Scion FR-S Races to the Top

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TORRANCE, Calif., (April 16, 2014) – The view from the top looks pretty nice. The

Toyota Sienna Minivan One of ’12 Best Family Cars for 2014′ Says Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com

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Happy Trails, FJ Cruiser

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LAS VEGAS, Nov. 5, 2013 — It’s finally here…and then it’s gone.

Scion FR-S Repeats SEMA Win as Hottest Sport Compact

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TORRANCE, Calif., (Nov. 5, 2013) – It’s back again for the win. Judges today named the Scion FR-S the Hottest Sport Compact for the second year at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. Last year marked the first appearance of the FR-S at SEMA.

Take a Tour of Scion at SEMA

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TORRANCE, Calif., (Oct. 30, 2013) – Performance, technology and the young entrepreneur influenced the Scion vehicles on display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show Nov. 5-8. The collection of five builds will be located at Booth 20313, alongside three 2014 Scion tCs competing in the Scion Tuner Challenge.

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

October 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Sedan , Toyota , New Car Reviews People, us included, make a big stink about the importance of family sedans. There’s no doubt they’re critical – they represent a huge slice of the market’s annual sales and profits. However, despite accounting for far fewer transactions than the midsize sedan segment, the fullsize sedan is getting attention from manufacturers now that our market’s entire lineup of those (slightly) smaller four-doors has turned over in the last two years or so. As most of the fullsize segment’s mainstays derive a fair bit of their platform and powertrain technologies from their midsize cousins, these larger four-doors offer the potential for fatter profit margins, too. And with the newly stylish duds found on many of the industry’s most successful midsize sedans, it’s only right that automakers no longer think about fullsizers as big, squishy, vanilla family haulers with flat seats, vague steering and a thin layer of ‘luxury’ in the form of faux wood trim. As manufacturers have again started diving into large sedans feet-first, the cars themselves have become sharper. The interiors are now of a higher quality and loaded with tech, while the exteriors have become further extensions of each manufacturer’s design language. There’s perhaps no greater example of this than the Chevrolet Impala and Ford Taurus , two models that evolved from subpar offerings into market leaders. This segment-wide transformation happened quite quickly, whether because of coincidental timing or because manufacturers are trying to get more out of their big cars, recognizing they account for a small portion of overall sales (just 3.5 percent of the new-car market in the first half of 2013). The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is one such vehicle.

Toyota hits 10 million Camry models sold in US

Toyota hits 10 million Camry models sold in US

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Filed under: Car Buying , Coupe , Sedan , Wagon , Toyota This year marks 30 years of sales for the Toyota Camry in the US, and in that time, it has amassed more than 10 million sales. In its first year on the market, the Camry sold 52,651 units, but it has gone on to become the best-selling car in the US for the last 11 years. Toyota says that “virtually all” current Camry models sold in the US are made here, and three-quarters of all Camry contents are domestically sourced. Scroll down for the official press release from Toyota, and be sure to check out our gallery of images showing every model year and bodystyle of the Camry since it first went on sale in 1983. Continue reading Toyota hits 10 million Camry models sold in US Toyota hits 10 million Camry models sold in US originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 02 Jul 2013 14:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Lack of new midsize pickup models driving strong resale values for older models

Lack of new midsize pickup models driving strong resale values for older models

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Filed under: Car Buying , Truck , Chevrolet , Nissan , Toyota According to a new study by Black Book , the fact that there are fewer mid-sized pickup truck options on the market is driving up the retail cost of used models. During the month of June, used vehicles from model years 2007-2011 depreciated an average of 1.3 percent across the board, but midsize pickups of the same year saw their value decrease by just 0.7 percent on average. Look across the past year, and the market as a whole saw those cars depreciate by 13.7 percent while midsize pickups saw their value decline by a mere 5.1 percent. Ricky Beggs, senior vice president and Managing Editor with Black Book, says midsize pickups are holding their value better than other products on the market due to the fact that there are so few brand-new options available. Currently, only Chevrolet , Nissan and Toyota offer midsize pickup trucks. Honda has a player in the game in the form of the Ridgeline , which is a sort of cross between a traditional pickup and a crossover, and the discontinued Ford Ranger falls into a smaller size class that no longer exists in the US. What’s all this mean to you? If you happen to have a set of keys to midsize pickup in your pocket, you’ve made a good investment. Don’t expect to see the machine depreciate as quickly as other vehicles on the road. Conversely, if you’re in the market, expect to pay a bit more than you might have expected for a non-fullsize pickup truck.

Subprime financing on the rise in new car sales, leasing too

Subprime financing on the rise in new car sales, leasing too

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Filed under: Car Buying , Chevrolet , Ford , Mitsubishi , Toyota , Volvo , Earnings/Financials We all remember the financial crisis that began several years back. At its core was a splurge of subprime lending for housing loans. The housing bubble burst, triggering a collapse of the mortgage-backed securities market. Apparently, those types of loans still exist in the automotive industry, and the market share for these types of “nonprime, subprime, and deep subprime,” loans has grown 13.6 percent compared to the third quarter a year ago. According to an Automotive News report, high-risk lending expanded to 24.8 percent of total loans in Q3, up from 21.9 percent for this time last year. As this level increased, average credit scores of borrowers dropped to 755, down from 763 a year ago. In that time, the average financing amount increased $90 per vehicle, to $25,963. At 818, Volvo maintains the highest per-owner credit score, while Mitsubishi has the lowest, at 694. The highest rate of borrowers was at Toyota , with 14 percent of the market, followed by Ford with 13.1 percent and Chevrolet at 11.1. Part of the growth in lending is the willingness to offer longer-term loans.

Toyota RAV4 hybrid in development?

Toyota RAV4 hybrid in development?

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Filed under: Hybrid , Technology , Crossover , Toyota Toyota may be hard at work on a new hybrid version of the RAV4 . AutoExpress reports the automaker is keeping a close eye on the CUV segment to determine whether or not buyers would be receptive to the idea of a hybrid RAV4. Yoshikazu Saeki, deputy chief engineer with the automaker, said that a hybrid iteration wouldn’t be difficult to do. Saeki spoke with AutoExpress during the LA Auto Show , and said that while Toyota has no interest in building either a seven-seat version of the RAV4 or a sportier model along the lines of the Nissan Juke , a hybrid isn’t off the table. “We are watching the market,” Saeki said. “After introducing the new RAV4 we will see. There will be a possibility of introducing a hybrid RAV4 and we will respond to what the market wants.” Than again, we’ve heard these rumblings before . Back in 2009, Toyota said almost the exact same thing after the Shanghai Motor Show three years ago. Toyota RAV4 hybrid in development? originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:27:00 EST.

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