TORRANCE, Calif. (August 23, 2013) – The redesigned 2014 Lexus GX 460 luxury utility vehicle (LUV) will be offered in two grades when it arrives at dealerships beginning in September. The standard GX will carry a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $49,085, $4,710 or nearly nine percent less than the previous year; while the Luxury model which will be priced at $60,715. The MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $910.
Filed under: SUV , Toyota The Toyota FJ Cruiser is not long for this world. According to the manufacturer’s own fleet website , the rugged FJ will be discontinued after the 2014 model year, with the companies final orders due in June of next year. Toyota first launched the FJ Cruiser in 2006 as a 2007 model, and aside from minor year-over-year changes, it has not been substantially updated. The FJ is the modern successor to the original FJ40 Land Cruiser that Toyota produced from the 1960s all the way up through 1984, when the automaker decided to better focus on its larger, four-door Land Cruiser line. Currently, it uses a 4.0-liter V6 engine with either rear- or four-wheel drive, and is available with either a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Interestingly, word of the FJ’s demise comes not long after Toyota’s US boss, Bill Fay, reaffirmed his company’s commitment to body-on-frame trucks in late July. Also of interest, Toyota’s fleet website states that the 2014 model year Prius range will have “minor updates,” though it’s unclear what those are as of this writing. When Autoblog reached out to confirm these developments with Toyota, spokesman Curt McCallister reminded us, “As is our corporate policy, we don’t discuss future products beyond the present or upcoming model year.” Toyota discontinuing FJ Cruiser after 2014 model year originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Ford , Toyota Ford landed itself a spot among the top 10 brands in the 2012 Buzz Rankings. The annual index scores 1,100 brands in 41 categories to determine which nameplates had the most positive buzz throughout the year. For the third year in a row, Subway took the top honors overall with a score of 40.3, and Ford was the only automaker to break into the top 25 by earning a sixth-place finish overall. The manufacturer earned a score of 32.1 points, which was enough to push it up one spot from the 2011 Buzz Rankings. Honda managed 21.2 points overall, which is still well behind 25th-place Kohl’s at 26.5 points. Toyota , Volkswagen and BMW all round out the top five automakers. The 2012 Buzz Rankings also keep track of which brands improved the most over the past year, and this year, Toyota was the manufacturer with the largest leap forward. The Japanese automaker jumped from just 14 points in 2011 to 20.5 in 2012. Chrysler, Kia, Dodge and Volkswagen all saw sizable steps forward as well. Be sure to head over to the Brand Index site for more information.
Filed under: Sedan , Government/Legal , Recalls , Safety , Hatchback , Lexus , Toyota The recall bug strikes Toyota again. The automaker has issued a voluntary recall of three models that, in total, represent more than one million units. Around 752,000 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla and Matrix models are being recalled for airbag concerns, while a windshield wiper issue is causing the recall for close to 270,000 Lexus IS sedans from the 2006-2012 model years. Completely unrelated to the small airbag-related recall issued earlier in the week, the Corolla and Matrix recall is caused by a faulty airbag control module that could potentially short circuit, which could lead to the front airbags or seat belt pretensioners deploying. The Lexus recall is due to a wiper arm nut that wasn’t tightened properly, which can cause the wipers to not work when trying to clear heavy buildup such as snow. Scroll down for a press release that includes more information, as well as details about how owners can contact the manufacturer directly. Continue reading Toyota announces two recalls affecting 1M Corolla, Matrix and Lexus IS models Toyota announces two recalls affecting 1M Corolla, Matrix and Lexus IS models originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Japan , Plants/Manufacturing , Nissan , Toyota No surprise here. Both Nissan and Toyota have moved to cut production in Japan , according to Reuters . Nissan has made it clear that it will will drop capacity from the 1.35 million units produced in 2011 to 1.15 million in 2013. In 2012, Nissan expects to produce 1.22 million vehicles in its home country, though production is expected to increase in countries like China , Brazil and Russia to help offset the drop. The report says Nissan has already stopped production on two lines at its Oppama plant, and the manufacturer has plans to stop production of the Tiida in Japan altogether. The story is much the same with Toyota. The manufacturer has announced that by 2014, it will cut production in Japan by around 10 percent to 3.1 million vehicles. Before the financial crisis, Toyota produced 3.9 million units domestically. But that was when it still made financial sense to build machines in Japan and export them around the world. Japan has seen its currency strengthen against the dollar, making exports less and less financially viable.
TORRANCE, Calif. (June 22, 2012) – Lexus today announced Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) on the 2013 GX 460 Luxury Utility Vehicle.
TORRANCE, Calif., May 25, 2012 – – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the 2013 Venza crossover vehicle.
Lexus Announces Pricing for All-New 2013 GS 450h, Updated 2013 RX 350, RX 450h and RX 350 F SPORT, and 2012 IS Sedans
TORRANCE, Calif. – April 6, 2012 – Lexus today announced the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the all-new 2013 GS 450h hybrid luxury sport sedan, the complete 2013 RX luxury utility vehicle line, and a price adjustment to the 2012 IS luxury sport sedan.
TORRANCE, Calif., January 6, 2012 – – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the 2013 Land Cruiser sport utility vehicle (SUV).