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

source: http://www.toyotaracing.com/motorsports/nscs/news/2009/10-27-09-01.html

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.
see more at http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2007/03/toyota_hybrid_x.html

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