Filed under: Budget , Sedan , Europe , Toyota , Design/Style After tons of teasing , Toyota finally unveiled the all-new 2014 Corolla in the wee hours of the – at least to those of us here in the Midwest. The fresh new face of the US-spec car takes a number of cues from the Camry and Avalon sedans, and in S trim with the large alloy wheels and blacked-out front fascia, we’d even venture this is the most boldly styled North American Corolla to date (faint praise as that may be). Of course, our friends in other markets will also be getting fully updated versions of the Corolla as well, and here, we’re getting our first glimpse at the European-spec car, complete with a very different front fascia that, at least in this trim, seems to take a more conservative design approach. A quick poll of the Autoblog staff shows that we’re torn as to whether or not we prefer this European look to our North American-specific car, but at least in the sporty-ish S trim, we think the Americans may have got the better end of the deal. The Euro-spec Corolla actually shares a lot of its design with its larger platform-mate, the Auris , a car that we don’t – and likely won’t – get in the States. Inside, the European Corolla looks basically the same as the NA car, and while market-specific engines and specifications haven’t been released yet, it’s expected that the Corolla will share much of its dirty bits with the European Auris, as well. Have a look through the Euro-spec gallery above , as well as the US-spec gallery below , and then let us know which Corolla you think looks better in our poll and in Comments. View Poll 2014 Toyota Corolla shows its new Euro-spec nose [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Government/Legal , Safety , Toyota , Earnings/Financials A total of 22.6 million current and former Toyota owners have been sent notices that they may be eligible to receive compensation from the automaker for damages related to the unintended acceleration fiasco that has dominated headlines in 2009 and 2010. The total payout may be as high as $1.63 billion, according to The Detroit News . Steve Berman, a lawyer for the owners, calls the potential deal “a landmark, if not a record, settlement in automobile defects class action litigation in the United States.” Still, there’s some debate about whether or not Toyota’s proposed settlement is fair, as it includes $30 million for safety research and driver education programs – in other words, Toyota seems to be suggesting that drivers need more education on how to drive their correctly working and fully functional vehicles. For those keeping track, Toyota would also be paying lawyer fees of $200 million. A US District Judge in California is scheduled to hold a so-called “fairness hearing” on June 14 that could decide the fate of this particular settlement. Further courtroom wrangling will be required to hash out any wrongful death suits levied against Toyota stemming from unintended acceleration claims, as those are not part of this class-action suit. Toyota sudden acceleration class action may cover 22 million owners originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 16 May 2013 09:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Government/Legal , Safety , Lexus , Toyota Toyota’s sales seem to have rebounded from the unintended acceleration issues from 2009 and 2010, but the automaker is far from done dealing with this situation. Following a settlement worth up to $1.4 billion for economic loss to affected vehicle owners, Toyota has settled rather than going to trial in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from an accident in Utah in 2010 that left two passengers dead. This isn’t the first case in which Toyota has settled, but it was the first among a consolidated group of cases being held in Santa Ana, CA. According to The Detroit News , this case was scheduled to take place next month, and it was for a November 2010 incident in which Paul Van Alfen and Charlene James Lloyd were killed in a Camry when, based on findings by the Utah Highway Patrol, the accelerator got stuck causing the car to speed out of control and hit a wall; the terms of the settlement were not announced. The article says that while Toyota will settle on some cases, it doesn’t plan on settling on all of them as it still wants to be able to “defend [its] product at trial.” This will probably be the case in suits claiming that software for the drive-by-wire accelerator was the cause of an accident in a Toyota or Lexus vehicle. The question of whether or not the electronic accelerator played any role in this problem has been a hot-button topic since the beginning. Toyota has issued recalls in the past to attempt to prevent unintended acceleration caused by trapped floor mats and faulty accelerator pedals, but it also says driver error was to blame in some instances. Toyota settles first wrongful death suit related to unintended acceleration originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Hybrid , Technology , Crossover , Toyota Toyota may be hard at work on a new hybrid version of the RAV4 . AutoExpress reports the automaker is keeping a close eye on the CUV segment to determine whether or not buyers would be receptive to the idea of a hybrid RAV4. Yoshikazu Saeki, deputy chief engineer with the automaker, said that a hybrid iteration wouldn’t be difficult to do. Saeki spoke with AutoExpress during the LA Auto Show , and said that while Toyota has no interest in building either a seven-seat version of the RAV4 or a sportier model along the lines of the Nissan Juke , a hybrid isn’t off the table. “We are watching the market,” Saeki said. “After introducing the new RAV4 we will see. There will be a possibility of introducing a hybrid RAV4 and we will respond to what the market wants.” Than again, we’ve heard these rumblings before . Back in 2009, Toyota said almost the exact same thing after the Shanghai Motor Show three years ago. Toyota RAV4 hybrid in development? originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:27:00 EST.
Filed under: Car Buying , Hybrid , Wagon , Hatchback , Toyota Think you’re seeing more Toyota Prius models on the road these days? Well, you are. Automotive News is reporting that all those increased Prius sales in the U.S. and Japan (see here and here and here and here etc.) have turned the Prius into the world’s third-best-selling car model for the first three months of 2012. During the first quarter, the Prius sold 247,230 copies around the world. The only cars that sold more during that time were the Toyota Corolla (300,800) and the Ford Focus (277,000). There’s an asterisk on the Prius’ figures: much of that new success is due to the fact that there are a brace of new Prius models, namely the C , V and Plug-in – that have expanded the line, with the C being the “car of the moment in Japan,” according to Automotive News . Sales in the U.S. were up 42 percent in the first quarter. The new models and the increased sales make up what AN calls a “Prius surge,” one that could be capacity constrained in the States.
Filed under: Motorsports , Toyota , Peugeot , Electric Toyota Motorsport GmbH has announced its intention to smash the existing electric vehicle lap record at the famed N
Filed under: Budget , Hatchback , Toyota 2012 Toyota Yaris – Click above for high-res image gallery The subcompact B-segment is where it’s at these days. This once-overlooked segment of vehicles has been booming lately, what with recent additions like the Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 , not to mention soon-to-be-released models like the Chevrolet Sonic , Nissan Versa , Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio . Toyota is a player in this segment, but the Yaris , isn’t exactly aging too well, but a brand new version is just around the corner. That is, if these photos from a Hungarian Toyota dealership’s Facebook page are anything to go on. This stylish new Yaris looks to be the end result of what renderings and spy shots have foretold, though it’s still unclear whether or not this is indeed the car that will be sold here in the United States – this could simply be the Euro-market Yaris. Either way, if this new hatchback is destined for consumption here in the States, we’ll likely hear about it within the coming months. Are you the new Toyota Yaris? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 15 Jun 2011 15:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Hybrid , Wagon , Technology , Crossover , Toyota , First Drive Toyota Masters The Art Of The Conjunctive 2012 Toyota Prius V – Click above for high-res image gallery The hybrid lexicon is a language built on a foundation of disjunction. Buyers may have phenomenal fuel economy or space for kids and cargo. You can embarrass your neighbors at the fuel pump or have a satisfying driving experience. In fact, opting for a battery pack is so fraught with compromise that it’s almost as if hybrid manufacturers have completely deleted the conjunctive ‘and’ from their diction. Even so, that fact hasn’t stopped buyers from seeking out electrified vehicles in increasing numbers. Toyota has sold over one million Prius models in the United States since the vehicle first debuted a decade ago. That number blossoms to two million if global sales are accounted for, and the model’s popularity has helped usher in a bloom of hybrid products from over 16 manufacturers. The technology may not be the perfect solution to our fuel economy concerns, but the Prius has taken off in ways that would have been difficult to imagine when the first gangly example whirred off the line. Now Toyota is set to grow its Prius lineup with three new models. In fact, Bob Carter , Toyota division group vice president and general manager, says that the Japanese automaker fully expects the Prius family to become its best-selling product line in the near future – beating out internal combustion titans like the Camry and Corolla in the process.