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Best of CES 2017 - Cars: All the major automotive announcements from the show

Best of CES 2017 - Cars: All the major automotive announcements from the show

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Considering CES is a consumer electronics show, you may wonder what business cars have turning up at the show.Nowadays cars can have more technology in them than your average home. Whether it be electric power, in-car entertainment or self-driving/autonomous... >>

Toyota Hilux (2016) review: Invincible by name, invincible by nature
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Toyota Hilux (2016) review: Invincible by name, invincible by nature

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Testing the new Toyota Hilux demands a little more than just nipping down to the local shop to grab a pint of milk and a Mars Bar. Although with all that space in the back you could buy a lifetime supply of those.The famed "indestructible" pickup - apt,... >>

Toyota cracks magnesium batteries for longer lasting smaller devices

Toyota cracks magnesium batteries for longer lasting smaller devices

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Scientists working at Toyota Research Institute North America have cracked magnesium as a material for batteries.This is a very big deal as it means lots of advances in battery tech. By using magnesium, which doesn't degrade like lithium-ion, the battery... >>

Newly unveiled Toyota Prius Plug-in uses its solar roof to get hefty 202mpg

Newly unveiled Toyota Prius Plug-in uses its solar roof to get hefty 202mpg

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Toyota has been at the forefront of hybrid vehicles since its Prius was released back in 1997. Now it's got a new version of its plug-in hybrid that's been upgraded with a super efficient engine and the return of that solar power roof to deliver some... >>

Self-driving cars: 14 automakers betting on driverless vehicles

Self-driving cars: 14 automakers betting on driverless vehicles

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Stop thinking about self-driving cars as something far-off or futuristic.They're here. They're now. They're being made and tested and shown off by companies like Google, BMW, and Tesla - the latter of which has already released self-driving features to... >>

Toyota Prius (2016) first drive: Taxi!

Toyota Prius (2016) first drive: Taxi!

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When we think Toyota Prius we think taxi. Whether New York City Taxicab or one of many Uber cars, this hybrid electric vehicle is a well-established player that, well, you're probably more used to sitting in the back of rather than behind the actual wheel.Back... >>

Toyota Mirai first drive: Hydrogen progress precedes practicality

Toyota Mirai first drive: Hydrogen progress precedes practicality

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Depending on where you're from Mirai means "future" or "miracle". However, the Toyota Mirai, one of the first production hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, isn't in the future: it's available in the here and now. Yet it would be a minor miracle to spot one... >>

Driverless cars are reality: Toyota's autonomous car takes us for a drive

Driverless cars are reality: Toyota's autonomous car takes us for a drive

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We're sat in the passenger side of a Lexus GS 450h driving along a highway. Which might not sound like all too unusual an experience. Only this Lexus is the Highway Teammate and it's driving itself; steering, changing lanes, accelerating, braking, monitoring... >>

Tokyo Auto Show 2015 in pictures: Crazy concepts, futuristic supercars and more from the show floor

Tokyo Auto Show 2015 in pictures: Crazy concepts, futuristic supercars and more from the show floor

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Tokyo is known as one of the world's most futuristic cities, so when the Tokyo Motor Show rolls into town it's all about showing off whacky and wild concept cars. Ah, we do like a bit of fun.Not that it's all entirely "Japan crazy", of course. The Tokyo... >>

Watch Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd joke about the tech of Back to the Future II

Watch Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd joke about the tech of Back to the Future II

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As part of the build up to 21 October 2015, the date Marty McFly travelled to in Back to the Future II, Toyota has been seeding videos onto YouTube and teasing an announcement on the day where "the future will become reality".It will also release an entire... >>

Toyota i-Road: The electronic Boris bike of the future?

Toyota i-Road: The electronic Boris bike of the future?

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Transport is changing. Emissions caps are tightening, owning a car in the big city is increasingly prohibitive, and commuters are ever mindful of electronic or hybrid options as alternative ways to get around – often proving both cheaper and faster.While... >>

Toyota brings Aupeo smart streaming radio to its new Yaris

Toyota brings Aupeo smart streaming radio to its new Yaris

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Toyota has announced that drivers of its new Yaris will be able to download and use the Aupeo app to stream personalised music in their cars.This is the first time Aupeo has been available in a Toyota in Europe via its Touch 2 Go multimedia system. The... >>

New Toyota minivan has a mic that lets parents yell at kids in the back, without really yelling

New Toyota minivan has a mic that lets parents yell at kids in the back, without really yelling

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Toyota is definitely targetting families with its 2015 version of the Sienna minivian. The new vehicle features a built-in microphone that can amplify the driver's voice through the rear speakers, enabling parents to yell at children without having to... >>

Toyota fuel cell cars will be on sale in Europe next year, 500 miles on a tank

Toyota fuel cell cars will be on sale in Europe next year, 500 miles on a tank

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Toyota has officially confirmed that it will begin selling its fuel cell cars in Europe in 2015.The car will closely resemble the FCV concept shown in the photo and will fit into the mid-sized saloon category, like the current Avensis. Numbers will initially... >>

Toyota FV2 pictures and eyes-on: Tron-like concept ‘car’ that you won’t be driving in the future

Toyota FV2 pictures and eyes-on: Tron-like concept ‘car’ that you won’t be driving in the future

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You are looking at the Toyota FV2. We know, it’s one of those things that’ll make you cock your head to work out exactly what it is and what's supposed to go where. Originally announced at the Tokyo Motor Show, it’s taken until the 2014 Geneva Motor... >>

Toyota FT-1: Gran Turismo 6 concept car makes real-word appearance at Detroit show

Toyota FT-1: Gran Turismo 6 concept car makes real-word appearance at Detroit show

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As concept cars go, the Toyota FT-1 concept made a good case for star of the show at the Detroit Motor Show 2014. And if you’re gutted that you never actually get to go up close and personal with these types of concepts, then here's a little treat -... >>

Toyota to unveil affordable fuel cell car at Tokyo Motor Show, for release in 2015

Toyota to unveil affordable fuel cell car at Tokyo Motor Show, for release in 2015

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Toyota should be the world’s first car manufacturer to release an affordable hydrogen fuel cell powered car to the public. This is the first time the eco-friendly tech has been affordable enough to actually sell, other than Hyundai's ix35 effort which... >>

Toyota Rav4 Icon 2.2 Diesel 4x4 review
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Toyota Rav4 Icon 2.2 Diesel 4x4 review

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When Toyota launched the first Rav4 in 1994 it gave birth to the whole soft-roader, crossover format. Given it opened the way to all kinds of horrors we've seen from other manufacturers in the segment, it'd therefore be easy to hate it. But the Rav4 has... >>

Sneak peek at Tesla Motors robot factory reveals futuristic Model S production lines

Sneak peek at Tesla Motors robot factory reveals futuristic Model S production lines

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Ever wonder how Tesla makes the Model S? First clue: it involves a horde of red robots and a giant roll of shiny metal that looks awfully similar to the paper spools found in many (ancient) newspaper presses.Wired recently went behind the scenes at Tesla's... >>

Toyota adopts Nokia Here for next-gen navigation system

Toyota adopts Nokia Here for next-gen navigation system

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Toyota Motors Europe has joined with Nokia's Here mapping platform to bring new local search tech to its next-gen Touch & Go navigation system.The Nokia collaboration is one of the first times we have seen smartphone mapping making its way into in car... >>

Toyota teases self-driving car ahead of CES

Toyota teases self-driving car ahead of CES

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Toyota has teased its new self-driving car technology ahead of CES 2013, taking place in Las Vegas next week, showing us that in the future we may not have to be in front of the wheel to drive from A to Z.Toyota used one of its Lexus research vehicles... >>

Toyota Smart Insect prototype car uses Kinect motion sensor, too bad it's not for sale

Toyota Smart Insect prototype car uses Kinect motion sensor, too bad it's not for sale

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A fully electric car that integrates Microsof’s Kinect motion detection along with the ability to open its doors via a voice command has been unveiled by Toyota at its CEATEC booth. Unfortunately this is one prototype that’s unlikely to hit markets.The... >>

Toyota GT86
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Toyota GT86

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When was the last time you were excited by a Toyota? Prius, Auris, Yaris – all laudable cars but hardly the last word in excitement.But that changes here. Under new boss Akio Toyoda, the firm wants to get you excited about its products again and to... >>

Toyota releases car navigation remote system for Nintendo DS

Toyota releases car navigation remote system for Nintendo DS

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Toyota has launched a piece of software that turns the humble Nintendo DS games console into a remote control for its Smart Navi satnav system.Called Kuruma de DS ("DS in the car") the game card contains Bluetooth connectivity that hooks up to the company's... >>

Toyota NS4 pictures and hands-on

Toyota NS4 pictures and hands-on

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With the influx of electric cars, the Toyota and Lexus environmentally-friendly image halo - built up thanks to its leadership in hybrid cars - is under threat. So it’s no surprise to see this "NS4" concept appear in Detroit, and be badged with some... >>

Toyota Yaris 1.33 T Spirit 5 door
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Toyota Yaris 1.33 T Spirit 5 door

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Motoring reviews, or rather the people who write them, have a penchant for favouring cars that are powerful and fun to drive down a twisting B-road. But let’s face facts. Most people don’t care about driving like that, and when it comes to shelling... >>

Toyota Touch Life takes your iPhone for a ride

Toyota Touch Life takes your iPhone for a ride

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Let's face it, although in-car entertainment systems are getting better, they're simply no match for your smartphone.And that must be exactly what the boffins at Toyota thought when they were developing the Touch Life system - a seven inch display that... >>

Microsoft and Toyota to bring Cloud telematics to the car

Microsoft and Toyota to bring Cloud telematics to the car

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Microsoft and Toyota have announced they will partner together to allow Toyota to build a global cloud platform that will update in car telematics in Toyota hybrids and plug-in vehicles, starting in 2012.“As the car increasingly becomes the ultimate... >>

Lexus CT200h SE-I
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Lexus CT200h SE-I

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By 2015, Lexus is aiming to be the first wholly “hybrid” car brand. Bar the odd excursion into exotics, like its supercar LFA - which will remain powered by internal combustion alone - in the mainstream line up, you won’t be able to buy a car from... >>

"Connected Car" brings in-flight entertainment to your car

"Connected Car" brings in-flight entertainment to your car

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The humble car is about to be catapulted into the 21st century offering drivers and passengers a multimedia experience akin to enjoying an in-flight entertainment service sat on an aeroplane.Although only at a "proof of concept" stage at the moment, Alcatel-Lucent... >>

Solar powered flowers offer workers Wi-Fi and power

Solar powered flowers offer workers Wi-Fi and power

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New Yorkers are being given the chance to work outside thanks to a little help from the sun and some technologically advanced daisies. Toyota, in an attempt to show its green credentials for the launch of the Prius, has placed a handful of solar powered... >>

Japan considers adding noise to hybrid cars

Japan considers adding noise to hybrid cars

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It's been talked up before, but the transport ministry in Japan is currently seriously considering forcing car manufacturers of near-silent hybrid vehicles to add sound to their motors. "We have received opinions from automobile users and visually-impaired... >>

Aston Martin announces £20k Cygnet

Aston Martin announces £20k Cygnet

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Have you always wanted to own an Aston Martin? Well, that dream might be closer to reality than you'd think. The luxury car marque has announced it is to launch a £20k motor for the "urban traveller", a far cry from the £100k or so usually required... >>

Sony reports first annual loss in 14 years

Sony reports first annual loss in 14 years

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Sony has announced its first annual loss in 14 years, going $1 billion into the red. The company has also joined other Japanese heavyweights, like Toyota and Hitachi, in seeing a bleak outlook for the coming year. To help turn the business around, the... >>

TomTom reveals embedded "Carminat" GPS for Renaults

TomTom reveals embedded "Carminat" GPS for Renaults

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TomTom has revealed the details of its embedded navigation solution co-developed with Renault, called "Carminat". The Carminat TomTom, due to "open up" the embedded navigation to the "mass market", according to the GPS company, will launch with a 490... >>

Toyota Auris launches with stop-start tech

Toyota Auris launches with stop-start tech

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Toyota's first ever European car with stop-start technology has gone on sale. Introduced this week, the Toyota Auris automatically cuts and restarts the engine when you stop, saving fuel and bringing down the car's carbon emissions. Like the hybrid technology... >>

Toyota develops robot for household chores

Toyota develops robot for household chores

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Toyota Motor Corp and a research body of the University of Tokyo have created a household robot. The prototype handles household chores and has been designed to combat the predicted labour shortage that's said to be due to hit as a result Japan's aging... >>

Toyota Winglet "personal transport assistant robot"

Toyota Winglet "personal transport assistant robot"

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Toyota loves coming up with concepts that, if they are ever made, could mean hoards on commuters speeding along the streets on "personal transport assistant robots". We've had the iReal, but here's the latest - the Winglet. You ride standing up on the... >>

Toyota iReal "personal car concept"

Toyota iReal "personal car concept"

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In amongst the sleek super cars, and the noise and dust of the rally models at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, there was something rather unusual. Toyota claims to have designed "a whole new way of relating to mobility". The iReal is basically... >>

Toyota Yaris to come with "embedded" TomTom option

Toyota Yaris to come with "embedded" TomTom option

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TomTom has announced what they are claiming is the availability of the world's first embedded portable navigation device at a car manufacturer. The latest Toyota Yaris will come with the option to include a TomTom portable navigation device as part of... >>

Toyota's newer, warmer Yaris

Toyota's newer, warmer Yaris

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Toyota has unveiled its new range-topping Yaris – the SR 1.8. Powered by a new petrol engine with Dual VVT-i technology and with sports-tuned steering and suspension, body kit, 17-inch rims and a load of premium equipment spec such as climate control... >>