Japanese automakers are all bringing their A games to their home auto show this year, and Toyota is an early favorite for an unofficial "best in show" award. It will premiere three all-new concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, and each is pretty radical in its own way. There's a compact, entry level sports car, a futuristic fuel cell commuter and a retro cruiser with open mechanicals.
For the better part of two decades, the Toyota Prius has been a pioneering force in hybrid driving and the green automobile movement at large. With the all-new fourth-generation Prius, Toyota focuses a little less on the car's established eco-conscious drive technology and a little more on its newly developed personality. The 2016 Prius features a thorough makeover and enhanced driving dynamics aimed at kicking off a "new hybrid era."Read More
Monterey Car Week's auctions began on a positive note tonight when the Pinnacle Portfolio became the most valuable single owner car collection ever sold at auction. Sales from the 25-car auction totaled more than US$67 million, exceeding the previous record by nearly 25 percent. The top sellers were a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, which sold for $17,600,000, and a 1998 McLaren F1 "LM-Specification", which sold for $13,750,000. Nearly half the cars in the collection set new world records for the models.Read More
Toyota and Hino Motors have begun testing a jointly-developed fuel cell bus in Tokyo, Japan. The brief test is designed to will help Toyota evaluate and improve the technology ahead of a possible market launch. Read More
Within the 2015 Tokyo Toy Show, at the end of June, Toyota displayed the fourth episode in its Camatte series of exploratory concept vehicles. This year’s story was called Hajime (begin) and was a miniature copy of the car design process. It enabled children (and adults) to create their own vehicle concepts on a dedicated tablet and then drive their designs and themselves around a model town, all in augmented reality. Gizmag went along to experience the Camatte Vision for real.
There must be something in the water supply around Toyota HQ. Maybe pure grain alcohol. As if a Lexus hoverboard wasn't enough weirdness for one week, Toyota also revealed the Ultimate Utility Vehicle, a Sienna/Tacoma hybrid that will be trekking across North America. The Swagger Wagon has more swagger than ever, along with the newfound mettle to back it up.Read More
For years, designers and startups have been attempting to mimic fiction and create a hoverboard like the one famously piloted by Marty McFly in Back to the Future II. Those efforts have only accelerated now that it's 2015, the year in the "future" that the famous hoverboard scene was set. We never expected a luxury automaker to throw its hat into the hoverboard ring, but today (that's June 24, not April 1), that's exactly what Lexus did. Read More
After a decade and a half of Audi dominance at Circuit de la Sarthe, Porsche has scored a convincing 1-2 victory in this year's Le Mans 24 hour. The #19 Porsche 919 Hybrid with its unorthodox turbocharged V4 engine proved too reliable for the Audi R18 e-tron, which set a new in-race lap record but couldn't recover laps lost to mechanical problems.Read More
Countless make and model records were broken at all three of the Amelia Island Concours elite collectible car auctions on the weekend, with a 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet fetching US$6,380,000 and becoming one of the top 100 cars ever sold at auction, 23 cars selling for more than a million (RM-Sothebys 13, Gooding seven and Bonhams three), and $101 million worth of cars sold in three days. Testimony to the buoyancy of the market were the sell-through rates – Bonhams 78 percent, Gooding 89 percent and RM-Sotheby's 98 percent.Read More
One of a handful of motoring events that attracts one of the most commercially-desirable audiences of high net worth individuals in the world, Gizmag looks at what to expect at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and surrounding auctions. Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car, Marlene Dietrich's Rolls Royce, plus 37 cars we think are capable of achieving a million dollars or more when they cross the auction block. What's more, you can watch the auctions on the internet for free. Captivating entertainment for enthusiasts.Read More
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