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2017 Toyota C-HR Hy-Power Concept

2017 Toyota C-HR Hy-Power Concept

The bold C-HR gets more chutzpah!

Launched in 2016, the C-HR is Toyota’s answer to the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V. Only 4.4 meters (14.4 feet) long, the C-HR is the company’s smallest crossover to date and slots under the already iconic RAV4. The small SUV has received many positive reviews in its first year on the market, mostly being praised for its well-equipped interior, comfortable ride, and sporty interior. But nothing stands out more than its bold and rather unusual styling. Arguably the most exciting small crossover on the market in terms of exterior design, the C-HR became even more striking at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show thanks to a special package by ED2, Toyota’s European design studio. It’s called the C-HR HyPower, and it’s just a concept for now.

Much like most concepts, the HyPower includes features that you can’t normally buy with the regular C-HR. There’s a wild finish for the roof, a special body paint, and orange accents on the outside, while the interior boasts quilted seats and a bright contrast. As the name suggests, this concept car is more powerful than the usual C-HR hybrid. Not much is known at this point, but Toyota did confirm that the show car previews some sort of higher performance drivetrain that will be revealed in early 2018. Let’s have a closer look at the concept in the review below.

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2017 Toyota Hilux 'Invincible 50'

2017 Toyota Hilux ’Invincible 50’

A celebratory one-off Hilux for work and play

Toyota has now been building the Hilux pickup for 50 years. That’s a half-century of history made and a reputation built. Of course, most know the Hilux as an indestructible mid-size pickup that sells in nearly every country around the world – 190 countries, to be exact. Well, to celebrate the Hilux’s golden anniversary, Toyota has put together a one-off show truck called the Hilux “Invincible 50.” The automaker then chose the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show to display its self-congratulating concept.

Toyota started with a Double Cab Hilux and added several Toyota-branded aftermarket parts customers can typically find at a Toyota dealership. There is also a custom wrap designed to grab the attention of show-goers at Frankfurt, too. The truck is designed to be at home both on the job site and doing fun weekend-style activities. Toyota’s marketing hype says it’s “ideally suited to a broad range of both professional and leisure activities.” Perhaps that means the cargo box holds hammers just as well as camping gear. Either way, Toyota certainly has the right to celebrate the Hilux’s 50 years in production.

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2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

An old favorite gets some modern updates

The Toyota Land Cruiser is about as iconic as vehicles come, so it’s a big deal when something changes. For 2018 in global markets, the Land Cruiser is getting a few appearance upgrades and a redesigned dashboard – both in an effort to keep this go-anywhere, three-row SUV flying off showroom floors. Toyota debuted its updated Land Cruiser at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show ahead of its on-sale date later this year.

The Land Cruiser’s reputation is rooted in reliability and its rugged dependability in off-road situations, often far from civilization. It makes sense, then, that Toyota boasts about the SUV being “easy to maintain and repair” right in its press materials. You won’t find that in a Land Rover’s press kit. While easy trail repairs isn’t the Land Cruiser’s best selling point in North America where customers view it as a status symbol, many of the 190 countries place an extreme value on making a round trip when leaving the house. Of course, the 2018 Land Cruiser is more than just reliable transportation. It offers plenty of luxury and creature comforts, too. Let’s check out what changes Toyota has made for 2018. Perhaps some of these will even make it to the U.S.-spec Land Cruiser, as well.

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Toyota “Invincible 50” Celebrates 50 Years Of Hilux

Toyota “Invincible 50” Celebrates 50 Years Of Hilux

Mildly modified show queen is a Toyota’s own pat-on-the-back

Hey, did you know the Toyota Hilux is a capable pickup that’s sold basically everywhere besides North America and is apparently indestructible against the best Jeremy Clarkson can throw its way? Of course, you know that since it’s practically common knowledge and rumored to be on driving tests in at least 95 countries. What you might not realize is Toyota has been selling the thing for half a century. Yep, 2018 marks the 50th birthday of the iconic Hilux pickup. Naturally, Toyota can’t let such an occasion pass without building some tribute, so here it is, the 2018 Hilux “Invincible 50.”

This Double Cab Hilux has several Toyota dealership parts bolted on, along with a custom wrap, all designed to grab attention at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Toyota says the truck is “ideally suited to a broad range of both professional and leisure activities,” or basically, that a so-configured Hilux is at home on the job site and doing fun stuff on the weekend. Sounds like the automotive equivalent of a mullet hairstyle, right? Unlike the mullet, the Hilux’s popularity didn’t die in the 1990s. In fact, the truck is expected to sell more than 40,600 examples in Europe for 2017, besting its previous record of 40,104 sold in 2007. That’s pretty impressive, especially in a place where pickups aren’t the “it” vehicle to drive. Perhaps Toyota’s expectation rides on folks falling in love with the Hilux “invincible 50” and its customized flair. Probably not, but let’s have a close look at this one-off show truck.

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Toyota Gives the 2018 Land Cruiser A Modern Flair for Frankfurt

Toyota Gives the 2018 Land Cruiser A Modern Flair for Frankfurt

It’s still the same, old-school SUV underneath

When’s the last time you’ve heard an automaker claim its latest vehicle is “easy to maintain and repair?” That’s exactly what Toyota said about its revised 2018 Land Cruiser, which makes its debut at the 2017 Frankfort Motor Show. It makes sense, after all, since the Land Cruiser is one of the most prolific vehicles in the world today. It’s sold in 190 countries worldwide and has a reputation of reliability and go-anywhere capability. Here in the U.S., the Land Cruiser is more of a status symbol, regulated to a few thousand sales a year with a fat asking price. Elsewhere, the Land Cruiser is viewed as a utilitarian beast that doesn’t mind trekking through foreboding countryside.

The Land Cruiser’s updates are mostly cosmetic. The front clip is new, the rear end is reworked, and the dashboard has been rearranged for better functionality. Toyota kept utility and functionality at the forefront, too, with impressive approach, breakover, and departure angles, along with 8.4-inches of ground clearance. Even the headlights were redesigned to make them more impervious to trail damage. Inside, the 4WD controls are placed on the center stack within easy reach of the driver. The greasy bits carry over unchanged, including the turbodiesel and two gasoline options. Toyota is dropping the gasoline option for Australia, however. Nevertheless, let’s take a dive into what’s new for the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser. Keep in mind, this isn’t the U.S.-spec version with its 5.7-liter V-8. We expect that to come later in the year with these same visual updates.

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Toyota C-HR Hy-Power Is the Ultimate Hipster Car

Toyota C-HR Hy-Power Is the Ultimate Hipster Car

Previews higher performance hybrid drivetrain

Launched in 2016, the Toyota C-HR is becoming one of the company’s most popular crossover. It has to do with its affordable sticker, compact size, and fuel-efficient engines, but the C-HR also stands out thanks to its outlandish and youthful design. However, a team of designers from ED2, Toyota’s European design studio, thinks that the crossover isn’t wild enough. As a result, it created C-HR HyPower Concept with added features inside and out and a more powerful hybrid drivetrain.

Unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the HyPower Concept is pretty much a customized C-HR. The goal was to create an even more impactful and emotional styling for the already wild-looking crossover, but there’s no official word on whether this project will spawn a higher performance version or a customization program. Still, the C-HR HyPower Concept is an interesting take on the tiny crossover and the design is more than doable in case Toyota votes in favor of a bespoke program.

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2016 Toyota Prius

2016 Toyota Prius

New design, more power, improved fuel economy

Toyota unveiled the Prius hybrid back in 1997, and since then the model has been through three generational changes. When Toyota released the Prius, it quickly became known as the face of hybrid vehicles and prompted many automakers to look for ways to integrate electrification into their lineups. With competition having become fiercer in recent years, Toyota needs to keep improving the Prius to keep it in the No. 1 slot in the hybrid market. And it’s exactly what it did with the fourth-generation model.

Unveiled in Las Vegas in 2015, the redesigned Prius not only adopted a new look, but also the company’s New Global Architecture platform, which makes it lighter and cheaper to build. The Prius was actually the first Toyota model to implement the carmaker’s effort to cut development costs by 20 percent through sharing platforms, parts and powertrains. The revised bodywork gives the Prius a sportier look than the current model, much like the difference between the last-generation Corolla and the current model. But let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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2016 Toyota C-HR Concept II

2016 Toyota C-HR Concept II

Toyota will launch a small SUV aimed directly at the 2015 Nissan Juke. The 2016 Toyota C-HR concept that was shown at last year’s Paris Motor Show was supposed to be a preview of the upcoming car, although there were clearly a lot of non-production touches in that design. And though it still isn’t the official production version of the car, Toyota has just debuted a new C-HR concept for Frankfurt that is obviously much more practical than the Paris version. The design is still quite bold though, and Toyota says that it was made to gauge reactions from key demographics, i.e. European twentysomethings.

Enough of the elements form the Paris concept carry over that it seems Toyota really is serious about taking some real chances with this crossover. But that plan has been working pretty well for Nissan so far, so the segment is clearly one where customers are looking for something that really sticks out. The plan is for this to be a global vehicle, but Toyota has been very obvious about concentrating on Europe. Toyota’s stated reason for this is that Europe is the most demanding market for these kinds of vehicles, so if the C-HR can work there, it can work anywhere.

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2013 Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept

2013 Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept

Toyota’s promise of showcasing its Le Mans hybrid technology on a road car will come to fruition at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, as it prepares to unveil the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept.

This new concept may seem unimposing when you read that it is based on a Yaris — blah — but save your judgement for something else because this is one sick miniature hatchback. With a TS030-inspired drivetrain in tow that cranks out in excess of 400 ponies, this is not your typical grocery getter.

This bad boy will likely give plenty of supercars a run for their money while hauling a few gallons of milk, a loaf of bread and laundry detergent all at the same time. All of the details are not available yet, but Toyota has released all that we need to know to be able to chalk this one up and a certified bad-ass.

Toyota will unveil the concept on September 10th at 12:45 p.m. in Hall 8.

Updated 9/4/2013: Toyota has just released more images of the Yaris Hybrid-R. You can see them all in the gallery.

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2011 Subaru BRZ Concept

2011 Subaru BRZ Concept

At this rate, we’d probably use a paddle and a canoe to get to Frankfurt, Germany for the year’s biggest automotive event. That’s how huge this event is shaping up to be and it’s about to get even bigger after Subaru has announced their intention to bring a new "technology concept" called the BRZ Prologue - Boxer Sports Car Architecture II.

The BRZ, which stands for ’Boxer engine’, ’Rear-wheel drive’, and ’Zenith’, could very well be the Japanese automaker’s answer to Toyota’s version of the FT-86 that, ironically, the two are co-developing.

We don’t know exactly what to expect from the BRZ other than thinking it will be an RWD sports coupe and that it "embodies ultimate passion for the new sports car and confidence in its distinctive trademark and core technology." Subaru hasn’t revealed anything other than announcing that they’re bringing the car to Frankfurt and that the start of production is being planned for the spring of 2012, but hopefully, everything becomes crystal clear when the biggest auto show of the calendar year opens this September.

UPDATE 09/13/11: You remember when we said that we didn’t really know what to expect from the Subaru BRZ Concept heading to the Frankfurt Motor Show? Well, we certainly didn’t expect what we saw. You see, we where actually expecting something tangible that could take the look of a concept car. But what we got looked something like an X-ray mock-up version of the concept, which incidentally still doesn’t have all the elements that would constitute an actual car. What we did find out, and its something that could prove useful in the future, is that the car will carry a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed Boxer engine that features Toyota’s direct-injection technology called the D-4S.

UPDATE 09/22/11: After being postponed for some time, Subaru will finally be bringing a full concept version of the BRZ sports car to the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. However, this concept won’t reveal anything about the production version scheduled to appear in December. Turns out, both Subaru and Toyota have agreed not to display anything from the final production version of the BRZ or the FT-86 until the vehicles’ official debuts in Tokyo. So we’ve basically been chasing the BRZ and FT-86 carrots only to find out they are actually turds. Not cool. (Car And Driver)

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2012 Toyota Avensis

2012 Toyota Avensis

The Toyota Avensis entered the European market back in 1997 as a replacement for the Carina E and has been manufactured as a four-door sedan, hatchback, and even as an estate. The second generation of the Avensis ran through the 2009 model year when Toyota introduced the third-generation Avensis. On the outside, the new Avensis got reshaped and restyled headlights, a new grille design, and a much larger, sports-car-inspired air dam. The side profile remained largely the same with only some minor character lines, but the rear exterior lights saw some significant changes as well. Inside, the cabin was kept simple and clean, however, some of the interior panels weren’t exactly touch-friendly. The car came equipped with a Touch & Go Plus infotainment system that featured navigation, phone connectivity, and streaming audio. The same range of gasoline and diesel engines from the previous generation, however, some of them featured improvements here and there.

All told, this new generation sits right on that line that makes the difference between a facelift and evolution into a new generation. Either way, the Avensis is a safe car with seven airbags, active front headrests, stability control, and an optional pre-collision system. Furthermore, European NCAP gave the new Avensis a five-star rating with an overall score of 81% and a score of 90% for adult occupant safety. This is all very important considering it lives in such a competitive segment where vehicles like the Mazda6, Volkswagen Passat, Skoda Superb, and Ford Mondeo all take a pretty decent slice of the pie.

So, how does the new Avensis stack up against all of its competitors? Check out our full review below to find out for yourself.

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2009 Toyota iQ for Sports and iQ Collection

2009 Toyota iQ for Sports and iQ Collection

The fuel efficient Japanese automaker Toyota has unveiled two customized iQ models: the iQ for Sports and the iQ Collection at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Both models come straight from the Tokyo based design studio with unique treatments to both the interior and exterior of the gas sipping compact city cars like custom paint, bespoke interior trim and rather unique sets of rims.

The first of the compact concepts is the iQ Collection with its oversized transparent acrylic roof. The iQ Collection is aimed at providing drivers with a more upscale driving experience and the larger than life sunroof provides the perfect window into which you can admire the vehicle’s upgraded interior appointments and fine touches like white pearl detailing on the center console, instrument binnacle and door panels while the seats are wrapped in supple leather finished with clean white piping.

On the other hand, the iQ for Sports focuses on beefing up the compacts car’s body in order to create one very wild winged hot hatch. Housed inside of the aggressively blistered fenders are a set of custom five spoke rims measuring 18 inches in diameter and hiding a set of massive brakes from the more youth oriented Scion brand of vehicles. The bold body kit is finished off with a set of LED driving lights integrated into the front bumper and a large trapezoid exhaust tip smack dab in the middle of the back bumper. These two unique iterations of the Toyota iQ are as different as any two concepts can be, but they both are excellent examples of the vehicle’s versatility and ability to take the shape of whatever their owner desires.

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2010 Toyota Land Cruiser

2010 Toyota Land Cruiser

With a tradition of more than 60 years, Toyota Land Cruiser is entering today its new generation. The new Land Cruiser will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in both three and five door versions.

The all-new Toyota Land Cruiser will be available with a choice of two engines: a 249 hp 4.0 liter Dual VVT-i V6 petrol engine or a 173 hp 3.0 liter four-cylinder turbodiesel. The new SUV will come equipped with Multi-terrain Select, Multi-terrain Monitor, Steering Angle Display and Crawl Control.

The rigidity of the all-new Land Cruiser’s highly durable body-onframe construction has been increased by 11%, and insulating frame-to-body mounts both absorb engine, drivetrain and road noise, while enhancing road comfort.

The 2010 Land Cruiser will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 11,7 seconds, while top speed will be of 108 mph.

The 2010 Toyota Land Cruiser will go on sale at the end of this year.

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2010 Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept

2010 Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept

Toyota will unveil at the Frankfurt Motor Show the Auris HSD Full Hybrid, in its concept version, while the production version will follow next year. The car will be built in the UK at the company’s Burnaston factory. By 2020, Toyota hopes to have a hybrid version of each of their models on the market.

The Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept is powered by a 1.8-liter engine combined to a Type Permanent magnet synchronous motor. The car can be driven either on petrol alone, or just electric, but also on a combination of the two. The petrol engine delivers 97 hp, while the electric motor powers alone for up to 1.25 miles (2km) at speeds up to 31mph, with zero fuel consumption and zero CO2 and particulates (PM) emissions.

The design of the Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept reflects the installation of a full hybrid powertrain: the front end is designed to optimize airflow and so help maximise fuel efficiency. The front and rear bumper corners have flat surfaces, a feature that not only accentuates the car’s wide and solid stance, but also smooths the flow of air over the vehicle’s flanks, minimizing turbulence and drag.

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2009 Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept

2009 Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept

The Japanese automaker Toyota is planning on unveiling the Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, the Auris will introduce the world to the automaker’s latest advancements in their Hybrid Synergy Drive technology that will be applied across the company’s entire model range in the near future.

In a statement made by the CEO and President of Toyota Europe, Tadashi Arashima: "Toyota has taken a significant step forward in ensuring that full hybrids become more accessible to a wider range of customers. Such efforts are crucial if we are to see more low-carbon vehicles on European roads." The new model will be priced much lower than the Prius in an attempt to compete with other models like Honda’s more affordable hybrid the Insight as well as fans of the Auris city car looking to get a few more MPGs.

Aside from the Auris Concept, Toyota will also unveil the new Toyota Land Cruiser, and two customised compact hatchbacks in the form of the iQ for Sports and the iQ Collection.

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2008 Toyota RAV4 Cross Sport

2008 Toyota RAV4 Cross Sport

The iconic Toyota RAV4 continues to set the benchmark for the highly competitive SUV market in Europe with outstanding driving performance, great versatility and now, even more style and refinement. The Toyota RAV4 was the best selling SUV in Europe in 2006. The result also marked a new European sales record for RAV4 of 120,000 in a single year. For the first half year of 2007, over 70,000 units have been sold throughout Europe, topping sales charts.

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2008 Toyota IQ concept

2008 Toyota IQ concept

Toyota unveiled today at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the IQ Concept, a car created at ED2, Toyota’s advanced European design studio in the south of France, working under the Toyota design philosophy of Vibrant Clarity – design that is forward looking, intelligent and energetic while retaining a clarity of purpose and function.

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Toyota RAV4 Cross Sport: new small car concept at Frankfurt

Toyota RAV4 Cross Sport: new small car concept at Frankfurt

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Toyota will unveil a new small car concept in a revolutionary design. Furthermore, Toyota is celebrating 10 years of commercial success with hybrid technology and the world’s most popular low emissions hybrid car, the Toyota Prius. This focus on hybrid technology is one key element in Toyota’s commitment to minimising fleet average CO2 emissions in Europe.
Toyota also uses the Frankfurt Motor Show to present the latest updates in some of its most popular models (...)

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