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Crown Prince Naruhito is Ascending to the Japanese Throne, But His Prized Display Vehicle Won't Be a Rolls-Royce

Crown Prince Naruhito is Ascending to the Japanese Throne, But His Prized Display Vehicle Won’t Be a Rolls-Royce

Crown Prince Naruhito has transitioned to Emperor Naruhito of Japan as of May 1, 2019, and now that he’s taken the throne it’s time for him to choose a car for his ceremonial parade. Up until now, this has been a Rolls-Royce but, with new leadership comes new desires, and because of this, Rolls-Royce is out and, while you might not believe it, Toyota is in. That’s right; it has been officially confirmed via a press release directly from the Japanese Government that Emperor Naruhito’s new car is, in fact, a Toyota. And, it’s one that we don’t have in the States – it’s a Toyota Century. So what can lead a new Emperor to ditch the luxury that comes with any Rolls-Royce for a Toyota? Well, only the best from Japan’s best automaker – that’s what. It’s not just any Toyota Century that can’t be had in the United States – it’s a one-off Century convertible, and it’s the only one in the world.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Back to the Future Concept

2016 Toyota Tacoma Back to the Future Concept

October 21, 2015 is a special date for fans of Universal’s Back To The Future trilogy – the date in which Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to, arriving from thirty years in the past. Flying cars, hover boards, self-lacing Nikes, 3D holograms, and video conferencing were all highlights of futuristic tech, though only a handful of technologies made the three-decade leap. Yep, 1985 had high aspirations for 2015.

Toyota, however, has plucked McFly’s 1985 Pickup right out of BTTF Part Two and transplanted its soul into a 2016 Tacoma. The concept truck even makes its debut on October 21 in celebration.

The Tacoma is decked out with tubular bumpers, a roll bar, KC off-road lights, a black paint job, and a throwback TOYOTA graphic on the tailgate. It’s hard to believe how close Toyota’s designers were able to replicate the 30-year-old Toyota Pickup.

Sadly, there’s no word if Toyota will actually produce a limited run of these trucks, but I’d venture to guess not. The closest thing we’re likely to get is a package deal through Toyota’s TRD aftermarket parts program. Even still, that’d be amazingly awesome.

Let’s take a look at McFly’s 21st century ride.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota Tacoma Back to the Future Concept.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Back to the Future Concept

2016 Toyota Tacoma Back to the Future Concept

October 21, 2015 is a special date for fans of Universal’s Back To The Future trilogy – the date in which Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to, arriving from thirty years in the past. Flying cars, hover boards, self-lacing Nikes, 3D holograms, and video conferencing were all highlights of futuristic tech, though only a handful of technologies made the three-decade leap. Yep, 1985 had high aspirations for 2015.

Toyota, however, has plucked McFly’s 1985 Pickup right out of BTTF Part Two and transplanted its soul into a 2016 Tacoma. The concept truck even makes its debut on October 21 in celebration.

The Tacoma is decked out with tubular bumpers, a roll bar, KC off-road lights, a black paint job, and a throwback TOYOTA graphic on the tailgate. It’s hard to believe how close Toyota’s designers were able to replicate the 30-year-old Toyota Pickup.

Sadly, there’s no word if Toyota will actually produce a limited run of these trucks, but I’d venture to guess not. The closest thing we’re likely to get is a package deal through Toyota’s TRD aftermarket parts program. Even still, that’d be amazingly awesome.

Let’s take a look at McFly’s 21st century ride.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota Tacoma Back to the Future Concept.

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Toyota Supra Stunt Car from The Fast and The Furious Heads to the Mecum Auction Block

Toyota Supra Stunt Car from The Fast and The Furious Heads to the Mecum Auction Block

It’s hard to believe that The Fast and The Furious franchise is now 14 years old, but even after seven installments, some of the most iconic racing in this franchise still comes from Brian O’Conner’s bright orange Toyota Supra. For the ultimate Fast and Furious fan, Mecum Auctions is listing one of the Supra stunt cars used in that movie, and it goes up for auction on May 16th at Mecum’s 28th Original Spring Classic 2015 in Indianapolis.

Although the Supra hero car is from the 1995 model year, this matching stunt car is listed as a 1993 model. The exterior is an exact match for the car driven by Paul Walker’s character in the movie, but the stunt car’s interior is built for safety with a full roll cage, racing bucket seats, etc.

According the auction listing, this stunt car was built for the movie’s use by Eddie Paul at The Shark Shop in El Segundo, California, and it was used in key scenes, including the final race scene where Brian O’Conner drag races Dominic Toretto in his 1970 Dodge Charger. And if this car’s movie pedigree wasn’t enough, it was also a first-place class winner at the Detroit Autorama earlier this year.

There’s no telling how much it is going to cost someone to add this Supra to his collection, but with the seventh installment of the Fast and Furious franchise in theaters right now, the price is sure to run quite high.

Continue reading to learn more about the Brian O’Conner’s 1995 Toyota Supra Turbo MK-IV.

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Behind the Scenes at the 2015 NASCAR Budweiser Duel

Behind the Scenes at the 2015 NASCAR Budweiser Duel

NASCAR is one of those uniquely American things, much like baseball, Mount Rushmore, and Chuck Norris. Oh, and corn whiskey, also known as moonshine, white lightning, and mountain dew. That’s where the popular motorsport got its start at least; rum runners evading the lawman in souped-up cars barreling down back roads like the Duke Boys. It was all in an effort to make a living off selling illegally brewed alcohol without paying taxes on it.

Over the years the illicit practice of rum running morphed into what is now the National Association of Stock Car Racing, attracting fans the world over to its high speeds and memorable drivers.

Earlier this NASCAR season, I had the chance at a behind-the-scenes look into the cars, pit crews, and drivers – all off the track but still turning wrenches and dressed in Nomex. Except for Aric Almirola, driver of the 43 car, I actually drove him around the track in the back of a Toyota Tundra. But those details are down below.

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Nick Offerman Welcomes Us to a New Season of NASCAR: Video

Nick Offerman Welcomes Us to a New Season of NASCAR: Video

The best commercial in this year’s Super Bowl won’t even take place during the game, but don’t worry, it will most certainly have cars. NBC Sports has released its advertisement ushering in the 2015 NASCAR season, and it does so with the unwavering Americanism of Nick Offerman – meat connoisseur, wood craftsman extraordinaire and Ron Swanson.

In “America, It’s Time For A Gut Check,” Offerman brings his usual comedy and machismo with one-liners like “Sure everybody at NASCAR gets a trophy/As long as they win the f***ing race” and “Where men and women compete together/Just like they did back in the 18-nevers.” AdWeek says that a 60-second version of the commercial will air immediately after the game, but you can see the full-length version right now. Trust me, it will be the best two minutes you’ll spend today, and you don’t have to be a NASCAR fan to get a kick out of it.

The true point of the ad, of course, is as a promotion for NBC Sports, which picks up coverage of the 2015 season starting on July 5.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

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2015 Toyota Sienna SpongeBob Edition

2015 Toyota Sienna SpongeBob Edition

The Swagger Wagon has just received a dramatic and quite literal facelift, featuring the unmistakable mug of SpongeBob Squarepants. This one-off piece of absurdity is actually a 2015 Toyota Sienna, customized to the hilt by Toyota and Nickelodeon to promote the upcoming SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

The Sienna SpongeBob Squarepants Edition will make its public debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. As sure as the sun is hot, this creation will likely go down as one of the more popular attractions in Los Angeles.

Once the SpongeBob Sienna gets its fill of the spotlight in Los Angeles, the van will embark on a cross-country tour to promote the new SpongeBob movie before the it opens in theaters on February 6, 2015.

Serious-minded folks are likely to scoff at the Sienna SpongeBob and dismiss it as nothing more than a novelty showpiece. How easy these people forget that this is actually the second SpongeBob-themed creation Toyota has built in as many years. Remember the 2014 Toyota Highlander Spongebob Squarepants Edition that made its debut at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show?

On a far less obvious level, it’s a genius marketing ploy to attach SpongeBob Squarepants to a minivan Toyota wants parents all over the U.S. to buy. What better way to do draw attention to that than by dressing up a Sienna using a cartoon character that kids of this generation are all-too familiar with. We see what you’re doing there, Toyota.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota Sienna SpongeBob Edition.

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1995 Toyota Supra Turbo MK-IV "The Fast and the Furious"

1995 Toyota Supra Turbo MK-IV "The Fast and the Furious"

The sudden death of actor Paul Walker came as a massive shock to all of us. Popularly known as Brian O’Conner, his contribution to the Fast & Furious series will always be cherished in the hearts of his friends, family and fans alike.

Walker played the character of an undercover cop turned road racer in the movie and starred alongside Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto). The first installment of the movie featured some of the greatest tuner cars of the 1990s and one such car that caught everyone’s attention was the MK IV Toyota Supra.

One of the most famous scenes in the movie was the drag race between the Supra (driven by Paul Walker) and Vin Diesel in his 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, which nearly ended in a dead heat, but not before some intense high-speed action involving a freight train at a railroad crossing and some serious air time.

We take a look at the orange Toyota Supra that rose to fame thanks to its role in the The Fast and the Furious.

Click past the jump to read more about the MK IV Toyota Supra Turbo

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Holy Ugly, Batman: The worst Batmobile replicas you'll ever see

Holy Ugly, Batman: The worst Batmobile replicas you’ll ever see

The Dark Knight Rises has been heating up cinemas for the past few days, so it seems only fitting that with the last part of the trilogy in cinemas today, we take a look at one of the most enduring stars of the famed DC super hero movie franchise. No, we’re not talking about Alicia Silverstone’s Batgirl character from Batman and Robin. What we’re referring to is the Batmobile, the Dark Knight’s very own ride-of-choice.

In this section though, we’re going to pay tribute - we use that word loosely - to the five worst Batmobile replicas we’ve ever seen. Some are more eye-cringing than the others, but rest assured, none of them would pass the standards of Bruce Wayne.

Heck, we don’t even think the Joker would be caught dead riding in one of these so-called Batmobiles.

So here it is, folks. Prepare to cringe, laugh, or whatever emotion these pictures will do to you.

Find out TopSpeed’s five worst Batmobile replicas after the jump

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Video: SNL joins in on mocking Toyota over acceleration issues

Since time immemorial, Saturday Night Live has spared no one from their outrageous skits and with ‘PriusGate’ in full swing in America right now, SNL finally decided to join in the fun – while doing a little plugging for Ford in the process.

The skit features a young couple that’s headed home from a nice and leisurely jaunt out on the woods. Everything is going smoothly until the Prius they’re driving suddenly accelerates out of control, leaving the two occupants of the car screaming for their lives.

It ends with Toyota rival Ford’s logo appearing on screen, which we’re pretty sure the folks over at Blue Oval are having a good time laughing about.

Check out the video because in typical SNL fashion, it’s worth a good laugh.

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Batmobile and Toyota F1 will promote The Dark Knight

Batmobile and Toyota F1 will promote The Dark Knight

Panasonic Toyota Racing and Warner Bros have joined forces in order to promote The Dark Knight. So, if you wanted to see the Batmobile in real-life action, here’ your chance!

The Batmobile will take to the Silverstone track on Thursday evening for a demonstration run alongside the TF108 (also feature in the movie), followed by some unique photo opportunities with the Bat-Pod and Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock.

The movie will be launched on 25 July.

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Brooks & Dunn to promote new Toyota trucks

Brooks & Dunn to promote new Toyota trucks

Toyota Motor Corp., which is looking to break into the competitive U.S. market for full-size pickup trucks, Wednesday announced a two-year sponsorship deal for country music stars Brooks & Dunn.
The marketing campaign is part of an effort by Toyota to reach America’s big truck buyers, the one remaining part of the U.S. market still considered fiercely loyal to the traditional Big Three.
Toyota is also sponsoring a professional fishing tour, NASCAR events and touting its contributions (...)

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