Filed under: Detroit Auto Show , SUV , Toyota For a country that loves (or, at least, loved ) sport utility vehicles, the Toyota Land Cruiser has certainly slipped to the back of our minds. It carries one of the most iconic go-anywhere, do-anything nameplates in the industry, and yet in 2011, only 1,662 Land Cruisers were sold here in the United States, making it one of the ten worst-selling vehicles of the year . But since the vehicle’s product cycles are largely dictated by other markets where it’s more popular, the big Toy continues to carry on, and for the 2013 model year, there are a host of new updates. Slight visual tweaks to the exterior include the addition of LED running lamps up front, as well as HID low-beam headlamps and a refreshed grille. Aside from that, not much else has changed as far as design goes, and while the Land Cruiser does look a bit old, it’s decidedly rugged and handsome. The Land Cruiser’s 5.7-liter V8 is carried over unchanged, still with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque on tap, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Of course, because the Land Cruiser is billed as a true off-road vehicle, driving aids like KDSS (Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System) and Multi-Terrain Select are standard. Inside, the Land Cruiser gets a brand new hard-drive-based navigation system complete with Toyota’s new Entune infotainment system. Toyota has a similar mild refresh in store for the Land Cruiser’s luxury twin, the Lexus LX 570, which we’ll see at the Detroit Auto Show next week. For the full scoop, read Toyota’s official press release after the fold .
Toyota City, Japan, November 20, 2011— Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK), TMC’s vehicle manufacturing subsidiary in Kentucky, United States held a commemorative ceremony at the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky on November 19 (local time) to mark 25 years of operations.
NEW YORK – November 9, 2011 – Toyota, the most fuel-efficient full line auto manufacturer in the United States today reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability…
Filed under: Recalls , Safety , Toyota Toyota has announced that it is recalling more than 420,000 vehicles in the United States for a potentially faulty crank shaft pulley. A total of 283,200 Toyota vehicles as well as 137,000 Lexus vehicles may experience a pulley failure in which the inner and outer rings become misaligned. If that happens, owners may experience noise, vibration and a check engine light. If the problem is left untreated, the power steering belt may slip off of the crank shaft pulley, resulting in more steering effort. Toyota says that this could cause an accident, though no problems have been reported so far. The recall covers the 2004 Toyota Avalon, 2004 and 2005 Toyota Camry , Highlander , Sienna and Solara as well as the 2006 Highlander HV, 2004 and 2005 Lexus ES 350 and RX 330 . The 2006 Lexus RX 400h is also included in the recall, which covers a total of 550,000 vehicles worldwide. Toyota says that the company is currently in the process of acquiring the parts necessary to replace the faulty crank shaft pulley and that the company will inspect and replace the faulty piece free of charge. Hit the jump for the full press release. Continue reading Toyota recalling 550,000 vehicles worldwide for potential steering problem Toyota recalling 550,000 vehicles worldwide for potential steering problem originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:59:00 EST.
Filed under: Sedan , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota Company : Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Brand : Toyota Medium : TV Ad Agency : Saatchi & Saatchi, LA Product : Toyota Camry Campaign : It’s Ready. Are You? What We Like : What makes the Camry the right car for so many families is its overall competence in all aspects of everyday driving, and this advertisement does a good job of reminding consumers that the 2012 Camry has all the bells and whistles you could want while also managing to be safe (10 airbags) and efficient (43 miles per gallon for the hybrid). There’s a techy side to the ad, but it’s not full of techno-babble and it comes across in an easy manner. Plus, the pooch at the end adds just the right amount of levity. What We Don’t Like : Not much. The ad hits all the major points Toyota wants to put into the minds of consumers, and does so in a clever way. As enthusiasts, we always love to see great driving footage and ad copy that focuses on the actual act of piloting a car, but that’s really not what the Camry – and indeed most of this entire automotive segment – is all about. Strategy : There isn’t a single model that Toyota sells in the United States that’s more crucial to its success than the mid-size Camry sedan.
TORRANCE, Calif. (September 14, 2011) – Toyota recently launched the “Camry Effect,” an initiative to connect the nearly seven million Camry drivers in the United States through an interactive, online experience…
Filed under: Toyota , UAW/Unions , Australia The 2011 labor negotiations between the United Auto Workers and the Detroit Three have been a relatively quiet affair so far, but the story is a bit different on the other side of the globe. Toyota and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union aren’t seeing eye to eye, which has lead to a strike at facilities in Melbourne and Sydney. Well, most of the union’s rank and file are striking. Australia’s The Age reports that 400 of the 3,300 workers have crossed the picket line and returned to work building Camry and Aurion models, and union members are less than thrilled. In fact, striking workers have been less than subtle in threatening those 400 workers, issuing letters calling the line-crossers “f— scabs,” and adding “we know where you live.” The threats have not been well-received by union management, with national secretary Dave Smith issuing a statement saying that there was no place for threats and intimidation at work. Still, the line-crossing workers have to feel less than safe after receiving threats like “payback is a bitch three-fold” and “we know what car you drive.” Workers are striking for a 12 percent raise over three years. Toyota has offered an 11 percent raise over 39 months split into four installments. You can check out Toyota’s official response to the strike in a statement available after the jump . Continue reading Toyota AU workers threatened for unwillingness to strike Toyota AU workers threatened for unwillingness to strike originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .
Filed under: Etc. , Cadillac , Lexus , Toyota The American Customer Satisfaction Index has released the results of its annual investigation into the automotive industry, and the biggest winners hail from Japan. Although Cadillac is tied with Lexus and Toyota atop the standings with an overall score of 87, just one short year ago the top few automakers – with Buick and Lincoln at the tippy top – hailed from the United States. According to ACSI, it seems Toyota’s fall from grace in the minds of consumers was just a small blip in a long history of customer satisfaction. Lincoln dropped a few points to join Mercedes-Benz with a score of 86, while Buick and Honda both earned 85. Next on the list is a three-way tie at 84 from Ford , Nissan and Volkswagen . Chrysler was the poorest performing automaker in the report, eking out a meager score of 76. Overall, the auto industry itself scored 83 points, which is higher than the average for all durable goods on the index. For all the details from ACSI, check out the press release after the break . Continue reading Cadillac, Lexus, Toyota tie for lead in customer satisfaction index Cadillac, Lexus, Toyota tie for lead in customer satisfaction index originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:01:00 EST.
Filed under: Scion , Toyota Scion’s youth focus has served it well in the last nine years, with nearly 80 percent of first-time buyers moving into a Toyota or another Scion when the time comes to trade in. But Toyota is keenly aware that the youth market is retracting, and thus, Scion could be used as an incubator for a new transportation initiative within the automaker. What form it takes is open to speculation, but everything from unconventional body styles to car-sharing programs could be on the table. Even bikes and trikes integrated into the vehicles are under consideration. This outside-the-box tact is something BMW is exploring with its new i Ventures initiative, experimenting with and funding new transportation programs in the United States. How Scion might expand its offerings from a standard automaker to a mobility provider remains to be seen, but considering the brand’s penchant for pushing boundaries, anything is possible. Scion taking a cue from BMW, considering becoming a mobility provider? originally appeared on Autoblog 5.0 on Thu, 14 Jul 2011 08:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink