Filed under: Performance , BMW , Toyota Earlier this year, BMW and Toyota confirmed a four-part joint venture mostly focusing on increasing improving vehicle efficiency using fuel cells, lightweight materials and better battery technology. Also tucked into the announcement was a “feasibility study” for a shared platform to underpin a future midsize “sports vehicle.” In terms of the latter, it seems that things have stepped up from the feasibility stage to the conceptual stage, as Motor Trend reports we could see a pair of new sports car concepts debut later this year in at the Tokyo Motor Show . There isn’t much information about the new program, but the article suggests the sports cars could be all-wheel drive hybrids, with electric motors powering the front wheels and a gas engine powering the rear wheels. While a partnership between Toyota and BMW might not lend itself to a catchy portmanteau like ” Toyobaru ,” here’s hoping it will bear fruit that is as exciting as the ones produced by the Toyota/ Subaru tie up. BMW-Toyota sports car heading towards Tokyo debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 20 May 2013 18:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Truck , Toyota Turns out those images we ran of what appeared to be a 2012 Toyota Tacoma were indeed what they seemed. Thanks to the boys from Motor Trend , we now have a full spate of images along with some information on what makes the 2012 Tacoma different from its predecessor. The major updates center around a new front fascia that gives the Tacoma a more sturdy, angular look. There’s a new pronounced upside-down triangle look (it’s a Cylon!) to the grille that’s echoed in the lower bumper and punctuated by new bulging headlamps. There are also newly standard tow hooks on all models. Buyers opting for the TRD Sport Package will be rewarded with turn signals integrated into the side mirrors along with chrome five-spoke wheels measuring 18 inches in diameter. Inside, the 2012 Tacoma gets a revised gauge cluster, center stack and HVAC controls to go along with optional waterproof fabric and all-weather flooring. Toyota’s latest Entune infotainment and navigation system are also optional on high-end models. So far, mum’s the word on price, and Motor Trend seems to think that some powertrain updates may be due in short order. We’ll keep you abreast of any details as soon as they are available.