Momkhana goes drifting with a V8 minivan in the ‘burbs

Momkhana goes drifting with a V8 minivan in the ‘burbs

February 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Videos , Toyota , United States , Minivan/Van , Performance Momkhana takes inspiration from the Gymkhana videos, but moves the stunts to the suburbs in a V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive Toyota Sienna that goes drifting to the shoe store. Continue reading Momkhana goes drifting with a V8 minivan in the ‘burbs Momkhana goes drifting with a V8 minivan in the ‘burbs originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota recalls 250 vehicles in two separate campaigns

Toyota recalls 250 vehicles in two separate campaigns

February 18, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Recalls , Toyota , Safety , United States , Hatchback , Truck Toyota is announcing two, tiny recalls covering a total of 250 vehicles. One covers loose bolts on the 2015 Yaris, and the other is for a missing tire placard on the 2015 Tacoma TRD Pro. Continue reading Toyota recalls 250 vehicles in two separate campaigns Toyota recalls 250 vehicles in two separate campaigns originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

These are the ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ cars in 2015

These are the ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ cars in 2015

February 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Green , Bugatti , Chevrolet , Fiat , GM , GMC , Mercedes-Benz , Nissan , RAM , smart , Toyota The ACEEE’s latest list of what it calls the greenest and meanest cars sold in the United States in 2015 is out, and is a big change from last year. Continue reading These are the ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ cars in 2015 These are the ‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ cars in 2015 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Honda, Subaru airlifting parts to bypass port labor diputes

Honda, Subaru airlifting parts to bypass port labor diputes

February 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Etc. , UAW/Unions , Honda , Subaru , Toyota , United States A labor dispute between a West Coast dockworkers union and management is forcing Honda and Subaru to fly in parts to their US factories to avoid production delays. It costs about $60 million more per month to bring the components in by air rather than by ship. Continue reading Honda, Subaru airlifting parts to bypass port labor diputes Honda, Subaru airlifting parts to bypass port labor diputes originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota recalling small number of 2014 FJ Cruisers for possible steering failure

Toyota recalling small number of 2014 FJ Cruisers for possible steering failure

February 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Recalls , Toyota , Safety , United States , SUV Toyota is recalling about 120 units of the 2014 FJ Cruiser because the steering intermediate shaft can fail. If this happens, it would cause drivers to lose control. Continue reading Toyota recalling small number of 2014 FJ Cruisers for possible steering failure Toyota recalling small number of 2014 FJ Cruisers for possible steering failure originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 06 Feb 2015 10:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Here are the best-selling cars and trucks from January 2015

Here are the best-selling cars and trucks from January 2015

February 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: By the Numbers , Chevrolet , Ford , GM , Honda , Nissan , RAM , Toyota , Car Buying These were the ten best-selling vehicles in the United States in January 2015. While the leader may not surprise you, we think you’ll find plenty of interesting facts and figures in the list, and the finishing order sometimes changes dramatically from month to month. Continue reading Here are the best-selling cars and trucks from January 2015 Here are the best-selling cars and trucks from January 2015 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota promoting Mirai as if hydrogen tax credit never went away

Toyota promoting Mirai as if hydrogen tax credit never went away

January 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Government/Legal , Green , Toyota , AutoblogGreen Exclusive , United States , Hydrogen The $8,000 federal tax credit has expired and may not return, but Toyota is still advertising the 2016 Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as if it’s available. Continue reading Toyota promoting Mirai as if hydrogen tax credit never went away Toyota promoting Mirai as if hydrogen tax credit never went away originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Weekly Recap: BMW rolls out ambitious plug-in hybrid electric plan

Weekly Recap: BMW rolls out ambitious plug-in hybrid electric plan

December 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Performance , Truck , Technology , Aston Martin , BMW , Chevrolet , Toyota , Electric , Luxury , Emissions “We believe that for the United States, this is going to be very important.” – Julian Arguelles Let there be no doubt, BMW is serious about electric vehicles. The German automaker said this week it will make plug-in hybrid versions of all of its core models, an aggressive move that demonstrates its commitment to electric propulsion systems. BMW did not specify which vehicles will get the plug-in systems or provide a timeline for when they will arrive. But the announcement is clearly more than blustering, and the company revealed a 3 Series plug-in prototype this week at an event in France. BMW said the 3 Series uses a version of its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (240 horsepower, 300 pound feet of torque) with an electric motor sandwiched between the engine and transmission in place of the torque converter. It has an all-electric range of 22 miles. A plug-in X5 with the same powertrain was also displayed alongside the 3 Series, though the X5 has been on the auto-show circuit for more than a year, including a recent stop in Los Angeles . Continue reading Weekly Recap: BMW rolls out ambitious plug-in hybrid electric plan Weekly Recap: BMW rolls out ambitious plug-in hybrid electric plan originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 06 Dec 2014 11:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

What’s in a trademark? Sometimes, the next iconic car name

What’s in a trademark? Sometimes, the next iconic car name

August 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Government/Legal , Buick , Chevrolet , Chrysler , Dodge , Ford , GM , Lexus , Toyota The United States Patent and Trademark Office is a treasure trove for auto enthusiasts, especially those who double as conspiracy theorists. Why has Toyota applied to trademark ” Supra ,” the name of one of its legendary sports cars, even though it hasn’t sold one in the United States in 16 years? Why would General Motors continue to register ” Chevelle ” long after one of the most famous American muscle cars hit the end of the road? And what could Chrysler possibly do with the rights to “313,” the area code for Detroit ? There are a lot of possible answers to these questions, since automakers apply for trademarks for a variety of reasons. While a filing can be the first sign of a new model – or the return of an old favorite – moving to secure a trademark can just as easily be a smoke signal. Frequently, it’s just a routine legal procedure to maintain rights to a famous name so it can be used on t-shirts and coffee mugs. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is a treasure trove for auto enthusiasts, especially those who double as conspiracy theorists. Though there’s strong circumstantial evidence Toyota may in fact be working on a Supra-successor, for now the name is simply a filing that’s weaving its way through the federal bureaucracy. Toyota has let the Supra trademark lapse in the past before reapplying for it.

Toyota Continues to Be a Leader in Automotive R&D Patents

June 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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