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Toyota’s 2017 4Runner TRD Off-Road can handle anything you throw at it



The Toyota 4Runner is a dinosaur, a truck-like body-on-frame SUV in a world of car-based crossovers. That means the 4Runner is no longer the big seller it once was, but it also means this Toyota is pretty good off road.

Toyota is highlighting those off-road capabilities with the new 2017 TRD Off-Road model. It basically replaces last year’s Trail model, and slots in below the more hardcore TRD Pro in the 4Runner lineup. TRD…
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U.S. Military Will Test Toyota Land Cruiser, Hilux And Ford Ranger As War Vehicles



The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has placed an order for militarized Toyota Land Cruisers, Hiluxes and Ford Rangers to use as low-profile but battle-survivable field vehicles. That’s provided the prototypes pass muster in military evaluations, of course.

Defense contractor Battelle of Columbus, Ohio has been awarded up to $170 million to build “as many as 556 vehicles—396 armored and 160 unarmored—with most of them consisting of the Toyota Land Cruiser…
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Toyota EverTest expedition: mission complete

The large-scale Toyota EverTest project is complete. For three months – April, May and June 2016 – this project united brave and strong-minded mountaineers who took the challenge of the world’s highest mountain, and legendary SUVs of the Land Cruiser family. The Land Cruiser 200 and the Land Cruiser Prado, unbeatable and designed for testing to the limits, have again proved their right to be called ever better cars, travelling a path of 15,250 kilometers…
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Toyota dominates opening Cup practice at New Hampshire

Toyota dominates opening Cup practice at New Hampshire

After sweeping both Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last year, the Toyotas were stout again in first practice on Friday.

Martin Truex Jr. led the Camry parade in single lap speeds. He posted the fastest lap — 133.562 mph — on his 18th circuit around the Magic Mile. Carl Edwards was second quick with a lap of 133.380 mph. The No. 19 Toyota jumped to the top of the speed chart with…
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New Toyota Supra To Pair Electric Motors With A BMW Engine



It seems that our long wait for a Supra successor might be nearing the end as reports starting to emerge again, giving us more details about Toyota’s upcoming sports car. 

Based on a platform commonly developed with BMW, the new Supra will share many components with the Z4 successor but the Japanese sports car will be physically bigger than its Bavarian sibling as it will use an extended version of the said platform.

This…
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2016 Toyota Prius and Prius Prime Look Good in Crash Test Ratings


Safety ratings, and their accompanying videos, from IIHS and NHTSA are giving thumbs up to the 2016 Toyota Prius and the soon-to-be launched Prius Prime plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the car as Good overall, and it’s the safest Prius ever according to IIHS’ detailed table. “Good” rating in all categories translated to the 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ from IIHS.

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Toyota is Helping Protect Wildlife, and You Can Too!

Toyota Motor Corporation recently announced that it is entering a five-year partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to fund at least 28,000 new species assessments to be added to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

The Red List is a global resource that provides detailed information about the habitat, and conservation status of almost 80,000 species around the world...

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MIT Technology Review Ranks Toyota at 17 Out of World's 50 Smartest Companies

To be named as one of the 50 Smartest Companies of 2016 by the MIT Technology Review is no small honor. Toyota finds itself as one of only two automakers among cutting-edge technology businesses, like the genetics-sequencing 23andMe, drone-delivery-developing Amazon, and "we'll live on Mars one day" SpaceX (the second automaker is Elon Musk's other company, Tesla).

How does a car manufacturer whose entire brand...

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When a Ferrari and a Toyota GT86 get jiggy, strange things happen


Swapping V8s into small Japanese cars is not new. In fact, swapping V8s into small sportscars from anywhere is not new. From the original Cobra to the modern FR-S and BRZ, big V8 power in a light, lithe chassis has been delicious combination rivaling the Reese's peanut butter cup.

People familiar with these swaps know that American iron is the preferred source for large-displacement grunt, but Ryan Tuerck and Gumout have taken a different…
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Toyota's new concept car is inspired by a comic book

When car designers seek inspiration, they usually look to nature or to objects like fighter jets, but for Toyota's latest conceptual take on its GT86 sportscar, the company has looked to cult 1990s manga comic book and cartoon series "Initial D."



Those that know their manga will know that central "Initial D" character Takumi Fujiwara is a delivery driver by day and aspiring street racer by night. But they'll also know that his…
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