Scion tC Named to Top 10 in 2013 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards

December 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., (Nov. 26, 2012) – The 2013 Scion tC was honored today as an overall Top 10 recipient in Kelley Blue Book’s respected annual 2013 Best Resale Value Awards for its anticipated best sustained value after five years of ownership. Automotive analysts used data from the Kelley Blue Book

Toyota TS030 Hybrid makes successful Le Mans debut during test day

Toyota TS030 Hybrid makes successful Le Mans debut during test day

June 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Toyota , Racing The Toyota TS030 Hybrid made its Le Mans debut this past weekend during the event’s single day test session on Sunday, marking the first time a Toyota prototype has run at Cirque De La Sarthe since the GT-One, codenamed TS020, competed at the 24 hour race in ’98 and ’99. It was no surprise that Audi ran the fastest times during the two practice sessions – the pair of Audi R18 E-Tron Quattros nabbed the top spots – but there is little doubt that Toyota considers their results to be positive. After all, success in racing, particularly for a brand-new car at Le Mans, can be defined in a variety of ways. The quickest TS030 Hybrid ran just a little over a second behind the top Audi (3:27.204 vs 3:25.927), a time that is more than competitive. “We are continuously adjusting and improving the system, so each test day brings a step forward and that was true again today,” said Hisatake Murata, the team’s project leader. You can see the Toyota TS030 Hybrid in action at Le Mans in the gallery above, or scroll down below to read the official announcement from Toyota Motorsport GmbH. Continue reading Toyota TS030 Hybrid makes successful Le Mans debut during test day Toyota TS030 Hybrid makes successful Le Mans debut during test day originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 08 Jun 2012 19:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota GT 86 sports car revealed [w/video]

Toyota GT 86 sports car revealed [w/video]

November 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Europe , Tokyo Motor Show , Toyota It’s no secret that the Toyota FT-86 will finally make its production-spec debut next week at the Tokyo Motor Show , and ahead of that, the automaker’s UK office has released the first official photos and some initial specs. In Europe, the car will officially be called the Toyota GT 86. In Japan, however, the car will simply be called 86. Cutting right to the chase, here are the specs that are now official, from the Toyota UK announcement. Obviously, there’s more to come: 2.0-liter boxer with D4-S injection (direct and port injected) 197 hp @ 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) @6,600 rpm 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions 17-inch wheel/tire package standard 4,240mm (167 in.) long, 1285mm (50.6 in.) high, 2,570mm (101 in.) wide 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution 475mm (18.7 in.) center of gravity As demonstrated in the photos, everything is basically in line with what we’ve seen so far in the various leaked materials . So, start getting excited. In addition to the sharp styling outside, the interior looks the business, and the “86″ fender logo is just plain cool. The GT 86 goes on sale in the UK next June. We’ll be on hand in Tokyo for the official reveal at the end of the coming week, with plenty more then. In the meantime, peruse the photo gallery, then hit the jump for a video and the full press release.

Europe’s Toyota GT 86 sports car revealed

Europe’s Toyota GT 86 sports car revealed

November 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Europe , Tokyo Motor Show , Toyota It’s no secret that the Toyota FT-86 will finally make its production-spec debut next week in Tokyo, and ahead of that, the automaker’s UK office has released the first official photos and some initial specs. In Europe, the car will officially be called the Toyota GT 86. Cutting right to the chase, here are the specs that are now official, from the Toyota UK announcement. Obviously, there’s more to come: 2.0-liter boxer with D4-S injection (direct and port injected) 197 hp @ 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) @6,600 rpm 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions 17-inch wheel/tire package standard 4,240mm (167 in.) long, 1285mm (50.6 in.) high, 2,570mm (101 in.) wide 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution 475mm (18.7 in.) center of gravity As demonstrated in the photos, everything is basically in line with what we’ve seen so far in the various leaked materials . So, start getting excited. In addition to the sharp styling outside, the interior looks the business, and the “86″ fender logo is just plain cool. The GT 86 goes on sale in the UK next June. We’ll be on hand in Tokyo for the official reveal at the end of the coming week, with plenty more then. In the meantime, peruse the photo gallery and hit the jump for the full press release. Continue reading Europe’s Toyota GT 86 sports car revealed Europe’s Toyota GT 86 sports car revealed originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 26 Nov 2011 22:25:00 EST.

All-New Lexus GS 350 Sport Sedan to Arrive in February 2012

November 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 23, 2011 – Bringing sophisticated style, exciting performance and advanced technology to the luxury sport sedan segment, the new 2013 Lexus GS 350 comes to dealer showrooms in February 2012. Its arrival will be heralded by Lexus’ first-ever Super Bowl commercial, followed by Lexus being the Official Automotive Marketing Partner of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

Toyota Announces Marketing Campaign for the Reinvented 2012 Camry

October 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif. (October 17, 2011) – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. today announced the official launch of its marketing campaign for the all-new 2012 Camry: “It’s Ready. Are You?”

Toyota returning to Le Mans with hybrid LMP1 car

Toyota returning to Le Mans with hybrid LMP1 car

October 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Hybrid , Toyota , Racing Toyota has announced that it is returning to the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile’s World Endurance Championship in 2012. The car it will be contesting the series with is a new prototype that will use a hybrid gasoline/electric powertrain. We can only hope the experience will equal more exciting future models under the Prius range… The last time Toyota competed in Le Mans racing was in 1999, just before the Japanese automaker abandoned the GT-One program to focus on Formula One. We don’t expect Toyota’s new LMP1 racer to have anything in common with the erstwhile GT-One, which was powered by a 600-horsepower 3.6-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. Though always fast, Toyota’s last-gen endurance racer never quite put together a complete race. Here’s hoping the effort produces more consistent results this time around. Check out the official announcement after the break . Continue reading Toyota returning to Le Mans with hybrid LMP1 car Toyota returning to Le Mans with hybrid LMP1 car originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Camry Set to Pace 2012 Daytona 500

September 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif. (August 23, 2011) – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) announced today the all-new 2012 Toyota Camry will serve as the official pace car for next year’s DAYTONA 500

2012 Toyota Tacoma leaked in promo footage?

2012 Toyota Tacoma leaked in promo footage?

August 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Toyota It’s almost time for us to get our eyeballs on the full monty that is the redesigned 2012 Toyota Tacoma . Waiting stinks, though, doesn’t it? After all, this is the give-it-to-me-now Internet era, a mindset that applies to everything from music and movies to photos of next-generation automobiles. The Toyota Tacoma is no different, and unofficial images of the updated pickup have found their way to the web. We think. Our friend Mike Levine at PickupTrucks.com stumbled across a video of what looks to be an upcoming Tacoma commercial sans graphics. Toyota has yet to confirm what we’re looking at in the clip, which you can view for yourself h ere , but you can check it out in our gallery of stills. Regardless, the official images should arrive soon, since the 2012 Tacoma is slated to hit dealer lots by October. 2012 Toyota Tacoma leaked in promo footage? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:30:00 EST.

Unique Lexus LS 600h L Conversion to be Official Car at the Wedding of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

May 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A specially prepared version of the Lexus LS 600h L will serve as the official Royal Wedding car on the occasion of the marriage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco to Ms. Charlene Wittstock on Saturday 2nd July 2011.

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