Bates is a leading title contender in his Toyota Genuine Parts Corolla S2000, holding third place in the championship ahead of this weekend's National Capital Rally.
While the U.S. had its first glimpse at the 2018 Toyota Camry at January’s Detroit Auto Show, the automaker has only just previewed the vehicle in Japanese guise and with it, offered us an unimpeded view of the TRD and Modellista packages available.
At this stage, it is thought that the TRD and Modellista visual options will only be available in Japan, although worldwide markets are expected to receive a full-blown TRD variant in the not too distant future.
We’d already seen the 2018 Toyota Camry – but that vehicle was the one developed for the North American market. Here you see the 2018 Toyota Camry in Japanese domestic market spec: in other words, the version that’ll be sold here from late this year.
There are minor visual changes between the model seen here and the North American version, including different front bumpers and headlight inlays (with clear indicator lenses rather than the amber tinted ones on the US models), and tail-lights with marginally different lenses.
Toyota introduced the Yaris GRMN at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and it now appears the company is working on a five-door variant.
Recently caught undergoing testing in Southern Europe, this hot hatch is a dead-ringer for the Yaris GRMN as the only noticeable differences between the two models are body-color mirror caps, chrome trim, and a stock rear bumper. However, those will likely be replaced with production components in the near future.
Toyota are keeping the GT86 competitive by launching the Orange Edition in UK, which follows in the footsteps of a similar version that debuted in Japan six months ago.
Part of the 'Club Series', which celebrates the brand's motorsport heritage with limited editions of the two-door coupe, the Toyota GT86 Orange Edition goes on sale now at UK dealers, with prices starting from £28,800 ($37,167) with a stick shift, and £30,270 ($39,064) with the six-speed automatic transmission.
You might think that a survey of automotive suppliers and their relationship with OEMs is the automotive equivalent of nerd prom. In some ways that's what the North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index (WRI) is. The study, the 17th annual conducted by Planning Perspectives Inc., is based on input from 652 salespeople from 108 Tier One suppliers, or, PPI points out, 40 of the top 50 automotive suppliers in North America. Suppliers to General Motors, Ford, FCA, Toyota, Honda, and Nissan.
But the results have consequences in terms of tens of millions of dollars for OEMs - and in the quality, technology, and cost of the next vehicle you buy. There are a couple of ways to look at the results of the WRI. One is, "So what else is new?" And the other is, "Damn! How did that happen?"
In sci-fi TV shows, movies, and cartoons, if there is one piece of tecnhnology that we see quite often it is cars that can fly. The advantage is that without roads, there will be no traffic jams and people can get to their destinations faster. Unfortunately that future is far from being a reality, but Toyota is hoping to see that come 2020.
In a report from Nikkei, Toyota has recently announced that they will be backing the project of one of its employees. Led by a group called Cartivator, it is being led by Tsubasa Nakamura who won a business contest. The team has 30 or so members who contribute to the project in their free time and has largely relied on online crowdfunding as a means to finance itself.
A five-door version of the Toyota Yaris GRMN hot hatch has been spied during development testing in Europe this week.
When it was first revealed at the Geneva motor show in March, Toyota said the production companion to the Yaris WRC car would only be made available in three-door form like the vehicle that debuted at the event, however, these latest images suggest otherwise.
Toyota is jumping on the flying car bandwagon by announcing plans to give 42.5 million yen ($374,090) to Cartivator over the next three years.
Designed to support the group's development of flying vehicles, the funds will be used to create a manned flying car prototype by the end of 2018. If everything goes according to plan, Cartivator aims to use a flying car to light the torch at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The new Toyota C-HR now gets a wide range of accessories, enabling customers to further personalize their new SUV.
Toyota says that it’s the widest range of accessories they’ve ever offered for one of their models, giving countless opportunities for personalization, from multi-colored exterior accents to ski racks and integrated iPad entertainment systems.
The boss of Toyota says the company’s vehicles shouldn’t be considered boring anymore in what has proven to be a difficult year-to-date for the automaker.
"Until now, there were times when Toyota’s cars were called 'boring' or were said to be lacking in character," Toyota chief executive Akio Toyoda told USA Today. "But I now feel that, in terms of driving and design, our customers have begun to favorably evaluate our cars."