Monday, November 30, 2009

The better hybrid Engine

The Toyota hybrid engine is power unit integrates the advantages of an electric motor and a gas/petrol engine. It is not merely a package that has an electric motor and a gas/petrol engine on board.Toyota applied cutting edge technologies based on latest research to integrate dual power sources in the most ideal way.
The best elements of previous hybrid systems
There are several ways in which electric motors and a gas/petrol engine can be combined. HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE uses what is called a "Series Parallel Hybrid System". This is an ideal combination of the "Series Hybrid System" that Toyota has been developing and the "Parallel Hybrid System", which has a different approach. HYBRID SYNERGY DRIVE takes the best of what each system has to offer and integrated them into a single system, the best of both.By adopting the "Series Parallel Hybrid System" and incorporating cutting edge technologies, Toyota has improved and developed the powertrain, electricity generation and control systems. As a result, we are offering many benefits never before possible with a conventional powertrain.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Toyota Alphard

Toyota Alphard Royal Lounge offers jetlike luxury
by Alex Nunez (RSS feed) on Jul 4th 2006 at 5:03PM

The Toyota Alphard is the company's premium Japan-market minivan. Available as either a gasoline or hybrid model, the boxy MPV in stock form has a spacious interior that can be reconfigured in several different ways. The automaker's in-house customization firm , Toyota Modellista, has created the Alphard Royal Lounge edition, an executive vehicle best suited for someone who has a driver at his or her disposal.

How else is the occupant supposed to take advantage of the creature comforts available in the Alphard Royal Lounge's swank passenger cabin? Gone are all but two seats, positioned fully aft to offer enormous amounts of legroom and easy ingress/egress via the sliders. The seats are awash in rich leather and feature a power recline function that includes a fold-out ottoman, similar to what you find in upper class train or airline seating. Polished wood trim adds to the warm ambiance.

Reading lamps mounted to the seatbacks arc overhead to illuminate the seating areas, and the ample countertops by the vehicle walls feature cupholders and what appear to be window, seat and/or privacy curtain controls. In the console between the two seats, a pair of tray tables and a video screen fold neatly out of sight.

Immediately behind the front seats, a handsome console is home to the passenger cabin's refirigerator plus additional storage areas suitable for barware or other personal belongings. The driver isn't exactly slumming it up front, either, as the leather and wood treatment finds its way forward as well.

The price? For the Alphard Hybrid Royal Lounge, it's over 7 million yen, which translates to roughly $61,000 US. Not cheap if you look at it as just a minivan. Not bad, however, if you consider the Maybachian interior appointments. it's certainly an interesting alternative to a chauffeur-driven limo or large luxury sedan.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Toyota Vios

Toyota overtake General Motors to becomes the largest motor manufacturer by volume in the world. Toyota has made its fortune from the bread and butter cars. Their car score top marks repeatedly in surveys on reliability and quality, regardless of which manufacturing plant they originate.

Toyota manufacturing system that the company stresses the 'Made by Toyota' tag line rather than say where it is made.

The first generation Vios, leading space for the new car. power for vios comes from a 1.5 litre VVTi motor developing a healthy 109bhp.

Toyota Racing

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


When NASCAR introduced what was first called the “Car of Tomorrow” back in 2007, the sanctioning body made it abundantly clear that teams would no longer be able to subtly contour the bodies of their race cars to manage the wind and deliver improved downforce and drag numbers.

Fortunately, NASCAR instituted no such prohibitions on the bodies of the men who drive those cars. And so, with aerodynamic and mechanical differences narrower than ever from racecar to racecar, one area where teams can gain a major advantage is in the physical fitness of the drivers.

They need to be physically fit because of the enormous forces exerted on their bodies. At a place like Bristol Motor Speedway, the drivers will turn 500 laps, which take 15-16 seconds each. And at least half of that time is spent being compressed into their seats with loads equal to roughly three times the force of gravity.

Those loads are roughly the same as astronauts experience on takeoff, according to author Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, who penned “The Physics Of NASCAR.”

Cockpit temperatures on a hot day can exceed 125 degrees, and there’s the noise and lack of oxygen to deal with, too, not to mention the incredible mental drain of a place like Talladega Superspeedway, where drivers spend three-and-a-half hours racing literally inches apart at speeds of 190 mph or more.

Given the intensely competitive nature of the business, physical fitness literally can be the difference between winning and losing. And it’s no surprise at all therefore, that the drivers who traditionally get stronger as races go on are almost always the ones in the best physical condition.

Every driver has his own preferred way of staying in shape: Michael Waltrip, driver of the No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, is well known as a marathon runner, while Red Bull Racing’s Brian Vickers is big on mountain-biking.

Joey Logano, the front-runner for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year, knew that to succeed at this level behind the wheel of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota, he’d have to step up his fitness regimen, and he has in a big way.

“It’s physical on the driver and it’s physical on the cars,” says Logano, who won his first Sprint Cup race of his career at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June.

To stay in top shape, Logano has taken his favorite exercise activity — running — and tried to make a game of it.

“I jog a lot. That’s kind of my biggest thing,” says Logano, who at 19 is the youngest driver competing in NASCAR’s top division. “That’s the one thing that I’ve found that I actually enjoy somehow. I enjoy running.”

But as a die-hard racer, it’s not enough for Logano to simply run.

“I’ve got to time myself,” he says. “I’ve got to make it a race. It’s the only way I can get myself to do it.”

Naturally, Logano uses other workout techniques, but one of the best things to get in racing shape is actually going racing, which builds the needed muscle groups.

“I try to do some weightlifting and stuff,” says Logano. “Cardio is probably the biggest thing. After running a lot of these races your muscles get stronger for what’s in the car. There’s not many weightlifting things that kind of help the same muscles you’re using but you kind of get used to ‘em as you get going.”

And getting going is something Joey Logano has gotten very, very good at this year.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Toyota Alphard

The Toyota Alphard is a luxury MPV produced by the Japanese automaker Toyota since 2002. It is available as a seven or eight-seater with 2.4 and 3.0-litre gasoline engines in 3 different model lines - Alphard G, Alphard V and Alphard Hybrid. The Alphard is primarily made for the Japanese market, but is also sold in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. The vehicle was named after the Alphard, the brightest star in the constellation Hydra.

Toyota states its "E-Four electric 4WD system that regulates a rear-mounted, rear-wheel-propelling electric motor and coordinates electric power distribution to all four wheels. An ECB (Electrically Controlled Brake system) provides efficient wheel-by-wheel brake control."

The full-size Alphard Hybrid MPV qualifies as an Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV), achieving levels 75% lower emissions than the Japanese government's 2000 benchmark. The 2.4-litre gasoline engine has been developed specifically for use in Toyota's hybrid systems and features a high-expansion ratio cycle that raises efficiency and reduces friction.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Toyota Camry 2010

The seventh generation Camry was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show alongside a hybrid version and went on sale in March 2006 as a 2007 model. Toyota normally begins selling the Camry in September but cut the previous model's lifespan to 4.5 years instead of 5 years. The 2007 Camry was redesigned and featured a 2-inch (51 mm) longer wheelbase, overall length and passenger volume remained equal to the predecessor, while trunk space decreased by about 1.5 cu-ft.

Power came from a choice of four and six-cylinder engines. The 2.4 L 2AZ-FE I4 engine was carried over from the past generation and produced 158 horsepower (118 kW) and 161 ft·lb. It came with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic. The 3.5 L 2GR-FE V6 in contrast came with a new six-speed automatic and produced 268 horsepower (200 kW) and 248 ft·lb.

The Camry was facelifted for the 2010 model year with a redesigned fascia, new taillights, a new 2.5-litre 2AR-FE 4-cylinder engine and new transmissions.

Camry Hybrid

2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid (US)

The seventh-generation Toyota Camry is the first generation in which the Camry has been available as a gasoline/electric hybrid. The Camry Hybrid utilises Toyota’s second generation Hybrid Synergy Drive and a 4-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower (110 kW) in conjunction with a 40 hp (30 kW) electric motor for a combined output of 187 horsepower (139 kW). The Camry became the third Toyota model sold in America to be offered as a hybrid after the Prius and the Highlander Hybrid.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Toyota Hybrid

The latest green concept car from Toyota is the Hybrid X, sporting curvy lines that reminded one commenter of Back to the Future. The seats are created with injected foam instead of the usual rubber, providing more comfort and reduced weight, to save fuel. The rear seats also, instead of being a typical bench, are discrete and swivel to let you get a better eyeful of the scenery or have "a more intimate 'tête-à-tête'". Laurent Bouzige, who did the interior design, says: "Hybrid X is conceived as a multi-sensory experience. There is a formal style in the shape of the vehicle and the material used but every other reaction is linked to the passengers' senses of sound, smell, sight and touch through interactive ambience." Perhaps by that they mean that new-car smell is going to last until the sun burns out.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Toyota FT-86

Toyota is calling the FT-86 concept, which is due to be introduced at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, a production concept. Which means that it is more than likely that we'll see the neo-hachiroku (or something similar it) on showroom floors in the near future.

The object was to make a very light compact sports car because Toyota doesn't have something like that at the moment in their line-up. It is already being said that the car will be put into production in 2011.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Toyota Passo Sette

Toyota Passo Sette

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Top 3 Car Carmakers

Toyota No. 1 Carmakers 2009

Toyota News

The 2009 Best Global Brands, an annual study carried out by leading brand consultancy Interbrand (in collaboration with Businessweek magazine) shows Toyota still No. 1 among carmakers, followed by Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

Toyota was the highest-ranked auto company among the overall Top 100, positioned at No. 8, two places down from 2008 and 2007. Mercedes-Benz was No. 11 overall in 2008 and had been No. 10 in 2007 but dropped to No. 12 this year. Honda, however, did better, moving from No. 20 in 2008 to No. 18 this year. Hyundai also saw an improvement in overall ranking, going from No. 72 in 2008 to No. 69.

The survey’s summary includes brand values and reflecting the effects of the Justify Fulldownturn in the auto industry, the brand values of all the automakers fell. Toyota’s brand value was calculated at US$31.3 billion, 8% down from what it was worth in 2008. Likewise, Mercedes-Benz also had its brand value lowered by 7% to US$23.9 billion. Among the top 10 in the auto sector, Ford Motor Company’s brand value fell the most, by 12% to US$7 billion.

Other auto-related brands among the Top 100 were Harley-Davidson (73), BP (83), Shell (92) and Lexus (96).

For those interested, the Top three Global Brands were Coca-Cola, IBM and Microsoft, respectively, all of which held the same rankings as in 2008. Coca-Cola’s brand value was estimated at US$68.7 billion, over double that of Toyota’s.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Toyota Passo Sette

PASSO SETTE was made as a new joint development car based on this model though Toyota had PASSO of a compact car by the joint development with Daihatsu. It is a compact minivan that becomes the succession model of SIENTA in fact for Toyota. Greatly extending the wheelbase and having finished it up in the minivan of 3 row seat are the points. The seat arrangement of getting on of 3 row7 person of the compact bodies where the total length was under 4200mm was passed. The form of the one motion adopts the front design of refreshing feeling for the externals design by the feature. Aero type was assumed to be a design that expressed powerful coolly. It images it to the interior design of a central meter and installmental panel shift simple and clean.

The installing engine generates power & torque of 80kW/141N・m by 3SZ-VE type of straight-4 1.5L. An environmental performance has stayed for the standard by the low exhaust gas specification of *** at 50% decrease level in 2005 though a super-intelligent catalyst is adopted. The drive system sets full-time 4WD based on FF. It is combined with all cars and electronically controlled 4-speed AT. The enhancement level of the safety equipment is high, and it is equipped with six SRS curtain air bag corresponding to the SRS side air bag (driver's seat/passenger's seat) and all seats of 3 rows supplemental restraint system airbags though it is a small car. As for VSC&TRC of the antilock brake system, the option is set to 2WD car.


Toyota Altis

Once in a lifetime, comes a car that redefines luxury and style. Which looks and feels like it belongs to a class above. And provides a driving experience so far beyond anything you’ve experienced, that you’ll either be overcome with awe, or stunned by envy. The all-new Corolla Altis.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Toyota Wish 2009

As standard, all models come with the 7-speed Sports Sequential Shiftmatic feature which enables manual shifts with models like the 1.8S and 2.0Z featuring steering mounted paddle shifts. The 1.8S model also gets the CVT Sport Mode that improves responsiveness of the tranny during acceleration and deceleration.

The top of the line 2.0Z features a Dynamic Sport Mode that increases responsiveness of acceleration and deceleration, and is also designed for sporty driving during cornering through use of traction control systems and electric power steering. However, with this feature, the 7-seater Wish is forced to turn into a 6-seater compact MPV.


Toyota Wish 2009

The 2009 Toyota Wish 7-seater compact MPV is now available in showrooms across Japan. With sales projections of up to 6,000 per month, the new Toyota Wish is offered with two engine options, both mated to Toyota’s Super CVT-i transmission. Both 1.8 liter and 2.0 liter engines are now equipped with “Valvematic”, which is a continuously variable valve-lift and valve-timing mechanism. With six different trim levels available, buyers can choose either a front wheel drive setup or a four wheel drive setup with both engine types.

Toyota Wish 2009

Toyota has unveiled a redesigned version of the popular 7-seater Toyota Wish MPV. The Wish goes on sale in Japan first and will probably come to Malaysia soon. In Japan, the Wish receives Toyota’s new Valvematic engines. Valvematic is a continuously variable valve timing and valve lift mechanism, while VVT-i which affects timing.
The engines are the 2ZR-FAE for the 1.8L model and the 3ZR-FAE for the 2.0L. The 2.0L makes an impressive 158 PS at 6,200rpm and 196Nm of torque at 4,400rpm (of course the king of the hill is still the Optima facelift’s 163 PS), while the 1.8L units either put out 144 PS and 176Nm of torque or 133 PS and 164Nm of torque. The lower figures are for models equipped with the 4WD drivetrain. All engines are mated to the Super CVT-i transmission, and some have manual paddle shifting for 7 virtual CVT gear ratios.
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Monday, September 7, 2009

Toyota Altis

Toyota Altis Corolla was a typically conservative offering from Toyota, but practical and well built at the same time.Altis is always immediately associated with the various coloured

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Toyota Vios

Toyota Vios, with new engine toyota enables a quick and stable drive through cities and over highways with great fuel efficiency. Ample space for every passenger to stay comfortable. The high quality interior design has a cutting edge flair.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Toyota Pickup

Monday, August 17, 2009

Toyota Passo Sette

All variants of the Passo Sette and the Boon Luminas are powered by the 1.5 liter 3SZ-VE engine putting out 109 PS at 6,000rpm and 141Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. Both front wheel drive and 4WD variants use a 4-speed auto, and the front wheel drive version is rated at 15.6km per liter under the 10-15 Japanese test cycle. There is an Eco-Drive indicator light on the dashboard to inform the driver when his driving style is economical.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Toyota Noah

One of the first few cars to feature Toyota’s new Valvematic engine has been unveiled - the new generation Toyota Noah (and it’s more aggressively-styled cousin the Toyota Voxy). The Toyota Noah is a 7 seater compact MPV positioned as a C-segment MPV, similiar to the Toyota Wish. It’s competitors include the Honda StepWGN and the Nissan Serena.

We now have some official output numbers for the first Valvematic engine. The 3ZR-FAE 2.0 liter Valvematic engine puts out 158 PS at 6200rpm, 196Nm at 4,400rpm, and goes 14.2km per liter of fuel used. A non-Valvematic engine is also available - the 3ZR-FE that outputs 143 PS at 5,600rpm and 194Nm of torque at 3,900rpm and goes 13.4km per liter of fuel. CO2 emissions for the Valvematic engine is also lower at 164k/gm compared to the 173g/km figure of the non-Valvematic engine.

Compared to Toyota’s previous flagship 2.0 liter, the new 3ZR engine without Valvematic makes less power - 143 PS versus 147 PS, but the Valvematic 3ZR makes more power - 158 PS vs 147 PS. More details on the new 3ZR-FAE and 3ZR-FE: it is a 1,986cc inline-4 DOHC engine, has a bore and stroke of 80.5mm x 97.6mm, and it’s compression ratio is 10.0:1.

Toyota Avensis : New Valvematic adn D-Cat Engine

Toyota has added two new engines for its European Toyota Avensis. Their Europe cars seem to be getting the best that can be found in their engine range. I wish it’d trickle down to markets like ours sooner. They seem to be phasing out the Dual VVT-i engines with the new Valvematic engines that also incorporate Dual VVT-i technology, and the stats for the engines look pretty good.

The Avensis gets a new 1.6 liter Valvematic engine that does 43.5 mpg on the combined cycle, and can take the D-segment Avensis up to 100km/h in 10.4 seconds. This new engine is called the 1ZR-FAE and puts out 130 horsepower at 6,400rpm and 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm, which is pretty good as its a 100Nm to 1.0 liter of displacement ratio. Anything beyond this would usually start requiring implementing some kind of aggressive high cam tuning or direct injection. A 1.8 liter Valvematic engine also exists - the 2ZR-FAE making 145 horsepower at 6,400rpm and 180Nm of torque at 4,000rpm.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Toyota Crown Majesta

Toyota Crown Majesta

Toyota has unveiled an updated Toyota Crown Majesta for the Japanese market. The vehicle has a full air suspension and there are two engine options available. The wheelbase is 75mm longer than the previous series, creates a roomy and comfortable interior, but keeps its overall length under 5 meters for better maneuverability on tight Japanese city roads.

The all-wheel drive Crown Majesta i-Four version gets the 3UZ-FE, a 4.3 liter V8 mated to a 6-speed Super ECT transmission, while the regular Type A, Type C and Type G packages in either 4-seater and 5-seater forms get the 1UR-FSE D-4S 4.6 liter V8 similiar to the one in the Lexus LS460, mated to a 8-speed Super ECT.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Toyota Passo

Toyota Passo

Toyota’s latest compact 7-seater MPV has been unveiled in Japan on Christmas day, so let’s check out the full details of the new compact people carrier that will make its way onto Malaysian shores sometime in the second half of 2009 as the new Perodua MPV.

As with alot of other Toyota compact cars, the new MPV is available under both the Toyota and Daihatsu badges as compact cars like these are pretty much mainly Daihatsu-engineered as it is their speciality.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Toyota Rush

The Toyota Rush cabin has a usable length of 2440 mm with generous spacing between each row of seats. The interior width of 1385 mm also allows for a comfortable couple distance between the front occupants and good elbow room for the other occupants. Though the exterior dimensions seem compact, the Rush offers a third row of seating for those occasions when additional passengers need to be carried on board. The second row has a 60-mm fore-aft slide adjustment and the backrest can also be reclined for a more relaxing position. This provides more legroom for the passengers in the second row or third row, as required. Access to the third row is also easy with the double-fold operation of the second row of seats.

UMW Toyota Motor has broadened its line-up further with the addition of the all-new .The Rush is a variant in the ‘Under-IMV’ family of products, the other being the Avanza. The IMV (it stands for ‘Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicles’) project was conceived as an industrial project which would span the globe and includes the Hilux, Fortuner and Innova; ‘Under-IMV’ models are smaller but use the same approach which has been able to lower production costs so as to be able to offer customers more affordable vehicles. Sharing the same platform as the Avanza helps to enhance economies of scale but the bodystyle is that of a compact SUV rather than a MPV. This means it is aimed at a different target group, mainly the young and active types.


Toyota Prius II Specs


Gasoline Engine


Aluminum double overhead cam (DOHC) 16-valve VVT-i 4-cylinder


1.8 liters (1798 cc)

Bore x stroke

3.17 in. x 3.48 in.

Compression ratio



Four valves per cylinder with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)

Induction system

Sequential multi-point EFI with Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i)

Ignition system

Electronic, with Toyota Direct Ignition (TDI)

Power output

98 hp @ 5200 rpm (73 kW @ 5200 rpm)


105 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm (142 N•m @ 4000 rpm)

Emission rating

Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (AT-PZEV) [1]

Electric Motor

Motor type

Permanent magnet AC synchronous motor

Power output

80 hp (60 kW)


153 lb.-ft. (207 N•m)


650V maximum

Traction Battery


Sealed Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) [2]

Power Output

36 hp (27 kW)



Hybrid System Net Power

134 hp (100 kW)



Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (ECVT)

Front Suspension

Independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar

Rear Suspension

Torsion beam


Electric Power Steering (EPS); rack-and-pinion with electric power-assist

Turning circle diameter, curb to curb (ft.)


Power-assisted ventilated front disc, solid rear disc with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and integrated regenerative braking

Coefficient of drag (Cd)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Toyota Supra

The Toyota Supra is a sports car that was produced by Toyota Motor Company

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Toyota Caldina

The all-new Caldina of September 2002 is a pure sports wagon, and does not share body panels with Allion, Premio, and Avensis. Engines for the Caldina are 1.8 L 1ZZ-FE, 2.0 L 1AZ-FSE, or 2.0 L turbo 3S-GTE. Trim levels are 1.8 X, 1.8 Z, 2.0 Z, 2.0 ZT, and 2.0 GT-Four (the later is coded ST246). There is also a MKII Model years 2005-2007 with Minor refresh was given to them. All models have automatic transmission and the GT-Four only comes in tiptronic transmission. They all also have an electronic handbrake system. With the discontinuation of Celica, the Caldina was one of sportiest Toyota models sold in Japan. Caldina GT-Four is also widely available as reconditioned grey-import cars in Malaysia. Production of the 3rd generation Caldina ended in 2007. That was also the end for both the 3S-GTE engine and the "GT-Four" moniker in Toyota's lineup.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Toyota Avanza

Toyota Avanza is a mini MPV designed and produced in and also assembled in with supervision from Toyota, who also sells the car under their Daihatsu brand. The car was launched at the Gaikindo Auto Expo in 2003 and sold over 100,000 units that year. The name "Avanza" was taken from the Italian word avanzato, which means "advance".The Avanza is a new model developed as a low premier MPV which is of higher-spec and aimed at a higher market.

Toyota Avanza 1.3i with 16v VVT and 86 hp. It reaches 160 km / h and accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in 14.2 seconds. As more dynamic option, you can choose the Toyota Avanza 1.5i VVT with 108 hp. In this version, the maximum speed Toyota Avanza climbs to 165 km / h and acceleration from 0 to 100 kph low until 12.8 seconds.

Toyota Altis

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G L, offering excellent ground clearance and good fuel economy. Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G L gets the credit for a smooth journey free of bumps, On an average, Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G L travels 11 kilometers on a liter. You do not have to confirm the power and torque figures. Power of 132 PS at 6000rpm and torque 170Nm at 4200rpm grant this car with good performance.When it comes to the looks, Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G L can be regarded as a twin to Camry, and falls under the D segment of luxury cars.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Toyota Hilux

The 347% growth has been driven by private buyers wanting more versatile SUV vehicles, company car users attracted by the low taxation levels, fashion conscious must-have recreational users, owner-operators, small business customers and to a lesser extent by commercial and farming users opting for a pick-up rather than a utilitarian 4x4.

Toyota Hilux Double Cab HL3 4WD 2.5 D-4D 171PS The Hilux HL3 gives that little bit more luxury on an already substantially refined vehicle. Aesthetically pleasing overfenders are standard, as is a radiator grille in thebody colour along with chrome plated moulding. Chrome door handles complement chrome electric mirrors, whilst a chrome rear step, alloy side steps, front fog lamps and chunky 15" alloy wheels complete the styling package.With the HL3 D-4D 170 engine you will also gain optitron meters and a multi-function information display.The Toyota Hilux, and Toyota Tacoma, are compact pickup trucks built and marketed by the Toyota Motor Corporation. The Hilux name was adopted as a replacement for the Stout in 1969, and remains in use worldwide. In North America, the Hilux name was retired in 1976 in favor of Truck, Pickup Truck, or Compact Truck, until it was renamed the Tacoma in 1995. One popular option package, SR5 (Sport Rally 5-Speed), also became synonymous with the truck, even though it was used on other Toyota models as well. In 1984, the Trekker, the camper version of the Hilux, was changed to the 4Runner in North America and Australia, and as the Hilux Surf in Japan. The 4Runner, now a full SUV, shares few visual cues with its brother Tacoma in more recent models.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Toyota Prius Hybrid

Toyota Prius Hybrid

The Toyota Prius is a hybrid electric mid-size car developed and manufactured by the Toyota Motor Corporation. It first went on sale in Japan in 1997, making it the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle. It was subsequently introduced worldwide in 2001. The Prius is sold in more than 40 countries and regions, with its largest markets being those of Japan and North America. As a top seller in the US market, the U.S. Toyota Prius made up more than half of the 1.2 million Prius sold worldwide by early 2009. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in 2007, the 2008 Prius is the most fuel efficient car sold in the U.S. The EPA and California Air Resources Board also rate the Prius as among the cleanest vehicles sold in the United States based on non-CO2 emissions. The UK Department for Transport reported the Prius is tied as the sixth least CO2-emitting vehicle on sale in the UK. source: wikipedia

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Toyota IQ

Electric cars are no replacement for conventional cars, despite what you might have read.

That’s the conclusion of Bill Reinert, Toyota’s manager of advanced technology planning. In an interview at a New York City conference on sustainable development, Reinert said the company would produce an electric version of it’s tiny Scion iQ. He added that the company is looking at new business models for electric cars, and it won’t be focused on suburban use.

Electric cars may make the most sense to operate in the city, where vehicles usually drive at low speeds and for short distances. However, a real challenge for city use is that most urban dwellings don’t have dedicated parking with access to a plug. So plug-in cars that work on the expectation that consumers will charge them every night at home won’t work.

So, Toyota says it is looking at “new business models,” such as car sharing, leasing batteries or cars, and fleet sales for its EVs. Some will be sold to traditional consumers as well, he says.

Toyota announced that it will put 500 plug-in Priuses on the street in a fleet demonstration program in 2009, with 200 examples in Japan, 150 in Europe, and 150 in the United States. Powered by lithium-ion batteries along with a gasoline engine, these initial plug-in vehicles will be for fleet use, with no opportunity for sale to customers.

In the end, Toyota predicts that perhaps 20 percent of vehicles will be electric by 2020.

—by Eric Evarts

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Toyota Versa

The principal of this gospel is Venza, a five-passenger vehicle that "couples the styling and comfort of a car with the flexibility of a sport-utility, an alternative to the traditional sedan."

Venza is derived from the Camry platform and built alongside it in Georgetown, Ky. But it doesn't look like a Camry—or any car. It looks like the Lexus RX crossover, which launched that segment when unveiled as a concept at the 1997 Chicago Auto Show.

Toyota says Venza appeals to those torn between a Camry and Highlander SUV and "establishes a new direction in passenger car design." Baloney. It's a crossover—no shame in that.
Venza offers front- or all-wheel-drive and a 2.7-liter, 182-horsepower 4-cylinder for mileage (21 city/29 highway FWD or 20/28 AWD) or a 3.5-liter, 268-h.p. V-6 rated at 19/26 (FWD), 18/25 (AWD) for oomph. AWD activates when wheel slippage is detected, but there's no low setting for heavy-duty off-roading.

We tested the V-6 Venza with FWD that comes with stability and traction control and four-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard. Still, AWD offers more foul-weather security, particularly on secluded roads dotted with patches of snow.

Toyota says Venza was designed with a lower center of gravity to prevent SUV wobble and lean in corners. It helps but the crossover still feels heavy in the wheel in corners and turns, which quicker steering response would improve and AWD would solve. At least ride is bounce free.

The V-6 has adequate spirit, but is a tad loud in acceleration. But at a time when most motorists are waiting for OPEC or the oil companies to raise prices, a 19/26 rating with FWD comes up short.

Toyota says though the crossover comes from a Camry, which offers a hybrid version, it has no immediate plans for a gas/electric Venza. The 4-cylinder is being counted on to satisfy the mileage-minded.

Venza seats five, if the person in the middle back seat is nicknamed "Slim." The cabin is comfortable. Rear-seat passengers enjoy exceptional leg and head room. The backs of the front seats are curved to ensure lots of knee room for them too.

Kudos to engineers for low door sills to ease entry and exit front and back. And door openings are wide to keep the clothes from hitting the body panels.

Seats are covered with grained leather to hold the body in place. Side bolsters offer ample support. A grained finish on the dash, instrument panel and door trim looks stylish, not cheap.

The center console holds one cell phone and two cups. Rather than flip open, the top slides back to expose a power plug and an auxiliary jack. The instrument cluster above the console houses the gearshift lever and an iPod holder.

Other nice touches are a coin holder in the dash left of the wheel, dual water bottle holders in the front doors, single bottle holders in the rear doors, fuel-filler door release along the floor by the driver, tilt and telescoping steering column and the easiest-to-see-and-use trip meter in the instrument panel.

If you're still not convinced that this is not a sedan, look no farther than the wide open cargo hold behind the rear seat. Clue two: It's accessed though a hatch lid. A security shade pulls out to hide contents. Pull handles release and lower the rear seat backs, but the seats don't fold totally flat.

Base price of the FWD V-6 tested is $27,800 ($25,975 for 4-cylinder). Climate control, power seats/locks/windows/mirrors, 20-inch wheels, reclining rear seats, fog lamps and rear window wiper are standard. Add $1,450 for AWD.

The test vehicle added a $4,345 premium package with heated, leather seats; push-button start; power hatchlid; and power, heated, folding sideview mirrors; $1,090 for a JBL audio upgrade with AM/FM/satellite radio, CD player, MP3 playback capability, Blue- tooth phone and 13 speakers; and $570 for a backup camera that uses a much too-small screen on the dash to show what's behind when backing up.

Security, sound, light, convenience, comfort, premium, navigation and entertainment packages add $815 to $4,345 each—making the sticker look more like that on the Lexus.

Dealers offer an optional ramp to get your dog get in back, a booster seat with harness to keep it in place and waterproof rear seat covers—which could be handy for the kids too.


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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Toyota Vios TRD

The new TRD Toyota Vios media test drive day was underway at Sepang International Circuit on 9 Jan 2009. Finally the TRD spec-ed Vios was put to the test on the SIC race track by media folks.

To have a safe track/media event, there were professional track instructors on standby to support the running of the cars on track by the journalists. Kenny Hwang and Stephen Kok was the HPC Instructors in-support of the event and to guide journalists testing the car.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Toyota Passo Sette

As with alot of other Toyota compact cars, the new MPV is available under both the Toyota and Daihatsu badges as compact cars like these are pretty much mainly Daihatsu-engineered as it is their speciality.

Toyota Passo SetteThe Toyota version is called the Toyota Passo Sette, which essentially means Passo Seven, or a 7-seater version of the Toyota Passo. Sette means seven in Italian. The Daihatsu version is called the Daihatsu Boon Luminas, where Luminas is a combination of the words roomy and luminous.

All variants of the Passo Sette and the Boon Luminas are powered by the 1.5 liter 3SZ-VE engine putting out 109 PS at 6,000rpm and 141Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. Both front wheel drive and 4WD variants use a 4-speed auto, and the front wheel drive version is rated at 15.6km per liter under the 10-15 Japanese test cycle. There is an Eco-Drive indicator light on the dashboard to inform the driver when his driving style is economical.

Toyota Passo Sette

As previously reported, the compact Toyota Passo Sette measures 4,180mm long, 1,695mm wide and 1,620mm tall, with a long 2,750mm wheelbase to maximize the interior space which is 2,550mm long. The Boon Luminas CX with a bodykit is slightly longer at 4,195mm. Other dimensions that Toyota has provided include a 1,630mm space between the front and rear seat rows, a 150mm split seat slide for the middle row, a wide 935mm rear door opening to ease getting in and out, and a 630mm hip point for the driver to also aide ingress and egress.

Despite the car’s relatively long wheelbase its wheels are at the edges of the vehicle so it is compact and it has a 5.2m turning radius.

Toyota has provided the Toyota Passo Sette with some nice features in the interior including a rear seat entertainment system with a 7 inch widescreen monitor, a DVD player with headphone outputs, and the ability to play different media in the front and rear entertainment systems. There is an optional keyless entry and start with a key fob.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Toyota Lucida

The looks of these MPV are the best. The are bullet shaped and futuristic compared to what's on offer even these days, bearing in mind she is over 15 years old.

Now most came factory fitted tint alloys, spoiler, double cd cassette radio, swivel seats, twin sun roofs, electric climate control (front and rear controlled), and electric folding wing mirrors, four wheel drive, ABS, park assist, hot cold box; this and more was factory fitted.

The interior all works; every switch and button works as it should. The carpet and seats are all intact; no worn patches or tears. It has arm rests on every chair, along with 360 captain chairs for the second row, and a real full size boot. These are a true adult sized MPV, referring to the rear seat and boot space, not like so many fake MPVs, which have only 5 seats, and the rest which have two seats that take all the boot space, only to seat kid's with no legs and a small box of matches in the boot.

The engine is still solid and I do drive her hard. She starts every time with the slightest turn of the key; these engines will run very happily on used vegetable oil with not a single modification done to the engine.

I always service her when the the little red service light pops up. Observing the coolant, I would recommend draining and re filling with fresh coolant yearly to maintain the coolant quality easily, checking so the coolant maintains its colour.

About Toyota Lucida

It's been a good car, I've covered 34,000miles in the two years I've had her, without a problem,Get the cambelt changed immediately. £3200 is alot of money. You don't say what age it is if it snaps it could render the engine useless. They are brill vehicles and will run forever, but that cam belt need changing sharpish. A cam belt usually needs changing at around 65,000 to 70,000 miles. Not sure of the cost though. He should have told you this before you parted with the cash.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Toyota Venza

Toyota Wish

First Generation (2003-2008)


The Wish was developed under code name "760N" by the team, lead by Chief engineer named Takeshi Yoshida and was introduced to the public for the first time at Tokyo Motor Show in October 2002 (Commercial vehicles & welcab show) and then launched in Japan in January,20th 2003, under a massive publicity campaign with Japanese singer Hikaru Utada. The TV commercial features her song Colors, which coincides with the launch of her new CD-single. The car was marketed under the "Wish Comes True" slogan. Codenamed ZNE10G (FWD) and ZNE14G (4WD), it uses a 1.8 L 1ZZ-FE engine, producing (JIS) 132 PS and 170 N·m (125 lb·ft). It is only available with four-speed automatic. A 2.0 L version (codenamed ANE11W for the six-seater version and ANE10G for the seven-seater version) was launched in April 2003. Equipped with the 1AZ-FSE direct-injection engine, it has (JIS) 155 PS (114 kW) and 192 N·m (142 ft·lbf). Variants with the 2.0 D-4 engine are only available with a CVT gearbox. The WISH was extremely successful in its home market, and is frequently seen on the Top 5 on the 30 bestseller list each months. It has also made shockwave to its competitors, such as the Honda Stream & Mazda Premacy or Mazda 5 to changing its market positioning. The Toyota Wish was also launched as a locally assembled model in Thailand towards the end of 2003 (Dec.2003).


The Wish was launched in Taiwan in November 2004. For this market, the car is marketed under the "No Rules!" slogan and the TVCM is shot in New York. The Taiwanese version shares the same engine as the Thailand model, which means missing out on Toyota's D-4 technology. The Taiwanese assembled version have some styling differences: a new front end, redesigned rear LED taillights, reflectors recessed into the rear bumper, body color/chrome side rubbing strips and a cleaner chrome rear plate garnish. The WISH badging is not an integral part of the garnish, unlike the JDM-spec model. Equipment may include parking sensors, dual moonroof and leather seats. Another aspect unique to the Taiwanese Wish is that it can be specified with a beige interior color scheme unlike its Japanese and Thai-built counterparts.


The car was a huge success in Japan, and featured in the best sellers chart regularly, no mean feat for an MPV. The Toyota Wish was updated at the end of 2005 with the introduction of a facelifted model. The original car was fundamentally well designed and that meant that few changes were necessary. Cosmetic changes to the headlights, bumpers, LED tail-lights and dashboard were made, together with revised switchgear for the climate control and automatic transmission (The 2.0Z received a seven-gear transmission.) As the changes were minor the fuel consumption figures, which are the best in the compact MPV class, remain the same. The 2005 Wish was also the third model to be sold exclusively through Toyota's NETZ dealer network, hence the replacement of the Wish's signature "W" front emblem with a generic NETZ oval (As seen on the 2005 Vitz & Ist.). Feedback on the electronic throttle control has been mixed, with claims that the original throttle system used in the 2003 car is quicker off the mark. The drivetrain and engines remained the same.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Toyota Lucida

Toyota Camry First generation (V10; 1982–1986)

In 1982, the Camry became an independent model line, and was sold as a compact four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. There were limited exports, predominantly to right-hand-drive markets. At this point, Camry was positioned above the Carina and Corona, two other mid-sized models made by Toyota. A twin was announced at this point: the Toyota Vista. The design of the first generation Camry fit well within the box-shaped trends of the early 1980s. Additionally, the vehicle size and available options were characteristic of Japanese-designed cars of the time; the Camry was a compact sedan, with a solid but spartan construction and competed indirectly against larger American counterparts. 1982—1986 Toyota Camry hatchback In North America, the Camry was available with a 68 kilowatt SAE (92 hp) 2.0 litre 2S-ELC engine, 1.8 litre 1C-TLC or a 55 kilowatt (74 hp) 2.0 litre 2C-TLC turbodiesel engine. Either a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback body style could be specified, and could be purchased with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed A140E automatic. In contrast to the rear-wheel drive Celica Camry, the Toyota Camry was a front-wheel drive vehicle built on an all-new platform. In Australia, only the petrol-fueled hatchback was sold. The United Kingdom, and much of Continental Europe got the sedan and hatchback versions: these were available in 1.8 litre GLi or 2.0 litre GLi trim levels. A 2.0 litre GLD turbodiesel was also offered, but this is rare nowadays.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Toyota Estima Second Generation

Toyota Estima Second Generation

The second generation Previa had a slightly longer wheelbase (2900 mm) and was both narrower (1790 mm) and shorter (1770 mm) than the first one; it switched to FF layout and was based on the Camry platform. It was produced with passenger doors on both sides and offered space for up to six, seven or eight passengers and, as with the first generation, was sold as the Estima in Japan and as the Tarago in Australia. The range available in Australia was the GLi, GLX and Ultima. The Ultima version was targeted as a competitor of the Chrysler's Plymouth Voyager. Models sold on the European markets were available with both gasoline and diesel-powered 4-cylinder engines. The diesel engine was a 2.0 L 1CD-FTV with 116 hp (85 kW) and the gasoline-powered one a 2.4 L 2AZ-FE with 156 hp (115 kW). Both models featured a 5-speed manual transmission as the part of standard equipment, while a 4-speed automatic was available as an option on gasoline-powered model. A 3.0L V6 and a Hybrid Synergy Drive version of the Estima were available in Japan. This first generation Estima Hybrid used a single electric motor and a mechanical CVT in its transmission.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Toyota Estima Lucida

The first generation Previa was 4750 mm (187 in) long and 1803 mm (71 in) wide. In Japan, two smaller versions, the Toyota Estima Lucida and Toyota Estima Emina, were produced, which were approximately 110 mm (4.3 in) narrower and 70 mm (2.8 in) shorter than the standard model. The reason for the difference between the smaller Emina and Lucida models is the vehicle tax system in Japan, which is based on the product of length and width of the car. The smaller variants fall in to a lower tax band. The Estima Emina and Estima Lucida were also available with a 2.2 litre diesel engine (3C-T and 3C-TE).

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Toyota Passo

The latest compact 7-seater MPV has been unveiled in Japan on Christmas day, so let’s check out the full details of the new compact people carrier that will make its way onto Malaysian shores sometime in the second half of 2009 as the new Perodua MPV. As with alot of other Toyota compact cars, the new MPV is available under both the Toyota and Daihatsu badges as compact cars like these are pretty much mainly Daihatsu-engineered as it is their speciality.

The Toyota version is called the Toyota Passo Sette, which essentially means Passo Seven, or a 7-seater version of the Toyota Passo. Sette means seven in Italian. The Daihatsu version is called the Daihatsu Boon Luminas, where Luminas is a combination of the words roomy and luminous.All variants of the Passo Sette and the Boon Luminas are powered by the 1.5 liter 3SZ-VE engine putting out 109 PS at 6,000rpm and 141Nm of torque at 4,400rpm. Both front wheel drive and 4WD variants use a 4-speed auto, and the front wheel drive version is rated at 15.6km per liter under the 10-15 Japanese test cycle. There is an Eco-Drive indicator light on the dashboard to inform the driver when his driving style is economical.As previously reported, the compact Toyota Passo Sette measures 4,180mm long, 1,695mm wide and 1,620mm tall, with a long 2,750mm wheelbase to maximize the interior space which is 2,550mm long. The Boon Luminas CX with a bodykit is slightly longer at 4,195mm. Other dimensions that Toyota has provided include a 1,630mm space between the front and rear seat rows, a 150mm split seat slide for the middle row, a wide 935mm rear door opening to ease getting in and out, and a 630mm hip point for the driver to also aide ingress and egress .Despite the car’s relatively long wheelbase its wheels are at the edges of the vehicle so it is compact and it has a 5.2m turning radius.

Toyota has provided the Toyota Passo Sette with some nice features in the interior including a rear seat entertainment system with a 7 inch widescreen monitor, a DVD player with headphone outputs, and the ability to play different media in the front and rear entertainment systems. There is an optional keyless entry and start with a key fob.
The Boon Luminas also comes standard with a “music server”, which essentially lets you rip 660 minutes of audio content from your audio CDs and store it onto the car’s on-board entertainment system so you don’t have to carry your CDs around in your car. This is also a specifiable option for the Toyota Passo Sette.
The Japanese specs offers some rather decent safety features, though in the interests of cost and maximizing profit I doubt all of them will make it onto the Perodua specifications. The Passo Sette and Boon Luminas has a total of 6 SRS airbags, vehicle stability control (VSC), traction control, Dynamic Support Headrests which reduce the risk of rear-end collision whiplash, and finally ABS brakes.
Now for the Japanese market prices. The Daihatsu Boon Luminas has higher specs so it is more expensive starting from 1,535,000 yen all the way up to 2,073,000 yen, while the lower spec Toyota Passo Sette starts from 1,490,000 yen but can be fully loaded up to a maximum price of 2,033,000 yen.Please continue reading for a whole load of more photos and videos! It will give you a rough idea of the car to expect next year from Perodua.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is a mid-size car, formerly a compact car manufactured by Toyota since 1980. The name "Camry" comes from a phonetic transcription of the Japanese word kanmuri , which means "crown", a tradition started with the Toyota Crown in the 1950s, and continued with the Corolla and Corona, which are also Latin words for "crown". It is an anagram for "my car".For the East and Southeast Asian markets, high specification Camry models are seen as executive cars. Since the sixth generation XV30 model, the Camrys sold in these markets have sported revised front- and rear-end treatment. For the seventh generation XV40 series, the same was done, although the Australian-designed Toyota Aurion which is based on the seventh generation Camry was the donor model. The Aurion features revised front- and rear-end treatment and changes to the interior, but is fitted with the same powertrains. An up-branded luxury version of the Camry was sold in Japan as the Toyota Windom until 2006; the related Lexus ES shares major chassis and drivetrain components with the Camry. In the United States, the Camry has been the best selling car for nine of the last ten years starting in 1997, with the only exception being 2001. The Camry also sells very well in Australia, Canada, and a number of Asian markets—in particular Cambodia where the vast majority of cars are Camrys.Due to their comfort-tuned suspensions, most models of the Camry are regarded as less sporty than rival vehicles,with the exception of sport (SE/Sportivo) versions.Despite its international success, it has not sold as well in Europe, where sales ended in 2004,and the Avensis became the flagship model in 2002.

Toyota Wish

The Toyota WISH is a Compact MPV produced by Japanese automaker Toyota since 2003. It is available as a six and seven-seater, equipped with either a 1.8 or 2.0-litre gasoline engine. It is positioned below the Ipsum and above the Spacio in Toyota's minivan range. Apart from Japan, the Wish is also assembled in Thailand (for Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore only) and Taiwan (for Taiwan only).

Toyota Vios

The Toyota Vios is doing well in placing itself among the best in terms of sales in Malaysia’s B-Segment vehicle class.TRD (Toyota Racing Development) performance and styling package to offer Vios drivers the option to make their city movers look a little more aggressive, and perform a little better in the engine performance and suspension departments. The auto maker has transformed two standard Vios’ (Automatic S and manual J). Although still in the development stage, Toyota has decided to pass on both these cars to us to find out what we think. Before we move on to these upgraded rides, lets first check out the standard Toyota Vios S.