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Toyota Motor Corporation unveiled the exterior design of its hydrogen-powered sedan on Wednesday, June 25. The model, which was first presented as concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013, will be launched in the first half of 2015 in Japan. In addition, the carmaker is also already in the running for the launch phase in markets.In Japan, the hydrogen-powered sedan will be sold for about 7 million yen (about $ 68,000, free of excise taxes). Initially, sales will be limited only to regions where the hydrogen supply infrastructure is being developed. Prices for the US and European markets have not yet been defined. In the near future, in addition to the price, Toyota will also disclose more detailed information, such as specifications and sales targets.Hydrogen is considered as one of the most promising fuel alternatives since it can be produced with a variety of primary energy sources such as solar and wind. When compressed, hydrogen has higher energy density than batteries, being easily stored and transported. In addition to its potential as fuel for home and automotive use, the element can be used in a wide range of applications, such as large-scale power generation.Toyota has been developing fuel cell-powered vehicles for more than 20 years. Toyota’s system includes FC Stack, which generates electricity from the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, in addition to high-pressure hydrogen tanks. In 2002, Toyota made limited provision for the rental of Toyota FCHV, a fuel cell SUV, in Japan and the USA.Since then, significant advances have been made to the fuel cell system. The hydrogen-cell sedan unveiled today by Toyota, for example, stands out for its performance, which resembles a gasoline-powered vehicle with a range of approximately 700 km (according to measurements made by Toyota based on the parameters considered by the Japanese Ministry of Tourism, Infrastructure and Transport). The engine, when triggered, emits only water vapor produced by the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. The refueling time is about three minutes.Fuel cell vehicles contribute to the diversification of automotive fuels, do not emit CO2 or substances harmful to the environment during the operation, holding the same convenience of the cars driven by gasoline. Toyota believes in the potential of these alternative fuel sources because they are environmentally friendly and are ideal for promoting a sustainable mobility society. Toyota Group companies are also involved in other initiatives related to the use of hydrogen, conducting tests in homes and in the production of forklifts and buses.


The Toyota GT86 Blackline Edition is a special edition that Toyota introduced in Australia. The model, inspired by the sports world, has a white body, with black stripes on the roof and the hood. In addition, the model comes equipped with a TRD kit that includes a front spoiler, side skirts, an airfoil divided into three parts, and two exhaust outlets.The GT86 Blackline Edition also features HID headlights, LED daytime running lights and intelligent access to the vehicle without the key. The dual tone also extends to the interior of the new GT86 Blackline Edition, where the seats are black leather with red details.It is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder 200 hp engine with a maximum torque of 205 Nm. It can be coupled to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Production will be limited to 250 units, 200 of which will have manual transmission.



The Toyota Prius gets a more aerodynamic touch in its TRD version. The Japanese hybrid model comes with a series of TRD (Toyota Racing Development) accessories that not only give it a more dynamic look but also make it more efficient.It will be available in two versions, which include various elements like the spoiler on the trunk lid, 18-inch TRD TF8 wheels, side skirts and LED daytime running lights, but the most important change lies in the development of the Toyota Prius TRD.For the Prius TRD, CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis was used to adjust airflow to improve straight-line stability and increase downforce. This is coupled with a number of mechanical improvements. Regarding the price, the basic kit costs the equivalent of 11,000 reais in Japan, although this number will increase as more optional equipment is incorporated.


This week, the second generation of the Toyota Passo debuted in Japan, an urban model that surprises by its ability to be equipped with four-wheel drive. In this second generation, the Step comes with a higher quality, in addition to new customization options and more sophisticated equipment. The new Toyota Step is offered in Japan in two different options. The simplest is aimed at an audience that seeks an urban of simple and economic characteristics, while the so-called PassoModa has a design and a more sophisticated finish, to satisfy a more demanding public thanks to the use of chrome details, bodywork in two shades and a more dynamic design front.Compared to the previous model, Toyota claims that rear-seat occupants’ legroom increased by 75 mm. In addition, they ensure that it now offers a more stable driving experience thanks to improved suspension and chassis upgrades.In the interior appear finishes with better materials for the exterior protection you can get ideas of nissan. The equipment can include, depending on the version, up to six airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP, frontal crash alert, unattended city braking, track maintenance alert, automatic climate control, multifunction steering wheel, Wi-Fi infotainment system, integrated navigation, keyless access, button start, etc.The mechanical offer has a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, which produces 69 hp and is coupled to a CVT-type automatic transmission and also offers front-wheel drive or full-drive. The engine is very economical and announces a consumption of 28.5 km / l.The new Toyota Passo will arrive in Japan later this month, with a price starting at 1,150,200 yen, or the equivalent of about 37,000 reais at the current exchange rate.


Whatever the terrain, the Toyota Tacoma is the king of the mountain. Entirely new inside and out, with a brand new powertrain and enhanced suspension, America’s best-selling mid-size pickup for ten consecutive years has been designed for adventurers. With a legacy of off-road victories and more than seven million units sold since 1964, Toyota revitalized the pick-up segment with the introduction of the Tacoma 2016. “For the past 50 years, Americans in search of adventure have relied on pick -ups from Toyota to take them to places, on and off-road, “said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of Toyota’s pick-up division. “The new Tacoma is a sturdy, designed, developed and manufactured pick-up for the lifestyles of young and young at heart.The new Tacoma was developed primarily by the Toyota engineering team at the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Starting with the chassis, high strength steel was added to increase stiffness and strength. High strength steel has been integrated into the structure using a new hot stamping process that reduces weight. The new Toyota Tacoma is equipped with the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and the new 3.5-liter Atkinson V6 engine equipped with Toyota’s D-4S technology, both feature direct fuel injection.


Toyota will present ViRA at the next Tokyo Motor Show. This is the combination of the names of the Vitz (Yaris) and the RAV4, whose result is the latest concept presented by the Japanese brand.It is a compact crossover sports car – it only has two doors – and that comes after the C-HR, revealing Toyota’s guideline to bet on a new language of more daring and dynamic style, in order to achieve a new class of customers.However, the prototype should not represent the bet on a future model of production, but rather a style exercise showing what could be the future SUVs of the Japanese brand.No technical details of ViRA were disclosed.


After a year of being presented, the current generation of the Toyota Aygo now also offers a cabriolet version, called X-Wave. The new model has a retractable canopy of canvas and costs 895 euros more in its basic version in the United Kingdom. According to the brand, the new Toyota Aygo X-Wave offers the experience of “hair in the wind” also for those who travel in the rear seats. The canvas roof is finished in black and can be picked up with a flick next to the interior light, positioned near the windshield.The X-Wave features 15-inch alloy wheels, headlights with LED daytime running lights, fog lights, air conditioning, multimedia system with Bluetooth and rear-facing camera, among others. The engine is 1.0 liter VVT and three cylinders, producing 70 hp of power and 95 Nm of torque.


Toyota will present at the Tokyo Motor Show a model of vital importance, the Toyota JPN Taxi Concept. In fact this model resumes the concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013, but this year the Japanese have an evolved version, more similar to the model that could reach the market before 2018 as a taxi in the Japanese streets, thus gradually replacing the legendary Toyota Comfort , which are the most popular taxis in Japan.Toyota’s bet is very reminiscent of London cabs, which are also about to be renovated with the new LTC TX5. The Toyota JPN Taxi Concept was developed with the use of space to offer maximum comfort to passengers. Therefore, its body has a generous height, which together with a ground floor and rear sliding doors electric drive, make it very easy to get on and off the car. It is also possible to access wheelchairs.Toyota also promises high driving comfort and maneuverability for the new model, which will be equipped with a new, more efficient engine. It will use a hybrid LPG propellant that is still under development. It will combine a combustion engine capable of running on gasoline and LPG along with an electric motor, thus reducing emissions from the extensive Japanese taxi fleet.Toyota will show more details of the JPN Taxi Concept starting tomorrow (10/28), when the Tokyo Motor Show opens its doors.


Toyota showed a revamped Prius v on Wednesday (19) at the Los Angeles Show. The Japanese automaker has updated with some discretion the look of the hybrid with a new front bumper, new front grille, restyled headlights and some new body color options. Inside, Prius v has won multimedia system Entune, with 6.1-inch screen, and driver’s seat with electrical adjustments, and can be modified in eight different ways. For the higher versions, a high-standard, 4.2-inch instrument panel is also available. There are no changes in the model’s engine. That is, they continue working together the 1.8 engine (Atkinson Cycle) and the electric motor, offering 134 horsepower combined mode.

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