Showing posts with label toyota. Show all posts
Showing posts with label toyota. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

All new 2020 Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris will be an all new car for 2020. In Europe.
As we mentioned before, the 2020 model for the US market is just a good old Mazda 2.

This new generation is based on Toyota's all new GA-B platform.
It will be offered with the choice of a new 1.5 Liter or  1.0 3 cylinder engines.

But the main attraction here is the 4th generation Hybrid power plant using the 1.5 Liter.
Toyota claims it was able to drive as an EV mode 80% of the time while testing in urban areas.
Which is be pretty amazing...

The design is kind of cute. the car looks like a little bulldog. But it is also quite busy.
I am not a big fan of huge grilles on tiny cars. Or fake plastic vents on bumpers either.
But the interior seems to be much nicer. 
Competition will be tough in Europe. With a new Renault Clio, with its amazing interior.
And with the all new Peugeot 208. Which is already offered was an EV. And its cousin the Opel Corsa.

Obviously, this is not coming to the US market. At least for now.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

2020 Toyota Yaris

I have mentioned the 2020 Toyota Yaris before, but this seems to be a better look at the all new small hatchback from Toyota.

Strangely enough, what is now sold as the 2020 Yaris hatchback in the US is just a rebadged Mazda 2.
So it looks like the "real new Yaris" from Toyota might not be coming over here.

The new Yaris is supposed to be using an all new platform. And will probably be offered as a hybrid as well. Since it has been the case in Europe for years.
And I am sure an EV or at least plug-in version is coming soon as well...

I still wonder if this will end up replacing the Mazda 2 as well. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

2017 Toyota Corolla

The Corolla gets a new front end for the new year.
And it's just fine. Inside it looks like the changes are limited to a larger screen.
Which is also fine.

I think the current generation looks OK. It has more style than before, without scaring anyone.
(Like the new Civic which might have gone a bit too far)
And, it is still a best seller.
They moved over 363 000 of them last year!

So you can see why they're not going nuts with changes.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2017 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

These are still just illustrations.
But it shows a clear version of what they have in store for the New York Auto show.

Weird they changed it that much from the regular one. I mean a whole new front and rear?
Which, I must say, is a bit of an improvement.

Not sure what the EV range will be, but I really don't think it'll match the Volt's 53 miles.

And we'll see how it competes with the new Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In and its 30 miles range. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Toyota teases new Prius model

The picture on top is the tease.
The bottom one is the regular 2016 Prius.

Some say this is just the Plug-In version. But I don't think Toyota would redesign the whole rear of the car for just the Plug-in version.
Even brand new lights.

Others suggest it might be the new Prius V.
That could be. Although Toyota has hinted recently that the new Rav4 Hybrid might actually replace the Prius V in their line up.

Could it be a sporty coupe? A sedan?

What do you think???

Friday, February 26, 2016

2017 Toyota C-HR

 After a few years of showing us cool concepts (even one as a Scion), Toyota is finally showing the production version of the small C-HR SUV/crossover thingy.

Of course, development of this started back when the Nissan Juke was the only game in town. And it shows.
Since, we now have more more tasteful design available in that segment. Like the Fiat 500X, Honda HR-V or Mazda CX3.

So I think this will still be mainly a Juke competitor.
The main attraction here will be the Hybrid power train.
It is smaller than the all new Kia Niro, but could still compete against it.

I guess it might use the power train from the tiny Prius C. Or an updated version of it.
It might actually be killing the Prius C. Since Toyota has been saying they don't see much future for a whole Prius family anymore.
And the new Hybrid version of the Rav4 could very well replace the Prius V.

Here is what it looks like ext to the 2 previous concepts versions.

Even without the big wheels, it's been toned down. Way down...
It looks quite heavy and clumsy now...

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hyundai Ioniq Vs,Toyota Prius

 It's that time again. Every time I see new pictures of the Ioniq, I feel like comparing it to the new Prius.

Like I mentioned before, I never disliked the previous generation Prius.
It's not something I would get for myself, but a few friends of mine have one, and it is OK.
(Even though many car nerds love to hate it.)

But this one is horrible. It is trying way too hard.
It is basically a visual mess, inside and out. And there is no excuse for it.

I mean look at both cars above. One seems confident, the other one is like crazy kid on speed.

 And it's even worse in the back!

 A tale of two shifters.
 One that looks classy and even quite upscale.
The other one, trying to re-invent the wheel. Ending up looking like a gadget sticking out of a Japanese toilet.
 Nothing to compare here. Since the new Prius doesn't even offer a sunroof anymore...

Trunk space seems pretty similar. At least on these pictures.
The Prius might have a small advantage here actually. (Its floor seems a bit lower)

Now, Kia just announced their "50MPG Niro Crossover".
Which is larger and heavier than the Ionic. Yet uses the same power train.
So the Hyundai might even end up being more fuel efficient that the new Prius!

I really think Toyota messed up. And might end up paying the price by seeing former customers switching to other brands.

Plus, this is 2016. There is no excuse for any car to look like that...

Friday, January 08, 2016

Monday, January 04, 2016

All new Toyota Yaris sedan

No, this isn't the Scion iA.
And it isn't the Mazda2 sedan either...

It is Toyota's new idea of selling the iA in Canada. So they just renamed it "Yaris Sedan".
Since it is still a Mazda2 with an ugly front end, it actually has nothing to do with the regular Yaris hatchback. Nothing, except the name.

Why not, I guess...

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mystery Minivan caught

A few more pictures of this upcoming minivan.

I guess most people seem to think it is either the next Sienna or Odyssey.

So far, I am tempted to go with the Honda Odyssey.
Like someone noticed, the shape of the headlights and grille seem to match with what we are seeing on the CRV/Pilot front end.

I will be getting more pictures of this soon.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Next Toyota Sienna/Honda Odyssey?

This was just sent to me. It was taken in the US.
And I am just not sure what it is...

I know it's not the new Chrysler Town and Country (I thought it was at first)
But the grille, headlights do not match what we have already seen.

Some new Hyundai Minivan? Both the Sienna and Odyssey are due for a new one pretty soon. I guess.

(I will post more pictures of this very soon, so keep checking.)

What do you think?

This is, by the way, the front end of the all new 2017 Chrysler Town and Country.
As you can see, not the same as the one pictured above...

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

2016 Renault Megane

 We saw this car a few days ago. But I thought i'd post a few more pictures of it.
It looks really nice! I mean this isn't a luxury car. It is from a mainstream brand.
Competing with the Golf. Nothing super fancy.
Just something looking really good, classy, solid and tasteful.

Meanwhile, in Toyotaworld, we have this...

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

2016 Toyota Prius

Get ready. Because wether you like it or not, this will soon be EVERYWHERE!
(They still sold over 120 000 of the "old" model last year)

No specs from Toyota yet (And why???)
But it is expected to get about 10% better fuel economy. Which is not really a game changer after over 6 years of the current model.

But that doesn't matter, since tons of people are waiting to buy this car.

As far as I am concerned, I do not hate the Prius like so many people do.
I wouldn't buy one. (Because maximum fuel economy isn't my only priority). But I understand people who do.

I actually think the current one looks better.
This new one might be getting too weird. More modern does not mean weirder.
(Something Toyota/Lexus has a hard time to understand in general)
The interior doesn't seem to be an improvement either. Just a bit weirder.
And the "shifter" seems to be in the strangest position ever. Why???
Plus... No more sunroof?

I think this might have a tough time against the much more attractive new Volt.

 Is this really an improvement??? Are the headrests fixed now?

What is THAT?? It looks like a small bathtub in-between the front seats!

And the small shifter sticking out like that, what the hell???

Now... What do YOU think?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

2016 Toyota Prius

There it is.
The all new Prius, finally.

Looking, very... complicated . The front ends seems quite busy. And that rear light...
But it doesn't matter. It actually looks to me like a normal evolution from the current model.
(Which now looks quite subtle compared to that)

I haven't heard of any technical breakthrough. Mileage will be better of course. Probably just around 10/15% better.
But it will still feel like driving a dishwasher. Which also, doesn't matter. Since the Prius is not a car for people who actually enjoy driving.
Which is ... most people.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

2016 Toyota Prius?

Not sure.
Although it does match all the spy shots we have already seen of the car.

Lots (and lots) of people love to hate the Prius design. I don't.
I think the current model looks OK.
( with over 120 000 sold in the US last year, I am not the only one).
I wouldn't buy one because I don't like the way it drives. And getting the highest MPG isn't my number one priority.

This looks like a natural evolution for Toyota. There's even a bit of the Mirai design in it. (Which is really NOT a good thing.)

The only other rumor I hear is a 10% gain in MPG. Which could be enough for current owners to switch to the new one. I guess...