It’s interesting how Toyota eased into the full-size-truck market in the U.S. After years of building small pickups, the company introduced the slightly larger T-100 for 1993, adding the Xtracab extended-cab model in 1995. The darling of landscapers everywhere, there are still plenty of T-100s on the roads towing Dixie Choppers on small trailers, with [...]
After seeing all of the mad vehicles we’ve featured this month, it’d be logical to think that every car built in the Scandinavian region is some sort of zombie-like, engine-swapped tire-destroying machine. While those bonkers cars might define the scene for many, Scandanavian car enthusiasts also have plenty of appreciation for simple, more detail-focused builds – like [...]
Ten years after Toyota Motor Corp. launched its youth-oriented Scion marque, the brand is struggling. Only one Scion product is doing well this year, the new FR-S sports car, and it is actually a rebadged Subaru. Without it, Scion sales would be down sharply. But that is not the only sign of trouble.
Three modified Toyota Avalon sedans were some of the biggest surprises at last year’s SEMA show. The cars were obviously not targeted toward grandma, unless she likes the idea of a supercharger, 19-inch rims, and a lowered suspension — just a few items on the Avalon TRD Edition show car. We treated this Avalon like [...]
Honda, you used to be one of my favorite automakers in the world. In a world of boring Toyotas, you were an exciting alternative. But somewhere in the last decade you forgot all of that.
At the unveiling of the redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra, group vice president and general manager Bill Fay began his remarks by highlighting the full-size truck market’s shift toward crew-cab (4-door) models and premium equipment offerings. This is why the biggest Tundra news is not just the styling, inside and out, but the addition of two top-tier [...]
We don’t mean an Aston Martin, but the famed English automaker. Price? About $800 million.
There are publicity stunts, and then there’s using a Toyota Tundra to tow the 145-ton Space Shuttle Endeavour across interstate 405 in Los Angeles. That’s exactly what happened Saturday night when Toyota lent a hand pulling the retired spacecraft over a bridge en route to the California Science Center. As it turned out, the Manchester Boulevard Bridge couldn’t stand up to the [...]
For so many people today the car has become an appliance with the sole job of getting from A to B effectively and efficiently. This point is made clearest when you consider that Toyota has sold over one million Priuses. The Prius is a horrible car in all respects except one – fuel economy. The [...]
It’s been a long-standing tradition for American auto enthusiasts to drool over the European Domestic Market and Japanese Domestic Market vehicles and how many of them are much better and cleverly equipped than the cars we get stateside. It makes us feel like we’ve been sold short of what could be amazing cars. And here’s one of [...]
The second generation Toyota Celica was the first car designed in California’s groundbreaking Calty Design Research Incorporated facility. Though it was built in Japan, is the 1978 Celica a Californian car? This might be big of a heavy discussion for Monday afternoon, and if it is, please continue to drool at the above picture of [...]
Two hundred million of anything is a lot, and the point here is that Toyota has built a lot of cars. The automaker announced this week that sometime in June its 200,000,000th vehicle rolled off the assembly line. Toyota’s feat took the company 76 years and 11 months.
Holy hell. We remember hearing a few whispers about the Toyobaru collaboration getting fast tracked, but no one expected to see something this quick. Toyota just announced an all-new concept will take a bow at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show and will be powered by a 2.0-liter boxer four. Sounds like Pleiades DNA to me. [...]
While Honda seems bound and determined to drill the cool out of the CR-Z by only offering it with a CVT, word has popped up Toyota may have something tasty for the Tokyo Motor Show. No we’re not talking about the production Lexus LF-A or the Subaru-partnered 086A. This is something all new – the [...]
Man, leave for two weeks and suddenly long-dead concepts come back from the grave. You remember the 086A, right? It’s the rear-wheel drive collaboration worked up by Toyota and Subaru that got back-burnered when the global economy went dumpster diving. Well, dry your eyes Pleiades fans. It looks like a rendering of the car has [...]
And it’s a plug-in. The company plans to unleash 500 of these dove and daisy-slathered cars on the world for global testing. Around 200 are staying home for the trials, with the rest split equally between the U.S. and European market. So what does that fancy pink and purple paint scheme win you? Aside from [...]