Filed under: Hybrid , Sedan , Japan , Toyota Toyota first launched Lexus in the United States back in 1989, but it wasn’t until 2005 that it brought the luxury marque home to roost. But don’t think that Toyota didn’t find a way of selling many of its premium models in the Japanese Domestic Market in the meantime. The Lexus LS was sold as the Toyota Celsion, the ES as the Vista and Camry Prominent, and the SC as the Soarer. (We could go on, but you get the point.) These days Lexus sells in markets around the world, including Japan, but Toyota still spins off its own versions of Lexus models to sell domestically as well. Like the new Sai, for example. Sharing its platform, hybrid propulsion and much more with the Lexus HS (which you may remember as the world’s first dedicated luxury hybrid until it was pulled from the market early last year), the Sai was introduced to Japan at the same time as the HS was rolled out around the world. Now nearly four years on the market, Toyota has given it a bit of a refresh. Boasting a far more aggressive front end and a restyled rear, the revised Sai features LED headlights, 16-inch alloys and a higher-quality interior in which JDM buyers will find a new center console and trim, along with an optional 10-speaker infotainment system. Toyota also boasts that the new Sai is made of 20-percent Ecological Plastic and recycled resin. Power still comes from the same 150-horsepower 2.4-liter inline-four and 143-hp electric motor for a combined maximum output of 190 hp.
Filed under: Budget , Recalls , Safety , Hatchback , Toyota Toyota has announced it is recalling a total of 185,000 vehicles worldwide for a power steering issue. Yaris and (overseas) Vitz models built between November 2010 and March 2012 could suffer a short circuit in their power steering control module if water gets inside. Should that happen, the power steering could fail, increasing effort when turning. The recall also includes the Verso-S and Ractis built from August 2010 to August 2011. The recall covers 130,000 vehicles in Japan and around 22,450 in Europe. Only 74 units are being recalled in the United States. Toyota says if the fault occurs, the vehicle will display the Electronic Power Steering warning light on the dash and a buzzer will sound. The automaker will alert owners by mail and dealers will replace the power steering control module free of charge. You can read the quick press release on the recall below for more information. Continue reading Toyota to recall 185k cars globally, including Yaris Toyota to recall 185k cars globally, including Yaris originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 04 Jul 2013 08:02:00 EST.
Filed under: SUV , Truck , Ford , Jeep , Nissan , Toyota , Off-Road , Ram Nearly every automaker doing business in the SUV or pickup truck segments offers a package designed to improve the off-road capabilities of its wares. But, of course, not all such factory kits are created equal. How, then, to separate the wheat from the chaff? Gather each of them up and put them through their paces, naturally. The folks from Four Wheeler and PickupTrucks.com joined forces to run just such a comparison test, with the winner named the Ultimate Factory 4×4. A total of seven vehicles showed up to the fight: the 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor , 2013 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon , 2012 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X and Xterra PRO-4X , 2012 Ram Power Wagon , and 2012 Toyota 4Runner Trail and Tacoma TRD T|X Baja Series . With the contestants in place, the whole crew put each vehicle through a battery of tests that included skidpad and acceleration measurements, a hillclimb, a rocky stairstep course and a rock garden. Considering the nature of the beasts, on-road ride and comfort were not part of the routine. So, which four-wheeler ended up on top? Click here to read the results, and don’t act like you’re surprised by the victor.
Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Vehicles For The Driver’s Side Power Window Master Switch
TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 10, 2012 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), today announced that it will conduct a safety recall involving approximately 2.5 million vehicles to inspect and apply special fluorine grease to the driver’s side Power Window Master Switch (PWMS).
Filed under: Minivan/Van , Paris Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota The seven-seat Toyota Verso mini-MPV was introduced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show , two years on its successor will be introduced in Paris in about a week. The mid-cycle changes include more than 300 new parts with threefold aims: bringing the exterior design in line with the just-refreshed Auris , upgrading the fit and finish and improving the driving dynamics. That means a redesigned nose with elements that emphasize the length and width of the car, like narrower headlights with daytime LEDs, tweaked taillamps above a rear bumper with an integrated diffuser, and in a reversal of trend, smaller door mirrors with integrated turn signals. Inside, a black satin finish and soft-touch surfaces ease up the eye and finger appeal, highlights are noted in satin chrome trim, lighting and graphics have been harmonized and been given better dimmer switch controls. There are also new seat fabrics and colors, and Nappa leather makes an appearance in some Verso models. Engines get a little extra engineering, too. The 2.0-liter, 175-horsepower D-4D engine is quieter and provides more torque at low rpm, the 2.2-liter D-CAT diesel puts out 148 hp, and both diesels get higher tow ratings. On the gasoline side, 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter Valvematics remain available. All of them will make better use of their power through the Verso’s increased rigidity, an effect of more welding points used in production, and noise and vibration have been decreased through the use of more sound-deadening in the A-pillars and bulkhead. A press release below lays it all out while we wait for the Verso’s intro in Paris.
Filed under: Recalls , Safety , Toyota Toyota has announced that it is recalling more than 420,000 vehicles in the United States for a potentially faulty crank shaft pulley. A total of 283,200 Toyota vehicles as well as 137,000 Lexus vehicles may experience a pulley failure in which the inner and outer rings become misaligned. If that happens, owners may experience noise, vibration and a check engine light. If the problem is left untreated, the power steering belt may slip off of the crank shaft pulley, resulting in more steering effort. Toyota says that this could cause an accident, though no problems have been reported so far. The recall covers the 2004 Toyota Avalon, 2004 and 2005 Toyota Camry , Highlander , Sienna and Solara as well as the 2006 Highlander HV, 2004 and 2005 Lexus ES 350 and RX 330 . The 2006 Lexus RX 400h is also included in the recall, which covers a total of 550,000 vehicles worldwide. Toyota says that the company is currently in the process of acquiring the parts necessary to replace the faulty crank shaft pulley and that the company will inspect and replace the faulty piece free of charge. Hit the jump for the full press release. Continue reading Toyota recalling 550,000 vehicles worldwide for potential steering problem Toyota recalling 550,000 vehicles worldwide for potential steering problem originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:59:00 EST.
Filed under: Concept Cars , Motorsports , Toyota Developed by a subsidiary of Toyota Motors called Toyota Industries Corp., the arrow you see above is the three-wheeled Ku:Rin. Powered by compressed air, the Ku:Rin showcases Toyota’s expertise in developing compressors for automotive air conditioning systems. Recently, the Ku:Rin prototype hit the track at Japan Automobile Research Institute’s test facility in search of a speed record for compressed air vehicles. The Ku:Rin’s posted top speed of 80.3 miles per hour should be enough to rocket it into the record books, and Toyota says it will submit the results to Guinness World Records. Power for the Ku:Rin comes from a reversed A/C compressor that generates energy from the expansion of compressed air, while the vehicle’s on-board compressed air tanks serve as “fuel.” Though 80 mph seems reasonable, the Ku:Rin’s two-mile total range is laughable. This thing may be fast, but talk about range anxiety. Toyota Ku:Rin snags compressed air top speed record with 80.3 mph run originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Hybrid , Chevrolet , Ford , Nissan , Toyota , Electric 2011 Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery What is the best tool for commuting: a Nissan Leaf , Chevrolet Volt , Toyota Prius , Ford Focus or a commuter train? The team at Cars.com decided to put all five to the test in a recent comparison. Starting out at the Cars.com Chicago headquarters, the team embarked on a 64.5-mile loop to see what mode of transportation could be crowned Abe Froman. The results are not that surprising, but they do demonstrate the power of a pure electric vehicle driven in an urban setting. We won’t give away all of the results, but the picture above should tell you which automobile was the cheapest to operate. The Cars.com crew makes a few interesting points, and provides great analysis into their commuting competition. Head on over and give their story a read . Battle of the Commuters: EVs take on gasoline and the rails originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 10 May 2011 08:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink