The NEW Supra Has Arrived

Toyota Unveils the GR Supra Racing Concept at the Geneva Motor Show

The “will they?” “won’t they” cloud of uncertainty surrounding the production of a new Supra has officially lifted today.

On March 6, 2018, at the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota unveiled the GR Supra Racing Concept. Despite a 16 year gap since the production of a new Supra, the speedster has attracted a new generation of followers thanks to the popular video game Gran Turismo® and the movie franchise The Fast and the Furious.

Created by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (the international umbrella organization for Toyota’s global sporting program), the GR Supra Racing Concept is a compact, two-door car, with front-engine/rear-wheel drive configuration. The large “90” race number on its doors is a historical reference to Supra’s codename and a big visual clue to the fact that this concept heralds Supra’s return in a fifth generation. (Photos on the next page!)

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Toyota Unveils the e-Palette

Toyota unveils the e-Palette concept car at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV.

January 9, 2018

Toyota unveils the e-Palette to an excited crowd at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show.

The future of ridesharing is uncertain as the once untouchable king of the game, Uber, continues its public mea culpa tour. As Uber addresses its many woes, automakers look to fill the void. Enter Toyota’s e-Palette concept vehicle.

Toyota took to the main stage at 2018’s Consumer Electronics Show, CES, and unveiled a modern concept that “harnesses the benefits of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics, connected network, and electric vehicle technologies to get people where they want to go safely, conveniently and in an environmentally friendly way,” said Toyota’s senior vice president and chief information officer Zack Hicks. While the e-Palette remains in the “concept car” stage of planning, this is a clear indication of the future Toyota wishes to build for the consumer.

Toyota FT-4X Concept Vehicle

What is the Toyota FT-4X?

The Toyota FT-4X Concept – or, “Future Toyota”-Four-Wheel Drive Crossover is the latest SUV concept vehicle from Toyota. Utility at its best. From designated “warm” and “cool” storage boxes to door handles that serve as impromptu water bottles, the FT-4X pairs function with fun

Tip the work-life balance scale in your favor. Introducing the revolutionary Toyota FT-4X Concept, designed by Toyota’s CALTY Design Research to answer the growing urge to escape. This 4-door 4WD crossover displays generous approach and departure angles that add to the Toyota FT-4X’s prowess on a variety of roads—paved or not. Wide over-fenders and beefy tires add to the simplistic rugged exterior, while inside, it’s a toolbox for all your things. Fold the rear seats flat and secure cargo with topside tracks, slide out the rear cargo floor to reveal more storage, and access the Multi-Hatch rear door that splits to swing open or functions as a one-piece lift-gate—whatever your getaway, it’s ready to take you there.

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Toyota Tundra TRD Sport

The New 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport

Haul more than just stuff.

There’s a new king of the streets: the 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport. This truck brings the attitude with exclusive exterior features like LED headlights with smoked housings, a powerful hood scoop and a black mesh grille. The 20-in. alloy wheels with black-accent finish keep it all looking stylish, too. Underneath it all is a sport-tuned suspension featuring upgraded sway bars and Bilstein® dampers—all tuned by the gurus at TRD. Best of all, every 2018 Tundra comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P), 12 an advanced suite of technologies designed to give you the ultimate in on-road peace of mind.

Flying Car by 2020

Toyota is working overtime to create a flying car by 2020. Toyota is investing resources in the startup, Cartivator, by “chipping in 40 million yen ($353,000) and offering the expertise of its mechanical engineers.”  

According to Engadget: 

Thedrone-like vehicle would soar 10 meters (33 feet) above the ground at speeds up to 100 km/h (62 mph). The “Skydrive” is being developed by Cartivator, a startup with around 30 young volunteers working with drone expert Masafumi Miwa from Tokushima University. The aim is to get the car flying by next year and have it commercialized in time to light the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games torch.

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Toyota HiLux Tonka Truck

In celebration of Toyota’s 80th Anniversary, and Tonka’s 70th, the two companies teamed up to make the child in all of us gasp in delight at their creation: a life size Tonka truck.

Conceived by Toyota Australia, the HiLux Tonka Concept will not be available in dealer showrooms but will go on tour around Australia this summer for field days, expos, and fairs. According to Toyota Australia: 

A full-size dream toy for adults, the HiLux Tonka Concept is an impressive rock-crawling truck that combines the enviable reputations for toughness and durability that dominate the Toyota and Tonka DNAs.

The high-riding off-roader celebrates HiLux’s breakthrough in becoming Australia’s best-selling vehicle last year, alongside significant global anniversaries for both Toyota and Tonka.

It was conceived, designed, assembled and tested by designers and engineers from Toyota Australia’s 150-strong product planning and development division.

 

Autonomous Driving Made Fun

“Our vision for the future is that driving is still fun,” says Ian Cartabiano, studio chief designer at Toyota’s Calty design facility in Southern California.

The 2017 CES Convention is underway in Las Vegas.  Tech nerds from around the world have gathered to explore new trends in applied science industry.  Toyota showed up and blew everyone away with its reveal of an autonomous vehicle.

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Toyota’s Self-Driving Future

2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) Press Conference - Dr. Gill Pratt Toyota Executive Technical Advisor and CEO of Toyota Research Institute (TRI) Dr. Gill Pratt speaks at CES 2016 in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, 2016. Photo: Kathryn Rapier

2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) Press Conference – Dr. Gill Pratt
Toyota Executive Technical Advisor and CEO of Toyota Research Institute (TRI) Dr. Gill Pratt speaks at CES 2016 in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, 2016. Photo: Kathryn Rapier

Safety has always been Toyota’s TOP priority.  And now, they’re upping the ante by developing the technology to get a self-driving car on the road by 2020!  Toyota’s Dr. Gill Pratt, CEO of recently set up Toyota Research Institute (TRI), told reporters:

“The intelligence of the car would figure out a plan for evasive action … Essentially (it would) be like a guardian angel, pushing on the accelerators, pushing on the steering wheel, pushing on the brake in parallel with you.”

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