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Toyota Motor Corp said during the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show that it will begin testing its hydrogen fuel cell cars in China by October. The move is for the company evaluate the feasibility of bringing the Mirai in the giant Asian country’s market.
According to Reuters, Hirohi Onishi, Toyota’s head of business in China, revealed that the automaker is planning to construct a hydrogen fuel station in Changshu City in the eastern part of Jiangsu province during the testing phase. He stated that promotional activities will be made in line with the arrival of their product in the country to gauge how receptive are the Chinese consumers to the vehicle.
The Japanese brand finds putting the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Toyota cars in China challenging though. Automotive News reported that there are only five hydrogen stations in the country. The facilities are centered around the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The Toyota station would be the first in Changshu.
Presently, the Toyota Mirai is sold in Japan, United States of America and Europe. From the said regions, the company has sold 3,000 units of the car. Australia, United Arab Emirates and Canada will also be the location of the other testing areas for the hydrogen fuel cell Toyota cars.
Lately, the Chinese government has implemented strict measures to curb the alarming pollution in the country. As a result, more automakers are investing into bringing their electric cars in that location. Recognizing the strong demand for EVs, even luxury car makers like Mercedes-Benz and Audi are taking their game into the electric car segment of the Chinese market.
With such a stiff competition looming in the electric car business, it remains to be seen how the Mirai will be received by China’s consumers. Everything will be made clear once it arrives in the Chinese roads for testing.
There are three new off-road trucks that you can choose from—the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4², the Toyota Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35 6×6, and the Toyota Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35.
Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4²
The German automaker is adding to its already spectacular G-Class lineup with the G500 4×4². With an all-wheel-drive powertrain, this is the perfect companion for all your off-the-road adventure. It comes with a new 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine coupled with its lightweight construction and promises high efficiency. Just how efficient and comfortable it is to ride on the G500 4×4²? Passengers will feel like they are riding in a sports car instead of a cross-country vehicle.
Toyota Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35
With a 35-inch tires, an off-road vehicle doesn’t get any better than this (except the Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35 with the 6×6 package), The suspension system in this particular Arctic Truck has been completely re-engineered and the exterior has been upgraded to provide a “macho” appearance. What sets this apart, though, is the color-coded fender flares, although the humongous tires can make their own case.
The 35-inch tires help the trucks better ram through snow, sand, and mud. It ensures the ultimate off-road performance.
Toyota Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35 6×6
If you think the Toyota Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35 is good, try fitting it with Toyota’s 6×6 conversion package. This gives the truck higher load capacity and improved towing ability, so if you ever need to haul something across the desert, this package is for you. With a total of six tires, your Toyota Arctic Trucks Hilux AT 35 6×6 will have greater pulling capacity regardless of the road conditions.
The Toyota Kluger has been updated for the 2017 model year. Set to arrive in Australia this February, the Japanese automaker fitted the Kluger with more style, a new set of standard features, and a boost in power and fuel efficiency.
All of these can make the Kluger one of the better bets in its segment.
The engine will remain the same: a 3.5-liter petrol V-6, though Toyota now added a direct injection for the engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Owners will also get to choose between a front-wheel or an all-wheel drive. Similar to before, the Kluger is available in three model grades: the GX, the GXL, and the Grande.
The direct injection will pump up the power to 218kW and 350Nm from the previous 201kW and 337Nm. Fuel consumption is better at 9.1L/100km for the two-wheel drive GX up to 9.5L/100km for the all-wheel drive Grande.
The Kluger will enjoy enhanced interior features, thanks to premium materials and metallic touches. On top of that, the Grande, the top of the line, will be receiving a blue LED ambient lighting.
GXL owners will get a new 8.0-inch touchscreen audio system with navigation, DAB+ digital radio and power, and a power tailgate with an independent-opening glass hatch.
3. Safety Features
The good thing about this refresh is that the new safety features come standard to all Kluger variants. That means the three model levels will receive the following: seven airbags, reverse parking sensors, rear view camera, electronic traction and stability control, and ABS brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution.
The Grande will have an additional—rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning with steering assistance and sway warning.
On the outside, you will notice some new designs on the grille and the new alloy wheel that comes in 18 inches for the GX and GXL, and 19 inches for the Grande.
Pricing will be revealed during the model’s launch next month, though we’re seeing a $40,000 price tag here.
There are few vehicles in the history of automobiles that has a race car tag and Toyota’s logo on it. It just doesn’t happen that way. Instead, the Japanese automaker is known for efficiency, affordability, and reliability.
Recently, Toyota announced that a new Toyota Yaris is on the works, and that it will be revealed at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. That’s pretty exciting for those who cannot wait to get their hands on a new hatchback from the Japanese automaker.
Here’s what we know about the car so far based on a source:
1. Exterior And Interior
According to hints and sources from Toyota, the new Toyota Yaris will gain a new front and rear styling (possible a new bumper or fascia). There will also be a modernized interior with a host of upgraded technologies to improve the handling and driving capability. Comfort and handling are two things that Toyota never compromise on.
The 2018 Toyota Yaris will be more powerful at its full capacity of 210 horsepower. That’s faster than most sedans in the market today. That’s also pretty impressive, considering that the Yaris is only a hatchback and could not haul anything at all.
The range-topping Yaris will loosely be based on the three-door version. The 201 horsepower is not bad at all. Right now, the most powerful Yaris can produce 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet, thanks to the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.
Aside from the horsepower it can produce, there’s not much we know about the 2018 Toyota Yaris. The Japanese car maker has yet to release specifications of the new engine, or whether there will be a new upgrade.
What’s clear is that Toyota wants the new Yaris to have a sportier appearance and performance. To do that, Toyota must add a bespoke, quick-shifting transmission. We also expect the Yaris to come out with a more muscular chassis that can deliver a sportier driving experience.
Whatever changes Toyota has been bragging about the 2017 Toyota Prius C cannot change the fact that it’s a subpar gas-electric vehicle. The same powertrain will produce the same speed and reaction time, and that was the major contention on the previous generation of the Prius C.
And although it is priced much lower than its competition—Chevrolet Volt ($34,095 – $38,445), Toyota Prius Prime ($27,965 – $33,965), and Toyota Prius ($25,550 – $30,880)—the changes on the 2017 Prius C remains to be too minimal.
1. Safety Features
In the previous generation, safety features are an option. That changed with the 2017 Prius C line because safety equipment is now packed as standard features on the vehicles. Named the Toyota Safety Sense-C moniker, the standard safety items are: forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights.
As mentioned above, the powertrain will remain the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a two AC motor/generators. Combined together, they can produce a paltry 99 horsepower that enables the Prius C to go 0 to 60mph in a lengthy 10.9 seconds.
The larger generator is provides the propulsion that generates electricity during deceleration while the smaller AC unit power the wheels with electric-controlled drive ratios (electronic CVT).
3. EPA Ratings
If you’re looking for better EPA ratings for the Prius C, sad to say that’s not going to happen. Compared with the 2016 EPA ratings, the 2017 Prius C dropped by 5 mpg around town and 3 mpg on the freeway. It now has a 48 mpg city and 43 mpg highway ratings.
The truth is, this might not be about the mechanical differences in the two generations. EPA now has a tougher fuel-economy testing guidelines. Compared with the regular Prius with 54 mpg city and 50 mpg highway, the Prius C’s EPA ratings are clearly lacking.
Check out some of the official photos of the 2017 Toyota Prius C in the gallery below:
When it comes to the Toyota Yaris, not many people give it attention these days. It is, after all, merely a car, something that gets you from Point A to Point B. Nothing more, nothing less. But that’s about to change as Toyota previewed a high performance (unnamed) Yaris that will soon be available for the European market.
There is not much information available for this new Yaris. It doesn’t even have a name at this point. What we do know is that it’s going to produce more than the 106 horsepower the current generation can.
At 2,400 pounds for the hatchback, the redesigned Yaris can apparently produce 207 horsepower based on a report. That’s a pretty good pull for such a heavy hatchback, but we’ll see more of that once the car got tested on the road.
Based on these specifications, we’re guessing that the power will come from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That would only be the only possible reason that the subcompact can pull off a 207 horsepower.
According to Toyota, the car also has an upgraded chassis that will improve the handling. We are not sure yet what it means this time, though.
The new Yaris fits the European market nicely. It looks sportier than the current model and it has that edge that almost makes it look like a (lesser) Mini Cooper, in a way.
The redesigned Yaris is based on the two-door version of the hatch. It will now come with sharp-looking wheels, a rear spoiler, and graphics in red and black. There are also revisions at the front and rear styling.
It’s not yet clear of this Yaris will be brought to the United States. If it does, it will compete directly with the Ford Fiesta ST, the Mini Cooper S, and the Fiat 500 Abarth.
The 2017 Detroit Auto Show is where Toyota finally unveiled its redesigned 2018 Camry. Being the only sedan that maintained huge sales in the American market, the Toyota Camry has always been impressive.
Now that it has been redesigned for innovativeness and style, we can only imagine how the Camry will once again come on top of sedan sales.
Curiously enough, Toyota made the Camry 0.7 inch wider with the wheelbase two inches longer, and the roof and hood height lowered by one and 1.6 inches, respectively. The front and rear hip points have also been lowered, giving the new Camry a sportier look than its predecessor. Inside, even the dashboard has been lowered significantly to maintain visibility.
2. Driving Dynamics
To provide better driving experience, the new Camry has been bolstered, something that the Japanese automaker already did for the model during its mid-cycle refresh back in 2015. There’s a new double-wishbone suspension and four-point engine that reduce noise, vibration, and harshness.
Toyota swore that drivers will notice the improved dynamics the moment they sit on the driver’s seat.
The vast majority in the lineup will get the 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder “Dynamic Force Engine.” Compared to the current model with a 2.5-liter engine as well that produces 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, the new Camry is slated to be more powerful. It will also be competitive in terms of fuel economy.
There are two other powertrains: the 3.5-liter V-6 to be shared with the Highlander and Sienna and the Hybrid. Options for the V-6 include a four- or six-cylinder paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Camry Hybrid has the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a revised CVT that features a new Sport mode with simulated six gears.
The new Camry has these features: 7-inch gauge display, a 10-inch Head-Up Display, and a center stack controls with the latest Entune 3.0 touchscreen.
There are no pricing details yet, but let’s wait and see if we’ll get something out of its introduction at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The new Toyota Camry is expected to start its deliverables in late summer 2017.
Check out the photos of the new Camry in the gallery below:
In Spring 2017, the United States auto market will be treated to the Lexus LC, a 2+2 performance coupe that aims to be defined as both a premium vehicle and a luxurious lifestyle brand. It boasts of its innovative design, engineering, performance, and technology.
Here are its three main features according to Toyota USA Newsroom:
The Lexus LC is based on the LF-LC Concept, which won EyesOn Design award when it was first revealed at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The engineers and design teams in Lexus worked together to bring a production-ready car with a new cabin and driver-focused cockpit that will surely be opening to passengers.
The LC maintained its low roof and hood lines from the LF-LC concept while accommodating a sport suspension and 21-inch forged alloy wheels. There are also new ultra-slim LED headlight units, chrome-plated moldings along the side of the glass roof, black-out finish on the roof, rear pillar and spoilers, and the iconic spindle grille design.
If you are impressed by the exterior, you’ll even be more excited to know that such elegance is extended to the car’s interior. The cabin area was designed to be extremely welcoming to the passengers. The driver’s cockpit was laid out for an excellent seating position that can easily reach the dashboard controls. The driver also enjoys a low-seating position because of the low hood line and low-profile instrument panel.
There is generous legroom both for the driver and the passengers, making getting in and out of the LC a breeze. The control zone is located around the steering wheel, enabling the driver to access starter button, shift lever, paddle shifters, Drive Mode select, and steering wheel combination switches.
There are two powertrains available for the Lexus LC: the 3.5-liter V-6 full hybrid with multi-stage hybrid system and the normally-aspirated 5.0-liter V-8. The multi-stage hybrid system transforms the torque, power, and acceleration all the while maintaining the smoothness of drive and efficiency that Lexus is known for.
The V-8 gasoline engine, on the other hand, is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that can produce 471 horsepower. This is a first for a passenger car.
In a nutshell, the 2017 Toyota 4Runner is the auto equivalent of a multipurpose Swiss knife. It has everything you need from an SUV and more. Whatever you need it to be, the 4Runner will have your back. Thanks to its size, power, and that macho appeal, you can trust it to tow your boat, climb a mountain, carry seven passengers, and haul a variety of items such as picnic tables, barbeques, tents, and other supplies.
And yet, it still has the capacity to fit solo drivers. That is, if you love massive SUVs that can do anything you ask of it.
Strong and Dependable
No matter what you need, the 4Runner will offer comfort, versatility, and reliability because of its body-on-frame construction that features a 4-link rear axle and coil-spring suspension. You can choose between a 2WD, part-time 4WD with a two-speed transfer case or a full-time, multi-mode 4WD with a two-speed transfer case and locking center differential. All variants with four-wheel drive will have 9.6 inches of ground clearance.
There are three TRD models: the TRD Off-Road, the TRD Off-Road Premium, and the TRD Pro. Aside from these, the 4Runner is also available as the SR5, SR5 Premium, and the Limited.
Macho, Spunky, and Full of Character
Whether it’s freshly bathed or looked like they were born out of mud, the 4Runner will always look stunning. Physically, it has that catchy, bad-ass look that will make heads turn on the streets. All 2017 4Runners have projector beam headlights and LED rear combination lamps. The SR5 and TRD models have 17-inch alloy wheels that are available in three different designs: the 6-spoke design will be standard for SR5 and SR5 Premium, the 7-spoke design for the TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium, and the TRD Alloy painted matte black for the TRD Pro.
Powerful and Durable
Under the hood of all 4Runners, you’ll find the 4.0-liter V-6 that can produce 270 horsepower and 278 lb. ft. of torque, thanks for being paired to a 5-speed ECT-i automatic transmission with sequential shift mode. The torque will allow the 4Runner to tow a maximum of 5,000 pounds with a maximum of 500-pound tongue weight.
Toyota has yet to confirm the arrival of another Supra, specifically for the 2019 model year. But if the new spy shots are to be believed, it looks like the Supra name is making a comeback for this sports car, which will particularly be marketed in Europe.
In 2011, the Japanese automaker announced that it signed a deal with BMW to develop a sports car platform. This is supposedly that car. BMW, for its part, is using the platform as replacement for the Z4, which is believed to be a new model called the Z5.
1. It Is Smaller Than The FT-1 Concept Car
These spy photos reveal that the 2019 Toyota Supra will be relatively smaller than 2014’s FT-1 concept car, which already previewed the design. It did borrow a host of other elements from the concept, mainly the double-bubble roof, the protruding nose, the muscular rear fenders, the jet-fighter style glasshouse, and the ducktail trunk lid.
In some of the shots, there is also a glimpse of the new liftback. There are still few details about the Supra, seeing as there’s still plenty of time before Toyota takes this to the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
But what we do know is that the new platform features a front-midship layout and a low center of gravity based on the very low hood and roof. It might also boast of a multi-material construction, probably using more carbon fiber to take off the weight and boost speed and strength.
2. There Will Be At Least Two Powertrains
The Supra might have two powertrain choices. The range-topper is a hybrid powertrain that combines a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with an electric motor or two. There is still no confirmation about the base model. The V-6 engine will be able to power the rear wheels while the electric motors will bring power to the front wheels. This should create a “through-the-road” hybrid setup. We saw this same setup in Toyota’s Hybrid-R concept back in 2013.
3. It Will Have A Mid-$50K Price Tag
The system might sound good on paper, but it also means a hefty price tag of mid-$50,000 for the base model. That is higher than a Corvette, the standard of classic sports car in the US. That price will quickly rise with modifications and a higher-range model.
There is a fear, of course, that the price tag will pull the sales down, so Toyota may offer an entry-level powertrain that will pack either a twin-turbo V-6 engine or a turbocharged inline-4.
4. Spy Photos
Check out the spy photos of the car below, which were provided by Car and Driver: