Tag: Toyota

Buy/Drive/Burn: Basic Japanese Compacts From 2008

Today’s Buy/Drive/Burn trio are the 2008 versions of the same Japanese compacts from last time. Many of you were split on the relative goodness of 1998’s Civic versus Corolla, but agreed Sentra should burn. Do those views change when the cars are from 2008? Honda Civic The eighth-gen Civic is in its third model year […]

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Track-Focused Toyota GR Yaris Variant Spied Undisguised

Prototypes of the Toyota GR Yaris with extra aero parts have been spied testing at the Nürburgring in October 2020, and more recently in August 2021, hinting at a possible track-focused variant of the rally-bred hot hatch. It seems that Toyota engineers had another go with the tuned GR Yaris prototype, but this time they didn’t bother to […]

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Toyota’s Retro FJ Cruiser Is Getting As Collectable As The Classic FJ Trucks That Inspired It

The new Bronco is one of the hottest trucks of 2021, but while buyers patiently wait for Ford to actually deliver its retro off-roader, another vintage-inspired SUV has been making waves, this time on the modern classic scene. A recent article by Hagerty drawing on the insurance company’s valuation data for Toyota’s FJ Cruiser highlights […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Basic Japanese Compacts From 1998

We continue our 1990s-then-2000s series today, with the Japanese counterpart to the American compacts presented here recently. These Japanese compacts from 1998 represented the last of the Nineties’ Golden Era quality. Civic, Sentra, Corolla, make your pick! Honda Civic The seventh-gen Honda Civic is in its third model year for 1998 and is offered in […]

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NHTSA Asks 12 Automakers For Help In Tesla Autopilot Investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked 12 major automakers for information about the advanced driver aids systems in their vehicles. This, the administration made clear, is part of its investigation into crashes involving Tesla’s driver aids. According to Reuters, the NHTSA sent letters out to GM, Toyota, Ford, VW, and others as it conducts […]

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Toyota Launches 2022 Corolla Cross In Japan With Different Styling And Hybrid AWD Option

Following the recent leaks, Toyota officially revealed the Japanese-spec Corolla Cross featuring some styling differences from the global- and US-spec models. The latest TNGA-based based SUV slots between the slightly smaller C-HR and the quite larger RAV4. The range offers the choice between petrol and hybrid powertrain options, while the latter is also available with Toyota’s E-four electric all-wheel-drive […]

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Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport Unveiled In Taiwan With Tougher Looks And Sports Suspension

Toyota unveiled the GR Sport variant of the Corolla Cross in Taiwan with a series of visual and mechanical updates over the standard model. Besides looking tougher, the Corolla Cros GR Sport is also sportier to drive thanks to the new suspension setup by Gazoo Racing. Design-wise, the SUV gets a redesigned front bumper with […]

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Toyota And Honda Oppose Proposed U.S. Bill That Would Favor Union-Made EVs

Following a new proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives aimed at increasing the scope of tax incentives for EV buyers, Toyota and Honda have publicly criticized a measure that would add another $4,500 in incentives for union-made vehicles. Although both Toyota and Honda operate manufacturing plants in the U.S., neither they nor any other […]

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This Japanese Taxi Allows Customers To Relax And Sleep For A Few Hours After Work

Sleeping in cars is not uncommon in Japan, where taxi-operator Daiwa Motor Transportation in collaboration with relaxation drink brand Chill Out launched the #SleepingTaxi. The Toyota JPN Taxi-based vehicle will be roaming the streets of Tokyo for a limited time between the 30th of August until the 4th of September, offering a free-of-charge relaxing experience […]

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Toyota CEO Warns About The Dangers Of Autonomous Vehicles After Paralympics Incident

Toyota president and chief executive Akio Toyoda has expressed concerns about the rapid development of autonomous driving systems after one of the company’s e-Palette vehicles hit an athlete during the 2020 Paralympic Games. The incident occurred on August 26 when the autonomous vehicle struck a visually impaired pedestrian. Fortunately, it was only traveling at around […]

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This Subaru And Toyota “Collaboration” Didn’t Work Out So Well

We are kind of used to seeing Toyota and Subaru collaborations – first with the GT86 / BRZ sportscars and pretty soon with the bZ4X / Solterra electric SUVs. This time however a different kind of a Subaru/Toyota mashup was spotted in the wild by Reddit user Professional-Turn511. The post, titled “When you’re a soccer mom, but […]

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The JDM 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Looks A Little Bit Different

The Toyota Corolla Cross, the TNGA-based C-SUV that slots between the C-HR and the RAV4, was first unveiled in July 2020, with the US-spec variant following in June. Although most global models retain a similar look, the Japanese-spec Corolla Cross appears to differ from the others thanks to a redesigned front bumper. The SUV is scheduled […]

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Toyota To Spend $14 Billion On Battery Development By 2030

Toyota announced today that it aims to pour $14 billion into the development of battery technologies before the decade is out. The move will see it invest more heavily in lithium-ion power packs and solid-state batteries. Toyota executives said in an online press briefing today that the company expects to cut the cost of battery […]

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Car Sales Slump 17% In U.S. As Chip Crisis Bites, High Prices May Be A Factor Too

Sales of new cars in the U.S. are tanking due to a combination of a shortage of microchips and supply problems stemming from COVID-19 restrictions. But at least one analyst believes dealerships are also to blame. While Ford and GM’s problems, including factory shutdowns and having to sell cars without some expected electrical features such […]

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