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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Toyota Avalon Gets More Aggressive, Boasts New Tech at Detroit

Toyota has undoubtedly heard cries from customers and journalists alike bemoaning its boring sedans. But no more. The 2019 Avalon is following in the 2018 Camry’s footsteps by going sporty. The new Avalon ditches the dull styling for some excitement as it moves into its fifth generation.

Toyota calls the Avalon its “mid-premium sedan” and has packed the car with loads of luxury features, more technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and made its Toyota Safety Sense P suite of active safety systems even more powerful. Improved powertrains include a reworked 3.5-liter V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission, along with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with Toyota’s newest hybrid system and CVT transmission.

There are four trim levels available: the XSE, Touring, XLE, Limited. Hybrid models come in XLE, Limited, and XSE grades.


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“The swankier trims, the Touring and Limited, come with real wood and aluminum interior accents and fancy stitching on the leather seating”

The swankier trims, the Touring and Limited, come with real wood and aluminum interior accents and fancy stitching on the leather seating. The latest Entune 3.0 system now includes a Wi-Fi hotshot, Toyota Remote Connect with smartwatch and Amazon Alexa connectivity, and the return of the Qi wireless charging system. An available JBL sound system pumps 1,200 watts through 14 speakers over a 7.1-channel surround sound system.

Toyota also addresses the Avalon’s fun-to-drive factor. Adaptive dampers are standard (a Toyota first) and offer variable control over the suspension’s movements in conjunction with drive moves.

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“Compared to the outgoing Avalon, the 2019 model has a 2.0-inch longer wheelbase, is 0.8-inches wider, and has shorter overhangs by 0.4 and 1.0 inches in the front and rear, respectively.”

The 2019 Avalon rides on the same Toyota New Global Architecture as the 2018 Camry, but is larger for more interior room. Compared to the outgoing Avalon, the 2019 model has a 2.0-inch longer wheelbase, is 0.8-inches wider, and has shorter overhangs by 0.4 and 1.0 inches in the front and rear, respectively.

As for the Toyota Safety Sense suite, it includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Back Guide Monitor. Optional safety equipment includes the Panoramic View Monitor (360-degree bird’s eye camera view) and Rear Cross Traffic Braking.


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“Toyota hasn’t announced pricing for the 2019 Avalon, but we expect it to start around $34,000”

Toyota hasn’t announced pricing for the 2019 Avalon, but we expect it to start around $34,000. It will begin arriving in showrooms in the late spring of 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon New Toyota And Lexus Vehicles To Get Amazon Alexa; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Still No Go

These days, having the right infotainment and onboard technology is critical to new car sales, as evidenced by the huge number of automakers present at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. The latest comes from Toyota and Lexus, which just announced it would equip “select” models with advanced feature control courtesy of Amazon Alexa.

For those of you who may be unaware, Amazon Alexa is the online retain giant’s personal digital assistant. First used in the Amazon Echo, Alexa is able to provide a host of services via voice command, including music playback, the creation of to-do lists, alarm setting, real-time traffic status, and news. If properly integrated with devices and systems at home, Alexa can also perform other tasks, such as adjusting the temperature settings for the heater and A/C.

In total, Amazon Alexa can connect to “thousands” of things for added digital convenience. As for in-car features, Alexa can handle all the basics, such as remote door lock and unlock, as well as remote engine start and basic smartphone operation.

Starting this year, Amazon Alexa will be included with new Toyota vehicles equipped with the Entune 3.0 App Suite, as well as new Lexus vehicles equipped with the Enform App Suite 2.0. Toyota says the lineup of Alexa-equipped models will expand in 2019.

Meanwhile, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are still not included in Toyota’s lineup, which is a bit of a head-scratcher considering the platforms are two of the most popular smartphone support systems for modern passenger cars today. It’s great that Toyota and Lexus are stepping up their connectivity game, but with competitors flocking to Android and Apple, we can’t help but wonder how far Alexa will actually carry the brand in terms of winning over consumers.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Toyota Yaris WRC Rally Car Unveiled

As we get close to the start of 2018 World Rally Championship season more brands unveil their contenders. This time, and at the Autosport International show in Birmingham, we saw the new 2018 Toyota Yaris WRC, looking poised and ready to tackle the rivals. 

The shape of the 2018 Toyota Yaris WRC with its huge aero parts is deliberately designed, one cannot help thinking, to remind an onlooker of the glorious Celicas and Corollas of the yesteryear, when they ruled the tarmac and gravel stages at every rally event around the globe. Yaris WRC’s upgraded aerodynamics package has been developed for the front of the car, including a new front bumper and fenders. Its jobs include providing downforce and help with the cooling.

While detailed specs of the 2018 Toyota Yaris WRC are yet to be revealed, there is not going to be a surprise since all these cars have to comply with the engine and power limitations as set by the FIA. The 1.6 liter turbo they will put into this car, though, could find itself in a future hot model on the production line, especially if the car achieves more success than its predecessor.




Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal): “It’s great to launch the 2018 season at the Autosport International show in front of so many motorsport fans. After a very pleasing first season in 2017 we are excited to build on that in the year ahead. We saw last year that the Toyota Yaris WRC was already capable of winning rallies, which was a great achievement by the team, but the competition also allowed us to discover areas that we can improve. With more time and more learning, we have been able to update the front end of the car to give us better aerodynamic performance, and we also have improvements to the cooling. I’m very excited that we’re going to keep on learning this year, as part of our mission to make ever-better cars.”

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota GAZOO GR Super Sport Packs 1000 PS

Nobody really sees Toyota as a supercar maker, even though these are the guys who made the exquisite Lexus LFA. So at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon they once again remind us of their capabilities, with this. This is the Toyota GAZOO GR Super Sport, a hybrid super sports car with technology borrowed from WEC.

That is World Endurance Championship, if you don’t know, a field of motorsport in which has been quite active this pas few years. Toyota GAZOO GR Super Sport shows what is possible when you utilize the potential of a good hybrid system, not just for a race car but also for a sports car built for the road. In fact, with the GR Toyota wants to reverse the order of production car to racing car and make use of racing technologies in road cars.

As for the specs, Toyota GAZOO GR Super Sport is nothing short of amazing. The hunkered down and angry-looking supercar is powered by a 2.5 liter V6 twin turbocharged engine and a Toyota Hybrid System-Racing (THS-R). Together they make 735kW/1000ps, and although they haven’t revealed any performance figures yet, it takes no genius to guess this car is on the par, performance-wise, with something like the McLaren P1.






To learn more about the GR Super Sport, check out GAZOO’s boss Shigeki Tomoyama explanation of the whole concept below:

“Rather than developing production cars into sports cars, we aim to work out how to incorporate the know-how developed through races and rallies into production cars amid various restrictions, and this is how competing contributes to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s efforts toward making ever-better cars. Thus, this is the starting point for Toyota’s completely new challenge to develop sports cars from active race cars. Although it will be some time before you all have the opportunity to get behind the wheel, I hope that the GR Super Sport Concept will give you a taste of what we aim to achieve with our next-generation sports cars.

At the end of last year, following the announcement that Toyota would continue competing in the WEC, President Akio Toyoda commented that ‘more than 100 years have passed since the birth of the automobile. As the industry approaches times of tremendous change, I am strongly determined to make sure that cars will be fun for the next 100 years.’ At CES 2018, held in the United States at the beginning of the year, the e-Palette Concept was revealed as a new shared mobility model for communities. If the e-Palette Concept is the next generation of the horse-drawn carriage, the GR Super Sport Concept would be the polar opposite as the next-generation racehorse. Its appeal is more personal, like that of a much-loved horse to its owner. Despite the differences between the two concept models, both are electrified vehicles equipped with the latest IT technologies and are set to become safe and environmentally friendly connected cars.

Even as electrification and IT techonologies accelerate, the availability of different types of cars, including polar opposite models like the GR Super Sport Concept and the e-Palette Concept, means that they will never become a commodity. Furthermore, it is an unchanging fact that people want to travel freely, access distant places, and to get there quicker than everyone else in attractive vehicles. The feelings that one has for a car that can do all this are rich and heart-pounding.

Although our challenge to make ‘cars that will be fun’ for the next 100 years has just begun, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing aims to continue making exciting cars to bring smiles to our customers’ faces and to contribute to the future of the automobile industry. We look forward to your continued support in achieving this aim.”

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PostHeaderIcon Update: Toyota and Mazda To Build $1.6B Plant in Alabama

Mazda and Toyota just announced that Huntsville, Alabama, has been selected as the location for a new auto manufacturing plant. The two Japanese companies are pooling their resources to build the facility, investing some $1.6 billion with the aim of producing 300,000 units annually.

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“The joint-venture manufacturing plant will split its 300,000-unit annual capacity evenly between Mazda and Toyota models. Toyota will produce the Corolla, while Mazda will produce an as-of-yet unannounced crossover.”

Back in August, Toyota and Mazda announced a partnership to co-develop electric vehicle technology for consumer cars. Now, the two Japanese automakers are once again joining forces, this time to bolster their production power. The joint-venture manufacturing plant will represent investments totaling $1.6 billion split evenly between Mazda and Toyota, with the 300,000-unit annual capacity also split evenly between Mazda and Toyota models. Toyota will produce the Corolla, while Mazda will produce an as-of-yet unannounced crossover.

Mazda President and CEO Masamichi Kogai, as well as Toyota President Akio Toyoda, announced the news today alongside Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.

“With this announcement, our world changes overnight,” said Mayor Battle. “Mazda and Toyota, two of the world’s most innovative automakers, have created a legacy project that will provide jobs for decades to come for Huntsville and Alabama.

This will be the eleventh manufacturing facility Toyota owns in the U.S., arriving as a continuation of the company’s goals to invest $10 billion in U.S. manufacturing over the next five years. Toyota’s facilities are spread across 10 U.S. states, including Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Indiana. The southern U.S. states are seen as particularly favorable for automakers, as they generally provide a solid transportation infrastructure, anti-union policies, and less regulation. Daimler and Honda also operate plants in Alabama.

No doubt, this announcement will prompt a victory tweet or two from Donald Trump, and lend credence to the the President’s campaign promise to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

The new plant will open in 2021.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota’s New E-Palette Concept Can Serve as an Open Platform for Developers

As part of its future autonomous mobility service, Toyota has introduced the e-Palette Concept at the Consumer Electronics Show. If you’re a fan of aesthetically pleasing concept vehicles, now’s the time to turn away because the e-Palette is anything but attractive. The concept is actually just a box on four wheels, albeit one that serves a lot of different purposes depending on who’s using it.


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“Toyota sees the concept as a multi-purpose smart mobility vehicle that can be used in different ways, including as a business platform for different sorts of companies”

It may not be the most attractive concept in the world, but don’t sleep on the potential of Toyota’s e-Palette Concept. What it lacks in style, it makes up for in function. Toyota sees the concept as a multi-purpose smart mobility vehicle that can be used in different ways, including as a business platform for different sorts of companies. Whether it’s Uber using it as a ride-sharing service or Amazon using it as a parcel delivery vehicle, the e-Palette Concept is versatile enough to accommodate them. The concept’s potential look to be intriguing enough that companies like Amazon, DiDi, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber have all signed up as partners in the project.

From a physical perspective, the e-Palette Concept has a body that comes in three different lengths, ranging from 13 feet to 23 feet. Its boxy design helps increase usable space in the interior, allowing a business partner to design the cabin in ways it sees fit. In the case of Uber and Didi, that could entail fitting the interior with seats for commuters whereas, in Pizza Hut’s case, it could involve creating a mobile kitchen and delivery service.


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“Partner companies are also free to install their own automated driving systems and vehicle management technologies into the concept”

Partner companies are also free to install their own automated driving systems and vehicle management technologies into the concept. Once these systems are installed, Toyota steps into the picture with its Guardian technology, which acts as a “safety net” that helps ensure that the operation of the vehicle is being done properly. Toyota’s goal is to create a business ecosystem around the e-Palette Concept. Partners can also take advantage of shared data that Toyota is offering through its Big Data Center service.

The E-Palette is a fascinating interpretation of what future mobility could look. It might even have a promising future as a real product if Toyota thinks it’s worth building them. Just don’t expect that day to arrive anytime soon because feasibility tests of the concept don’t begin until 2020 in Japan. Coincidentally, that’s also the same year that Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Coincidence? I don’t think so.


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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport – Driven

The Toyota Tacoma has been a mainstay in the compact and mid-size pickup segments for more than 30 years. Even before the Tacoma name, the Toyota pickup impressed hard-nosed Americans with innovation, durability, and performance. Those traits continue today with the third-generation truck. And like any proper truck should, Toyota offers the Tacoma with several cab, bed, trim, and drivetrain combinations. Generally speaking, there is a Tacoma for everybody.

If I were a single man who didn’t need room for car seats and kiddos, the Tacoma Access Cab would be a tempting acquisition. I’ve never really been a big fan of extended cab trucks, favoring the roomier crew cab (double cab in Toyota’s case) over the cramped quarters behind the front seats of an Access Cab. However, a week behind the wheel of a 2017 Tacoma Access Cab has changed my mind. There’s enough room for smaller people and plenty of room for groceries. Better still, the Tacoma’s six-speed manual transmission won my heart thanks to its more engaging driving experience over the automatic.

Continue reading for my full thoughts on the 2017 Toyota Tacoma.

Exterior

  • Access Cab has four doors & four seats
  • Optional Tonneau cover keeps cargo dry
  • Optional bed extended is extremely handy
  • Bed-mounted 110-volt power outlet
  • TRD Sport includes faux hood scoop
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

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“The TRD Sport trim is basically a street-biased package opposite of the TRD Off-Road option”

The third-generation Tacoma debuted for the 2016 model year and has remained unchanged. Nevertheless, its appearance is still fresh and remains the most athletic offering in the current mid-size truck lineup. That is thanks, in part, to the aggressive headlights, chrome grille, bulging fenders, and on the TRD Sport, its faux hood scoop.

The TRD Sport trim is basically a street-biased package opposite of the TRD Off-Road option. The two TRD trims cost the same money but offer different variations on the same theme. While the TRD Off-Road comes with underbody skid plates, all-terrain tires on 16-inch wheels, and a locking rear differential, the TRD Sport rolls on 17-inch wheels with all-season tires, lacks the off-road equipment, and adds the hood scoop and front air dam.


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“My tester also has a few optional extras, including the $650 hard tonneau cover and $300 bed extender”

My tester also has a few optional extras, including the $650 hard tonneau cover and $300 bed extender. Both proved extremely practical over the week of evaluation. The three-part, hard tonneau cover folds easily for hauling larger items and the bed extended also acts as a cargo divider when flipped into the bed.

I hauled an older, 70-inch projection-style TV in the bed and was able to remove both the tonneau cover and bed extender with ease. The tonneau cover simply requires one 12-mm bolt to be removed and the entire cover lifts off the truck. Built-in buckles and straps secure the three panels together to prevent it from unfolding during removal. The bed extender pulls out of its base when held at a roughly a 45-degree angle.


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“The black vinyl graphic is supposed to emphasize the shape of the hood and scoop while adding some flair to the truck’s overall appearance”

The Tacoma’s bed also has tons of tie-down options. The composite bed has D-rings bolted to the floor in all four corners and the slidable bed cleats allow for even more tie-down options. My truck also had the $120 rubber bed mat. This kept things from sliding around and proved especially handy with the TV.

The bed comes standard with a nifty 110-volt power plug for running household equipment, making the Tacoma really handy for tailgating. The bumper also includes the standard four- and seven-pin wiring connectors for trailer connections.

Another interesting – though less functional – option is the $129 hood graphic. The black vinyl graphic is supposed to emphasize the shape of the hood and scoop while adding some flair to the truck’s overall appearance. In practice, I’d have to agree with Toyota’s description; the graphic is kind of neat.

Interior

  • Bright Orange cabin accents
  • Cloth seats have orange contrast stitching
  • Foldable rear jump seats
  • Under-seat storage in back
  • Sliding rear window
  • Qi wireless phone charger
  • 7.0-inch Entune infotainment system

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“The interior's controls, driver information screen, and Entune system are all typical Toyota”

The Tacoma’s interior, like the exterior, hasn’t changed since 2016, but it still looks fresh. Its controls, driver information screen, and Entune system are all typical Toyota, so there are no surprises for anyone familiar with any other Toyota product.

My tester’s black cloth cabin is accented by a fun, orange halo ring around the dashboard and orange contrast stitching in the seats. Even the TRD shift knob has the orange accent.

As for the size, the Access Cab has seating for two up front and two more (small) people in back. The jump seats work great for small kids over short distances or even adults when the situation calls for it, but if hauling more than two people is on the regular agenda, I’d definitely recommend the Double Cab.


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“Under the seats are small storage boxes, with the passenger side box housing the tire changing equipment.”

When it comes to hauling stuff other than butts, the jump seats quickly fold against the back wall and the headrests fold down, opening up the back window. Under the seats are small storage boxes, with the passenger side box housing the tire changing equipment.

Back up front, the Tacoma’s dash boasts extremely intuitive controls with three knobs for the dual-zone temperature control and fan speed. Three-level seat heaters get hot enough to fry an egg and retain the last-used setting. Down low, buttons for the blind spot monitoring, parking sensor, and Qi wireless phone charger sit by a USB port and 12-volt power port. The 4WD system’s knob sits by the HVAC controls, within easy reach, too, though it’s possible someone could accidentally select 4WD high range when meaning to turn the driver’s side heat up. Owners shouldn’t have that problem after a couple days, though.


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“Entune might not be the latest or flashiest infotainment on the market, but it gets the job done”

As mentioned, the Entune system is similar to any other Toyota product, though that’s not a bad thing. Entune might not be the latest or flashiest infotainment on the market, but it gets the job done. Knobs make volume and tuning control super easy, and touch-sensitive buttons along the sides of the screen make quick work of navigating between menus.

As for the gauges, the white-on-black font is easy to read and the digital speedometer available in the driver information screen makes it even easier. Steering wheel controls include the five-way button pad for the driver information screen, a button for voice commands, radio volume and tuning, and phone controls for a paired Bluetooth device.

Drivetrain

  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • 278 horsepower at 6,000 rpm
  • 265 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm.
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Part-time 4WD with electronic shifting
  • 17 mpg city / 21 mpg hwy / 18 mpg comb.

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“The Tacoma comes standard with a 159-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder, but the vast majority come with the optional 3.5-liter V-6”

The Tacoma comes standard with a 159-horsepower, 2.7-liter four-cylinder, but the vast majority come with the optional 3.5-liter V-6. In fact, all the trims above the base SR come with the V-6. The engine uses an innovated D-4S fuel system with both direct and port fuel injection. Toyota uses the old-school port injection to help keep intake valves free of carbon build-up, while the direct injection is used for most of the fuel delivery. Variable valve timing is also included in the mix, as is Toyota’s interesting Otto/Atkinson combustion cycle system.

Basically the engine uses the Atkinson combustion cycle when under light loads, allowing for less fuel usage. When more power is needed, the traditional Otto combustion cycle kicks in and generates the extra oomph. What’s the difference? Well, the two cycles use different timing with opening and closing the overhead valves. The Atkinson cycle delays the intake valve from closing until the piston is already making its upward travel during the compression stroke. This ensures that every drop of fuel is used to its fullest potential. During the Otto cycle, the intake valve is closed before the piston begins rising. While slightly less efficient, the Otto cycle makes more power. Combined with the variable valve timing and lift, the 3.5-liter V-6 can be both a fuel-sipper and power-maker.


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“My TRD Sport is EPA-estimated to achieve 17 mpg city, 21 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined”

The result is 278 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 265 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. And even despite its 4WD and manual transmission, my TRD Sport is EPA-estimated to achieve 17 mpg city, 21 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined. Sure, those are fantastic numbers, but they would undoubtedly be lower without the advancements inside the engine.

Speaking of that manual transmission, this six-speed unit feels like a traditional truck transmission. Its throws are long and its gear engagement soft. A mildly weighted clutch makes for easy in-town driving without leg cramps and a predictable engagement point makes for less chance for stalls. And though I quickly got used to the long throws, I kept wishing for a short-throw shift kit early in my testing. It probably didn’t help the Tacoma’s case that I had just gotten out of a Honda Civic Type R. Still, the gearbox is perfectly suited for the Tacoma and it made driving that much more fun.

Driving Impressions


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“The steering is tight when in a turn, but there is some on-center vagueness, though no more than what is unusually found in a pickup”

Besides the extra fun had thanks to the six-speed manual transmission, the Tacoma is a hoot to drive. Especially when held in the mid-range, the V-6 offers plenty of punch and its optional TRD cat-back exhaust makes for a pleasing auditory experience. The steering is tight when in a turn, but there is some on-center vagueness, though no more than what is unusually found in a pickup. Throttle and braking inputs are commendable, with zero throttle tip-in or grabby initial bite with the brakes. Things just worked smoothly.

Body roll though a turn is certainly present, though I never had the gumption to push the Tacoma hard. Even without trying, the skinny Toyo tires start squealing long before the truck reaches its limits. That’s probably a safe thing. Brake dive is mostly managed, too.


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“Even without trying, the skinny Toyo tires start squealing long before the truck reaches its limits”

The truck’s TRD Sport suspension includes MacPherson front struts and control arms up front with a solid axle held in place with leaf springs and shock absorbers out back.

The sprint to 60 mph takes roughly 7.5 seconds, which is perfectly average and fine for a mid-size pickup. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to haul anything with substantial weight or pull a trailer, so I can’t comment on those driving qualities. Still, Toyota says the Tacoma Access Cab V-6 will haul 1,275 pounds in the bed and tow 6,500 pounds with the optional Class-IV towing package.

Pricing


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The Toyota Tacoma Starts at $25,200 for the base SR trim in 2018. According to Toyota’s build-and-price website, the 2018 version of my 2017 TRD Sport starts life at $31,895. Adding the optional 4WD moves the price to $33,810. Foregoing the optional six-speed automatic transmission saves $1,370. (Call that a win-win!) The hard tri-fold tonneau cover costs $650 and the Premium Package, which adds dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and automatic headlights, costs $710. Interestingly, the Premium Package listed for $1,510 in 2017.

Other options on my truck include the $300 bed extender, the $395 paint protection film on the nose, the $120 bed mat, the $90 TRD engine air filter, the $129 hood graphics, the $799 TRD performance exhaust, the $208 carpet floor mats and door sill protector, and the $140 TRD shift knob.

Add in the $940 destination fee, and my Tacoma TRD Sport lists for $37,671.

The Competition

Chevrolet Colorado


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The current Chevy Colorado and its corporate cousin, the GMC Canyon, have been around since the 2015 model year. Like the Tacoma, they are offered in an extended and crew cab format with short and long cargo beds. Likewise, they come with a base four-cylinder, though a V-6 is the bread-n-butter engine. GM one-ups Toyota with a four-cylinder turbodiesel, however. Inside, the Colorado’s cabin is roomy and comfortable, while boasting the optional and highly praised 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system.

As mentioned, the four-cylinder comes standard and is available with a six-speed manual gearbox. The 3.6-liter V-6, however, is only available with the six-speed automatic. The V-6 makes 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. The other optional engine, the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel, makes 181 horsepower and a very respectable 369 pound-feet of torque.

Pricing for the Colorado starts at $21,195 for the extended cab, long bed model with rear-wheel drive and the 2.5-liter four-cylinder. A comparable truck with the extended cab and Z71 Off-road package and powered by the V-6 starts at $34,595.

Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado

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If age doesn’t matter to your truck purchase, the Nissan Frontier might work. It’s been around for nearly a decade, yet still offers some competitive features. Its interior is very dated compared to the Tacoma and Colorado, but it’s lower price makes up for the difference. And like the others, it comes standard in an extended cab form and a crew cab is optional.

Power comes from either the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder or the volume-leading 4.0-liter V-6, which makes 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is available, as is a five-speed automatic. Nissan offers several trim lines ranging from fleet spec to well-equipped off-roader.

Prices start at $18,990 and range to upward of $36,000 for the range-topping SL grade. An extended (or King Cab in Nissan speak) with the off-road ready PRO-4X package starts at $33,030.

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Frontier

Conclusion


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The Toyota Tacoma, even with its smaller Access Cab, proved to be an excellent and fun daily driver thanks to its peppy V-6, six-speed manual transmission, 4WD, and TRD Sport suspension. The handy tonneau cover, bed extender, and cargo tie-down points were very useful during the week and are must-buy accessories in my book.

For those not wanting to hit the trail or tempt fate with getting stuck, the TRD Sport is a great street-biased alternative to the TRD Off-Road. While I’d be more included to get the TRD Off-Road, I know TRD Sport would handle 95 percent of the off-road I’d actually ever do. And the rest of the time, I wouldn’t suffer with loud tire growl and the extra weight I’d be lugging around with skid plates and rear differential locks. Still, it’s great to see Toyota offer both TRD packages at the same price. That allows customers to pick the truck that’s right for them without worrying about the price.

All told, it’s completely understandable why the Toyota Tacoma outsells the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Nissan Frontier by a wide margin. Though the other trucks are highly competitive, the Tacoma just does so much really well. For that, it earns a gold star in my book.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Teases 2019 Avalon Ahead Of Detroit Auto Show Debut

The 2018 Detroit Auto Show is nearly here, and with its approach comes a deluge of teasers from across the board. The latest arrives courtesy of Toyota, which is previewing the soon-to-be-revealed next-generation full-size Avalon sedan with a few shots of the redesigned headlights and taillights.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

The Toyota Avalon is a full-size four-door sedan, first seeing the light of day back in 1996. Since then, the nameplate has offered a combination of comfort, reliability, and a good amount of space as well. With a second generation appearing in 1999, a third generation in 2004, and the outgoing fourth generation in 2012, the last update we saw for the Avalon was for the 2016 model year, when Toyota gave it a face lift at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Now, Toyota is redesigning the Avalon for the 2018 model year, and it’s likely to be quite the update indeed.

Although the Avalon usually plays second fiddle to Toyota’s more popular compacts like the Camry and Corolla, we have high hopes for the fifth-gen Avalon. After all, we’re quite fond of the recently revealed new-gen Camry, which just got a much more exciting design, nice engine options, and a very solid interior, all for the 2018 model year.

“We have high hopes for the fifth-gen Avalon. After all, we're quite fond of the recently revealed new-gen Camry, which just got a much more exciting design, nice engine options, and a very solid interior, all for the 2018 model year.”

As of this writing, we don’t have many details on the 2019 Avalon, but Toyota is giving us a preview of things to come with close-cropped teaser images of the headlight and taillight housings.

The headlights appear to show a duo of Y-shaped LED daytime running light signatures, while the taillights show a wraparound design and dynamic turn signal feature. The front end also looks to incorporate a large black mesh section in the grille, while the rear image appears to suggest a wider stance and well-formed decklid spoiler. Exterior aesthetics should see a marked upgrade this time around.

In terms of motivation, the new Avalon will likely get a V-6 in the nose, while the option for hybrid power is another very good possibility. Inside, we expect to see new support for smartphones thanks to the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as nicer materials, and the possibly for a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Look for the full details when the 2019 Toyota Avalon debuts at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for the latest.

References

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Read our full review on the current 2017 Toyota Corolla.


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PostHeaderIcon Cancel Your Plans; The Toyota Supra Wont Debut at the Detroit Auto Show

Sorry to break the news to you, but the rumors about the Toyota Supra making its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show are exactly that – Rumors. And, as it turns out, they are baseless rumors as Jack Hollis, Toyota’s VP and General Manager, told MotorTrend that it just isn’t up to a production level quite yet. To throw even more fuel on the fire, Hollis has said that the “Supra” name isn’t even finalized and that there are other names in consideration that could be better. What a sad piece of news this is, huh? Keep reading to learn a little more about it.

When Will We See The 2019 Toyota Supra?


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“According to Hollis, there are still specifications that need to be finalized”

The new Supra, as well as its BMW Z4 counterpart, have been seen testing a lot lately which was a strong signal that both would make their debut very early in the year, most likely at the Detroit Auto show. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case for the Supra, and I wouldn’t put my money on the Z4 debuting either. Considering it was built in such a strong partnership between the German and Japanese automakers, one debuting without the other seems like it would be a hit below the belt for the non-show-goer.

According to Hollis, there are still specifications that need to be finalized. That could mean a lot, but it could have to do with fine tuning of engine performance or even the suspension system. Furthermore, it could be possible that BMW and Toyota can’t agree on output specifications or pricing, a conflict that seemed almost inevitable when the partnership was first announced. Of course, there’s no telling what’s really going on behind the scenes, but for now, there are a lot of questions in the works. What will the “Supra” actually be called? Will Toyota call it the “Celica?” or perhaps the Cressida? Hell, it could even be badged as a Gazoo instead of a Toyota which means the model name itself could be almost anything – let’s just hope they don’t call it the Gazoo 1 or something stupid.

Final Thoughts


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“This baby has been in the oven for a long time, and daddy is ready to take delivery”

This news is certainly a bit of a heartbreaker, especially considering that I myself will be at the Detroit Auto Show. However, it’s possible that Chicago may become a potential venue as that show kicks off almost a month later and may be just the right amount of time for Toyota, BMW, or Gazoo – If that’s how it’s going to be – to nail everything down. If so, we’ll be there to catch its debut too, but that’s not the point. This baby has been in the oven for a long time, and daddy is ready to take delivery. With all of the SUVs polluting the streets with there excessive size, we really need this pair of small sports cars to even things out a bit. We’re itching for some performance here Toyota (and BMW) don’t let us down and make us wait another year.

References

Toyota Supra


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Toyota Supra.

BMW Z4


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW Z4.

PostHeaderIcon Cancel Your Plans; The Toyota Supra Wont Debut at the Detroit Auto Show

Sorry to break the news to you, but the rumors about the Toyota Supra making its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show are exactly that – Rumors. And, as it turns out, they are baseless rumors as Jack Hollis, Toyota’s VP and General Manager, told MotorTrend that it just isn’t up to a production level quite yet. To throw even more fuel on the fire, Hollis has said that the “Supra” name isn’t even finalized and that there are other names in consideration that could be better. What a sad piece of news this is, huh? Keep reading to learn a little more about it.

When Will We See The 2019 Toyota Supra?


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“According to Hollis, there are still specifications that need to be finalized”

The new Supra, as well as its BMW Z4 counterpart, have been seen testing a lot lately which was a strong signal that both would make their debut very early in the year, most likely at the Detroit Auto show. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case for the Supra, and I wouldn’t put my money on the Z4 debuting either. Considering it was built in such a strong partnership between the German and Japanese automakers, one debuting without the other seems like it would be a hit below the belt for the non-show-goer.

According to Hollis, there are still specifications that need to be finalized. That could mean a lot, but it could have to do with fine tuning of engine performance or even the suspension system. Furthermore, it could be possible that BMW and Toyota can’t agree on output specifications or pricing, a conflict that seemed almost inevitable when the partnership was first announced. Of course, there’s no telling what’s really going on behind the scenes, but for now, there are a lot of questions in the works. What will the “Supra” actually be called? Will Toyota call it the “Celica?” or perhaps the Cressida? Hell, it could even be badged as a Gazoo instead of a Toyota which means the model name itself could be almost anything – let’s just hope they don’t call it the Gazoo 1 or something stupid.

Final Thoughts


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“This baby has been in the oven for a long time, and daddy is ready to take delivery”

This news is certainly a bit of a heartbreaker, especially considering that I myself will be at the Detroit Auto Show. However, it’s possible that Chicago may become a potential venue as that show kicks off almost a month later and may be just the right amount of time for Toyota, BMW, or Gazoo – If that’s how it’s going to be – to nail everything down. If so, we’ll be there to catch its debut too, but that’s not the point. This baby has been in the oven for a long time, and daddy is ready to take delivery. With all of the SUVs polluting the streets with there excessive size, we really need this pair of small sports cars to even things out a bit. We’re itching for some performance here Toyota (and BMW) don’t let us down and make us wait another year.

References

Toyota Supra


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Toyota Supra.

BMW Z4


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW Z4.

PostHeaderIcon Toyota Adventure Concept (FT-AC) Revealed Ahead of L.A. Debut

If you have been mourning the demise of the FJ Cruiser ever since its production came to an end, here’s something to remind you Toyota might be thinking about a new model along the same lines. The Toyota Adventure Concept (FT-AC) is a lifestyle vehicle with an on-the-nose name. It’s designed for the adventure seekers. 

The Future Toyota Adventure Concept (FT-AC) is built with utmost versatility in mind, whether you want to use it for an offroad trip to the desert, hills, jungle, whatever. This car won’t let you down. But even if you just want to look like you are adventurous person for whatever reason, the FT-AC has got you covered with its rugged, outdoorsy looks. The truck features short overhangs, twin hooks for vehicle recovery, skid plates, LED lights, 20-inch wheels and beefier all-terrain tires, and…

Of course, some of the features are way too fantastical to be used in any production model anytime soon. One example is the infrared cameras on the side mirrors can record trail run. They use the onboard WiFi to instantly upload the footage to your social media feed, and can be removed and carried around like GoPros. The roof rack’s rear-facing LED lights also aid nighttime visibility and can be controlled via mobile device as well. Even the color is a show car-only job: Prospect Green complemented with Fortress Gray accents.

Toyota Adventure Concept is imagined as a Gaines-powered SUV, but it could also get a hybrid powertrain should it find its way to the production line. It also boasts torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system.






“FT-AC is perfect for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to dial up the adventure on their weekend getaways,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. “No matter the roads, the activities, or the people, FT-AC sparks authentic fun and conversation.”

The post Toyota Adventure Concept (FT-AC) Revealed Ahead of L.A. Debut appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Money Talks: The 10 Most Valuable Car Brands In The World

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Determining the value of a car brand can be a tricky exercise. There are so many variables to consider that ultimately, the results may differ from one study or another. What we do know is that, at the very least, the cream always rises to the top. The standings may be different depending on who the author of the study is, but it’s pretty much the same automakers making up a majority of the list.

In this exercise, we’re taking a look at the ten most valuable car brands, at least through the eyes of Interbrand, an independent agency that specializes in determining the world’s most valuable brands. Obviously, such a task involves creating a specific set of formulas and calculations using a variety of available information, including a company’s financial forecast and then using it with its own in-house-developed “role of brand” and “brand strength” calculations. If it sounds complicated, it’s because it is, especially in the current automotive climate where buzz words like “electrification,” “ride-sharing,” and “autonomous driving technology” have staked bigger pieces of influence among automakers of all shapes and sizes.

Even then, there are also certain requirements that each automaker has to meet to be eligible to be included in the list. These requirements include having a sales presence on at least three continents and having a third of a company’s revenue coming from its home market. Ultimately, it all boils down to a lot of tech jargon that’s a little above my head. What I can tell you, though, is that the final list that Interbrand came up with is both expected and revealing. A few notable names made it in predictable spots while a few surprise inclusions definitely raised our eyebrows.

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10. Porsche


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Brand value: $10.13 billion

Top-selling model: Porsche 911

It seems crazy to think that at one point in the last 20 years, Porsche was a struggling automaker that somehow couldn’t get out of its own way. Things have definitely changed since then, and a big part of that is tied into the German automaker’s decision to enter a market that it previously shied away from. Taking a risk, Porsche ultimately decided to build the Cayenne SUV, and the rest is history. Today, Porsche cracks the top 10 list of “most valuable auto brands in the world” for good reason. It’s arguably one of the most beloved automakers in the world, and it’s rounded its model lineup to include a performance saloon known as the Panamera to go with a steady diet of sports cars led by the Porsche 911 Turbo.

9. Volkswagen


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Brand value: $11.52 billion

Top-selling model: Volkswagen Beetle

If you’re surprised that Volkswagen is so far down on this list, don’t be. This is Volkswagen the automaker, not the auto conglomerate that owns three brands on this list. On the bright side, VW actually posted improvements in terms of its brand value compared to last year. It’s incremental growth of just one percent, but it’s growth compared to 2016 when it actually posted a drop of one percent in value. Still, it could’ve been a lot better for Volkswagen had it not gotten itself mixed into the Dieselgate scandal. Look for a better year ahead for the German automaker when the calendar flips to 2018.

8. Nissan


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Brand value: $11.54 billion

Top-selling model: Nissan Sentra

If there was an automaker that earned its place in this ranking, it has to be Nissan. That’s not an indictment on the automaker’s past, but a celebration of what it has achieved in recent years. Between launching models that have been positively received and maintaining a level-headed approach in an industry that’s continues to evolve like this one, Nissan has turned in one growth year after another, culminating in a four-percent growth for this year that was good enough to land it in the top 10 list of most valuable car brands in the world.

7. Audi


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Brand value: $12.02 billion

Top-selling model: Audi A4

The Nissan of Europe, or is Nissan the Audi of Japan? Either way, the comparison fits because Audi always seems to be third fiddle in Europe to BMW and Mercedes-Benz, just like Nissan plays the same role in Japan to Toyota and Honda. That’s not a slight towards either Audi or Nissan because both companies have thrived doing their own thing. In Audi’s case, it has managed to build up a brand that’s worth $12.02 billion, becoming the most valuable auto brand under the Volkswagen Group. This year, Audi even posted a two-percent growth that probably should be bigger had it not been weighed down by Dieselgate. Still, look for Audi to remain competitive to BMW and Mercedes-Benz, as it always has been in recent years.

6. Hyundai


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Brand Value: $13.2 billion

Top-selling model: Hyundai Elantra

It says a lot about Hyundai’s growth as an automaker that it finds itself on this list with some of the most established brands in the auto industry. This wasn’t always the case though, as the Korean automaker’s surge up to mainstream popularity didn’t happen until the last decade. But, thanks to an aggressive push towards relevancy and the introduction of popular models like the Elantra, Tucson, and Santa Fe, Hyundai’s ascension up the ranks is looking less fluky and more of a result of hard work and dedication. Don’t even be surprised if, by next year, Hyundai finds itself in going up the ladder into a more prominent spot on this list. That’s the kind of outlook we’re now expecting from a company that already increased its value year-on-year by at least five percent.

5. Ford


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Brand value: $13.64 billion

Top-selling model: Ford F-Series Trucks

Ford is the only American automaker on this list. It is a little bit embarrassing to see what’s become of General Motors and Chrysler, but at least Ford is representing the US here to a certain extent. The good news for the Blue Oval is that it posted a five-percent increase in its own value and getting it up to $13.64 billion. The bad news is that a lot of the automakers its ahead of have as good a chance as any to move up the rankings for next year’s list at the expense of Ford. I personally don’t think that’s going to happen because of the company’s strong foothold in one of the world’s biggest markets, but then again, stranger things have happened so it’s not a certainty that the automaker will retain its spot in the rankings. It is worth pointing out though that of the ten auto brands that made it on this list, only Ford can boast of having a pickup truck as its top-selling model. That counts for a win, right?

4. Honda


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Brand value: $22.70 billion

Top-selling model: Honda Civic

Barring the unlikely event of seeing something catastrophic come out of Honda, it looks like a certainty that Honda’s going to retain its status as the fourth most valuable auto brand in the world for the next few years. That’s because it’s brand value of $22.70 billion is on an island by itself. Ford needs to almost double its value to be able to even sniff Honda’s, and conversely, the Japanese automaker needs to double its own value in order to come close to competing against the company that sits third on this list. Still, a value of $22.7 billion is nothing to sneeze at, especially when it comes as a result of a three-percent growth compared to its value from the previous year. The timeless popularity of the Honda Civic has a lot to do with Honda being where it is, but so does the continuing presence of its robust crossover and SUV lineup that’s led by the CR-V. Look for Honda to remain one of the most valuable auto brands in the world for all the reasons I just mentioned.

3. BMW


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Brand value: $41.62 billion

Top-selling model: BMW 3 Series

Well, that was a huge leap, wasn’t it? From Honda’s $22.7 billion in brand value, we move up to BMW’s, which has a brand value of $41.62 billion. This is the power of what BMW has to offer and the niche it has carved for itself – sportier than an Audi, less uptight than a Mercedes – tells you exactly how the German automaker has built up its own brand to become a force to be reckoned with it in the industry. It still has a few miles to go before it can catch up to its biggest rival, but rest assured, the blueprint towards long-term success and sustainability is being put to good use. For one, a plethora of new models with more advanced tech features are scheduled to be released soon to complement some of Bimmer’s most popular model lines. Imagine what kind of cache it can gain with the release of the BMW 8 Series? For all of its success, it is quite ironic that BMW finds itself in this enviable position despite minimal movement on its brand value.

2. Mercedes-Benz


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Brand value: $47.83 billion

Top-selling model: Mercedes C-Class

The king of German automakers finds itself in the second spot, trailing only the king of Japanese automakers. It should be said that Mercedes’ ascension up the ranks didn’t happen by luck or sheer happenstance. It comes as a result of record-breaking sales that helped pave the way for the company to enjoy its highest profits and revenue in its entire history. Add that to its ever-increasing global popularity and the introduction of affordable models like the CLA-Class, and it becomes clearer and clearer as to why Mercedes-Benz actually increased its brand value by a whopping 10% year-on-year. At the very least, it created a big separation with BMW’s own brand value, something I’m sure the fine folks over at Mercedes are more than happy to point out.

1. Toyota


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Brand value: $50.30

Best-selling model: Toyota Corolla

Sitting pretty at the number one spot is Toyota, a position it has held for a few years now on the back of being the biggest automaker in the world. Toyota’s dominance as a carmaker can be best seen in the fact that it still holds a pretty good lead over Mercedes-Benz despite seeing its value take a dip by six percent. That tells you that there’s room for Toyota to have a down year and still reign supreme as the most valuable auto brand in the world. I don’t see the company’s status get challenged for at least a few more years, but that loss in value could become more worrisome if it starts becoming a trend. For now, the auto world still kneels at the feet of Toyota, as do companies like Netflix, Facebook, McDonalds and Disney for that matter.

PostHeaderIcon Can The Toyota R-Tuned C-HR Beat The Honda Civic Type R’s FWD Lap Record At The Nurburgring?

2017 Toyota C-HR R-Tuned Concept

When you build a custom version of an SUV and later on claim it to be the “fastest of its kind,” the rationale after that is to go to a race track and validate your boasts. To his credit, that’s what Dan Gardner of Dan Gardner Spec wants to do with the race-spec, 600-horsepower Toyota C-HR, provided that Toyota allows him to do it.

At the moment, Gardner says that the Japanese automaker has no plans for the R-Tuned C-HR past its SEMA showcase so it’s anybody’s guess where the power-packed SUV will show up next. That said, if Gardner had his way, it’d be at the Nurburgring where it can properly stretch its legs and make a run at the current FWD lap record of the Honda Civic Type R that the Honda hot hatch set in April 2017 with a time of 7:43.8. Not only does Gardner believe that the R-Tuned C-HR can beat the Civic Type R’s lap time, but he actually has “no doubt” that it can do it if given the opportunity to do so. That’s not to say that it can take the record away from the Civic Type R. The R-Tuned C-HR isn’t a production car so it wouldn’t be eligible for the record to begin with. But Gardner still wants to do it, if only to let the world know that there’s truth to his “fastest SUV” claims. Considering what amount of aftermarket tuning the C-HR was subjected to, I’m prepared to believe him regardless of whether or not the SUV does hit the ‘Ring.

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The R-Tuned C-HR is not a car you’d want to mess with


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On the surface, the Toyota R-Tuned C-HR has a chance to not only break the Honda Civic Type R’s record but to smash it completely to smithereens. It certainly doesn’t look like a standard C-HR anymore. It’s dripping from head to toe with aerodynamic bits. It’s been stripped down so that non-essential items don’t add unnecessary weight. It’s even been tuned to produce 600 horsepower, all thanks to the addition of a DG-Spec Garrett turbo compressor that’s responsible for breathing an extra 23 psi into the cylinders. The result is an SUV that packs more power than a Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Speaking of the Porsche 911, the R-Tuned C-HR proved its prowess during a recent run at Willow Springs, where it posted a lap time of 1:25.22. That’s a faster time around the track than the Porsche 911 GT3 and the Lamborghini Aventador.

Clearly, Gardner and his crew at Dan Gardner Spec built a powerhouse in the R-Tuned C-HR. It’s even more impressive when you consider just how much work the tuning house put into turning it into what Gardner refers to as a “supercar killer.” More than just the significant increase in power, Dan Gardner Spec also worked on the SUV’s handling characteristics, which is arguably one of its most weakest points. All told, the tuning shop spent close to 10,000 hours to complete the transformation and, for what it’s worth, the result validated all those hours spent turning the otherwise mundane C-HR into a legitimate powerhouse on wheels.

Can it beat the Honda Civic Type R’s record lap time in the ‘Ring?


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I firmly believe that it can, but that’s just my opinion of it. And, I’m certainly not dismissing the Civic Type R either. The hot hatch doesn’t just own the Nurburgring lap time record for a FWD car. It also holds that same title in some of the world’s most notable race tracks, including Silverstone, Spa, Monza, Estoril, and the Hungaroring.

Gardner’s firm started the build late last year, and he estimated that it took a total of around 10,000 hours. Although there are no plans for the C-HR R-Tuned after SEMA, Gardner said he would love to take the car to the Nordschleife for a lap record bid there.

But, I’m taking Dan Gardner’s side on this one. I think the R-Tuned C-HR has the mechanical and technical chops to post a faster lap time than the Civic Type R. I don’t have any facts to back up my position, just a strong belief that an SUV that’s as stripped down as the Toyota with close to double the power output will be able to lap the Nurburgring quicker than the Civic Type R’s record lap for an FWD machine.

Here’s to hoping that Toyota gives it the green light to make the trip to the ‘Ring. I’d love to be proven right – or wrong.

References

Toyota C-HR


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Read our full review on the 2017 Toyota C-HR R-Tuned.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Honda Civic Type R.

PostHeaderIcon Toyota’s Solid-State Battery: Game Changer or Utter Disappointment?

Toyota has said that it’s solid-state battery will be a “game changer” at the Tokyo Motor Show but at the same show, Chairman and Engineer, Takeshi Uchiyamada told Reuters that there are still some issues with the batteries:

“We are scrambling to finish developing this technology, but a few issues still remain as we try to mass produce this.”

Apparently, there’s an issue with the life-span of the battery, which uses a solid material instead of a liquid electrolyte – something that is said to improve performance and safety since it isn’t flammable either. Uchiyamada didn’t specify what kind of life Toyota was getting from the batteries that it had tried to mass produce, but it was mentioned that people wouldn’t buy an electric car if the battery pack only last three years. If that’s the kind of lifespan these batteries currently have, that’s certainly far from the “game-changing” technology I told you about when I brought you news about Mazda getting the shaft in the Toyota-Mazda-Denso EV partnership.

And, in case you’re questioning Uchiyamada’s credibility, he was behind the design of the first Prius, so he happens to know a few things about batteries and what makes them tick. Despite this seemingly huge setback that Toyota is experiencing in producing these batteries, the brand still believes the batteries will be the bee’s knees when they are perfected. It’s an unproven technology, but they can supposedly provide greater energy density, which would allow a SSB the same size as a traditional lithium-ion battery to hold more electricity, ultimately leading to smaller, lighter batteries. Or, depending on the situation, larger batteries with much longer range.

So, what can we expect? Did Mazda luck out not being involved with the solid-state batteries? Keep reading to learn more.

It’s All About Lifespan


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The truth is, while it may appear that Mazda got the shaft over the new batteries if Toyota doesn’t figure out how to make them last longer – somewhere upward of at least 7 years minimum – then there’s no way those batteries can be used in the first place. With that said, I have to say I’m a little surprised at how excited some Toyota executives are when talking about the technology while others admit there’s a real problem. You can’t exactly call something “game-changing” when it can’t live up to the demands placed on current batteries. That’s just not how it works.

In the end, Toyota will probably end up perfecting the solid-state battery. But, at the same time, so will someone else. It will be a nice advancement for the automotive industry, but we’ll probably see it around 2025, and it will likely be available from more than just Toyota. Whether or not Mazda will get its hands on the technology remains to be seen, but I wouldn’t rule out a long-range Mazda EV quite yet. We’ll just have to wait to find out. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

References

Toyota Prius


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Read our full review on the 2017 Toyota Prius.



Read more Mazda news.



Read more Toyota news.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser EU-Spec Detailed

The Land Cruiser family, including the Prado, is one of the world’s best-known and well-loved specimen of SUV. Though it never ranks among the top dogs in this segment, this Japanese tough guy has been a success story for the comp nay for the past 65 years. Here we take a deeper look at the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, the European spec. 

Thoroughly upgraded and enhanced for the European market and new model-year, the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser launches in the green continent with a 130 kW/177 DIN hp 2.8 D-4D turbodiesel. Depending on where you in Europe, you may also have the option of choosing between a 122 kW/164 DIN hp 2.7 VVT-i or 183 kW/249 DIN hp 4.0 VVT-i petrol engines. While these don’t seem all that powerful on paper, Toyota promises the EU-spec Land Cruiser lacks none of the nameplate’s legendary off-roadbility and effortless performance.

2018 Toyota Land Cruiser also benefits from an improved design aiming to make the SUV more sophisticated and stylish. There is little evidence of the LC’s agricultural background in the new model, what with that glitzy front grille and fancy headlight. The classic YJ stance is there, however, and although it’s modernized you still get that mountain goat kind of look which promises unrivaled all-terrain capabilities. The interior is improved too, with ergonomically optimised and functionally grouped switchgear, a new dashboard design that incorporates the large, 8 inch Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia system,and 4.2” Multi-information Display.















The off-road prowess of 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser is due to a blend of traditional and modern features. The former has to do with body-on-frame construction and ground clearance, and the latter with technologies such as Torsen Limited Slip Differential (LSD), Multi-terrain Select System (MTS), and a host of cameras for better view of the path. Among the safety features you have Pre-Collision System (PCS) with a pedestrian recognition function, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beam (AHB) and Road Sign Assist (RSA), plus Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and a new, auto location Tyre Pressure Warning System (TPWS).

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PostHeaderIcon NASCAR Champ Truex Jr. Designs All-Black Toyota Camry for SEMA

Toyota got really busy for the 2017 SEMA Show and its lineup for this year’s event included a handful of bespoke Camry sedans designed by NASCAR drivers. Among those who created their own race-inspired Camry was Martin Truex Jr., who recently clinched the Sprint Cup title behind the wheel of his NASCAR-spec Camry. Built as a homage to his track-prepped car, the production Camry was modified with help from Toyota’s Motorsports Technical Center (MTC) and Misfit Industries.

Much like the race car he used this season, the SEMA-bound Camry is finished in black. But the color is far from being a Toyota palette standard. Crafted by Misfit after going through six different shades, the final paint is covered with a satin top coat for a unique, nearly matte look. What’s more, all existing chrome trim was refinished in durable cobalt Cerakote, which turned the exterior of the Camry completely black. The wheels, which are based on those of Truex Jr.’s race car are also finished in black. But NASCAR’s new champion didn’t stop at new paint, trim, and wheels. The Camry also sports a front splitter, a ducktail spoiler with visible rivets, and a new diffuser with redesigned exhaust pipes with three holes on each side.

The interior matches the sober look of the exterior with black leather with black stitching on the seats and Truex Jr.’s initials stitched on the headrests. Under the skin, the Camry gained an AEM intake system, a TRD exhaust, a custom Tein coilover suspension for lowered ride height and bigger brakes from StopTech. The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric high-performance tires also add to the sedan’s improved performance.

Needless to say, Truex Jr.’s options for this Camry are a bit too serious as far as exterior updates go, but I must admit I would like to see this package offered on a limited-edition model. High-performance features and black matte paint are the perfect combination if you like subtle looks on beefed-up cars. Of course, a few engine upgrades would be nice too. What do you think? Let me know in the comments section.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Camry Rowdy Edition II

2018 Toyota Camry Rowdy Edition II

One of the best-selling sedans in the United States in recent decades, the Camry is known mainly for its solid quality, good bang for the buck, and excellent reliability. It was never among the best looking vehicles in its niche and needless to say, Toyota received a lot of heat for that. This changed with the latest-generation Camry, which arrived with a decidedly sportier exterior design that borrows a few cues from the premium Lexus brand. The new styling was immediately transferred onto the NASCAR race car, which was used by four different teams and driven by more than 15 drivers during the 2017 season. Among them is Kyle Busch, who designed a custom Camry for the 2017 SEMA Show.

In second place in the Sprint Cup standings as of November 1, Busch teamed up with Chuck Gafrarar of Chuck G Fabrication, who collaborated with NASCAR race teams since 2002, to give already eye-catching sedan a bit of a twist design-wise. Busch also delved into the Toyota parts bin for performance-enhancing upgrades and called his creation the “Rowdy Edition II.” If you’re not familiar with the term, Busch uses the nickname “Rowdy” after Days of Thunder character Rowdy Burns. He’s actually nicknamed “Shrub,” as the younger brother of Kurt Busch (a shrub is a smaller bush, get it?), but let’s face it, the Camry Shrub Edition doesn’t sound as appealing.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota
Camry Busch.

What makes the Toyota
Camry Busch special

  • Standard black paint
  • Chrome roof and front grille accents
  • NASCAR-inspired Ducktail spoiler
  • “Rowdy” badges
  • Soft leather upholstery
  • Chrome and carbon-fiber trim
  • Red contrast stitching
  • AEM cold-air intake
  • TRD exhaust system

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“The roof, and front bumper trim are finished in chrome, which provides a great contrast with the black exterior”

Despite being modded by a NASCAR driver, this Toyota Camry is not significantly more aggressive than the production model. Sure, it has just enough features to stand out, but it’s more like the kind of sedan Kyle Busch would drive to the supermarket rather than a track-prepped four-door. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting take on the sleek, new Camry. Although Busch decided to go with the factory black paint instead of a fancy hue, the A-pillars, the roof, and front bumper trim are finished in chrome, which provides a great contrast with the dark appearance of the car.

The only significant change to the production form of the new Camry is the custom, ducktail-style spoiler on the trunk lid. The element is obviously inspired from NACAR and has visible mounting rivets. The exterior is rounded off by oval “Rowdy Edition II” badges on the trunk lid and front doors.


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“Busch updated the interior too, adding smooth leather instead of the Camry's standard upholstery”

Busch updated the interior too, adding smooth leather instead of the Camry’s standard upholstery. The sedan also has brushed-metal trim on the dashboard, center console, and door panels, as well as silver accents on the seats. The contrast created with the overall black cabin is similar to the exterior. However, the interior sports an additional splash of color through the red stitching and the red “Rowdy” lettering and stripes on the seats. The sedan also features carbon-fiber trim, which is rather unusual for a Camry.

As far as performance updates go, Busch kept things simple and added just an AEM intake and a TRD exhaust. So there aren’t any horsepower and acceleration gains, but it’s likely that the sedan now has a more aggressive exhaust note.

Although not as spectacular as other SEMA Show concepts, the Rowdy Edition II is one of those cars that blends flashy and motorsport-inspired elements in a subtle and cool way. I’d definitely like to see this show car make it into production as a limited-edition model for NASCAR fans.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota Camry Rutledge Wood

2018 Toyota Camry Rutledge Wood

Racing analyst and former Top Gear USA presenter Rutledge Wood is known for his affinity with plaid t-shirts. He’s also known for having a deep-seated passion for the automotive industry. So, when Toyota was looking for individuals to take the lead in building custom Toyota Camrys for the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, Wood’s name inevitably turned up. So Toyota tapped him to work on his own custom version of the Camry, and the result is a car that reflects the man’s boisterous personality.

I’m not one to pass judgment on something I know little about at this point, but I can tell all of you that Wood’s work on the Camry is the most impactful of the bunch. It’s certainly the most colorful of all the custom Camry’s we’re seeing at SEMA, and the story and the process behind its creation involves the use of certain techniques that you can expect from someone like Rutledge Wood. He may be the only non-NASCAR driver to get a chance at customizing a Camry for this year’s SEMA, but all told, Wood vindicates Toyota’s decision to tap him with a creation that has as much going for it as some of the Camrys that were customized by actual NASCAR racers.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Toyota Camry by Rutledge Wood

What makes the Toyota Camry Rutledge special

  • ”Blurple” paint finish
  • 3D-printed body panels
  • 20-piece body kit
  • 20-inch Rose Gold Rotiform wheels
  • Continental ExtremeContact tires
  • Baseball glove leather interior
  • Focal sound system
  • Megan Racing suspension kit
  • Wilwood Dynalite brakes
  • Custom floor mats with cartoon caricature of Rutledge Wood

Not a NASCAR racer? Not a problem


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“The car’s exterior certainly looks at home at SEMA”

So what if Rutledge Wood isn’t a NASCAR driver? I get it that all other custom-built Camrys at SEMA came at the hands of guys like Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Daniel Suarez, and Kyle Busch, but when it comes to building a SEMA-worthy Camry, you don’t need a racing license to get the job done. And for what it’s worth, Wood’s Camry is, in my opinion, the flashiest of the lot, owing to its aerospace inspiration. The car’s exterior certainly looks at home at SEMA, thanks in large part to eye-catching aftermarket body panels that were created through the process of 3D printing by Real-Time Automotive Solutions. The result is that a lot of the significant body panels of the Camry are now 3D-printed, including the hood, front and rear bumpers, rocker panels, headlight buckets, and the rear diffuser.


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“There’s also a new set of 20-inch three-piece custom Rose Gold wheels from Rotiform”

In addition to getting these panels literally recreated, Wood’s build also features a 20-piece custom widebody kit with most of the items located in the Camry’s quarter sections. There’s also a new set of 20-inch three-piece custom Rose Gold wheels from Rotiform, all of which are wrapped in Continental ExtremeContact tires measuring 275/30R20 in the front and 285/30R20 at the back. All these modifications on the exterior make way for one of the real showcase pieces of this particular Camry build. Officially, the paint finish on the Camry is called “Blurple.” It’s easy to see, though, that it’s some kind of mix of blue and purple. Wood sought the help of PPG and Crew to create this paint cocktail, and the result is striking, to say the least.

Batter up in the cabin!


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“The interior gets re-upholstered with a baseball glove-like leather treatment”

Just as the body of this Camry is flashy, so too is the interior. Personally, I don’t know if Wood was inspired by this incredible World Series, but it does look that way with the interior getting re-upholstered with a baseball glove-like leather treatment, complete with contrast stitching. Photos of the Camry’s interior show significant use of the leather as most of the cabin’s surface is covered in the material. Less conspicuous from a visual standpoint is the Focal sound system, though if you look closely, you will notice that the floor mats actually feature a cartoon caricature of Wood and his glorious flowing beard.

No engine upgrades, but no matter…


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“Expect the Rutledge Wood Toyota Camry to feature any one of the sedan’s engine options”

There are no engine upgrades to speak of here so at the very least, expect the Rutledge Wood Toyota Camry to feature any one of the sedan’s engine options. The base engine is a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder that spits out 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The other gas-powered engine option is a 3.5-liter six-cylinder that produces 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Regardless of which engine is sitting underneath that Blurple hood, the program does include a new suspension kit from Megan Racing and new brakes from Wilwood Dynalite.

Overall, this is a Toyota Camry build that actually looks a lot better than what I expected. It may not have the NASCAR racer DNA that other Camrys have, but Wood did well for himself by not only giving the Camry a unique and personable look but also by doing it through processes that we don’t get to see enough in the aftermarket scene.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota C-HR R-Tuned

2017 Toyota C-HR R-Tuned Concept

SEMA is a place where the imagination reigns supreme, an event that celebrates the weird, the wild, and the most extreme that the automotive industry can muster. Case in point – this performance version of Toyota’s funky C-HR (Coupe High-Rider) compact utility vehicle. Believe it or not, this thing is so performance-oriented Toyota is claiming it as the “world’s quickest CUV.” Backing that boast is a lap time of 1 minute, 25.22 seconds at the Willow Springs International Raceway in Southern California. Quoting figures plucked from fastestlaps.com, Toyota says that time makes the CH-R R-Tuned quicker than such incredible sports machines like the Nissan GT-R Nismo, McLaren 650 S Spyder, and Porsche 911 GT3. That’s some rather heavy-hitting company for a humble subcompact crossover, but it’s got the R-Tuned has the upgrades to match. Long story short, this thing is stripped and race-ready, rocking 600 turbocharged ponies, exotic suspension components, and very effective aero.

Offered as a follow-up to the Sienna R-Tuned build that Toyota brought to SEMA back in 2015, the C-HR R-Tuned was created by Southern California speed specialists Dan Gardner Spec (DG-Spec for short), the same folks who turned wrenches on the hot-to-trot Sienna R-Tuned. This latest creation is even more over the top, and clear evidence that with enough dedication, you can make anything blisteringly quick – exactly the approach we want to see at SEMA.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota C-HR R-Tuned.

What Makes The Toyota C-HR R-Tuned Special

  • 300 pounds of downforce at speed
  • Carbon fiber bits shave weight
  • Several hundred pounds lighter than stock
  • Turbocharged 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder
  • 23 psi of boost
  • 600 horsepower
  • Still FWD
  • Triple adjustable dampers
  • Extensive on-track development

That’s One Mean-Looking CUV!


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“This isn’t just some glossy show queen built to look the part of a racer”

We wholeheartedly agree. This isn’t just some glossy show queen built to look the part of a racer – it’s really got the good stuff to make it a true terror on the track. To help it stick, DG-Spec added a variety of new aerodynamic components to the exterior. These include a new front air dam, side air dams, a new front splitter (complete with adjustable downforce levels), and a large rear wing with a gurney flap.

We think the components look great, adding even more zeal to the already aggressive looking CH-R’s stock styling. Even more impressive is how effective the components are at pushing the CUV into the pavement, producing upwards of 300 pounds of downforce when traveling over 100 mph.

Sounds Like Race Car Stuff…


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“The Toyota CH-R R-Tuned is a hardcore lap killer, stripped of all comforts that might hamper it in its quest for speed”

That’s because it is. The Toyota CH-R R-Tuned is a hardcore lap killer, stripped of all comforts that might hamper it in its quest for speed.

As such, the interior was totally stripped behind the front seats, with bare blue metal seen as the prevailing material. That made it easier to install the extensive roll cage, Corbeau race bucket seats, and fire suppression system, while also adding some much-needed lightness.

Speaking of weight, DG-Spec also swapped in a good deal of carbon fiber for the build, including a new vented hood from Kaminari. All told, the R-Tuned sheds several hundred pounds over its stock siblings.

But What About The Power?


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“Under the hood you’ll find a new 2.4-liter Toyota 2AZ-FE engine, which comes stuffed with forged internals from Dezod”

Oh, it’s got power and plenty of it. Take a peek under the hood, and you’ll find a new 2.4-liter Toyota 2AZ-FE engine, which comes stuffed with forged internals from Dezod to keep it sturdy, as well as a titanium and Inconel valvetrain to help it spin to new heights.

That enormous compressor you see mounted front and center is a custom DG-Spec snail from Garrett, breathing an extra 23 psi into the cylinders. It’s enough to raise peak power to an astounding 600 ponies, besting the stock C-HR’s 2.0-liter by more than 450 horsepower. Oh yeah, baby.

A five-speed Toyota E-Series manual gearbox was installed for cog-swap duties, replacing the stock CVT unit as the obvious choice for the application. Incredibly, this thing is still FWD, and it makes the most of the available grip with an OS Giken limited-slip differential.

That’s A Lot Of Output…


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“The Toyota C-HR R-Tuned has what it needs to turn it all into speed”

Indeed it is, but the Toyota C-HR R-Tuned has what it needs to turn it all into speed. The suspension upgrades are as stout as you’ll find on the engine, mounting triple-adjustable DG-Spec Motion Control dampers with remote reservoirs in the corners, which come complete with a full complement of supporting mods.

The lightweight 18-inch wheels are wrapped in Toyo Proxes RR tires, sized at 275/35. Under the rollers, you’ll find the Brembo logo for the big brakes, throwing in 14-inch rotors in front clamped by 4-pot calipers with monobloc billet aluminum construction.

So You’re Saying It’s Quick?


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“The Toyota C-HR saw extensive development at Willow Springs, and that’s refreshing to see at SEMA.”

Very quick. The Toyota C-HR saw extensive development at Willow Springs, with tons of performance data accumulated over the course of 10 test sessions. And that’s refreshing to see at SEMA, where we often see builds that are no more than a rough assemblage of parts thrown together with an eye for looking good, rather than performance potential. A show queen, this is not.

“The C-HR R-Tuned has been to the track every month since we started the project late last year. It’s probably been subjected to more real-world tests than just about any car built for SEMA,” says DG-Spec’s owner, Dan Gardner. We believe him.

“It’s not just a show concept but a track-worthy performance vehicle,” he adds, “and I can’t wait to see what people at SEMA and beyond think!”

We approve.

References

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Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota CH-R.


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PostHeaderIcon SEMA 2017: Rutledge Wood Toyota Camry

Thanks to its connection with NASCAR, 2018 Toyota Camry had no shortage of custom model at this year’s SEMA. they got a bunch of drivers to come up with their own designs for the family sedan. But just to introduce a bit of variety they also commissioned the Rutledge Wood Toyota Camry, and it could be the best of the lot. 

Designed by Rutledge Wood of Top Gear USA fame, this unique Camry benefits from nay innovative feature such as 3D printed body parts. Wood teamed up Rick Leos, a seasoned hot-rodder and car builder, and together they created a car that is really hard to fault as far its show car qualities are concerned.

The main highlights of Rutledge Wood Toyota Camry include custom, 3D printed  hood, front and rear bumpers, rear diffuser, rocker panels and headlight buckets, wide body stance and a Megan Racing custom suspension and staggered 20-inch forged Rotiform wheels. The car features a V6 engine tuned with MagnaFlow exhaust, and the whole thing is bathed in a one-off metallic mix of pearlescent blue and purple which the builders call “Blurple.” As for the interior, you got “baseball glove” leather on the seats, door panels and steering wheel.







“Since Rutledge has been such an integral part of the Toyota SEMA machine over the last few years, we decided to let him build his own custom Camry alongside our top NASCAR drivers,” said Steve Curtis, vice president of media and engagement marketing for Toyota Motor North America.

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