Toyota teases 2013 Venza, set for debut in New York

Toyota teases 2013 Venza, set for debut in New York

March 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: New York Auto Show , Crossover , Toyota With all the exciting news coming out of Geneva , you’ll have to excuse us for snickering just a little bit when we saw this press release. Yes, the Venza is as deserving of a mid-cycle refresh as any other vehicle, though it appears from this teaser that whatever tinkering Toyota has done will prove itself superficial at best. As is typical these days, this crossover-ized Camry is getting some revised front and rear lighting, and what we would guess will be minor modifications to the front fascia. We can see from the picture that the grille looks to be a bit smaller and those are surely LED’s in the new headlights. New 19-inch wheels and three new colors are probably going to matter less to buyers than the fact that “value has been enhanced” by making more features standard. This might help address our biggest complaint when we test drove the Venza back in 2009 – that’s it’s just too darn expensive for what you get. Click past the jump to read the full press release, and stay tuned for our New York Auto Show coverage . Continue reading Toyota teases 2013 Venza, set for debut in New York Toyota teases 2013 Venza, set for debut in New York originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 07 Mar 2012 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

First Toyota FT-86 coupe dyno’d

First Toyota FT-86 coupe dyno’d

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Etc. , Japan , Videos , Toyota Well, that didn’t take long. The First Toyota FT-86 (a.k.a. Scion FR-S ) has made its way to the dyno courtesy of the good people at HKS . How’d it do? The vehicle managed to spin the rollers at 170 rear-wheel horsepower, which dovetails with the 200 crank horsepower announced by Toyota and Subaru after calculating a 15-percent driveline loss. Of course, whenever HKS gets involved, you can feel safe betting your lunch money that forced induction won’t be far behind. True to form, HKS showed off its handiwork on a drift car version of the new sports coupe from Toyota. The FT-86 looks more than happy to dance through a few chicanes sideways, and we can’t wait to see the vehicle go fender-to-fender with the best of them. Click past the jump to check out the dyno video for yourself.

2013 Lexus LX 570 price increased to $81,805*

2013 Lexus LX 570 price increased to $81,805*

January 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , SUV , Marketing/Advertising , Lexus , Toyota , Luxury A new Lexus LX 570 is going to set you back nearly $82k after you add $875 delivery to its $80,930 base price. The luxury version of the Toyota Land Cruiser wears a new Lexus spindle grille , one that’s big enough to make Rumplestiltskin proud, and it has revised front and rear fascias among the other upgrades that Lexus says justify its 1.9-percent price increase. Among the other new-for-2013 features are an updated Crawl Control mode and terrain-select for the all-wheel-drive system, because what Lexus owner doesn’t enjoy serious rock-crawling? A new multimedia system with the next-generation Lexus Enform system is also part of the deal, which seems much more in line with real-world customer behavior, as Enform allows drivers to use Facebook and Yelp, among other services. For those LX 570 buyers who just must have it all, there’s also a $1,510 luxury package that adds some higher grade trim and features, and a backseat entertainment system for $2,005. Toyota only sold 3,167 units of the Lexus LX last year, down by about 20 percent. To read the full release, click past the jump . Continue reading 2013 Lexus LX 570 price increased to $81,805* 2013 Lexus LX 570 price increased to $81,805* originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 Jan 2012 09:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

728-hp Toyota Camry is the ultimate sleeper

728-hp Toyota Camry is the ultimate sleeper

September 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Videos , Toyota A sleeper is any vehicle that appears to be slow, but is hiding an evil secret in its engine bay. Sleepers are scintillating machines that prove time and skill (and money) can turn a garden variety family sedan or station wagon into a street rocket ready to tackle those with far more cash to burn. Take this Toyota Camry, for example – it just received a new lease on life courtesy of Canadian tuner Dynamotorsports. Under the hood sits a 3.0-liter V6 engine fitted with custom intake and exhaust manifolds, a big ol’ HKS turbo and a whole lot of boost. The end result: a Camry that puts down 728 horsepower – at the wheels . We imagine that mashing the gas results in a display of torque steer that would make Hercules weep as his arms thrash from side to side. Still, this is one Camry we would love to spend some time with, if only for a good laugh. Click past the jump to watch it attack a dyno. Continue reading 728-hp Toyota Camry is the ultimate sleeper 728-hp Toyota Camry is the ultimate sleeper originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

2012 Toyota Avensis is a Japanese people’s car for the European masses [w/video]

2012 Toyota Avensis is a Japanese people’s car for the European masses [w/video]

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show , Sedan , Toyota Toyota has pulled back the sheets on its 2012 Avensis here in Frankfurt, and we’re a bit impressed with the shape of this sedan. The Avensis is essentially Europe’s Camry , but under the skin, it’s very different, as it actually rides on a platform it shares with the Scion tC . In this case, the new Avensis can be had in either sedan or wagon bodystyles. Up front, the Avensis gets a revised face that includes a reworked grille and stretched-out headlamps. Under the puffed-up fenders, buyers can opt for either 16-inch steel wheels with covers or 17-inch alloy rollers. Toyota will also offer additional 17 and 18-inch styles featuring a darker finish. Inside, the cabin of the new Avensis has been updated with the automaker’s optional Touch and Go Plus infotainment system. This unit incorporates an 11-speaker audio system, 3D landmarks and city models for the nav system, email, calendar support and advanced voice recognition and audio search capabilities. The 2012 Toyota Avensis will be offered with a choice between three four-cylinder engines:A 2.0-liter turbodiesel, 2.2-liter diesel or a 1.8-liter gasoline powerplant. All three come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but the 2.2-liter diesel has the option of a six-speed automatic while the other two can be equipped with a CVT.

NBA’s Steve Nash does Toyota Prius parking dance

NBA’s Steve Nash does Toyota Prius parking dance

July 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Etc. , Videos , Toyota , Celebrities , Humor Steve Nash: Phoenix Suns point guard, seven-time NBA All-Star, two-time MVP award winner and true competitor. Just how competitive is Mr. Nash? The man thinks of everything in life as something you can win. Case in point, Nash will push his Toyota Prius to beat an old lady into a parking spot if it means he can chalk up another “victory.” How does he celebrate the win? By shoving it in Grandma’s face. Rejected! Click past the jump for the clip. Continue reading NBA’s Steve Nash does Toyota Prius parking dance NBA’s Steve Nash does Toyota Prius parking dance originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

This 800-hp Toyota Celica beat up Formula 1 cars at Goodwood [w/video]

This 800-hp Toyota Celica beat up Formula 1 cars at Goodwood [w/video]

July 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Toyota , Racing Jonny Milner’s Goodwood Toyota Celica – Click above for high-res image gallery The Goodwood Festival of Speed is filled with a variety of machines all battling towards a singular goal. Every driver wants to be the cross the finish line in the least amount of time, and this year the winning car was a bit of a surprise. A bright orange Toyota Celica, piloted by rally champion Jonny Milner, blazed up the 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb course in 48.07 seconds. That time bested all of the supercars, and even the Formula 1 racers that participated. How does a Toyota Celica make the run that quickly? By pumping out over 800 horsepower to all four wheels in a car that only weighs 2,318 pounds. The Celica’s stock engine was replaced with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit plucked from a WRC Toyota Corolla. That mill was then paired with both a Rotrex supercharger and Garrett turbocharger, and Iif that wasn’t enough, a nitrous oxide system was thrown in for good measure. Video of the winning run hasn’t made its way to the Internet just yet, but we do have footage of the car throwing down a 48.99-second run. Click past the jump to watch the clip, and then fast forward to 1:48 for Jonny Milner’s run.

Scion FR-S caught on its working vacation in Germany

Scion FR-S caught on its working vacation in Germany

May 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Scion , Subaru , Toyota Scion FR-S takes in the German countryside – Click above to watch video after the jump We have the Scion FR-S on the brain, and it’s not going away anytime soon thanks to the onslaught of new spy photos that keep rolling in. This time, however, we’ve got video instead of still photography courtesy of our friends at FT86club.com . It’s always great to see a car in motion, and besides, now we have an idea of what the Scion sports car’s exhaust note might sound like. We’ve been having some fun at Autoblog HQ debating exactly what’s going on under all of that swirly camouflage. Some think we may, in fact, be looking at the Subaru version of the Toyota/Subie joint venture – that wing and those wheels say STI to us. However, others point out that the wing could easily be a shout-out to the Supras of yore. Regardless, we all like what we see and can’t wait until someone pulls the wraps off this thing. Click past the jump to see the prototype in motion. Continue reading Scion FR-S caught on its working vacation in Germany Scion FR-S caught on its working vacation in Germany originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 May 2011 12:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

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