Guys push Camry from the snow into a ditch

Guys push Camry from the snow into a ditch

If you accidentally pushed a Toyota Camry into a ditch, what would you do?

Some of you would say it’s not an accident …

We’re not sure what happened after this video, but it appears the guys ditched the Camry in the ditch.

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LPG installation linked to Toyota Prius explosion in Spain

LPG installation linked to Toyota Prius explosion in Spain

A Toyota Prius taxi equipped with an aftermarket LPG installation exploded earlier this week in Barcelona, Spain.

According to Auto Evolution, there were no passengers in the cab, but the driver sustained first-degree burns on his head. Two people behind the Prius were also injured.

Two weeks before the explosion, the Prius had apparently been modified to run on LPG, but the story reported that Toyota’s Spanish extension quickly released an official statement explaining that it doesn’t recommend that specific conversion for its cars.

The company said that Toyota Spain disapproves the amendment of any of their vehicles (hybrid or not) through the installation of LPG, as those facilities substantially change the operation conditions of the vehicle and don’t meet the company’s requirements for technical approval.

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Is this the world’s fastest stick shift Mustang?

Is this the world's fastest stick shift Mustang

The owner of this Mustang was eager to get it back on the strip after making some mods to improve its performance.

“There’s more left in the car with a more aggressive tune and higher boost, but unfortunately the car is only legal to 8.50s and the season’s come to an end,” said the vehicle’s owner and youtube poster.

He continues to say that he believes it’s the world’s fastest pass for a Mustang on a true (synchronized) manual transmission.

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A Million and Counting Toyota Texas Produces One Millionth Truck

From Toyota:

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – It’s been said that the stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas.

However, today in San Antonio, Toyota trucks are shining bright.

This morning, the 2,800 team members at Toyota Texas, on the city’s South Side, celebrated the milestone of assembling the plant’s one millionth truck – a Sunset Bronze Mica colored, 1794 Edition Tundra – with one thing in mind: satisfied customers.

“We are grateful for our loyal customers across North America who tell us they love driving Texas-built Tacomas and Tundras,” said Chris Nielsen, president of Toyota Texas. “It makes me incredibly proud of our team members and 21 on-site suppliers every time I see one of our trucks on the road knowing that safety and quality are built into every one of them.”

Toyota Texas produces the Tacoma and Tundra trucks and will celebrate its 10 year anniversary since groundbreaking this fall. The new 1794 Edition Tundra is a tribute to the ranch, founded in 1794, on which the truck plant is located.

Some notable facts and stats about Toyota Texas and the one millionth truck milestone:

-If you lined up the one million trucks Toyota Texas has produced, it would stretch approximately 3,700 miles; or approximately from The Alamo to Honolulu, Hawaii.
-The redesigned 2014 Tundra is among Toyota’s most American vehicle ever. Styling was completed by Calty Design Research centers in Newport Beach, Calif., and Ann Arbor, Mich.; and it was engineered by the Toyota Technical Center, also in Ann Arbor.
-V6 and V8 engines for all Tacomas and Tundras are manufactured at Toyota’s Huntsville, Ala., engine plant; all transmissions are manufactured in Durham, N.C.
-Production at the plant began in October 2006 with the Tundra. Tacoma production was added in the summer of 2010.
-21 on-site suppliers, who employ 2,900, have had a big hand in ensuring that quality, durability and reliability are built into every truck.

Explore the tradition and experience the innovation behind the best trucks in the world. Free weekday plant tours at Toyota are available to the public. Please visit www.ToyotaTexas.com for more information.

Toyota Tacoma vs. Girlfriend ad highlights truck’s features

Toyota Tacoma vs. Girlfriend ad highlights truck's features

A series of commercials from Toyota puts the Tacoma in four different scenarios, which also highlight the truck’s features in clever ways.

The video above shows a girlfriend venting to her boyfriend while hysterically crying, yet the ad also emphasizes the interior’s water-resistant seats.

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myPowerBlock: Toyota FJ Flexin’

myPowerBlock member Juan Eduardo Maldonad Urzua shared this great video of his Toyota FJ flexing on a log.

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Turbo LS1 Camaro vs. Turbo Toyota Supra

Turbo LS1 Camaro vs. Turbo Toyota Supra

A drag race down the quarter mile puts a turbo LS1 Camaro against a turbo Toyota Supra.

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New 2014 Toyota Tundra Offers Full-Size Pickup Truck Owners Value Pricing

New 2014 Toyota Tundra Offers Full-Size Pickup Truck Owners Value Pricing

From Toyota:

TORRANCE, Calif. – The redesigned 2014 Tundra full-size pickup (FSPU) truck will offer value-driven prices when it goes on sale this month.

The new Tundra is competitively priced for 2014, offered in a new five-grade strategy consisting of the hard-working SR, volume-leading SR5, the well-appointed Limited, and two premium grades: “Platinum” and the all-new “1794 Edition.” Tundra is offered in three cab styles, two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab and four-door CrewMax, all available in 4×2 and 4×4. Each grade is well-equipped with a vast array of key standard features for simplified ordering.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) on all SR5 grades equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine will be unchanged from equivalent volume-leading 2013 models and add $650 worth of additional standard equipment. All Limited CrewMax 4×4 models have reduced MSRP’s of $2,000 from equivalent 2013 models (4×2 models reduced by $1,990).

All Platinum and 1794 Edition premium grade MSRP’s are reduced by $850 from equivalent 2013 models. Both the Platinum and 1794 Edition share the same MSRP, allowing consumers to simply choose the premium grade they prefer.

The base MSRP for the 2014 Tundra will range from $25,920 for the SR grade 4×2 Regular Cab, 4.0-liter V6 to $47,320 for the Platinum and 1794 Edition CrewMax 4×4 grades equipped with a 5.7-liter V8. Based on comparisons between the new grade strategy for 2014 models and 2013 models with comparable equipment levels, the MSRP’s reflect an overall average decrease of $263, or 0.7 percent.

An Array of Standard Convenience Features
Tundra features a number of key standard features, and is the only truck in the full-size pickup segment to include a standard back-up camera (viewed from the audio display screen), and standard Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio streaming on all grades.

All Tundra models have a standard windshield wiper de-icer, front and rear mudguards, power window and door locks, and heated, power, outside mirrors. A Tow Hitch is also standard equipment on models equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 engine.

All SR and SR5 grade models come standard with air conditioning, while all Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition models come with standard dual zone air conditioning with individual temperature settings for driver and front passenger. An auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, and HomeLink® universal transceiver is standard on Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition grades.

The Limited grade adds leather-trimmed seats, a 10-way power driver seat, chrome door handles and outer mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels, a deck rail system, and Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite.

The Platinum and 1794 Edition come standard with a 12-way power driver’s seat with memory and a six-way power passenger’s seat, both with heat and ventilation, power moonroof, power tilt/telescopic steering wheel, front and rear parking sonar, and Entune Premium JBL Audio with Navigation and App Suite.

The 2014 Tundra is the only full-size pickup with available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (available on Limited CrewMax, Platinum and 1794 Edition only).

All Tundra models feature the standard Toyota Star Safety System™ that includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop (SST) brake override technology.

Additional standard safety features on all grades include manual headlamp leveling, trailer sway control, tire press monitoring system, and LED Daytime Running Lights on Platinum and 1794 Edition only.

All 2014 Tundra models will come standard with the updated next-generation Entune™ Audio systems, which feature several enhancements including a new Entune® App Suite with an array of popular apps including new additions such as Yelp and Facebook Places.

Chiseled New, Unique Exterior Designs; Distinct Look for Each Grade
Tundra is newly designed, inside and out, representing a major change since the 2007 model year. Each Tundra grade embodies a specific theme through distinct designs that go beyond badging.

The new front design integrates the hood and grille for a chiseled image. Designers increased the size of the front fascia and tightened up the surfaces and character lines to visually punctuate Tundra’s pulling power and wide stance. The grille has a taller, bolder look, visually connecting the upper intake to the lower bumper. The front lower bumpers are now a three-piece design, allowing for lower replacement costs. In addition, the fenders and wheel wells have been squared-off for a wide and sturdy stance.

A new exterior design helps carry the chiseled character lines all the way down the profile, leading to a rugged new bed and tail gate, with an integrated spoiler and “TUNDRA” embossed into the sheet metal, creating a one-piece forged look. Like the front bumper, the rear bumper changes from one piece to three, for lower replacement costs.

Tundra offers a palette of nine exterior colors including three new colors: Attitude Black Metallic; Sunset Bronze Mica; and Blue Ribbon Metallic. Popular carryover colors include Radiant Red, Super White, Silver Sky Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Black, and Barcelona Red.

A New Premium,Spacious Interior; Each Grade With a Unique Identity
Tundra features new contemporary interior styling focusing on differentiation between grades, while improving the availability of features most important to truck buyers. The new interior variations are thematic and cater to a specific customer with a specific budget. Ergonomic improvements include easier driver access to controls as the reach to the audio and HVAC controls was reduced by 2.6 inches. Overall passenger comfort was improved with a new front and rear (CrewMax) seat design and improved front seat ventilation. In addition, front seats have additional travel, and rear seats can now be folded up for additional cargo carrying capability while maintaining a comfortable seating back angle and lowering load height by more than 11 inches.

The interior has a rugged, interlocked construction with new instrument panel. The instrument panel features individual gauges grouped in a clear, easy-to-see design with a center-mounted multi-information (LCD) display screen. The console design holds multiple storage areas for personal items and electronics plus additional padded surfaces and accent stitching in premium grades. Both Double Cab and CrewMax are available with a bench or bucket seats for the front row.

The interior of the SR5 features a “professional gear” theme, with unique driver and passenger zones, metallic accents and bold contrasting fabric. Most importantly, the new design uses premium surface treatments such as high granulated paint on the center cluster and unique seat stitching to enhance interior quality and durability.

The Limited grade has an “active premium” image with leather seating surfaces matching soft-touch door and console surfaces, and wood-style interior trims.

The Limited will be available with Black, Sand Beige and Graphite leather-trimmed interiors and will have standard dual zone auto HVAC controls.

The Platinum grade has been redesigned for the next generation of personal use truckers. It features perforated, diamond pleated premium leather seats, door and instrument panel inserts, and chrome seat and console accent badging for an upscale, yet urban feel. In addition, Platinum uses premium leather never before used on a Toyota truck.

The 1794 Edition reflects a western lifestyle theme and includes exclusive brown premium leather-trimmed seating with embossed leather and ultra-suede accents. Matching soft-touch materials also accent the shift console, the front and rear door trim, and the instrument panel.

Three Engine Options Remain Among Segment’s Most Capable
Tundra continues to offer three proven powertrains that are among the best in its segment. The Tundra workhorse, and still one of the most capable and advanced engines in the full-size pickup segment, is the 5.7-liter, DOHC i-Force V8. Tundra’s most popular engine with owners, it generates 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 foot-pounds of peak torque at 3,600 rpm. The 5.7-liter is offered in both gasoline and “Flex Fuel” variants.

A 4.0-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) V6 is standard on Tundra Regular and Double Cab SR models and produces 270 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 278 foot-pounds of peak torque at 4,400 rpm. It is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with uphill/downhill shift logic. The 4.6-liter, DOHC i-Force V8 offers 310 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 327 foot-pounds of peak torque at 3,400rpm.

Several enhancements have been implemented on the 2014 Tundra to improve performance. Shock-absorber valving has been re-tuned to improve ride quality over harsh surfaces.

The Tundra SR and SR5 grades will ride on 18-inch styled steel wheels, while the Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition will have all-new 20-inch alloy wheels specific to each grade.

Toyota believes it is important for truck owners to be able to tow with confidence. This is why Tundra has been compliant with the SAE J2807 towing standard since 2011 and remains the industry’s only full-size truck to adopt the standard.

The prices for the 2014 Tundra take effect tomorrow, August 9 when the redesigned Tundra begins arriving at Toyota dealers.

Tundra MSRP’s do not include the Delivery, Processing and Handling (DPH) fee of $995. The DPH for Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.

2014MY Tundra Pricing
Model Grade Cab Engine Trans MSRP
8204 SR Regular 4.0L V6 4×2 $25,920
8228 SR Regular 5.7L V8 4×2 $28,465
8327 SR Regular 5.7L V8 FFV 4×4 $31,515
8328 SR Regular 5.7L V8 4×4 $31,515
8215 SR Double 4.0L V6 4×2 $26,810
8239 SR Double 4.6L V8 4×2 $27,855
8339 SR Double 4.6L V8 4×4 $30,905
8242 SR Double 5.7L V8 4×2 $29,355
8245 SR Double 5.7L V8 4×2 $29,685
8332 SR Double 5.7L V8 FFV 4×4 $32,405
8335 SR Double 5.7L V8 FFV 4×4 $32,735
8342 SR Double 5.7L V8 4×4 $32,405
8345 SR Double 5.7L V8 4×4 $32,735
8240 SR5 Double 4.6L V8 4×2 $29,465
8340 SR5 Double 4.6L V8 4×4 $32,515
8241 SR5 Double 5.7L V8 4×2 $30,965
8246 SR5 Double 5.7L V8 4×2 $31,295
8331 SR5 Double 5.7L V8 FFV 4×4 $34,015
8336 SR5 Double 5.7L V8 FFV 4×4 $34,345
8341 SR5 Double 5.7L V8 4×4 $34,015
8346 SR5 Double 5.7L V8 4×4 $34,345
8259 SR5 CrewMax 4.6L V8 4×2 $31,825
8359 SR5 CrewMax 4.6L V8 4×4 $34,875
8261 SR5 CrewMax 5.7L V8 4×2 $33,325
8361 SR5 CrewMax 5.7L V8 4×4 $36,375
8363 SR5 CrewMax 5.7L V8 FFV 4×4 $36,375
8252 Limited Double 5.7L V8 4×2 $36,940
8352 Limited Double 5.7L V8 4×4 $39,990
8354 Limited Double 5.7L V8 FFV 4×4 $39,990
8272 Limited CrewMax 5.7L V8 4×2 $38,845
8372 Limited CrewMax 5.7L V8 4×4 $41,895
8374 Limited CrewMax 5.7L V8 FFV 4×4 $41,895
8275 Platinum CrewMax 5.7L V8 4×2 $44,270
8375 Platinum CrewMax 5.7L V8 4×4 $47,320
8377 Platinum CrewMax 5.7L V8 FFV 4×4 $47,320
8276 1794 Edition CrewMax 5.7L V8 4×2 $44,270
8376 1794 Edition CrewMax 5.7L V8 4×4 $47,320
8378 1794 Edition CrewMax 5.7L V8 FFV 4×4 $47,320

Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Tacoma Vehicles

Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Tacoma Vehicles

From Toyota:

TORRANCE, CA August 7, 2013
– Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 342,000 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vehicles, produced from 2004 to 2011.

In the involved vehicles, screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor within the seat belt assembly for the driver and front passenger can become loose over time due to repeatedly and forcefully closing the access door. If the screws loosen completely, the seat belt pre-tensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach from the seat belt retractor, which can affect retractor and pre-tensioner performance.

Owners of vehicles subject to this recall will receive a notification by first class mail.
Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and at the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.