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Toyota C-HR

Toyota Reveals a Rival to Qashqai

Toyota has introduced the C-HR concept at Paris Motor Show to rival the Qashqai

Toyota C-HR concept is powered by a very muscular Hybrid powertrain and previewed as an entry into the crossover segment. It is ready to make its first public appearance at Paris Motor Show 2014. The all new Toyota C-HR is stated as a rival to Nissan Qashqai with Toyota’s Hybrid powertrain technology.

Toyota is also previewing the diamond styled production model at the show which is geared up to be the future model for Toyota. The new C-HR features very fashioned, modern and angular shape which is different from any other vehicles in the Toyota models line-up. Narrow styled LED headlights at the front are merged with the grille that stretches the width of the C-HR. There was a vacant spot under the RAV4 model line-up but now the new C-HR will fill this gap in the Toyota range.

Toyota C-HR Concept

Toyota C-HR Concept

Performance details of this Qashqai rival are very limited but it is clear the C-HR will be very popular because it is the part of Toyota’s most dominant Hybrid market and everyone knows about the competence of Toyota in developing the Hybrid powertrains. It has very strong and powerful petrol electric engine and features a modern set-up that will likely to be used in the next generation Prius. The all new Prius will go on sale by next year.

The all new C-HR will use the newly developed powertrain which is capable of adopting all-wheel drive configurations. It is a feature that we wish to have on the production model of C-HR. It is very early to predict the price for C-HR because the production model is expected to hit the showrooms by 2017. Further details on this beauty will be announced after its debut at Paris Motor Show 2014.

Toyota Engines! Reliability in Jeopardy

Toyota has taken a knock from their engines,rock solid reliability is endangered

Toyota is a much admired brand and has reputation for rock solid engine reliability, but now days it has taken a knock as their engines are facing problems and owners are frequently reporting them to their dealers. Toyota VVT-i engine is a Hi-Tec unit and on the probability graph, it is leading the story from top while Lexus power plants are chasing it from second position.

Toyota Hi-Tec Engines

Toyota Hi-Tec Engines

The 1.8 litre VVT-i engines found in the entire line-up of models can experience from severe aflame of engine oil to 50,000-60,000 miles, according to the major Toyota dealers. The dilemma was credited to the design of piston rings, but Toyota announced that the entire service history of such vehicles need to be checked which consumes a litre or above against every thousand miles. There are several models beginning with X-Reg models that have received partial replacement engines in last few months.

Partial means that the replaced engines were excluded from cylinder heads and engine ancillaries. But Toyota is bit sensitive on this issue and said that the claims were attended as per their customers. If you think, it is true and you own an Avensis, RAV4 or MR2 which has covered a reasonable mileage and you feel that it is drinking a lot from your engine oil then the company recommends you to get in touch with your dealership for a possible claim.

toyota RAV4 engines

Toyota RAV4 Engines

This blame game is doesn’t end here as Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus also appears to be enduring these problems. Its 2.2 Litre diesel engine has reported problems in its cylinder heads and forced to remove and de-coked after every 20,000 miles. Toyota engine manufacturing facility and its engineers consider the problem as particular to driving conditions in the UK. They believe that weather conditions affect the fifth injector in the engine which is used to control emissions. However, Toyota is facing some trouble and only a fraction of its sales have declined problems but overall they are still leading the market with reliability and durability.

Software Glitches force Toyota to recall Prius and RAV 4

Toyota has recalled almost one million of its own vehicles and some Lexus models in the latest recalls.

Prius 2014

Prius 2014

Toyota recently declared that it is recalling 700,000 units of Prius plus an additional 260,000 Tacoma, RAV4 and Lexus RX 350 vehicles in the US. The problem is with the vehicles” ECU engine management computers. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries, but Toyota is worried that under certain conditions the vehicle may lose power and stop. Toyota says that braking is not compromised if the condition does manifest itself.

2014 Toyota RAV4

2014 Toyota RAV4

The specific vehicles included in the loss of power recall are model year 2010 through 2014 Prius cars. In addition, some 2012 RAV 4s, Tacoma pickups from 2012 and 2013, and some Lexus RX 350s from 2012 and 2013 will also be recalled over a separate issue related to ABS and traction control. In those vehicles the anti-lock braking system’s software will be updated in the ECU. Toyota says that braking is not compromised if the condition does manifest itself. Toyota hinted that the update may not be available at dealerships yet.

Toyota is set to introduce new four-cylinder turbocharged engines for RAV4

Some reports suggest that Toyota is getting ready to introduce four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines in 2015. Toyota recently trademarked the names NX 200t and NX 300h for a future compact crossover, which may mean a new small engine.

Toyota Rav4

Toyota Rav4

Many car manufacturers have launched turbo-four engines recently. You might think why is every car maker planning to build such engines, the reason being these turbo-four engines give the same power as a V-6 but are better on fuel economy. Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota and both of them don’t currently have a turbocharged vehicle in the US. Toyota’s main competitors like Ford and Hyundai have a 2.0 litre turbo engine on offer where as Toyota Camry continue with its admired 3.5 litre V6. A new 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo charged engine is debut around 2015. There will also be a hybrid version of this engine. It can also be used across the range in Lexus IS250 as well as Toyota RAV4. Some of the RAV4’s competitors like the Ford Escape and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport are already equipped with 2.0 litre turbo engines.

Toyota RAV4 Engine

Toyota RAV4 Engine

These new Toyota engines will be mated to CVT in small cars and to either a six or eight speed automatic in larger cars. Lexus is also expected to unveil a small luxury crossover at 2014 Geneva Motor Show. This downsizing of engines by every manufacturer helps in lowering CO2 emissions and gets better fuel economy. Toyota representatives declined to comment on the possibility of turbocharged engines, and said in an email that, “Turbocharged engines are something that we’ve sold in the past here in the U.S. and could consider in the future, but we don’t have any pending plans to announce at this time.”

The King of Car Industry – Toyota maintains its position as the number One Car Maker

Toyota has retained its number one spot as the world’s biggest manufacturer beating its closest

Toyota Unveils a new Accident Prevention System


rival GM by 270,000 units. Toyota sold 9.98 million vehicles during 2013 up 2% from the year before as Toyota also announced plans to sell 10.32 million vehicles in 2014. Toyota has still managed to revive its fate after the damages it faced in the 2011 tsunami. The tsunami and earthquake in 2011 caused extensive widespread devastation which affected car suppliers and production.

Toyota has also been facing reputational issues after a series of recalls and safety issues as more than 14 million vehicles have been recalled since 2009. However, at the end of 2013, Japan’s exports saw their biggest annual rise for three years. Car exports also rose to 31.3% year-on-year, as the Japanese yen saw big falls in value against the dollar. Toyota has been the top manufacturer in the world for more than 70 years. Toyota was the king of automakers till 2011. However, it regained the number one position in 2012.

GM sold 9.71 million vehicles last year, while Germany’s Volkswagen came in third with sales of 9.5 million vehicles. Toyota’s leading models have been Lexus and Prius hybrid models. Toyota’s sales target for 2014 is 10.32 million which is significant as no carmaker has gone beyond the 10 million mark. The three largest carmakers all had a strong 2013, and the figures are an indication of a healthy global automotive sector.

Toyota unveils the All New RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 has been revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show and is longer, wider, lower and looks smart than the car it replaces. This is the 4th generation of the RAV4 and, at 4570mm long, its 205mm longer than the previous model and is identical in length to the new Honda CR-V. This includes a wheelbase that’s 100mm longer.

The RAV4 gets a low-mounted Toyota badge, angular lines and narrow headlights. There’s also a more muscular bumper with squared-off edges for a much rougher look. According to Toyota, there’s a greater focus on driving dynamics, too. It has 10mm less ground clearance than before for a lower centre of gravity but maintains its off-road ability. The boot itself is big, too, with 547 litres of space which is a massive 137 litre increase over the last model. There’s also an electronic tailgate on mid-spec versions and above, which can  be set at a specific height.

Toyota is confident that the new RAV4 will score a five-star Euro NCAP rating. The interior is now higher quality and features a centrally-mounted touchscreen that will be standard across the range. Safety kit includes seven airbags and optional Blind Spot Monitor and Lane Departure Alert.
The RAV4 will be offered with a 122bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, which has stop-start with a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s expected to be the biggest seller and, with 58.6mpg and 127g/km, it’s also the most efficient. A second diesel, a 148bhp 2.2-litre, is available along with a 149bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, which is only available with a CVT automatic gearbox. The new RAV4 goes on sale in early 2013 and is expected to be slightly cheaper than the current car, which has a starting price of around £22,000.