Hybrid Toyota Yaris Rally Car Revealed, Ready To Tackle Monte - Carlo

Hybrid Toyota Yaris rally car revealed, ready to tackle Monte-Carlo

The new regulations coming into effect for the 2022 season of the World Rally Championship (WRC) bring together two of Toyota's areas of expertise: hybrid technology and racing. The Japanese firm unveiled the gasoline-electric Yaris it designed to compete on dirt, snow and ice.

Loosely shaped like the Yaris hatchback sold in global markets, the Rally1-spec car is built on a dedicated spaceframe chassis. It's a two-door model, like the street-legal GR Yaris, and it features a full body kit that includes a front splitter, flared wheel arches, plus a gigantic rear wing. The last-generation Yaris rally car wore a similar body kit, but the Rally1 gains a pair of pod-like vents mounted on the quarter panels.

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2022 Lexus Lx 600 Starts At Nearly $90,000

2022 Lexus LX 600 starts at nearly $90,000

Lexus unveiled pricing for the 2022 LX 600 SUV by uploading the new truck's configurator. Financially, there's good news for American shoppers who want the 300-series Toyota Land Cruiser but can't have it: the LX 600 isn't much more expensive than the outgoing Toyota. Last year's two-row, entry-level Land Cruiser started at $85,665 after destination. The entry-level, two-row 2022 LX 600 starts at $88,245 after the $1,345 destination fee — which has gone up by $50 — an increase of $2,580, but for the completely new model with additional luxury trimmings. The price difference is even less between LX generations, with the new one costing a scant $470 more than the 2021 LX 570. Pricing for all five trims is below.

All trims sit on the same TNGA-F body-on-frame chassis as the Land Cruiser and are powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 making 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Power goes to all four wheels through a ten-speed automatic transmission. The Lexus features adjustable ride height and suspension stiffness. The former adjusts automatically between low for easier access, normal for pavement driving and two lifted heights for off-roading. And to assist with off-roading, the Lexus gets Crawl Control off-road cruise control, multiple terrain modes including an automatic one, and surround cameras that even show under the truck to help avoid banging together rocks and vulnerable parts of the car.

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2023 Toyota Sequoia Coming Into View With New Teaser

2023 Toyota Sequoia coming into view with new teaser

At this point, the Toyota Sequoia seems about as old as the trees it's named after. But part of that was because it was based on the previous-generation Tundra, which was also really darn old. But there's a new version of the truck, now, so it's not that surprising the company is teasing the new SUV, too.

Toyota didn't quite come out and say that explicitly, but there are some clear hints. The press release had the headline "The Next Big Thing from Toyota," emphasis ours. And most clear was the following sentence revealed after playing with the exposure of the teaser: "The forest, and its trees, almost in view."

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Toyota Debuts Grille - Tastic Noah And Voxy Minivans

Toyota debuts grille-tastic Noah and Voxy minivans

There's currently an arms race going on among grille designers of full-size pickups. From the Chevy Silverado to Toyota Tundra the theme seems to be, the more frontal area you can occupy with a grille, the better. But, what if that same concept was applied to a smaller car, like a compact minivan? Worry not, friends, for Toyota has answered that question.

Behold, the 2022 Toyota Noah and Voxy, a pair of twinned minivans for the Japanese market. If they look super boxy, that's because they are. Japan has several road tax brackets according to engine displacement and overall width, so, like kei cars, these vans are built to the very limit of what is allowed dimensionally. If there were multiple minivan classes in the US, these the Noah and Voxy would slot below a Sienna. Think Mazda 5, though it's not a direct comparison. 

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Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Gets A Sporty Bodykit From M'z Speed

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Gets A Sporty Bodykit From M'z Speed

The Toyota Land Cruiser Series 300 has been on sale for a few months but it has already grasped the attention of tuners from all around the world. After the off-road-focused proposal by Arctic Trucks, and the sporty bodykits from Modellista and Liberty Walk, the Japanese tuner M’z Speed showed its own tuning package in Tokyo Auto Salon.

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Valentino Rossi Swaps His Yamaha For An Audi R8 Lms Gt3

Valentino Rossi swaps his Yamaha for an Audi R8 LMS GT3

There's a new Doctor in endurance-racing town, his name being Valentino Rossi. The 49-year-old Italian motorcycle racer won two World Championships in 125- and 250-cc before ringing up seven top-class World Championships in 500-cc and four-stroke MotoGP over a 26-year professional career. Retiring from the saddle at the end of the 2021 season did not mean retiring from racing, though. The man nicknamed The Doctor announced he'll be campaigning a full season of GT World Challenge Europe with Belgium's W Racing Team (WRT). His weapon will come with two additional wheels and be one of the best in the field, just as his Yamaha M1 once was — the Audi R8 LMS GT3. WRT won the GT World Challenge, formerly known as the Blancpain GT Series, four times in the past eight years. Rossi will be one of two drivers trying to take the win ratio to five times in nine. WRT hasn't announced who will partner the man from Urbino yet.

Rossi wrote in a post on social media, "I am delighted to join Team WRT for a full Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS programme. Everybody knows that I have always been a great car racing fan and that I have always been interested in racing on four wheels once my MotoGP career would come to an end. Now I am completely available to devote myself to a car racing programme at a high level and with the right professional approach. Team WRT is the perfect fit I was looking for and I am anxious to start this new adventure in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS with them."

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Junkyard Gem: 1990 Lexus Ls 400

Junkyard Gem: 1990 Lexus LS 400

Imagine you're an American Mercedes-Benz salesman during the winter of 1989-1990, looking over your inventory of majestic W126-chassis 560 SELs… and then you glance across the street at that brand-new Lexus dealership and flinch at the sight of your rivals gloating over a lot full of futuristic-looking big luxury sedans priced at less than half the cost of your top-of-the-pyramid S-Class. This was how it looked when mighty Toyota, riding high just before the popping of the Japanese asset price bubble, instantly muscled its way into the American high-end luxury-car market, and the result of that six-year, 145-billion-yen development process was the original Lexus LS. Here's one of those first-year LS 400s, used up at age 32 and residing in a Denver self-service car graveyard.

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