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Exciting Toyota Concept Models and Production Models at 2017 Chicago Auto Show

Toyota is making an exciting showing at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show this week, where the brand will debut several concept vehicles, as well as the latest versions of popular models that will hit showroom floors later this year.

Toyota released details on the “sexy” new 2018 Camry and, at the time of writing, first glimpses of the 2018 Tundra TRD Sport at CAS have been announced on Twitter. Toyota’s enormous CAS display will include more than 50 vehicles, in addition to the new Camry and Tundra.

The Camry, America’s best-selling car for fifteen years running, was first shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January and is thrilling consumers thanks to its new sporty looks and energy. The Tundra TRD Sport’s premium design and rugged performance will satisfy any truck driver and the 2017 RAV4 and Highlander will give viewers an interactive preview of Toyota’s innovative safety technology.

Toyota’s 2017 CAS theme, “The Story of Go,” will present this safety technology through seven demonstrations, including GO CONNECT, which shows how vehicles connect to modern technology, and GO SEE THE UNSEEN, which demonstrates Automatic High Beams, Perimeter Scan, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The three Toyota concept models, the FCV+, i-ROAD, and FV2, cover a range of ecofriendly and mobility needs. The hydrogen-powered FCV+ can be used to generate electricity inside the home. The i-ROAD, which has been around for a few years, is a three-wheel personal EV with Active Lean technology. The FV2 uses an intelligent transport system to connect drivers to other vehicles in the area and is operated by the driver shifting their body to change direction.

Toyota’s massive CAS show will give the auto world a lot to talk about in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for news on more new Toyota vehicles.

Toyota Partners With Startup to Improve Autonomous Vehicle Systems

The automobile market has stretched far beyond just building and engineering reliable, long-lasting cars, with more automakers than ever dipping their toes into the world of technology and investing in futuristic features like autonomous vehicle systems. Toyota is one of these companies, having recently announced a partnership between the Toyota Research Institute and Allianz Ventures. The collaboration will give rise to Nauto, a data-collection startup that will use human driver data to improve autonomous driving.

Toyota isn’t the only one cashing in on Nauto. BMW i Ventures and another unnamed auto manufacturer also have stakes in the startup, as they seek to use the system’s technology for the same purpose. The anonymous data collection is done using a small box containing a camera and computer that attaches to a vehicle’s windshield. The camera will then monitor the driver’s habits, learn how to navigate complicated roads, and collect traffic data.

Eventually Nauto would like to program its technology into all vehicles in order to collect even more data for future autonomous vehicle systems, but for the moment, Toyota, BMW, and another manufacturer are the only ones involved in the startup. BMW and Toyota have worked together in the past and are currently also said to be developing a vehicle together, so they’re no strangers to collaborating.

Toyota Supra Spy Pictures Released

Finally, Toyota Supra spy pictures have surfaced! The Supra, which Toyota is producing in conjunction with BMW, looks just like the Supra that went out of production in the early 2000s, and fans are thrilled. The iconic Supra sports car seems to have taken some inspiration from the FT-1 concept Toyota introduced at the Detroit Auto Show.

First announced in 2012, the Toyota-BMW partnership to produce a sports car hasn’t technically been named, but enthusiasts have long speculated that the car will be a remake of the Supra. Hints from the engineers working on the project have furthered rumors, and with these new photos, it’s all but confirmed.

BMW and Toyota will eventually produce a Z5 released under the BMW name as well as what is speculated to be a new Toyota Supra. This isn’t the first time two automakers have come together to produce low-volume, high-price models they would struggle to fund individually—Mazda and Fiat partnered to produce the Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Fiat 124 Spider.

In other Supra-related news, MotorTrend released a recent article that suggested the Supra may eventually include a hybrid model. The Toyota Europe CEO said he does not “have any doubt whatsoever that in the long-term future there will be a real Toyota sports model using electrification,” but nothing has been confirmed.

Check Out Toyota’s Taxi of the Future

Here in the United States, when you imagine a taxi, you probably think about a yellow four-door sedan. In Japan, the image is pretty similar; however, the taxis there will be getting a significant update with what Toyota is calling the “taxi of the future.”

The new taxis seem to be a hybrid between a sedan and a minivan. They will come with a high roof, low floor, and sliding doors. With these features, there will be enough room for a wheelchair, making the new design ideal for elderly passengers and families with small children.

Toyota hopes to put its new taxi on the road in Japan sometime next year with the help of the Japan Federation of Hire-Taxi Associations. Toyota cars have been used as taxis since 1936 when the first model AA sedans rolled off the factory floor.

With this new taxi, Toyota hopes to improve the overall taxi experience and industry. It said it hopes to work with taxi drivers to “collaborate on experimental business approaches that make use of automated-driving technology.”

Toyota says that with some automated technology in a taxi, it would open up more opportunities for people who currently cannot be taxi drivers, such as those with disabilities or younger inexperienced drivers

Toyota Ad Brings the World Together at 2016 Rio Olympics

During the 2016 Rio Olympics you may have noticed a commercial from Toyota that showed a medal ceremony and everyone joining hands. While you might think, “This looks like the Olympics,” only official Olympic sponsors can use the Olympic insignia and name. Toyota will get this honor next year, so in the meantime, we get a glimpse into Toyota’s “friendship tournament.”

This ad, called “Stand Together” not only celebrates the Olympic spirit, but is also a way to raise money for those in need. Toyota is encouraging people to share their own videos of people holding hands with the hashtag #LetsJoinHands. For every video, Toyota will then donate $20 to United Way, up to $250,000. The user-generated content may also be mixed together to create a new videos.

Jack Hollis, group VP-marketing for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., said, “We believe, as our founder did, in the ‘power of togetherness’ and athletics is an amazing example of the power of teamwork. While we do not compete at the highest levels of sport on the playing field, we celebrate the spirit of collaboration every day, whether it is within the walls of Toyota, or in our interaction with our guests.”

Toyota’s official Olympic sponsorship will begin in January and will run through the end of 2024. This will include the 2018 Winter Oympics in Pyeonchange, South Korea; the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo; the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing; and the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Jay Leno Test Drives the Toyota i-Road EV

Everybody knows Jay Leno as the former host of The Tonight Show. However, fewer people know that Leno is also a huge automotive enthusiast. He takes any chance he can get to drive a new vehicle. One of the latest models he test drove was a unique experience even for him. Jay Leno had the chance to test drive the Toyota i-Road EV.

The Toyota i-Road EV is unlike any other vehicle currently in the industry. With space for one driver, you won’t find a lot of room for cargo. However, its small size and unique 3-wheel configuration allows it to maneuver through the tightest of obstacles.

Additionally, since it is an EV vehicle, the i-Road EV can travel about 31 miles on a single charge, allowing you to take the small vehicle to relatively distant destinations.

When Leno got behind the wheel of the Toyota i-Road EV, he had some articulate descriptions of the vehicle. “Well it’s a very odd sensation,” he said. “It feels like I’m driving a car, but it’s almost like I’m on skis.”

Combining his automotive experience with the i-Road capabilities, Leno was able to easily conquer an obstacle course set up for him.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the best vehicles that the automotive world has to offer. Be like Leno and test drive a Toyota today!

Toyota C-HR Cabin Designed to be as Luxurious as Possible

Toyota consistently creates some of the best-looking vehicles in the automotive world. However, what really sets the brand of vehicles apart is that they look just as beautiful on the inside! The engineers and designers at Toyota are continually finding ways to make the cabin of their vehicles more comfortable and luxurious, and they might have just created their best work yet.

According to a report from Wards Auto, Toyota has designed the Toyota C-HR cabin to be as luxurious as possible.

In order to create a comforting, yet luxurious interior for the vehicle, Toyota’s designers equipped the roomy cabin with a plethora of different features.

For example, the Toyota C-HR has an 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system that is angled toward the driver, allowing for more ease of access.

Perhaps the most luxurious feature of all is the 2-tier front seats, which provide maximum comfort for the top half and maximum support for the bottom half.

“The C-HR gives Toyota a powerful new presence in the growing C-crossover segment,” Kazuhiko Isawa, chief designer for the-C-HR, said in a statement. “It is intended to spearhead a new movement within its segment; to create a new frontier. That’s why we decided it had to be unique, with its own personality, full of originality.”

When it comes to the highly anticipated Toyota C-HR, true beauty really does lie within!

Toyota Earns Keystone Leadership in Environment Award

Ever since Toyota took strides in environmentally-friendly innovation by revealing the Prius to the world and popularizing the hybrid class, the brand has been making efforts to be more eco-conscious in every way, from employing “greener” production processes to making their vehicles more efficient. The company’s efforts have been officially recognized by Keystone Policy Center, who recently handed Toyota the Leadership in Environment Award.

Toyota Motor North America and General Motors both recently partnered with the Wildlife Habitat Council in order to expand habitats for North American wildlife, improve biodiversity near manufacturing locations, and support the health of bees and other important pollinators. The 23rd annual Keystone Policy Center awards dinner recognized their efforts with the title, though Toyota’s collaboration with GM and the Wildlife Habitat Council is only the latest in a long line of eco-friendly advances from the company.

Today, the WHC has recognized 1,000 acres of land across nine Toyota manufacturing sites as certified “Wildlife at Work” locations. The first was Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Kentucky in 2008 when the partnership first began, but soon, many other Toyota plants across the nation followed. The Wildlife at Work locations, as well as the Keystone Leadership in Environment Award, attest to Toyota’s tradition of caring for the world around us.

Check Out the Toyota Entune System

With the new Toyota Entune system, drivers and passengers are free to experience a range of advanced technology features meant to enhance the experience of riding in a Toyota vehicle. The standard Entune system gives passengers access to features like voice recognition capabilities, a 6.1- to 7-inch touchscreen, and on some models, Siri Eyes Free. You can also upgrade for even more features and goodies.

 

If you just can’t get enough of music, the Entune Audio Plus system includes SiriusXM access as well as the chance to listen to hundreds of HD Radio stations and channels. HD Radio also offers Traffic and Weather updates in realtime, as well as the Scout GPS Link. However, if you want the full package with Toyota’ comprehensive Entune App Suite, Entune Premium Audio Systems is the one for you. You’ll have access to all of the above, an available premium speaker system, and even Integrated Navigation.

 

The App Suite offers convenience such as access to Internet streaming radios like Pandora or iHeartRadio, while apps like DestinationSearch and Yelp can help you choose what you’d like to do for the evening. OpenTable, Movie Tickets, and gas price apps are available to you at the tap of the touchscreen or through voice command alone. The Toyota Entune system puts the world at your fingertips.

Toyota Siennas Join the One Lap of America Race

When one thinks of the One Lap of America race, it’s likely that sports cars, sedans, and the occasional truck comes to mind. The last thing many people would expect is a minivan. The Toyota Sienna is out to break that vision by taking on the ultimate road trip to prove, once and for all, that it’s the ultimate trip-ready vehicle.

The race lasts a total of eight days and two Toyota Sienna concepts will make the run, keeping pace with the rest of the pack. With the perfect amount of comfort, utility, and versatility, there’s little doubt the Siennas will cross the finish in good time.

“What could be a better test of our amazing Sienna minivan than putting it through the rigors of one of the ultimate endurance races,” said Andrew Lund, the Sienna’s chief engineer.  “It’s really the best of both worlds to drive on public roads and then compete on so many unique courses.”

Top Gear host Rutledge Wood and Grand-Am Rolex GT Champion Craig Stanton will be the primary drivers behind the wheel of the Siennas. The Siennas won’t be the only badged Toyotas.

The Toyota Engineering Motorsports team modified a TRD FR-S (soon to be the Toyota 86) and Avalon. Six engineers will hit the road in the cars to further the “One Toyota” motto.

The One Lap of America race covers a dozen states, 3,000 miles, and includes a ton of fun!

We here at Bill Walsh Toyota are proud to see the Sienna proving that it truly is the road-trip-ready vehicle!