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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
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
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
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
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
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
Revamped regulations for the 2014 World Endurance Championship (WEC) have placed new emphasis on hybrid drive models and energy efficiency. This high-speed clash of cutting-edge hybrid technologies has seen all eyes fixed firmly on three mainstays of automotive engineering: a resurgent Porsche, the all-conquering Audi and hybrid trailblazer Toyota. The latest event took place on the weekend at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, with the TS040 Hybrid outperforming and outlasting its counterparts to secure the Toyota team its second victory in as many starts. The battle of the hybrids is on! Read More
"We wanted it to be as solid on water as the Land Cruiser is on land." That's Dutch Amfibious Transport co-founder Dirk-Jan de Jong talking about his company's heavy duty amphibious 4WD, the Amphibicruiser. Built around a Toyota Land Cruiser engine, it's a fully fledged on and offroad cruiser that can be driven up a river or out to sea with next to no training. Read More
Toyota has announced the development of two hyper-fuel-efficient small-displacement petrol Atkinson cycle engines: a three-cylinder 1.0-liter and four-cylinder 1.3-liter which will be introduced across the range from next year in 14 different variations. The smaller engine will deliver 78 mpg (US) in the Toyota Aygo, an improvement of 30 percent. Read More
Toyota is blending the worlds of virtual and real-life car racing with a new accessory for its 86 (also known as the GT86 and Scion FR-S in other markets) sports car. Drivers can record their lap times and data with the new Sports Drive Logger, then upload the information to the Gran Turismo 6 video game, going head to head against friends and professional drivers. Read More
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