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2015 Toyota Sienna Debuted July 17

Monday, August 4th, 2014

The refreshed Toyota Sienna debuted on Thursday July 17.

The Japanese automaker has tweeted that the 2015 Toyota Sienna was revealed on July 17. You can expect minor changes inside and out for the minivan. Considered a midcycle refresh, the current Sienna launched as a 2011 model year so an update is due.

Source: AutoGuide.com

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2015 Toyota Prius Persona Series Gains Style Enhancements

Monday, August 4th, 2014

A new special edition of the Toyota Prius is arriving in dealerships this September with a few unique styling upgrades.

Dubbed the “Persona Series Special Edition” this Prius gets easily recognizable 17-inch alloy wheels that feature a dark metallic finish, as well as a unique badge on the rear bumper. The Prius also gets heated power mirrors with turn signal indicators.

Inside, the Prius Persona Series is trimmed with black leatherette with gray stitching. There is also a dark chrome shift knob ring and dark chrome door grips. The Persona Series also features blue lighting in the foot-wells.

Further differentiating the Persona Series, the new special edition is only available in two color choices: Blizzard Pearl, and Absolutely Red.

Source: AutoGuide.com

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Next-Gen Toyota Camry Likely to Ditch V6 for Turbo Four

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Toyota is pushing to lead the fuel economy race with an all-new new engine family, and the Camry will be the first non-hybrid car to reap the benefits.

As part of these sweeping changes coming to the brand’s powertrain lineup, the next-generation Camry is likely to ditch its naturally aspirated V6 in favor of a small displacement turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The Japanese automaker’s long-term goal is to improve fuel economy by up to 30 percent while cutting costs on key components by up to 50 percent. Most recently, the company introduced a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Lexus NX 200t with 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

It is likely a similar powerplant will replace the Toyota Camry’s V6 for the sedan’s next generation, which could come as soon as 2016. The next-generation Camry will be the first vehicle to get the company’s full Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) treatment, complete with a new platform and engine. Toyota has a hurdle however, to see if American consumers will accept the idea of a turbo-four engine instead of the more traditional V6.

“Eventually we think this is where the technology is going, but right now we don’t know what the reaction of U.S. customers will be,” said Koei Saga, Toyota’s senior managing officer in charge of powertrain development. “So probably right up until the last moment, we will have to be ready with both and watch customer feedback.”

Source: AutoGuide.com

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Toyota Developing Cheaper, More Efficient Engine Family

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Toyota has focused much of its time and energy into hybrid powertrains, but now the Japanese automaker will pour its R&D money into its base engines in an effort to make them cheaper to produce and more efficient to run.

The brand’s plan involves creating many common traits between engines to reduce production costs. That means attributes like the bore, stroke, combustion cycle, and valve timing will be common, along with components such as cylinder heads, cam-shafts and even the engine block. Making these parts transferable between all of the engines means that Toyota will be able to cut production costs by 50 percent

On the efficiency front, many of the engines will use fuel injection and turbocharging, while Toyota is also investigating exhaust gas recirculation systems and stop-start as other potential options for saving fuel. When its all said done, Toyota says that these new engines will be 30 percent more efficient that their current engines.

The new engines are all part of Toyota’s new approach to building vehicles, dubbed Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which is looking to the future when sales will exceed 10 million vehicles every year. The approach is all about the standardization of parts across the lineup to reduce production costs while increasing output.

The first TNGA car coming to North America will be the new Prius, due in late 2015, followed closely by the new Camry which may arrive in 2016. Both cars will ride on all-new TNGA platforms.

Source: AutoGuide.com

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