Archive for Toyota Motor Corporation

Damn, Full of Win

Posted in Cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2010 by prolifikone

I usually hate the term “stance”, but this Previa/Estima is killin’ it….

IMO: Estima/Previa > Sienna/Swagger Wagon

Posted in Cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2010 by prolifikone

Not the greatest example, but I’ve always liked the weird bubble shape of the Previa/Estima.  They should of kept that shit in the states…

I need to see this more often out here, if not, I want to do one up one day!

Lexus’ Hiromu Naruse Tribute (Video)

Posted in Cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2010 by prolifik1

Mr. Hiromu Naruse left the world after losing his life testing his latest masterpiece, the Lexus LF-A (See: RIP Hiromu Naruse)

Rest in Peach to Hirumo Naruse. May your legacy live on within the creations you have left behind.

Here is Lexus’ tribute to Mr. Naruse:

Lexus LFA Roadster to Debut in 2014

Posted in Cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by prolifik1

Lexus will move ahead with plans to deliver a roadster version of its LFA supercar, with the new model expected to debut in 2014 reports AutoWeek. Maintaining the coupes 4.8-liter V10 engine, it’s possible the drop-top exotic could get a slight bump in output above the current car’s 552-hp.

But that’s not the only new product in the pipe for the Japanese luxury brand, with a new generation of the GS model expected soon. In addition, Lexus is reportedly considering adding a new 7-seat crossover to its lineup that would slot in above the RX. Apparently Lexus owners are telling company that they aren’t as interested in features like towing capability and off-road performance and so the suggested VX model would form a more popular alternative to models like the GX. In addition, using a lighter car platform would help reduce emissions while still offering all the size luxury SUV buyers are after.

Finally, there’s a more remote possibility that Lexus will build a competitor to the BMW X6. As a crossover, rather than a true SUV it would be based on the same platform as the next-gen IS/GS models.

Seems like Toyota will be milking the hell out of this thing. I’m still shocked that this car actually sold in these days of tough times. This is coming from a Toyota fanboy too! It’s good to see it doing well, regardless of all the other drama Toyota has.  Can we see a LF-A coupe please?

via AutoGuide

Lotus Presents Toyota with an Elise housing the last 2ZZ-GE

Posted in Cars with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by prolifik1

The last Toyota 2ZZ-GE VVTLi four cylinder engine has been built, and Lotus got it. Lotus CEO Dany Bahar and Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda came together at the British Embassy in Tokyo for a celebration where Toyota was presented with an Elise R carrying the engine by Bahar. The shindig marks a new chapter in the two companies’ partnership, one that will allow Lotus to create powertrains that are more exclusively its own in future cars with the continued cooperation of Toyota.

Designed for Toyota by Yamaha, the 2ZZ-GE engine owed a lot to motorcycle engine practice, and the wide-angled valves and variable valve timing and lift system enabled the high-revving engine to develop 100 horsepower per liter, and even more when supercharged. Power levels floated between 160-180 hp naturally aspirated and as much as 250 when supercharged and intercooled.

The question now is what engine Lotus and Toyota will cook up to take the place of the 2ZZ-GE, now that its veteran power unit has been retired. We should find out more on that front at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.

It’s sad to see Toyota stop production on the 2zz. That motor has so much potential still waiting to be unlocked. It’s a great engine. It’s has so much potential to be on par with what the Honda B and K series, yet, R&D for unlocking its potential is a pain staking slow process within the Celica/MR-S world.  Celica guys continue to work on it though, so it’s still exciting for me to await (coming from a former Celica owner) the cool stuff fellow Celica hobbyist can do with it.

What does Toyota/Yamaha and Lotus have in store? Can this bring more of a larger collaboration considering Toyota’s team up with Subaru concerning the FT-86? Time will only tell.

via AutoBlog

Random Car Video: Matte Black Lexus LF-A Demo car at Cars & Coffee in Irvine.

Posted in Cars with tags , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2010 by prolifik1

Man, I still have to make time to go to Cars & Coffee in Irvine. It would only make sense. I’m stupid for not catching this since I literally worked not even 5 minutes from the lot they have this at. Work at the time stressed me out too much, I also hated that job. lol

Anyways, here’s a a video of the matte black LF-A demo car going from the Lexus headquarters in Irvine to the Cars & Coffee meeting place.

Toyota’s Chief Test Driver, Hiromu Naruse, dies testing the new Lexus LF-A

Posted in Cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by prolifik1

Tragic news, Toyota’s Chief Test Driver, Hiromu Naruse died in a fatal car accident while testing the new Lexus LF-A Nurburgring Edition on the highway 410 near the Nurburgring. He supposedly collided onto on coming traffic and collided with 2 test drivers of a BMW vehicle.

While the two BMW test drivers survived the crash, the yet-unnamed Toyota driver died behind the wheel of the recently spied LFA Nurburgring Edition he was driving.

The report says that the driver of the LF-A was 67 years old and Toyota’s chief test driver, which leads us to believe that he is Hiromu Naruse, In addition to being the company’s chief test driver, Naruse is also Akio Toyoda’s personal driver and the Godfather of the LFA.

This is the same LF-A pictured below.

Could this be a blow to Lexus sale wise? hmmm I don’t believe it would, but on a safety aspect, we still don’t know the details of this accident.

Condolences goes out to the family of the Godfather of the LF-A, Hirumo Naruse. RIP…

via Autoblog