Toyota Auris Touring Sports is a handsome Prius V alternative [w/videos]

Toyota Auris Touring Sports is a handsome Prius V alternative [w/videos]

March 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Hybrid , Wagon , Geneva Motor Show , Videos , Toyota , Diesel The Toyota Prius V has a lot to recommend it, but adventurous and sporty styling is not in its repertoire. That’s why this new Auris Touring Sports has our attention. Claimed to be the “first full hybrid estate car” in the compact class, this two-box Auris has genuine visual panache to go with its load-lugging capability and parsimonious fuel economy. In the metal, we think its v-shaped grille and headlamp treatment acquits itself better than it does on the new RAV4 , a model that shares its new design language. Built by Toyota UK, the Auris Touring Sports hybrid is powered by a familiar-sounding 1.8-liter gas engine paired with an electric motor, with total system output quoted at 134 horsepower. The model will also be available in a variety of gas or diesel trims if you prefer your vehicle sans electrification (a non-hybrid model is shown). It goes on sale later this year in Europe, but don’t hold your breath to see one in North America. Still interested? Scroll below to see a couple of videos and to read the official press release. Continue reading Toyota Auris Touring Sports is a handsome Prius V alternative [w/videos] Toyota Auris Touring Sports is a handsome Prius V alternative [w/videos] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 06 Mar 2013 06:30:00 EST.

Toyota i-ROAD leans its way into the city [w/video]

Toyota i-ROAD leans its way into the city [w/video]

March 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Coupe , Geneva Motor Show , Videos , Toyota , Motorcycle , Specialty , Electric According to Toyota , the ” i-ROAD takes the company closer to its goal of creating the ultimate range of eco cars.” As you’re surely aware, that range of eco cars includes the enormously successful Prius family, but this new machine is nothing like the hybrid hatchback. And it’s not even a car – Toyota calls the i-ROAD a Personal Mobility Vehicle. Toyota’s i-ROAD Concept, which debuts at this week’s Geneva Motor Show , is adorned with just three wheels, meaning it’s just as much a motorcycle as it is a car, and the driver and passenger sit in tandem style instead of side-by-side. This arrangement allows for a very thin 850mm width, which is about the same as a large motorcycle. Because the cockpit is enclosed, the occupants don’t need helmets, nor are they open to the elements outside. Also like a traditional two-wheeler, the i-ROAD tilts through the turns and when driving on uneven surfaces. Toyota says its computer-controlled Active Lean technology automatically balances the vehicle with no input from the driver. Despite the automaker’s expertise in hybrid drivetrains, the i-ROAD is a pure electric vehicle, and Toyota says it “believes in the feasibility of EVs to serve as a main mode of transport for short urban journeys.” There’s a two-kilowatt motor in each front wheel, meaning the i-ROAD offers up just over five horsepower, which isn’t a lot but should be enough to get moving up to city traffic speeds (no performance specs are available). An on-board lithium ion battery allows for a range of around 30 miles, after which the vehicle can be recharged in three hours using “a conventional domestic power supply.” We’re a little unsure of what Toyota means by that – using a 110-volt outlet or a 220-volt outlet, or perhaps a unique charger? – but you’re welcome to see the press release yourself below, along with a video showing the leaning three-wheeler in action.

This Irishman really likes the Toyota GT86

This Irishman really likes the Toyota GT86

February 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Performance , Europe , Videos , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , Humor Okay, okay – by this point in time just liking the Toyota GT86 ( Scion FR-S , Subaru BRZ , what have you) doesn’t make you special. Even if you’re a sort of funny sounding, funny looking Irishman, who probably isn’t the most seasoned car reviewer ever, digging the GT86 is not news. However, if, when you choose to publish your ten-minute-long review, you include exclamatory phrases about your own pubic hair, Ozzy Osborne’s drug habit and “gentleman vegetable stuff,” well sir, then you’ll have our attention. Don’t give up on this video, available down below , after the first couple of minutes, we implore you. The silver-tongued Irishman doesn’t really get warmed up until four minutes in, or so. Believe us, it’s worth the wait. Continue reading This Irishman really likes the Toyota GT86 This Irishman really likes the Toyota GT86 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota, Kaley Cuoco grant wishes in Super Bowl XLVII ad

Toyota, Kaley Cuoco grant wishes in Super Bowl XLVII ad

January 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Crossover , Toyota , Celebrities , Humor For viewers who plan on watching the Super Bowl only for the commercials, here’s one for you to enjoy ahead of time. As we saw in the teaser video that Toyota released last week, will be making the transition from Big Bang to The Big Game as a wish-granting genie in a commercial for the 2013 Toyota RAV4 . Though not as entertaining as the actual teaser for this commercial, it still garnered a couple chuckles from the Autoblog crew. We won’t spoil it for you, but a word of advice: if Cuoco ever shows up in your driveway granting you wishes, we’d suggest you be very clear what you want… and enunciate. If you want to see the commercial before this Sunday’s game, we have the video (and an accompanying press release) posted after the jump . Continue reading Toyota, Kaley Cuoco grant wishes in Super Bowl XLVII ad Toyota, Kaley Cuoco grant wishes in Super Bowl XLVII ad originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Armored Toyota is a pleasure palace in disguise

Armored Toyota is a pleasure palace in disguise

January 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , SUV , Safety , Videos , Toyota , Specialty , Luxury We’ve seen our fair share of kitted out armored vehicles, from bullet-proof BMW models to Land Rover SUVs that can take a land mine. But Lexani Motorcars has recently put its armored car experience to work on a Toyota Sequoia . Why? The company isn’t saying, but we imagine a Toyota is somewhat less conspicuous than a high-dollar German sedan. With sufficient armoring on five sides to protect the machine from 7.62×51 mm rifle rounds and under body plating stout enough to keep the occupants safe from both grenades and land mines. But this isn’t some brutal tank. Inside, the Sequoia serves up leather seating, wine coolers galore, a massive, retractable LCD flat screen (which doubles as a cabin divider) and and beautiful wood trim. Rear passengers can see exactly what’s going on outside thanks to a bevy of discreet cameras, and most of the onboard electronics look to be controllable via an iPad. Check it out below for a closer look. Continue reading Armored Toyota is a pleasure palace in disguise Armored Toyota is a pleasure palace in disguise originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:34:00 EST.

Toyota and Lexus show off advanced safety research vehicle [w/video]

Toyota and Lexus show off advanced safety research vehicle [w/video]

January 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Sedan , CES , Japan , Safety , Technology , Videos , Lexus , Toyota , Luxury While Google and Audi explore the possibilities of autonomous vehicles, Toyota and its Lexus division are studying the intermediate step of vehicles equipped with a deep suite of technology that help drivers make the best decisions. Introduced at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Lexus advanced safety research vehicle is an LS sedan fitted with three high-def color cameras to detect objects up to almost 500 feet away, 360-degree Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) lasers that can detect objects up to 220 feet away, three radar units to keep track of other vehicles at intersections, a precision odometer on the rear wheel, GPS that estimates orientation and an accelerometer. Currently testing at a purpose-built 8.6 acre urban testing ground at the Higashi-Fuji Technical Center in Susono, Japan the Toyota research vehicle is being used to study how to make better drivers, as well as figuring out how to reduce crashes as the industry’s journey through passive and active safety systems progresses. In the event of a crash, new rescue systems are also being tested. Further investment is being put into the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) that would use shortwave signals to harness information from the car and from other vehicles on the road, as well as roadside infrastructure and even pedestrians. Toyota reasons it could then build a picture of interactions and, for instance, alert the driver to a potential collision at a blind intersection. Toyota’s says its research “could lead to a fully autonomous car in the future,” but for now, the point is that “a driverless car is just a part of the story. Our vision is a car equipped with an intelligent, always-attentive co-pilot whose skills contribute to safer driving.” Improving driver education in this country would probably be a lot cheaper, but hey, we’re for anything that helps make the roads safer places to be. There’s plenty more tech-speak in the video and press release below . Continue reading Toyota and Lexus show off advanced safety research vehicle [w/video] Toyota and Lexus show off advanced safety research vehicle [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 EST.

Toyota teases Furia concept ahead of Detroit debut

Toyota teases Furia concept ahead of Detroit debut

December 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , Detroit Auto Show , Sedan , Videos , Toyota Toyota has announced that it will debut an all-new sedan concept, dubbed Furia, at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show next January. And while the Japanese automaker has released this video teaser as a way to whet our appetites, we don’t know a whole lot about what, exactly, is in store. So, it’s a sedan, it’s orange, it has some carbon fiber accents like the rear lip spoiler you see in the image above, and there are funky, concept car-spec lighting elements at both the front and rear. It may or may not live in fire based on the footage we see here, too. That’s all we know for now, and our best guess is that this previews some sort of new sporty sedan for the Japanese brand. (Toyota could stand to add a little excitement in its lineup, after all.) We’ll have the full details closer to the concept’s debut at the Detroit Auto Show in a few weeks. For now, scroll down to watch the Furia in full tease mode. Continue reading Toyota teases Furia concept ahead of Detroit debut Toyota teases Furia concept ahead of Detroit debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

2013 Toyota RAV4 teased ahead of LA debut

2013 Toyota RAV4 teased ahead of LA debut

November 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: LA Auto Show , Videos , Crossover , Toyota We’ll get our first glimpse of the all-new 2013 Toyota RAV4 at the Los Angeles Auto Show in a couple of weeks (unless the new crossover falls victim to a case of internet leakage), and to keep our interest piqued, Toyota has released this brief teaser video for its new small CUV. There really isn’t a whole lot to be seen in the video, save a few quick glimpses of the new car including the headlight/grille shot you see above. To hear Toyota tell it, the 2013 RAV4 is “a new generation rewriting the rules of style, embodying sophistication and strength – a dynamism that adapts to the changing pace of life.” Whatever that means. We’ve spied the 2013 RAV4 on a couple of occasions now, and even in its heavily camouflaged state, we can see that its design will indeed follow that of the 2012 Camry . As for other details surrounding the new model, we don’t have anything concrete. Powertrains are expected to be of the four-cylinder variety (including a possible hybrid), and new technology like Toyota’s Entune system will likely be worked into the redesigned interior. Stay tuned for the full details at the end of November, and scroll down to watch the 40-second teaser video for yourself. Continue reading 2013 Toyota RAV4 teased ahead of LA debut 2013 Toyota RAV4 teased ahead of LA debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota GT86 ad banned in UK for encouraging "dangerous driving"

Toyota GT86 ad banned in UK for encouraging "dangerous driving"

November 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota , UK A ban has reportedly been issued on a UK commercial for the Toyota GT86 (know as the Scion FR-S here in the US) that supposedly might “encourage motorists to drive irresponsibly,” because it “condoned dangerous driving.” The commercial, known as “The Real Deal,” in question has very clearly made an effort to distance itself from any kind of illicit real-world driving, as Toyota is fully aware that British laws forbids that kind of advertising. Toyota reportedly told Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority that it did not, in fact, condone unsafe or irresponsible driving, and that its commercial – which features a digital man in a sort of Dystopian “video game” world – is impossible to reproduce under real-world conditions. Toyota UK has not, as of this writing, felt compelled to remove the advertisement from its YouTube page , meaning you are at liberty to watch it for yourself below . At least here in The States, we consider it extremely “safe for work” – just don’t try this on the road, hotshot. Does banning a commercial from television serve to make it more popular on the internet? Give us your thoughts in Comments. Continue reading Toyota GT86 ad banned in UK for encouraging “dangerous driving” Toyota GT86 ad banned in UK for encouraging “dangerous driving” originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Toyota GT86 ad banned in UK for encouraging "dangerous driving"

Toyota GT86 ad banned in UK for encouraging "dangerous driving"

November 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Marketing/Advertising , Videos , Toyota , UK A ban has reportedly been issued on a UK commercial for the Toyota GT86 (know as the Scion FR-S here in the US) that supposedly might “encourage motorists to drive irresponsibly,” because it “condoned dangerous driving.” The commercial, known as “The Real Deal,” in question has very clearly made an effort to distance itself from any kind of illicit real-world driving, as Toyota is fully aware that British laws forbids that kind of advertising. Toyota reportedly told Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority that it did not, in fact, condone unsafe or irresponsible driving, and that its commercial – which features a digital man in a sort of Dystopian “video game” world – is impossible to reproduce under real-world conditions. Toyota UK has not, as of this writing, felt compelled to remove the advertisement from its YouTube page , meaning you are at liberty to watch it for yourself below . At least here in The States, we consider it extremely “safe for work” – just don’t try this on the road, hotshot. Does banning a commercial from television serve to make it more popular on the internet? Give us your thoughts in Comments. Continue reading Toyota GT86 ad banned in UK for encouraging “dangerous driving” Toyota GT86 ad banned in UK for encouraging “dangerous driving” originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

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