A look at the most stylishly evolved 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis A unique and convenient weekend offer scheme Watch the amazing teaser image of 2015 Camry in pitch dark background All New Toyota Innova to be introduced in 2015 Toyota teases India bound 2015 Camry facelift New Toyota cars to come packed with Nexus 7 built into the dashboards 2015 Highlander is sporty stylish efficient and comfortable Toyota Motor spawns two new versions of the funky FT-1 concept Nuances behind Tesla Toyota crash Toyota developing a new entry level sports car


A look at the most stylishly evolved 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis

The Toyota Corolla has been the most popular car in the world and it deserves to be so with all its great qualities. Being elegant, hugely reliable, extremely safe and comfortable car, the Corolla is gem of a car that comes from the global auto leader Toyota Motor. A bit shy of 5 decades old, the Toyota Corolla is an ever green sedan which has become even younger and bolder in its all new 11th generation avatar. The all new 2014 Toyota Corolla is undoubtedly the most evolved model in terms of design. The 11th generation model has finally bid adieu to its patent plain looks tag and got a more sophisticated, stylish, matured and bolder looks to suite the rest of the premium quality car.

corolla altis with VVTI badge-1.

corolla altis with VVTI badge

The all new Corolla has got a bold and sporty new face to create a solid first impression while looking at it up front. While keeping the older wheelbase intact, the Toyota engineers have made the new Corolla 80mm longer and 15mm wider to offer enhanced interior space. This results in a slight overhang at the car’s front, but the car is not wobbly at all, as Toyota has made its chassis stronger than before ensuring its increased safety aspect. The sedan has become a bit shorter to look sportier. The car gets bold character lines at the front and at its side which make it look lean and mean. Moreover, one more remarkable thing is that despite the increase proportions the car weights the same as before.

The new Corolla’s large airdam, highly stylized upswept large headlights with LED strips and the slightly flared sporty wheel arches ensure that the new model looks muscular and smart in stark contrast to its previous model’s conservative design. The 16 inch alloy wheels are great too, but looks a bit small on this car, as Toyota has increased its ground clearance which is best-in-class ground. This also tells that Toyota has not worked on the car’s skin deep beauty only, but has also improved it as a whole. The well raised car can handle rough roads and large speed-breakers smoothly to offer a superior ride. Toyota has also stiffened the sedan’s suspension for a great performance.

The all new Corolla’s rear has also received the new bold design language. It grabs attention with eye-catching tail lights, a good dose of chrome garnish to add to the bling.

The all new 2014 Toyota Corolla is thus is truly an all new car to look at, and it feels new too with all the chassis and ride quality improvements that the company endowed on it. Toyota has also reduced the noise and vibration levels of the car and braced with even better safety features to reinforce its unbeatable reliability factor. The all new Corolla Altis has never been able to get its astral global success in India, but you never know the all new Corolla may start a new beginning for the brand.

A unique and convenient weekend offer scheme

The competition in Indian auto market is just moving, the market is just recovering from constrained economy. For the past few months the discount scheme is common, there are amazing weekend offers to look forward to. To bring back the lost customer sentiment, auto firms are handing out amazing packages in the form of free roadside assistance, free purchase and insurance, scratch and win gold coin and exchange bonanza.

Toyota Logo

Toyota Logo

Toyota launched an amazing Exchange Carnival scheme, it is a unique format, and customers can avail best deals by exchanging their old cars for a new one. The offer was on till the 24th of August, and the bonus was a good deal in exchange for old model. Those who missed it can look out for some more of such offers and can contact a dealership near you.

Toyota has made commendable profits in 2014 July, and has surfaced out of the great depression state. In the month the firm made 4% gains and sold 11,921 vehicles higher than 11,515 in the previous year. A top Toyota executive stated, much of the gains came from new launches Etios Cross and Corolla Altis. The firm sold 882 units of Corolla and 888 pieces of Etios Cross. Long time best sellers Fortuner and Innova have also contributed significant profits.

Etios Cross was a big launch of 2014; so much excitement was centred on the car months before its arrival. It defines the core nature of Cross model with side cladding, front bull bar and roof rails. The insides are as one of a kind as the exteriors, the styling is inspired by Liva hatchback; the seats are super comfy and covered with refined upholstery. The centre console and door panels are painted with refined black material; the three spoke steering has neat silver treatment. The music system, air con unit and instrumentation panel is advanced, there are ample storage spots in the form of glove box unit, bottle holders, cup holders and accessory power outlet. The world class music system has Bluetooth, USB, MP3 and Aux-in port connectivity.

The new Corolla Altis is the eleventh gen model, and sports a more premium dressing from the past. It drove the crowd insane and was the talk of the town months before launch. The inside of new Altis is a refined version of the previous cars. There is ample cabin room, layered with dual tone colour theme, filled with solid chrome treatment. On the centre console is advanced equipments like air con unit, control switches and best-in-class infotainment system. The rear and front seats have headrests; the driver seat can be adjusted 8 ways via electrically adjustable function with lumbar support.

The Toyota weekend offer is tempting indeed, consumers can sell their old worn out vehicles for a new one; the interesting part of the scheme is owners can get rid of additional storage, different from grabbing attractive discounts. The scheme is over, but there may be many more in the offering, and also so much more excitement coming your way.

Watch the amazing teaser image of 2015 Camry in pitch dark background

Although Toyota recorded an impressive 4% gain in 2014 July, the market share value has not picked up to the level of other biggies Honda and Hyundai. The company has not gained significant momentum on par with its contenders, even with Innova, Etios and Etios Liva doing well in domestic segment. To gain foothold on par with competition the firm plans to launch a new C2 segment vehicle for Indian market.

2015 Toyota Camry

2015 Toyota Camry

Teaser image of the new vehicle is up on the web, and it is none other than 2015 Camry. The teaser image reveals the front portion painted with an interesting story, it is modified slightly. What is seen is just a small piece of the vehicle; the actual next gen model is not exposed. Russia will receive the car by the end of the year, and an Indian launch is expected to happen.

The present Camry model has been on the run for quite a while in India, Toyota did not manage to yield sufficient profits with the vehicle. The market is packed with SUV and crossover; there are now so many sedan launches in D1 and D2 category. Reports say the Camry may be a trigger for many more such products, launch of Camry will fuel the steaming battle that exists in sedan market, its arch rivals are masterpiece luxury products such as Volkswagen Passat, 2014 Skoda Superb and new Hyundai Sonata. Audi A3 is another new entry into the plush D segment.

An interesting aspect of the teaser image is the layout of front fascia is vastly different from US spec car. The features to take note of are potent headlamps and robust LED daytime running lights. From the image the discovered information was only bits of the front grille are visible, and it is a step ahead from the past, and pathway into futuristic design technology.  2015 Camry will have new re-structured combination lights, fresh wheels and bumpers.

Reports say the mechanical fitments will be similar to the existing car, 2015 Camry will run on an efficient 2.5 liter petrol mill coupled with six speed automatic transmission gearbox. The engine generates spark power and torque efficiencies of 233Nm and 181 PS. The efficiencies are not too far off from hybrid vehicle that gives out 270Nm and 205 PS.

Toyota has created waves of excitement with its best selling new comers, Etios Cross and Corolla Altis. 2015 Camry is an addition to the phenomenal list, the teaser image looks amazing, what is shown is the sparkling nature of headlights, there is a blue boundary around the shiny white light. The new Camry is a fascinating piece and the impact can be compared with eleventh gen Corolla Altis, which has superior layering and comfort.

Camry is among the best looking cars at a global level, imagine how the 2015 model will turn out, it is surely going to be a wonder piece. Let’s wait for the arrival of the vehicle and dig into an evolutionary product of a luxury vehicle.

All New Toyota Innova to be introduced in 2015

The Indian MPV market leader Toyota Innova is getting strong market competition recently. The MPV market is really lucrative in India, and that is why a whole lot of car majors are planning to launch their new MPVs in India. The newly launched Honda Mobilio MPV is already a massive hit and it is thought to eat into the high demands of the larger Innova as well.

All New Toyota Innova

All New Toyota Innova

Toyota Motor thus, is preparing itself beforehand to deal with this raising competition. The MPV segment is also very hot in the international markets as well, and the Innova being one of the bestselling models from the house of Toyota has a lot of importance for the company. There had been quite recent reports about Toyota working on all new Innova as well as the all new Fortuner. However, while the next-gen Toyota Fortuner SUV which is also the bestselling premium SUV in India is expected to launch in India sometime towards the end of next year, the next-gen Innova was said to be launching sometime in the year 2016 in the Indian car market. However, now it is revealed that the all new Innova too might land up in India as soon as next year.

The very popular Toyota Innova MPV is now being worked on full speed by Toyota and the vehicle’s test prototype models have also been spied on several times both in India as well as on the roads of Thailand. It is now being said that the all new Toyota Innova might be introduced to the various car markets by the year 2016, while the actual market launch is expected to happen in early 2016. However going by the fast forward actions of some auto makers, Toyota too might speed up the process of bringing in the all new Innova, especially in India where the market competition will further increase within a couple of years.

While speaking to the media, the president of Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. Mr Michinobu Sugata, revealed that the company is contemplating to invest around a hefty 2 billion pesos to increase the parts localization of the new Innova. About 50 percent of this huge investment will be used in increasing the localization of the pressed parts now. Currently even the pressed body parts of the Innova MPV are being imported from Thailand, while Toyota is planning on increasing the localization to more than 30 percent for the upcoming version of the vehicle.

It is speculated that apart from completely overhauled exterior and interior designs, the all new Innova will be also housing Toyota’s newly developed range of diesel engines. Apart from this, Toyota is also expected add an automatic transmission gearbox on the diesel variants of the next-gen Innova.

So far the undisputed ruler of the Indian MPV segment The Toyota Innova is getting tough competition from the Maruti Ertiga compact MPV, Honda Mobilio Nissan Evalia and Chevrolet Enjoy. The next-gen Innova is expected to be priced at Rs. 9 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh.

Toyota teases India bound 2015 Camry facelift

The new Toyota Camry facelift that is going to come to the Indian car market is scheduled to be showcased at the 2014 Moscow Motor Show. The event in Moscow is scheduled to be held from 25th of August to 28th of August, 2014. Prior to the official unveiling of the new refreshed Toyota Camry at the Moscow Motor Show, the Japanese car major has teased the pictures of the facelift model.

2015 Toyota Camry India teased

2015 Toyota Camry India teased

As per the teased images of the new Camry facelift that is bound for India and many other international car markets, the model will get much more conservative design changes as compared against the sporty and contemporary facelift Camry for the North American market.

Toyota Motor created a wave of appreciation with the unveiling of the new refreshed Camry model for the North American car market at the 2014 New York Auto Show which was held earlier this year. The North American spec Camry facelift is a very stylish, contemporary and sporty looking sedan that is in marked contrast with the earlier conservative looking Camry. This design change was consciously made by Toyota as other very stylish rival cars are threatening the bestselling position of the Camry. However, the refreshed Camry that is going to be displayed at the Moscow Motor Show seems to be again keeping to its patent conservative styling though it will feature many design changes in the new model.

However, what exactly will be the new design changes of the new refreshed Camry for the non-North American car markets are yet not clearly known. Thus, again how far it keeps to its earlier conservative design language is also not very apparent as yet. Toyota has released a darkened teaser image of the facelift Camry, and thus most of the design updates are actually concealed.

The darkened teaser image of the Toyota Camry facelift model however offers a look at the updates that the car maker has made to the headlights and the front fascia of the car. The marked changes that are evident of the teaser are that the new refreshed Camry will be flaunting new headlamps along with LED Daytime Running Lights and also a new grille to make for a new face. The refreshed Camry facelift will have integrated DRLs, exterior rear view mirrors and a more prominent and bold Toyota logo at the front of the car making it look different than that of the previous model.

Toyota has yet not revealed details regarding any mechanical specification updates on the Camry facelift. However, it is expected that the same engine range will be carried over to the new facelift version which comprises of a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder and a 3.5 liter V6 engine.

When the Indian car market is concerned, the new refreshed Camry will be launched in India next. The new Camry is expected to be price at around Rs. 25 lakhs, featuring the same 2.5 liter petrol motor generating 180bhp of power and 233Nm of torque.

New Toyota cars to come packed with Nexus 7 built into the dashboards

Toyota Motor is known for its innovative ideas and futuristic cars. The world’s most selling car maker is very busy working on a whole new experience to be offered in its new cars. While Toyota is busy working on an all new attractive design language that is supposed to make the customer’s hearts go racing with a sudden adrenalin rush. This new ‘Waku Doki’ styling of the Japanese car major is expected to boost its sales volumes and to keep the Toyota customers from going to some other great looking rival cars. However, being Toyota Motor it simply cannot concentrate on smartly designed stunning looking cars, but also on smart cars altogether.

Toyota Logo

Toyota Logo

Toyota is working on several smart things for its future cars from total futuristic green cars, to automated cars, to great efficient cars that are highly safe for both the drivers and the people on the roads. One such smart feature in the upcoming Toyota cars would be the Nexus 7.

A large 7 inch highly efficient tablet which is built into the car’s dashboard is really a great idea and is hugely practical too. This very sensible idea to elegantly offer GPS solutions to the car owners is so much better than the cheap and clunky infotainment options that are usually provided by the car manufacturers in their capable cars. Well, Toyota Motor has finally come up with the idea of incorporating the Nexus 7 on board its new cars. The latest Toyota cars in Taiwan will be coming with a built right Nexus 7 in their dashboards to offer great navigation facilities to the owners.

Toyota Motor has partnered with Unimax which is owned by Asus in order to create something which the company calls the Toyota Intelligent System (TIS). This Toyota Intelligent System is nothing, but essentially a regular Nexus 7 tablet which has been customized with added features such as voice-recognition, multimedia offering, 4G connectivity capability and off course all the Google Maps features that already come loaded it.

The best part about the Toyota Intelligent System is that as time passes on, and the newer and better tablets come into the markets, the inbuilt tab on the dashboard can be easily and quickly swapped in with different models as per the consumers’ choice and thus, offer full flexibility to remain up to date. Thus, the Toyota Intelligent System offers great user experience, latest apps and features of the Nexus 7, great customized features by Toyota as well as the option to stay updated and keep up with the changing times.

However, when it comes to which car models exactly from the house of Toyota will come packed with the Nexus 7, has yet not been announced by the Japanese car major. Only time will tell as to which new car models Toyota will choose to bless with the new Toyota Intelligent System to offer efficient and great infotainment experience to the car owners.

2015 Highlander is sporty stylish efficient and comfortable

Branded cars are the in thing today; with the creation of new opportunities and increase in employment rate everyone wants a lavish model to suit their high-income status. There are so many new developments in automobile engineering world, a hot topic of research and development (R and D) is the creation of aerodynamic exterior frame.

2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Apart from a light vehicle, mileage is the key sales driving factor, along with swanky car customers look at fuel-economy as a critical buying element. The hectic work life and fast movement of business solutions has enabled employees to travel long distances.  A combination of light body and mileage is what customers are looking for, and 2015 Toyota Highlander fits the bill, and its ace contender is Nissan Pathfinder.

The competition levels in Indian auto market have intensified, the battle is so intense even in unnoticeable areas such as vehicle lightness. It is a cut-throat battle between Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder. Toyota launched Highlander years ago, and the development of the vehicle is in tune with advancements of automobile engineering and customer sentiment. The first Highlander was a small crossover car with only two rows; it was only slightly bigger than RAV4.

The new Highlander is a much bigger car from the earliest piece; the 2015 model is fitted with a robust 3.5 liter V6 engine that generates 270hp and coupled with six speed automatic transmission gearbox. Highlander can be driven long distances, for 100km city the fuel consumption rate is 12.5 liters, for all wheel drive it is 11.6 liters and the front wheel drive cars gives 9.3 liters. The all-wheel drive XLE car gives 11.3 liters for every 100km; the reading is calibrated taking a bit of city and highway driving into consideration.  With the all-wheel drive car consumers can pick from standard Limited and XLE car and LE model.

The new Highlander is a big car, it is engineered in a way to accommodate many occupants and take in heavy weight. It can fit in 2,268kg, and a person who drove the Highlander was satisfied with the feel of the vehicle. The interior room is vastly spacious, and offers world class comfort. The chassis is stiff and rigid and can absorb enormous impacts. The handling power of chassis is phenomenal it can accommodate 2,000 kg and the ride output is breathtaking.

Highlander is a perfect vacation model, the foldable seats makes it ideal to plan a perfect getaway like camping, water rafting and so on. The seats are foldable, and the volume can be extended from 385 liters to 2,370 liters with folding of second and third row seats. The cargo volume of Sienna is 4,247 liters.

The new Highlander is a worthy purchase packed with style and comfort, and the fashion statement is in tune with tastes of modern demographic. The car looks sturdy and classy; there are neat lines on side and front. The headlights are molded into neat slanted structures and look elegant and sophisticated. The grille is an imaginative four point structure filled with layers of horizontal lines.

Toyota Motor spawns two new versions of the funky FT-1 concept

The world’s largest car manufacturer, Toyota Motor is renowned for its great quality and reliable cars. However, the Japanese auto giant has not had great luck in achieving as much praises for the styling of its cars. In the present time, when the modern car buyers are going for superbly designed cars and the various auto majors are offering too many stunning looking cars, Toyota cars are lagging behind in the style quotient being mostly conservatively designed.

Toyota FT1 Concept

Toyota FT1 Concept

In a bid to retain its crown for the globe’s top car maker, Toyota is now focusing greatly on making cars that are not only safe, efficient and reliable, but also great head turners. The Toyota designers are now guided by the company’s new motto of ‘Waku Doki’ styling which is Japanese for ‘heart racing’ car designs. While Toyota is still working on its all new design language which is expected to be featured in the next-gen Prius hybrid model, the company is showcasing many awe inspiring concept models.

One such eyeball grabbing concept from Toyota is the FT-1. Toyota received a lot of attention and praises from the visitors at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show for unveiling its FT-1 concept at the event. Now, it seems that the Japanese carmaker is eager to grab more attention when cool styling is concerned and wishes to cash in on the FT-1 concept, as it has revealed two new versions of the same concept at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours D’elegance.

Among the two new versions that spawned out of the original Toyota FT-1 concept, one is a virtual concept called the Toyota FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo (GT) that has been specially created to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the game series Gran Turismo 6. The second new version of the FT-1 concept is called the Toyota FT-1 Graphite.

Needless to say, both the Toyota FT-1 Vision GT comes along with a muscular body which almost looks like a futuristic war machine. The concept features carbon fiber front splitter, huge air vents that spread over its massive wheel arches, deep cut side skirting and a large air diffuser that is integrated into the car’s rear bumper.

To add to the beefy look of the concept car, it features massive multi-spoke centre-locking wheels that are wrapped by low-profile Pirelli tires and a colossal rear spoiler which is designed out of carbon fiber wrap. The car looks very aggressive and track-focused.

The second version, the Toyota FT-1 Graphite very obviously flaunts a graphite body paint scheme and gets light brown premium leather upholstery for its cabin. According to Toyota these changes that are features in the Toyota FT-1 Graphite concept, add a more sophisticated look and feel to the original FT-1 concept, and is also in stark contrast to the race car inspired original red themed FT-1 concept model.

Both the new Toyota FT-1 Vision GT and the Toyota FT-1 with Graphite concepts can be downloaded from September in the Gran Turismo 6 on PlayStation 3.

Nuances behind Tesla Toyota crash

Tesla an esteemed firm involved in the manufacture of electric components had entered into a joint agreement with Toyota. Based on the agreement Toyota agreed to enjoy $50 million in Tesla and Toyota in turn sold its California unit to Tesla at price of $42 million. There is an interesting episode that happened that led to two firms to sign a deal. Four years ago, the Chairman of Tesla Motors Elon Musk invited a fan to his house in California; he lent a Roadster sports car to his guest and allowed him the freedom to drive it. His guest is none other than the president of Toyota Akio Toyoda.

Toyota Logo

Toyota Logo

The encounter turned out memorable, the signing of $50 million and $42 million deal happened within weeks. The two parties agreed to retrofit a Toyota RAV4 car and also considered a stake on RX SUV electric Lexus car. Despite the detailed planning, the agreement between Tesla and Toyota is fragile; there were less than 2,000 orders for RAV4 electric car. With just few orders, Toyota had to raise the price of the vehicle by a massive $50,000, along with it came increased petrol costs that shot up by two fold.

Apart from dwindling customer sentiment, there were other factors that tarnished the partnership. The appointment of engineers was packed, so much has to be done, and there was little scope to focus on electric cars. Electric vehicle technology has progressed to the brim and auto manufacturers all over the world are focusing on the importance and beneficial outcomes of clean and green technology. Even with the time constrain, it is surprising to learn of Toyota’s move to distance itself from Tesla. Toyota has frequently mentioned of its plan to focus on fuel cell technology. Musk says Toyota’s reason to move away from Tesla deal stems from its aim to concentrate more on fuel cells more than electric vehicles.

On Tesla’s and Toyota’s partnership distancing move, the managing director of Intelligence Automotive Asia, Ashvin Chotai said, ‘’it is not common for two successful firms to produce victorious outcomes. When one firm tries to invest in something it has drifted from and the other is a major player there is going to be mishaps.’’

Toyota and Tesla did not comment on the deeper details of development outcome of RAV4 electric car. The initiative to join the alliance brought out the weaknesses of both firms. The Bank of America Merrill Lynch says Tesla started in 2003, and it was the period when car firms sought to increased expansion and manufacturing output.

The move of Tesla and Toyota to enter into an agreement seemed practical going by the massive developments in electric vehicle sector. The world is under the crux of recession that has led to uncertainties. Even a small investment is a risk since it is difficult to draw customer sentiment when fuel prices and cost of living has increased considerably.

There has been tremendous progress in eco-vehicle sector; the latest hot topic of research is fuel cell technology. Toyota aims to invest majorly in this segment, only time will tell when the feasibility level of manufacture and investment in electric car market becomes effectively approachable.

Toyota developing a new entry level sports car

The GT86 is the world’s top car maker Toyota Motor’s entry level sports car. Now, it is being speculated that the Japanese car major is busy working on a yet new sports car that will be positioned below the Toyota GT86. Rumors are rife that Toyota is developing a new rear wheel drive sports car that will be more affordable than that of the GT86.

Toyota new rwd sports car

Toyota new rwd sports car

As per the sources, the new entry level sports car from the house of Toyota Motor will be a mini sports car that will be compact, light weight, fuel efficient and more affordable. The reports further say that this new Toyota entry level sports car that is on the anvil is weigh less than 1000 kg and will have a length of under 4 meters. The car is expected to measure 3995 mm in length, 1695 mm in width and 320 mm in height. This new speculated sports car is expected to sit on a wheelbase measuring 2480 mm.

Although a new entry level sports car to sit below the Toyota GT86, the new car will not compromise on the design front. It is meant to be more affordable and cost effective and its compact dimensions justify that. It is also aimed that those sports car buyers who are looking at fun, sporty drive without taking out a huge vehicle or burning a huge whole in their pockets. This new Toyota sports car however would look great, or at least Toyota will try to make it a stunner, as the car maker is desperate to make its new cars very eye-catching. Toyota’s new motto of heart racing stylish cars will make way into all the new Toyota cars. And when it comes to this new mini sports car, then it will definitely receive an extra dose of oomph factor being an entirely new sports car.

Under the hood, the speculated new entry level Toyota sports car is expected to be powered by a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder motor that has the capacity of producing a max power of 130 bhp and a peak torque of 145Nm. This engine is again likely to be mated to a 6 speed manual transmission as well as an automatic transmission gearbox option. This powertrain should be responsive and capable enough to power this compact sports car and offer a great on road performance as well.

However, there is no official confirmation from Toyota’s side when this mini sports car is concerned. If the speculations are really true, then we can expect a concept model of the car to debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

Just to add a bit to this information, if Toyota really launches this sub-4 meter mini sports car, it might as well launch it in India. This entry level sports will get the excise duty benefits in India, plus the country is really opening up to sporty new cars. Thus, Toyota India which is working hard to boost its sales should really consider of introducing this new car.

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