How to jump a Toyota FJ Cruiser over a sand dune… poorly

How to jump a Toyota FJ Cruiser over a sand dune… poorly

January 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: SUV , Safety , Videos , Toyota , Off-Road YouTube is a great place to show off your vehicle and your driving skills, but more often than not, it just helps to prove that vehicle stunts should be left to the professionals. Take this particular driver, for instance. While jumping a sand dune in a Toyota FJ Cruiser , things go very wrong very quickly. There is no indication as to the condition of the driver, but we that hope he or she is okay and has learned a valuable (if expensive) lesson. The brief video of the would-be stunter is posted below . Continue reading How to jump a Toyota FJ Cruiser over a sand dune… poorly How to jump a Toyota FJ Cruiser over a sand dune… poorly originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

EVO “2012 Car of the Year: The Track Battles” is a sports car salmagundi

EVO “2012 Car of the Year: The Track Battles” is a sports car salmagundi

November 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Convertible , Coupe , Performance , Videos , BMW , Lotus , Mercedes-Benz , Porsche , Scion , Toyota , Luxury , MISC , McLaren EVO has come out with another gotta-watch-it video, throwing its 2012 Car of the Year contestants around the UK’s 1.5-mile Blyton Park track. It’s actually a 15-minute teaser for the full-length DVD detailing the magazine’s Car of the Year selection, but the tease is worth every penny free second. Tiff Needell and sports car racer Richard Meaden handle the wheel duties, the two driving five pairs of sports cars: Lotus Exige S vs. Porsche Boxster S , Morgan Three-Wheeler vs. Toyota GT86 , BMW M135i vs. Porsche 911 , Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series vs. Alpina B3 GT3 , the marquee event pits the McLaren MP4-12C vs. the Pagani Huayra . After a head-to-head lap with commentary during drifts, Meaden takes each car out to set a representative lap time. You’ll find the verdicts, lots of tire smoke, and lines like “Anything you can do sideways I can do sideways” in the video below .

Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavour

Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavour

October 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota There are publicity stunts, and then there’s using a Toyota Tundra to tow the 145-ton Space Shuttle Endeavour across interstate 405 in Los Angeles . That’s exactly what happened Saturday night when Toyota lent a hand pulling the retired spacecraft over a bridge en route to the California Science Center. As it turned out, the Manchester Boulevard Bridge couldn’t stand up to the weight of both the shuttle and the traditional tow vehicle, which sent organizers searching for something a little lighter to cover the five-minute drive across the bridge. As a 20-year sponsor of the science center, Toyota stepped in to help out. The company developed a special tow dolly with Sarens Group, an engineering and heavy-lifting firm, just for the effort. A bone-stock 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4×4 did the deed, though something tells us this little stunt greatly exceeded the machine’s tow rating. You can check out a video of the pull for yourself as well as the full press release below . Continue reading Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavour Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavour originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 14 Oct 2012 12:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavor

Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavor

October 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Truck , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota There are publicity stunts, and then there’s using a Toyota Tundra to tow the 145-ton Space Shuttle Endeavour across interstate 405 in Los Angeles . That’s exactly what happened Saturday night when Toyota lent a hand pulling the retired spacecraft over a bridge en route to the California Science Center. As it turned out, the Manchester Boulevard Bridge couldn’t stand up to the weight of both the shuttle and the traditional tow vehicle, which sent organizers searching for something a little lighter to cover the five-minute drive across the bridge. As a 20-year sponsor of the science center, Toyota stepped in to help out. The company developed a special tow dolly with Sarens Group, an engineering and heavy-lifting firm, just for the effort. A bone-stock 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4×4 did the deed, though something tells us this little stunt greatly exceeded the machine’s tow rating. You can check out a video of the pull for yourself as well as the full press release below . Continue reading Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavor Watch a Toyota Tundra tow Space Shuttle Endeavor originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 14 Oct 2012 12:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Would this commercial make you want to buy a Scion?

Would this commercial make you want to buy a Scion?

September 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Scion , Toyota Toyota , now all about getting its groove back, changed its ad slogan to “Let’s Go Places.” Scion , meanwhile, advertises the FR-S (Toyota 86) around the world with drift-happy regional launch videos and, in the UK, scenes of dystopian breakout . But in this corner of the world, before Scion went mature, we remember when it had hip, DJ-driven spots with editing as edgy as the image it was trying to promote. Which brings us to this 30-second spec ad, created by YouTube users Marcus Stokes and Marko Mandaric. Heavy on the bass and VFX, it pitches the FR-S in Scion’s original style. And even though the FR-S is the easy offering to slot in, we suspect the vibe might do favors for the tC and, pushing things, even the iQ simply because it’s so left-field. So while we try and figure out whether the FR-S means Scion’s got its goove back, you can check out the video below . Continue reading Would this commercial make you want to buy a Scion? Would this commercial make you want to buy a Scion? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Auris goes further off the rails with "Spanking Orchestra"

Toyota Auris goes further off the rails with "Spanking Orchestra"

August 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Etc. , Japan , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Hatchback , Toyota How do you follow up androgyny ? With a Spanking Orchestra, obviously. Proving that the 2013 Toyota Auris has depths we haven’t begun to comprehend, Toyota’s Japanese ad agency has followed up the head-turning spot with Stav Strashko by kitting an Auris out with “spanking machines” and putting it on display at the Daikanyama Art Street festival. The machines are computer-controlled hands that tap (or spank, if you prefer) the car to the programmed beat. As if that weren’t enough, two pairs of free-standing hands, with arms, clap time at either end of the car. If there’s a meaning to it, we’re not aware of it, but it’s fascinating to watch. It isn’t often – actually, never – that we get to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, we present The Spankers.” You’ll find them below , and the action begins in the first video at the 2:40 mark. Continue reading Toyota Auris goes further off the rails with “Spanking Orchestra” Toyota Auris goes further off the rails with “Spanking Orchestra” originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Philippines lets loose in GT 86 promo vid

Toyota Philippines lets loose in GT 86 promo vid

August 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Videos , Toyota The Toyota GT 86 has been one of the brand’s video stars this year, gobbling up millions of frames as it makes friends in each new land. The story is no different in the Philippines, where a troupe of GT 86 coupes starred in a precision driving and drifting display at an airfield. Put together by Toyota Philippines, the video was helmed by Sid Maderazo, the same gent who brought us the supercar extravaganza at Subic Bay called The Mile . His latest work can be found by scrolling down . Continue reading Toyota Philippines lets loose in GT 86 promo vid Toyota Philippines lets loose in GT 86 promo vid originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota shocks ad world with topless androgynous model

Toyota shocks ad world with topless androgynous model

August 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Scion explains the FR-S coupe’s limited-slip differential

Scion explains the FR-S coupe’s limited-slip differential

June 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Technology , Videos , Scion , Subaru , Toyota There’s no shame in not knowing what a limited slip differential is. After all, every budding car guy has a first time trying to parse Brian Beckman’s The Physics of Racing . (And many of us still don’t understand the entirety of it after multiple perusals.) So if you’re trying to wrap your mind around just what this Torsen thing is, there’s no excuse for not watching this new video from Scion . While it’s basic, it does explain the rudimentary physics behind a limited slip in just two minutes. If nothing else, it should get you started in looking for some more comprehensive information . Scroll down to watch the video. Continue reading Scion explains the FR-S coupe’s limited-slip differential Scion explains the FR-S coupe’s limited-slip differential originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 21 Jun 2012 16:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Watch Toyota racer Anthony Davidson’s terrifying airborne crash at Le Mans

Watch Toyota racer Anthony Davidson’s terrifying airborne crash at Le Mans

June 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Safety , Videos , Toyota , Racing The LMP1 racer standing on its nose is the No. 8 Toyota TS030 driven by Anthony Davidson, having just recently begun his driving stint and only five hours into the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while the red car next to it is the No. 81 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Piergiuseppe Perrazini. Davidson took the inside line down the Mulsanne Straight, and based on the vantage point in the video, it looks like Davidson had got a decent chunk of the Toyota ahead of the Ferrari when Perrazini turned into him. The result were hard runs into the tire wall and the end of the race for both drivers. Davidson got out on his own but was sent to the hospital for observation until Monday morning, but thankfully Toyota has released a statement saying Davidson shows “no signs of any injuries.” However, reports indicate Davidson has fractured two vertebra, and he soon tweeted from the hospital “Well that was a big one! Lying in a French hospital with a broken back wasn’t what I had in mind at this stage in the race…” The safety car came out while the accident was cleared, but the Toyota team’s woes were compounded when the No. 7 TS030 driven by Kazuki Nakajima drove into the Nissan DeltaWing of Satoshi Motoyama on the restart. The contact sent the DeltaWing into the wall (and despite efforts to revive it, out of the race) and the No. 7 Toyota headed back to the pits for repairs and a steep drop down the order. As of this writing, Audi’s brace of R18 E-Tron Quattro racers appear to have the inside track on a victory.

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