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Honda, Toyota, and Nissan Threaten to Leave the U.K. if Brexit Kills Profits

Honda, Toyota, and Nissan Threaten to Leave the U.K. if Brexit Kills Profits

A large cloud looms over the U.K. after it exits from the European Union

The uncertainty of the U.K.’s “Brexit” away from the European Union looms as one of the world’s biggest storylines since the shock vote that happened in 2016. There’s still a year away before the U.K. formally leaves the European bloc, but there are already concerns from other countries all over the world about the kind of trade agreements that will arise from the country’s departure from the EU. One of the concerned nations is Japan and, in an unusual move for the normally docile Japanese people, the country said that its companies would leave Britain if trade barriers made them unprofitable. Among the Japanese companies that could exit Britain include Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mitsubishi.

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2015 Toyota Hilux Invincible X

2015 Toyota Hilux Invincible X

The Toyota Hilux is one heck of a truck. Remember the one Top Gear tried destroying by seawater, fire, and ramming stuff? I mean, the truck even has a trim level named after its long-living reputation. Now that trim level gets a slight makeover. Meet the Invincible X – a customized version of the truck’s top trim level.

Only available in the four-door Double Cab powered by the more powerful 3.0-liter diesel, the truck gives customers the upscale looks they want without sacrificing the utility and indestructibility of the standard Toyota Hilux.

The options begin with four different wheel designs, all measuring 17 inches, and continue with the “hi-over” roll bar, step bars, skid plates, bumper guards, and chrome accents. The interior gets its own list of options that include four color choices for the leather seats along with all the available options found on the standard Invincible trim level.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota Hilux Invincible X.

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2015 Toyota GT 86 Primo

2015 Toyota GT 86 Primo

Although it has yet to introduce a much-needed engine upgrade for the GT 86, you have to give Toyota some credit for rolling out new models and trim levels, and even a rally car for the 2015 model year. The most enticing iteration so far seems to be the 14R60, a lighter and aerodynamically enhanced version of the GT 86, but Toyota is also interested in expanding the coupe’s popularity by adding more affordable models to the lineup. As a result, the GT 86 Primo was created; a more accessible sports car that will sit at the bottom of the range. That’s good news for sports car enthusiasts all over the world, but somewhat of a letdown for anyone not living in the United Kingdom.

You guessed it, the GT 86 Primo is exclusive to the British market and there’s no word on whether or not the Scion FR-S will get a similar version in the United States anytime soon. Keep your fingers crossed for that to happen sooner than later and read on to find out more about the new base model of the GT 86 lineup.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota GT 86 Primo.

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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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2013 Toyota GT-86 TRD UK Special Edition

2013 Toyota GT-86 TRD UK Special Edition

The Toyota GT-86 TRD Special Edition took a little trip to the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this month to say hi to the British folks. Turns out, it’s going to do a whole lot more than that now that Toyota has announced a special UK edition of the Japanese sports coupe.

It’s limited only to the UK, which means that those boys across the pond has another reason to brag to us here in the US. But we’re not complaining - at least not yet - and we’re sincerely happy for those chaps, especially since they’re getting one heck of a car.

The GT-86 TRD UK Special Edition won’t receive any performance modifications - it retains its 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower - but what it gets are a variety of aerodynamic upgrades, including a lower front spoiler, aerodynamic ‘fins’, wide see skirts, a larger wing, and a new diffuser. In addition, Toyota installed a new and adjustable suspension system, thicker anti-roll bars on the front and rear, improved disc brakes - 355 mm in the front and 345 mm in the rear - vented rotors, and a new exhaust system that produces better response times.

Completing the extensive add-ons are a new set of 18" forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin tires, a carbon suspension strut brace and a TRD-badged oil filler cap, a red starter button, and a new set of sport bucket seats in the interior.

Needless to say, it’s a car that we’d love to see here on our roads, but can’t because of it’s UK exclusivity. Guess those boys will be getting to fight over it at the start of next year when the cars go on sale.

As for us, we’ll be licking our chops to see if we get the same kind of digs from the Scion FR-S.

UPDATE 02/10/13: The UK version of the TRD-tuned Toyota GT86 ($49,800) has been priced at £31,495 for the manual transmission and £32,995 ($52,000) for the automatic version. Only 250 models will be made available with sales beginning in the 1st of March!

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2011 Toyota Yaris T Spirit and SR

2011 Toyota Yaris T Spirit and SR

Toyota UK has added two new models to the 2011 Yaris line-up. The new T Spirit and SR models add more luxury and a bigger dose of sports styling. Sales will begin in January 2011, with prices starting from £11,695 for the T Spirit and £12,445 for the SR version.

The T Spirit adds an integrated, detachable TomTom satellite navigation system with touch-screen operation, Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port, eight-spoke alloys, climate control, rear parking sensors, and chrome surrounds for the front foglights.

The SR version gets 16-inch alloys, rear privacy glass, a rear roof spoiler and chrome exhaust finisher. There is also a chrome and leather sports gearshift and chrome front fog light surrounds. The list of features includes satellite navigation package, Bluetooth, USB port and climate control.

The exterior color options for the two models include Cirrus White, Chilli Red, and Crystal Silver.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Toyota Prius Generation "X"

2010 Toyota Prius Generation "X"

To mark the Prius’ ten year anniversary in the UK, Toyota GB are offering a 1000-unit, limited production run Prius that is sure to turn some heads. Hybrids are known for being notoriously uncool and bland, but Toyota is out to change mindsets in a big way. The new Prius, dubbed “Generation X” is aimed at a more style conscious buyer, who still has the environment and epic fuel consumption on their minds. The cool factor comes in the form of a sporty bodykit, comprising of new front and rear bumpers, and side skirts.

Complimenting the look are 17” multi-spoke alloys with an anthracite finish and tinted windows for more privacy. Inside, you’ll find new leather seats, complete with embossed 10th Anniversary logo, along with all the usual creature comforts of the T Spirit model (Navigation with integrated sound library, Bluetooth, rear parking monitor, Intelligent Park Assist, cruise control, smart entry and start, rain-sensing wipers and head-up display). The limited edition Generation X is available only in two colours, Pearl White and Astral black, making them easily identifiable and the most exclusive Prius models yet.

Toyota claims that even after the makeover, the fuel consumption and tax friendly features of the Prius are 100% maintained – 70.6mpg and 92g/km combined cycle consumption and CO2 emissions. So, basically there’s no downside to this special edition.

A Generation X can be yours for £26,150 ($41,500 at current exchange rates) and orders are now open, with deliveries starting in winter. We think it’s safe to say we really like the approach to making Hybrid technology more appealing, and hope to see other manufacturers follow suit.

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Toyota scheduled to bring iconic rally race cars to the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Toyota scheduled to bring iconic rally race cars to the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Looks like Porsche won’t be the only automaker bringing in some historical racers to the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week. Turns out, Toyota is joining in on the fun too.

To celebrate the Japanese automaker’s successful forays into the world of the WRC in the 80’s and 90’s, Toyota is bringing at least three of their rally-winning race cars, including the Group B Celica Twin Cam TA64, the very same car that scooped up a number of rally wins back in its heyday and was even nicknamed the "King of Africa" for its dominating performance at the Safari and Ivory Coast rallies. Joining the the Group B Celica is another one of its brethren, the Group A Celica ST185, the three-time championship car that staked titles for Toyota from 1992-1994, and Toyota’s more recent rally machine, the Corolla WRC, which scooped up 25 podium finishes from 1997 to 1999.

These cars, of course, only constitute a small chunk of machines Toyota’s gearing up to bring to Goodwood. In addition to the rally racers, the brand is also showing off a couple of its more recent releases, including a Dakar-participating Land Cruiser, a special edition supercharged iQ, a 900bhp Supra GT, and last, but certainly and most definitely not least, the brand’s new ultimate pride and joy, the Lexus LF-A.

Press Release after the jump

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Unsuspecting Toyota Yaris gets flattened by giant boulder

Unsuspecting Toyota Yaris gets flattened by giant boulder

Before you get all freaked out about the thought of a person sitting inside this Toyota Yaris when a huge boulder fell on it, we’ll spare you from that God-awful news. Thankfully, nobody was inside the car when this happened. If there was someone there, there’s a remote chance that that person would have made it out alive.

The accident occurred in the Derbyshire Peak District in the UK when a truck carrying those mammoth boulders accidentally dropped one straight into a poor Yaris that was clearly at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

The car’s owner, a lovely young female, parked the car and ran a seemingly innocuous errand only to return to her car to see what’s pretty much left of it. There’s no word yet on what the proceedings will be as a result of this accident although the truck company responsible for this boulder-sized error should do the right thing and open up their wallets to buy the young lady a new car.

We’re still perishing with the thought of a person inside that car when this happened. We’re thankful that nobody was there, but if there was someone inside, that would’ve been a really sucky way to lose a life.

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2010 Toyota Aygo Black

2010 Toyota Aygo Black

Toyota UK has just added a new version to the Aygo line-up. The new Aygo Black will be offered in both three and five-door versions and will be based on the Aygo+ model.

This special edition adds Alcantara and leather upholstery, a leather-trimmed sports steering wheel, leather gear shift knob (manual models), 14-inch alloy wheels and Tempest Black metallic exterior paint finish.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Toyota iQ surveillance car

2009 Toyota iQ surveillance car

Small cars are the perfect one for crowded cities. Expecially when you work for local authorities or police forces. Toyota UK will supply a number of 45 iQ for the Traffic Enforcement Systems that are responsible for traffic regulation and community safety.

Even if just a demonstrator car, the iQ will be equipped with a range of mobile CCTV and GPS systems, thermal-imaging cameras and numberplate-readers.

The iQ surveillance cars will be powered by a 1.0-litre engine coupled with the automatic transmission.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Toyota Aygo Platinum

2010 Toyota Aygo Platinum

Toyota UK has launched a new top of the line version for the Aygo compact car. Called Platinum, the new version is based on the Aygo+ model and adds: 14-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, Alcantara and leather upholstery gear knob as well as Crystal Silver metallic paint.

The new Aygo Platinum is available in either three or five-door versions, both being powered by a 1.0-litre VVT-I petrol engine with Toyota Optimal Drive – winner of the sub-one-liter class of the International Engine of the Year awards for the past three years. Five-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard, with the option of Toyota’s Multimode system.

Toyota is also offering a new Aygo Xtra Protected pack for the new Platinum edition. The package adds: rear parking sensors and additional side and rear protection mouldings to help guard against the rough and tumble of urban driving. Vehicle Stability Control can also be specified as an option.

Prices start at £8995 for the Platinum edition and adds an extra £380 for the Aygo Xtra Protected pack.

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Toyota Auris hybrid to be produced in the U.K.

Toyota Auris hybrid to be produced in the U.K.

In light of the British car industry’s continued struggle in keeping with the times, it is getting help from an unlikely source. It was recently announced that Toyota, the Japanese auto giant, is set to produce its new Auris hybrid in two UK factories, providing a much-needed boost to an industry that has continued a rapid nosedive since the global economic crisis began.

The two Toyota factories which will be tasked to produce Toyota’s new line of hybrid cars includes the one in Deeside, Wales and the other in Desrbyshire, North England. The former will be tasked to produce the engines for the cars and bring it to the latter location where it will be assembled.

It’s a welcome boost for the guys over at the UK, which has seen its auto industry get crippled by the downtrodden times. Toyota’s announcement that it will be producing the Auris in the country not only helps with the employment line, but also provides proof that the British auto industry is indeed moving forward in shifting its priorities to specializing in green technologies and producing vehicles that fit that bill.

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2008 Toyota RAV4 SR180

2008 Toyota RAV4 SR180

Toyota added a new special edition on the UK market: the new RAV4 SR180. The car is on sale at a price of £23,045.

The RAV4 SR180 is powered by Toyota’s advanced 175bhp (177 DIN hp) D-4D diesel engine, mated to a slick six-speed manual transmission. With 400Nm of torque on tap, it is a formidable performer and can move from rest to 62mph in 9.3 seconds. Its pulling power is matched by respectable fuel consumption of 40.4mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 185g/km – Band E for Vehicle Excise Duty.

The RAV4 SR180 features 18-inch alloys housed in bold, extended wheelarches, dark-tinted headlamps, Integrated Active Drive, which combines Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Hill Start Assist, Bluetooth connectivity, dark-tinted rear privacy glass, front fog lamps, six-speaker sound system with six-CD autochanger, cruise control, electric sunroof and rear parking sensors.

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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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2008 Toyota Hilux Invincible 200

2008 Toyota Hilux Invincible 200

Toyota launched in UK the Hilux Invincible 200 limited edition. Toyota will only build 500 units that will go on sale on July 1st.

The Hilux Invincible 200 Double Cab is equipped with a Toyota Motor Sport diesel engine performance kit that transforms the performance of the 3.0-litre D-4D engine. Power is increased from 169 to 194bhp (171 to 197 DIN hp) and maximum torque rises from 343 to 430Nm, generated all the way from 1,600 to 3,200rpm, making the Invincible 200 more powerful than any of its market rivals. What’s more, the hike in output brings no penalty in fuel consumption or emissions compared to the standard Invincible.

The new Hilux flagship enjoys a superior specification, too, with exclusive two-tone leather upholstery, heated front seats, steel mesh front grille and black metallic paint finish. These are in addition to regular Invincible features, including darkened rear privacy glass, full-map touch screen satellite navigation, scuff plates and metallic finish alloy wheels.

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2008 Toyota Aygo Blue

2008 Toyota Aygo Blue

There’s blue, then there is Aygo Blue. This spring Toyota’s award-winning city car has a fresh look with a new dedicated Slate Blue metallic paint finish. The colour co-ordination includes the door mirrors and bumper inserts on the outside and continues inside the cabin with new carpet mats with matching blue stitching and slate blue bezels for the air vents and instrument display.

Aygo Blue sits alongside Aygo Platinum at the top of the model range, offering an attractive array of premium equipment features. Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning and, on manual models, leather gear knob trim are all part of the standard specification.

And for those owners looking to make their Aygo Blue even more special, two accessory packs are available. Aygo Xtra Protected equips the car for life in the urban jungle with rear parking sensors, mud flaps and unpainted rear and side protection strips, while Aygo Style adds élan with alloy wheels, front fog lamps and front scuff plates. The packs are priced £335 and £595 respectively (including VAT).

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2008 Toyota Yaris SR

2008 Toyota Yaris SR

Toyota UK launched the Yaris SR models, a comprehensively upgraded the specification of its 1.3 VVT-i and 1.4 D-4D models. A unique standard feature of the new Yaris SR is the satellite navigation / audio system which is both built in and fully portable. The system offers handy touch screen operation, Bluetooth connectivity and USB connection for MP3 players.

The price of the SR models is just £350 greater than the equivalent T3 version and represents £1,100 extra value. And the price tag also covers nine airbags, electric front windows, remote central double locking, air conditioning, front fog lamps and the one-touch Easy Flat folding rear seat system.

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Toyota backs new Sprint Series

Toyota backs new Sprint Series

What’s the hottest prospect on a race track: a road-spec’ 21st century MR2 Roadster or a fully-tuned and kitted 1990s-vintage Supra? The speed and handling potential of contemporary and classic Toyota models will be put to the test when they go head to head in a new motor sport challenge, the Toyota Sprint Series 2008.

Toyota (GB) PLC has signed up as leading sponsor of the series, designed to give Toyota enthusiasts an exciting and affordable first step into motor sport. A provisional calendar of five events will get under way in March, open to experienced, intermediate and novice drivers.

Honours will be fought for in up to 10 classes, covering the complete spectrum of performance, from diesels and sub-1600cc cars to fully modified and tuned machines. Throughout the season driver points will be awarded in each class, so any driver has the potential to become overall champion. The basic principle of a sprint is for each competitor to complete a timed run, rather than to qualify and race side by side as in other forms of circuit motor sport.

Toyota Sprint Series 2008 – provisional calendar after the jump.

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2008 Toyota RAV-4 XT-R

2008 Toyota RAV-4 XT-R

New RAV4 is lined up for 2008, ensuring Toyota customers can enjoy some true New Year bargains. With high equipment specifications, competitive on-the-road prices and the benefit of Toyota’s hallmark quality, durability and driving pleasure, they are perfectly positioned and priced to succeed.

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2008 Toyota Aygo Platinum Edition

2008 Toyota Aygo Platinum Edition

There is no more exclusive Aygo than the new Platinum, a version of Toyota’s award-winning city car that is brimful of premium quality features. But while the specification is high, the price tag marks the model down as an ideal New Year bargain.

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2007 Toyota Aygo Blue

2007 Toyota Aygo Blue

Spring brings an addition to Toyota’s Aygo range, the new Aygo Blue, a model that offers high specification and extra style. Joining the established Aygo Black in the line-up, it expresses its blue theme in exclusive Lagoon Blue metallic paint, carpet mats and blue surrounds for the air vents and instrument panel.

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2007 Toyota Yaris SR

2007 Toyota Yaris SR

The Toyota Yaris SR 1.8 is a new flagship model for the Yaris range, bringing sports performance, style and refinement to a car that’s already a leader in terms of safety, equipment and comfort. It is powered by a new 1.8-litre petrol engine with Dual VVT-i technology and benefits from sports-tuned steering and suspension, a striking body kit, 17-inch alloy wheels and a premium equipment specification that offers more in terms of comfort and convenience features than any of its segment rivals. Add to that Yaris’s class-leading safety performance, with a five-star Euro NCAP adult passenger safety rating and a unique-in-class standard-fit driver’s knee airbag and you have a formidable all-round package.

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