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 |  Aug 28 2014, 3:47 PM


Toyota is bringing back a classic to celebrate its 30th birthday.

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 |  Jul 23 2012, 1:02 PM

Until the 2013 Avalon project began, Toyota’s Technical Center in Ann Arbor was not a place of landmark innovations. This full sized sedan has changed that. Continue Reading…

 |  Jul 16 2012, 4:32 PM

Toyota has announced new prices for several 2013 models. While most are going up in price, they are getting new equipment along with it. Continue Reading…

 |  Jun 27 2012, 6:02 PM

Toyota is using Independence Day at the Fair St Louis to launch its new Creation Station Tour to offer a family-friendly introduction to the brand’s lineup through games and activities.

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 |  Jun 12 2012, 10:08 PM

Well, you can’t blame Fox for at least trying to recoup any of the costs it sunk into producing the failed television show, Terra Nova.

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 |  Jan 31 2012, 2:00 PM


The refreshed 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser will make its North American debut at the upcoming 2012 Chicago Auto Show on the media preview day on February 8th.

The refreshed iconic SUV gets updated exterior styling with a new front grille and headlights with HID low-beams, LED daytime running lights, chrome side molding, redesigned outer side mirrors and taillights.

The Land Cruiser recently celebrated its 60th anniversary from its original launch and has been seen in Toyota’s US lineup for more than 50 years. Over time, it has evolved from a basic, run-of-the-mill four-wheel-drive utility vehicle to the eight-passenger, luxury SUV now seen today. More importantly the Land Cruiser can be seen at dealerships in 188 countries.

In addition to the updated exterior, Toyota gave the interior additional refinements including perforated leather trim with ventilated front seats, higher-gloss wood grain finish, silver instrument-panel decor, chrome-plated air registers and gave the meter-cluster lighting an update. Lastly for 2013, Toyota made the rear-seat DVD entertainment system, color-matched spoiler, rain-sensing wipers, center-console cooler box, headlight cleaners, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift lever, multi-information display, Bluetooth hands-free, and heated second row seats all standard – popular features that were previously available as options.

The Land Cruiser will be powered by a 5.7L DOHC V8 engine with 381-hp and 401 lb-ft of torque and will be arriving at Toyota dealerships nationwide in February.

GALLERY: 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser (European Spec)


 |  Jan 06 2012, 11:15 AM


Toyota has officially unveiled its new 2013 Land Cruiser (European model shown), celebrating its 60th anniversary since its original launch in Japan and over 50 years of success in North America.

For the revamp, Toyota has given its decorated Land Cruiser a series of new upgrades, including exterior and interior styling enhancements. Along with that, the Land Cruiser now has a ton of new features as standard equipment that used to be options.

The aesthetic changes to the exterior include a new front grille and headlights with HID low-beams. LED daytime running lights were also added in addition to chrome side molding, new side mirrors and taillights. For the interior, Toyota has outfitted the Land Cruiser with perforated leather with ventilated front seats, higher gloss wood grain finish, brighter silver instrument panel ornamentation, chrome-plated air registers and updated meter-cluster lighting.

With seating up to eight, the Land Cruiser has also received some enhancements to make it easier to access the roomy interior. The passenger-side’s second-row seat now features a one-touch tumble mechanism for easier third-row ingress and egress.

The Land Cruiser will be powered by a 5.7L V8 DOHC engine with 381-hp and 401 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission. It’ll come with 18-inch wheels standard.

Previous features that used to be options that are now standard include: rear-seat DVD entertainment system, color-matched rear spoiler, rain-sensing wipers, center console cooler box, headlight cleaners, leather-trimmed steering wheel, multi-information display, voice and Bluetooth hands-free controls, leather-trimmed shift lever and heated second row seats. Even better news, Toyota’s Premium Hard Disk Drive Navigation with Entune multi-media system and JBL Audio is now also standard.

Unfortunately Toyota did not announce any pricing on the new Land Cruiser.

GALLERY: 2013 Toyota Land Cruiser


 |  Dec 27 2011, 5:45 PM


Toyota of Japan has released the first official photos of their 2012 Land Cruiser refresh, the first major update since the SUV first hit the market in 2007.

On the outside, the bulk of the Land Cruiser’s styling remains the same, but it does get outfitted with a sportier front bumper, new headlights with LEDs, new front grille with chrome accents, and the taillights got a slight revamp. Toyota also gave the 2012 Land Cruiser a collection of new tech goods including a multi-terrain monitor that utilizes four small cameras mounted around the vehicle to show road conditions on a screen in the dash.

Drivers will also be able to choose through a multi-terrain select system, modifying the traction control and brake settings on the Land Cruiser. Modes include rock, rock & dirt, mogul, loose rock and mud & sand.

Lastly, at very low speeds, the Land Cruiser can turn on a turn-assist function helping decrease the turning radius of the SUV.

Out in Japan, the 2012 Land Cruiser will be powered by a 4.6L V8 powerplant with 318-hp and 339 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. Pricing based on today’s conversion rates is around $56,500.

It shouldn’t be long until America gets their peek at their version of the 2012 Land Cruiser, we don’t expect any major changes from the Japanese variant.

GALLERY: 2012 Toyota Land Cruiser


 |  Dec 16 2011, 6:15 PM

The Lexus LX 570, set to debut at next month’s Detroit Auto Show, will look different but remain almost identical beneath the skin, as Lexus spokesperson said in an interview with

Bill Kwong, Lexus Communications Specialist, said the LX 570 and Toyota Land Cruiser will feature an updated body style, but that the interior and drivetrain would remain almost completely the same.

The truth is, the LX models don’t sell very well in the U.S., meaning changes are more in tune with what European and Australian consumers, who show Lexus more love, and like the LX’s Land Cruiser-based underpinnings. For example, Yankees bought close to seven Cadillac Escalades for every LX 570 in 2010.

[Source: AutoBlog]

See AutoGuide’s complete 2012 North American International Auto Show Coverage here

 |  Aug 01 2011, 6:00 PM


Toyota has announced the pricing for its 2012 Highlander and FJ Cruiser models while a price increase has been put into effect for the 2011 Land Cruiser. For 2012, the Highlander and Highlander Hybrid will see no new features and as a result, the MSRP will remain the same as its 2011 counterparts. The base MSRP for the gas Highlander will start at $28,090 while the high-end Limited V6 with a five-speed automatic starts at $37,045. Highland Hybrid prices will start at $38,140 for the Base 4WD and go up to $43,795 for the Limited 4WD.

The FJ Cruiser, which is also virtually unchanged for 2012, will have an MSRP ranging from $25,990 for the 4×2 with five-speed automatic transmission to the 4×4 V6 automatic with an MSRP of $27,580. The FJ Cruiser does feature a 0.7-percent increase of $200. The 2011 Land Cruiser also gets a $200 price increase, with an MSRP of $69,120.

The prices for the 2012 gas Highlander, FJ Cruiser and 2011 Land Cruiser will become effective starting with August’s production models while the 2012 Highlander Hybrid prices began with July 20th’s production.

 |  Jun 16 2011, 2:54 PM


Toyota will be bringing an interesting blend of past, present and future cars to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Climbing up the famous hill this year featuring Toyota’s moniker includes their GT One sports car, Dynojet Racing’s Avensis, a rare MR2-based Group S rally car, the famous “King of Africa” Celica Twin Cam TA64, WRC Corolla and this year’s Dakar Rally class-winning Land Cruiser. In the factory cars department, Toyota will be showing off its Yaris Hybrid concept, Auris Hybrid and Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

The Toyota GT One sports car is the same car seen at the 1999 Le Mans and will be reunited with its driver from that race, Thierry Boutsen. The Belgian F1 grand prix winner will be back behind the wheel of the GT One as it climbs up the hill. The Dynojet Racing Avensis is one of Toyota’s current racers in the 2011 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. It will be driven by Frank Wrathall.

A rare sighting will include a MR2-based Group S rally car, which was once codenamed 222D. This rally car was a prototype car made in the 1980s that never saw competition due to championship regulations being changed. Only two of these are left and one of them will be campaigned up the hill!

Lastly, Toyota will have a strong World Rally Championship presence with their King of Africa Celica Twin Cam TA64, and the WRC Corolla that claimed 25 podiums between 1997-1999. The Land Cruiser from this year’s Dakar Rally (that claimed the win in its class) will also be present.

GALLERY: Toyota’s 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed Cars

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[Source: Toyota UK Blog]