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2016 Toyota Tacoma is King of the Hill; To Revitalize Midsize Truck Segment

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is rolling out in the North and South American markets very soon as the undisputed king of the hill given its sterling credentials as an off-road monster. The power pickup is set to revitalize the midsize truck segment in no time at all.

Since 1964, the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck line has sold over seven million units in the US alone, making it America’s best-selling midsize pickup for a good number of years.

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma was rebuilt inside and out as well as from the ground up. It has been equipped with an all-new powertrain and superb suspension tuning that enables it to maintain its excellent capability in off-road adventures, notes the Washington Examiner.

The all-new Tacoma is also expected to set the benchmark for performance and handling among midsize pickup trucks available in the market today. The vehicle is likely to compete head-on with other pickup trucks in the North and South American markets including the Nissan Frontier, the Chevrolet Colorado, the RAM 1500, and the Honda Ridgeline.

The all-new Tacoma is being manufactured by Toyota in its plant in the US to ensure that its design and features are suited to the needs of the American pickup enthusiasts.

Source: masterherald.com

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Toyota’s 2015 Sienna climbs to best-selling van

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Toyota’s Sienna, the best-selling family van in the country this year, has refreshed styling, stiffened vehicle structure, more safety equipment and new features for 2015.

The Sienna’s new “Driver Easy Speak” feature helps parents be heard by children, or other passengers, in the second and third row of seats. It transmits the driver’s voice through the rear speakers. Unfortunately, it doesn’t reduce or mute the volume of the audio system at the same time.

Other innovations this year include a Blu-Ray DVD player, a front passenger air bag shaped with twin, air-filled lobes that can reduce impact forces and a push-button, driver-seat center armrest that remembers where it was positioned before the armrest was stowed.

Perhaps most notable for drivers who know how difficult it can be to see what’s behind a van while backing up, every 2015 Sienna comes standard with a rearview camera.

Capable of carrying up to eight passengers, the Sienna is a recommended buy of Consumer Reports, which says reliability is above average.
Last month, the Sienna earned another laurel as it ranked best in the minivan segment in J.D. Power and Associates’ Vehicle Dependability Study. The study measured the number of owner-reported problems of 2012 vehicles after three years of ownership.

Source: phys.org

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Toyota to make hybrid RAV4

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Toyota plans to use the New York Auto Show to introduce a natural extension to its crossover line — a hybrid version of the RAV4.

Toyota already has a Highlander hybrid, which runs on both electricity and its gas engine. An all-electric plug-in version of the RAV4 was dropped after it was announced last year that Tesla would no longer be supplying the batteries.

For now, Toyota is only showing a hint of the look of the new RAV4. It makes its debut next week.

The new RAV4 is keeping with Toyota’s pledge to extend hybrid technology across its line. Because it’s a compact SUV, there’s a little more space inside to pack in suitcase-sized hybrid batteries than would be found in a sedan. And Toyota is banking that there are plenty of eco-minded families willing to pay a little more for a hybrid in order to save some gas.

Source: usatoday.com

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Toyota New Global Architecture to Debut This Year, Likely on the New Prius

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

In the midst of the global recession, Toyota made a plan to significantly reduce production costs, boost powertrain efficiency, and make fewer but better vehicle platforms. Now its labor is starting to bear fruit, as it will start introducing its Toyota New Global Architecture this year.

Toyota said it will start rolling out its new platforms this year with the launch of a midsize front-wheel-drive model. We predict Toyota is talking about the next-gen Prius, which should arrive by the year’s end. Later, Toyota will introduce new platforms for compact and large front-wheel drive vehicles and for rear-wheel drive cars. By 2020, Toyota expects half of its vehicles worldwide will sit on new platforms. Toyota says lighter components should reduce the center of gravity on future Toyota models, improving the drive experience.

New Toyota powertrains will also arrive this year. Overall, the automaker is targeting 25-percent gains in fuel efficiency of its new powertrain fleet. Hybrid cars will also improve, but by a slightly smaller margin. Toyota plans to boost overall hybrid fuel economy by 15 percent with new drive unit layouts and redesigned electric motors and batteries. Again, this gives us a good clue as to what to expect on the next Prius. We previously reported that the new Prius is expected to have more power and “greatly improved driving dynamics” as well as a healthy boost in fuel economy.

But Toyota’s plans go way beyond platforms, powertrains, and the new Prius. This year, Toyota’s larger goal is to cut the amount of investment money needed to ready a production line for a new model by about half compared to 2008 levels. This will require Toyota to rethink the structure of its cars and share components across its lineup. As an example, Toyota is planning on reducing the number of H-point heights on its models to five, meaning that there will only be five possible distances between a driver’s hip point and the floor for a given car. Depending on a car’s H-point height, a limited number of other components can be selected, including steering systems, shifters, and seat frames. While the new system still allows for plenty of combinations, much fewer possibilities exist. This is just one of many examples; Toyota has previously indicated that safety systems, particularly airbags, would share more commonality between models as well.

Source: wot.motortrend.com

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