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December 18, 2014

Scion Could be Re-Positioned as a Small Premium Brand

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When Scion launched in the early 2000's it was positioned as a brand for young car buyers with models like the boxy, but fun xB. Over the past few years Scion's lineup as aged with the only new models being the FR-S and tC coupes. So what does the future hold for Scion? Scion is about to release a host of new models, that may re-position the brand with premium small cars.

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December 17, 2014

Toyota Reveals the Face of the 2016 Tacoma

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Last week Toyota revealed the first teaser of the all-new 2016 Tacoma and now Toyota has released a second photo that reveals the Tacoma's new face.

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Lexus Teases a New F Model for Detroit, Likely the GS F

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Lexus has released two teaser photos of its new F model that is going to debut next month at the Detroit Auto Show. The new F model will be the second addition to the high-performance F lineup, following the introduction of the RC F earlier this year.

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December 15, 2014

Toyota Delayed the Next-Gen Prius to Make Last Minute Design Changes

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Production of the next-generation Toyota Prius was supposed to kick off next spring, but it's already been reported that it is delayed until the end of 2015. We're now learning that the reason for the last minute delay is due to some last minute styling changes.

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December 10, 2014

2016 Toyota Tacoma Teased Ahead of its Detroit Debut

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Toyota has officially announced that the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma will debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show next month. While Toyota hasn't released any significant details, we do have a teaser photo to hold us over until Jan 12.

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December 8, 2014

Lexus IS Convertible Could be Replaced by Production LF-C2

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Lexus unveiled the LF-C2 concept at the LA Auto Show last month and although it was expected that the concept previewed a new RC convertible, those rumors were quickly put to rest thanks to a new Lexus SUV. Now it's being reported that Lexus could continue with plans to build the RC convertible.

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December 5, 2014

Lexus Trademarks LC 500 and LC 500h, Likely Production Version of LF-LC Concept

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Lexus has reportedly filed trademarks for the LC 500 and LC 500h names, which furthers speculation that Lexus intends to produce the LF-LC concept. It was rumored that the production version of the LF-LC concept would revive the SC name.

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December 4, 2014

Next-Generation Toyota Tacoma to Debut in Detroit

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Not to be outdone by GM's new midsize pickups, Toyota is reportedly going to reveal the next-generation Toyota Tacoma next month at the Detroit Auto Show. Even though the midsize pickup segment has been relatively flat, Toyota predicts that demand will increase starting in 2015.

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December 1, 2014

Lexus Announces New Active 'Lexus Safety System +' Package

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Lexus has announced that introduction of the new Lexus Safety System + package, which is a of active safety technologies designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions across a wide range of vehicle speeds. Lexus says that the package will be introduced starting in 2015 with a goal of rolling it out across all Lexus models in Japan, North America and Europe by the end of 2017.

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November 26, 2014

Lexus to Reveal New Performance Model in Detroit, Maybe New RX Too

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Lexus Group Vice President, Jeff Bracken has revealed that Lexus is planning on debuting at least one new model at the upcoming 2015 Detroit Auto Show. One model is expected to be a new high-performance model, but there's also the possibility that the next-generation RX could debut at the show.

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November 24, 2014

Scion FR-S Convertible and Turbo Are Not Coming

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Scion Vice President Doug Murtha has confirmed some bad news for Scion FR-S fans - Scion has no plans to build a convertible or turbocharged version. It's long been rumored that Scion could release a more powerful FR-S or even a drop top version, but Toyota reportedly couldn't produce a strong business case for either version.

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Lexus Cancels RC Convertible to Build LS-Based Crossover

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Last week Lexus revealed the LF-C2 concept at the LA Auto Show and it was expected that the concept was a preview of the upcoming RC convertible. Unfortunately the only thing the LF-C2 did do last week was preview the automaker's future design language, since plans for an RC convertible have been ruled out.

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November 19, 2014

Lexus LF-C2 Debuts in LA and Previews an RC Convertible

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Lexus hasn't officially confirmed plans to build a confirmed plans to build a convertible version of the RC, but it has been rumored. Now we have a look at what the convertible may look like with the debut of the LF-C2 concept that debuted today at the LA Auto Show.

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Scion iM Concept Previews Scion's New Five-Door Hatchback, Arrives Next Year

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Scion has officially unveiled the iM concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The iM concept is basically a Scion version of the European Toyota Auris and previews a new five-door Scion hatchback that is going to arrive next year.

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November 18, 2014

Toyota Creates a SpongeBob Themed Sienna for the LA Auto Show

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Last year Toyota and Nickelodeon teamed up to create a unique SpongeBob SquarePants themed Highlander and now the two companies have teamed up again. This time the two companies have teamed up to promote the 2015 Sienna and the upcoming film, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

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BMW i5 to Borrow the Hydrogen Fuel-Cell System from the Toyota Mirai?

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Yesterday Toyota officially dropped all the details for the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle. Everyone is jumping on the fuel-cell bandwagon and now it's being reported that BMW may tap its current relationship with Toyota for a fuel-cell vehicle for the i-sub brand.

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Lexus LF-C2 Concept Teased One Last Time

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Lexus has released two more teasers of the LF-C2 concept, which is going to have its world debut tomorrow at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The previous teasers gave us a look at the side profile of the LF-C2 convertible concept, but now we have our first look at the concept's face.

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November 17, 2014

2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel-Cell Vehicle Priced at $57,500 or Lease for $499

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Toyota has dropped all the details about the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell sedan that is going to arrive next year. We've already seen photos of it, but now Toyota has announced that the Mirai will have a price starting at $57,500 before any tax incentives.

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Lexus LF-C2 Concept Teased Again, Previews a Convertible RC

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Lexus is going to reveal the new LF-C2 concept this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Last week Lexus released a teaser of the LF-C2 and now we have another "clearer" teaser that reveals that the concept is basically a near production convertible version of the RC Coupe.

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November 12, 2014

Scion iM Concept Car Unveiled Ahead of its Debut in LA

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Although we're a week away from the kick off of the 2014 LA Auto Show, Scion has been kind enough to release the first official photos of its iM concept car that is going to debut at the show.

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November 11, 2014

Lexus LF-C2 Concept to Debut at the LA Auto Show

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Lexus has announced plans to reveal the new LF-C2 concept at the upcoming LA Auto Show next week. Lexus hasn't released any details other than this teaser photo, but hopefully the concept is a preview of the aged IS convertible.

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November 7, 2014

Scion to Debut Two New Production Models at 2015 NY Auto Show

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It's very obvious that Scion's lineup has grown quite stale with the only real interest being the FR-S. Scion is set to fix that with two new models that will debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

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November 4, 2014

Toyota Turns the Camry Into an 850-HP Drag Car for SEMA

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At first glance this Camry looks almost identical to the 2015 Camry that you'll find at your local Toyota dealership, but there's something hidden underneath. Toyota has turned the Camry into the ultimate "sleeper" by hiding a purpose-built 850 horsepower dragster under the Camry's skin.

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October 30, 2014

Lexus Confirms An RC F Convertible is In the Works

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At its recent national dealer meeting in Los Angeles, Lexus confirmed that a convertible version of the 467-hp RC F is in the works.

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Toyota FCV to Enter this Year's Japanese Rally Championship

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Toyota has announced that its new fuel cell vehicle will be put through its paces in the final installment in this year's Japanese Rally Championship, the 177 mile Shinshiro Rally held in Aichi Prefecture on November 1 and 2. The Toyota FCV that has been specially tuned and outfitted for rally racing will check the safety of the roads as a zero car.

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Scion Heads to SEMA with a Targa Top FR-S, Slayer tC and Riley Hawk xB

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Scion has unveiled its lineup for the SEMA Show that kicks off next week in Las Vegas. Scion tasked six builders to create their own interpretations of the Scion tC, FR-S and xB with custom upgrades, individual style and creativity.

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October 29, 2014

2015 Scion tC Release Series 9.0 is Ready for Halloween

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Scion has unveiled the new 2015 Scion tC Release Series 9.0, which features a unique two-tone exterior that was designed with help from Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs.

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October 27, 2014

Toyota Uses This Year's SEMA Show to Celebrate its Performance Legacy

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Toyota wants the world to celebrate its performance legacy and this year at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Toyota will focus on the past, present and future of its passion for performance. This year Toyota will showcase fifteen unique vehicles that Toyota says "underscore the company's commitment to truly push the limit of both man and machine."

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October 24, 2014

2015 Toyota Avalon XLE Touring Sport Edition Announced

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Toyota has has revealed the updates to the 2015 Avalon, which includes the addition of the new limited production XLE Touring Sport Edition.

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October 22, 2014

Scion iM Concept Teased Ahead of its Debut at the LA Auto Show

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Scion has released two teaser photos of its new iM concept car that is going to debut next month at the LA Auto Show. The teaser photos don't reveal a lot, but it does give us a look a the aggressive front end.

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October 17, 2014

2015 Lexus NX Crossover Starts at $35,405

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Lexus has revealed the pricing for the 2015 NX crossover, which starts at $35,405 for the base 200t model, while the NX 300h hybrid starts at $40,645, including destination.

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October 14, 2014

Toyota Sells 7 Million Hybrids, Will Introduce 15 New Hybrids Through 2015

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Toyota has announced that it's global hybrid sales surpassed the 7 million mark in September and that it only took the last nine months to sell 1 million hybrids. Toyota has also announced that including the hybrid vehicles launched this year, Toyota will introduce a total of 15 new hybrids globally through 2015.

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October 13, 2014

2015 Toyota Camry NASCAR Race Car Unveiled

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Toyota has unveiled the newest Toyota Camry Race Car that will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition beginning next season. Toyota has also announced that the redesigned Camry will also be used in next year's NASCAR Xfinity Series, currently the Nationwide Series.

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October 8, 2014

Toyota is Giving Away a Fuel Cell Vehicle!

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Toyota has announced that it is giving away a Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) to one lucky winner in California. Toyota has partnered with Environmental Media Association (EMA) to give away the automaker's first zero-emission hydrogen vehicle when it arrives in California in late 2015.

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September 25, 2014

2015 Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition Debuts in Texas

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Toyota has unveiled the 2015 Toyota Tundra Bass Pro Shops Off-Road Edition at the 2014 State Fair of Texas.

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September 23, 2014

2015 Toyota Camry Gets More Emotional [REVIEW]

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In the past 30 years the Toyota Camry has never really been associated with the words "style" or "exciting," well maybe with the exception of the Lexus-esque 1992-1996 Camry. Toyota is trying to change that with this new more "emotional" and "stylish" 2015 Camry, but does it succeed?

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September 22, 2014

Next-Generation 2016 Lexus RX 350 Will Use Aluminum to Cut Weight

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Many automakers are starting to use more pricey aluminum to cut weight from their vehicles, like the 2015 Ford F-150 and the 2016 Jaguar XE. Toyota is reportedly getting ready to use more aluminum in its vehicles starting with the all-new 2016 Lexus RX and the 2018 Toyota Camry.

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Toyota C-HR Crossover Concept Revealed Ahead of its Paris Debut

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Toyota has revealed the C-HR crossover concept ahead of its world debut at the Paris Motor Show next month. The small crossover concept is a hint or preview of a new smaller crossover that Toyota could add to its lineup.

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September 19, 2014

Scion Teases tC and xB Concepts Ahead of Their SEMA Debut

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Scion has announced plans to unveil two new concepts at this year's SEMA show in November, which are inspired by metal, music and skateboarding. Scion will unveil the Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC" for heavy metal band Slayer and the "Scion x Riley Hawk Skate Tour xB" for pro skateboarder Riley Hawk.

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September 15, 2014

2015 Toyota Tundra Says Goodbye To its V6

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Toyota has announced the updates for the 2015 Toyota Tundra, which was all-new for the 2014 model year. The biggest change to the 2015 Tundra is the deletion of the V6 engine, which Toyota reportedly decided based on the fact that barely any Tundra buyers ever chose the base engine.

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