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Archive for September, 2014

Toyota reveals new versions of FT-1 concept at Pebble Beach

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Toyota certainly caught our attention when it unveiled the FT-1 concept at the Detroit Auto Show last January. Coming from the same people who gave us the Lexus LFA, Scion FR-S and Toyota Supra, the FT-1 concept looked striking in its bright red livery. But the Japanese automaker isn’t quite done with it yet.

No, we’re afraid we don’t have a production announcement to share at the moment, but Toyota has revealed two new versions of the FT-1 concept that cast it in different light. Most notable is the graphite version pictured above. Replacing the bright red paintjob and two-tone red and black interior of the original concept, this second iteration – presented in the metal at McCall’s Motorworks Revival in Monterey, CA – goes for a more upscale and refined graphite exterior and a tan leather interior with exposed metal elements.

Both versions of the virtually road-going FT-1 concept will be playable in Gran Turismo 6, but at the same time Toyota also revealed (in digital form, at least) a virtual racing version of the concept called the FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo. Looking like the original concept was prepared for Japan’s Super GT series, the FT-1 Vision GT is retuned for racing, with wider fenders, more extreme aero, competition-spec alloys on slicks and the like.

Source: [AutoBlog.com]

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Next-gen Toyota Tacoma mule caught towing in the desert

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

With the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon set to arrive in dealers in the near future, it’s high time Toyota got to work on a replacement for the Tacoma, a vehicle whose present generation debuted in the middle of the Bush Administration. Now, we have images of that new pickup undergoing testing.

Our spy photographers picked up this heavily modified mule undergoing tow tests in the desert. It rides on a modified version of the current Taco’s frame, as evidenced by shots of its undercarriage, although our spies cite the lack of riveted sections as indications that the current truck’s footprint should remain unchanged.

Aside from underbody changes, this particular Tacoma featured a six-speed manual transmission, which we’re expecting to be joined by a six-speed automatic. The current four- and five-speed autos found on the current truck will almost certainly be killed off. Marching to the grave with those slushboxes will be the two-door Regular Cab body style. Our spies are expecting Toyota to focus its efforts on the larger, more accessible Double Cab.

Source: [AutoBlog.com]

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Toyota FCV puts hydrogen fuel cell twist on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

You’ve probably seen your fair share of Ice Bucket Challenge videos online this week, which are meant to raise money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Hopefully, you’ve seen ours. We’ve watched a lot of these videos, but haven’t seen one that makes an alt-fuel point quite like a new video from Toyota.

Julie Hamp, the CCO of Toyota North America, lost a sister-in-law to ALS last year, so for her the cause is personal. Instead of just dumping icy-cold water on her head, Hamp uses water from the FCV fuel cell vehicle parked next to her. Because, of course, a hydrogen fuel cell car emits nothing but water vapor.

Toyota didn’t run a lot of hydrogen through the car to collect water, it just got enough to top off the ice bucket. Using the water emissions from a hydrogen vehicle in a creative way is not a new trick. Two years ago, the California Fuel Cell Partnership made the point that you can drink the emissions (just like Mercedes-Benz did earlier this year), but admitted that “fuel cells produce about the same amount of water as gasoline vehicle – about 1/3 cup for a full day of driving.” Still, for a good cause, we’ll accept the mix of tap water and “emissions.”

Source: [AutoBlog.com]

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Toyota celebrates 30th anniversary of Land Cruiser 70 with Japan rerelease

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

It’s a common refrain among auto enthusiasts to bemoan the current models being sold for being overly complex and expensive and to wish that automakers would just make vehicles like the old days. Sure, they might not have been as safe or efficient, but there was often a certain rugged simplicity that’s gone today. Well, Toyota is actually doing it and thinks there’s enough demand to put the Land Cruiser 70 back into production in Japan for its 30th anniversary. Sadly, it’s only for one year.

The original Land Cruiser 70 served a long life in Japan from 1984 to 2004. Even today, the proven model remains in production in some regions abroad. People in its home country still love the vehicle though, and Toyota is brushing off the mothballs to give customers what they want. For the first time ever there, it’s also offering the double-cab pickup version in addition to the traditional enclosed body. The company thinks that it can move about 200 of these classic trucks this year, which isn’t too shabby for a vehicle that’s three decades old.

Looking at the pictures above, these look like the same old Land Cruisers, but Toyota is updating them slightly to meet modern safety rules. The grille, hood and headlights are all tweaked, and they now come with airbags and anti-lock brakes. A 4.0-liter V6 is under the hood making 228 horsepower (170 kilowatts) and 266 lb-ft of torque (360 Newton-meters), and the only available gearbox is a five-speed manual. Part-time four-wheel drive is standard. If you’re really afraid of getting stuck in the wilderness, locking front and rear differentials and a winch are available as options.

Source: [AutoBlog.com]

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