Scion Motivate Workshop to Support Young Entrepreneurs with Help from Industry Leaders

March 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., (March 12, 2013) – Semi-finalists in Scion’s Motivate program will learn from other leading entrepreneurs in the creative community during a three-day workshop in Santa Monica, Calif. from March 13-15.

Toyota GT86 engineers explored shooting brake and sedan variants, are they still in the cards?

Toyota GT86 engineers explored shooting brake and sedan variants, are they still in the cards?

March 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Convertible , Coupe , Sedan , Performance , Wagon , BMW , Toyota , Read This According to the Toyota UK blog , engineers for the automaker were so excited developing the GT86 coupe that they investigated producing a whole family of models based on the rear-wheel drive sports car. And at least one engineer – product chief Tetsuya Tada – still hopes it can happen, even if not everyone at Toyota is onboard. Tada: “Actually we tried to do this secretly but the executives found us out. They said: ‘What are you doing? Will you please focus on the coupe.’” Those mooted variants included both a four-door sedan and a shooting brake. Why? Aside from the pure excellence of a lightweight, brilliantly handling hatchback, Toyota was keenly aware of the fact that it may need to spread the cost of development out across several models. Tada says that’s part of the reason why it was so easy to create the convertible. The company knew from the outset that a softtop version was in the cards, and built the machine’s structure to accommodate having the roof sliced off. Tada also made mention of the already-announced collaboration between Toyota and BMW .

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept would make a mighty fine droptop FR-S [UPDATE]

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept would make a mighty fine droptop FR-S [UPDATE]

March 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Performance , Geneva Motor Show , Videos , Toyota There’s nothing wrong with going topless. And Toyota is proving that its FT-86 (read: Scion FR-S / Toyota GT86 / Subaru BRZ ) coupe is just as excellent with its roof removed. It may only be a concept, but this FT-86 Open previews a new droptop from the Japanese automaker to round out the Toyobaru sports car family. We’re finally getting the chance to see the open-air FT-86 in person here at the Geneva Motor Show , and we’re already yearning to take it canyon-carving. Interestingly, the FT-86 retains the Toyota coupe’s two-plus-two seating arrangement (we’d prefer a proper roadster setup here), but things still look good for this droptop two-door. We’ll be curious to see how the car looks with its folding soft top in place (operated by fancy-shmancy electronics, by the way). As for production intent, rumors have been flying about a production Scion FR-S convertible, but until we hear it directly from Toyota. Consider our hopes in check but our fingers crossed. UPDATE: Wondering what the FT-86 Open Concept looks like with its hat on? Wonder no more – we’ve updated our gallery with shots of the concept with its roof up .

Leaked Toyota FT-86 Open concept images preview droptop Scion FR-S [w/video] [UPDATE]

Leaked Toyota FT-86 Open concept images preview droptop Scion FR-S [w/video] [UPDATE]

March 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Convertible , Performance , Geneva Motor Show , Scion , Toyota Here it is, folks – the highly anticipated Toyota FT-86 Open concept, a precursor to what could become a road-going Scion FR-S convertible. A full smattering of images and video have leaked onto the internet, and thanks to the folks at FT86Club.com , we can now see the new hotness that Toyota will be unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show next week. These images confirm details that were first seen in spy shots captured a couple of weeks ago – namely, the larger wheel/tire package and the inclusion of the Toyobaru coupe’s decidedly useless rear seats. These new photos, however, show a two-tone leather interior with goodies such as an iPod/iPhone mount on the dashboard. The concept car is also fitted with the coupe’s six-speed automatic transmission (boo!) and FT86Club.com reports that the folding soft top is operated electronically. We’ll have the full details live from Geneva in just a few days. For now, click through our attached image gallery to see lots of pretty pictures of the topless wonder, and scroll down for a video to see the concept in motion. UPDATE : The news now been officially released by Toyota UK. Scroll down below to see the newly added press release, and a bit more detail about the FT-86 Open. Continue reading Leaked Toyota FT-86 Open concept images preview droptop Scion FR-S [w/video] [UPDATE] Leaked Toyota FT-86 Open concept images preview droptop Scion FR-S [w/video] [UPDATE] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:48:00 EST.

Ford, Toyota clean up in Best Car For The Money Awards

Ford, Toyota clean up in Best Car For The Money Awards

February 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Etc. , Acura , BMW , Buick , Chevrolet , Ford , Honda , Hyundai , Subaru , Toyota The U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards picks winners by looking at the average transaction price, five-year total cost of ownership, the regard a car has from the automotive press, reliability figures from J.D. Power and Associates and safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety . The result, according to the magazine, is “the best combination of critical acclaim and long-term value.” Ford nabbed six of the 21 categories that received awards this year, the Focus , Fusion , Fusion Hybrid , Taurus , Escape and Edge getting trophies. Toyota and its Lexus and Scion sub-brands took another five, the Tacoma and Tundra owning the two categories given to pickup trucks. The other ten awards were split between Honda with three, Buick with two, and one each for Subaru , BMW , Hyundai , Chevrolet and Mazda . Follow the link to see all the winners and read about why they were chosen. Ford, Toyota clean up in Best Car For The Money Awards originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Scion FR-S Convertible (in Toyota GT86 form) spied in South Africa

Scion FR-S Convertible (in Toyota GT86 form) spied in South Africa

February 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Spy Photos , Convertible , Performance , Scion , Subaru , Toyota Though the eventual existence of a convertible version of the Toyota GT86 (and its Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ versions for America) is a no-brainer, we’ve yet to get a glimpse of the real-deal car until now. Spotted in Cape Town, South Africa, of all places, this completely undisguised GT86 convertible seems to be in a remarkably advanced state of development. The image seen here was obviously sniped from quite a distance and without the aid of a powerful lens, but we can still make out a production-ready looking piece of rear bodywork for the convertible top to hide away in, as well as a functioning trunk lid. It’s hard to make out with any certainty, based on this evidence, but there does seem to be space retained behind the front seats for two, small rear chairs. With the first car spotted, we’d expect to seem some more and better images of it flow through in the near future, and if not, Toyota has already confirmed a concept version for next month’s Geneva Motor Show , dubbed FT-86 Open, so stay tuned. For now, click through to the FT86Club.com forum to have a slightly closer look at the images. Scion FR-S Convertible (in Toyota GT86 form) spied in South Africa originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota Motor Corporation Vehicles Continue to Dominate the 2013 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study

February 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 13, 2013 – Seven Lexus, Toyota, and Scion models captured segment awards in the 2013 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study, more than any other automaker.

Toyota GT86 engineer Tada recounts how sports car came to be

Toyota GT86 engineer Tada recounts how sports car came to be

February 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Subaru , Toyota , Read This Because the Toyota GT86 , Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ coupes are now a reality, it’s almost hard to imagine the struggle that had to happen within the large, conservative corporate structures at both automakers for the joint project to even get off of the ground. Speaking to those struggles on Toyota UK’s Toyota Blog , GT86 Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada enlightens us with a recap of the sports car’s earliest origins. For Tada, the first stages of the project must have seemed almost as dreamlike as the final product is to drive. Said the Chief, “I had been working in the minivan department engineering new product, but a month after the meeting I was summoned. ‘Forget about minivans,’ they said, ‘you are now working on the sports-car project.’” The recounting of the GT86 development process makes for a genuinely interesting yarn, and is a must-read for any owners/enthusiasts of the BRZ/FR-S twins. We highly recommend clicking through to read it in full . Perhaps it’s wishful thinking, but we can’t help hoping that Tada-san has got more of the story to tell, still. We’ll be keeping an eye on the official Toyota Blog, just in case. Toyota GT86 engineer Tada recounts how sports car came to be originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Scion FR-S Named Official Race Vehicle for 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race

February 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2013-Toyota Motorsports and Scion announced today that the Scion FR-S sports coupe will be the official vehicle of the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. This first Pro/Celebrity race-ready vehicle is making its debut here at the Chicago Auto Show.

Toyota GT86 gets TRD treatment in UK

Toyota GT86 gets TRD treatment in UK

February 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Toyota , UK As dearly as we love the Toyota GT86 / Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ franchise, we readily admit we wouldn’t look sideways at a model with a bit more firepower. And while that’s not quite on the table yet, Toyota has been busy amping up the visual firepower of its rear-drive coupe with a whole host of TRD parts. To this point, that’s been a largely

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