All-New 2014 Toyota Highlander Rings in the New Year with All the Bells and Whistles

December 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Dashing through the snow in a 270-horse all-new Highlander.

Toyota reveals Tokyo Motor Show concepts [UPDATE]

November 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Hybrid , Performance , Japan , Tokyo Motor Show , Toyota , Specialty , Design/Style , Electric Toyota is getting ready for the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, and to tease us, the Japanese automaker has released photos and information about the concept vehicles it’ll be bringing to the show. In all, there’ll be four world premieres from Toyota (five if you split the Voxy and Noah minivan concepts), including some vehicles that’ll be released in the near future, and others that need more time to incubate. Let’s get the world premieres out first. Toyota is a pioneer of gasoline-electric hybrids, but it’s also pursuing hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles. The clearest indication of this is the FCV concept , a hydrogen-powered sedan in the same vein as the the FCV-R that will bow at the auto show. (Read more about the FCV, here .) Other world debuts include the FV2 concept (pictured), a unique, one-seat future vehicle that emphasizes the “Fun to Drive” philosophy; the JPN TAXI concept , a next-generation taxi concept designed with Japanese hospitality in mind; and the Voxy and Noah concepts, next-generation minivans that differ most in exterior design cues and are scheduled to launch in the Japanese market in early 2014. The Aqua G Sports concept , based on the Prius C , will debut at the show and is a hybrid sports car that’s scheduled to launch in the Japanese market later this month. The i-Road , an electric trike that’s already been confirmed for production (check out our recent test, here ) will also be on display. We’ve been waiting for this next concept since the Toyota GT-86/Scion FR-S was launched, and we’ve already seen it in person , but Toyota will debut the FT-86 Open Concept again as a Japan premiere. Toyota says it “was created to explore future sports car variations,” and while it hasn’t changed since our last viewing, the car now wears a new paint color, Flash Red, which was created specifically for the auto show.

New 2014 Toyota Tundra Offers Full-Size Pickup Truck Owners Value Pricing

August 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., August 8, 2013 – - The redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup (FSPU) truck will offer value-driven prices when it goes on sale this month.

September 2012: A Return To Normalcy Edition

September 2012: A Return To Normalcy Edition

October 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Honda , Toyota , Volkswagen , By the Numbers Toyota, VW, Honda Up Big Again, But Not As Much As has been the case for a few months now, the same three brands led the month with the largest sales increases among major automakers: Toyota , Volkswagen and Honda . They have swapped positions on the podium each time, but each is a medalist again this month in the industry-wide sales race. Toyota sales were up 42.33 percent in September compared to the same month last year, though that increase is lower than the prior month’s gain of 47.5 percent. Likewise, Volkswagen was up 34.41 last month – far from the 62.54 gain it enjoyed in August. Honda’s increase also dropped sharply month-over-month, from 57.88 percent in August to 29.33 percent last month. This could signal a return to normalcy for Japan’s two biggest automakers, whose sales have appeared inflated compared with last year’s numbers that were affected by that country’s natural disasters and resulting production problems. Our own domestic automakers are likewise seeing a return normalcy that doesn’t include them posting double-digit sales gain every month. Well, except for Chrysler , whose portfolio of brands did exit September with a gain of 11.55 percent. General Motors , however, barely remained positive with a small 1.5-percent increase and Ford dipped slightly into the red with a decrease of 0.13 percent. Ford did enjoy some good news with the performance of its new Escape , which racked up 23,148 sales in September, enough to lead its segment.

Watch lightning strike a hapless Toyota Landcruiser

Watch lightning strike a hapless Toyota Landcruiser

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: SUV , Videos , Toyota , Russia When we thought we’d make it to the end of the month before we saw another video from the roads of Russia, we were wrong. Just after the video of the truck driver dismounting from the windshield of his cab, we have of a bolt of lightning saying hello to a Toyota Landcruiser . It’s brief but spectacular, and sadly, nothing like what happened in Back to the Future follows. You can watch it happen in slo-mo in the dashcam video below . Continue reading Watch lightning strike a hapless Toyota Landcruiser Watch lightning strike a hapless Toyota Landcruiser originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Scion Announces Pricing for 2013 tC Release Series 8.0

July 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., July 10, 2012 — Scion announced pricing today for its 2013 tC Release Series 8.0 (tC RS 8.0). Only 2,000 of the specially equipped sports coupes will be made and they will be available at dealer showrooms later this month.

Hyundai/Kia will likely top Toyota/Lexus for No. 3 sales spot in May

Hyundai/Kia will likely top Toyota/Lexus for No. 3 sales spot in May

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Japan , Hyundai , Kia , Lexus , Toyota If forecasts from TrueCar.com are accurate, Hyundai and Kia will be the only automakers to post sales gains in the month of May. Mildly interesting news in itself, but the real shocking nugget is that the Korean conglomerate is expected to pass Toyota (including its Lexus luxury brand) as the third-best-selling automaker in the United States. Surely there are multiple reasons why Toyota and Lexus sales are expected to drop in May (when compared to April, 2011 and May of 2010), but parts and inventory shortages stemming from the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan are front and center. Credit also goes to Hyundai and Kia for the dramatic gains they have made on their Japanese and American competitors in the last few years, both in sales and in consumer perception. That said, Toyota seems likely to rebound in the coming months, so it will be an interesting exercise to follow the sales charts. When all the numbers finally come in, TrueCar.com expects the month of May to show an eight-percent drop in sales from April. As you would expect, shortages of cars imported from Japan is partly to blame, but lowered incentives from all automakers is also cited as a contributing factor. Hyundai/Kia will likely top Toyota/Lexus for No. 3 sales spot in May originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 31 May 2011 16:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

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