Toyota is pondering making use of its Gazoo Racing unit as a functionality brand for future road automobiles, not as opposed to BMW’s M Division and Mercedes-AMG.
The timing couldn’t be better, as it was actually starting to seem like Toyota was intentionally attempting to make itself the least-fascinating brand in the planet. The Supra vanished in North America by 1998, the MR2 followed suit after 2005, the underwhelming seventh generation Celica came and went with no replacement, and Toyota Racing Improvement seemed unhealthily fixated on the off-roading capabilities of the Tacoma.
Fortunately, it looks like the company is lastly coming to its senses.
Gazoo motorsport oversees Toyota’s Planet Endurance Championship program, Planet Rally Championship team, and Dakar Rally group. The firm also has gotten involved with consumer goods by way of the limited-production Gazoo Racing Masters of Nürburgring (GRMN) version of the GT86. The organization is also accountable for the Toyota G’s lineup of semi-sportified passenger vehicles.
Speaking to Autocar, Gazoo Racing chief Koei Saga said he intends to expand into road vehicles, drawing a link in between that side of the Toyota business and its racing activities.
“In Europe, the challenge is larger because we have far more competitors here, and it is also an issue of cost,” he said. “However, I am really considerably working on that so we can have a brand like the [BMW] M brand.”
Saga wouldn’t commit to questions about the upcoming Supra or Z5, suspicions on the company’s involvement stay. Whilst the G’s vehicles tend to be modest, image-enhanced vehicles, GRMN limited editions incorporated a lightened Mark X sedan, turbocharged 150 horsepower Vitz/Yaris, and the aforementioned track-enhanced GT86 coupe.
The rumor-mil has it that the very first Gazoo model developed in any quantity, would be a spiced-up subcompact. Toyota’s leading brass have hinted at a efficiency Yaris and Gazoo currently has a Planet Rally Championship version in the functions. Knowing what we know about the WRX, it would be silly not to see a turbocharged Yaris on sale someday — especially if the WRC automobile does effectively.
Admit it: you woke up right now missing the Toyota Matrix, didn’t you? Could Toyota interest you in a modernized, reincarnated Matrix?
This is it. The Toyota C-HR is roughly an inch shorter than the old Matrix, two-tenths of an inch larger, and about an inch wider than the dearly departed hatchback that we likely wouldn’t contact a mere hatchback if it arrived in 2016.
The C-HR is already in production in Sakarya, Turkey, but till the North American production-ready reveal at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show right now, there had been details unknown.
Now, some of the unknowns are known.
“It looks like nothing at all we’ve ever produced, and ushers in a new era of Toyota style,” says Bill Fay, common manager of the Toyota division in the United States.
Uh, that’s for certain.Initially intended to finish up as a Scion in North America ahead of the Scion brand was extinguished, the 2018 Toyota C-HR arrives to challenge subcompact crossovers in a burgeoning segment.
Although somewhat late to the party — there are currently nearly a dozen rivals — the C-HR will beat the Ford EcoSport in the front door. But wait a minute. Is the C-HR actually a direct rival for the Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, and a host of other little crossovers?
For the time becoming, the C-HR is a front-wheel-drive vehicle only. AWD is an choice in other markets.
Preserve in thoughts, the front-wheel-drive-only Kia Soul sells more frequently in America than any of the subcompact crossovers that offer AWD. Claiming Nürburgring-honed handling, Toyota says the C-HR arrives in America with a two.-liter four-cylinder creating 144 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque exclusively linked to a constantly variable transmission.There’ll be XLE and XLE Premium trims, with the upper grade adding heated front seats, energy lumbar support for the driver, proximity access and, “puddle lamps that project Toyota C-HR.” Each the XLE and XLE Premium are equipped with Toyota’s Safety Sense P, but the XLE Premium adds blind spot monitoring and rear cross visitors alert.
The C-HR first appeared as a idea at 2014’s Paris show, was altered for the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, and was then shown in production kind earlier this year in Geneva, Switzerland. U.S. sales of the production automobile commence in the spring of 2017.
No AWD? Even the Matrix, a mere hatchback, provided 4 driven wheels.
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It is a well-known fact that Islamic State fighters get pleasure from employing hardy Toyota pickups in their pursuit of cleansing the Middle East of people even slightly diverse from themselves, but they’ll need to have to restock right after last week.
Current Allied military advances, like a enormous, weeks-extended push that liberated the Iraqi city of Fallujah, have ISIS on the run, and the U.S. Air Force’s greatest aerial hardware just caught a massive quantity of their vehicles generating a break for it.
The benefits, as Defense Department video of the strike shows, wasn’t pretty — for the insurgents or their trucks.
According to Military Occasions, the unusually big convoy was spotted moving east from Ramadi on June 29. Soon after Fallujah fell on June 26, it’s believed that the convoy was going to assist reinforce the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal, also beneath Allied attack.
With the ISIS force exposed and vulnerable, the U.S. swiftly known as in a extremely diverse selection of aerial weaponry. They incorporated F-15Es, A-10s, B-52s, and some MG-1 Predator drones. Primarily, 60 years worth of aircraft kept around simply because they’re so very good at blowing items into a lot smaller pieces.
The resulting airstrikes bookended the convoy with bombs, although an A-10 can be seen dealing with the rest with its 30-millimeter Gatling-sort autocannon. The insurgents reportedly abandoned their cars and ran. A strike 1 day earlier took out a 55-automobile ISIS convoy (video below), meaning there’s a severe shortage of Toyota energy in the insurgents’ hands.
You have almost certainly observed one of its videos on YouTube. Its creations are nightmare fuel, mixed with a sense of wonder and intrigue. And for a single specific automaker, its robotic inventions seem worthy adequate to trigger the acquire of a complete organization.
It is Boston Dynamics — a organization born from the MIT leg lab that is been creating quadrupedal and bipedal robots because 1992. And Toyota is heavily rumored to be purchasing the business from Google, according to Tech Insider.
Which begs the question: what does a car manufacturer want with a legged-robot organization?
In order to understand the weirdness of this deal, one must realize the tenuous relationship amongst Boston Dynamics and its present parent organization Google, or Alphabet Inc.
Google acquired Boston Dynamics in late 2013 as part of a spree of acquisitions in the field of robotics. The offers were spearheaded by Andy Rubin, former chief of the Android division, and brought about 300 robotics engineers into Google. Rubin left the business in October 2014. Over the following year, the robot initiative, dubbed Replicant, was plagued by leadership changes, failures to collaborate amongst organizations and an unsuccessful effort to recruit a new leader.
At the heart of Replicant’s problems, stated a individual familiar with the group, was a reluctance by Boston Dynamics executives to operate with Google’s other robot engineers in California and Tokyo and the unit’s failure to come up with items that could be released in the close to term.
So it was reluctance on behalf of Boston Dynamics, reports Bloomberg, that sealed its fate at Google, but the most recent report from Tech Insider sheds some light on why BD executives pushed back:
Tech Insider spoke to two former workers who said Google was pushing for a industrial robot that could support out around the home or workplace by 2020. It is not also clear what specifically Google wanted the robot to do, but it would be comfy around humans and easy to use for standard day-to-day tasks.
1 of the people said Google wanted a robot that, like a lot of of its merchandise, was simplistic and easy to use. One particular way of executing that would be possessing it roam about on wheels.
Contemplating Boston Dynamics was born out of the MIT Leg Lab, asking personnel to cease pursuing robotic leg analysis was just one particular of many requests that rubbed people the wrong way, the person said.
Now, as a deal in between Toyota and Google for the acquire of Boston Dynamics comes to a close — the “ink is almost dry,” a source mentioned to Tech Insider — the query above remains: what does Toyota want with a legged-robot company, specially when the Toyota Analysis Institute is, essentially, a wheeled-robot organization?
There are numerous applications for legged robots at an automaker that do not contain customer-oriented transportation. For starters, legged robots could be utilized in automotive plants in places that have a higher risk of injury. Or they could be used simply to replace costly laborers.
Regardless of the reasons behind the deal, the founder and CEO of Boston Dynamics, Marc Raibert, will likely be welcomed with open arms (or legs?) by Toyota Study Institute’s CEO Gill Pratt. The two worked with every single other at the MIT leg lab. When Raibert left the lab to located Boston Dynamics, Pratt took more than where Raibert left off.
And possibly that’s the real cause behind the deal — bringing the men back collectively to collaborate on robot study.
Soon after all, that is all Raibert wanted to do at Boston Dynamics, but Google wanted a industrial solution ready for private residences in 5 years.
Beneath Toyota, with $ 1 billion of funding for TRI more than the next ten years, there will be no pressure to bring something to mass industry in such a brief time.
Not wanting to be left out of the mobility celebration, Toyota and Volkswagen not too long ago invested in two ride-sharing organizations, becoming the most current automakers to sink money into the sharing economy.
Toyota invested a rumored $ one hundred million in the ubiquitous ride-sharing business Uber, while Volkswagen, which has to meter out its dough cautiously (thanks to a pesky tiny scandal), dropped $ 300 million on Uber’s taxi-hailing rival Gett.
Mobility solutions have the possible to make big, massive bucks — one thing automakers often have a hankering for. Wanting a thick slice of that pie, numerous vehicle organizations are adding mobility to their lengthy-term growth techniques.
Toyota’s gambit will see its merchandise provided to Uber drivers via a tailor-made leasing system. Lease terms would be versatile, with payments produced by means of their Uber earnings. Joint projects could crop up later this year.
Gett, an Israel-primarily based company operating in 60 European cities, as nicely as New York and Moscow, recently took over half of London’s taxi fleet. The organization desires to target more of the U.S. and European marketplace, and that is exactly where Volkswagen’s money proves beneficial.
The embattled automaker appears to have made a secure bet on Gett, which saw its income grow 300 percent final year — something Volkswagen can only dream of. Gett expects to make half a billion dollars this year.
Each investments sound big, but they’re massive-sized when compared to Common Motors’ $ 500 million gamble on ride-sharing service Lyft earlier this year. Ford Motor Firm chose an in-home alternative for its entry into the mobility field, making the subsidiary Ford Wise Mobility LLC in March to create salable products.
“Toyota Connected will help free of charge our buyers from the tyranny of technologies. It will make lives easier and help us to return to our humanity,” stated Zack Hicks, CEO of Toyota Connected and Chief Information Officer at Toyota Motor North America, in a statement.
“From telematics services that learn from your habits and preferences, to use-primarily based insurance coverage pricing models that respond to actual driving patterns, to connected car networks that can share road condition and targeted traffic data, our goal is to provide services that make lives simpler.”
You heard the man — somebody wants to stop the tyranny!
All of the automaker’s information projects will be consolidated below one particular roof in Plano, Texas, where Microsoft engineers will function alongside Toyota staff in investigation and improvement teams.
Autonomous technologies is an obvious concentrate for automakers’ in-house brainiacs these days, but Toyota’s unenthusiastic position on self-driving vehicles points to the tech becoming utilised (at least initially) to create security systems for human-driven automobiles.
The automaker claims the new venture would conform to Toyota’s core “belief in human-centered mobility and a basic commitment to individual privacy.”
Compact crossovers are huge organization and the Toyota RAV4 is one particular of the segment’s corporate all-stars.
In 2015, the RAV4 practically outsold Mazda. I’m not talking about the RAV4 outselling the Mazda CX-5, which it did handily by more than 200,000 units. No, I’m talking about the RAV4 outselling Mazda in its completely. Every little thing Mazda sells. All model sales place together.The RAV4 nearly outsold MAZDA.
Toyota’s fourth-generation crossover has received a nip-tuck to hold it fresh following just three model years on the market place. Its lineup is bolstered this year with the addition of the new RAV4 Hybrid, which we’ll be acquiring our hands on that in a few weeks. In the meantime, let’s take a deep dive into the second very best-promoting CUV in the USA in traditional gas-burner guise.
Exterior The RAV4 and Honda CR-V kickstarted the compact crossover craze in the ’90s with unibody cars styled like mini-trucks. More than time, the sector evolved and replaced those rough-and-tumble SUVs with the minivan-esque folks haulers we see these days. To wit: The 2013 Toyota RAV4 decreased ground clearance to six.three inches, ditched the rear tire and squared off its rear to swallow much more cubic feet of stuff.
Dimensions and challenging points for the refreshed 2016 model remain unchanged, and the RAV4 remains one of the longer compact CUVs in the segment at 181.1 inches (close to half a foot longer than the new Hyundai Tucson), but it still does not supply third-row seating like its generational predecessor or the Nissan Rogue.
Numerous automakers adorn their vehicles with frequent corporate styles, and Toyota has resisted that urge — till now. The new front finish borrows cues from the Murai and Prius, and LED headlamps are now optional. While the appear is far more distinctive than the preceding bumper, it is nonetheless not my cup of tea.
Interior Toyota has made no drastic alterations to the RAV4’s innards and has opted to refine the current cabin instead.
Awkward shapes and textures aplenty will distress the OCD crowd, and you’ll nevertheless discover difficult plastics strewn about the RAV4’s cabin. Yet, quality remains high and tougher plastics are generally kept out of reach.
Stitched pleather inserts snazz up the main dashboard considerably like the much more high-priced Toyota Avalon. The previously featured low-rent steering wheel is now restricted to base trims and makes other grades feel far more premium in comparison. But, faux carbon fiber trim located in higher-site visitors places about the cupholder and window switches has a finish that’s far also eager to wear the war wounds of day-to-day service.
The RAV4 refresh does address some complaints I had about the 2014 model. Seats now provide far more bolstering, and a power seat with adjustable lumbar help is now obtainable. Yet these upgraded seats nevertheless can’t be had wrapped in genuine cowhide our limited model utilizes the same SofTex faux-moo that Lexus uses in its base models. Front seats are a small significantly less comfy than those in the Nissan Rogue, but they’re softer and much better suited to my six-foot frame than the average CUV.
Rear legroom and cargo space are exceptional thanks to the RAV4’s overall length. You will find a cargo region that is 33-percent larger in the RAV4 than the segment typical, or roughly the identical size as a Ford Edge or Lexus RX. Folding the rear seats flat increases that volume to 73.4 cubic feet, allowing for storage of 4×6-foot products with the proper amount of juggling.
Infotainment In a segment exactly where base modes normally receive hand-me-down stereos, Toyota surprises. The LE trim starts with six speakers, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth speakerphone integration, a single-slot CD player, backup camera and full USB/iPod integration with voice commands as common. XLE and SE trims obtain the same screen and quantity of speakers, but a software upgrade to Entune Plus adds HD Radio, smartphone-primarily based navigation, and HD Radio-sourced traffic and weather displays. Limited trim models swap in a 7-inch touchscreen with navigation and smartphone app integration. If you care enough about your tunes to verify an extra option box, there’s an 11-speaker JBL technique with subwoofer in accessible in SE and Restricted grades.
Toyota’s Entune software received important updates back in 2014, and it still compares effectively to GM’s most recent systems with its snappy interface and simple to navigate style. HD Radio downloads traffic and weather data for free, eliminating the need for an XM subscription for these attributes. Toyota has also killed its subscription-primarily based Entune smartphone integrated solutions such as Pandora, OpenTable and Bing. CarPlay and Android Auto integration are suspiciously absent, but you will discover them in the Tucson and new Sportage if the exemption of these by Toyota is a deal breaker.
Drivetrain Toyota killed off the RAV4’s V6 back 2013, leaving just the 2.5-liter inline-four as the sole powerplant. Toyota’s logic was this: the RAV4’s main competitor is the CR-V and that model is supplied solely as a four cylinder.
Output figures for the 2.5 liter are in line with the competition at 176 horsepower and 172 lbs-ft of torque — however fuel economy figures are middling. You need to expect 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway in front-wheel-drive trim, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s two miles-per-gallon behind the CR-V and Tucson Eco.
Drive Our tester was equipped with the optional $ 1,400 AWD system — and that changed the character of the RAV4 in unexpected techniques.
The method makes use of a multi-plate clutch pack like most crossovers, but Toyota’s software is peculiar in that the driver can totally lock the coupling electronically. It acts like a standard four-wheel-drive system with a locked center differential when driving under 25 mph. You’ll even experience driveline binding if it is engaged on pavement. Go over that 25 mph limit and the lock disengages, allowing a single axle to receive 100 percent of offered engine energy when the other axle is slipping. Even a lot more of a surprise: Engaging sport mode shifts an unexpected amount of power to the rear and tends to make the RAV4 feel more like an all-wheel-drive Audi.
Even though the all-wheel-drive system is an engaging companion, the suspension and steering are far more highway cruiser than corner carver. Our Limited model wore 235/55R18 tires, but its road holding ability was squarely middle of the pack due to its soft suspension manifesting itself with lots of body roll, and a steering rack that was as well overboosted and disengaged for spirited driving.
The greatest dynamic challenge for the RAV4 is acceleration. At 3.four seconds to 30 mph and 8.9 seconds to 60, the RAV4 is almost the slowest crossover we’ve tested not too long ago, besting only the base two.-liter Mazda CX-five. The traditional six-speed auto and lack of a turbocharged engine option are the two primary reasons for the lackluster overall performance. The CR-V is only a small a lot more potent, but its CVT helped it run to 60 mph a full second more rapidly than the Toyota. The 25 mpg combined EPA rating and our 24 mpg average have been also notably behind a lot of the competition. On the other hand, the hybrid model will easily return over 30 mpg — making it the most effective — even though also improving acceleration.
Although the Ford, Mazda, Hyundai and even Honda crossovers have become firmer and a lot more “European” over time, Toyota has stuck with a compliant suspension tune. If a lengthy highway trip is in your future, the RAV4 is going to be the most comfy companion by far.
Following the trend of bringing luxury attributes down market place, Toyota now tends to make most of the Lexus feature set optional on the RAV. Our Limited trim had radar adaptive cruise manage, lane maintaining assist, blind spot monitoring, LED headlamps, and an Infiniti-like 360-degree camera method.
Toyota has a history of playing to the “meat” of each and every segment. Rarely does Toyota build something extreme, be it the least expensive vehicle in its class, the most pricey, quickest, slowest, etc. That describes the RAV4 to a tee. I wasn’t offended following a week with the RAV4 — but neither was I enraptured. Toyota’s trucklet is reasonably priced, ranging from $ 24,350 to $ 35,715, and in most trims represents a decent (but not intense) value compared to the competitors. Yes, the CX-five is a lot more exciting, but the base engine is slower than the Toyota, and the other trims will really price you much more. Hyundai’s new Tucson disappointed me when it came to interior high quality and the way they chose to bundle attributes causes the Toyota to be a much better buy in mid-level trims. The CR-V is quieter, but it is also $ 1,500 to $ two,000 a lot more high-priced.
Oddly sufficient, the RAV4 is a lot more capable than any of these crossovers in mud or snow thanks to the locking center coupling. Although you’ll uncover this feature in some Cherokee models, you will not find a completely locking coupling in the Subaru Forester.
Why are the RAV4’s sales so higher when there are far more fun possibilities out there? The factors can be discovered in its strong value proposition, a soft ride about which journalists typically complain, integrated scheduled maintenance and Toyota’s reputation for reliability.
The 2016 RAV4 isn’t going to like several souls on fire, but it provides the typical CUV shopper far more of what they clearly want.
Toyota supplied the automobile, insurance coverage and one particular tank of gas for this review
Toyota’s Senior Vice President for Operations Bob Carter has been very the chatty cathy Thursday. According to Reuters, the automaker is organizing to enhance production of its Tundra and Tacoma to support meet demand for trucks subsequent year, in element, because supplies of the trucks are so low these days.
Toyota has roughly 20 days provide of its Tundra and only 10 days provide of its new Tacoma, which sell like hell given that it was introduced last month.
“If you had been to ask any of our U.S. dealers what they want, I’d say each a single of them would say ‘More trucks,’” Carter told Reuters. Or far more Tacoma’s?
Michael Kroll, a spokesman for Toyota, told us that the Tacoma and Tundra have “ultimate flexibility” at the automaker’s San Antonio plant to make a single or the other.
And the San Antonio plant is acquiring assist also.
“Tacoma production is also supplemented by our plant in Baja, which last April added a third shift,” Kroll mentioned. “In addition, the San Antonio plant is adding an option workforce, which will involve hiring an further 200 or so group members by subsequent summer season to aid with getting even a lot more output from the plant.”
(If you’re searching at sales stats for the Tacoma and Tundra, you may well believe that the automaker would want to consider turning up the wick on the Tacoma. Just a thought. — Aaron)
So that new Tacoma must be simpler to get next year.
Toyota unleashed Wednesday its version of Marty McFly’s dream truck based on a 2016 Toyota Tacoma for one particular day only. The truck added a special paint scheme and … wait, one particular day only?
The trucks went on show Oct. 21 in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas just before presumably bursting into flames.
At least Toyota detailed how it built the 1985-esque truck for the one day we’ll ever get to see the truck.
Here’s what it took to make the “4×4″ feasible:
Custom 1985 Toyota Truck Exterior Paint
Toyota Racing Improvement (TRD) Wheels
Custom front and rear Tubular Bumpers
Custom Light Bar
KC HiLites Gravity LED G46
KC HiLites Daylighter Gravity LED
Custom “D-4S” Fuel Injection Badging
Custom Tailgate with Iconic “TOYOTA” Logo
Custom Vintage Headlight and Taillight Design and style
Mud Flaps 1985 Toyota Truck
All of which sound legit, except for the D-4S Fuel Injection badging due to the fact the Toyota 22R engine in the 1985 truck wasn’t really all that advanced — it only had fuel injection for the 1st time in 1985.
(As a matter of reality, I consider they revved to like 4,000 rpm just before giving up, really.)
Owners of some Toyota vehicles in Canada say that the Japanese automaker is asking them to foot the bill for replacement odometers due to a glitch that will not permit the gauges to roll over right after 299,999 kilometers, CTV is reporting (by means of AutoFocus).
The glitchy odometers are discovered in 2003-2008 Toyota Matrix and Corolla models, and some 2004 and 2005 Toyota Prius models.
There are a couple of videos on YouTube of folks expecting to hit 300,000, but they never ever do.
We reached out to a Toyota spokesman in the U.S. but haven’t heard back. According to the CTV report, Toyota is replacing the odometer but asking owners to pay for the replacement (for now).