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 i-Road electric three-wheeler gets green light for early production

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Toyota‘s i-Road three-wheeler concept is set to make it off the drawing board and onto the road. Toyota has announced that a limited production run of the fully enclosed, tilting EV will begin shortly, with initial units being transferred to Toyota’s Ha:mo urban transport system trials in Toyota City.

When the i-Road burst onto the scene at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, it felt like one of those design concepts that, although innovative and exciting, would probably disappear as do most of that ilk. But now Toyota has put its money where its mouth is, and is producing a short production run, probably numbering in the hundreds, to add to it’s prototype Ha:mo urban transport system.

The i-Road is an electric personal mobility vehicle with two in-line seats, that leans into the corners like a motorcycle. With only five horsepower, a top speed of 45 km/h (30 mph), and a range of 50 km (30 mi), the i-Road is aimed squarely at an urban transport market.

Toyota is running its Harmonious Mobility Network (Ha:mo for short) in Toyota City, located in Aichi, Japan. Designed as a system to improve urban transportation by combining private car and public transportation, Ha:mo is aimed at making both urban transportation and the urban culture more people- and community friendly.

The Ha:mo RIDE project is a car sharing system using ultracompact electric vehicles that provides transportation to and within the city center; for example, between a train station and a passenger’s workplace. At present the system has ten Toyota COMS personal mobility vehicles and ten ToyotaPAS power assisted bicycles. These are available at four stations where they can be rented and returned after use.

In the planned expansion, these numbers will be increased to 100 of each, with 100 i-Roads being added in early 2014. The number of rental stations will be increased to seventeen, providing service at train stations and major public buildings to facilitate quick turnover of the rentals. A rental fee of 20 yen (about 20 US cents) per minute will also be instituted.

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Toyota moving its US headquarters, along with 3,000 jobs, from California to Texas

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Here’s some BIG news for Toyota: they’re moving their headquarters! Yes, Toyota is moving their operation from California to the great state of Texas. “As we visited those four primary locations, it became quite clear that the Dallas metro area was far and above the best choice,” said Jim Lentz, Toyota’s CEO for North America. The major of the move should take place during 2016 and we here at Universal Toyota could not be anymore excited!

Toyota is making a surprise move from California, announcing it would transfer its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs from the Los Angeles suburbs to the outskirts of Dallas. The world’s largest automaker will keep a foothold in California — about 2,300 jobs will remain in California after …

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