Toyota Maintains Industry-Leading Fuel Economy by Putting Cars on a Diet and 2013 Avalon Will Be Lightest in Segment

September 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 5, 2012) – While powertrain developments such Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive have helped enhance fuel economy, many of the vehicles across the Toyota product line have improved their efficiency because of a focused effort on weight reduction, and the 2013 Avalon is a prime example.

These are the best-selling cars in wealthy zip codes

These are the best-selling cars in wealthy zip codes

August 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , BMW , Honda , Lexus , Mercedes-Benz , Toyota , Volkswagen , Luxury Perhaps the most frustrating thing about being mired in the 99% is that due to the prevalence of reality-distorting TV and the booming personal security business, we really have no idea what it’s like to be Mitt Romney , Donald Trump or one of the Koch brothers. At least in the olden days, we plebs could point and stare, mouths agape as the robber barons rode through city streets in their jewel-encrusted carriages. But today? Good luck catching a glimpse of Trump’s platinum-dipped Maybach or the plutonium-burning hovercrafts that the Koch’s use to fly to their secret Tea Party Illuminati meetings. What’s that? Rich people buy their cars at dealerships just like we do? Yep, and according to a new study from TrueCar , Mr. and Mrs. Moneybags don’t go in for luxury models nearly as completely as you’d think. TrueCar has released a list of the top 10 most popular cars in the wealthiest zip codes in the U.S.

Toyota to build Yaris in France for North America

Toyota to build Yaris in France for North America

June 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Europe , Japan , Plants/Manufacturing , Hatchback , Toyota Toyota has already made it abundantly clear the company intends to scale back production in Japan in an attempt to combat the ever-strengthening Yen, and now it looks as if we know one of the ways the automaker plans to do so. Toyota has announced it will manufacture U.S. and Canadian-spec Yaris models in its Onnaing-Valenciennes facility in France . The plant has been producing the Yaris hatchback for European buyers since 2001, though this marks the first time in Toyota history that the automaker has built a vehicle in Europe and imported the model to the States. North American-spec Yaris models differ slightly from their European counterparts. In addition to using different fascia designs front and rear, the NA model comes available with an automatic transmission and a market-specific 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. There is some differentiation in safety equipment between the two models as well. Japanese automakers have recently revealed that building cars in Japan and exporting them around the globe is quickly becoming a money-losing proposition. Honda has made it clear the company is seeking alternatives to producing models like the Fit and CR-Z in Japan due to the high costs associated with exporting the vehicles. Toyota to build Yaris in France for North America originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:45:00 EST.

Hot Wheels accused of stealing Icon FJ40 Baja design [UPDATE]

Hot Wheels accused of stealing Icon FJ40 Baja design [UPDATE]

June 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Classics , SUV , Government/Legal , Toyota , Toys/Games , Specialty , Design/Style , Off-Road In a perfect world, all of our favorite companies would get along merrily. But sadly, we do not live in a perfect world. Icon , the company behind some of the most lust-worthy vintage off-roaders and street machines in existence, is accusing toymaker Mattel of stealing the FJ40 Baja Edition design for a Hot Wheels die cast toy. According to the most recent Icon newsletter, Hot Wheels lifted a photo of the heavily modified FJ40, slathered a quick Photoshop job over the image and called it a day. Except Mattel reportedly never asked Icon for permission to use the image or the vehicle design in its marketing or products. Icon reportedly reached out to Mattel to no avail. That’s about when the custom builder turned to its lawyers, prompting the attorney for Hot Wheels to say the company wanted to settle the matter out of court. A month went by before Icon once again tried to reach out. Mattel allegedly dismissed Icon, effectively challenging the smaller company to try to sue the toy monolith if Icon thought it stood a chance. Hot Wheels hasn’t spoken out on the issue.

Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent and Chevy Sonic top Consumer Reports subcompact shootout

Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent and Chevy Sonic top Consumer Reports subcompact shootout

March 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Budget , Sedan , Hatchback , Chevrolet , Honda , Hyundai , Nissan , Toyota Consumer Reports has just wrapped up an evaluation of subcompact sedans, and the Kia Rio EX has rolled out ahead of the class. The four-door beat out its corporate clone, the Hyundai Accent and the Chevrolet Sonic to take the top spot. Evaluators pointed to the sharp handling and well-optioned interior in the Rio as reasons for the vehicle’s win. The newly redesigned Nissan Versa and unloved Toyota Yaris filled out the top five sedans. And what of the baby hatchbacks? CR once again credited the Honda Fit as leader of the pack, followed closely by the Versa Hatchback and Rio Hatchback. The organization found fault with the base Chevrolet Sonic’s fuel economy, and found the turbocharged LTZ model to be too expensive. Evaluators also felt the Sonic Turbo “didn’t live up to its sporty aspirations.” We’ll politely agree to disagree on that one. All of the vehicles in the evaluation are either too new or scored too low in CR evaluations to earn a coveted Recommended rating. Hit the jump for a look at the full press release and debate amongst yourselves in Comments.

Customer FAQs for Toyota Venza and Camry Stop Lamp Switch Recall

March 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

1. Which models are involved in the recall? Toyota is recalling 70,500 certain 2009 model year Toyota Camry and 116,000 2009 to certain 2011 model year Toyota Venza vehicles sold in the U.S. No other vehicles are involved in this recall.

Customer FAQs for Toyota Tacoma Steering Wheel Spiral Cable Assembly Recall

March 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

1. Which models are involved in the recall? Toyota is recalling 495,000 certain 2005 to early 2009 model year Toyota Tacoma vehicles sold in the U.S. No other vehicles are involved in this recall.

Thailand flooding halts Honda and Toyota auto production

Thailand flooding halts Honda and Toyota auto production

October 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Japan , Plants/Manufacturing , Honda , Toyota Japanese automakers are having a rough year coping with Mother Nature. First it was earthquakes in Japan , and now flooding in Thailand. Since late July, typhoons in Southeast Asia have caused billions of dollars of damage, and now production at three Toyota plants and one Honda facility has been halted, according to the Associated Press . While Toyota’s plants in eastern Thailand haven’t been directly affected by the weather, the inability of suppliers to deliver parts has caused the shutdowns there. Honda’s plant in Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, isn’t so lucky. Offline since October 4, and flooded since October 8, Honda officials can’t even assess the damage because the plant remains inaccessible. The four factories produced over 800,000 vehicles last year. This included 630,000 Toyotas and 170,000 Hondas, representing roughly eight and five percent of each automaker’s respective global volume. Among the vehicles produced in Thailand are the Toyota Corolla and Camry and the Honda Civic and Accord , but none of the Thai plants produce vehicles for the North American market. Thailand flooding halts Honda and Toyota auto production originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 13 Oct 2011 19:00:00 EST.

Scion taking a cue from BMW, considering becoming a mobility provider?

Scion taking a cue from BMW, considering becoming a mobility provider?

July 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Customer FAQs for Toyota Prius Electric Power Steering (EPS) Pinion Shaft Nut Recall

June 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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