Toyota archive

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

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

    By 17 April 2014

    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
    Cars

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

    By 7 March 2014

    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
    Cars

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

    By 18 January 2014

    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
    Cars

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

    By 15 November 2013

    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...

  • A week in reviews: 26 - 30 August
    Homepage

    A week in reviews: 26 - 30 August

    By 31 August 2013

    The final Bank Holiday of the summer is behind us, the sun setting earlier each day, and September is just about to begin. But on the cusp of summer's end we've tested so much cool tech this week that you'll have that summery smile back on your face in...

  • Toyota Rav4 Icon 2.2 Diesel 4x4 review
    Cars 4 out of 5

    Toyota Rav4 Icon 2.2 Diesel 4x4 review

    By 29 August 2013

    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
    Cars

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

    By 17 July 2013

    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
    Cars

    Toyota adopts Nokia Here for next-gen navigation system

    By 31 January 2013

    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
    Cars

    Toyota teases self-driving car ahead of CES

    By 5 January 2013

    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
    Cars

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

    By 2 October 2012

    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....

  • Toyota GT86 review
    Cars 5 out of 5

    Toyota GT86 review

    By 30 July 2012

    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
    Gaming

    Toyota releases car navigation remote system for Nintendo DS

    By 17 May 2012

    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
    Cars

    Toyota NS4 pictures and hands-on

    By 13 January 2012

    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 review
    Cars 3 out of 5

    Toyota Yaris 1.33 T Spirit 5 door review

    By 28 October 2011

    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
    Phones

    Toyota Touch Life takes your iPhone for a ride

    By 26 October 2011

    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
    Cars

    Microsoft and Toyota to bring Cloud telematics to the car

    By 6 April 2011

    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   review
    Cars 3 out of 5

    Lexus CT200h SE-I review

    By 20 March 2011

    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...

  • VIDEO: iPad gets installed in car dashboard
    Online

    VIDEO: iPad gets installed in car dashboard

    By 6 April 2010

    The iPad has already found its way into a car dashboard just days after its official US launch. "Doug" from Sound Man looks so excited about the concept of listening to music, watching videos, or just playing the latest games on the road, that he takes...

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

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

    By 3 November 2009

    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,...

  • VIDEO: This robot will run you down
    Gadgets

    VIDEO: This robot will run you down

    By 12 August 2009

    The days of seeing a robot as something slow and methodical that you can outrun are soon to be over. A video fromToyota R&D show its latest robot offering resisting a push and running you down at 7 kilometers per hour - that's 100m in just under a minute....

  • Solar powered flowers offer workers Wi-Fi and power
    Online

    Solar powered flowers offer workers Wi-Fi and power

    By 24 July 2009

    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
    Cars

    Japan considers adding noise to hybrid cars

    By 3 July 2009

    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
    Cars

    Aston Martin announces £20k Cygnet

    By 30 June 2009

    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
    Online

    Sony reports first annual loss in 14 years

    By 14 May 2009

    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
    Online

    TomTom reveals embedded "Carminat" GPS for Renaults

    By 3 March 2009

    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...