Toyota will recall more than half of Prius vehicles ever sold to fix a software glitch that could slow down or even bring the car to a halt. The recall involves approximately 1.9 million vehicles produced globally since March 2009, according to company spokesman Brian Lyons.
Toyota Racing Development (TRD) is celebrating its 35 anniversary on US soil at the Chicago motor show. They’ve also chosen the venue to launch more aggressively-tuned off road variants of Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner. They feature special TRD performance parts that make all of them better at covering fairly uneven ground at speed.
Just before they go on sale across the U.S. later this month, Toyota has released pricing information on the 2014 model year versions of the 4Runner SUV and the Tacoma compact pickup truck.
If you're not interested in a pickup truck, you're not going to buy one no matter how many commercials a brand releases. However, but unlike Toyota UK's questionable promo-interview of a man giving up his Ferrari for a Prius, we found these fresh cheeky spots from the Japanese carmaker's U.S. arm for the Tacoma quite enjoyable.
Sit-down and take-away restaurants like McDonald's are called "fast food" chains for a few good (and bad, but that's another story) reasons, one of which has to do with the speedy service. Sometimes, though, people are so impatient that not even fast food restaurants can satisfy their need for a speed-lunch…
In an incident that occurred at a local McDonald's drive-through in Farmville, North Carolina, on Tuesday, March 14, two drivers were in such a hurry to get their orders in that they didn't hesitate to overtake each other at the drive-thru lane.
Another week, another recall for Toyota, which this time, has announced a safety recall in the U.S. involving around 150,000 Tacoma pickup trucks from the 2001-2004 model years that were originally sold or are currently registered in the 20 cold climate states (see list below) and the District of Columbia.
It took Toyota a while to bring it onto the market, but the 2012 Tacoma TRD T|X Baja that was first shown at the 2011 Texas State Fair last September is now available for order with prices starting from $32,990 for the V6 Access Cab, not including an $810 (*) processing and handling fee.
The Tacoma TRD T|X Baja Series is offered as an optional limited edition package on both the Tacoma Access and Double Cab 4x4 models at an MSRP of $5,015 minus a $650 Factory Credit, which brings the price down to $4,365.
A new special edition version of Toyota's facelifted 2012 Tacoma pickup truck series was revealed in pre-production form at the State Fair of Texas today. Said to be inspired by the Japanese firm's Baja racing heritage, the Tacoma TRD T|X Baja edition will be available to the public starting from late spring 2012.
The special edition is equipped with the standard 4.0-liter V6 engine matched to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic transmission.
After an early, unwanted reveal through a leaked video, Toyota has officially released the updated Tacoma pickup truck, which enters the 2012 model year with a fresh face, a subtly refined interior and equipment improvements.
Toyota's designers started on the outside by adding a new front grille on all grades that led to restyling of the headlamps, while the hood and the front bumper are also new.
While Toyota may be taking its time to release information on its 2012 portfolio in the United States, pictures and video of its upcoming models are already making the internet rounds. Following the early reveal of the 2012 Camry, the folks over at the PickupTrucks website found an allegedly official promotional video on Vimeo featuring the 2012 Tacoma facelift.
The clip was removed but not before the website took a few shots of Toyota's subtly refreshed pickup truck. If this is indeed the 2012 Tacoma, then the changes on the outside are minimal and mostly concentrated up front with the newly shaped chrome grille and black trim on the bumper.
Approximately 22,000 Toyota trucks and SUVs are being recalled due to a faulty calibration of the tire pressure monitoring system that does not activate the low tire-pressure warning light at the required minimum activation pressure. The affected vehicles include the Toyota FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, Tacoma, Sequoia and Tundra from the 2008 through 2011 model year.
As some of you may remember, Toyota showcased the Tacoma TX concept pickup truck fitted with various TRD (Toyota Racing Development) items at last year's SEMA Show. Now, the Japanese automaker is introducing two new packages inspired by the concept that are called the T|X and T|X Pro and are available on the Tacoma V6 Access Cab or V6 Double Cab on both 4x2 PreRunner and 4x4 models. And if you're wondering, the "T|X" stands for Tacoma Extreme.
The Toyota Tacoma pickup truck is entering the new model year with additional features and a revised lineup. For the 2011MY, the Japanese automaker discontinued three manual transmission models and added five four-cylinder, four-speed automatic models including the Access Cab 4x2 PreRunner, Double Cab 4x2, Double Cab 4x2 PreRunner, Regular Cab 4x4, and Access Cab 4x4.
Added features for the 2011MY Tacoma include a newly designed grille on all Base, SR5, TRD Off-Road, TRD Sport and X-Runner models. Regular Cab models now come with standard air conditioning while the 4x2 versions also gain standard 15-inch steel wheels.
Apple's much-hyped iPad tablet PC was only just launched this past Saturday, April 3, yet we already have the first in-car application of the computing gadget. The people responsible for the lightning-fast installation of the iPad on a vehicle (a Toyota Tacoma, to be specific) are the guys from SoundMan Car Audio located in Santa Clarita, California.
"We chose to use the iPad as the only source for the vehicles entertainment system. The dock connector will plug into a cable that runs to a Onkyo ND-S1 which will send the digital signal from the iPad directly into an Audison Bit One. The Bit One will then act as the D/A converter, and will also process the audio signal. The Bit One also has a great controller for adjusting the volume and audio settings. The amplifier we chose is the McIntosh MCC406M."
If you follow the jump, you can watch a video demonstrating the installation process.
Appearing to have learned its lesson from its accelerator pedal / floor mat woes, Toyota is now issuing voluntary recalls right and left before problems escalate to a point of crisis.
In this latest episode, the Japanese automaker announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall to inspect the front drive shaft on a small production run of certain 2010 model year Tacoma 4WD trucks.
According to Toyota, the front shaft in these vehicles may include a defective component that contains cracks that developed during the manufacturing process. As the truck get used, the cracks may lead to the separation of the drive shaft at the joint portion.
Toyota said that the recall affects approximately 8,000 Tacoma 4WD trucks in the U.S. adding that no other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved.
The company's dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and if necessary, replace the front drive shaft.
Toyota said that it will notify owners by first class mail starting in mid-March, 2010.
Fatal Accident Prompts Toyota and Lexus to Warn Drivers to Remove Floormat Due to Risk of Accelerator Getting StuckPosted
In one of these accidents, it was reported that an off-duty California state trooper and three members of his family were killed in a 2009 Lexus ES350 crash in San Diego. Reuters said that before the crash, a passenger of the ES350 has called the police to inform them that the accelerator was jammed and the car had reached 120mph (193km/h) at that time.
Although the San Diego incident is still under investigation, meaning that it is not yet confirmed that the floormat is to blame, Toyota said that it wanted to take precautionary measures on the matter.
"Obviously the tragic accident in San Diego was certainly an eye opener for all of us and we've paid very, very diligent attention to moving forward to try to make sure none of us will be reliving that kind of a very tragic situation," said Toyota spokesman Irv Miller.
Overall, Toyota is planning to issue a safety recall on around 3.8 million vehicles due to the issue with the driver's floor mat.
The affected Toyota models are the 2007-2010 Camry, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2004-2009 Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma and 2007-2010 Tundra.
The Lexus modes affected by the recall are the 2007-2010 ES 350 and 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS 350 sedans.
Surprisingly, this is not the first time that Toyota has faced a problem with the driver's floormat as in September 2007, the firm recalled an accessory all-weather floor mat sold for use in 2007 and 2008MY Lexus ES 350 and Toyota Camry sedans because of similar issues.
The Japanese company said that until it "develops a remedy", it is asking the owners of the above models to "take out any removable driver's floor mat and NOT replace it with any other floor mat."
In the case that drivers are confronted with a jammed accelerator pedal, here's what Toyota recommends that they do:
From Toyota and Lexus Press Release: Should the vehicle continue to accelerate rapidly after releasing the accelerator pedal, this could be an indication of floor mat interference. If this occurs, Toyota recommends the driver take the following actions:
First, if it is possible and safe to do so, pull back the floor mat and dislodge it from the accelerator pedal; then pull over and stop the vehicle.
If the floor mat cannot be dislodged, then firmly and steadily step on the brake pedal with both feet. Do NOT pump the brake pedal repeatedly as this will increase the effort required to slow the vehicle.
Shift the transmission gear selector to the Neutral (N) position and use the brakes to make a controlled stop at the side of the road and turn off the engine.
If unable to put the vehicle in Neutral, turn the engine OFF, or to ACC. This will not cause loss of steering or braking control, but the power assist to these systems will be lost.
-If the vehicle is equipped with an Engine Start/Stop button, firmly and steadily push the button for at least three seconds to turn off the engine. Do NOT tap the Engine Start/Stop button.
-If the vehicle is equipped with a conventional key-ignition, turn the ignition key to the ACC position to turn off the engine. Do NOT remove the key from the ignition as this will lock the steering wheel.
Via: Toyota & Lexus, NHTSA and Reuters