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.

2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro First Test

“You should drive in four-wheel drive for at least 10 miles (16 km) each month. This will assure that the front-drive components are lubricated.” Sure thing, whoever was responsible for wording these instructions in the 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro’s owner’s manual. (It’s the same setting where …

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Toyota reveals a SpongeBob themed Sienna

Check out this really cool Spongebob themed 2015 Toyota Sienna! It has a lot of neat features such as being able to blow bubbles! If you want to check out a Sienna for yourself, head over to our dealership and we would be happy to show you the latest model!

The Japanese carmaker has joined hand with Nickelodeon to create a one-off SpongeBob concept for the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Toyota and Nickelodeon had teamed up earlier to create a unique SpongeBob SquarePants themed Highlander. The Japanese carmaker has once again collaborated with the latter, but this time to promote the 2015 Toyota Sienna and the upcoming American 2D animated movie – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

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Next-Gen Toyota GT86 Hinted at in New Report

Toyota and Subaru, working together? Yep! And they’ve created the fun and sporty, GT86. While it’s not available in the US, it’s sure caused a stir! Check the link for more pictures.

As unlikely as it seemed at first, Toyota and Subaru really did come together to create what is proving to be quite a popular affordable sports car. Toyota’s side of the deal meant it could sell considerably more cars than Subaru, so the latter could have felt wronged; it didn’t and according to a report, the two manufacturers will stay together for the creation of the next-gen interpretation.

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Toyota Globally Sells 7-Millionth Hybrid Vehicle

Seven million Hybrids! Toyota hit that great number of hybrid vehicle sold a couple of days ago. If you’re looking for an excellent, fuel efficient car, please swing by Universal Toyota and see what we have to offer!

Since launching the Prius to its home market in 1997, Toyota has globally expanded hybrid models and sales, and yesterday announced it had sold its seven millionth car. alone, “well over” two million Lexus and Toyota hybrids have been sold, and the automaker has two-thirds hybrid passenger vehicle market share followed by [ ] The post Toyota Globally Sells 7-Millionth Hybrid Vehicle appeared first on HybridCars.com.

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Toyota rolling out San Antonio-made Tundra Bass Pro Shops trucks

A special Tundra is coming to Texas in 2015! Toyota is teaming with Bass Pro Shops to create the Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition. Be on the look out for it!

Toyota, which hopes to capture a larger slice of the pickup truck market, is hitching its Tundra to the Bass Pro Shops brand. The automaker has unveiled a new 2015 Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition truck that is manufactured on San Antonio’s South Side and will be available in several U.S.

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Toyota C-HR Concept Debuting In Paris Previews Future Subcompact Crossover

Toyota’s new C-HR concept car debuting at the 2014 Paris Auto Show on October 2 is a preview of a future subcompact crossover the automaker is working on. It will be the highlight of Toyota’s Paris stand, which will also feature the production version of the automaker’s upcoming fuel cell sedan. The C-HR concept features.

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Toyota recruits El Paso business owner to assemble Tacoma truck beds

Rosa Santana certainly has some business smarts! She worked diligently over eight years to become a supplier for Toyota and starting in January, her company will be assembling Tacoma truck beds in El Paso. Great job Rosa!

When Toyota opened a truck assembly plant in San Antonio almost eight years ago, El Paso business owner Rosa Santana knew it would be a good idea to get her foot in the door there. She opened a branch of Integrated Human Capital, her 12-year-old El Paso staffing agency, in an office park across the street from the plant and began supplying labor to some of Toyota’s suppliers.

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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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