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2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Combines Off-Roading Prowess and Exclusive Luxury In Chicago

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition Combines Off-Roading Prowess and Exclusive Luxury In Chicago

A special edition celebrating more than six decades of rough-stuff capability

The 2019 Chicago Auto is now in full swing, and the McCormick Place convention center is absolutely overflowing with new trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. Many of the models on the show floor offer some claim to off-road utility, but few can match the Toyota Land Cruiser Heritage Edition, which mates a long history of conquering trails with a variety of unique cosmetic updates.

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The 2016 Truck Rodeo: The Full Results

The 2016 Truck Rodeo: The Full Results

The nitty-gritty on the 70-plus vehicles at TAWA’s Truck Rodeo

By now you’ve probably read how the 2017 Ford Super Duty was crowned the Truck of Texas and that the 2017 Nissan Armada won the SUV of Texas. But the Super Duty and Armada were far from the only winners at this year’s Truck Rodeo put on by the Texas Auto Writers Association.

More than 70 journalists and social media influencers descended upon the 1,623-acre Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas to test approximately 71 pickup trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and commercial vehicles in TAWA’s annual event.

A total of 17 categories grouped the vehicles with their competition, ranging from compact crossovers and full-size SUVs to Off-Road pickups. Other categories included best connectivity, best technology, and best powertrain.

Keep reading for the full results.

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Crowning the Winner: The 2015 Truck of Texas

Crowning the Winner: The 2015 Truck of Texas

I’ve already given the introduction to how much Texans love their trucks and how every year the Texas Auto Writers Association gathers to crown the winner; the coveted “Truck of Texas” award. Now let’s get down to some results.

Besides the main award, there were 17 other categories that each of the 75 vehicles fell into. These consisted of titles like “Midsized Crossover Utility Vehicles” and “Luxury Pickup Trucks.” Awards were also given for best connectivity, best powertrain, and best technology.

Each vehicle was subjected to a battery of tests that measured its ability to perform its intended function, whether that be towing, going off road, surrounding its occupants in luxury, or proving a great all-round family hauler. The vehicles were all competing within their respective category for the win.

So which truck, SUV, or crossover took home the Truck of Texas award? Continue reading to find out.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas Competition Preview

The 2015 Truck of Texas Competition Preview

Not much goes together quite like Texas and trucks. It’s the U.S.’ largest truck market by a long shot and it’s plain to see as you peruse any given parking lot. Texans love their trucks. That’s why the Texas Auto Writers Association crowns a Truck of Texas winner every year after an extensive evaluation process.

As a member of TAWA, I spent the better part of a week in the dusty hills outside San Antonio testing 75 contenders vying for the prized top spot. Eighteen automakers from around the world were in attendance, the majority bringing more than a handful of vehicles.

Ground zero for testing was the famed Knibbe Ranch, with hundreds of acres of sprawling across the Lonestar state. Muddy creek crossings and rocky hill climbs, combined with twisty country roads and newly paved highways provided the test beds. Those trucks, SUVs and crossovers brave enough to tackle the off-road section were subjected to rock-strewn dirt roads that punished suspension parts and underbody skidplates. More road-biased crossovers were thrown around narrow roads and up steep hills. The new pavement along the Texas highway was still covered in loose asphalt with orange caution cones proving a tempting (yet highly illegal) slalom course. Thankfully no one attempted that obstacle.

The 60 journalists judging the event had a huge decision to make. What truck, SUV or crossover would be crowned the Truck of Texas? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out. We’ll announce the top winner and the winners of sub-categories on Wednesday.

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Toyota GT86 Wins "Best Coupe" in Scottish Car of the Year Awards

Toyota GT86 Wins "Best Coupe" in Scottish Car of the Year Awards

Love them or hate them, the Toyoscibaru triplets are a relative success and the Scottish Car of the Year award brass have confirmed its UK dominance by gracing it with the “Best Coupe” award. While the GT86 may not be a powerhouse, pumping 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter Subaru-built flat-4 engine, its lightweight body and low stance make it a true “driver’s car.”

Ultimately, its “driver’s car” feel combined with its 164 g/km of CO2 emissions and 39.8 mpg was what convinced the voting members of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers to give the Toyota the award. There is no mention of what other cars contended the GT86 for the title, but the press release alludes to the fact that the Toyota GT86 was a come-from-behind winner this year.

Congrats to Toyota on its latest achievement. This only leads us to wonder what else Toyota has in store for us, especially considering the fact that Toyota recently confirmed that the GT86 is just the first of a series of sports cars that the automaker will release. We all anticipate the other two being a return of the Celica and a redo of the MR2 that would hopefully put to bed the underachieving MR-2 Spyder that we saw in the mid-2000s.

Click past the jump for the full press release.

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Toyota Dominates The 2010 Motorist Choice Awards

Toyota Dominates The 2010 Motorist Choice Awards

Americans hate Toyota and they will never buy any of their cars again after all those lies, right? Absolutely not. This may be what some people would like everyone to think, but the truth of the matter is that, according to a consumer driven study developed by Intellichoice and AutoPacific, Toyota is at the top of the 2010 Motorist Choice Awards. Toyota and Lexus vehicles won nine out of the 30 available awards.

In its fifth year, the study gave awards to the Toyota Prius, Lexus RX Hybrid, Lexus IS, Toyota Sequoia,Toyota Sienna, Toyota Yaris and theLexus LS. Over 42,000 people where pooled.

"From an emotional standpoint these awards are a reflection of how cars fit into people’s daily lives, the tasks they fulfill on a day-to-day basis and the image people have of their vehicles," says Charlie Vogelheim, Executive Editor of IntelliChoice.

The Motorist Choice Awards ranks cars by concepts, such as High Tech, Fun to Drive, and Value Car. Each different category was then broken down into Popular Brand and Premium Brand.

Other winners include the Audi A6, Volvo C30, and the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.

Hit the jump to see all the winners and the press release.

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Toyota's small engine emerges winner at International Engine of the Year Awards

Toyota’s small engine emerges winner at International Engine of the Year Awards

Take that GM. Toyota is one of the global leaders in the field of Automobiles. Their commitment to make fuel-efficient and clean engines has fetched them an award at the prestigious International Engine of the Year Awards this year.

But don’t assume it’s because of the Prius and veer away from the rest of this article. Toyota’s Polish-made, 1-litre three-cylinder 67bhp gasoline unit as found in the Toyota’s own Aygo, Yaris, Echo and Vitz and in the Citroën’s C1, Peugeot’s 107 and Subaru’s Justy came out successful but not without some tough competition.

In the sub-one litre category things couldn’t have been any better. The final contestants were Mitsubishi’s 84bhp 999cc three-cylinder turbo and Daimler’s 45bhp 799cc diesel unit, which is recognized as the world’s smallest direct injection diesel engine. Interestingly both those engines at present serve the Smart Fortwo city car.

But that didn’t bother our winner. The main reasons behind its success was its feather like weight, tipping the scales at 67 kg, it is no wonder this is the world’s lightest internal combustion engine.

The technology that goes into making such a light package isn’t rocket science. The use of a light weight material like aluminium to construct it helps achieve this feat. Aiding the cause futher is its extra-small cylinder bore-to-bore distance (wall thickness between bores is just 7mm), and the use of a light weight resin throttle body and fuel delivery pipe. The air intake system and engine cover is an integral piece, a design first for Toyota, a weight-saving initiative.

The panel was also impressed with its Variable Valve Timing system (VVT-i) technology, which holds responsibility for the smooth acceleration, a crucial factor that won this award for Toyota.

This engine is literally a fuel-sipper. 4L/100km on a combined cycle is as good as its gets, giving it another entry in the record books as one of the most fuel efficient engines in today’s cars. A figure of 109g/km of CO2 emissions speaks for itself and strengthens the point that this victory is a well deserved one.

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Toyota Land Cruiser V8 secures security award

Toyota Land Cruiser V8 secures security award

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.”

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Toyota Prius wins Cars.com best hybrid car of 2008

Toyota Prius wins Cars.com best hybrid car of 2008

Cars.com, has released its pick of hybrid cars that are presently available in the market. The Toyota Prius was their best pick followed by Saturn Vue Green Line and Honda Civic. Efficiency and price were the two main criteria the rankings were based on.

The hybrids were compared to the lowest-priced, most-efficient gas-only sibling. Both versions of the car were then compared on mileage and price difference, in percent, and the results were derived.

“We know that not all buyers are willing to pay the premium for the sake of driving a hybrid. There needs to be a payoff, so our ranking highlights those hybrids that give buyers the greatest return for their investment,” stated Cars.com senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder.

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Toyota FJ Cruiser - 2007 SUV of the Year

Toyota FJ Cruiser - 2007 SUV of the Year

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser won the hearts of the owners and enthusiasts. ReviewCars.com announced the winners of Top 10 Trucks and SUVs of the Year, and Toyota FJ Cruiser topped the list. "FJ Cruiser is a surprise winner," said Edward Choi, President and Publisher of ReviewCars.com. "Given its fashionably quirky retro look, FJ Cruiser should have appealed to only a small group of people. But its significant off-road capabilities and everyday urban utilities brought a wide (...)

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Toyota Camry - 2007 Car of the Year

Toyota Camry - 2007 Car of the Year

The all-new 2007 Toyota Camry has been named Motor Trend’s 2007 "Car of the Year." Launched in spring 2006, the new Camry offers a major redesign for the 2007 model year and an available Camry Hybrid option equipped with Toyota’s industry-leading Hybrid Synergy Drive.
Long-favored by passenger-car buyers, the Camry remains America’s best-selling passenger car eight of the last nine years. Currently in its sixth generation, the all-new Camry offers more interior space, an athletic (...)

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11 Awards for Toyota and Lexus

11 Awards for Toyota and Lexus

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today earned a record 11 segment awards in the 2006 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study(SM). The study measures problems per 100 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. Toyota and Lexus vehicles garnered 11 segment awards, more than any other corporation and a record for the most segment awards in one study. For the ninth consecutive year, Lexus had the most problem-free vehicle overall in the study as the LS 430 luxury sedan tied for (...)

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Toyota RAV4 and Avalon: Best Bang For Buck

Toyota RAV4 and Avalon: Best Bang For Buck

Best SUV For The Bucks: Toyota RAV4, Base Price: $20300 1 Toyota gives buyers a ton of value with its affordable, entry-level RAV4. Fresh from an overhaul, the RAV4 is more modern than competitors such as Honda’s CR-V and Ford’s Escape. While the Escape and CR-V only seat five, the RAV4 can be a five- or seven-passenger vehicle. The RAV4’s entry-level, four-cylinder engine is more powerful than the CR-V’s and Escape’s, and its optional V-6 has 269 hp, compared with 193 hp on the Escape’s (...)

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Third year of International Engine of Year awards for Prius

Third year of International Engine of Year awards for Prius

For the third year in succession, the 1.5-litre petrol engine of the Hybrid Synergy Drive(r) has won best 1.4-1.8-litre engine in the awards and has also been named ‘Best Fuel Economy’ for its application in the Toyota Prius. This means the Hybrid Synergy Drive(r) has won both categories every year since it was launched in the second generation Prius in 2004.
The Hybrid Synergy Drive(r) was a decisive winner in both categories and drew praise from the international jury for “a brilliant (...)

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