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Toyota reveals "Fine-Comfort Ride" hydrogen-powered concept vehicle

Toyota reveals "Fine-Comfort Ride" hydrogen-powered concept vehicle

By Max Langridge

Concept cars always push the boundaries of what is possible for car design and Toyota's latest design is no different.Called the "Fine-Comfort Ride" - we hope that name changes if the car goes into production - it's a new "premium saloon" that's powered... Read more

Toyota C-HR review: High-roller or middle-of-the-roader?
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Toyota C-HR review: High-roller or middle-of-the-roader?

By Joe Simpson

"Cars, they all look the same these days." It's almost as if the designers of Toyota's new C-HR had that phrase in mind, and were determined to shoot it down. Toyotas — aren't they cars that are reliable, well-built and, well, just a little bit dull?... Read more

Toyota GT86 (2017) review: Coupe a load of that

Toyota GT86 (2017) review: Coupe a load of that

By Mike Lowe

It's -15C. Yep, minus fifteen degrees centigrade. And we're stood staring at the brand new Toyota GT86 - which positively radiates its warm blood red coat of paint against the snowy Finnish backdrop - wondering what on earth could possibly go wrong when... Read more

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

By Mike Lowe

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,... Read more

Toyota cracks magnesium batteries for longer lasting smaller devices

Toyota cracks magnesium batteries for longer lasting smaller devices

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

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

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

Toyota Prius (2016) first drive: Taxi!

Toyota Prius (2016) first drive: Taxi!

By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

Toyota Mirai first drive: Hydrogen progress precedes practicality

Toyota Mirai first drive: Hydrogen progress precedes practicality

By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

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

By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

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

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

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

By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

Toyota brings Aupeo smart streaming radio to its new Yaris

Toyota brings Aupeo smart streaming radio to its new Yaris

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

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

By Mike Lowe

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... Read more

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

By Joe Simpson

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 -... Read more

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

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

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

By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Toyota adopts Nokia Here for next-gen navigation system

Toyota adopts Nokia Here for next-gen navigation system

By Hunter Skipworth

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... Read more

Toyota teases self-driving car ahead of CES

Toyota teases self-driving car ahead of CES

By Jake Smith

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... Read more

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

By Danny Brogan

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... Read more

Toyota GT86
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Toyota GT86

By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Toyota NS4 pictures and hands-on

Toyota NS4 pictures and hands-on

By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

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

By Joe Simpson

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... Read more

Toyota Touch Life takes your iPhone for a ride

Toyota Touch Life takes your iPhone for a ride

By Paul Lamkin

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... Read more

Microsoft and Toyota to bring Cloud telematics to the car

Microsoft and Toyota to bring Cloud telematics to the car

By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

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

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

By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

Solar powered flowers offer workers Wi-Fi and power

Solar powered flowers offer workers Wi-Fi and power

By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

Japan considers adding noise to hybrid cars

Japan considers adding noise to hybrid cars

By Amy-Mae Elliott

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... Read more

Toyota Auris launches with stop-start tech

Toyota Auris launches with stop-start tech

By Adam Vaughan

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... Read more

Toyota develops robot for household chores

Toyota develops robot for household chores

By Amy-Mae Elliott

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... Read more

Toyota Winglet "personal transport assistant robot"

Toyota Winglet "personal transport assistant robot"

By Katie Scott

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... Read more

Toyota iReal "personal car concept"

Toyota iReal "personal car concept"

By Katie Scott

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... Read more

Toyota Yaris to come with "embedded" TomTom option

Toyota Yaris to come with "embedded" TomTom option

By Amy-Mae Elliott

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... Read more

Toyota's newer, warmer Yaris

Toyota's newer, warmer Yaris

By Jonathan Goddard

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... Read more

Toyota Auris concept car to be on the road by 2008

Toyota Auris concept car to be on the road by 2008

By Jonathan Goddard

Revealed as a concept at the Paris Motor Show last month, it seems Toyota’s new Auris will be pushed into European service sooner than expected. Details of the new C-segment vehicle were announced today, demonstrating a startling similarity in looks... Read more

Toyota launches the Auris concept

Toyota launches the Auris concept

By Stuart Miles

"Perfect imbalance" ... no, not the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes weirdalism that is their relationship, but Toyota’s brand spanking new concept – the Auris. Supposedly designed from the inside out, the Auris "space concept" – revealed for the first time... Read more

Toyota Corolla celebrates 40th birthday

Toyota Corolla celebrates 40th birthday

By Jonathan Goddard

The humble Toyota Corolla is celebrating its 40th birthday. Now control yourself because this is clearly exciting stuff. It may have a reputation of being one the dullest cars around, but through many overhauls and redesigns, more cars called Corolla... Read more

Toyota to upgrade Yaris with sporty TS model

Toyota to upgrade Yaris with sporty TS model

By Stuart Miles

According to reports on the web, Toyota is getting ready to unveil a new sporty Yaris called the TS, to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September. Under the bonnet of the small car will be a four-cylinder 1.8-litre Dual VVT-i engine... Read more