Mazda CX-5 named Japan’s Car of The Year, Subaru BR-Z wins "Special Award"

Mazda CX-5 named Japan’s Car of The Year, Subaru BR-Z wins "Special Award"

December 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Convertible , Sedan , Japan , Crossover , BMW , Land Rover , Mazda , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , Luxury The Mazda CX-5 stamped its Kodo design and SkyActiv technology authority all over the Japan Car of the Year awards, taking the top prize ahead of the Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT 86 . It is Mazda’s second victory in the last ten years, the 2005 MX-5 claiming the same trophy, and the fourth time the Hiroshima company has won. The award is decided by 60 local “automotive experts and journalists,” and open to any passenger car released in Japan from November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2012 that has sold more than 500 units. Each judge gets 25 votes, his or her top vote getting 10 points, the rest of the points being spread among the judge’s choice for the next best four cars. The second-place getters were the Toyobaru twins with 318 votes, the surprise being they didn’t beat or get any closer to the crossover. The Subaru BRZ did claw some mojo back, earning the Special Award given to cars that have made “an exceptional impact.” The BMW 3 Series was third overall and won the Import Car of the Year award with plenty of room between it and the second place Range Rover Evoque . The full list of winners is below , along with press releases from the organization and the manufacturers. Congratulations to Mazda on the win. Continue reading Mazda CX-5 named Japan’s Car of The Year, Subaru BR-Z wins “Special Award” Mazda CX-5 named Japan’s Car of The Year, Subaru BR-Z wins “Special Award” originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Consumer Reports finds flaw with Lexus ES, GS emergency trunk safety release, alerts NHTSA

Consumer Reports finds flaw with Lexus ES, GS emergency trunk safety release, alerts NHTSA

October 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Sedan , Japan , Safety , Videos , Lexus , Toyota , Luxury Consumer Reports has found what it says is a flaw with the emergency trunk release handles in certain Lexus models. During testing, the organization found that the federally mandated emergency handles on new Lexus ES and GS sedans can easily break if pulled toward the user (presumably a person trapped inside the vehicle’s trunk). Once broken, the handles no longer function, creating a safety hazard. CR also checked other vehicles in its fleet, but found no such similar defect. As a result, the watchdog alerted both parent Toyota , which has launched its own internal investigation, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to the issue. Both the automaker and NHTSA are currently determining whether further action needs to be taken. As you may recall, this isn’t the first time Consumer Reports has blown the safety whistle on a Lexus model . In 2010, CR discovered a flaw in the stability control system of the Lexus GX SUV that lead to increased rollover risk during evasive maneuvers. In that case, Toyota quickly issued a recall, complete with a software update to take care of the problem. Watch the video below for a full explanation of the trunk release issue.

TMG emerging as Toyota’s version of AMG?

TMG emerging as Toyota’s version of AMG?

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Sedan , Performance , Europe , Japan , Lexus , Toyota , Luxury Toyota is getting serious about building performance versions of its current models. The manufacturer hopes to turn Toyota Motorsport GmbH, the crew behind the Toyota Le Mans effort and the automaker’s now defunct Formula One team, into a factory-backed tuner. TMG currently handles almost everything motorsport related for Toyota with the exception of engine building, and the group is currently hard at work on what could develop into a World Rally Championship entry in the near future. TMG is shooting for a WRC debut in 2014 with a turbocharged 1.6-liter Yaris , and buyers will be able to purchase an FIA version of the model for around €25,000. According to Yoshiaki Kinoshita, president of TMG, the organization will also prepare high-performance versions of Lexus vehicles. That helps explain the Lexus LS460 TMG Edition our photographers spotted at the N

Porsche 911 is officially Germany’s most reliable car

Porsche 911 is officially Germany’s most reliable car

December 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Classics , Coupe , Hybrid , Performance , Europe , Government/Legal , Hatchback , Porsche , Toyota In Germany, having a reliable car is almost a rite of passage. That is, you won’t be granted passage onto the roadways if you’re car hasn’t passed the government’s strict testing regime. Called the Technischer

National Center for Family Literacy and Toyota Celebrate 20-Year Partnership

April 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) – the organization that pioneered the concept of raising the literacy level of parents and children simultaneously – celebrated 20 years of partnership with Toyota today that has impacted 1 million families across the country.

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