The company has scaled-up its proprietary fuel-cell technology from the ground-breaking Mirai passenger car to develop a strong yet silent power source for a 36-tonne semi-trailer.
Companies like Singer Vehicle Design and Icon 4x4 are famous for building "perfect" versions of classic cars like the Porsche 911 or Ford Bronco. The vehicles are an amalgamation of the best bits from a manufacturer's product line and are built to a standard that far surpasses the original factory design. In addition, the bespoke pieces are tailored to each customer's whims. In Miami, the FJ Company has just completed one of the coolest custom builds we've seen so far, a Tonka truck-inspired 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40.
An unnamed customer worked with the FJ Company to design a Land Cruiser that would help them pursue all the childhood fantasies of off-roading in Tonka trucks. From a distance, this FJ40 doesn't look like anything other than a very clean example of an original model, but nearly every part has been improved, restored, or massaged in some way.
After selling around 3,000 units of the Mirai in Europe, US, and Japan, Toyota are now planning to push their Mirai into the Chinese market as well.
However, before they do so, they're getting ready to conduct demonstration tests in the country with two units of the FCV, which will be shipped to the People's Republic in October, this year.
Scheduled to go on sale in Europe next month, the new Bi-tone edition Auris 5-door and Touring Sport models will be available in Pearl White, Tokyo Red or Granite Grey with black highlights.
The idea behind the new Bi-tone edition was to offer customers a more distinctive look, as Toyota is hoping to further refine a model that's already proven popular in the European C-segment.
Those making their way to the Shanghai Auto Show this year might get hit with a strong case of déjà vu once they lay eyes on Toyota's Fun sedan concept.
Judging by its dimensions, shoulder line and A & C-pillar design, this concept seems to be previewing a car that we already know pretty well, namely the 2018 Toyota Camry, which already made its debut back in January at the Detroit Auto Show.
Until now, the Toyota Prius started at the Two trim level for $25,570. That begged the question, "Why not start with One?" Now with the likes of the Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro coming on the scene, it seems the case for a cheaper Prius just gained some strength. As CarsDirect reports, Toyota is adding a Prius One trim level for $1,210 less than the previous entry price.
With a base MSRP of $24,360, it still fetches more than the Ioniq Hybrid's $23,035, or the Niro's $23,785, but it's slightly more competitive. At that price, the Prius loses its spare tire, rear wiper, and seatback pockets that come standard with the Two trim. On the other hand, the Prius retains the Toyota Safety Sense P system, which includes adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision system, lane departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high beams. For drivers who value safety as much as economy, the Prius remains an attractive hybrid to live with, even in its simplest form.
Toyota has said the FT-4X Concept is 75-percent production ready.
The Toyota FT-4X Concept recently made its debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show, and while many were hoping it would be a proper FJ Cruiser successor, it turns out the FT-4X Concept isn’t geared towards off-road enthusiasts. Arguments about the concept aside, chief designer Ian Cartabiano confirmed to CarAdvice that Toyota’s Calty studio always aims for their concepts to be at the 75-percent stage, adding that if Toyota can produce the C-HR, it can produce the FT-4X. The Japanese automaker is sill waiting to see what the reaction is before making a decision.
Toyota recently unveiled the FT-4X concept at the New York Auto Show and now it appears the company is considering a production model.
While the automaker originally suggested the crossover was simply a concept, the FT-4X's chief designer has revealed the model is 75% percent production ready. As Ian Cartabiano explained to AutoGuide, "We can make this thing” but he cautioned Toyota will “wait and see what the reaction is” first.
The FJ is dead, long live the FT. Toyota's retro-inspired off-roader may be a few years gone, but the Japanese automaker wants to show that it's still interested in the segment. At the 2017 New York Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the FT-4X concept, short for "Future Toyota-Four-wheel-drive Crossover." While vehicles like the 4Runner and Tacoma are aimed at more hardcore off-road enthusiasts, the FT-4X is aimed squarely at city dwellers who want something more capable than a RAV4 or C-HR.
The FT-4X was designed by Toyota's Calty Design Research, in Newport Beach, Calif. It's the same group that penned the Concept-i that debuted at this year's CES. The basic framework was a vehicle that could go anywhere at a moment's notice, as Calty says Millennials love the outdoors but rarely plan ahead. There are a number of design features that make the FT-4X a bit of a Swiss Army knife.