Toyota Pays Tribute to Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear

JClrksntoyUniversal Toyota loved Top Gear! In honor of Sir Jeremy Clarkson, Toyota created a tribute video to showcase his incredible talent and humor. Well played, Toyota. Well played.

Toyota seems to love Jeremy Clarkson and what he did with and for the manufacturer on the Top Gear show. It has just released a small tribute video to the presenter showing “all his best bits” (that made them look good in the process).

Who could forget the Hilux destruction saga, or the more recent and deeply positive GT86 review, a car which you can drift while reading a book, according to Jeremy.

The Japanese automaker wasn’t in the least bit offended by his Corolla/refrigerator/washing machine lineup joke – arguably and objectively one of the best jokes he’s ever made on TV. It wasn’t on top gear, but another show he hosted called Clarkson’s Motor Years.

But don’t worry Toyota, Jeremy won’t sit on the sidelines for too long and before you know it he’ll be back to work. What kind of work and where? Well, we don’t know that yet and probably neither does he.

Facelifted 2016 Toyota Corolla Altis Sedan Scooped

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Images of what is believed to be the facelifted version of the ASEAN region Toyota Corolla Altis sedan have emerged on the web.

Offered in a number of Southeast Asian nations such as the Philippines as well as in India, the Altis is one of the many market-specific versions of Toyota’s popular Corolla compact sedan, and is almost identical (cosmetically) to the European model.

The undisguised pre-production car seen here has newly designed front and rear ends. The face incorporates Toyota’s “X” styling theme with a pointy front grille and what look like LED units on the new bumper’s corners.

At the back, this Altis has clear tail lamp graphics along with a redesigned bumper and a rear deck spoiler. Whether this is a regular or some kind of sports edition of the 2016 Corolla remains unknown, but we should find out soon.

Is This Europe’s 2016 Toyota Corolla Facelift, Asia’s New Corolla Hybrid Or Both?

2016-Toyota-Corolla-FL-Carscoops1400Always the face of innovation. Could this really be the next 2016 Toyota Corolla!? Universal Toyota is looking forward to the future of sedans, and we know we will always be on the forefront! Stop by today or visit us online to see our in stock Corollas and Camrys!

After the facelifted Auris hatchback and Touring Sports models presented at the Geneva show this week, Toyota may be preparing an update for its other compact model, the Corolla sedan.

These screenshots were taken from a fresh set of animated videos from Toyota Europe showcasing the firm’s new range of advanced active-safety systems bundled under the ‘Toyota Safety Sense’ umbrella.

The animated car shown in all clips looks like a facelifted version of the European-spec Corolla sedan with a pointier new face and a bumper design modeled after the revised Auris. Some minor changes seem to have taken place at the back as well, including a slightly different chrome strip between the lights and a revised bumper.

More intriguingly, the instrument cluster shots clearly show a hybrid model gauge on the left hand side.

Toyota offers a number of market-specific Corollas with various styling and mechanical changes around the world, so if this isn’t the European model, the only other explanation we can think of is that it depicts the upcoming Corolla Hybrid with a 1.5-liter petrol engine assisted by an electric motor, reportedly designed for China and possibly, other Asian countries.

A big hat tip to Ayberk!

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Toyota Announces WRC Return in 2017 with the Yaris, Akio Toyoda Test Drives it

Toyota-Yaris-WRC-0The futuristic Yaris WRC will be making a magnificent spectacle in 2017! Stop by Universal Toyota today and find out why the Yaris is the perfect choice for you!

Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has announced its return to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2017 with the Yaris WRC, a car developed and built entirely at its technical center in Cologne, Germany.

The Toyota Yaris WRC has already completed a preliminary test program on tarmac and gravel stages across Europe, with TMG to continue testing over the next two years to prepare for a return to the series in which it won four drivers’ and three manufacturers’ world titles in the 1990s.

Toyota president Akio Toyoda himself made the announcement at a news conference where the Yaris WRC made its public debut in its new launch livery. He proved he remains probably the coolest CEO in the automotive industry by test driving the car in Tahara, Japan, a week before the announcement. As stipulated by WRC regulations, the car is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct injection engine producing more than 300 hp.

Toyota says the Yaris WRC’s chassis has been developed using advanced simulation, testing and production techniques. The automaker has also announced that it has chosen Frenchman Eric Camilli as the first member of a junior driver development scheme, designed to nurture the Toyota rally stars of the future.

Camilli will be joined by Stéphane Sarrazin, winner of last year’s Tour de Corse and a racer in Toyota’s FIA World Endurance Championship team, and Sebastian Lindholm. Toyota’s development program will include several European WRC events, with different surfaces. However, the driver lineup for the 2017 season hasn’t been announced yet.

Toyota’s 2017 WRC return will come 18 years after its final WRC rally in 1999. That season marked the end of more than 25 years’ continuous rally activity at TMG, which began life as Andersson Motorsport, named after the company’s founder, the late Ove Andersson, and which competed in the WRC as Toyota Team Europe.

During that time the team achieved 43 wins, with iconic cars such as the Celica Twin-cam Turbo and GT-Four and the Corolla WRC. The line-up of legendary drivers included Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen and Didier Auriol.

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Toyota Teases Mystery RND Concept ahead of its World Debut on January 26

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Always on the fast track for improvement, Toyota’s RND study may be on the cutting edge for model production! Although there is still a lot of speculation and mystery, you can find out a little more about Toyota in general by stopping my Universal Toyota today!

Toyota has released a teaser photo of a new study called RND Concept, a vehicle that previews a new production model.

The RND Concept will have its world debut on January 26 in the UK, with Toyota saying it is “ready for fast-track development that should see it changing the face of motoring within weeks.” According to the automaker, manufacturing and product supply have been secured. Furthermore, “on-the-road pricing has been fixed at a level that will make the RND Concept accessible to the widest possible market.”

The image shows what appears to be the rear end of the car featuring round taillights, with Toyota saying the concept’s design “marks a radical shift in direction for Toyota, taking the ‘fun-to-drive’ qualities of its cars to a higher level.” Toyota also claims the RND Concept’s impact will go far beyond its own model range, “having the potential to transform the look of every vehicle on the road.”

“Full details of the RND Concept will be announced next week, but ahead of the official unveiling I can say that this is something we are proud of and that will make a valuable contribution to the world we live in,” said President of Toyota GB, Matt Harrison.

We’re in the dark here as much as you are, so we can only start guessing what the RND Concept is about. I will start by speculating the RND Concept previews a 3D-printed car. What do you think?

2015 Toyota 4Runner Proves Off-Road Credentials

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The 2015 4Runner may seem like just another SUV, but pay attention folks: it’s an off-roading beast! While the KBB dudes found it beyond awesome for an off road snowy adventure, we here at Universal Toyota know its a luxurious, masterful work of technological, vehicular evolution!

The 2015 Toyota 4Runner is still a pretty oldschool vehicle. It may have some electronic aids and modern accouterments, but it’s still basically just body-on-frame ruggedness at a fairly affordable price.

The guys over at KBB took one out on an off-road adventure. They bit off more than they could chew, by going down a snowy hill that was obviously very difficult to climb back again. Yet even so, with some shoveling, it somehow managed to crawl back up and got them safely back.

It’s definitely not the kind of SUV for city dwellers, but for somebody who actually needs the off-road capability, then the 4Runner is a safe bet. Just make sure you fit it with suitable tires, as even the run in the video posted below would have been far less daunting with more specialized rubber.

This is the Face of Toyota’s All-New 2016 Tacoma

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Is anyone else out there excited for the 2016 Tacoma! Here at Universal Toyota we can’t wait to see, drive, and explore in 2016 Tacoma!

After showing the tail of the 2016 Tacoma last week, Toyota has now brought the head of its all-new pickup truck into the spotlight.

The front-end shares some familiar styling traits with the
latest 4Runner SUV, albeit executed in a more rugged fashion.

Official details remain thin and the only thing we know for sure is that the next generation Tacoma will have its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

“The all-new 2016 Tacoma will be ready to once again set the benchmark for midsize pickup performance,” Toyota said in a statement. “Backed by a heritage of unwavering capability, an unbreakable attitude and new, rugged tech, Tacoma’s off-road prowess is more formidable than ever.”

New Toyota Mirai: The Fuel Cell Car You Can Buy

New-Toyota-Mirai-100  While everyone else was hinting at their fuel-cell future at the LA Auto Show, Toyota was two steps ahead revealing its production Mirai that will go on sale next year.

Hydrogen-powered cars are gaining momentum with Toyota hoping that it can replicate the success of its Prius in the near future – not necessarily with the Mirai that will be the brand’s second most expensive car in the USA after the Land Cruiser, but with the following generations.

They have to start somewhere and the Mirai that will be offered for sale with a base MSRP of $57,500, not including any federal incentives of up to $13,000 that may or may not be available next year, plus three years of free hydrogen fuel, or a $499 monthly lease for 3 years, is a good place to kick off the initiative.

It makes sense only as long as you see the broader picture and how this technology, which emits nothing but water vapor, can dramatically alter our transportation future.

The Mirai’s fuel cell stack system combines hydrogen gas from tanks with oxygen to produce electricity that powers a 113kW (152hp) electric motor driving the front wheels. The tanks can be refueled in about five minutes offering a range of up to 300 miles or 483 km.

Toyota is also heavily investing in hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

“Toyota’s vision of a hydrogen society is not just about building a great car, but ensuring accessible, reliable and convenient refueling for our customers,” said Toyota North America boss Jim Lentz. “I am happy to announce that this vision will expand beyond the borders of California and give customers the opportunity to join the fuel cell movement.”

California will be the first state to get the Mirai in fall of 2015, with Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island to follow, as Toyota expands its hydrogen stations.