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Toyota

The FR-S Release Series 1.0 is rolling into dealerships

The 200-hp Scion FR-S is one of the best options on the market for a sharp, affordable sports car. A little extra flair and performance couldn't hurt, however. The race-inspired Release Series 1.0 limited edition FR-S offers a variety of body and equipment upgrades while still pricing in under $30K before delivery fee.  Read More

Toyota's new Maker-inspired U2 concept vehicle

Maker Faires are not only places for do-it-yourselfers, innovators and inventors to share their latest and greatest creations with each other, but are also hugely popular with the general public. The Bay Area Maker Faire a few months back, for example, attracted 1,100 exhibitors and 130,000 visitors. Now Toyota is looking to capitalize on the buzz surrounding the Maker movement with a new Urban Utility concept vehicle called the U2.  Read More

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class shown during a frontal crash test (Photo: Euro NCAP)

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA was the only vehicle to achieve the maximum 5 stars in Euro NCAP's latest safety ratings, scoring an impressive 96 percent for adult occupant protection, 88 percent for child occupant protection and 70 percent for safety assist.  Read More

The Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept car took time away from its Gran Turismo...

Since 1950, automobile aficionados have flocked to Pebble Beach to celebrate the world's rarest and most collectible cars. This weekend’s 2014 show saw not only the gathering of Tatras and rare Ferrari Testarossas but also the latest in concept and production cars. Gizmag was on hand to capture it all.  Read More

The new FT-1 in Pebble Beach (Photo: Angus MacKenzie/Gizmag)

Toyota opened up 2014 by revealing one of the most radical concept sports cars in recent memory: the FT-1. Now, the Japanese automaker has revived our senses with a second FT-1 featuring an all-new graphite paint job and leather interior. The updated concept car helps Toyota celebrate the introduction of an even more extreme FT-1 that exists in virtual form only: the FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo.  Read More

Four of the hyper-rare cars likely to force their way into the top 10 most expensive cars ...

Once a year, the world's most monied automotive enthusiasts converge on California's Monterey Peninsula for a week-long festival of automotive celebration, culminating in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. This year, the accompanying rare car auctions look set to provide some major entertainment. We look at the main cars slated to cross the auctioneers block and the state of the collectible car market with analysis of the top 100 most valuable cars sold at auction.  Read More

Grenoble will be the first city outside of Japan in which Toyota has installed the Ha:mo s...

Solving the problem of urban transportation has vexed town planners since the days of Julius Caesar. It isn't just a matter of coming up with a better bus or shared cars. Unless you want people to end up slogging the last mile of their journey in the rain, a city’s transportation system needs to be comprehensive and integrated. The French city of Grenoble is taking a stab at the problem by introducing Toyota's Ha:mo (Harmonious Mobility) system into its broader transport management scheme.  Read More

The Audi team proved that it knows how to win

For the last decade and a half, Audi has dominated the World Endurance Championship racing. It would be easy to dismiss yesterday's 13th Le Mans 24 Hour Race win for the company in 16 years as "same stuff, different year." In that time, it has significantly changed the world's perception of both diesel engines and hybrid power trains. Yet yesterday's win is probably its finest achievement.  Read More

The LED hood lets children add a personal touch to the Camatte

For the past two years, Toyota has been working on a different kind of concept car. At the 2012 and 2013 Tokyo Toy Shows, it debuted lifelike Camatte toy cars designed to give kids an early appreciation for the automobile. This year, it adds a new feature to the Camatte design: a digital hood that lets kids customize their roadsters with original artwork.  Read More

From five races this season, Mercedes-Benz has scored five poles, four fastest laps, five ...

In a move which indicates that its technological dominance of F1 this year has caught even its own marketing folk by surprise, Mercedes-Benz has renamed its Formula One racing car mid-season, announcing the Silver Arrows will now carry the same hybrid branding as Mercedes-Benz road cars. With just five rounds of the 19-race championship run, so fast is the Silver Arrow that those bookies still accepting bets have a Mercedes-Benz championship at 100/1 on!  Read More

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