Believe it or not, Toyota is no longer the world’s largest automaker as they’ve been overtaken by the VW-Porsche group who sold 4.4 million units this year, 400,000 more than the Japanese manufacturer. After joining forces with Porsche, the Volkswagen Group got help from the German government and benefited from programs in the UK and even China, that has helped with their sales. However, analysts believe that the title will soon be brought back to Toyota’s HQ considering that the company has a production capacity to manufacture about 10 million vehicles a year, far more than VW-Porsche. Enjoy the crown guys, it’s nice being #1. [guardian.co.uk via jalopnik.com]
SEMA is that place where all crazy tuner gather up and show off. The nice thing about SEMA is that you get to see daring models that otherwise would be locked on paper without ever seeing daylight. A very good example is the new Toyota Prius Aerius (Latin for “belonging to the air”) and Toyota Prius Aemulus (meaning “envious imitation”). Featuring a Five Axis Design four-piece aero kit with a front lip spoiler, new side skirts, and a rear lower valance, the new vehicles charm with the 3D Carbon body kit, crystalline tinted windows and the sky-inspired paint scheme by Nippon Color Design Studio America. Just by looking at those stylish 19-inch FIVE:AD wheels on the Prius Aerius, and we can already understand how Toyota manages to save the environment and make money at the same time.
No I’m not suddenly a poet but the sound of these Supras on the autobahn certainly set the mood for me. German high ways, lots of power and lots of racing with other cars, including an M5 from what it looks like, then some night racing on a No Speed Limit? I can definitely feel the adrenaline rush! It’s insane.
Too bad something ends up in fire!
The Toyota Sai Hybrid is closely related to the Lexus HS250h, but the hybrid-only luxury model adds a number of styling traits that other Lexus models, don’t. Right from the front fascia to the windows and the rear doors, this petrol electric hybrid is unique in its own domain. The modified front and the rear lighting along with the air vents and the steering wheel on the inside add to that uniqueness. As far as the engine is concerned, the Toyota Sai houses a 2.4-liter petrol engine (150 hp and 187Nm of torque) combined with an electronic motor powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery (140 hp abd 270Nm of Torque). Together this combination supplies a healthy 185 hp to the car at all times. The Toyota Sai Hybrid will become available across Japan starting December 7.
The Japanese have had the privilege of buying a rear wheel driven luxury saloon other than the Lexus, the Toyota Mark X. The word now is that the second generation of the Mark X will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show this week. The 2010 Toyota Mark X will share the platform from the Lexus GS and will come with two engine options– a 2.5L V6 capable of producing 203 horses and a larger 3.5L V6 beast that outputs nothing less than 315 hp. Six speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters will be common for both models however the all-wheel-drive will be limited to the smaller engine. Looks sleek from our end! [via Autoblog]
One car that is bound to steal the show even at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show will be the Plug-in variant of the Toyota Prius. Prius which is currently the number one hybrid car sold in the world is set for more success with the addition of this variant.
This will debut with the Toyota Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept so you surely need to be at the ‘Green’ Toyota Camp in Frankfurt. The difference between a regular Prius and the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid is the ‘plug-in’ capability. Toyota now wants people to focus on the electric side of the Hybrid Drive Synergy by launching a commuter which is purely electric and can solely manage with electric power for daily, shot-distance, commuting. Following the Frankfurt debut, 150 fleet vehicles will be shipped to a select number of people whilst an extensive field trail will begin in Europe next year.
Is Toyota keen to delve furthermore on the success of the Prius with a Coupe variant? If the gossip hounds are to be believed, Toyota Prius Coupe is already in the scheme and is slated as a Honda CR-Z killer. For its design it is believed that Toyota will take assistance from Pininfarina or Italdesign. Specs wise, it will include a Prius’ 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with Synergy Drive which will render a modest 98 hp and 105Nm of Toque. Although the engine numbers are not so impressive, the Toyota Prius Coupe would compensate with a 48mpg mileage and an extremely eye-catching exterior. [via carscoop.blogspot.com]
With the world craving for greener cars, a coupe based on the highly popular Toyota Prius may not be a bad idea. The fact that there are some new details available about the coupe has spurred rumors of its development. Although it is yet to be christened (the MR-2 may see a revival), this car will directly be a competitor of the Honda CR-Z Hybrid. All that is yet known about the design is that it will be completely unique with a sporty flair.
The car will be based on a shorter variant of the Prius Platform and will offer a 2+2 seating arraignment. A massive influence of the Prius will also be seen in the cabin. Talk about the engine and powering the grind could be a revamped version of the Prius’ hybrid powertrain with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 136PS, up from the 99PS otherwise rendered. The fuel economy of 48 mpg will be a quality you seldom attribute to a regular coupe. It should be available sometime in 2012 with a base price slightly above $22,000. [via 7tune]