Filed under: Budget , Wagon , Toyota , Rumormill The hopes of car enthusiasts are often vain little things; bordering on irrational desires for technologies and form factors that the market has declined to buy in volume, at least in North America. Manual transmissions, diesel engines (although slightly more mainstream these days), compact pickup trucks and, of course, station wagons, are all variations on the well-worn theme here. And so, when we come across a rumor that one or more of these items from our wish list might be upcoming, and a surprise at that, we tend to get fairly amped. Use that as background when you’re considering just how many grains of salt to swallow with this latest Toyota Corolla rumor, which stems from a leaked schematic on the dealership level, and portends a wagon bodystyle for the new car. One enthusiastic Autoblog reader and Toyota dealership employee recently stumbled upon the interior lighting schematic drawing you see inset here, which clearly identifies both the “4D” four-door sedan version of the 2014 Corolla, but also a long-roof “5D” car that is unimpeachably a station wagon (click to expand the image). The real question is, is it a Corolla? What’s possible, albeit disheartening, is that we’re looking at a diagram for the European Auris Touring Sports model (pictured above), a car that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show this past March. However, at least from the diagrams above, the D-Pillar doesn’t look correct, and the nose doesn’t seem quite “pointy” enough, for lack of a better word. It also doesn’t explain why a US dealer would receive such information. Just this week, we drove the 2014 Corolla (look for the review very soon), and at that launch event, Toyota spokespeople told us that there were no further bodystyles planned “at this time.” That kind of language leaves the door open just a crack for a North American wagon.
Filed under: Hybrid , Europe , Paris Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota Toyota may have given us the full spec-sheet on its revised Auris before the car made its official Parisian debut, but our first live look at the next-generation wagon nevertheless proves compelling. The longer, lower five-door looks the part of a better-handling hatchback – just the role that Toyota hopes the hybrid can play in the European market. The Hybrid seen here is the second-generation gas-electric Auris, and it will be the top-level powertrain option for European buyers. Toyota expects that a full one-third of Auris buyers will select that Hybrid Synergy Drive model – the other two-thirds of buyers are expected to be evenly split between the diesel- and gasoline-powered versions of the car. Have a closer look at the handsome 2013 Toyota Auris in our live gallery and scroll below for the official word from Toyota in both video and press release forms. Continue reading 2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid is sharper and sleeker in new form [w/video] 2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid is sharper and sleeker in new form [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Ford , Toyota Last week, Ford boasted that the Ford Focus was the best-selling car in the world through the first half of 2012, but Toyota fired right back claiming its compact sits in the top spot. Which automaker is correct? Well, both. Kind of. Ford says that the Ford Focus has sold 489,616 units through June compared to 462,817 for the Toyota Corolla , and it even hired an independent firm, IHS Automotive , to calculate the sales figures. And this is where things get confusing. See, Ford sells the Focus globally under one name, but the Toyota Corolla is also sold with different body styles that carry different names… and IHS Automotive’s sales figure for Toyota does not include these models. As a counterpoint to the Focus hatchback, the Corolla is also available in a five-door form carrying the Toyota Matrix and Toyota Auris names, while the Corolla Fielder is Toyota’s station wagon alternative to the Ford Focus Estate. The Scion xB is sold in Australia as the Corolla Rumion.
Filed under: Japan , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Hatchback , Toyota This one will take some puzzling. Toyota has released an ad for the company’s brand-new 2013 Auris hatchback, complete with a topless model. It’s not what you think, however. The agency behind the spot contracted Stav Strashko, a 19-year-old male model born in the Ukraine and raised in Israel for the role. Strashko has a distinctly androgynous appearance and has modeled women’s clothing in the past. He says he gets mistaken for a female fairly often, but believes “the mind sees what it wants.” This may very well be the point of the Auris ad. After Strashko struts for the camera, the text on the screen reads, “Not trendy, not casual, not for everyone.” If shock value was the intent, it seems to be working – the new five-door’s ad has soaked up more than 650,000 views on YouTube since Sunday. Something tells us we should brand this one with a potentially Not Safe For Work tag. Check out the clip below. Continue reading Toyota shocks ad world with topless androgynous model Toyota shocks ad world with topless androgynous model originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 23 Aug 2012 16:58:00 EST.
Filed under: Budget , Hybrid , Paris Motor Show , Hatchback , Toyota , Diesel The Toyota Auris has been comprehensively reworked, now only awaiting its Paris Motor Show debut. It’s still a small package, but it’s got a big burden: Toyota says it represents a “determination to engineer cars that are more appealing and dynamically engaging to drive while building on its long-established reputation for quality, durability and reliability.” In the appealing corner, the front and back have been sharpened, the stylistic tweaks making for an especially cutting schnoz that helps the new Auris achieve a coefficient of drag of 0.28. The whole car has been lengthened by 30 millimeters (about 1.2 inches) and lowered by 55 millimeters (about 2.2 inches); it’s stance is lower than any other “mainstream C-segment” offering, according to the company. More practically, the roof gets Skyview – a huge panorama glass roof and the tailgate gets a wider opening. Inside, the cabin gets upgraded appointments everywhere: soft-textured door grips, padded armrests on the doors, fabric-trimmed pillars, satin silver finishes, leather trimming on the dash on some models, a soft-touch covering on the IP’s upper surface and baseball-stitched nappa leather around the steering wheel. There’s also more space due to the new packaging, with rear passengers getting 20 mm more knee room and the boot getting 90 mm more load space – all hatchback models, including the hybrid, boast 360 liters of cargo room (12.7 cubic feet). Dynamically, that lower stance should be of some assistance, and the use of high-tensile steel increases stiffness, lowers the hatchback’s center of gravity and cuts weight by up to 88 pounds. The steering and suspension have also received unnamed revisions to make for a better drive. In addition to the top-flight Hybrid Synergy Drive model, powerplants on offer will be 1.3-liter and 1.6-liter gasoline engines and a 1.4-liter diesel. If you’d like even more facts and figures on the 2013 Auris, you’ll find them in the press release below .
Filed under: Classics , Coupe , Hybrid , Performance , Europe , Government/Legal , Hatchback , Porsche , Toyota In Germany, having a reliable car is almost a rite of passage. That is, you won’t be granted passage onto the roadways if you’re car hasn’t passed the government’s strict testing regime. Called the Technischer