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  1. The Japanese-market Toyota Century is an interesting vehicle in its own right. There have been only two-generations of Toyota's flagship since it was first introduced back in 1967 and it has carried the Japan's elite and infamous. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the sedan and Toyota felt it was time to introduce the next-generation Century. The basic Century shape hasn't changed much throughout its 50-year life. It retains the slab-side shape of its predecessor along with a new grille design, LED headlights, and a slightly raised roof. But under the skin lies some big changes. Toyota is swapping the V12 engine that has been part of the Century since 1997 for a new 5.0L V8 paired with Toyota's Hybrid System II system. There isn't many details as to power figures, but some believe this powertrain is similar to the one found in the last-generation Lexus LS 600h L. That powertrain produced a total output of 438 horsepower - 162 more than the V12. The new model is expected to be quieter as well thanks to new tires, engine mounts, and an active noise canceling system. For a vehicle that's more about being driven than driving it, the Century does very well in this regard. Seats come upholstered in wool, with leather being an option. The rear seats adjust and provide an adjustable leg rest. A giant LCD panel provides controls for the seats, climate control, and 20-speaker audio system. Drivers of the Century benefit from a number of active safety features such as automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, and lane-departure warning. Toyota is classifying this model as a prototype when it debuts at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, but we wouldn't be surprised if the production model looks exactly the same. Source: Toyota Press Release is on Page 2 Toyota to Debut Next-generation Century at Tokyo Motor Show 2017 Toyota City, Japan, October 4, 2017―Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is scheduled to showcase the new Century (to be released in the middle of 2018) at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017, taking place from October 25 through November 5 at Tokyo Big Sight. The theme of this year's show is "Beyond the Motor." The new 3rd generation Century carries on the tradition of master craftsmanship and high-quality monozukuri (all-encompassing manufacturing) while realizing high-demand environmental performance and a design layout that pursues passenger comfort. The interior and exterior design injects new charm into the Century in line with its heritage. Moreover, the new Century features advanced equipment and comfort amenities only suitable for a luxury limousine. Specifically, the Century is now powered by a 5.0-liter V8 hybrid system for outstanding fuel efficiency. In addition, the wheelbase has lengthened, the height difference between the scuff plate and floor has decreased, and the height of the door opening has increased, all of which are refinements improving the rear seat riding experience. The intricately glamorous and chic exterior is highlighted by traditional Japanese design elements used throughout the car including the grille and black trim on the rear combination lamps. The interior features a raised ceiling design and exclusive fabric while the adjustable rear seats (with massage function), are upgraded with a power leg rest for first-class comfort and a sophisticated riding experience. Main Features 1. Regal presence suitable for a representative Japanese luxury sedan embodying the concepts of legacy and evolution Layout Increase in vehicle length, wheelbase, and tread exudes a roomy and dignified style. Ample comfort is provided to rear seat passengers through the increased space created by the expanded wheelbase. Additionally, the rear seat riding experience has been improved through the decreased height difference between the scuff plate and the floor and the increased height of the door opening. Exterior design The heritage of the Century can be seen at first glance from the front of the vehicle where the grille, lamps, and other elements blend seamlessly together creating a simple and modern aesthetic. The grille has a dual structure with a crown pattern applied behind the vertical grid and clearance lamps. The combination of three projector headlamps and LED Array AHS produce a clear and distinctive appearance. While maintaining elegance in a horizontal foundational posture, the underbody, which dips slightly rearward, combined with the ascending rear cabin, secures the rear seat space and creates a supple movement when viewed from the side. By straightening the slope of the C pillar, the design focus of the cabin shifts to the rear, heightening the importance of the rear in appearance. A refined sense of unity is evoked through the blackening of the of the trim of the rear combination lamps Glamor is evoked from the three-dimensional lens of the rear combination lamps that emit a light of harmony. Interior design A raised ceiling and the application of a traditional pattern befitting a vehicle of the highest class In the rear seat area, heather-patterned upholstery is applied from the backs of the front seats to the door panel trim, emphasizing horizontal space. The seat upholstery is made of high-quality materials, including 100% wool that is extremely flexible and soft. Models with leather interiors offer high-end, soft-textured upholstery. Similar to the rear seat area, the front seats utilize horizontal heather-patterned upholstery that emphasizes space. The black heather-patterned decoration in the center of the instrument panel expresses a noble and sophisticated interior. The step-less, adjustable power leg rest and adjustable rear seats (with a massage function) ensure a comfortable ride. A multi-operational LCD panel located in the central armrest enables passenger control of all seats, air conditioning, and audio controls. Equipped with furnishings that can be used for business or pleasure such as a writing table, reading light, rear seat entertainment system with a large-sized display, and a 20-speaker premium audio system 2. Basic performance for the ultimate riding experience In addition to a specially-tuned suspension and high rigidity body, both driving stability and premium ride comfort are realized by the use of newly developed tires specialized for ride comfort and reduced road vibration. Optimization of the engine mount and the active noise control system reduces noise and vibration when the engine starts and achieves smooth acceleration and overwhelming serenity in the cabin. The 5.0-liter 2UR-FSE V8 engine using "D-4S*2" direct injection technology for low fuel consumption and high output is installed in combination with hybrid system (THS II*3) in pursuit of the lowest fuel consumption in its class. In addition, a two-stage motor speed reduction device realizes quiet and smooth driving. Safety features suitable for a limousine such as Toyota Safety Sense P collision avoidance support, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert are adopted. Main Specifications Length × width × height (mm) 5,335 × 1,930 × 1,505 Wheelbase (mm) 3,090 Tread (front / rear) (mm) 1,615 / 1,615 Engine Model 2UR-FSE Displacement (cc) 4,968 Battery Nickel hydride View full article
  2. The electrification future that is coming will help automakers with meeting upcoming emission targets. But it also means that enthusiasts may be left in the dark for having something fun to drive. Toyota's GR HV Sports concept sounds like on paper that the electrified future might not be so bad. The GR HV Sports concept looks to be a heavily modified 86 coupe with a new front that is said to be inspired from the TS050 Hybrid LMP1 race car, removable targa top, and altered rear end with the new taillights and diffuser. The interior looks like your standard 86 aside from a new digital instrument cluster and an interesting transmission arrangement. The center stack comes with a row of buttons that engages the various gears (park, reverse, drive, etc). A special M button enables the use of the shifter to give the impression of a six-speed manual. Toyota isn't saying much about the GR HV Sports concept's mechanicals aside from it having a hybrid system of some sort and the battery pack being placed where the back seat would be. We'll hopefully learn more details when it debuts at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. Source: Toyota Press Release is on Page 2 Toyota to Unveil GR HV SPORTS concept at Tokyo Motor Show 2017 Presenting a new way of enjoying cars Toyota City, Japan, October 6, 2017―Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) is set to unveil the GR HV SPORTS concept car at its worldwide premiere at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017, taking place from October 25 through November 5 at Tokyo Big Sight. The GR HV SPORTS concept represents a new way to enjoy cars by integrating the thrill of a sports car with the environmental friendliness of an eco-car. Main Features The design is reminiscent of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing's TS050 Hybrid racing car that competes in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). Features a targa top that was also used for Toyota's legendary convertible sports cars, the Toyota Sports 800 (a.k.a. Yotahachi) and the Supra Powered by THS-R (Toyota Hybrid System-Racing) that is infused with hybrid technology refined by the TS050 Hybrid Design While completely embodying functionality as a genuine sports car, the GR HV SPORTS concept features LED headlights, aluminum wheels, and a rear diffuser similar to the TS050 Hybrid. The design evokes Toyota's bond with motor sports. The matte black body color expresses power and aggressiveness. Interior A selection switch to choose the automatic gear position is located in the center cluster to achieve a racing car-like ambience. The push button ignition switch is playfully located on the shift knob. Enjoyment of control Drivers can delight in the performance of THS-R in a genuine sports car while experiencing a sense of freedom thanks to the targa top. Switching to manual mode is possible with the single press of a button, and 6-speed manual-style driving with H-pattern shifting can be enjoyed (the car is an automatic). The hybrid battery is mounted near the center of the vehicle. Installing the heavy battery in the center contributes to improved performance as a sports car.
  3. The electrification future that is coming will help automakers with meeting upcoming emission targets. But it also means that enthusiasts may be left in the dark for having something fun to drive. Toyota's GR HV Sports concept sounds like on paper that the electrified future might not be so bad. The GR HV Sports concept looks to be a heavily modified 86 coupe with a new front that is said to be inspired from the TS050 Hybrid LMP1 race car, removable targa top, and altered rear end with the new taillights and diffuser. The interior looks like your standard 86 aside from a new digital instrument cluster and an interesting transmission arrangement. The center stack comes with a row of buttons that engages the various gears (park, reverse, drive, etc). A special M button enables the use of the shifter to give the impression of a six-speed manual. Toyota isn't saying much about the GR HV Sports concept's mechanicals aside from it having a hybrid system of some sort and the battery pack being placed where the back seat would be. We'll hopefully learn more details when it debuts at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. Source: Toyota Press Release is on Page 2 Toyota to Unveil GR HV SPORTS concept at Tokyo Motor Show 2017 Presenting a new way of enjoying cars Toyota City, Japan, October 6, 2017―Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) is set to unveil the GR HV SPORTS concept car at its worldwide premiere at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017, taking place from October 25 through November 5 at Tokyo Big Sight. The GR HV SPORTS concept represents a new way to enjoy cars by integrating the thrill of a sports car with the environmental friendliness of an eco-car. Main Features The design is reminiscent of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing's TS050 Hybrid racing car that competes in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). Features a targa top that was also used for Toyota's legendary convertible sports cars, the Toyota Sports 800 (a.k.a. Yotahachi) and the Supra Powered by THS-R (Toyota Hybrid System-Racing) that is infused with hybrid technology refined by the TS050 Hybrid Design While completely embodying functionality as a genuine sports car, the GR HV SPORTS concept features LED headlights, aluminum wheels, and a rear diffuser similar to the TS050 Hybrid. The design evokes Toyota's bond with motor sports. The matte black body color expresses power and aggressiveness. Interior A selection switch to choose the automatic gear position is located in the center cluster to achieve a racing car-like ambience. The push button ignition switch is playfully located on the shift knob. Enjoyment of control Drivers can delight in the performance of THS-R in a genuine sports car while experiencing a sense of freedom thanks to the targa top. Switching to manual mode is possible with the single press of a button, and 6-speed manual-style driving with H-pattern shifting can be enjoyed (the car is an automatic). The hybrid battery is mounted near the center of the vehicle. Installing the heavy battery in the center contributes to improved performance as a sports car. View full article
  4. Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for September, First Nine Months of 2017 TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions set new September record for total volume TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions set September light truck sales record Toyota RAV4, Highlander post ninth consecutive monthly sales records Lexus NX, GX, and RX post best-ever September PLANO, Texas (October 3, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported September 2017 sales of 226,632 units. With one more selling day in September 2017 compared to September 2016, sales were up 14.9 percent on a volume basis, and up 10.5 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. For the first nine months of the year, TMNA reported sales of 1,831,479 units. With one more selling day in 2017 compared to 2016, total sales were up 0.1 percent on a DSR basis, and sales were up 0.5 percent on an unadjusted raw-volume basis. Toyota division posted September 2017 sales of 200,436 units, up 16.9 percent on a volume basis, and up 12.4 percent on a DSR basis. “The auto industry showed renewed strength in September, bringing optimism for a third consecutive year with sales topping 17 million new vehicles,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. “This month marked our first full-month of sales of the all-new 2018 Camry, outselling last year’s total with a double-digit gain in volume – a testament to the positive reception we are receiving on its bold new styling and TNGA-based performance. Toyota division light trucks continue to lead sales, with September marking a string of eight consecutive monthly sales records, and nine consecutive monthly best-ever sales records for Highlander and RAV4. In fact, RAV4, with more than 42,000 sales this month, marks three consecutive months of more than 40,000 units – an amazing feat!” Lexus posted June sales of 26,196 units, up 1.5 percent on a volume basis, and down 2.4 percent on a DSR basis. “Lexus sales traditionally shift into high gear as we head toward the end of the year, and we are buoyed by three consecutive months of sales momentum as well as our best-ever September,” said Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Jeff Bracken. “Going forward we have a strong supply of luxury utility vehicles to satisfy customers’ needs through the remainder of 2017.” September 2017 and First Nine Months Highlights: Camry sales of 34,732 units, up 13.1 percent in first full month of sales of all-new 2018 model year Total Toyota division SUV sales up 43.2 percent in September; pickup trucks up 15.8 percent RAV4 gains 44 percent with 42,395 units sold; nine straight monthly sales records Highlander posts sales of 20,359 units; first month to top 20,000 in 2017, and nine straight monthly sales records 4Runner sales of 11,333 units, up 25.1 percent Tacoma and Tundra September sales rise by 14.9 and 17.4 percent respectively Lexus sees fifth consecutive monthly best-ever for LUVs NX up 6.6 percent with September sales of 5,041, seventh consecutive best-ever monthly total GX rises 53 percent; records back-to-back best-ever monthly totals LX up 38.6 percent in September RX sees six percent gain, sets new best-ever monthly total for September *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume
  5. Toyota's European division wants to show there is another side to hybrid vehicles than fuel economy. Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Toyota Europe boss Johan van Zyl says they are planning to launch a lineup of hybrid vehicles that will boast more performance and be fun to drive. “One will provide the traditional benefits of efficiency and fuel economy, like in the current offer. The second will build on this, adding more power and a more dynamic driving character,” said van Zyl. Toyota previewed this with the C-HR Hy-Power concept this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept features a gloss black finish on various trim pieces, ‘Burning Orange’ finish on the front pillars, and the interior finished in black and orange. Oddly, Toyota doesn't provide any figures on the “higher powered” hybrid powertrain used in this concept. More details on the high-performance hybrids will be revealed 'early next-year' van Zyl explained. Hybrids currently make up 40 percent of Toyota's sales in Europe, with Western Europe being close to 50 percent. Source: Automotive News Europe (Subscription Required)
  6. Toyota's European division wants to show there is another side to hybrid vehicles than fuel economy. Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Toyota Europe boss Johan van Zyl says they are planning to launch a lineup of hybrid vehicles that will boast more performance and be fun to drive. “One will provide the traditional benefits of efficiency and fuel economy, like in the current offer. The second will build on this, adding more power and a more dynamic driving character,” said van Zyl. Toyota previewed this with the C-HR Hy-Power concept this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept features a gloss black finish on various trim pieces, ‘Burning Orange’ finish on the front pillars, and the interior finished in black and orange. Oddly, Toyota doesn't provide any figures on the “higher powered” hybrid powertrain used in this concept. More details on the high-performance hybrids will be revealed 'early next-year' van Zyl explained. Hybrids currently make up 40 percent of Toyota's sales in Europe, with Western Europe being close to 50 percent. Source: Automotive News Europe (Subscription Required) View full article
  7. William Maley

    Quick Drive: 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plus

    I’m one of the few people who actually like the current Toyota Prius - I named it one of my favorite vehicles last year. It offers excellent fuel economy and noticeable improvements to the interior and handling. So what happens when you add a plug to it? You end up with the Prius Prime which is much better than the last-generation Prius Plug-In and makes for an interesting alternative to Chevrolet Volt if you happen to be on a budget. The regular Prius was already a model that you either loved or hated the design. The Prime only exacerbates this as it comes with new front and rear styling to set it apart. The front end gets a new black treatment for the middle that makes it look like it is wearing a mask to hide its identity. A set of quad-LED headlights come from the Mirai and makes the Prime look futuristic. The back features a new tailgate design with what Toyota calls a “dual wave.” It may look ridiculous when put next to the standard Prius, but I dig it. One more thing about the rear tailgate; it happens to made out of carbon fiber to help reduce some weight out of the Prime. The weight loss is not really that impressive as the tailgate only drops 8 pounds from the curb weight. Move inside and the Prime is mostly similar to the Prius I drove last year with an abundance of soft-touch materials, color screens for the instrument cluster, and comfortable front seats. The key differences? You’ll only find seating for two in the back and cargo space is slightly smaller (19.8 vs. 24.6 cubic feet) due to the larger battery taking up some of the precious cargo space. One key item Toyota is proud of in the Prius Prime is an 11.6-inch, vertical touchscreen that controls many of the vehicle’s function such as navigation, audio, and climate control. But you may notice our test Prime doesn’t have it. That’s because the larger screen is only available on the Premium and Advanced models. The base Plus sticks with the 7-inch touchscreen with Entune. From reviews I have been reading about the Prime with the larger screen, it is a mess. The user interface is a bit of mess, performance is meh, and the screen washes out when sunlight hits it. The 7-inch system doesn’t have all of these issues - aside from the sunlight one. Entune may look a little bit dated, but the interface is easy to wrap your head around and performance is pretty snappy. The Prime’s powertrain is the same as the standard Prius; 1.8L Atkinson-Cycle four-cylinder engine and two electric motors/generators producing a total output of 121 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. Where it differs is the battery. The Prime comes with a 95-cell, 8.8-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack. This allows for 25 miles of electric motoring - 14 miles more than the last-generation Prius Plug-In. In electric mode, the Prius Prime feels confident when leaving a stop as the electric motors provide that immediate thrust of power. This is a vehicle that will make other drivers question their thoughts about the Prius. When the Prime is put into the hybrid mode, it feels and goes like a slower Prius. A lot of this is due to extra weight brought on the larger battery - about 300 pounds. You will notice the vehicle taking a few ticks longer to get up speed, especially on hills or merging on to a freeway. How much range was I able to squeeze out of the Prime? I was able to travel between 24 to 27 miles on EV power. Average fuel economy landed around 75 mpg with mostly city driving. When I first got the Prius Prime, I had to plug it in to get the battery charged up. On a 120V outlet, it took 5 hours and 30 minutes to recharged - exactly the time listed by Toyota. If you have a 240V charger, a full recharge only takes 2 hours and 10 minutes on 240V When the battery is halfway depleted, it took about 2 hours and 30 minutes to fully recharge. The Prius was quite a shock when I drove it last year as it drove surprisingly well. It provided decent handling and the steering felt somewhat natural. The same is true for the Prime. You would think after four-generations of the Prius, Toyota would have finally figured out how to make the regenerative brakes feel like brakes in a standard car. But this isn’t the case. Like in the Prius I drove last year, the Prime exhibited brakes that felt numb and having to push further on the pedal to bring the vehicle to a stop. The Toyota Prius Prime is a huge improvement over the old the Prius Plug-In Hybrid as it offers a better EV range, short recharging time, and a much nicer interior. The exterior will put some people off and Toyota still needs to work on improving the Prius’ brakes. We have to address the elephant in the room, the Chevrolet Volt. The Volt does offer a longer range (53 miles), much better brakes, and a sharper exterior. The Prius Prime fights back with a larger interior, shorter recharging times, and low price. If I had the money, I would be picking up a Volt Premier as I think it is the slightly better vehicle. But if I only had $30,000 to spend and wanted something fuel efficient, the Prius Prime would be at the top of the list. Disclaimer: Toyota Provided the Prius Prime, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Toyota Model: Prius Prime Trim: Plus Engine: 1.8L DOHC, VVT-i Atkinson Cycle Four-Cylinder, Two Electric Motors Driveline: Front-Wheel Drive, ECVT Horsepower @ RPM: 95 @ 5,200 (Gas), 71 @ 0 (Electric), 121 (Combined) Torque @ RPM: 105 @ 5,200 (Gas), 120 @ 0 (Electric) Fuel Economy: Electric + Gas, Hybrid City/Highway/Combined - 133 MPGe, 55/53/54 Curb Weight: 3,365 lbs Location of Manufacture: Aichi, Japan Base Price: $27,100 As Tested Price: $28,380 (Includes $885.00 Destination Charge) Options: Special Color (Hypersonic Red) - $595.00
  8. I’m one of the few people who actually like the current Toyota Prius - I named it one of my favorite vehicles last year. It offers excellent fuel economy and noticeable improvements to the interior and handling. So what happens when you add a plug to it? You end up with the Prius Prime which is much better than the last-generation Prius Plug-In and makes for an interesting alternative to Chevrolet Volt if you happen to be on a budget. The regular Prius was already a model that you either loved or hated the design. The Prime only exacerbates this as it comes with new front and rear styling to set it apart. The front end gets a new black treatment for the middle that makes it look like it is wearing a mask to hide its identity. A set of quad-LED headlights come from the Mirai and makes the Prime look futuristic. The back features a new tailgate design with what Toyota calls a “dual wave.” It may look ridiculous when put next to the standard Prius, but I dig it. One more thing about the rear tailgate; it happens to made out of carbon fiber to help reduce some weight out of the Prime. The weight loss is not really that impressive as the tailgate only drops 8 pounds from the curb weight. Move inside and the Prime is mostly similar to the Prius I drove last year with an abundance of soft-touch materials, color screens for the instrument cluster, and comfortable front seats. The key differences? You’ll only find seating for two in the back and cargo space is slightly smaller (19.8 vs. 24.6 cubic feet) due to the larger battery taking up some of the precious cargo space. One key item Toyota is proud of in the Prius Prime is an 11.6-inch, vertical touchscreen that controls many of the vehicle’s function such as navigation, audio, and climate control. But you may notice our test Prime doesn’t have it. That’s because the larger screen is only available on the Premium and Advanced models. The base Plus sticks with the 7-inch touchscreen with Entune. From reviews I have been reading about the Prime with the larger screen, it is a mess. The user interface is a bit of mess, performance is meh, and the screen washes out when sunlight hits it. The 7-inch system doesn’t have all of these issues - aside from the sunlight one. Entune may look a little bit dated, but the interface is easy to wrap your head around and performance is pretty snappy. The Prime’s powertrain is the same as the standard Prius; 1.8L Atkinson-Cycle four-cylinder engine and two electric motors/generators producing a total output of 121 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. Where it differs is the battery. The Prime comes with a 95-cell, 8.8-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack. This allows for 25 miles of electric motoring - 14 miles more than the last-generation Prius Plug-In. In electric mode, the Prius Prime feels confident when leaving a stop as the electric motors provide that immediate thrust of power. This is a vehicle that will make other drivers question their thoughts about the Prius. When the Prime is put into the hybrid mode, it feels and goes like a slower Prius. A lot of this is due to extra weight brought on the larger battery - about 300 pounds. You will notice the vehicle taking a few ticks longer to get up speed, especially on hills or merging on to a freeway. How much range was I able to squeeze out of the Prime? I was able to travel between 24 to 27 miles on EV power. Average fuel economy landed around 75 mpg with mostly city driving. When I first got the Prius Prime, I had to plug it in to get the battery charged up. On a 120V outlet, it took 5 hours and 30 minutes to recharged - exactly the time listed by Toyota. If you have a 240V charger, a full recharge only takes 2 hours and 10 minutes on 240V When the battery is halfway depleted, it took about 2 hours and 30 minutes to fully recharge. The Prius was quite a shock when I drove it last year as it drove surprisingly well. It provided decent handling and the steering felt somewhat natural. The same is true for the Prime. You would think after four-generations of the Prius, Toyota would have finally figured out how to make the regenerative brakes feel like brakes in a standard car. But this isn’t the case. Like in the Prius I drove last year, the Prime exhibited brakes that felt numb and having to push further on the pedal to bring the vehicle to a stop. The Toyota Prius Prime is a huge improvement over the old the Prius Plug-In Hybrid as it offers a better EV range, short recharging time, and a much nicer interior. The exterior will put some people off and Toyota still needs to work on improving the Prius’ brakes. We have to address the elephant in the room, the Chevrolet Volt. The Volt does offer a longer range (53 miles), much better brakes, and a sharper exterior. The Prius Prime fights back with a larger interior, shorter recharging times, and low price. If I had the money, I would be picking up a Volt Premier as I think it is the slightly better vehicle. But if I only had $30,000 to spend and wanted something fuel efficient, the Prius Prime would be at the top of the list. Disclaimer: Toyota Provided the Prius Prime, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas Year: 2017 Make: Toyota Model: Prius Prime Trim: Plus Engine: 1.8L DOHC, VVT-i Atkinson Cycle Four-Cylinder, Two Electric Motors Driveline: Front-Wheel Drive, ECVT Horsepower @ RPM: 95 @ 5,200 (Gas), 71 @ 0 (Electric), 121 (Combined) Torque @ RPM: 105 @ 5,200 (Gas), 120 @ 0 (Electric) Fuel Economy: Electric + Gas, Hybrid City/Highway/Combined - 133 MPGe, 55/53/54 Curb Weight: 3,365 lbs Location of Manufacture: Aichi, Japan Base Price: $27,100 As Tested Price: $28,380 (Includes $885.00 Destination Charge) Options: Special Color (Hypersonic Red) - $595.00 View full article
  9. Only a few weeks ago, Toyota and Mazda surprised everyone by announcing a new alliance. The two would collaborate on a number of projects including a $1.6 billion assembly plant, possibly bringing 4,000 new jobs. At the time, the two automakers haven't decided where the plant would go, which sent various states in a frenzy. A report from the Detroit Free Press has learned that the two have sent out a blind request for proposals from states in Midwest, mid-Atlantic and South. Sources tell the paper that the request was from an unidentified employer that was considering options for a new project known as 'Project Mitt'. State officials have sent preliminary proposals that include potential tax incentives, job training programs, and investments in infrastructure. Opportunities like this are very rare and states are pulling all of the stops out to land this plant. “You have to be able to punch the ticket. You have to be able to say you’ve got the workforce, you’ve got the land, you’ve got the transportation systems and rail spurs, community college and education and a place where people want to live,” said Kristin Dziczek, director of industry, labor and economics at the Center for Automotive Research. “Once you’ve got all that, tax incentives come into play.” We recommend checking out the Free Press' report as it lists the states in contention from Alabama to Texas with pros and cons. Source: Detroit Free Press View full article
  10. Only a few weeks ago, Toyota and Mazda surprised everyone by announcing a new alliance. The two would collaborate on a number of projects including a $1.6 billion assembly plant, possibly bringing 4,000 new jobs. At the time, the two automakers haven't decided where the plant would go, which sent various states in a frenzy. A report from the Detroit Free Press has learned that the two have sent out a blind request for proposals from states in Midwest, mid-Atlantic and South. Sources tell the paper that the request was from an unidentified employer that was considering options for a new project known as 'Project Mitt'. State officials have sent preliminary proposals that include potential tax incentives, job training programs, and investments in infrastructure. Opportunities like this are very rare and states are pulling all of the stops out to land this plant. “You have to be able to punch the ticket. You have to be able to say you’ve got the workforce, you’ve got the land, you’ve got the transportation systems and rail spurs, community college and education and a place where people want to live,” said Kristin Dziczek, director of industry, labor and economics at the Center for Automotive Research. “Once you’ve got all that, tax incentives come into play.” We recommend checking out the Free Press' report as it lists the states in contention from Alabama to Texas with pros and cons. Source: Detroit Free Press
  11. The upcoming Toyota Supra is considered to be one of the most highly anticipated vehicles to come out. It has also garnered a fair amount rumors, partly due to it sharing some bits with the next BMW Z4. But some leaked internal documents may dampen some of that anticipation. A member on the Supra MKV forums obtained a BMW model code document listing out the various combinations for the upcoming Supra and Z4, along with which market they will appear on. For the Toyota, the document shows that it will be offered with the 30i and 40i engines. This likely means the Supra will get BMW's 2.0L turbo-four (248 horsepower) and 3.0L turbocharged inline-six (335 horsepower). Interestingly, none of Toyota variants list a manual transmission. They all appear to be hooked up to an automatic. Compare it to list of BMW models where there appear to be some manual options. Before you start panicking about the missing manual, the document is a few months and what is listed may change. So for right now, take a deep breath and wait patiently for BMW and Toyota to reveal the models. Source: Supra MKV
  12. The upcoming Toyota Supra is considered to be one of the most highly anticipated vehicles to come out. It has also garnered a fair amount rumors, partly due to it sharing some bits with the next BMW Z4. But some leaked internal documents may dampen some of that anticipation. A member on the Supra MKV forums obtained a BMW model code document listing out the various combinations for the upcoming Supra and Z4, along with which market they will appear on. For the Toyota, the document shows that it will be offered with the 30i and 40i engines. This likely means the Supra will get BMW's 2.0L turbo-four (248 horsepower) and 3.0L turbocharged inline-six (335 horsepower). Interestingly, none of Toyota variants list a manual transmission. They all appear to be hooked up to an automatic. Compare it to list of BMW models where there appear to be some manual options. Before you start panicking about the missing manual, the document is a few months and what is listed may change. So for right now, take a deep breath and wait patiently for BMW and Toyota to reveal the models. Source: Supra MKV View full article
  13. It was around the time I had my car getting an oil change. I needed a rental car and was given a Toyota Corolla. As a man who likes using cruise control, I set the cruise control and was on my way. It was only when I noticed later a car in front of me started to reduce the speed that my car was also slowing down. Surprisingly, this $20,000 car had adaptive cruise control. I am a big fan of adaptive cruise control. Thanks to Mercedes-Benz back in 1998 with Distronic; their cars could monitor the cars in front of them and speed up or slow down depending on the cars in front. Throughout the years, adaptive cruise control has become a pivotal role in making semi-autonomous vehicles. Although this technological invention has trickled down from $100,000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans to $20,000 sub compact cars, not all adaptive cruise control systems are the same. Let’s go back to that Toyota Corolla. That cruise control system would shut down under 25 mph and could not be started back up again until you hit the same speed. Some adaptive cruise control systems such as Tesla with their Autopilot and Mercedes-Benz with Distronic + can fully brake the vehicle as well as start it up again. Going from one vehicle such as a Mercedes to a Toyota with their different adaptive cruise control systems does take some getting used to. Even though adaptive cruise control systems seem the same, there can be differences in how they work. Take for example how the systems work. While Mercedes-Benz uses radar sensors to scan the road, Subaru uses dual color cameras in their EyeSight system. Some other systems include laser based systems and cameras. Sometimes, adaptive cruise control is bundled in technology or safety packages with features such as lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring. Oddly enough, the Corolla comes standard with these key features while premium brands may cost upwards of $11,000 just to get adaptive cruise control. So it’s like what people in the automotive industry say: “if you want to see what technology will be in common cars in 10-15 years, take a look at the Mercedes S-Class”. Even if not all adaptive cruise control systems are equal, they are an excellent addition to any car. Not only does it help to make a car safer but easier to drive. View full article
  14. Mazda and Toyota announced today a new alliance that will strengthen their current partnership and see the two collaborate on a number of projects. The big news is a new, $1.6 billion joint-venture assembly plant for the U.S. The location hasn't been revealed, but it will produce Corollas and Mazda crossovers. The plant is expected to open in 2021 and produce up to 300,000 vehicles per year. The other big news deals with the two forming a shared capital structure. Toyota will acquire 5.05 percent into Mazda, and Mazda will get 0.25 percent of Toyota. The two will also work together on developing electric vehicles and various safety technologies. Additionally, Mazda and Toyota will “explore the possibilities of other complementary products on a global level.” “The greatest fruit of our partnership with Mazda is that we have found a new partner who truly loves cars. It has also sparked Toyota’s competitive spirit, increasing our sense of not wanting to be bested by Mazda. This is a partnership in which those who are passionate about cars will work together to make ever-better cars. It is also the realization of our desire to never let cars become commodities,” said Toyota President Akio Toyoda in a statement. Source: Mazda, Toyota Press Release is on Page 2 Toyota and Mazda Enter Business and Capital Alliance Signed agreement marks start of concrete collaboration aimed at creating new types of value for future mobility and achieving further sustainable growth TOKYO, August 4, 2017 - Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda) signed an agreement today to enter a business and capital alliance, with the aim of further strengthening their lasting partnership. Today’s agreement is a testament to the positive result of two years of collaborative and deliberate discussions between the two companies, and it is a milestone in the journey to further strengthen and accelerate the partnership in a sustainable way. Specifically, the companies agreed to: 1) establish a joint venture that produces vehicles in the United States, 2) jointly develop technologies for electric vehicles, 3) jointly develop connected-car technology, 4) collaborate on advanced safety technologies and 5) expand complementary products. In addition, together with the aim of advancing and strengthening their long-term collaboration, Toyota and Mazda agreed to a capital alliance arrangement that preserves independence and equality for both companies. In the capital tie-up, the two companies have agreed that Toyota will subscribe for and acquire shares to be newly issued by Mazda through a third-party allotment, and at the same time Mazda will subscribe for and acquire third-party allocation shares of treasury stock disposed of by Toyota in the equivalent amount in value to the Mazda shares. The value of the shares mutually acquired by both companies will be equivalent. Marking the agreement, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said: “The greatest fruit of our partnership with Mazda is that we have found a new partner who truly loves cars. It has also sparked Toyota’s competitive spirit, increasing our sense of not wanting to be bested by Mazda. This is a partnership in which those who are passionate about cars will work together to make ever-better cars. It is also the realization of our desire to never let cars become commodities.” Representing Mazda, President and CEO Masamichi Kogai said: “Nothing would please me more than if, through this alliance, we can help to energize the auto industry and create more car fans by bringing together two competitive spirits to spur each other on, leading to innovations and fostering talent and leaders.” The auto industry increasingly faces great challenges, including stricter environmental and safety regulations for new vehicles and the entrance of competitors from other industries, as well as the diversification of mobility-related businesses. With the future of the industry in mind, in addition to leveraging their individual strengths to further improve technologies and reinforce their business foundations, Toyota and Mazda aim to deepen collaboration and achieve sustainable growth through their partnership, rising to face and overcome these pressing challenges. On May 13, 2015, Toyota and Mazda entered an agreement to build a continuous partnership that would mutually benefit the companies in such forms as leveraging the resources of both companies and complementing each other’s products and technologies toward the goal of making more-appealing cars. Since then, both companies have discussed various areas to explore, based on the principle of building an equal and favorable relationship in the long term. Over the medium- to long-term, the two companies will build a favorable relationship that respects the autonomy and equality of each party and works toward success with the agreed joint projects. With the aim of creating new types of value for future mobility, they will accelerate and enhance bilateral cooperation as long-term partners and contribute to the development of a sustainable society by exceeding customers’ expectations. Details of the agreement on business alliance 1) Establish a joint venture that produces vehicles in the U.S. As part of the new alliance, Toyota and Mazda have agreed to explore establishing a joint venture plant in the U.S. with equal funding contributions. The plant would have an estimated annual production capacity of approximately 300,000 units. Pending approvals and authorization by relevant government agencies, the companies will begin to examine detailed plans with the goal to starting operations of the new plant in 2021. The plant will require a total investment of approximately 1.6 billion U.S. dollars, and will create up to 4,000 jobs. In addition to the collaboration in product and technology areas that the companies have enjoyed thus far, Toyota and Mazda intend to improve competitiveness in manufacturing through this new production collaboration. At the new plant, Mazda expects to produce cross-over models that Mazda will newly introduce to the North American market, and Toyota plans to produce the Corolla for the North American market. By producing vehicles in the U.S., Mazda aims to build a production structure to further grow in North America. These activities will allow the company to more quickly respond to its customers’ needs depending on the region and model. By further increasing its production capacity in the U.S., Toyota is to further pursue management that is closer to the region, as a measure to improve its response to the growing North American market. At Toyota’s new plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, which is currently under construction, Toyota plans to produce the Tacoma, instead of the Corolla. There will be no substantial impact on Toyota’s investment and employment plan there. 2) Jointly develop technologies for electric vehicles With increasing demand and expectations for electric vehicles worldwide, Toyota and Mazda are to explore joint development of technologies for the basic structure of competitive electric vehicles, mobilizing and exchanging expertise freely and actively. These technologies will allow the companies to respond quickly to regulations and market trends in each country. Specific details of the collaboration will be determined as the companies work together going forward. 3&4) Jointly develop connected technology and collaborate on advanced safety technologies Toyota and Mazda will work together to jointly develop technologies for onboard multimedia infotainment systems in preparation for increased use of in-car information technologies and the increasing demand for connected technologies. In addition, Toyota will cooperate with Mazda in Toyota’s vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technologies with the ultimate goal of creating a mobile society devoid of accidents. 5) Expand complementary products Currently, Mazda is supplying a compact sedan to Toyota in North America. In addition, Toyota is to supply a compact commercial “two-box” van to Mazda in Japan. Beyond this, the companies will further explore the possibilities of other complementary products on a global level. Details of the capital alliance Based on the agreement, the companies will aim to develop sustainable collaboration, maximizing the synergies of the business and capital alliance by mutually acquiring shares as stated below. Toyota will acquire 31,928,500 shares of common stock newly issued by Mazda through a third-party allotment (shareholding ratio of 5.05% on an issued share basis after the capital increase; total value of 50 billion yen). Mazda will, through a disposition of treasury stock through a third-party allotment to be implemented by Toyota, acquire Toyota shares that are equivalent in value to the Mazda shares (shareholding ratio of 0.25% on an issued share basis). The two companies plan to apply proceeds from the capital increase through the third-party allotment and the disposition of treasury stock through the third-party allotment to fund, in part, capital expenditures relating to the establishment of the joint venture to produce vehicles in the U.S. Both companies are to consider strengthening their capital alliance further, in line with the progress of their business alliance. View full article
  15. Mazda and Toyota announced today a new alliance that will strengthen their current partnership and see the two collaborate on a number of projects. The big news is a new, $1.6 billion joint-venture assembly plant for the U.S. The location hasn't been revealed, but it will produce Corollas and Mazda crossovers. The plant is expected to open in 2021 and produce up to 300,000 vehicles per year. The other big news deals with the two forming a shared capital structure. Toyota will acquire 5.05 percent into Mazda, and Mazda will get 0.25 percent of Toyota. The two will also work together on developing electric vehicles and various safety technologies. Additionally, Mazda and Toyota will “explore the possibilities of other complementary products on a global level.” “The greatest fruit of our partnership with Mazda is that we have found a new partner who truly loves cars. It has also sparked Toyota’s competitive spirit, increasing our sense of not wanting to be bested by Mazda. This is a partnership in which those who are passionate about cars will work together to make ever-better cars. It is also the realization of our desire to never let cars become commodities,” said Toyota President Akio Toyoda in a statement. Source: Mazda, Toyota Press Release is on Page 2 Toyota and Mazda Enter Business and Capital Alliance Signed agreement marks start of concrete collaboration aimed at creating new types of value for future mobility and achieving further sustainable growth TOKYO, August 4, 2017 - Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda) signed an agreement today to enter a business and capital alliance, with the aim of further strengthening their lasting partnership. Today’s agreement is a testament to the positive result of two years of collaborative and deliberate discussions between the two companies, and it is a milestone in the journey to further strengthen and accelerate the partnership in a sustainable way. Specifically, the companies agreed to: 1) establish a joint venture that produces vehicles in the United States, 2) jointly develop technologies for electric vehicles, 3) jointly develop connected-car technology, 4) collaborate on advanced safety technologies and 5) expand complementary products. In addition, together with the aim of advancing and strengthening their long-term collaboration, Toyota and Mazda agreed to a capital alliance arrangement that preserves independence and equality for both companies. In the capital tie-up, the two companies have agreed that Toyota will subscribe for and acquire shares to be newly issued by Mazda through a third-party allotment, and at the same time Mazda will subscribe for and acquire third-party allocation shares of treasury stock disposed of by Toyota in the equivalent amount in value to the Mazda shares. The value of the shares mutually acquired by both companies will be equivalent. Marking the agreement, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said: “The greatest fruit of our partnership with Mazda is that we have found a new partner who truly loves cars. It has also sparked Toyota’s competitive spirit, increasing our sense of not wanting to be bested by Mazda. This is a partnership in which those who are passionate about cars will work together to make ever-better cars. It is also the realization of our desire to never let cars become commodities.” Representing Mazda, President and CEO Masamichi Kogai said: “Nothing would please me more than if, through this alliance, we can help to energize the auto industry and create more car fans by bringing together two competitive spirits to spur each other on, leading to innovations and fostering talent and leaders.” The auto industry increasingly faces great challenges, including stricter environmental and safety regulations for new vehicles and the entrance of competitors from other industries, as well as the diversification of mobility-related businesses. With the future of the industry in mind, in addition to leveraging their individual strengths to further improve technologies and reinforce their business foundations, Toyota and Mazda aim to deepen collaboration and achieve sustainable growth through their partnership, rising to face and overcome these pressing challenges. On May 13, 2015, Toyota and Mazda entered an agreement to build a continuous partnership that would mutually benefit the companies in such forms as leveraging the resources of both companies and complementing each other’s products and technologies toward the goal of making more-appealing cars. Since then, both companies have discussed various areas to explore, based on the principle of building an equal and favorable relationship in the long term. Over the medium- to long-term, the two companies will build a favorable relationship that respects the autonomy and equality of each party and works toward success with the agreed joint projects. With the aim of creating new types of value for future mobility, they will accelerate and enhance bilateral cooperation as long-term partners and contribute to the development of a sustainable society by exceeding customers’ expectations. Details of the agreement on business alliance 1) Establish a joint venture that produces vehicles in the U.S. As part of the new alliance, Toyota and Mazda have agreed to explore establishing a joint venture plant in the U.S. with equal funding contributions. The plant would have an estimated annual production capacity of approximately 300,000 units. Pending approvals and authorization by relevant government agencies, the companies will begin to examine detailed plans with the goal to starting operations of the new plant in 2021. The plant will require a total investment of approximately 1.6 billion U.S. dollars, and will create up to 4,000 jobs. In addition to the collaboration in product and technology areas that the companies have enjoyed thus far, Toyota and Mazda intend to improve competitiveness in manufacturing through this new production collaboration. At the new plant, Mazda expects to produce cross-over models that Mazda will newly introduce to the North American market, and Toyota plans to produce the Corolla for the North American market. By producing vehicles in the U.S., Mazda aims to build a production structure to further grow in North America. These activities will allow the company to more quickly respond to its customers’ needs depending on the region and model. By further increasing its production capacity in the U.S., Toyota is to further pursue management that is closer to the region, as a measure to improve its response to the growing North American market. At Toyota’s new plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, which is currently under construction, Toyota plans to produce the Tacoma, instead of the Corolla. There will be no substantial impact on Toyota’s investment and employment plan there. 2) Jointly develop technologies for electric vehicles With increasing demand and expectations for electric vehicles worldwide, Toyota and Mazda are to explore joint development of technologies for the basic structure of competitive electric vehicles, mobilizing and exchanging expertise freely and actively. These technologies will allow the companies to respond quickly to regulations and market trends in each country. Specific details of the collaboration will be determined as the companies work together going forward. 3&4) Jointly develop connected technology and collaborate on advanced safety technologies Toyota and Mazda will work together to jointly develop technologies for onboard multimedia infotainment systems in preparation for increased use of in-car information technologies and the increasing demand for connected technologies. In addition, Toyota will cooperate with Mazda in Toyota’s vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technologies with the ultimate goal of creating a mobile society devoid of accidents. 5) Expand complementary products Currently, Mazda is supplying a compact sedan to Toyota in North America. In addition, Toyota is to supply a compact commercial “two-box” van to Mazda in Japan. Beyond this, the companies will further explore the possibilities of other complementary products on a global level. Details of the capital alliance Based on the agreement, the companies will aim to develop sustainable collaboration, maximizing the synergies of the business and capital alliance by mutually acquiring shares as stated below. Toyota will acquire 31,928,500 shares of common stock newly issued by Mazda through a third-party allotment (shareholding ratio of 5.05% on an issued share basis after the capital increase; total value of 50 billion yen). Mazda will, through a disposition of treasury stock through a third-party allotment to be implemented by Toyota, acquire Toyota shares that are equivalent in value to the Mazda shares (shareholding ratio of 0.25% on an issued share basis). The two companies plan to apply proceeds from the capital increase through the third-party allotment and the disposition of treasury stock through the third-party allotment to fund, in part, capital expenditures relating to the establishment of the joint venture to produce vehicles in the U.S. Both companies are to consider strengthening their capital alliance further, in line with the progress of their business alliance.
  16. Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T) plan to build a $1.6 billion U.S. assembly plant, the two said on Friday, as part of an alliance that will also see the Japanese automakers jointly develop electric vehicle technologies. The two will take small stakes in each other as part of the tie-up: Toyota, the world's second-largest automaker by vehicle sales last year, will take a 5 percent share of Mazda, extending its dominance in Japan's auto sector. Mazda will take a 0.25 percent share of its larger rival. The plant, something of a surprise at a time of overcapacity in the U.S. market, will be a boost to U.S. President Donald Trump, who campaigned on promises to increase manufacturing and expand employment for American autoworkers. The plant will be capable of producing 300,000 vehicles a year, with production divided between the two automakers, and employ about 4,000 people. It will start operating in 2021. Reuters
  17. Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for July 2017, Sets New Record for RAV4 More than 40,000 RAV4 sold for all-time record month Toyota, Lexus divisions post best-ever July light truck sales Lexus NX and Toyota Highlander post best-ever July PLANO, Texas, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported July 2017 sales of 222,057 units. With the one less selling day in July 2017 compared to July 2016, sales were up 3.6 percent on volume and up 7.8 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted July sales of 193,155 units, up 3.6 percent on a volume basis, and up 7.8 percent on a DSR basis. "In July, Toyota division saw its strongest month of the year so far, and our second consecutive month of year-over-year increases based on sales volume," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. "We are thrilled to see RAV4 sales top 40,000 units in a single month – it is not only a milestone for us, but has set a new best-ever, all-time record monthly total. We continue to see momentum in the industry for light trucks, and are positioned well with strong availability of our SUVs. We are equally excited that the all-new 2018 Camry is receiving a strong reception as it started to hit dealer showrooms last week." Lexus posted July sales of 28,902 units, up 3.6 percent on a volume basis, and up 7.8 percent on a DSR basis. "Lexus utility vehicles had a stellar month, with a best-ever July for NX as well as the total LUV lineup, driving Lexus to its second-best July in history," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "We were also pleased to see strong ES sales in July, with sales up significantly over last year. We're looking forward to a robust August, with healthy inventory and the continuation of the Golden Opportunity Sales Event." July 2017 Highlights: Camry posts July sales of 33,827 units RAV4 posts sales of more than 41,800 units Highlander sales increased by 25 percent; posts new best-ever July 4Runner sales of 9,874 units in July Tacoma sales rise by nearly five percent in July Tundra posts July sales of 10,546 units Lexus posts second-best July in its history ES posts sales of 6,641 units for best July in a decade NX sets new best-ever July, up 15.3 percent LX up more than 14 percent in July RX sees 13 percent gain in July *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY JULY 2017 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 222,057 214,270 7.8 3.6 1,377,222 1,412,072 -1.9 -2.5 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 193,155 186,380 7.8 3.6 1,214,560 1,232,618 -0.9 -1.5 TOTAL LEXUS 28,902 27,890 7.8 3.6 162,662 179,454 -8.8 -9.4 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 3,333 3,007 15.3 10.8 22,081 19,434 14.3 13.6 YARIS LIFTBACK 361 794 -52.7 -54.5 7,217 7,378 -1.6 -2.2 TOTAL YARIS 3,694 3,801 1.1 -2.8 29,298 26,812 9.9 9.3 iQ 0 0 0 0 0 6 -100 -100 xD 0 0 0 0 0 8 -100 -100 xB 0 29 -100 -100 0 2,658 -100 -100 tC 7 1,104 -99.3 -99.4 181 6,890 -97.4 -97.4 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 1,733 1,601 12.6 8.2 12,664 10,682 19.2 18.6 COROLLA SEDAN 26,600 31,717 -12.8 -16.1 192,196 213,910 -9.6 -10.2 TOTAL COROLLA 28,333 33,318 -11.6 -15 204,860 224,592 -8.3 -8.8 86 (INCL FR-S) 655 682 -0.1 -4 4,391 4,465 -1.1 -1.7 MIRAI 82 52 64 57.7 790 270 194.2 192.6 AVALON 2,859 3,754 -20.8 -23.8 19,594 27,069 -27.2 -27.6 PRIUS 9,384 12,697 -23.1 -26.1 64,484 80,102 -19 -19.5 CAMRY 33,827 34,123 3.1 -0.9 210,724 233,884 -9.4 -9.9 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR 78,841 89,560 -8.4 -12 534,322 606,756 -11.4 -11.9 CT 442 849 -45.9 -47.9 4,368 5,364 -18.1 -18.6 IS 2,443 3,461 -26.6 -29.4 14,771 20,560 -27.8 -28.2 RC 522 977 -44.4 -46.6 3,621 6,269 -41.9 -42.2 ES 6,641 5,497 25.6 20.8 28,441 33,390 -14.3 -14.8 GS 652 1,218 -44.3 -46.5 4,205 8,670 -51.2 -51.5 LS 402 433 -3.4 -7.2 2,257 3,311 -31.4 -31.8 LC 313 0 0 0 1,158 0 0 0 LFA 1 0 0 0 1 6 -83.2 -83.3 TOTAL LEXUS CAR 11,416 12,435 -4.5 -8.2 58,822 77,570 -23.7 -24.2 TOTAL TOYOTA CAR 90,257 101,995 -8 -11.5 593,144 684,326 -12.8 -13.3 SIENNA 11,100 11,734 -1.6 -5.4 67,258 79,959 -15.4 -15.9 C-HR 3,444 0 0 0 8,942 0 0 0 RAV4 41,804 31,886 36.3 31.1 226,570 197,786 15.2 14.6 FJ CRUISER 1 2 -48 -50 3 8 -62.3 -62.5 VENZA 0 20 -100 -100 13 563 -97.7 -97.7 HIGHLANDER 19,017 15,213 30 25 118,992 97,142 23.2 22.5 4RUNNER 9,874 9,599 7 2.9 73,395 64,067 15.2 14.6 SEQUOIA 963 1,025 -2.3 -6 7,174 7,322 -1.5 -2 LAND CRUISER 193 287 -30.1 -32.8 1,725 1,960 -11.5 -12 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV 75,296 58,032 34.9 29.7 436,814 368,848 19.1 18.4 TACOMA 17,372 16,580 9 4.8 111,968 111,615 0.9 0.3 TUNDRA 10,546 10,474 4.7 0.7 64,198 65,440 -1.3 -1.9 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP 27,918 27,054 7.3 3.2 176,166 177,055 0.1 -0.5 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK 114,314 96,820 22.8 18.1 680,238 625,862 9.3 8.7 NX 5,406 4,689 19.9 15.3 31,429 27,979 13 12.3 RX 9,632 8,522 17.5 13 56,369 57,934 -2.2 -2.7 GX 2,075 1,918 12.5 8.2 12,972 13,068 -0.2 -0.7 LX 373 326 19 14.4 3,070 2,903 6.4 5.8 TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK 17,486 15,455 17.7 13.1 103,840 101,884 2.5 1.9 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 131,800 112,275 22.1 17.4 784,078 727,746 8.3 7.7 Selling Days 25 26 177 178 DSR = Daily Selling Rate
  18. Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for June 2017 and First Half TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions set June light truck sales record RAV4, Highlander post best-ever June Lexus NX posts best-ever June PLANO, Texas (July 3, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported June 2017 sales of 202,376 units. With the same number of selling days in June 2017 compared to June 2016, sales were up 2.1 percent on both a volume and daily selling rate (DSR) basis. For the first half of the year, TMNA reported sales of 1,155,165 units, down 3.6 percent versus the same period in 2016 on a DSR basis. With the same number of selling days in the first half of 2017 compared to 2016, sales were down 3.6 percent on an unadjusted raw-volume basis. Toyota division posted June 2017 sales of 177,981 units, up 3.2 percent on a volume and DSR basis. “The auto industry has cooled off compared to last year’s record-breaking pace,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. “In the first half, however, Toyota held its No. 1 retail brand status, as we were able to outperform the industry, thanks to our incredible dealers gaining momentum in the 2nd quarter, especially in light trucks and SUVs. We aim to carry that momentum for a strong second half, as we lead the charge back into the mid-size segment with the all-new Camry, and continue to benefit from improved inventory in our light trucks, including the new C-HR.” Lexus posted June sales of 24,395 units, down 5.4 percent on a volume and DSR basis. “It's no surprise that our luxury utility vehicles are driving Lexus sales, and our NX is on fire," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "Looking forward, our dealers run even faster the second half of the year, and with great availability, we're in a very healthy position to meet our customer needs. 2017 will see a strong close to another great year for the industry." June 2017 and First Half Highlights: Camry records June sales of 29,463 units Corolla sedan posts sales of 29,432 units for the month TMNA posts best-ever light truck in first half RAV4 increases by 24.7 percent; best-ever June and best-ever first half Highlander posts sales of 17,237 units for best-ever June; best-ever first half 4Runner sales of 10,423 units in June; up 16.6 percent in the first half Tacoma and Tundra June sales rise by 4 and 4.3 percent respectively, combined sales over 25,000 NX up 13 percent for best-ever June, up 11.7 percent year-to-date LX up nearly 5 percent in the first half RX sees gain of 4.5 percent in June *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume
  19. Toyota Motor North America Reports U.S. Sales for May 2017 Total TMNA, Toyota and Lexus divisions set May sales record light trucks Toyota division SUVs up nearly 20 percent Lexus NX sees new best-ever May, up 24.3 percent PLANO, Texas, June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported its U.S. May 2017 sales of 218,248 units, a decrease of 0.5 percent from May 2016 on a volume basis. With one more selling day in May 2017 compared to May 2016, sales were down 4.5 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted May 2017 sales of 192,847 units, up 0.1 percent on a volume basis, and down 3.9 percent on a DSR basis. "Although down from last year, the auto industry is still enjoying a solid year in 2017, with light trucks continuing to shine," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. "We continue to see the SUV segment leading the way, with a best-ever May for RAV4, Highlander, and overall light truck for the Toyota division, where inventory remains at healthy levels for our customers during the summer buying season. We are also thrilled at how well the market is accepting our newest model, the C-HR, with its first full month of sales in May, as our dealers have started to build some inventory. So far, we are seeing strong interest from a younger demographic for the C-HR, which is exciting." Lexus posted sales of 25,401 vehicles in May 2017, down 4.8 percent on a volume basis, and down 8.6 percent on a DSR basis. "As we press further into 2017, Luxury Utility Vehicles continue to lead Lexus sales, with a best-ever May for the NX and our total LUV lineup," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "But continued interest in utility vehicles is not our only news—sales of the LC 500 and LC 500h kicked-off in May to a great start, exceeding our expectations and allowing our new LC owners to experience amazing." May 2017 Highlights: Camry posts sales of 32,547 units Total TMNA, Toyota, and Lexus divisions all post new May record for light truck sales TMNA light trucks sales up 12.4 percent Toyota division light truck up more than 13 percent C-HR posts first full month of sales with 1,848 units RAV4 sales rise nearly 19 percent; a best-ever May Highlander up 22.5; a best-ever May 4Runner up more than 6 percent Tacoma up nearly 7 percent Tundra up 9.6 percent Lexus division LUV sales up 7.5 percent NX sets new best-ever May, volume up 24.3 percent, and up 19.3 on DSR basis LX up almost 38 percent on volume, and up 32.4 percent on a DSR basis *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY MAY 2017 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 218,248 219,339 -4.5 -0.5 952,785 999,545 -4.7 -4.7 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 192,847 192,657 -3.9 0.1 843,423 873,760 -3.5 -3.5 TOTAL LEXUS 25,401 26,682 -8.6 -4.8 109,362 125,785 -13.1 -13.1 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 3,444 3,056 8.2 12.7 15,758 13,488 16.8 16.8 YARIS LIFTBACK 852 1,236 -33.8 -31.1 6,138 5,284 16.2 16.2 TOTAL YARIS 4,296 4,292 -3.9 0.1 21,896 18,772 16.6 16.6 iQ 0 1 -100 -100 0 5 -100 -100 xD 0 0 0 0 0 8 -100 -100 xB 0 135 -100 -100 0 2,553 -100 -100 tC 10 1,043 -99.1 -99 166 4,881 -96.6 -96.6 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 1,995 1,743 9.9 14.5 9,312 7,511 24 24 COROLLA SEDAN 30,942 34,872 -14.8 -11.3 136,164 151,243 -10 -10 TOTAL COROLLA 32,937 36,615 -13.6 -10 145,476 158,754 -8.4 -8.4 86 (INCL FR-S) 680 681 -4.1 -0.1 3,101 3,095 0.2 0.2 MIRAI 162 40 288.8 305 579 178 225.3 225.3 AVALON 2,872 3,779 -27 -24 14,215 20,013 -29 -29 PRIUS 10,022 12,517 -23.1 -19.9 46,364 56,378 -17.8 -17.8 CAMRY 32,547 36,916 -15.4 -11.8 147,434 167,200 -11.8 -11.8 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR 83,526 96,019 -16.5 -13 379,231 431,837 -12.2 -12.2 CT 825 797 -0.6 3.5 3,311 3,730 -11.2 -11.2 IS 2,367 2,879 -21.1 -17.8 10,225 14,351 -28.8 -28.8 RC 517 823 -39.7 -37.2 2,600 4,505 -42.3 -42.3 ES 4,228 5,373 -24.5 -21.3 17,134 22,833 -25 -25 GS 615 1,111 -46.9 -44.6 2,907 6,101 -52.4 -52.4 LS 317 712 -57.3 -55.5 1,555 2,349 -33.8 -33.8 LC 419 0 0 0 419 0 0 0 LFA 0 0 0 0 0 5 -100 -100 TOTAL LEXUS CAR 9,288 11,695 -23.8 -20.6 38,151 53,874 -29.2 -29.2 TOTAL TOYOTA CAR 92,814 107,714 -17.3 -13.8 417,382 485,711 -14.1 -14.1 SIENNA 10,434 11,485 -12.8 -9.2 46,696 56,809 -17.8 -17.8 C-HR 1,848 0 0 0 2,398 0 0 0 RAV4 38,356 32,261 14.1 18.9 150,646 138,535 8.7 8.7 FJ CRUISER 0 2 -100 -100 2 6 -66.7 -66.7 VENZA 0 31 -100 -100 11 503 -97.8 -97.8 HIGHLANDER 18,115 14,783 17.6 22.5 82,738 68,493 20.8 20.8 4RUNNER 11,014 10,352 2.1 6.4 53,098 46,058 15.3 15.3 SEQUOIA 964 1,126 -17.8 -14.4 5,349 5,303 0.9 0.9 LAND CRUISER 259 315 -21.1 -17.8 1,292 1,457 -11.3 -11.3 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV 70,556 58,870 15.1 19.9 295,534 260,355 13.5 13.5 TACOMA 17,654 16,544 2.4 6.7 78,153 79,226 -1.4 -1.4 TUNDRA 10,677 9,739 5.2 9.6 43,809 45,533 -3.8 -3.8 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP 28,331 26,283 3.5 7.8 121,962 124,759 -2.2 -2.2 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK 109,321 96,638 8.6 13.1 464,192 441,923 5 5 NX 5,009 4,031 19.3 24.3 21,426 19,221 11.5 11.5 RX 8,849 8,804 -3.5 0.5 38,329 41,367 -7.3 -7.3 GX 1,851 1,859 -4.4 -0.4 9,157 9,052 1.2 1.2 LX 404 293 32.4 37.9 2,299 2,271 1.2 1.2 TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK 16,113 14,987 3.2 7.5 71,211 71,911 -1 -1 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 125,434 111,625 7.9 12.4 535,403 513,834 4.2 4.2 Selling Days 25 24 126 126 DSR = Daily Selling Rate *NA Built Vehicles TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY MAY, 2017 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % COROLLA 30,942 34,872 -14.8 -11.3 136,164 151,243 -10 -10 CAMRY 32,547 36,916 -15.4 -11.8 147,434 167,200 -11.8 -11.8 AVALON 2,872 3,779 -27 -24 14,215 20,013 -29 -29 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 3,444 3,056 8.2 12.7 15,758 13,488 16.8 16.8 RAV4 17,580 17,641 -4.3 -0.3 70,483 77,173 -8.7 -8.7 VENZA 0 31 -100 -100 11 501 -97.8 -97.8 HIGHLANDER 18,115 14,783 17.6 22.5 82,738 68,493 20.8 20.8 SIENNA 10,434 11,485 -12.8 -9.2 46,696 56,809 -17.8 -17.8 SEQUOIA 964 1,126 -17.8 -14.4 5,349 5,303 0.9 0.9 TACOMA 17,654 16,544 2.4 6.7 78,153 79,226 -1.4 -1.4 TUNDRA 10,677 9,739 5.2 9.6 43,809 45,533 -3.8 -3.8 ES 3,335 3,532 -9.4 -5.6 12,864 11,906 8 8 RX 8,301 8,550 -6.8 -2.9 35,626 38,814 -8.2 -8.2 TOTAL 156,865 162,054 -7.1 -3.2 689,300 735,702 -6.3 -6.3 N.A VEHICLES % OF TOTAL 71.9% 73.9% 72.3% 73.6% TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT CAR 13,721 17,396 -24.3 -21.1 65,660 79,893 -17.8 -17.8 LEXUS IMPORT CAR 5,953 8,163 -30 -27.1 25,287 41,968 -39.7 -39.7 TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT CARS 69,805 78,623 -14.8 -11.2 313,571 351,944 -10.9 -10.9 LEXUS NA BUILT CARS 3,335 3,532 -9.4 -5.6 12,864 11,906 8 8 TOTAL TOYOTA CARS 92,814 107,714 -17.3 -13.8 417,382 485,711 -14.1 -14.1 TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT TRUCK 33,897 25,289 28.7 34 136,953 108,885 25.8 25.8 LEXUS IMPORT TRUCK 7,812 6,437 16.5 21.4 35,585 33,097 7.5 7.5 TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT TRUCK 75,424 71,349 1.5 5.7 327,239 333,038 -1.7 -1.7 LEXUS NA BUILT TRUCK 8,301 8,550 -6.8 -2.9 35,626 38,814 -8.2 -8.2 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 125,434 111,625 7.9 12.4 535,403 513,834 4.2 4.2 SELLING DAYS 25 24 126 126 DSR = DAILY SELLING RATE -- Current Month -- -- Calendar Year To Date -- 2017 2016 DSR % 2017 2016 DSR % Toyota Prius Sedan 6,064 9,389 -38 27,635 39,944 -30.8 Toyota Prius V(only) 929 1,215 -26.6 4,474 6,185 -27.7 Toyota Prius C(only) 1,121 1,909 -43.6 6,182 10,218 -39.5 Toyota Prius PRIME(only) 1,908 4 45692 8,073 31 25942 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 4,070 4,185 -6.6 17,061 15,527 9.9
  20. BMW Z4 spy shots say Rebadge Miata built by Toyota! http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/z4/94096/new-bmw-z4-fresh-spy-shots-reveal-more-of-new-roadster So found this, this morning and I have to say that Toyota will come out of this with a new Supra that should be very interesting and yet as I state in my title, I see more than a little Miata in this cameo car. According to the story, BMW and Toyota are building side by side on the same lightweight platform that underpins the I3 and I8 this new Z4 and what will be the return of the Toyota Supra. This should be an interesting release!
  21. Toyota Motor North America Reports April 2017 Sales TMNA and Toyota division set April sales record in light trucks Toyota division SUVs up nearly 9 percent Lexus NX sees new best-ever April PLANO, Texas, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported its U.S. April 2017 sales of 201,926 units, a decrease of 4.4 percent from April 2016 on a volume basis. With one less selling day in April 2017 compared to April 2016, sales were down 0.7 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted April 2017 sales of 179,810 units, down 3.5 percent on a volume basis, but up 0.3 percent on a DSR basis. "The industry's appetite for SUV and light truck sales remains strong," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager of Toyota division. "Toyota continues to progress in aligning our mix with the industry, as seen by the exemplary month for our SUVs with Highlander, RAV4 and 4Runner all scoring an April best ever. Also, during the month we launched the C-HR subcompact SUV crossover, and we're already hearing positive feedback on its performance and style." Lexus posted sales of 22,116 units, down 11.1 percent on a volume, and down 7.7 percent on a DSR basis. "Thanks to continued consumer interest in luxury utility vehicles and a healthy inventory, NX achieved its best April yet," said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "Moving into May, we're excited to launch our stunning new flagship coupe, the LC 500 and LC 500h." April 2017 Highlights: Camry posts sales of 31,428 units TMNA and Toyota divisions all post new April record for light truck sales RAV4 sales rise 5.3 percent on a volume basis, up 9.4 percent on a DSR basis; a best-ever April Highlander up 19.6 on a volume basis, up 24.2 on a DSR basis; a best-ever April 4Runner up nearly 3 percent on volume; posts best-ever April C-HR launched in April NX sets new best-ever April, volume up 13.2 percent, and up 17.6 on a DSR basis *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume TOYOTA U.S. SALES SUMMARY APRIL 2017 -- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE -- 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % 2017 2016 DSR % VOL % TOTAL TOYOTA 201,926 211,126 -0.7 -4.4 734,537 780,206 -4.9 -5.9 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV 179,810 186,244 0.3 -3.5 650,576 681,103 -3.5 -4.5 TOTAL LEXUS 22,116 24,882 -7.7 -11.1 83,961 99,103 -14.4 -15.3 YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA) 3,479 3,023 19.5 15.1 12,314 10,432 19.2 18 YARIS LIFTBACK 1,522 1365 15.8 11.5 5,286 4,048 31.9 30.6 TOTAL YARIS 5,001 4,388 18.4 14 17,600 14,480 22.8 21.5 iQ 0 1 -100 -100 0 4 -100 -100 xD 0 1 -100 -100 0 8 -100 -100 xB 0 312 -100 -100 0 2,418 -100 -100 tC 14 1,077 -98.7 -98.7 156 3,838 -95.9 -95.9 COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM) 1,968 1,542 32.5 27.6 7,317 5,768 28.1 26.9 COROLLA SEDAN 29,136 32,111 -5.8 -9.3 105,222 116,371 -8.7 -9.6 TOTAL COROLLA 31,104 33,653 -4 -7.6 112,539 122,139 -6.9 -7.9 86 (INCL FR-S) 639 684 -3 -6.6 2,421 2,414 1.3 0.3 MIRAI 106 41 168.5 158.5 417 138 205.2 202.2 AVALON 2,747 4,033 -29.3 -31.9 11,343 16,234 -29.4 -30.1 PRIUS 9,708 11,925 -15.5 -18.6 36,342 43,861 -16.3 -17.1 CAMRY 31,428 34,039 -4.1 -7.7 114,887 130,284 -10.9 -11.8 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR 80,747 90,154 -7 -10.4 295,705 335,818 -11.1 -11.9 CT 794 577 42.9 37.6 2,486 2,933 -14.4 -15.2 IS 2,154 2,654 -15.7 -18.8 7,858 11,472 -30.8 -31.5 RC 522 813 -33.3 -35.8 2,083 3,682 -42.9 -43.4 ES 3,400 4,442 -20.5 -23.5 12,906 17,460 -25.4 -26.1 GS 597 1,001 -38.1 -40.4 2,292 4,990 -53.6 -54.1 LS 294 397 -23.1 -25.9 1,238 1,637 -23.6 -24.4 LFA 0 0 0 0 0 5 -100 -100 TOTAL LEXUS CAR 7,761 9,884 -18.5 -21.5 28,863 42,179 -30.9 -31.6 TOTAL TOYOTA CAR 88,508 100,038 -8.1 -11.5 324,568 377,997 -13.3 -14.1 SIENNA 10,242 10,795 -1.5 -5.1 36,262 45,324 -19.2 -20 C-HR 550 0 0 0 550 0 0 0 RAV4 31,757 30,152 9.4 5.3 112,290 106,274 6.7 5.7 FJ CRUISER 0 3 -100 -100 2 4 -49.5 -50 VENZA 2 57 -96.4 -96.5 11 472 -97.6 -97.7 HIGHLANDER 17,981 15,037 24.2 19.6 64,623 53,710 21.5 20.3 4RUNNER 10,428 10,135 6.8 2.9 42,084 35,706 19 17.9 SEQUOIA 948 1,172 -16 -19.1 4,385 4,177 6 5 LAND CRUISER 237 374 -34.2 -36.6 1,033 1,142 -8.6 -9.5 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV 61,903 56,930 12.9 8.7 224,978 201,485 12.8 11.7 TACOMA 17,006 18,106 -2.5 -6.1 60,499 62,682 -2.5 -3.5 TUNDRA 9,912 10,259 0.3 -3.4 33,132 35,794 -6.5 -7.4 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP 26,918 28,365 -1.5 -5.1 93,631 98,476 -4 -4.9 TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK 99,063 96,090 7.1 3.1 354,871 345,285 3.8 2.8 NX 4,320 3,815 17.6 13.2 16,417 15,190 9.1 8.1 RX 7,839 8,767 -7.1 -10.6 29,480 32,563 -8.6 -9.5 GX 1,792 1,974 -5.7 -9.2 7,306 7,193 2.6 1.6 LX 404 442 -5.1 -8.6 1,895 1,978 -3.2 -4.2 TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK 14,355 14,998 -0.6 -4.3 55,098 56,924 -2.2 -3.2 TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK 113,418 111,088 6 2.1 409,969 402,209 2.9 1.9 Selling Days 26 27 101 102 DSR = Daily Selling Rate
  22. Toyota Motor North America Reports March 2017 Sales Toyota division set March and first quarter sales record in light trucks Toyota division SUVs up over 15 percent Lexus division light trucks, Total NX sales set new March best ever PLANO, Texas (April 3, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., today reported its U.S. March 2017 sales of 215,224 units, a decrease of 2.1 percent from March 2016 on a volume basis. With the same number of selling days in March 2017 compared to March 2016, sales were down 2.1 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted March 2017 sales of 187,289 units, down 1.2 percent on a volume and DSR basis. “The industry might see its first dip below a 17 million SAAR since June 2016, although it will likely be nearly flat to last March,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. “The Toyota division set a new light truck record for the month and quarter as we saw SUV sales sizzle with a best-ever March for RAV4, Highlander, and 4Runner, all up double digits.” Lexus posted sales of 27,935 units, down 7.5 percent on a volume and DSR basis. “In March, luxury utility vehicles continued to move off dealer lots,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “NX posted sales up 24 percent, and GX rose by 31 percent as our dealers met customer’s needs with better inventory during our Command Performance Sales Event.” March 2017 Highlights: Camry posts sales of 35,648 units Corolla records sales of over 30,000 units TMNA, Toyota, and Lexus divisions all post new March record for light truck sales RAV4 sales rise 10.3 percent; a best-ever March and first quarter Highlander up 20.8 percent; a best-ever March and first quarter 4Runner up 25.5 percent; posts best-ever March and first quarter Tacoma sales of 16,728 Lexus luxury utility vehicles up 9.5 percent for the month NX up 24 percent for the month, sets new best ever March RX posts sales of 9,445 units GX gains 31 percent in March, up 5.7 percent in first quarter LX up almost 21 percent for the month
  23. Toyota appears to be building out their sports car lineup with the 86 and the rumored Supra coupe. There is now talk of third sports that would mark the return of the 'Three Brothers'; MR2, Celica, and Supra. Evo reports that Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer of the Toyota 86 and head of Gazoo Racing revealed that a spiritual successor to the MR2 is in the works. The successor would act as the starting point for the 'three brothers,' with the 86 serving as the successor to the Celica and the Supra as the top dog. Tada said the company hopes to have the trio in production together, "as soon as possible." Details are slim, but Evo expects the model to be smaller and lighter than the 86 coupe. There is the possibility of a hybrid powertrain, using tech from Toyota's Le Mans prototype race car. Source: Evo View full article
  24. Toyota appears to be building out their sports car lineup with the 86 and the rumored Supra coupe. There is now talk of third sports that would mark the return of the 'Three Brothers'; MR2, Celica, and Supra. Evo reports that Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer of the Toyota 86 and head of Gazoo Racing revealed that a spiritual successor to the MR2 is in the works. The successor would act as the starting point for the 'three brothers,' with the 86 serving as the successor to the Celica and the Supra as the top dog. Tada said the company hopes to have the trio in production together, "as soon as possible." Details are slim, but Evo expects the model to be smaller and lighter than the 86 coupe. There is the possibility of a hybrid powertrain, using tech from Toyota's Le Mans prototype race car. Source: Evo
  25. Toyota North America Reports February 2017 Sales TMS posts best-ever February light truck Toyota division posts best-ever February light truck, SUV sales Toyota division posts best-ever February in RAV4, 4Runner, Highlander L/Certified by Lexus achieves best-ever February sales Plano, Texas (March 1, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), Inc., today reported its US February 2017 sales of 174,339 vehicles, a decrease of 7.2 percent from February 2016 on a volume basis. With the same number of selling days in February 2017 compared to February 2016, sales were down 7.2 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. Toyota division posted February sales of 156,001 units, down 5.4 percent on a volume basis and DSR basis. “Industry sales in February topped a 17 million unit pace for the eighth straight month,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota division. “Led by best-ever February sales of RAV4, 4Runner, and Highlander the Toyota division also set a new light truck record for the month.” Lexus posted February sales of 18,338 vehicles, down 20.6 percent on a volume basis and DSR basis. “February saw continued demand for utility vehicles, and as we move into March, our healthy luxury utility vehicle inventory puts us in an excellent position to kick off our Command Performance Sales Event,” said Jeff Bracken, group vice president and general manager of the Lexus division. “In addition, February was a bright spot for L/Certified, with our dealers seeing another best-ever month in sales. This marks the 15th consecutive month of L/Certified record sales and growth.” February 2017 Highlights Camry posts January sales of 27,498 units Toyota division SUV posts best-ever February with sales of 54,623, up 14.3 percent Highlander posts best-ever February, up 27.8 percent RAV4 posts best-ever February with sales of 26,351 units, up 3.2 percent 4Runner posts best-ever February, up 28.7 percent Sequoia records 23.6 percent increase RX posts sales of 6,676 L/Certified by Lexus posts best-ever February sales of 7,762 *Note: Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume

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