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  • Gallery: Toyota’s Aygo X-Cite is a cutesy city car with a drop-top

    The Toyota Aygo is supposed to be a small city car for trendy urban kids, but the Japanese company has taken it one step further. Dubbed the X-Cite, the revised model has been converted into a drop-top seemingly just in time for the South African Summer. "The X-Cite offers South African buyers the option of an affordable, open-top compact hatch with its retractable canvas roof model," the company notes in a press release. "Finished in black, the full-length X-Cite canvas roof is factory-fitted and electrically-operated with a switch next to the map light control in the headlining." For petrolheads, the X-Cite features a...

  • Toyota has sold 10-million hybrid vehicles to date

    Motor manufacturer Toyota has announced that it has surpassed sales of 10-million hybrid vehicles, with the Prius being their top seller. Toyota estimated that its hybrid vehicles have resulted in at least 77-million fewer tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. The company also noted that light of this milestone, consumers have saved an estimated29-million kilolitres of gasoline. "When we launched Prius, no one even knew what a hybrid was. Those who drove it were called geeks or other names. Today, thanks to those early adopters who gave Prius a chance, hybrids have grown in popularity, and have ridden a wave of success out...

  • This Toyota concept car can read your emotions

    "While we can't predict the future, we can inspire it." With these words, Toyota introduces its latest automobile specimen, the "Concept-i", a beautifully bizarre car concept that illustrates the Japanese automaker's wishes for "an automotive future wherein our cars can connect with us". Toyota aims to establish this connection via their innovative AI, namely "Yui", a creation of the CALTY Design Research Centre (a Toyota-focused design studio) and undoubtedly the most significant feature that the Concept-i boasts. Yui will not only act as your on-board virtual assistant but will double as a sort of tag-along therapist as well. Beyond providing basic guidance,...

  • Le Mans: 23 hours, 57 minutes of reliability for leading Toyota

    In what might just be the most dramatic finish to the Le Mans 24 Hours yet, the leading Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson and Sebastian Buemi slowed down and came to a halt on the penultimate lap, handing the overall victory to Porsche. Nakajima reported a loss of power earlier on in the lap, eventually stopping on the start/finish straight, where the number two Porsche of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb overtook it with three minutes to go. Nakajima had a 30 second gap to the Porsche before the loss of power. The radio message from Nakajima saw the Porsche...

  • Here’s what Toyota built for the ‘Back to the Future’ stars

    Last week we showed you a teaser video Toyota put out showing Back to the Future stars Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd reunited for a special reveal. The teaser came ahead of Wednesday, which marked the future date which Fox traveled to in Back to the Future II. From the start, it was obvious that the date would be used to mark the launch of the hydrogen fuel-cell powered Mirai, but Toyota went a little bit further than the video below: It also unveiled Back to the Future-inspired vehicles. The first re-imagined Doc Brown’s time machine as...

  • This is the new Toyota Prius [Gallery]

    Toyota has lifted the lid on the new Prius, and while it's still very recognisably the world's most popular hybrid, it's clear that the Japanese auto giant gave its designers some serious free reign. The most visible changes to the Prius' design are the front and rear lights, which feature sharp angles. According to Toyota, the new headlamps minimise the Prius' frontal area and, "at the same time, provides a striking lighting display which helps define the vehicle's distinctive character". Toyota's also lowered the top of the roof by 20 mm and moved it forwards, while the engine hood has...

  • Toyota’s 2016 Rav4 boasts facelift, sport and hybrid counterpart

    2016 looks like it's going to be good year for the cars that take you to school in the week and off-road on the weekend. Toyota seems to own the spotlight with its latest Rav4 model -- a feisty grinning transformer, along with a hybrid version that clocks in more horsepower and mileage than any of the previous models. Turning heads with one of the few hybrid SUVs on the market, the Japanese automotive giant has even given the interior a revamp with better materials, more touch screens and a dashboard for the millennial soul. The Rav4 Hybrid will pack an Atkinson-cycle...

  • Toyota’s GT86 gets some classic liveries ahead of Goodwood

    If you're in the UK at the end of the month and fortunate enough to be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, then you may want to book a little time in your schedule to see what Toyota has on offer. The Japenese car giant has decked out six of its GT86 sports cars in classic liveries from the company's racing history. According to Toyota, each car is inspired by a different model. They include two sporting versions of Toyota’s original sports car, the 2000GT, and Ove Andersson’s 1970s Celica 1600GT rally car -- the machine that helped inspire...

  • Toyota sticks to what’s always worked for new Hilux

    For the people who drive them -- and they range from farmers, to builders, and suburban moms -- the arrival of a new Toyota Hilux is something to be savored. And with good reason too. The Hilux has built a name for itself as the toughest, most rugged vehicle you can lay your hands on over the past 47 years, selling some 16-million units along the way. There are bound to be a fair few ears therefore pricking up at news that Toyota has officially debuted the eighth generation Hilux. Set to debut in Australia and Thailand, Toyota claims...

  • Watch out, Toyota: China’s hydrogen-powered tram is on your tail

    Two things usually come to mind when thinking about China: smog and super fast bullet trains. In an evident trade-off between these two, a not-so-fast-but-very-clean locomotive has been unveiled in Qingdao City. The tram has a meekly top speed of 43 miles per hour (nearly 70km) but emits zero carbon because it's running on hydrogen power, thanks to onboard fuel cells. According to Bloomberg Business, the three-car tram is capable of carrying as many as 380 passengers and can run for about 62 miles. It only takes as little as three minutes to refuel so pitstops are definitely out of the...

  • Toyota offers over 5000 fuel-cell patents royalty-free to drive growth

    For once, there seems to be more cars at CES than bendable TV sets and plant pots that keep their occupants alive (so you don't kill them), and that got us excited. But perhaps the most exciting news is Toyota's latest charity drive. The Japanese company will offer some 5000 of its fuel-cell patents royalty-free, to drive growth in the alternative energy vehicle industry. Regarding more precise figures, that's 5 680 patent licences in total, of which 1970 will be royalty free patents regarding fuel-cell stacks and a further 3350 regarding fuel-cell system technologies. This move comes after the company officially...

  • Toyota reinvents the Prius with the bad-ass hydrogen-fueled Mirai

    After much teasing over the better part of this year, Toyota has finally announced the launch its hydrogen-fueled Mirai. The four-door sedan uses no petrol. Instead it relies on hydrogen, which means that it emits nothing but vapour and H2O -- all natural gas. The Japanese automaker explains that the fuel cell technology works similar to that of a battery-wielding car, only a lot more high-tech. Read more: The next Toyota Prius will come with Le Mans racing technology Mirai’s fuel cell stack combines hydrogen gas from tanks with oxygen to produce electricity that powers the electric motor. The battery produces 3.1 kW/L...

  • Toyota’s 2015 Fuel Cell Vehicle can double up as an electricity source for your home

    Toyota's 2015 FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) is the car manufacturer's answer to an energy-scarce world. Not only does it rely on hydrogen, the sedan also looks like a real bad-ass -- something that's usually reserved for its petrol-, if not diesel-, fueled counterparts. The high-tech car is also said to double-up as a source of energy for your home in case of emergencies. While USA Today recently caught a glimpse of the car's bulky shell, Toyota is still holding back on its interior. Some details were made public however. Referring to the Japanese earthquake catastrophe of 2011, Toyota FCV engineer Jared...

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