Toyota Announces Newly Appointed Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

September 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2013)– Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced the appointment of Ned Curic to the newly-created role of vice president and chief technology officer. Curic reports to North American chief information officer Zack Hicks.

2014 Toyota Corolla shows its new Euro-spec nose [w/poll]

2014 Toyota Corolla shows its new Euro-spec nose [w/poll]

June 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Europe , Toyota , Design/Style After tons of teasing , Toyota finally unveiled the all-new 2014 Corolla in the wee hours of the – at least to those of us here in the Midwest. The fresh new face of the US-spec car takes a number of cues from the Camry and Avalon sedans, and in S trim with the large alloy wheels and blacked-out front fascia, we’d even venture this is the most boldly styled North American Corolla to date (faint praise as that may be). Of course, our friends in other markets will also be getting fully updated versions of the Corolla as well, and here, we’re getting our first glimpse at the European-spec car, complete with a very different front fascia that, at least in this trim, seems to take a more conservative design approach. A quick poll of the Autoblog staff shows that we’re torn as to whether or not we prefer this European look to our North American-specific car, but at least in the sporty-ish S trim, we think the Americans may have got the better end of the deal. The Euro-spec Corolla actually shares a lot of its design with its larger platform-mate, the Auris , a car that we don’t – and likely won’t – get in the States. Inside, the European Corolla looks basically the same as the NA car, and while market-specific engines and specifications haven’t been released yet, it’s expected that the Corolla will share much of its dirty bits with the European Auris, as well. Have a look through the Euro-spec gallery above , as well as the US-spec gallery below , and then let us know which Corolla you think looks better in our poll and in Comments. View Poll 2014 Toyota Corolla shows its new Euro-spec nose [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Expedition drives from Russia to Canada over North Pole…

Expedition drives from Russia to Canada over North Pole…

May 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Minivan/Van , Toyota , Canada , Specialty , Russia , Diesel No, a Ford Expedition did not drive from Russia to Canada via the North Pole, but that’s exactly what a team of intrepid explorers accomplished recently. Using specially-modified buses with massive tires, the group slowly drove 2,485 miles in 70 days over drifting ice, occasionally using a pickaxe to clear a path and staying on guard for chasms that could open up and plunge the team into the frigid arctic waters. Average speeds were about 6 mph, “at the speed of a (farm) tractor.” While the big tires technically allowed the buses to float if the need arose, the team preferred to stay out of the water to keep the suspension from getting coated in thick, hard ice. Falling in on foot would mean almost certain death. According to Phys.org , the buses were powered by Toyota diesel engines, but were built with prototype parts from a previous driving expedition to the North Pole. Right now, the machines are parked in a garage in Canada’s Resolute Bay while the the team rests up with family back home. They plan to continue their trek to back across the Bering Straight to Russia. If successful, the team may eventually offer a version of their buses for commercial sale. Expedition drives from Russia to Canada over North Pole… originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 22 May 2013 08:46:00 EST.

Toyota Announces Executive Changes Across North and South America

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New York, NY, March 6, 2013

Toyota exec sees future where all cars sold in US are built here

Toyota exec sees future where all cars sold in US are built here

January 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota A growing number of foreign automakers have been shifting more vehicle production to the US – including recent announcement by Nissan and Honda – but Toyota could be on the verge of taking an unprecedented step by producing all of the cars it sells in the US right here in North America. According to the Detroit Free Press , Bill Fay, VP and GM of Toyota US, hinted at such a possibility, but the wording in the report makes it sound like this is far from a done deal and would not apply to Scion or Lexus models. Currently, the automaker already builds 70 percent of its US-sold cars in North America including some of its more popular models like the Camry , Corolla , Highlander , Tacoma and RAV4 . While most of the Japanese-made Toyotas that are sold in the US are slower-selling models (like Land Cruiser , FJ Cruiser and Yaris ), the Prius lineup is the glaring exception, and last we heard, Toyota still has plans to ship Prius production to the US by 2015 . This is all a part of Toyota’s plan to add 3,500 jobs in North America to go with recent investments totaling $1.6 billion. Toyota exec sees future where all cars sold in US are built here originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

2013 Detroit Auto Show – 2014 Lexus IS World Premiere

January 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Lexus Division Group Vice President and General Manager Mark Templin unveils the 2014 Lexus IS Sport Sedan at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Scion FR-S Wins Cars.com Best of 2013 Award

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TORRANCE, Calif., (Jan. 16, 2013) – Collecting its first award of the new year, the Scion FR-S captured the Best of 2013 award from Cars.com, an online review and consumer information website. The win was announced at a Cars.com event surrounding the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and shared with the Subaru BRZ.

2013 Detroit Auto Show – Toyota Corolla Furia Concept Reveal

January 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bill Fay reveals the Toyota Corolla Furia Concept vehicle at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Toyota Expands Its NAIAS Exhibit Space to Record Proportions

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DETROIT, Jan. 9, 2013 – Toyota is in the final stages of erecting its largest exhibit ever for the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Scion Bringing Youthful Appeal, High-Tech Wizardry to NAIAS

January 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

DETROIT (Jan. 9, 2013) – Scion, the youth brand of Toyota, will be using exciting visual displays and cutting-edge interactivity to showcase its distinctive lineup at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

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