Recently, we held a court session where we determined that the accusations that Arrinera used a kit car to produce its Venocar prototype were false. At the same time, we did find Arrinera 100 percent guilty of completely ripping off Ferrari’s design scheme, but Arrinera was allowed to walk free based on the copycat precedent set by every major automobile manufacturer in the world.
Now we have a new case to present. The Plaintiff is Icon, a small business that specializes in taking SUVs and making them bad-ass off road buggies. The Defendant is Mattel, a multi-billion dollar toy company and manufacturer of Hot Wheels die cast cars.
There are two details to be hammered out in this edition of Vehicular Court.
Case No. 1: Did Mattel directly rip off Icon’s FJ40 image and just very lightly Photoshop it to create its press release photo for the Die Cast Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40?
Case No 2: Is the final production Hot Wheels FJ40 a direct replica of the Icon FJ40?
Click past the jump to see the complete hearing and verdict.
Toyota launched the Land Cruiser back in 1951 and many generations later, it is one of the most successful Toyota models on the market, being sold in 188 countries. Now, the SUV is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a facelift version of the model.
For the 2013 model year, the Toyota Land Cruiser will receive exterior and interior styling enhancements, as well as being offered with more standard equipment, including new driving performance features and an array of significant safety and convenience features.
Under the hood, Toyota has kept the usual 5.7-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 381 HP at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser went on sale in early February 2012 at a starting price of $77,955.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser.
While we here in the U.S. along with drivers from around the world are still waiting for a practical and sporty compact coupe like SUV, the Japanese automaker Toyota has just answered that call for the Australian market when they released the Land Cruiser Prado Three Door. However Toyota traditionalists should not worry because the quality car builder will sell their new truck alongside the old five door model starting this November.
The Land Cruiser Prado is a compact version of Toyota’s full size Land Cruiser SUV and the upcoming three door model wears the same stylish face as the of the five door, with its oversized headlights that are stretched over and around the front fenders, while the chrome framed and stripped vertical bar grill gives the front end more of a three dimensional feel. The three door Prado’s matching boxed fenders scream fun while the six lug hubs, multi piston calipers and spare tire on the trunk let you know that the Prado means business.
However, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado isn’t all about being cute, because of its shorter wheelbase the off road vehicle actually exhibits a higher break over angle and allows the SUV to travel over steeper peaks than the larger five door model. Combine that with the sectioned truck’s reduced curb weight, which leads to improved real world acceleration as well as fuel economy.
With a tradition of more than 60 years, Toyota Land Cruiser is entering today its new generation. The new Land Cruiser will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in both three and five door versions.
The all-new Toyota Land Cruiser will be available with a choice of two engines: a 249 hp 4.0 liter Dual VVT-i V6 petrol engine or a 173 hp 3.0 liter four-cylinder turbodiesel. The new SUV will come equipped with Multi-terrain Select, Multi-terrain Monitor, Steering Angle Display and Crawl Control.
The rigidity of the all-new Land Cruiser’s highly durable body-onframe construction has been increased by 11%, and insulating frame-to-body mounts both absorb engine, drivetrain and road noise, while enhancing road comfort.
The 2010 Land Cruiser will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 11,7 seconds, while top speed will be of 108 mph.
The 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser will go on sale at the end of this year.
Sometimes there is just nothing nicer than a black on black truck that just looks mean, that is exactly what the Black Bison treatment will do to any SUV. If until now when you heard the words Wald International you only thought of luxury brands like Lexus , Infiniti or Mercedes Benz, then think again. Wald’s Black Bison Land Cruiser is the first Toyota to be tuned by the Japanese company.
The Land Cruiser is completely transformed into a menacing beast. Everything from the vents in the front fenders to the rear wing make the Black Bison look like an SUV that you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley. The aero kit consists of a new front bumper with signature integrated fog lamps, bold side skirts, a rear apron with integrated diffuser, the roof mounted wing and new quad-exhaust system. Not to mention the Mahora M11C 20 inch wheels that complete the murdered out look of the black on black beast.
Even though Wald made no modifications to the powertrain, the Toyota’s 5.6 Liter V8 when heard through the new high performance exhasut, is more than enough to match the agressive exterior of the Landcruiser Black Bison, not bad for the company’s first attempt at tuning a Toyota.
The tuning firm Wald International isn’t just limited to high-performance machines like the Nissan GT-R and Bentley Continental GT . That’s why Wald international will be releasing a Black Bison kit for the latest generation Toyota Landcruiser. The boxy Toyota is made more aggressive with a revised front bumper, roof mounted wing, quad tipped exhaust, and Wald split spoke alloys.
Toyota’s proficient Land Cruiser SUV, has impressed everyone in the British Insurance Car Awards by clinching the top spot in the 4X4 category for security.
Characterized with ruggedness and comfort, the addition of the security aspect gives this Toyota a sense of completeness.
Bearing Toyota’s first ever V8 with common rail technology, the eighth generation Land Cruiser went on sale earlier this year. It produces 650 Nm torque and 286 hp, enough to keep your mud-plugging sessions entertaining and eventful, while having capabilities to munch endless miles on the motorway sans headaches thanks to its unmatched reliability.
So what does this award mean to the owner? If parked outside for the complete duration of the night, the owner can fully expect to see his Land Cruiser right there the next morning!
That’s exactly what Peter Roberts, Chief Executive of insurer funded research centre conveyed at the awards ceremony. He said “Many car thieves are just having to give up – thanks to the industry’s continued quest to drive down car crime.”
Delta4x4, the Bavarian specialist for SUVs, unveiled its new kit for the latest generation of the Toyota Land Cruiser . The kit for the car contains: a front bar that meets EU pedestrian safety standars, stanless steel double pipe exhaust system, stainless steelside bars, steel rear bumper and a delta4x4 break system .
Delta4x4 offers the customization program for the Toyota Land Cruiser for a price of €22,260. If you’re curious about the performaces of the car find out that it accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 7.8s while the top speed is of 218 km/h. These performances are possible due to the upgrade of the engine from 286hp to 318 hp and with the help of the new set of 23inch alloy wheels. Specifications and prices after the jump!
The new Land Cruiser V8, Toyota’s top of the range model, is to make soon its debut on the European market. This eighth generation retains all the world-beating off-road capability of its predecessors but adds more refinement, comfort and superior driving quality. Land Cruiser chief engineer, Sadayoshi Koyari, explains the development theme of this new generation as follow: “For more than 50 years now three key words have been the basis of each generation of Land Cruiser: strength, (...) More
Toyota today announced manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the all-new 2008 Land Cruiser full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV). Now in its seventh generation, the legendary Land Cruiser continues to carry its incomparable reputation for quality, durability and reliability.