Toyota has built a custom-designed Mirai that's being used as a stage opener during the ADAC Rally Deutschland. The hydrogen-powered sedan is fitted with performance brake pads, rally tires, bucket seats for the front passengers, and a roll cage.
Eager to build cars that stand out, Toyota could travel to this October's Tokyo Motor Show to introduce a heritage-laced sports car positioned below the Scion FR-S. If built, the 2,100-pound Small FR Concept will pack a 130-horsepower four-cylinder.
Toyota is allegedly in the process of designing a small crossover that will slot below the RAV4 in its lineup. Positioned below the RAV4, the Auris Cross will ride on a new modular platform, and it will be powered by downsized engines.
Toyota has announced its cars will not be compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay because it is concerned about safety and privacy. Instead, many 2016 Toyota models will be available with a brought-in infotainment system called Scout GPS Link.
Toyota's next generation GT86 sports car will reportedly be based on the Mazda MX-5 and will use an F1-inspired kinetic energy recovery system. Power could be less than the current car, but weight will be down significantly.
Details are starting to emerge about the sports cars that BMW and Toyota are jointly developing. Both cars will ride on a new chassis built with aluminum and carbon fiber, and they will be available with a 473-horsepower plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
Toyota has recalled 625,000 of their hybrid vehicles because "in limited instances, the hybrid system might shut down while the vehicle is being driven, resulting in the loss of power, bringing the vehicle to stop."
Toyota has developed a helper robot designed for long term care of the elderly. The remotely operated device could jumpstart a trend of elderly support robots that may one day feature autonomous functions.