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Europeans Get the Shaft on the 2021 Toyota Supra

Europeans Get the Shaft on the 2021 Toyota Supra

Hope you weren’t expecting to get the updated, faster Supra anywhere in Europe…

While news outlets everywhere are praising the 2021 Toyota Supra for its updated powertrain and improved performance, Europeans are stuck looking in from the sidelines. Due to the ever-increasing and near-impossible to hit emissions regulations, Toyota is being forced to withhold all the updates that just made the 2021 Supra that much better here in the States. What can we say, Euro 6 emissions regulations are a real bitch when it comes to getting cool, fast cars.

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Our European Friends Will Only Get 900 Toyota Supras This Year

Our European Friends Will Only Get 900 Toyota Supras This Year

The good news is that the first 90 will score the Supra A90 Special Edition

The Toyota Supra is making headlines left and right, and as the unquestioned star of the 2019 North American International Auto Show, it’s only fitting that we uncover more details about Toyota’s new sports car. In somewhat of a surprising twist, Toyota is limiting the Supra’s availability in Europe to just 900 units in the first year of the car’s production. It’s a small volume for a region that has a healthy amount of Supra fanboys, but the good news is that Toyota will also throw in access to an exclusive experience programme and money-can’t-buy rewards for those lucky enough to scoop up the 900 units earmarked for the market. In addition to the promised programs and rewards, Toyota will also offer the first special edition version of the Supra — the Supra A90 Edition — exclusively to the European market.

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Poor Sales may Result in no Open-Top or Turbocharged Toyota GT 86

Poor Sales may Result in no Open-Top or Turbocharged Toyota GT 86

For all the good press the GT 86/FR-S/BRZ triplets are getting — not from me though — sales of the GT 86 are surprisingly slow. The FR-S and BRZ are doing pretty well, but Toyota Europe’s Vice President of R&D, Gerald Killmann, claims that the GT 86 is selling well below target in its major markets.

This puts Toyota in a tough spot because the lagging sales are clearly an indicator that European consumers simply are not satisfied with the GT 86 the way it is. Adding in more special editions or even bumping its performance would likely bring the sales numbers up. On the other hand, that would be a huge gamble, as the slow base-level sales makes it economically tough for Toyota to invest more money in building an open-top or turbocharged variant.

So what should Toyota do? Should it leave the GT 86 as is and allow it to fizzle away into nothingness a la the MR2 of the 2000s, or should it give enthusiasts what they want by chopping the top and dropping in some forced induction?

I say take the bull by the horns and drop limited-run turbo and drop-top models to get a feel for the demand — say 1,000 of each. Given those are gobbled up quickly, then start rolling out more the following year. Chances are that Toyota will stay right where it is, and we’ll witness the great collapse of the Toyobaru triplets within a decade.

Let me know what you think by sounding off in the comments below.

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2013 Toyota Hilux Invincible

2013 Toyota Hilux Invincible

Known for being one of the most durable pickups in the market, the Toyota Hilux has been one of Toyota’s most bankable vehicles.

It’s only fitting then that a special edition model of the renowned pickup is set to carry the name Hilux Invincible.

As the top-of-the-line grade of the Hilux lineup, the Invincible model will be made available on either an Extra Cab or Double Cab body styles and ‘Active’ or ‘Sport’ versions.

It’ll come with a host of exterior features that will be unique to the Invincible trim, highlighted by chrome detailing on the air intake, the fog lamp, and the rear lamp bezels. A silver front underguard was also added to complement all the chrome trim while "Invincible" badging is prominently displayed throughout the body to ensure nobody forgets this Hilux’s name.

If you get the Hilux Invincible Sport version, you also stand to receive chrome hi-bars and the option of availing a new set of 17-inch dual alloy wheels, and black leather-wrapped seats.

Adding to its distinctive looks, the interior of the Hilux Invincible also catches copious amounts of upgrades. Black fabric seats are particularly noticeable , as are the soft padded armrest, the leather-covered handbrake, the light grey roof lining, and scuff plates bearing the ’Invincible’ badge.

The Hilux Invincible is available with a pair of engine options, ranging from a 2.5-liter D-4D engine that develops 161 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with manual transmission and either 2WD or 4WD to a 3.0-liter D-4D unit that produces 169 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque.

Expect the Hilux Invincible to hit dealerships all over Europe beginning the later part of this year.

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2013 Toyota GT86 by Barracuda

2013 Toyota GT86 by Barracuda

We’ll be the first to admit that we have some sort of auto-crush on the Toyota GT86. Actually, it extends to the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S too but since we’re talking about the GT86 here, we’re going to give extra love to Toyota’s spanking-new sports coupe.

So, when an aftermarket company releases a program for the GT86, our senses become heightened because if there’s one thing this world can’t have enough of — apart from food and water, that is — it’s tuning programs for the GT86.

Swiss tuning firm, Barracuda Racing Wheels, decided to make our day by revealing its own take on the GT86. Despite not carrying any performance mods, BRW’s aerodynamic program for the GT86 is downright stunning. The huge rear wing that was installed on the GT86 will definitely catch your attention. But not just an eye-catcher, as it’s got some serious purpose too, improving the car’s overall handling by adding some needed downforce to keep the sports coupe from flying off the road.

The real stars of BRW’s program are the bespoke wheels bolted onto the GT86. These 20-inch alloy rims can be had in a variety of color finishes, including matte black; polished, hi-gloss-black; real-chrome; white-polished; and gun-metal. If those colors aren’t enough, Barracuda can also offer them in a variety of candy tones.

Sure, this program for the GT86 doesn’t have any performance mods. But rest assured, if you’re in the market for aero improvements and new rims for your new Toyota sports coupe, Barracuda Racing Wheels is your hook-up.

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Video: Nino Karotta highlights the Toyota GT 86 in mind-blowing review

Video: Nino Karotta highlights the Toyota GT 86 in mind-blowing review

Ever since the official launch of the new Toyota GT 86, Scion FR-S, and Subaru BRZ, there have been an increasing number of reviews that attempt to provide the full picture surrounding these cars. We are confident in saying that NONE of the reviews published are anywhere near as amazing as the one done by Nino Karotta.

In his review, Karotta crossed Europe in a Toyota GT-86, going through the twisting mountains of France, continuing on to the German Autobahn, and ending in Austria where he put it up against his own AE86. We won’t tell you how the GT-86 did against the old school AE86; we’ll let you see for yourself!

The most mind-blowing part of this video isn’t just the thorough review of the vehicle, but the intensity in which it was created. It features great camera angles, outstanding editing, and even great music. Overall, it was a dynamic review for an outstanding vehicle, and you get about 21 minutes worth of it. Enjoy!

As a reminder, the Toyota GT-86 is powered by a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-four engine, the result of a joint development between Subaru and Toyota, combined with D-4S technology (direct injection combined with port injection). This engine produces 200 HP at 7000 rpm and maximum torque of 151 lb-ft at 6600 rpm and is mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

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2012 Toyota Yaris

2012 Toyota Yaris

With a history starting back in 1999, the Toyota Yaris is one of the most successful city cars on the market. With its compact design, slow dimensions, and fuel efficient engines, the Yaris is the perfect car for today’s crowded cities. The Yaris is now entering its third generation with a more dynamic design and improved quality. Customers will have to choose between four grades – T2, TR, SR and T Spirit - with prices on the British market starting from £11,170, or $17,800 at the current exchange rates.

The engine line-up includes: a 1.0 and a 1.33-liter petrol units and a 1.4-liter D-4D turbo diesel. The three-cylinder 1.0-liter VVT-i petrol engine delivers a total of 68 HP at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 68 lbs-ft at 3,600rpm. Fuel economy is now 58.9mpg. The 1.33-liter Dual VVT-i engine is also light and compact, with a small bore and long stroke to give it a very high power-to-weight ratio. It generates 98 HP at 6,000rpm and, at the peak of a gentle torque curve, 92 lbs-ft at 4,000rpm. When matched to the new Multidrive S transmission, fuel economy is 56.5mpg. And finally, the 1.4-litre D-4D engine is fitted as standard with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and delivers a total of 89 HP at 3,800rpm and maximum torque of 151 lbs-ft between 1,800 and 2,800rpm. When mated to a six-speed manual transmission the engine delivers a fuel economy of 72.4mpg.

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Toyota iQ Disco

Toyota iQ Disco

Toyota has unveiled details on the new iQ Disco version for the European market. It is called "Disco" because yes, it does look like a disco ball, and because it comes with a professional DJ sound system. The disco ball look is attained by covering the entire car with a bunch of mirror platelets intricately placed mimicking the original mirrored disco ball of the 70s.

The sound system includes a fully powered subwoofer / satellite speaker system with a 15-inch bass reflex subwoofer, 2-channel mixer and two Numark NDX 800 players. The sound system develops 1000 Watts and 130 dB. Aside from this impressive sound system, the iQ Disco also features a new set of 18" alloy wheels and scissors doors.

Under the hood Toyota placed a 1.33-liter Dual VVT-i petrol engine developing 98 HP.

The Toyota iQ Disco will be displayed for the first time at the "Cologne Rocks" event in Köln, Germany.

You know, we could make fun of this car, but it’s just too darn easy. So, for once, we’ll let it slide.

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2011 Toyota Verso S

2011 Toyota Verso S

Toyota will unveil the Verso-S - a minivan based on the Yaris - at the Paris Auto Show. This vehicle will take on models like the Opel Meriva and the Citroen C3 Picasso.

The Verso-S is the shortest MPV in the European B-segment with an overall length of less than four meters. With such a short length, Toyota has gone to great lengths to maximize every possible area inside the vehicle to maintain a comfortable and spacious vehicle without losing quality.

Toyota’s new minivan shows up in their usual design, but with an added amount of sportiness. The interior will see plenty of technologies for the consumer to enjoy while also providing e lengthy list of options for the customer to choose from.

Coming along to the Paris Auto Show with the Verso-S will be the FT-CH Concept, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, the new iQ interior, and the AYGO Connect multimedia system. Stay tuned, we’ll get back with official details on September 30th.

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2010 Toyota Corolla

2010 Toyota Corolla

Toyota Europe has come with a few changes for the 2010 Corolla. Set to go on sale in May, the 2010 Corolla will get a new exterior design, enhanced perceived interior quality, advanced technology, and Toyota Optimal Drive for all the engines.

Starting with the exterior, the 2010 Corolla will feature a redesigned bumper, radiator grille and lower grille, new headlamps, revised license plate garnish, combination lamps, bumper, and low-level reflectors have been incorporated. The car sits on a new, sportier 16” wheel cap and alloy wheel design.

On the interior, Toyota added a new, flat bottomed steering wheel, finished in leather on higher grade models, featuring a thicker, more comfortable grip cross-section, the instrument panel and door handle trim are now finished in a more sophisticated, high-brightness silver coating. The same high quality finish is also available on the centre console and door switch surrounds.

The engine line-up will include a choice of 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i and 1.6 litre Valvematic petrol engines, and 1.4 and 2.0 litre D-4D diesel units, all of them getting Toyota Optimal Drive.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Toyota Hilux

2010 Toyota Hilux

Toyota of Europe has just released details about the 2010 Hilux pickup truck, the versatile work vehicle is now available with a range extending new and improved 2.5 Liter D-4D diesel for the 4WD versions whose output has been increased by a total of 24 HP and is can be yours in any cab configuration. As a result, the Toyota Hilux 2.5 D-4D 4WD is now able to go from 0 to 60 MPH 2.5 seconds faster and can go almost 10 MPH faster than last year’s version.

The top of the line version, the Invincible Double Cab is available with a powerful Toyota 3.0 D-4D engine and creature comforts like leather upholstery, satellite navigation and hands free Bluetooth wireless connectivity to make one pretty luxurious pick up truck..

Press release after the jump.

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Aston Martin will sell the Toyota iQ in Europe as the Cygnet

Aston Martin will sell the Toyota iQ in Europe as the Cygnet

The current economic crisis has resulted in the partnership of a number of unlikely car manufacturers. First there was Fiat and Chrysler. Then it was Saab and Koenigsegg

And now we have Toyota and Aston Martin.

While Toyota and Aston Martin’s alliance is not on the level of the other two, the Japanese auto giant is in the process of producing its iQ model for its more upscale colleague in the United Kingdom.

The partnership of the two manufacturers comes at a time when both are in desperate need for bold and revolutionary moves that can jumpstart a floundering industry that’s in dire need of some fresh blood.

As part of the agreement, Toyota will supply iQ cars, which, as a matter of fact, are built in Japan, to Aston Martin, which, in turn, will sell these vehicles under the brand under a pseudonym: the Cygnet.

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Toyota Celica to be replaced in 2009

Toyota Celica to be replaced in 2009

The current generation Celica was taken out of production in 2005. But Toyota has good news for European sports car lovers: a replacement is under development and will be unveiled in 2009.

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Toyota will become a member of ACEA

Toyota will become a member of ACEA

Toyota will finally become a member of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. The announcement will be held later this week. ACEA has previously rejected Toyota’s bid to become an ACEA member, but declined to say why the carmaker was not allowed to join the association. Toyota makes and sale cars in Europe finishing in the 8th place overall in Europe in 2006 with 866.831 units, above BMW Group (793.077 units) and under DaimlerChrysler (922.461 units).
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2007 Toyota Hilux

2007 Toyota Hilux

The 2007 Toyota Hilux is launched with a powerful new range of diesel engines and styling enhancements to offer today’s customers a pick-up that will truly suit their choice of work, leisure or adventure lifestyle.

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TopSpeed Headline News

TopSpeed Headline News

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