Thursday, December 19, 2013

Merry Christmas

The Wreath Is On The Door

The wreath is on the door
And the snow is on the tree
God has laid His holy hands
On all that we can see.

Be quick to raise your voice
And praise what He has brought.
Keep now His love in every choice
And Christmas in every thought.

Merry Christmas

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, September 2, 2013

Where Are Toyota's Built?

Toyota's do not strictly come from Japan as most assume. In fact over 15 million Toyota's have been built in the United States.

Toyota manufacturing takes place worldwide with final assembly usually being in the country where they are sold in order to avoid shipping entire cars across the ocean. Parts manufacturing are spread across the world from places such as the United States, Japan, Thailand to Africa.

There are some Toyota's which are strictly made in a certain country. For example certain Toyota trucks are only built in the US.

So when you get your Toyota, the final papers will usually say it is built in the country you live in however, it can have parts in it that are world wide.
Source: wikianswers

Monday, August 26, 2013

Where Are Toyota's Built?

Toyota's do not strictly come from Japan as most assume. In fact over 15 million Toyota's have been built in the United States.

Toyota manufacturing takes place worldwide with final assembly usually being in the country where they are sold in order to avoid shipping entire cars across the ocean. Parts manufacturing are spread across the world from places such as the United States, Japan, Thailand to Africa.

There are some Toyota's which are strictly made in a certain country. For example certain Toyota trucks are only built in the US.

So when you get your Toyota, the final papers will usually say it is built in the country you live in however, it can have parts in it that are world wide.

Source: Wiki/Answers

Monday, August 5, 2013

Toyota Camatte57s Concept

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

1991 Toyota Avalon

CALTY Design Research Center

In the car industry “surprise and delight” is key, just think of the cup holder in the Audi A3 that with the slightest touch effortlessly deploys from the dash. The Avalon’s “surprise and delight” is its roof which totally folds back. Totally impractical, just think about if it rained, but it give the rest of the car that low sleek look, as well as adding that 4 door convertible option. Built as a concept in 1991, it looks like it was just “wow” styling exercise, and it does do its job very well.

Source: ThePetrolStop

Friday, June 28, 2013

Toyota Camette Concept

Toyota Camette Concept
At the 2012 International Tokyo Toy Show Toyota is presenting a family-oriented concept vehicle called Camette, aimed at promoting cars to a future generation of customers.
The Toyota Camette is a pure concept with no plans for production. It features a customizable body, with easily removable body panels, available in a wide range of colors and designs.
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The simple body structure and components have been used to give parents and children the chance to become more familiar with the workings of motor vehicles.

The interior features seating for three in a triangular ‘1+2’ configuration to create an intimate family driving space, maximizing parent-child communication.
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The pedals and seats are fully adjustable to allow children to operate controls (where legal), while an adult seated in the right rear seat can assist with steering and braking.

The Camette is on dusplay at the 2012 International Tokyo Toy Show in two versions, the Camette ‘Sora’, and Camette ‘Daichi’.

Source: carbodydesign

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Toyota History

 Source: Toyota Motor Corporation 

The Toyota Motor Co. Ltd was first established in 1937 as a spin-off  from Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, one of the world's leading manufacturers of weaving machinery.

The Toyoda Automatic Loom Works was then headed by Japan's 'King of Inventors' Sakichi Toyoda. The patent rights to one of his machines had been sold to Platt Brothers (UK) and provided the seed-money for the development and test-building of Toyota's first automobiles.

August 1997 marked the 60th anniversary of TMC. The fledgling company founded by Kiichiro Toyoda, Sakichi's son, has since blossomed into the leader that it is today.

In 1950 the company experienced its one and only strike. Labor and management emerged from this stoppage firmly committed to the principles of mutual trust and dependence, and that corporate philosophy still guides our growth today.

Production systems were improved in the late 1950's, culminating in the establishment of the 'Toyota Production System.' It became known as TPS in 1970 but was established much earlier by Taiichi Ohno. Based on the principles of Jidoka, Just-in-time and Kaizen, the system is a major factor in the reduction of inventories and defects in the plants of Toyota and its suppliers, and it underpins all our operations across the World.

Toyota launched its first small car (SA Model) in 1947. Production of vehicles outside Japan began in 1959 at a small plant in Brazil, and continued with a growing network of overseas plants. Toyota believes in localizing its operations to provide customers with the products they need where they need them; this philosophy builds mutually beneficial long-term relationships with local suppliers and helps the company fulfill its commitments to local labor.

Over and above manufacturing, Toyota also has a global network of design and 'Research and Development' facilities, embracing the three major car markets of Japan, North America and Europe.

In every community in which the company operates, Toyota strives to be a responsible corporate citizen; close relationships with people and organizations in the local community are essential contributors to mutual prosperity. Across the world, Toyota participates enthusiastically in community activities ranging from the sponsorship of educational and cultural programmes to international exchange and research.

Today, Toyota is the world's third largest manufacturer of automobiles in unit sales and in net sales. It is by far the largest Japanese automotive manufacturer, producing more than 5.5 million vehicles per year, equivalent to one every six seconds. In the time it has taken you to read this paragraph, at least another three or four cars will have been produced!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

2014 Toyota Highlander

All-New 2014 Toyota Highlander SUV Makes World Debut at 2013 New York

•All-New Dynamic, Sleek Exterior Design
•Refined, Premium Interior wîth Advanced Technologies
•New Six-Speed Automatic wîth Sequential Shift on V6 Models
•Available Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive
•Available Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Ale

The all-new third-generation 2014 Toyota Highlander mid-size SÚV made its world debut today at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

An all-new exterior design conveys both refinement and strength, complementing a new interior that will raise the bar in the mid-size SÚV §egmènt. With three-row seating for up to eight, an array of standard features, a host of available in-cabin technologies, and increased cargo capacity, the new Highlander will offer a nuanced balance of style, comfort and utility. The total package is capped off wîth three powertrain choices: a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine a powerful V6 wîth a new six-speed transmission that will produce excellent all-around capability, and a V6-powered Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain for enhanced mileage and fewer emissions.

Sophisticated, Dynamic Exterior is Sleek and Strong
Sophisticated and dynamic, the new Highlander features a progressive silhouette, a lower roofline for improved aerodynamics, and sculptured side-door panels. The exterior has grown in length by approximately three inches while width is increased one-half inch, conveying a sleek and strong appearance.

From the front, Highlander's hood merges wîth a redesigned trapezoidal grille, wraparound headlamps and deeply chiseled fenders for a more aggressive appearance.

The length of the profile, from the front fenders to the rear quarter panels, boldly stands out wîth sculptured wheel wells at the corners, allowing for prominently protruding wheels. The total package is capped off by a newly designed rear lift-gate wîth one-touch power open/close and driver selectable memory height settings, and taillights and bumper that exude style and strength.

Highlander's body structure will include high-strength steel in the front pillars for increased rigidity. Visibility has been improved through precise repositioning of the front A-pillars, while the size of the rear quarter glass has been increased to provide a wider view for driver and occupants.

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.7 L., 4-cylinder

6-speed Automatic, CVT
Refinement is enhanced through improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) measures. Interior noise reduction is achieved through a 30 percent expansion of silencing insulation materials in the floor areas. Acoustic-type glass is used for the windshield to help reduce noise entering the cabin, and even the panoramic moonroof design works to help reduce wind noise, even when the moonroof is open.

Vibration is minimized through expanded coverage of the dash silencer, enhancements to body sealing, and the strategic placement of three hydraulic engine mounts. Improvements in the exhaust layout have been made for additional noise and vibration reduction.

Premium Interior Design wîth Advanced Functionality
Toyota engineers raised the bar on interior design for the mid-size SÚV §egmènt by adding even more refinement and functionality to the new Highlander. The 2014 model will offer a premium interior highlighted by increased spaciousness for up to eight people, and an array of standard comfort, convenience and technology features.

The new Highlander's interior utilizes premium materials to offer an upscale experience, wîth most models featuring standard contrast seat stitching. All Highlanders will come equipped wîth a soft-touch instrument panel; and silver-painted, satin, and chrome-plated accents that are thoughtfully placed throughout the interior. Wood-grain pattern trim can be found on the front dash and door trim for an added touch of elegance. Premium fabrics, available smooth and perforated leather-trim seats, leather wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob add to Highlander's redesigned upscale interior. The adoption of a high quality knit roof lining and available second-row sunshades add to Highlander's refinement and comfort.

A new roll-top center console box wîth a dampened sliding door provides a comfortable armrest, or when fully opened is large enough to hold a large handbag. All Highlanders will feature a newly designed in-meter-cluster Multi-Information Display. Available ambient lighting around the front dash and doors add to the refined environment.

The second row offers bench-seating for three passengers or two captain's seats featuring a collapsible tray wîth cup holders for added convenience. Getting into the third-row is made easier wîth the addition of a one-step second-row sliding seat function that provides nearly three more inches of space for easier entry and exit to the third-row. An overall interior width increase of 4.3 inches in the third-row and a standard recline function creates added comfort for up to three passengers. Like the second-row bench, the third-row will be 40/60 split for added passenger and storage flexibility and convenience. Rear cargo space behind the third-row has also increased by up to 34 percent for added storage.

Additional available convenience features include an Automatic High Beam System, Auto Cruise Control, Smart Key, driver's seat memory, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's seats, and a heated §teering wheel.

Improved Dynamic Performance, Handling, Efficiency
The new Highlander will be available in three powertrains. A 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine is equipped wîth a variable intake manifold and dual Variable-Valve Timing wîth intelligence (VVT-i), which controls phasing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize torque and fuel efficiency. The 2.7-liter engine is teamed wîth a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. (posted on

A 3.5-liter V6 is also equipped wîth dual VVT-i and a variable intake manifold. Acceleration and fuel efficiency are improved thanks to a new six-speed, electronically controlled automatic transmission (ECT) that offers selectable manual sequential shifting.

The Highlander Hybrid model's Hybrid Synergy Drive system pairs the 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine wîth a high-torque electric drive motor-generator for additional power and fuel efficiency.

The new Highlander will provide a more dynamic driving experience, wîth new technologies that include Dynamic Torque Control All-Wheel Drive (AWD), enhancements in suspension performance, and optimized electric power steering. The spring rates and the shock absorbers have been optimally tuned to help enhance the vehicles handling characteristics.

Highlander will have a MacPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels and available 19-inch alloys.

Highlander's Dynamic Torque Control AWD system automatically shifts from front-wheel drive (FWD) to AWD when accelerating or when sensors detect wheel slippage. The driver is able to view the torque-distribution settings on the meter display.

The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system continuously monitors and controls the torque transfer between the front and rear wheels via an electromagnetically controlled coupling positioned in the rear differential.

Front to rear torque distribution can vary from 100:0 to 50:50, wîth front-wheel drive (100:0) automatically engaged under normal driving conditions to help improve fuel consumption.

The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system uses information sent from various sensors (speed, §teering angle and speed, throttle angle and yaw rate) to automatically govern the transmission of torque to the rear wheels, as required.

A sophisticated, high-speed interactive management system coordinates control of the Dynamic Torque Control AWD, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems to enhance Highlander's performance, handling and safety.

Advanced In-Cabin, Multimedia Connectivity

All new Highlanders come equipped wîth Toyota's Entune™ multimedia system. The Display Audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth® and voice recognition is standard, while an eight-inch touchscreen system and Toyota's Entune™ app suite with12 JBL speakers is also available.

The new Highlander will also offer an available Rear Seat Entertainment system wîth an RCA coaxial input terminal at the rear of the center console to allow external devices, such as gaming systems, to be connected.

Comprehensive Array of Safety & Convenience Features

All 2014 Highlander's will have eight standard airbags. Like every Toyota, Highlander will feature the standard Star Safety System™, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, an Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology. All Highlander's will also come equipped with a standard backup camera and Hill-start Assist Control. All AWD models will have an AWD LOCK switch.

New available safety and convenience features include rear parking sonar, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a Pre-collision System.

All Highlanders are assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) in Princeton, Ind. The all-new Highlander will reach dealer showrooms in early 2014.

Source - Toyota

Monday, April 8, 2013

2012 Toyota Yundong Shuangqing Concept

At the 2012 Beijing Motor Show Toyota has unveiled the Yundong Shuangqing China-only concept, equipped with a hybrid system developed at the company’s Chinese facilities.

Source: Internet

Friday, March 1, 2013

2004 Toyota FTX

The FTX concept pickup truck provides a hint to the size and styling of Toyota’s next big-truck platform. At nearly 19 feet in length, nearly seven feet in width, and six-and-one-half feet in height, the FTX offers ample proportions. In the rear tailgate is a smooth operating hideaway ramp that extends to the ground when the gate is open. The instrument panel and center console arch bend outward, wrapping around each occupant, forming two protective cells. Under the hood, is a large-displacement V-8 hybrid gas-electric engine that pumps out loads of torque while delivering V-6 fuel efficiency.

Source: Internet

1961 Toyota Toyopet X

Shown at the 1961 Tokyo Motor Show.

Based on the Crown.

Source: Internet

1957 Toyota Proto

2 seater sports car (Toyopet prototype) from 1957.

This did not make production.

Source: Internet