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Toyota Rolls Out New and Improved Highlander for 2020

New model uses new Toyota New Global Architecture.

by on Apr.17, 2019

The 2020 Toyota Highlander gets a massive exterior makeover while being offered as a hybrid as well as gas-powered model.

Toyota has been spending plenty of time updating its truck and SUV line-up during the past two years and next on the list is the 2020 Highlander, which made its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

The fourth-generation Highlander gets an all-new exterior for 2020, as well as a new vehicle platform called Toyota New Global Architecture, or TNGA-K. Shared with other models, this new platform is designed to make for a more capable, comfortable and safer SUV, Toyota officials said.

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Aside from the new-look exterior, the biggest changes may be under the hood where Toyota offers gas and hybrid options for 20202. On the fossil fuel side of things, Highlander gets a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 putting out 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. (more…)

From Minicars to $4M Hypercars, Something for Everyone

Check out the debuts from the foreign makers.

by on Apr.15, 2019

The New York International Auto Show will see dozens of new model introductions this year.

There’s been plenty of talk about the end of the auto show era, and we’ve certainly seen a lot of manufacturers step back from the lavish previews that were the norm in decades past. That said, this year’s New York International Auto Show looks to be a major event, with close to three dozen vehicles making either their North American or global debut.

There’s something for everyone’s taste and budget, from the new, entry-level Nissan Versa all the way up to the special edition Bugatti Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti,” a hypercar expected to go for somewhere around $4 million. No surprise, there’s a particular focus on sport- and crossover-utility vehicles, reflecting the ongoing shift in the U.S. market.

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We’re waiting to hear more about some of the products coming to the 2019 NYIAS, several automakers promising to deliver some surprises – such as the all-electric concept Genesis has been hinting at. But here’s a look at the foreign automaker’s products we already know about that will debut at the Jacob Javits Convention Center this coming week. (We’ve put the American brands in a separate piece due to length.) (more…)

Toyota Will Rely on Single Platform for All Future Pickups

Electrification option reportedly in the works.

by on Apr.09, 2019

Toyota is updating the midsize Tacoma for 2020, and showed off a TR Pro edition in Chicago.

Both of Toyota’s pickups, the midsize Tacoma and the full-size Tundra, are due for major overhauls early in the coming decade. Now, it seems, the next version of both of those trucks – and possibly the Sequoia SUV, as well — will share a common platform.

The automaker is working up a common architecture, internally codenamed “F1,” according to a report in Automotive News and confirmed by TheDetroitBureau.com’s own sources. It is likely to be ready to go by late 2020.

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The move would echo what Toyota is in the midst of doing in other areas of its line-up. The launch of the fourth-generation Prius hybrid brought with it the debut of the Toyota New Global Architecture, a flexible architecture that eventually will underpin a vast array of passenger cars and crossovers.

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Toyota Opens Access to Electric Vehicle Patents

Action follows in steps of Tesla doing something similar a few years back.

by on Apr.04, 2019

Toyota is freeing up access to more than 24,000 patents involving its electric vehicles, hoping to speed EV development.

Toyota is freeing up the technology behind some 24,000 patents from around the world that it now holds on hybrid and electric vehicles.

The Japanese automaker said it hopes it will help spur development of hybrids and battery-electric vehicles.

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Toyota said it will grant royalty-free licenses on the thousands of patents it holds (including some pending applications) for vehicle electrification-related technologies. In addition, Toyota will provide fee-based technical support to other manufacturers developing and selling electrified vehicles when they use Toyota’s motors, batteries, PCUs, control ECUs and other vehicle electrification system technologies as part of their powertrain systems. (more…)

Toyota’s Ready to Hoop It Up

Automaker builds robot that can drain three-pointers.

by on Apr.01, 2019

Toyota's Cue 3 robot hit five of eight from three-point range during a demonstration in Tokyo.

With today’s NBA centers being more mobile and getting farther away from the basket, Toyota may have developed the center of the future for “The League.” A 6-foot, 10-inch beast that almost never misses a free throw and shoots 3-pointers at 75% clip.

The downside is that it can’t dunk or even dribble: it’s a robot named Cue 3. The company rolled out its latest piece of technology in Tokyo to help promote the summer Olympics coming to the city in 2020. During the demonstrating it made five out of eight three pointers, which the company’s engineers say is worse than normal.

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Cue 3 computes a three-dimensional image where the basket is and using sensors on its torso adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to set up the perfect form for basket after basket after basket. While it can drain threes all night, defensively, it’s lacking. (more…)

Jeep Plans One Day Sale of Gladiator Launch Edition – and Will Give One Buyer a Year’s Pay to Play

“Go anywhere and live out your dreams,” says brand’s marketing chief.

by on Apr.01, 2019

Jeep hopes to sell 4,190 Gladiator Launch Editions.

With its first pickup in 27 years getting ready to roll into showrooms, Jeep said it will offer a special Launch Edition of the new Gladiator, but only for 24 hours, starting at 12:01 AM on April 4th – what is also known as “4x4 Day.”

The Launch Edition will be a fully loaded version of the off-road Jeep Gladiator Rubicon model and it will carry a steep price tag of $60,815. But to ease the bite – at least for one lucky customer – Jeep will give them “a year’s salary to go anywhere and live out their dreams,” said Scott Tallon, the brand’s marketing manager.

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All told, Jeep will offer a maximum 4,190 of the Gladiator Launch Edition models – a reference to the 419 area code for Toledo, Ohio, where all of the pickups will be assembled.

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One of Nine Pickups Earns Top Rating in IIHS Crash Tests

Nearly half of the trucks rated marginal or poor.

by on Mar.21, 2019

Ford's F-150 was one of the best performers in the latest IIHS pickup crash tests.

Pickup buyers concerned about safety might be surprised by the results of the latest IIHS crash results that found over half of the nine models scored poorly in at least one of the key tests,  four earning marginal or poor ratings overall.

Of the trucks the IIHS examined, only two earned good ratings, the Ford F-150 and Nissan Titan. And just one 2019 model, the Honda Ridgeline, earned the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick award – but only when equipped with optional headlights and forward collision prevention technology.

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“As a group,” said David Zuby, the chief research officer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “the pickup class still has a lot of work to do.”

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Toyota CEO “Sad” About Being Declared “National Security Threat,” But Plans $3B More in U.S. Investments

Tariffs actually could backfire and see investment plan cut back, warns top Toyota official.

by on Mar.15, 2019

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda called the prospect of his company being called a "national security threat" by the Trump administration "sad."

Toyota plans to boost by $3 billion its investment in the U.S. market, a decision that comes as the automaker – and other foreign-based brands – are facing the possibility of huge new tariffs from an American president who has labeled them a “national security threat.”

That designation is something that “makes feel sad,” Akio Toyoda, the Japanese giant’s CEO, said during an appearance at the Economic Club of Washington. “I hope that this kind of conversation can go away,” the grandson of Toyota’s founder said through an interpreter.

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Separately, the head of Toyota’s North American operations cautioned that those planned investments, which include $749 million to upgrade existing plants in five states, could be cut back if the Trump administration moves ahead with tariffs, something experts have warned could actually result in lower U.S. car sales and a sharp loss of automotive jobs. (more…)

Infiniti Set to Abandon Western European Market

Weak demand leading Nissan’s luxury brand to focus on Europe, China.

by on Mar.12, 2019

The concept version of the Infiniti Q30 debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show as part of the brand's push to become an EU presence.

Infiniti has come to recognize there are limits to its global growth plans, the Nissan luxury brand announcing it will pull out of Western Europe by early next year.

Going forward, the brand will limit its scope to just two markets: the U.S. and China. Along with ending sales in Europe, Infiniti also will halt production of the Q30 and QX30 models at Nissan’s assembly plant in Sunderland, England. The parent company has raised questions about the broader viability of that plant as Britain struggles to manage its planned exit from the European Union later this month.

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A broader restructuring by Infiniti will see the luxury marque pair back on its overall product line-up, the brand’s new global CEO told TheDetroitBureau.com during an interview earlier this year.

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Toyota Warns Brexit Could Lead to Exit from Great Britain

One more automaker concerned about looming deadline.

by on Mar.08, 2019

Toyota officials warned British officials that the company would leave if Brexit goes poorly.

Toyota has joined the list carmakers, warning the government of Great Britain that it is prepared to phase out its operations in the United Kingdom without any kind of back-up plan that would protect the country’s vital links to the European Union.

“If the business environment becomes very difficult to operate, of course those types of decisions should be on the agenda,” Johan van Zyl, the Japanese company’s head of Europe, told reporters at the Geneva Motor Show. “But hopefully we will be able to avoid” a withdrawal.

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The carmaker remains hopeful the U.K. and EU will reach an agreement on Brexit terms, van Zyl said. (more…)

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