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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Refreshed Toyota Auris Receives New 1.2-Liter Turbo in Geneva

000At Universal Toyota we’re always looking ahead to strive for the best, technology-savvy improvements in vehicle history. Just recently at the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota unveiled the fresh-faced Auris, packed with technological enhancements and a shiny new face for Toyota! Visit us today to see our variety of sedans and fun new additions to your vehicle we have to make your life easier!

The Auris, Toyota’s answer to the VW Golf and Ford Focus, is finally starting to catch up to the leading pack as it receives its first downsized turbocharged petrol power plant. It’s a 1.2-liter unit and it’s part of a 14-strong new engine offensive planned by Toyota over the course of 2014 and 2015.

The engine is direct-injected and intelligent variable valve timing, as well. Power wise, it’s average in the sector of turbocharged 1.2s, putting out 115 hp but its torque figure is excellent, at 185 Nm; what’s more impressive is that the latter is delivered linearly between 1,500 and 4,000 where the torque curve is not a curve, but a straight line.

Equipping the Auris, the engine is capable of pushing it to 100 km/h or 62 mph in 10.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 200 km/h or 125 mph. Efficiency and emissions are also competitive: 4.7 l/100 km average (60 mpg UK / 50 mpg US).

It’s interesting to note that using the intelligent variable valve timing, the engine can decide to run in Otto or Atkinson cycles; as the manufacturer explains, “the latter is used in extremely low load conditions, when the intake valve remains open for a fraction of time, after the compression stroke has set in, allowing part of the gas charge to be pushed back into the intake. As a result, the effective compression stroke is shortened. Pumping losses are reduced, since the pressure on the piston is lower, and also the throttle valve can be opened wider.”

The refreshed Toyota Auris just debuted at the Geneva motor show, with a fresh face matching the rest of the range, this new turbo engine and several mechanical and interior enhancements too.

Toyota Previews 2015 Avensis Ahead of Geneva Debut

toyota-avensis-facelift-geneva-3Who couldn’t be more excited about an amazing Toyota remodel!? Universal Toyota, that’s who! With all new innovative styles and the constant strive to create the perfect vehicle for you, Toyota keep raising the bar – especially with it’s 2015 Avensis!

Toyota has officially revealed images of its 2015 AvensisD-Segment family car, featuring a new front end design and a couple of new engines. Curiously, this marks the second time this third-generation Avensis has received a facelift.


The current generation Avensis was revealed back in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show, followed by a successful press launch in Milan where journalists raved about its ultra-modern styling, its spacious cabin and high quality interior.

Three years later it had already received its first facelift, which compared to what we’re looking at here, was a rather minor one. For 2015, the Avensis will take on front end features similar to those found on models such as the Auris and the Aygo – with all the design lines meeting towards the middle of the bonnet where the badge is.

The thin grille, large air intakes and dynamic looking headlights make this a more aggressive design than before – whether that’s a good thing or not, is hard to say. Some felt that the 2009 Avensis was the best looking of them all.

Still no word on what the back of the car looks like, or the interior for that matter, but inside we can expect better looking materials, a few new gadgets (such as Safety Sense active safety technology) and maybe even a new layout.

The 2015 Avensis will also come with EU6 compliant engines and possibly even a hybrid unit – similar to what the Auris and Yaris have up their sleeves. Whether all this will be enough to even slightly challenge the might of the all-new Passat and Mondeo, remains to be seen.

The full reveal will take place in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

Toyota Details New 2016 Tacoma Pickup Truck

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Are you as excited about the 2016 Tacoma as we are!? Here at Universal Toyota, we know the value of quality and finesse…which is why Toyota has rebuilt the beloved Tacoma to make it a better, smoother, more efficient way to travel. We can’t wait!

After a slew of photos made it on the web, Toyota finally revealed the new Tacoma at the Detroit Auto Show today.

Toyota says the 2016 Tacoma has been “rebuilt inside and out” featuring an all-new powertrain, updated suspension parts, and new tech features to bring the mid-size truck up to date as it sets out to compete against GM and itsnew Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models.

Beginning with the Tacoma’s frame, Toyota says it added high strength steel to enhance rigidity and overall strength, while ultra-high strength steel was integrated into the body shell using a new hot stamping process to reduce weight.

The truck’s suspension was re-tuned with Toyota claiming that it offers “a smoother on-road ride, while making it even more capable off-road”.

Power comes from a 2.7-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine carried over from the outgoing model and an all-new 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle V6 equipped with Toyota’s D-4S technology, featuring both direct and port fuel injection. Toyota hasn’t given out any performance numbers yet.

Both engines will be linked to a new six-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift, while the bigger V6 will also be available with a six-speed manual gearbox.

On the outside, the new Tacoma has a more contemporary, chiseled appearance, while the interior has been modernized with a brand new dashboard featuring an electronically controlled, dual-zone air-conditioning system and a large touchscreen for the infotainment system.

Other notable features include a new tri-fold hard tonneau cover for securing gear, Blind-spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Smart key with push-button start and Qi wireless charging.

Toyota Urban Utility Concept is a Cargo Van for the City

Toyota has unveiled the Urban Utility Concept today at a private panel discussion hosted by Make: magazine in San Francisco. The Utility Concept vehicle – or U2 was designed by Toyota’s Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California. Revealing a project like the U2 gives people a window into …

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Toyota Has The Best Seats, J.D. Power Says

There is a study to find cars with the best seats from J.D. The car brand to take the top spot for this survey is surprisingly Toyota. This year’s study seems to favor big vehicles, as the Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia (all these Toyota models are sold in North America and not…

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Toyota teases new Gran Turismo FT-1

Toyota has released a teaser of its new FT-1 to come to Gran Turismo 6 TOYOTA has released images and a video of a new racing version of its FT-1 supercar ahead of its virtual unveiling in the Gran Turismo 6 PlayStation game in September this year. Following the real-world debut of Toyota’s FT-1 …

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Toyota hires Busta Rhymes to promote 2015 Sienna aka Swagger Wagon [video]

Don’t call the 2015 Toyota Sienna a minivan!! The newly redesigned van is now being touted as the “Swagger Wagon.” And with all it’s new features, it’s easy to see why. Check out the hilarious video in the link for a better look at it.

Toyota is presenting the 2015 Sienna through a hilarious music video featuring rapper Busta Rhymes. We do know the new model year has brought an updated instrumentation and fresh upholstery choices along with a multi-information 4.2-inch display providing turn-by-turn directions and other relevant data.

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2015 Toyota Yaris Debuts: New Nose, New Dash, Still a Car

When Toyota last redesigned its Yaris subcompact, the company launched the remarkably frank “It’s a CAR!” marketing campaign. We weren’t impressed with the campaign, but the sportified SE model did finish third out of six in a subsequent cheap-car comparison test-pretty good for being “just a car.” For 2015, Toyota has restyled the Yaris inside.

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Toyota Camry Holds Top Car Spot With 13.4% Sales Increase

The Camry is still number 1! The amazing mid-size sedan continues to be the top pick of American families. If you want to find out why, come to Universal Toyota. We’ll show you what makes them so incredible!

Toyota Motor Corp.’s (NYSE: TM) Camry held onto the spot as the top-selling car in America by besting competition again in June. Camry sales rose 13.4% to 40,664 and were 7.2% higher for the year to date at 225,400. In a market that continues to be ruled by pickups, Camry has nearly caught the number two pickup in the market, General Motors Co.’s (NYSE: GM) Chevy Silverado.

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