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Toyota iQ: six degrees of innovation - No1

In spite of its small dimensions, iQ is the fruit of some very big ideas in how to design and engineer small cars. Success in creating a vehicle that is less than three metres long, yet has space for four seats on board was made possible thanks to a series of six interlinked technical and packaging innovations, pioneering work that rewrites the rulebook on car design. In a series of six simple cut-paste-and-print guides, Toyota will explain how. INNOVATION No1: The front-mounted differential The position o

Toyota Hilux Bull Bars Complement New Front End

Toyota Australia has redesigned Toyota Genuine bull bars for upgraded HiLux to complement the vehicle's new-look front end. The Toyota Genuine Forge alloy bull bar is shaped to replace the existing (new shape) bumper and complement HiLux's new trapezoid-shaped radiator grille and new headlamps. The design takes into account body clearance requirements on rough roads, provides plenty of engine ventilation and comes with the added protection of an extended mesh stone guard. The steel bull bar alternative, Toyo

Yaris Shows OFF New Hands-Free

A new Toyota Genuine BluetoothTM* hands-free system makes the newly updated Toyota Yaris even more appealing and convenient to drive. The small, unobtrusive BluetoothTM device operates via the vehicle's audio system and connects wirelessly with BluetoothTM enabled mobile phones*. Matthew Callachor, divisional manager for Toyota's customer service division, says the hands-free device delivers simple-to-use technology that makes a real, positive difference to driving convenience. "A vo

Toyota Venza AS V By Five Axis To Debut At 2008 SEMA Show

To illustrate the versatility of the new 2009 Toyota Venza a specially modified show vehicle by Five Axis will make its public debut at the 2008 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas from November 4-7. The Five Axis Venza Active Sports Versatility (AS V) was created to illustrate the versat

Expanded HiLux Range Has New Workmate Automatic Models

Toyota has expanded its HiLux range, for the first time offering entry-level WorkMate with automatic transmission. The new WorkMate Single Cab and Double Cab automatic models take the HiLux 4x2 range to 16 models. The launch of WorkMate automatic is part of an overall visual and technical upgrade for the now 32-mod

Toyota announces prices and specifications for new iQ

Order books are open for Toyota’s revolutionary new iQ, with first deliveries to customers in January. An instant icon for modern urban motoring, iQ matches its advanced engineering and design with highly desirable equipment specifications: it’s proof that thinking small no longer means thinking modest. With car

Toyota Explores Its Hybrid Future

Three cars that explore new frontiers for hybrid cars of the future will be unveiled by Toyota Australia at this year's Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The cars, which reveal Toyota's plans for Prius and its other Hybrid Synergy Drive vehicles, represent vital steps in Toyota's quest to develop the ultimate environmentally friendly car. Hybrid X, an evolution of today's Prius, proposes creative solutions that will potentially become signature points of a specific hybrid iden

Big ideas for a brilliant small car

The final production version of Toyota’s revolutionary iQ makes its debut at the Paris motor show today. Last seen as a near-final design at the Geneva show earlier this year, iQ is a city car that is so innovative that – like the Toyota Prius – it stands as a major milestone for future vehicle development. The radical thinking behind iQ turns conventional car design on its head. Toyota engineers went to extraordinary lengths to redesign, re-engineer or relocate components to achieve th

Toyota presents the new Avensis

Designed and engineered in Europe and built at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in the UK, the all-new third generation Avensis has its world premiere at the Paris motor show. Building on the success of its predecessors, Toyota’s new European flagship delivers a new level of superior quality, dynamic handling and refined ride comfort. New Avensis will also contribute to a reduction in Toyota’s fleet average CO2 emissions to 140g/km by 2009. The Toyota Optimal Drive philosophy has been appli

Toyota Urban Cruiser

Toyota’s new Urban Cruiser is designed to meet a growing demand for vehicles that are cut out for life on urban roads, yet are equally at home off the beaten track. It is compact for easy town driving and parking and, thanks to new Toyota technology, has a small carbon footprint – key requirements for today’s urban motorists. The timing is perfect for the world premiere of the Urban Cruiser 1.4 D-4D with all-wheel drive at the Salon de l’Automobile in Paris, following on from the desi

Toyota develops world’s first rear window curtain shield airbag

Toyota announced today that it has developed the world’s first* SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) rear window curtain shield airbag to protect rear passengers’ heads in the event of a rear-end collision. The innovative airbag deploys from the roof lining above the rear window in the form of a curtain-like barrier. Together with the headrests, the airbag minimises impact to the head from a colliding vehicle or parts of the

iQ to inspire design excellence

Toyota’s revolutionary new iQ is to provide the inspiration for the finest new design talent. In a ground breaking partnership with the Royal College of Art, launched last night during the London Design Festival, Toyota is set to promote innovative design for urban living, using its new premium city car as a template for excellence. The ambition of the partnership is not just to inspire new thinking and achievement in design, but to reach across a wide spectrum of disciplines to produce ide