Toyota and Mercedes begin the Super Bowl ad teases with dads and hares

Toyota and Mercedes begin the Super Bowl ad teases with dads and hares

January 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Celebrities , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Mercedes-Benz , Toyota , Super Bowl Commercials Mercedes-Benz and Toyota begin the rollout of their 2015 Super Bowl commercial campaigns. Mercedes has ex-wide receiver Jerry Rice trying to debate an eight-year-old about the relative speeds of tortoises and hares, while Toyota has some other ex-pros showing off their dad skills. Continue reading Toyota and Mercedes begin the Super Bowl ad teases with dads and hares Toyota and Mercedes begin the Super Bowl ad teases with dads and hares originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

2nd annual Automobile Advertising of the Year Awards revealed

January 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising , Videos , 2015 Detroit Auto Show , Audi , BMW , Honda , Hyundai , Jeep , Toyota , Volkswagen , Volvo The Second Annual One Show Automobile Advertising of the Year Awards celebrated the best commercials and print spots of the year during the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The winners came from all over the world and a variety of brands, and we collected them all right here. Check out the best of 2014 and see if you agree. Continue reading 2nd annual Automobile Advertising of the Year Awards revealed 2nd annual Automobile Advertising of the Year Awards revealed originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 13 Jan 2015 15:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

How December changed from a near-worst to a near-best car selling month [w/video]

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Lexus , Toyota , Car Buying Automotive News article says the Lexus December to Remember campaign started in 1998 that helped turn December into one of the biggest months of the year for car sales. Before that – and “that” wasn’t that long ago – December was close to last in sales because no one seriously considered buying a car for Christmas. Continue reading How December changed from a near-worst to a near-best car selling month [w/video] How December changed from a near-worst to a near-best car selling month [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

How December changed from a near-worst to a near-best car selling month [w/video]

January 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Lexus , Toyota , Car Buying Automotive News article says the Lexus December to Remember campaign started in 1998 that helped turn December into one of the biggest months of the year for car sales. Before that – and “that” wasn’t that long ago – December was close to last in sales because no one seriously considered buying a car for Christmas. Continue reading How December changed from a near-worst to a near-best car selling month [w/video] How December changed from a near-worst to a near-best car selling month [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Watch this dude paint his Toyota pickup like Eddie Van Halen’s guitar

Watch this dude paint his Toyota pickup like Eddie Van Halen’s guitar

November 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Videos , Toyota , Design/Style Eddie van Halen is one of the greatest rock musicians around, and his Eruption guitar solo alone puts him in the pantheon with the best of the best. Artist Ryan Humphrey was looking for a design to repaint his ratty Toyota pickup, and as a Van Halen super fan, he set on the classic scheme of Eddie’s guitar for the look. The paint job is made up of a crisscrossing geometric pattern of black and white stripes with a red body. The eye-catching, rock-inspired design should give Humphrey no problems finding his pickup in a parking lot. In a video hosted by Plutonium Paint, he shows you how to get the look using the company’s product. Even if you’re not interested in watching a guy paint his old truck, the video is still enjoyable just for the chance to listen to some Van Halen tunes. Continue reading Watch this dude paint his Toyota pickup like Eddie Van Halen’s guitar Watch this dude paint his Toyota pickup like Eddie Van Halen’s guitar originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Retro review of the twin-turbo Toyota Supra you missed in the ’90s

Retro review of the twin-turbo Toyota Supra you missed in the ’90s

November 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Classics , Coupe , Performance , Videos , Toyota The twin-turbo fourth-generation Toyota Supra has slowly built up a reputation as one of the premiere sports coupes of the 1990s. The image was partially helped by its inclusion in the original The Fast and the Furious in 2001, but even before that it was part of the quartet of Japanese performance machines along with the Acura NSX , Mazda RX-7 and Nissan 300ZX Twin-Turbo that defined speed for a generation of enthusiasts. Thanks to Motorweek ‘s Retro Review series, now we get a chance to hear opinions on the Toyota from its original release. Two things strike the viewer in the review. First, it shows what a performance standout the Supra TT is. A run to 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds and 14 seconds in the quarter mile is strong against its contemporaries and makes it hardly a slouch today. The second surprising thing is just how flabbergasted the reviewers seem at the coupe. The price is up about $8,000 from the previous year, and MotorWeek isn’t entirely impressed with the Toyota’s weight saving measures that make the fourth-generation Supra a bit more raw than the last model. The great thing about these retro takes is that there’s no nostalgia in the way to cloud the reviewers’ judgment. Check out the video to find out how the twin-turbo Supra was received before it became part of the performance pantheon.

Sports 800 is a progenitor of Toyota performance

Sports 800 is a progenitor of Toyota performance

November 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Classics , Convertible , Performance , Japan , Videos , Toyota There’s an automotive axiom that claims it’s more fun to drive a slow car fast, than a fast car slow. If that’s the case, then pushing a Toyota Sports 800 around must be one of the most exhilarating experiences behind the wheel in the world. With just 800cc of displacement from a two-cylinder boxer engine, the focus is on finesse over outright speed. Still, it’s a fantastic page in Toyota’s performance history, and Petrolicious takes a ride with a man who owns a meticulously restored 1967 example in its latest video. The Sports 800 used the classic cost-saving strategy in the auto industry of taking parts from a standard model in the lineup and modifying it into a sports car. In this case that meant borrowing the engine from the plebian Toyota Publica, beefing it up for more power and clothing the whole thing a in beautifully shaped, wind-tunnel-honed body. The look of these lithe, targa roadsters is the exact opposite of the rather dull styling sometimes associated with Toyota today. Everywhere you look there are louvers, vents or curves to draw the eye. Check out the latest Petrolicious video for a detailed look at the history of this rare model that’s largely unknown on this side of the Pacific. Continue reading Sports 800 is a progenitor of Toyota performance Sports 800 is a progenitor of Toyota performance originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:01:00 EST.

Jay Leno goes offroading with the legendary Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart

Jay Leno goes offroading with the legendary Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart

November 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Truck , Videos , Toyota , Celebrities , Off-Road , Racing , Autoblog Black Jay Leno takes a step outside of his cavernous garage for this latest video for a jaunt into the desert to get a little dirty. He meets up with off-road racing legend Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart , who has multiple Baja 500 and 1000 wins in his motorsports career, to play with a Toyota Tundra in the sand. Unfortunately, Leno doesn’t get to interview Stewart too deeply about his long history in racing, but Ironman does talk a little bit about reading the trail while speeding through the desert. In lieu of a great conversation, there is a ton of high-quality footage of the Toyota bounding through the desert. This clip feels more like a marketing effort than the usual output from Jay Leno’s Garage , but it’s still great to see Stewart behind the wheel sliding a truck, just like old times. The two of them even take the truck on a somewhat humorous journey at the end of the video. Continue reading Jay Leno goes offroading with the legendary Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart Jay Leno goes offroading with the legendary Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Forza Horizon 2’s latest car pack includes Lamborghini Jalpa, Toyota 2000GT [w/video]

Forza Horizon 2’s latest car pack includes Lamborghini Jalpa, Toyota 2000GT [w/video]

November 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Sedan , Performance , Videos , BMW , Chevrolet , Lamborghini , Subaru , Toyota , Alfa Romeo , Toys/Games With over 200 vehicles to choose from, Forza Horizon 2 players are hardly starving for cars out of the box, but the developers at Turn 10 Studios are happy to give gamers even more choices with regularly released downloadable content. The latest Falken Tire Car Pack is now available with six more cars, with one of them being free for everyone. The $5 pack has quite a range of vehicles to offer, including the classic 1969 Toyota 2000GT and 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C . There’s also the 2014 BMW M4 and 2014 Chevrolet SS . There’s even some choices for those who prefer to drive something a bit more obscure, with the 1988 Lamborghini Jalpa (pictured above) and the 1990 Subaru Legacy RS , which also happens to be available to download for free separate from the package. Scroll down to read all of the details about each of the new cars and to watch a brief video showing them off in the game. Continue reading Forza Horizon 2’s latest car pack includes Lamborghini Jalpa, Toyota 2000GT [w/video] Forza Horizon 2’s latest car pack includes Lamborghini Jalpa, Toyota 2000GT [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota pimps out Esquire van for Japanese businessmen [w/video]

Toyota pimps out Esquire van for Japanese businessmen [w/video]

October 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Minivan/Van , Japan , Videos , Toyota , Luxury A few months back we reported on a dealership owner in Japan who was petitioning Toyota to make a luxury van. The problem, he reasoned, was that he couldn’t take as many friends, colleagues and clients around with him in his Lexus LS , and his Toyota Alphard van wasn’t luxurious enough. Well, it seems like he wasn’t alone, and Toyota has listened. The Japanese auto giant has just revealed the Esquire, a new luxury van designed with just such customers in mind. It’s significantly smaller than the Sienna we get in America, smaller than the aforementioned Alphard and about the same size as (this writer’s favorite) the JDM Noah van (on which we gather it’s based). But what sets the Esquire apart is its upscale appearance. The boxy van is distinguished by its dominant T-shaped chrome grille with a unique emblem that encompasses a shield, sword, “the collar of a gentleman’s suit” and the letters Esq. The flank is characterized by a strong beltline with chrome lower window frame and an expansive greenhouse with tinted rear glass. Inside the flexible cabin you’ll find accommodation for seven or eight passengers (depending on specification), synthetic leather upholstery and wood and metallic trim. There are even wheelchair-enabled models on offer as well.

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