Toyota Harrier gets a whale of a facelift [w/video]

Toyota Harrier gets a whale of a facelift [w/video]

November 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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Toyota reveals Tokyo Motor Show concepts

November 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Hybrid , Performance , Japan , Tokyo Motor Show , Toyota , Specialty , Design/Style , Electric Toyota is getting ready for the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, and to tease us, the Japanese automaker has released photos and information about the concept vehicles it’ll be bringing to the show. In all, there’ll be five world premieres from Toyota (six if you split the Voxy and Noah minivan concepts), including some vehicles that’ll be released in the near future, and others that need more time to incubate. Let’s get the world premieres out first. Toyota is a pioneer of gasoline-electric hybrids, but it’s also pursuing hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles. The clearest indication of this is the FCV concept , a hydrogen-powered sedan in the same vein as the the FCV-R that will bow at the auto show. (Read more about the FCV, here .) Other world debuts include the FV2 concept (pictured), a unique, one-seat future vehicle that emphasizes the “Fun to Drive” philosophy; the JPN TAXI concept , a next-generation taxi concept designed with Japanese hospitality in mind; and the Voxy and Noah concepts, next-generation minivans that differ most in exterior design cues and are scheduled to launch in the Japanese market in early 2014. The Aqua G Sports concept , based on the Prius C , will debut at the show and is a hybrid sports car that’s scheduled to launch in the Japanese market later this month. The i-Road , an electric trike that’s already been confirmed for production (check out our recent test, here ) will also be on display. We’ve been waiting for this next concept since the Toyota GT-86/Scion FR-S was launched, and we’ve already seen it in person , but Toyota will debut the FT-86 Open Concept again, calling it a “world premiere.” Toyota says it “was created to explore future sports car variations,” and while it hasn’t changed since our last viewing, the car now wears a new paint color: Flash Red. Since the paint was created specifically for the auto show, we can only guess that this is why Toyota considers it a world premiere, unless we find out otherwise.

BMW-Toyota sports car heading towards Tokyo debut

BMW-Toyota sports car heading towards Tokyo debut

May 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Performance , BMW , Toyota Earlier this year, BMW and Toyota confirmed a four-part joint venture mostly focusing on increasing improving vehicle efficiency using fuel cells, lightweight materials and better battery technology. Also tucked into the announcement was a “feasibility study” for a shared platform to underpin a future midsize “sports vehicle.” In terms of the latter, it seems that things have stepped up from the feasibility stage to the conceptual stage, as Motor Trend reports we could see a pair of new sports car concepts debut later this year in at the Tokyo Motor Show . There isn’t much information about the new program, but the article suggests the sports cars could be all-wheel drive hybrids, with electric motors powering the front wheels and a gas engine powering the rear wheels. While a partnership between Toyota and BMW might not lend itself to a catchy portmanteau like ” Toyobaru ,” here’s hoping it will bear fruit that is as exciting as the ones produced by the Toyota/ Subaru tie up. BMW-Toyota sports car heading towards Tokyo debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 20 May 2013 18:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

In the Metal: Toyota GT 86 vs. Subaru BRZ [w/poll]

In the Metal: Toyota GT 86 vs. Subaru BRZ [w/poll]

December 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Japan , Videos , Tokyo Motor Show , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , UK Badge engineering is the ironic label for when a company replaces the badge or branding of a product with that of another and considers it something new. Domestic automakers like Ford , General Motors and Chrysler have been vilified for their overuse of this practice. Then again, they weren’t often badge engineering rear-wheel-drive sports cars (though they’ve done that, too). This week, Toyota and Subaru both revealed their own versions of a RWD sports car jointly developed between the two companies: the GT 86 and BRZ . You’d be hard-pressed to tell them apart from a distance of 30 yards, but we got up close and personal with each at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show this week and discovered that there are, in fact, subtle differences. Since we’ll be getting the also-slightly different Scion FR-S in the U.S., this exercise is really aimed at our European readers who will be offered the GT 86, but everyone’s free to participate. We’ve got videos of each model in the metal after the jump , and after you watch, let us know which one you prefer in the poll below. View Poll Continue reading In the Metal: Toyota GT 86 vs. Subaru BRZ [w/poll] In the Metal: Toyota GT 86 vs. Subaru BRZ [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 02 Dec 2011 19:59:00 EST.

Prius C revealed among Toyota lineup for Tokyo Motor Show [w/video]

Prius C revealed among Toyota lineup for Tokyo Motor Show [w/video]

November 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Hybrid , Japan , Tokyo Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota , Electric We’ve heard the argument before: Why get a big hybrid when a small hatchback can, in real-world conditions, post similar fuel economy figures. And to them, Toyota answers with the new Prius C . Smaller than the existing Prius , the Prius C will launch at the rapidly approaching Tokyo Motor Show and makes its U.S. debut shortly after at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The nimble Prius C is about the size of a Yaris but packs a hybrid drivetrain, coupling an as-yet undisclosed “high-output” electric motor with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine. Destined to be called the Aqua in the Japanese Domestic Market, the hybrid hatchback also boasts a low center of gravity for better handling and luggage space. Compared to the standard Prius, the lower weight and smaller, less powerful engine in the Prius c will result in better-than-Prius fuel economy. Toyota says it will achieve over 50 miles per gallon in the city, the highest city fuel economy for any non-plug-in vehicle. Of course the Prius C isn’t the only debut Toyota has in store for Tokyo, as the production FT-86 – also boasting a low center of gravity thanks to a Subaru -sourced boxer engine mounted low in the frame – is set to bow at the Japanese expo as well. But Toyota isn’t stopping there.

Toyota coupe range expanding with Supra successor, CT200h coupe, LFA Tokyo edition

Toyota coupe range expanding with Supra successor, CT200h coupe, LFA Tokyo edition

September 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Tokyo Motor Show , Lexus , Toyota , Rumormill Toyota was once an automaker known for its two-door sportscars and coupes. There was the Celica . There was the Supra . There was the Lexus SC . But while those have all long since departed, the Japanese auto giant is clawing its way back to the territory it once owned. The Lexus LFA is one heck of a first salvo, and the FT-86 is around the corner. There’s a world of space between those models, though, and according to the latest reports, Toyota is planning to fill that space, too. Rumor has it that, while not officially sanctioned, a team of engineers is working on a rear-drive successor to the Supra , though where the project stands and what future it may have remain big question marks. A second front-drive luxury hybrid coupe is also tipped to be in the works from Lexus , adopting much of its underpinnings from the CT200h . Before those arrive, though, we look upwards to the LFA.

Toyota and Subaru to unveil production sport coupes in Tokyo?

Toyota and Subaru to unveil production sport coupes in Tokyo?

May 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Budget , Performance , Tokyo Motor Show , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , Rumormill Scion FR-S Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery The wait is over… almost. According to a report from Inside Line that jives with what we’ve been hearing ourselves, Toyota (or Scion , or both) and Subaru are set to use the Tokyo Motor Show to jointly unveil the hotly anticipated rear-wheel-drive sport coupes that they have been working on together since what seems like the beginning of time. Yes, that means we need to sit back and keep waiting until December, but at least it’s some sort of real real date to mark on the calendar, right? Until then, you’ll just have to be content with what is sure to be an endless series of spy shots and leaked information on the affordable sportscar duo. Inside Line also offers something of a timetable for production, saying that the Scion FR-S will hit American shores sometime in 2012 (rather nebulous, no?) while the unnamed Subaru version will begin production in the spring of the same year. Toyota and Subaru to unveil production sport coupes in Tokyo? originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 20 May 2011 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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