Gazoo Racing hints at Toyota GT86 concept for Tokyo Auto Salon [w/video]

January 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Coupe , Performance , Japan , Videos , Scion , Toyota , Tokyo Auto Salon Gazoo Racing has teased a new take on the Toyota GT86 (our Scion FR-S ) that it is bringing to next week’s Tokyo Auto Salon . Having only posted a picture of the coupe’s rear wing and backlight on its Facebook page, we have no idea what the rest of the concept will offer. If last year’s introduction is any guide, there should be plenty more bodykit and power to go along with that wing. Speaking of last year’s concept, Gazoo has released some new track footage of its twin-charged GRMN Sports FR Platinum Concept from last year’s Salon. It will return to this year’s show alongside the new car, and you can watch it drift deliciously in the new video below . Continue reading Gazoo Racing hints at Toyota GT86 concept for Tokyo Auto Salon [w/video] Gazoo Racing hints at Toyota GT86 concept for Tokyo Auto Salon [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Auto Ad of the Year Award finalists announced [w/video]

December 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Audi , BMW , Dodge , Honda , Hyundai , Land Rover , Smart , Toyota , Volkswagen , Celebrities , Humor , Fiat Finalists for the 2013 Automobile Advertising of the Year awards have been picked, and Ron Burgundy from Anchorman 2 with the 2014 Dodge Durango is one of them. So is the underside of a cat (it’s more interesting than it sounds), which is seen through a Kia Optima panoramic sunroof. There are 15 other entertaining advertisements to be watched and looked at, ranging from the “Hands” and “Illusions” spots from Honda to a Land Rover commercial that doesn’t feature a single one of its vehicles. And motorsports geeks are sure to love Honda’s auditory and visual recreation of Ayrton Senna’s Formula One lap record at Suzuka during qualifying in 1989. We’ve included the press release and all of the videos for the ad campaigns below for your enjoyment, which are divided into four categories: Broadcast TV, Online Videos, Interactive, and Experiential Advertising. To see the three Print/Outdoor category finalists, head over to the gallery . The winners will be presented at the Detroit Auto Show next month. Continue reading Auto Ad of the Year Award finalists announced [w/video] Auto Ad of the Year Award finalists announced [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 22 Dec 2013 12:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota FCV Concept comes one step closer to reality [w/video]

Toyota FCV Concept comes one step closer to reality [w/video]

November 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Sedan , Japan , Videos , Tokyo Motor Show , Toyota , Electric When Toyota first conceptualized a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle for mainstream Americans to drive, the initial response was pretty skeptical. Still, through relentless engineering and solid product after solid product, Toyota has built the Prius brand into the dominant force in the hybrid car market. Something like that plan of attack is what the Japanese company is preparing for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, as well, and that attack is seeing a critical salvo fired today with the debut of this FCV Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show . Though there’s nothing substantive to be said about rumors of a 300-mile range or a sticker price around $50,000 , the FCV concept does offer a few technical details. The sharp-beaked concept makes use of two high-pressure hydrogen tanks and boasts a power output density of three kilowatts per liter. Right now, the expectation is that Toyota will have a real-world version of this technology sometime in 2015. Continue reading Toyota FCV Concept comes one step closer to reality [w/video] Toyota FCV Concept comes one step closer to reality [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 20 Nov 2013 08:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota Harrier gets a whale of a facelift [w/video]

Toyota Harrier gets a whale of a facelift [w/video]

November 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Japan , Videos , Tokyo Motor Show , Crossover , Toyota , Design/Style , Luxury Historically, the Toyota Harrier has been a doppelg

First 2014 Toyota Corolla commercial dances through time

September 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota Despite the fact that the Toyota Corolla pretty much sells itself, the eleventh-generation 2014 model is getting a huge marketing push that aims to appeal to both Millennials (of course), as well as the older generations that have lived with the stalwart Japanese compact for decades. The first television advertising spot, called, “Style Never Goes Out of Style,” shows that the Corolla has had a place in mainstream culture since its launch in the 1960s. We have to admit, it’s pretty cool to see older models from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s come out to play for this commercial, especially the latter of those, as it gives us enthusiasts fond memories of the infamous AE86. The whole web/broadcast/print/social media marketing campaign surrounding the 2014 Corolla is called “Elevate,” because, according to Toyota : Extensive market research shows that Millennials are looking to take their career to the next level and are looking to buy their first ‘real’ car to get them there. The design of the all-new Corolla is significantly elevated from the previous generations, creating a more dynamic and desirable image for the Corolla nameplate that will appeal to these younger buyers. In our First Drive of the 2014 Corolla , we found it to be a perfectly fine vehicle for the sort of day-to-day, appliance-like tasks it will be asked to accomplish, but in terms of excitement… there isn’t any. But since research shows that more and more younger buyers don’t really give a hoot about driving , perhaps a shiny new appliance like the Corolla is exactly what they’ll be looking for when it comes time to buy a car. Scroll down to have a look at Toyota’s newest commercial for the Corolla, as well as the company’s press blast. Continue reading First 2014 Toyota Corolla commercial dances through time First 2014 Toyota Corolla commercial dances through time originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 07 Sep 2013 19:05:00 EST.

Toyota again hints that a new Supra is under development [w/video]

Toyota again hints that a new Supra is under development [w/video]

August 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Hybrid , Performance , Videos , Toyota Now that the NSX is on its way back, the list of sports car revivals most yearned for by US enthusiasts is probably down to the Mazda RX-7 , Nissan 240SX , Lotus Elise and Toyota Supra . There’s been a lot of talk about that last one over the past year especially, with rumors of an all-wheel-drive coupe utilizing a CVT last May, a Toyota engineer declaring he was instructed to develop a new Supra in November (and another MR2 in case you’re wondering), a tie-up with BMW in January of this year that highlighted a “mid-size sports vehicle” and the incoming company chairman saying he wants something “comparable” to the Supra just two months ago. Oh, and there was Toyota UK going on a public stroll down Supra History Lane last month. This week, Bloomberg spoke to Toyota USA Sales CEO Kazuo Ohara on a variety of topics, from pickup trucks to US hybrid sales to the value of the yen, then opened up the Supra issue in the last 40 seconds. While making sure to start his answer with the fact that nothing is confirmed, Ohara’s reply to the resurrection of the coupe was “We have several options… and a kind of Supra successor is one of the options we have.” That doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know, but Ohara’s last line was, “In the future we can give you better news.” We don’t know if “better news” means confirmation of a Supra, or the announcement that they’ve confirmed something at all. So if you thought you could get off the edge of your seat, well, not just yet. You can watch the complete Bloomberg interview below . Continue reading Toyota again hints that a new Supra is under development [w/video] Toyota again hints that a new Supra is under development [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota gives a free RAV4 to 50-millionth customer [w/video]

Toyota gives a free RAV4 to 50-millionth customer [w/video]

August 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Videos , Crossover , Toyota Not surprisingly, the 50-millionth Toyota product sold in the US was a Camry , but Toyota had a big surprise in store for Michael Dee, the buyer of said milestone vehicle. Toyota group vice president Bill Fay showed up at Dee’s house to not only personally thank him for the purchase, but also completely paid off that brand new Camry, presenting the owner with a clear title. But that wasn’t all. As you can tell from the image above, Fay had one more trick up his sleeve. The group VP brought along a brand new 2013 Toyota RAV4 , which was also presented to Dee in appreciation. The best part is that Dee’s genuine amazement was all caught on video, which is posted below . Continue reading Toyota gives a free RAV4 to 50-millionth customer [w/video] Toyota gives a free RAV4 to 50-millionth customer [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Autocar pits McLaren MP4-12C against turbo Toyota GT86

August 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Coupe , Performance , Videos , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , UK , Racing , Comparisons , McLaren The Toyota GT86 , in all of its forms, is one of the best-handling cars money can buy, a trait that can put a smile on the faces of all but the most jaded car enthusiasts. But if good handling isn’t what they’re looking for, then what is? Our first guess would have to be more power, something the 200-horsepower Toyota would benefit from. Autocar tries out that theory by driving two turbocharged GT86s on track, then pitting the more powerful one against the 616-hp McLaren MP4-12C in a track battle. The first GT86 turbo Autocar ‘s Steve Sutcliffe drives makes around 255 rear-wheel horsepower and a bucket-load more torque than the stock car. That’s plenty of power to either have a lot of fun or get into a lot of trouble. But the GT86 that Sutcliffe tails in the McLaren is race-prepped, stripped to the bone and wears slicks to harness a heavy-hitting 335 hp at the wheel. Weighing in at under 2,500 pounds, the Toyota can’t overcome the MP4-12C’s power-to-weight ratio of 5.3 pounds per horsepower, but it comes pretty close. Enjoy a lot of chasing and drifting fun in the video below ! Continue reading Autocar pits McLaren MP4-12C against turbo Toyota GT86 Autocar pits McLaren MP4-12C against turbo Toyota GT86 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Prius owners targeted by tire-slashing VA vandal

Toyota Prius owners targeted by tire-slashing VA vandal

July 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Videos , Toyota Toyota Prius owners aren’t bad folks. With a few exceptions , they’re just normal people who appreciate the comfortable, high-mileage hybrid. Someone in Arlington, Virginia doesn’t see it that way, though, as 14 examples (and one Smart ) had at least one tire slashed last Sunday night. The serial tire-slasher didn’t swipe any items from the vehicles, but he or she has left owners with substantial bills and sour dispositions. According to a report from ABC affiliate WJLA , some citizens are considering the matter a hate crime. Despite the targeting of Toyota hybrids and the acquisition of one fingerprint, police have been unable to make any arrests, as the slasher has targeted vehicles across the county. Take a look at the local news report from WJLA below . Continue reading Toyota Prius owners targeted by tire-slashing VA vandal Toyota Prius owners targeted by tire-slashing VA vandal originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

2013 Toyota RAV4 earns ‘poor’ rating in IIHS small overlap crash test [w/video]

2013 Toyota RAV4 earns ‘poor’ rating in IIHS small overlap crash test [w/video]

July 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Safety , Videos , Crossover , Toyota When the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested a batch of SUVs in its small overlap frontal crash test earlier this year, it held off on putting the Toyota RAV4 in the blender because the new, 2013 model was due to arrive shortly after the test. The new crossover might be better than it was before, but it could still only manage a rating of “Poor” in the test that has been a bugbear for a number of manufacturers. Among other issues, the IIHS noted that the steering column moved seven inches to the right causing the crash test dummy to practically miss the airbag, the dummy’s left foot was trapped in deformed sheetmetal and the dummy’s head hit the instrument panel. The 2013 RAV4 earned the Top Safety Pick rating by scoring well in the Institute’s four other tests. A good score in this particular test would have earned it the Top Safety Pick+ rating that is so far only claimed by the 2014 Subaru Forester and 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in the SUV category. There’s a press release below with more details and a video of the test. Continue reading 2013 Toyota RAV4 earns ‘poor’ rating in IIHS small overlap crash test [w/video] 2013 Toyota RAV4 earns ‘poor’ rating in IIHS small overlap crash test [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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