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Toyota Teases 2019 Avalon Ahead Of Detroit Auto Show Debut

Toyota Teases 2019 Avalon Ahead Of Detroit Auto Show Debut

Will Toyota take it from boring to desirable?

The 2018 Detroit Auto Show is nearly here, and with its approach comes a deluge of teasers from across the board. The latest arrives courtesy of Toyota, which is previewing the soon-to-be-revealed next-generation full-size Avalon sedan with a few shots of the redesigned headlights and taillights.

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Looking to Buy a BMW 5 Series? Here's Why You Should Get the New Toyota Camry Instead

Looking to Buy a BMW 5 Series? Here’s Why You Should Get the New Toyota Camry Instead

Toyota’s new midsize sedan looks surprisingly good... and sporty

Hello BMW fans and welcome to the article most of you will probably spend 10 seconds on average to just scan it before rushing to comments section to give me a piece of your mind. For the blasphemous title above, of course.

How dare I compared a luxurious, powerful Bimmer to a not-so-fast, not-so-good-looking Toyota that only drivers over 45 would buy? Well, have you seen the eighth-generation Camry? If not, have a look at the gallery section to see the photos we just took at the Detroit Auto Show. I’ll be right here...

Good, now that you’ve seen it, you probably agree that the new design is a significant improvement over the previous generation and one of the sportiest midsize sedans built for the U.S. market. If you don’t agree, you’re a BMW fanboy. I’m entitled to my own opinion, right? And no, you cannot compare the Camry to any model with M, AMG, and RS badges.

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2018 Toyota Camry NASCAR Cup Car

2018 Toyota Camry NASCAR Cup Car

The redesigned, gorgeous Camry hits the race track in NASCAR suit

At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the eighth-generation Camry, the company’s sportiest and most advanced midsize sedan to date. Alongside the new road car, the Japanese carmaker also took the covers off its new NASCAR racer, which will be used in the top-level Cup Series starting this year.

Although it’s by no means new under the skin, the Camry NASCAR is completely new on the outside, featuring all the important design elements seen on the road car. To achieve this, Camry chief designer Masato Katsumata oversaw the project with engineers from Calty Design, Toyota’s North American design studio, and Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

Up front, the road-going and the NASCAR models are almost identical. Of course, the race car is lower and wider and details such as the headlamps, grilles, and vents are only painted, but the nose and the engine hood are true to the car you’ll find in dealerships later in 2017. As with most modern NASCAR racers, the side view is significantly different due to the simulated two-door design, the shorter wheelbase, and the longer rear overhang. The same goes for the rear end, which uses a much simpler bumper and a bigger spoiler due to the series’ aerodynamic regulations.

All told, Toyota’s new NASCAR weapon is as gorgeous as the road-going sedan.

“The collaboration between Calty Design Group and TRD has produced a NASCAR Camry that showcases aggressive styling that is sure to turn heads on the race track and among our fans in Toyota showrooms across the country. Reimagining both the Camry race car and its production counterpart has been a tremendous undertaking and our goal has been to maintain parallel design characteristics so our fans can enjoy driving a Camry that closely resembles the one their favorite NASCAR driver races each weekend,” said Ed Laukes, vice president of Integrated Marketing Operations for Toyota Motor Sales.

The NASCAR Camry will make its track debut at Daytona Speedway on February 18 in The Clash at Daytona, before the Daytona 500 race on February 26. Toyota enters the 2017 NASCAR season as the defending champion after winning the manufacturers’ championship for the first time in 2016. As of 2017, Toyota also won the drivers’ championship in 2015, while Camry drivers have won 95 races since the company joined the series in 2007.

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2018 Toyota Camry Wows Detroit with Gorgeous Design

2018 Toyota Camry Wows Detroit with Gorgeous Design

Cue the "shut up and take my money!" memes

After some seven years on the market in which it has taken Toyota’s U.S. sales in the midsize segment to new heights, the seventh-generation Camry is being prepared for retirement as a brand-new sedan is coming into the spotlight, Revealed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the eighth-generation Camry is a significant departure from its predecessor and signals the beginning of a new era for the American-made midsize.

Although made extremely popular by its comprehensive standard features list, good fuel economy, solid safety, and affordable sticker, the Camry was often criticized for its bland looks and included in "best cars for older drivers" tops more than once. Toyota is actually struggling with this across the board, but it has managed to roll out more youthful designs with its latest Corolla, RAV4, and especially the C-HR. The previous Camry’s facelift made a few steps in that direction, but the eighth-generation model brings the approach we’ve been waiting for.

Although the new design is clearly evolutionary, the Camry is a lot more appealing to look at. The front grille and emblem are now framed in a body-colored elements, the lower grille is bigger and sportier, the side vents are significantly larger, while the headlamps have more angular design. Pair all of the above with the creased, muscular hood and you’re looking at a midsize that’s anything but bland.

Moving onto the sides, Toyota finally ditched the boring belt line that ran undisturbed from the front fenders to the rear for a more exciting character line that highlights the beefier wheel arches. The two-tone rims and the black window trim gives it a decidedly sporty look you wouldn’t expect from a Camry. Of course, the model shown here is actually an expensive trim and the lower versions will feature more chrome, but I don’t see how a bit of bling would ruin the excellent proportions of the sedan. Around back we can see more features we don’t usually find on a Camry. There’s the protruding spoiler atop the nicely sculpted trunk lid, the new taillights with vent extensions toward the apron, and the revised bumper with quad exhaust pipes and diffuser-like elements.

All of a sudden I feel like shouting "shut up and take my money!"

The cabin also seems like a great place to spend time in. The redesigned dashboard comes with a funky, V-shaped center stack, optimized seating positions, more upscale upholstery and trim, a seven-inch instrument cluster, and a 10-inch head-up display. It also has a new infotainment screen with smartphone-like menus, navigation (standard), on-board Wi-Fi, and an upgraded JBL sound system. The latter two are optional.

Under the hood, there a range of all-new drivetrains. The base model comes with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit that should offer better power and torque than the current 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet. It may seem surprising that Toyota went all-motor again instead of choosing the turbocharged routed, but the Japanese company claims that the longer stroke and higher compression ratio will deliver best-in-class fuel economy. Next up is a redesigned 3.5-liter V-6, shared with the Highlander and Sienna. Again, output figures aren’t available, but expect more than the previous 268 horses and 248 pound-feet, as well as more than 21 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

Finally, the Camry Hybrid combines the 2.5-liter four-cylinder with a revised continuously variable transmission that features a new Sport mode that simulates a six-speed transmission. This model also has a new battery pack and Toyota promises "Prius-like city/highway" fuel economy, which should be around 54 and 50 mpg, respectively. The sedan also gained a stiffer chassis and suspension for improved dynamics, but we will talk more about that in our review.

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2016 Toyota Mirai-based Kymeta Research Vehicle

2016 Toyota Mirai-based Kymeta Research Vehicle

Humans have been sending probes and satellites into space since the 1950s, but until now, communicating with those hunks of metal in space has required huge mechanical dishes. Of course, there are smaller ones too, like the ones used by satellite TV providers, but that isn’t small enough to bring satellite communication to cars. Some cars are “globally connected” via an onboard 4G LTE internet connection, but that connection isn’t as good as it could be, thus slowing down data communication between cars and the rest of the world. That connection is slowed because there are so many “middle men” between the car and the source of the data.

If there was a way to link cars directly to satellites, we could create a high-speed data transfer system that would allow the distribution of massive amounts of data to cars on a global level, and create a more stable and secure form of communication. Well, now there is a way, and Toyota is displaying that technology with the Toyota Mirai-based Kymeta research vehicle that just debuted at the Detroit Auto Show.

The Mirai was already weird enough, with its aggressive design and hydrogen fuel cell, but Kymeta took it one step further with flat antenna satellite communication. Toyota and Kymeta have been working together to research flat antenna technology since 2013, and after 8,000 miles of testing, this concept represents the progress made so far. Toyota is hoping that this technology will offer a better car experience, and it will probably assist in the use of autonomous cars as well. So, let’s take a look at this concept and see what it is all about.

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2016 Toyota Officially Reveals the Tacoma with a New V-6

2016 Toyota Officially Reveals the Tacoma with a New V-6

The Toyota Tacoma hasn’t changed all that much since 2004, but it hasn’t had to. The market for small and midsize trucks has been in a steady decline since the early 2000s, so it didn’t take much for the Tacoma to hold its position as the top-selling truck in its class. That changed when GM announced it would be bringing its latest version of the global Colorado to the U.S., and Toyota got to work to ensure it didn’t lose any ground. Enter the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, which was officially unveiled today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Toyota reengineered every aspect of the Tacoma to make it tougher and more capable than ever, starting with a stronger frame, a more versatile suspension tuning and new powertrain options. A 2.7-liter four-cylinder is still the base engine, but the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will now be able to upgrade to a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine to maximize fuel economy. No power figures are available, but Toyota promises that the new Tacoma will be more powerful and more efficient than the current model.

Customers can get either engine with Toyota’s new six-speed automatic transmission, but, in a rare move these days, the V-6 engine will also be available with a six-speed manual gearbox. For comparison, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon only offer a manual transmission with the four-cylinder engine, and availability is limited even further to just the lowest trim levels of these trucks in two-wheel drive only. Off-road enthusiasts will appreciate the addition of Toyota’s Crawl Control that makes it easy to drive up and over just about any terrain.

Exterior styling is on par with what we’ve come to expect from Toyota trucks and SUVs with a wide, blocky stance and polarizing looks. This starts at the front end where the new grille looks like it was inspired by a hungry robot monster, while the rear end design was inspired by the current Tundra with “TACOMA” lettering stamped into the tailgate.

A total of five trim levels will be offered from the base SR to the go-anywhere TRD Off-Road and finally the luxury-themed Limited. Regardless of which trim is chosen, all 2016 Toyota Tacoma models will come standard with a GoPro mount that can be found near the rearview mirror. The new Tacoma will be offered with options that include push-button start, leather seats, and wireless smartphone charging.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma

2016 Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma has technically been around since 1995, though Toyota has been building a pint-sized truck since the mid 1950s. The classic Hilux truck that is usually associated with Toyota made its North American debut in 1968. The design morphed into that iconic square-body shape by its fourth generation, hitting streets in 1983. The fifth-generation Hilux, or as it was simply called in the U.S., the Toyota Pickup, saw upgrades to interior quality and power. Toyota’s U.S. truck business really kicked off with the 1995 Tacoma. An all-new design with a Camry-like interior, a stout pair of engines, and a robust four-wheel-drive system brought huge sales numbers to Toyota.

Finally getting a major upgrade for 2016, the third-generation Tacoma will compete against the still-fresh 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, the upcoming refreshed Nissan Frontier, and the possible renaissance of the Ford Ranger. Baring those trucks that aren’t at dealerships, the Tacoma already has a fight on its hands with the GM twins. Will the new Taco be enough to dethrone the award-winning Chevy and GMC? Keep on reading to find out.

UPDATED 01/12/2015: Toyota has released the preliminary details on the upcoming 2016 Tacoma. The truck is getting a new V-6 and transmission, along with updated suspension tuning and a completely restyled interior.

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2014 Toyota FT-1 Concept

2014 Toyota FT-1 Concept

While the new FT-1 Concept car was specially designed for the new Gran Turismo 6 racing game, we have a strange feeling that it previews the new-generation Supra. In fact, Toyota announced that the concept car previews the company’s future design language, meaning that a new sports car may be right around the corner.

The new concept car is named the FT-1 and the name was explained as follows: FT stands for "Future Toyota," and the number "1" represents the ultimate. According to Toyota, the design team started to work on this new concept car about two years ago, and it’s pretty clear that it is a continuation of the FT-HS launched in 2007, with some design elements taken from the 2012 Lexus LF-LC.

The concept was designed by the Calty design team and comes just in time to celebrate the team’s 40th anniversary. It was officially unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

Updated 08/14/2014: Toyota unveiled a second version of the FT-1 Concept, this time featuring a graphite exterior paint and a new interior with natural leather on the seat combined with brown edges.

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2013 Toyota Vision Gran Turismo Concept

2013 Toyota Vision Gran Turismo Concept

The tremendous amount of publicity being showered on the Vision Gran Turismo concepts are well deserved. After all, it’s not everyday that you see automakers from all over the world sign up for such an unprecedented project of designing video game exclusive concept vehicles.

Excluding what has already been unveiled — the BMW and Mercedes concepts — some of the other brands participating in the project have provided teasers of their own through Sony, preparing us for what will eventually be an onslaught of concept awesomeness.

Yesterday, Toyota added its name to that hat, releasing a shadowy teaser of its Vision Gran Turismo Concept, featuring a pretty sick silhouette that comes with a huge rear spoiler, a sweeping hood, a long-flung roof, and what we imagine to be a car riding pretty close to the ground.

Toyota has given no indication on when it plans to reveal its Vision Gran Turismo Concept. But since we like speculating on these things, we’re hoping to see Toyota follow Mercedes’ route when it revealed its own concept at the LA Auto Show.

And wouldn’t you know it, the North American International Auto Show is a little over a month away from opening its doors. What better way to steal the show than the to bring this concept and the reborn Supra, right?

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Report: Toyota Supra Concept Headed to Detroit... Maybe

Hold on to your seats, fellas. That Toyota-BMW partnership may give birth to its first (concept) model pretty soon.

It’s been widely believed that the tie-up between the two companies would spawn a variety of performance models, including one that would mark the return of the beloved Supra.

Well, according to Autoblog, it appears that our wishes are about to be answered at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show when the Toyota Supra Concept officially makes its debut. Christmas is still two weeks away, but this is about as cool as an early holiday present to have if you’re a fan of the Supra.

Neither Toyota nor BMW have confirmed this rumor, but for what it’s worth, this is the closest we’ve come to an official date to see the return of one of Toyota’s most beloved models.

Everything really points towards the return of the Supra, too, because a number of Toyota bigwigs have made it known that they want to see the model, or at least a worthy successor to it, return as soon as possible.

Should the NAIAS be the setting for this highly anticipated comeback, expect the Supra Concept to be one of the most talked about models at the event, possibly even for the entire year.

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Toyota Drops Teaser No. 2 of Furia Concept

Toyota has never been the flashy type when it comes to developing concept cars. Quite frankly, it’s been a while since a Toyota concept really caught our attention. There is, however, a modicum of interest on our part with the Furia Concept that the Japanese automaker has prepared for the Detroit Auto Show.

Toyota appears to really be hitching a lot on this concept because we’ve already seen a number of teasers based on it. Whether its photos or videos, the Japanese automaker has really put serious time and effort to drum up the hype for the Furia concept. It’ll be interesting to see what this concept is going to look like, but rumors are already flying that this concept is going to be the kind of cutting-edge model that Toyota isn’t really known for.

The Furia Concept is scheduled to make its debut on Monday, January 14th. If its expected debut is any indication — the use of 30 custom 46" transparent LCD screens — we’re definitely for a pretty interesting spectacle.

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2013 Toyota Corolla Furia Concept

2013 Toyota Corolla Furia Concept

After being teased for a couple of weeks, the new Toyota Corolla Furia Concept made its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show. As you probably have guessed from its name, the new Furia concept previews the design language set to be used in the next-generation Corolla.

The concept has been designed around a new "Iconic Dynamism" theme that combine pure and simple surface in an attempt to create a "confident, decisive and recognizable appearance appealing to more youthful consumers."

Up front Furia received a blacked-out grille and new sculpted front LED headlamps. The elegant lines continue with a sloped roofline and pronounced fender flares and rear composite LED taillight. Numerous carbon fiber accents have been used on the wheel wells, rocker panels, and rear valance. The concept sits on a new set of 19" alloy wheels.

Of course not all these elements will be featured in the next Corolla, but we expect to see at least the front grille, the headlamps and the taillamps.

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