New Toyota Test Vehicle Paves the Way for Commercialization of Automated Highway Driving Technologies
Toyota has been testing a new automated driving test vehicle called Highway Teammate, with the aim of launching related products by around 2020. In addition to demonstrating the capabilities of next-generation safety technologies, the vehicle represents Toyota’s view of the evolving driver-car relationship in the age of artificial intelligence.
Toyota believes that interactions between drivers and cars should mirror those between close friends who share a common purpose, sometimes watching over each other and sometimes helping each other out. Toyota refers to this approach as the Mobility Teammate Concept, and Highway Teammate represents an important first effort to give form to this concept. Continue reading →
Toyota will soon offer an “Intelligent Transportation System” (ITS) safety package on three models in Japan. The package, named ITS Connect, uses Japan’s standardized ITS frequency of 760 MHz to receive and share data transmitted by external infrastructure and other vehicles. Equipping ITS on these three models will make Toyota the world’s first automaker to bring a driver assist function that uses a dedicated ITS frequency to market. Continue reading →
The Toyota Highlander started the midsize crossover SUV category 15 years ago, so it had a head start on becoming a benchmark. The third-generation model, now entering its third year, offers room for up to eight, a choice of three powertrains and four model grades. It all adds up to the ideal family vehicle.
The Highlander didn’t need much to get even better for 2016, but Toyota went ahead and made the towing package standard on all V6 models. The package includes a heavy-duty radiator with engine oil cooler, 200-watt fan coupling, supplemental transmission oil cooler and 150-amp alternator and allows the V6 models to tow a trailer up to 5,000 pounds. Other powertrain choices include a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder in the LE front-drive model, and Hybrid Synergy Drive with 280 total system horsepower. The four-cylinder and the V6 are both teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. Continue reading →
Back for the 2016 vehicle model year is the third-generation Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma has been a hit with many buyers as a daily driver and as a weekend adventure vehicle. With Toyota build-quality and reliability, the Toyota Tacoma is a practical option for many. The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is new and improved with all-new sheet metal, an updated interior, and most importantly, increased performance. Continue reading for five of the biggest changes to the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, now available at Toyota Place in Garden Grove, CA! Continue reading →
All-New 2016 Toyota Prius World Premiere
The all-new 2016 Prius lights up the night sky in Las Vegas during its official world premiere. With its striking new look, smarter tech and impressive fuel economy– all in a package that’s more fun to drive than ever, the next era of Prius is here!
It’s no secret that driving with small children can be full of challenges – from battles over whose turn it is to pick the music to making sure you’re fully stocked with snacks and supplies. But one thing that should not be a puzzle is how to keep them safe. That’s why Buckle Up for Life, the national education program from Toyota and Cincinnati Children’s, is sharing the top five myths and facts on car seats, just in time for Child Passenger Safety Week (September 13-19).
“We know from our work with thousands of families across the country over the past decade that car seats can be frustrating. In fact, an alarming three out of four are not installed properly,” said Gloria del Castillo, child passenger safety expert at Cincinnati Children’s and national program manager for Buckle Up for Life.
Del Castillo continued, “Working closely with leading children’s hospitals across the country, Buckle Up for Life shares vital safety education with parents and caregivers. It is our hope that by doing this – including our latest campaign to dispel some very common myths – we can continue to make a difference in saving children’s lives.” Continue reading →
The Toyota C-HR concept, a stylish and compact hybrid crossover, has been updated with the intention of launching a mass-market version in the not-so-distant future. The new five-door model is currently on display at the 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show (September 15―27).
The Toyota C-HR Concept was created to explore new directions for compact crossovers in an increasingly homogenous marketplace, and made its first appearance at the 2014 Paris Motor Show as a design study.
The concept is visually distinctive, thanks to its expressive diamond-inspired styling, packed full of eye-catching details that have been sculpted and chamfered to represent the facetted surfaces of a precision-cut gemstone. The vehicle builds on two key elements of Toyota’s design language―Keen Look and Under Priority―to create a bold, emphatic front profile that emphasizes the lower grille as well as increasing aerodynamic performance, cooling, and pedestrian safety. Continue reading →
The 2015 Highlander was designed with excitement in mind. A bold, aggressive grille aids airflow, while the available LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) add style and visibility. And its Chromtec® roof rails are integrated, which means when you aren’t using them to carry your accessories, their aerodynamic shape minimizes the noise coming from overhead.
Adjustable power liftgate
This available feature allows you to open the rear liftgate and adjust how high it opens with the press of a button. If you have a garage with low clearance or a covered parking spot, you know how much this matters. And there’s no need to open the entire liftgate to quickly grab something small. Just use the available flip-up rear hatch window for easy access. Continue reading →
Integrated Trailer Brake Controller
It doesn’t matter if you’re hauling your boat or a full load of lumber8,12—when you come to a stop, you want your trailer to do the same. Lucky for you, an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller13 now comes standard on all 2016 Tundras equipped with the 5.7L V8. When connected to a compatible trailer, this system will allow you to adjust the amount of trailer braking based on the weight of the trailer. In other words, it’s one more way Tundra gives you more control over what’s going on behind you.
38-gallon fuel tank
The workday doesn’t stop for gas, and neither do you. That’s why the 2016 Tundra offers the largest fuel tank in its class.14 With 38 gallons of capacity, you can rest assured that you’ve got the fuel you need for life’s longer hauls. Continue reading →