Filed under: Truck , Toyota Turns out those images we ran of what appeared to be a 2012 Toyota Tacoma were indeed what they seemed. Thanks to the boys from Motor Trend , we now have a full spate of images along with some information on what makes the 2012 Tacoma different from its predecessor. The major updates center around a new front fascia that gives the Tacoma a more sturdy, angular look. There’s a new pronounced upside-down triangle look (it’s a Cylon!) to the grille that’s echoed in the lower bumper and punctuated by new bulging headlamps. There are also newly standard tow hooks on all models. Buyers opting for the TRD Sport Package will be rewarded with turn signals integrated into the side mirrors along with chrome five-spoke wheels measuring 18 inches in diameter. Inside, the 2012 Tacoma gets a revised gauge cluster, center stack and HVAC controls to go along with optional waterproof fabric and all-weather flooring. Toyota’s latest Entune infotainment and navigation system are also optional on high-end models. So far, mum’s the word on price, and Motor Trend seems to think that some powertrain updates may be due in short order. We’ll keep you abreast of any details as soon as they are available.
Filed under: Truck , Toyota Toyota is reportedly working on a refresh for its Tacoma mid-size pickup, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal . The refreshed Taco will debut in October, as part of the automaker’s plan to debut many all-new or refreshed vehicles this year. In addition to the Tacoma, the Camry and Yaris will also receive substantial overhauls for the new model year. Bob Carter, group vice president and brand manager for Toyota, says that the 2012 Tacoma will keep the same engine and frame, but will have a new exterior design, as well as an updated interior. Currently, the Tacoma is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 that produces 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, Carter states that the Tacoma will receive new entertainment functions, and as we reported earlier , the automaker’s new Entune infotainment system will be part of the offerings. We’ll have more details come October. Toyota Tacoma to receive nip/tuck this fall originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 28 Jul 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Truck , Work , Toyota , Diesel 2012 Toyota Hilux – Click above for high-res image gallery When we think of Toyota icons, we tend to think of vehicles like the Prius , Land Cruiser , or perhaps the Corolla , the world’s best-selling nameplate. But entire towns have been built and many wars have been fought on the back of Toyota’s Hilux pickup. Celebrated the world over for its legendary ruggedness and anvil-like reliability, it’s been the workhorse of choice everywhere from Africa to Antarctica for decades. In other words, the debut of a new Hilux qualifies as a genuinely important development in global transportation. And while this isn’t an all-new model, there are a raft of changes worth noting for the new year. Starting with the obvious, the 2012 Hilux receives a completely new front clip, including new fenders headlights, bumper, hood, and three-bar grille. Additional changes include updated rear fenders, as well as new mirrors and alloy wheel designs. Inside, the changes are mostly minor, though there’s a new upper dashboard piece and an available 6.1-inch touchscreen multimedia system. Beyond that, Toyota cites “greater colour consistency throughout” and some silver trim bits as key changes. Underhood, the diesel-powered two-wheel-drive Hilux 2.5 D-4D gets a new variable nozzle turbo to boost power to 144 horses (+24) and 253 pound-feet of torque, all while lowering fuel consumption.
Filed under: Car Buying , Coupe , Sedan , Performance , Crossover , Acura , Dodge , GMC , Hyundai , Toyota NADA Guides Car Buyers Market Study – Click above for high-res image gallery NADA Guides has released its Quarterly Car Buyers Market Report, and six models earned the organizations Top Recommended Buys designation. The 2011 Acura TL , Dodge Challenger R/T , GMC Terrain SLE-2 , Hyundai Azera Limited , Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Manual and Toyota Venza I4 AWD all made the cut. While low first-year depreciation rates factor into which vehicles win out in the report, NADA Guides also evaluates vehicles based on criteria like whether or not a model is competitively priced, is available with incentives or rebates, and dealer inventory volumes. Surprisingly enough, the 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T carried the lowest first-year depreciation rate of all the vehicles on the list. With a rate of just 8 percent, the Mopar muscle car beat out the vehicle with the next-lowest rate – the Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 Manual – by two percentage points. Meanwhile, the Hyundai Azera limited packed the highest depreciation rate among the vehicles on the list at 21 percent, followed by the Acura TL at 19 percent. You can check out the full report after the break . Continue reading NADAguides reveals six top auto picks based on low depreciation NADAguides reveals six top auto picks based on low depreciation originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 27 Jun 2011 07:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink