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Scion FR-S Sedan

The future of the Toyota GT 86 Convertible is very much "on ice" at this point, with pretty much no chances for it to be put into production.

Overall drop-top sales have plunged since the financial crisis of 2008, creating very little market for even the best cars like the Mazda MX-5.

But even better is what they are planning instead. Work is already well underway at Toyota on an affordable rear-drive sedan version. This rendering gives a good clue to the GT86 sedan .

Toyota officials confirm that the concept will debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The new GT86 sedan will go on sale in late 2015, with Toyota perhaps not sharing this body style with Subaru and Scion.

The first details on the GT86 suggest it will be about 100 mm (3.93 inches) longer than the coupe version.

The four-door will also wear a few exterior updates, including a new “keen-look” grille design that appears to replicate the shape of a Japanese ‘katana’ Samurai sword.

Under the hood, the sedan will keep the usual 2.0 liter boxer engine for most trims.

A performance hybrid is also very likely. It is believed that this version will use Toyota’s current Hybrid Synergy Drive system that incorporates a one-motor parallel drive set-up and most likely F1-style KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology. This system delivers a total of 268 horsepower and improves fuel economy by about 10 to 15%.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Toyota GT86.

Source: Motoring
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Toyota GT-86 Convertible

The Toyota GT 86 Convertible — known as the Scion FR-S Convertible in the U.S. — has been on and off so many times that we’ve lost count. Still, when Toyota unveiled the FT 86 Open Top Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show we thought that a convertible version is imminent; unfortunately we were wrong.

According to WhatCar, the GT 86 Convertible has no place in Toyota’s future plans in the near future — 2014 or 2015. Despite its current cancellation, Toyota is prepared to put the drop-top sports car on the fast track, if management decides to pull the trigger on it.

Toyota didn’t give a reason for cancelling the GT 85 convertible, but Toyota did make it clear that the rigidity of the GT 86 Convertible was not up to par for engineers, and that the additional weight needed to sure it up would drastically reduce the model’s performance credentials.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota GT 86.

Source: WhatCar

Toyota has invested a lot into the redesigned 2014 Corolla sedan, heralding its new designs both inside and out as fresh and exciting, but despite the new looks, the Corolla falls short in the safety department. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ranks the new Corolla as “marginal” in the small-overlap crash test.

The new-for-2013 small overlap crash test has caught many automakers off-guard with its stringent new standards, but Toyota is feeling the ill effects with many of its vehicles. The Camry , Prius V , and RAV4 all received a “poor” rating in the new test. As a result, those vehicles will not qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ honors.

During the test, the Corolla suffered damage to the driver’s foot well, raising the chances of lower-leg injuries. The dummy’s head also rolled to the left of the airbag and could potentially strike the A-pillar or dashboard. Luckily, the side curtain airbag deployed properly and prevented any injuries to the dummy’s head.

Toyota was obviously not happy with the results. Spokesman John Hanson even questioned the new standard’s relevancy by saying, “When all-new crash tests are introduced by the [IIHS], we need to be confident that the changes needed to accommodate the tests will enhance overall safety in real-world crashes.”

The IIHS says the new standards are in response to research suggesting that 25 percent of all highway deaths are caused by small overlap head-on collisions.

The news isn’t all bad for Toyota, however. The redesigned Scion tC earned the second-highest safety rating of “acceptable” in the small-overlap frontal crash test back in August.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Toyota Corolla

Toyota is coming back to this year’s SEMA Auto Show , and it’s bringing along the Dream Build Challenge for an encore run.

Last year, the competition was won by NASCAR racer Kyle Busch , who took home the title for his work on the 2013 Toyota Camry , or as he later on christened it: the Rowdy Camry .

This year, another NASCAR driver, Parker Kligerman, will team up with Kyle Busch Racing to be one of the four participants in the complete custom build of four unique Toyotas. In the case of Kligerman, he has the task of using another Camry and create a rally -inspired version that has been dubbed the "CamRally".

Meanwhile, freestyle skier Simon Dumont will be teaming up with Oakley to work on a Toyota 4Runner , or as it will be built and called, the "Ultimate Dream Ski 4Runner".

Representing the world of Supercross are a pair of the sports biggest stars, Justin Brayton and Josh Grant, both of whom will collaborate with Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross to build the "Let’s Go Moto Tundra " pickup.

And finally, BMX rider Drew Bezanzon has the Toyota Corolla all to himself. He’ll still get help from Skullcandy to build what we can only imagine to be an audio box on wheels, thus its aptly named handle, the "Corolla Crusher".

All four entries will be in attendance at the SEMA Auto Show where just like last year, the fans get to decide which build stands out ahead of the pack.

Click past the jump to read about last year’s winning build, the 2013 Toyota Camry Rowdy Edition by Kyle Busch

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The Toyota Tundra really needs an all-star halo truck to liven up its competent but forgettable range of full-size trucks, which are redesigned for 2014. This exclusive speculative preview of the 2015 Tundra Baja 1000 imagines how a Ford Raptor rival from Toyota would compare with the hot-selling off-roader from the segment-leading F-150 .

The Tundra reached its U.S. sales peak in 2007, when the big rig was all-new and came from its billion-dollar assembly plant right in the heart of Texas. Since then, the Tundra has struggled to even crack 100,000 units, which is a major sore spot when even the dullest Toyota sedans like the Corolla are able to rack up more than triple the total volume of the Tundra.

So what is missing from the Tundra ’s three cab styles, short and long bed options, and three engines that top out with a potent 5.7-liter V-8 making 383 horsepower? The Tundra is missing more than a few million loyal customers, first and foremost, versus the long-trenched buyers of Ram , Ford , Chevy or GMC trucks.

Even the also-ran Nissan Titan PRO-4X is trying on some new off-road hero truck ideas for next year’s all-new model. For slow-moving
Toyota ? So far, the world’s most admired car maker has only dipped its toes into the pool.

The new 1794 Edition of the Tundra packs more fake silver trims than a Nokia factory, and the Toyota Racing Development 4x4 stickers its dealers like to apply do not seem to have the same effect as the Raptor ’s unique grille, huge fender flares, Fox racing suspension and sand-basted attitude.

TRD is just about the worst acronym imaginable, so this TopSpeed preview of a Tundra off-roader is dubbed the Baja 1000.

Click past the jump to get a closer look of the 2015 Toyota Tundra Baja 1000.

We’ve said it time and time again; world records are always meant to be broken. It’s just a matter of when and where it’s going to be.

Recently, the "when" and the "where" of the world’s fastest drift record was answered when Poland’s ORLEN Team along with drifter Kuba Przygonski took a heavily-modified Toyota GT 86 packing close to 1,100 horsepower to a former military base in Biata Podlaska, Poland on September 3rd.

What ensued was nothing short of spectacular.

With arguably one of the world’s most powerful GT 86s at his disposal, Przygonski was able to succesfully drift the Japanese drift car at 217.973 km/h (135.44 mph). In doing so, the Polish racer set a new Guinness World Record, now owning the record for world’s fastest drift.

We honestly have no clue how many g’s Przygonski was experiencing when he set that record but the mere fact that his neck seemed to be okay enough to allow him to celebrate the new record speaks to the kind of preparation he must have done before breaking this record.

It’s an incredible feat that should be lauded, no matter how long its stands in the record books.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Toyota GT 86

The 2014 truck season is in full swing, and some of the main manufacturers are launching all-new variants of their resident pickups. Chevrolet already released its new 2014 Silverado , and Ford is set to reveal its all-new 2015 F150 that will be based on the 2013 Atlas Concept .

Even SUVs are off to a good start, with the debut of the 2014 X5 and 2014 Range Rover Sport . Toyota has been waiting patiently for the pickup market to come back, and its is now set to launch the 2014 Tundra with "Truck Of The Year" aspirations.

The Tundra looks quite similar to last year’s model but if you look closer, you’ll find that it is loaded with improvements.

Toyota invited us to the woods of Georgia to test drive it and see how it does on and off the road, as well as with a trailer hitched to the back end.

Click past the jump to read what we think of it.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept

It looks like Toyota is feeling a little left out in the performance-brand realm. Honda has long used the Si line, Subaru has the STI line, BMW has its M-Series , Mercedes has its AMG lineup and Infiniti has its IPL line, but Toyota has never really had its own performance lineup. It looks like things are about to change for the Japanese automaker, as Auto Express interviewed Toyota of Europe’s VP, Karl Schlicht, and he claimed that "We’re currently discussing sport lines for Toyota models."

There is no mention of exactly what this new sub-brand would be called, but we — and everyone else — assume it will carry the TMG badge, which is short for Toyota Motorsport Gmbh — Toyota’s racing division. There is also no mention on whether this is a Europe-only project, or if Toyota has plans to extend this sub-brand to the U.S.

What the Toyota Europe VP did make clear was that the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R super-hatchback will not make its way to production. That’s really no huge surprise, but it is still a depressing confirmation for Toyota’s star of the Frankfurt Auto Show .

We’ll deliver more information as it becomes available.

Click past the jump to read about the most recent road-ready concept that TMG released at the Essen Motor Show, the TMG Sports 650 Concept.

Source: Auto Express
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Toyota GT 86

During an interview with AutoCar at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , Toyota ’s senior manager for drivetrain engineering, Koei Saga, confirmed that the company is currently developing a hybrid GT 86 sports car for testing. According to him, the development is "quite advanced now" and that it is just awaiting a green light from top Toyota officials.

He also hinted that this GT 86 hybrid could use a combination of the hybrid systems currently used by Toyota in both road and track cars: "We are quite prepared because we do have a hybrid system that we can use for that kind of vehicle, utilizing the production passenger car hybrid system, and we also have the pure race-oriented hybrid system. So I think it won’t be very far in the future that the green light will come."

Still, it is pretty difficult to make any assumptions on the hybrid system that the GT 86 would use, because a boxer engine and an electric motor have never been combined in this manner. Also, the hybrid GT 86 would most likely retain a manual transmission "to maintain driver appeal," which can make tying the gas and electric components together even trickier. Because the batteries add significant weight, the initial plans have engineers putting the batteries as low as possible, which will lower the car’s center of gravity and allow it to retain its sporty feel.

Remember, folks, this is all still just in the "planning" phase and likely nothing has moved beyond computerized simulations, so don’t start placing orders just yet.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Toyota GT 86.

Source: Autocar
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Toyota announced the 2014 Tacoma’s updates and revised pricing this week, and the best-selling Tacoma line actually has some meaningful interior tech for the new model year. Very modest price increases average only about $100 per model, so this is still one of the toughest-ever pickup trucks in its price range of $17,875 up to $28,000.

Available with three cab lengths, multiple bed sizes and plenty of trim levels: buying a Tacoma still takes some research to identify the best one for your needs. From stripped-out white work trucks up to the Baja-ready TRD Sport and TRD Off-road Double Cab models, the Tacoma range has something for everybody.

On the market since 2005 with a few nips/tucks along the way, the current-generation Tacoma is nicely styled but showing its age a bit with the giant clear headlamps and much less chrome up front than the F-150 and Silverado offer customers. The Tacoma is one of the top five most-supported vehicles on the aftermarket, with dozens of firms offering catalogs full of upgraded parts and equipment - so the lights are easily updated that way.

Toyota even gets involved heavily with the accessories and post-sale modifications, which means there is a bolt-on TRD Supercharger that can be bought and installed right from any local Toyota dealer - giving this pickup truck 320 pound-feet of torque and 296 horsepower from the 4.0 V-6 engine.

How does the refreshed Tacoma’s cabin tech rank versus the cheapest Ford F-150 ’s or the Nissan Frontier ?

Click past the jump for all the official updates and info about the 2014 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck line, which seats up to five people in its largest body style.


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