Monthly Archives: April 2015

Toyota engineers to participate in the One Lap of America race

One Lap of America Toyota engineers

Toyota always has some interesting news for us, and this time the Company announced that two of its Production Engineers will take part in this year One Lap of America endurance race. Engineers’ names are Anthony Maganoli and Stephen Byington and they both have professional racing experience. This makes the whole news more interesting. They will drive the TRD Scion FRS, specially built for this occasion.

2016 FAW-Toyota Ranz E50 EV

2016 FAW-Toyota Ranz E50 EV

At 2015 Shanghai Auto Show we had a chance to see various world premiers. One of most interesting ones is definitely 2016 FAW-Toyota Ranz E50 EV. Ranz is recently unveiled automotive marquee, a FAW-Toyota sub-brand to be precise. Main purpose of this new marquee is to produce affordable electric cars for masses. Latest E50 EV is all-new sedan, which is production version of the Concept which premiered two years ago. 

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid debut at the NYIAS

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid front

At this year New York Auto Show, Japanese multinational automaker presented its 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. This new RAV4 Hybrid combines great functionality and utility of the SUV with low emissions and great fuel economy of the hybrid vehicle. Its hybrid system includes 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with two electric motors. It is paired with smooth eCVT transmission and All-Wheel-Drive System with Intelligence. Rear motor works independent from the front, delivering instant torque to the rear wheels when needed.

2016 Scion iM hatchback specs

2016 Scion iM front view

Even though we had a chance to see concept version of the 2016 Scion iM model, the production edition is far less glamorous. It is based on the Toyota Auris, which is present on European market since 2012. Scion’s 2016 iM debuted at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Beside the iM, the Scion also presented its 2016 iA sedan, which will be reviewed in separate review.

2016 Toyota Celica

2016 Toyota Celica front view

The 2016 model year, seems to be the year of the big returns and seems like Japanese automaker didn’t manage to resist this trend in the industry. The sports car produced between 1970 and 2006 seems to be coming back as 2016 Toyota Celica. Although information wasn’t confirmed by Toyota’s officials, rumors about potential return of the model into the automotive market seem to be getting louder.

2016 Scion xB Redesign

2016 Scion xB front view

Since Japanese multinational company Toyota is one of the largest companies worldwide, little is known that it has various divisions in automotive industry as well. Besides Lexus, which is now known as one of the class-leading automakers, Scion is yet another Toyota’s division. Unlike Lexus, which is primarily oriented towards luxury, the Scion is actually mainly focused on younger population. One of the best vehicles from Scion is the upcoming 2016 Scion xB, which will start its third generation with new model year.

2016 Scion tC

2016 Scion tC front view

Originally Scion presented its sport compact coupe back in 2004. Current version of Scion’s tC is in its second generation, which started back in 2011. However, the model didn’t achieve expected sales results, which forced Toyota to start the third generation even earlier than planned. 2016 Scion tC will come fully redesigned, and will mark the start of the third generation. With young buyers as target customers, Toyota will make some significant revisions on the upcoming Scion tC, but the makeover can’t affect the price significantly. 

2016 Toyota Tarago

2016 Toyota Tarago front view

Here is yet another MPV from Toyota’s family of vehicles, known under the various names, depending on the markets. In Japan, this minivan is known under the name Estima, in Australia as Tarago, and in other selling areas as Toyota Previa. The current, fourth, generation of the model started back in 2006, and the 2016 Toyota Tarago will probably be the first model of the new, fifth generation. Big redesign will, most likely, affect various segments.