in Japan, that had held the top spot from 2009 to 2012. Cars.com compiles its Most American list by considering the amount of parts each vehicle uses that come from America, where it’s final assembly takes place and how many units per year are sold. “While the assembly point and domestic parts content of the F-150 didn’t change from 2012-2013, vehicle sales are responsible for bumping the F-150 to the top spot,” according to Patrick Olsen, Editor-in-Chief of Cars.com . As far as automakers go (as opposed to individual models), Toyota retains the top spot it held in 2012, with General Motors , Chrysler , Ford and Honda (in that order) rounding out the list. The motivation behind this list each year, according to Olsen, is “to help car shoppers understand that ‘American-Made’ extends beyond just the Detroit three” and because “a study we conducted in 2012 indicated that 25 percent of shoppers surveyed preferred to buy American.” It should be noted, however, that Cars.com isn’t the only group with an American-made study, and not everyone agrees on the methodology used. In fact, a highly detailed study earlier this year by American University’s Kogod School of Business found that the Lambda CUV triplets from GM are the most American-made nameplates, and there isn’t a single vehicle from a Japanese automaker anywhere near its top ten. Feel free to browse the press release below to see how the full top-10 list breaks down. Continue reading Ford F-150 bumps Camry from top of Cars.com American Made Index Ford F-150 bumps Camry from top of Cars.com American Made Index originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota reveals new customizable Camatte57s kid-friendly concepts

Toyota reveals new customizable Camatte57s kid-friendly concepts

June 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Japan , Toyota , Electric Toyota plans to follow up last year’s kid-friendly Camatte concept with two new versions: the Camatte57s and Camatte57s Sport (right). Like the original Camatte, the two new concepts will make their debut at the International Tokyo Toy Show, which is happening this weekend. Not much has changed with these two new Camatte models. Like their predecessor, they both feature detachable body panels (the count is up to 57), a 1+2 seating array and reconfigurable pedals that allow children to operate the gas and brakes while Mom or Dad steers. What is new is an open-top roadster design that even eschews doors in favor of easier ingress/egress. They look like something a tourist would rent to get around a Hawaiian island, though we dig the distinct personalities of each model’s design. Both cars are all-electric, though Toyota hasn’t provided any other specifications, like what makes the Sport model sporty besides its more aggressive body panels and silver, black and red color scheme. That’s just as well, as neither concept, like the original Camatte before them, is street legal. And in case you’re wondering from where Toyota conjured these concepts’ odd name, “Camatte” is the Japanese for word for “care.” According to the automaker, it’s intended to signify both caring for others and caring for cars, while the lone ‘s’ at the end of each name stands for “touch,” and the number corresponds to the number of body panels. Scroll below to watch a team of Toyota engineers installing body panels on a Camatte57s, or check out both models in our gallery below.

TMC to Exhibit Sporty Family-Oriented Concept at Tokyo Toy Show

June 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TOYOTA CITY, Japan (June 11, 2013) — Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is to display a sporty, open-top family-oriented concept in the Kids Life Zone at the International Tokyo Toy Show 2013, which runs from June 13 through June 16 at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward, Tokyo.

1967 Toyota 2000GT most expensive Asian car ever sold at $1.2M

1967 Toyota 2000GT most expensive Asian car ever sold at $1.2M

May 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Classics , Auctions , Toyota Toyota’s agelessly beautiful 2000GT has been sold by RM Auctions for $1.16 million, making it the new record holder for the most expensive Asian car ever sold. As always, rarity played a big factory in driving up the price; just 351 2000GT models were built, and only 62 left-hand-drive cars (like this one). The classic Toyota , standout member of Texas car-collector Don Davies’ paddock, was originally a US-delivery car that spent time in a collection back in a Japan before returning to Texas just a short time ago. The car last sold in March of 2011, for just $650,000. Enthusiasts will recognize the 2000GT as perhaps the most heralded Japanese classic of all time. The Toyota was a contemporary of the Jaguar E-Type – though one that obviously sold in a fraction of the English car’s numbers – that was well reviewed by the motoring press of the day. Sometimes referred to as Japan’s first supercar, the 2000GT boasted a 150-horsepower, dual overhead cam, 2.0-liter straight-six engine; a five-speed manual transmission; and a reported top speed of over 135 miles per hour. RM described this record-setting example as, “the finest and most authentic 2000GT to come to market in recent years,” equating it with blue chip classic exotics like the Ferrari Daytona and Lamborghini Miura. 1967 Toyota 2000GT most expensive Asian car ever sold at $1.2M originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 10 May 2013 17:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Motor Corporation Announces Year-End Financial Results for Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2013

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TOYOTA CITY, Japan, May 8, 2013 — Toyota Motor Corporation today announces its financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013.

Toyota RAV4 "Adventure" brings the butch

Toyota RAV4 "Adventure" brings the butch

March 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Geneva Motor Show , Toyota , Design/Style Just last week, your humble author had a 2013 Toyota RAV4 in his garage, and he couldn’t help noting that even in mid-level XLE trim, its aesthetics lacked oomph, due in large part to its cheap-looking black bumpers and airy-looking wheel wells . Judging by the RAV4 “Adventure” on display at the Geneva Motor Show , someone at Toyota must’ve been thinking the same thing. With Japan’s biggest automaker understandably focused on bigger reveals, information on this butched-up softroader has proven to be hard to come by, with no press materials whatsoever. We don’t even know if this is a pure concept or if it’s actually being considered for production. Either way, we approve. The 20-inch dark-finish alloys probably don’t do much for ride quality, but they certainly look nicely aggressive, as does the new lower fascia with its prominent lower lip. Other changes include beefier wheel arches, side rails, headlamps with integrated LEDs, twin-element fog lamps and mesh grille inserts. All of the changes are quite well integrated – enough so that the Adventure largely avoids looking like a SEMA refugee in person. Toyota RAV4 “Adventure” brings the butch originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Mar 2013 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

LEXUS AND THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY COLLABORATE ON PRODUCING SHORT FILM SERIES ‘LIFE IS AMAZING’

February 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ANGELES, CA, FEBRUARY 2 2 , 2013 – Lexus and The Weinstein Company are in the midst of producing five short films as part of a series titled “Life is Amazing.”

Toyota profits up 23% on high US sales, despite mounting legal costs

Toyota profits up 23% on high US sales, despite mounting legal costs

February 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Japan , Lexus , Scion , Toyota , Earnings/Financials Toyota earned $9.3 billion in net income in the financial year that ends next month. The number beats earlier forecasts and marks a five-year high for the automaker, with both operating income and revenue up by 9.5 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively. Toyota saw quarterly profit enjoy a year-on-year jump of 23.4 percent, with the manufacturer earning more than $1 billion between October and December 2012. The good news comes in spite of the fact that the Japanese automaker actually endured an operating loss in North America, due in part to legal fees. Toyota is set to pay more than $1 billion to owners who claim their vehicles decreased in value as a result of the company’s recent spate of recalls. Even so, all three of the automaker’s brands enjoyed a 13.5 percent sales increase in the US in the last quarter, beating the industry average. Toyota faltered in Europe, however, where it earned $99 million in operating profit last year, compared to $111 million in 2011. You can take a closer look at the company’s full press release below for more information. Continue reading Toyota profits up 23% on high US sales, despite mounting legal costs Toyota profits up 23% on high US sales, despite mounting legal costs originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Motor Corporation Announces Financial Results for the Nine-month Period Ended December 31, 2012

February 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TOYOTA CITY, Japan, Feb. 5, 2013—Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announces its financial results for the nine-month period ended Dec. 31, 2012.

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