Crazy Camry driver attempts to brake check motorist in Mini Cooper

A guy driving a Toyota Camry tries multiple times to brake check a couple in a Mini Cooper traveling on 880N in California.

According to the YouTube description, the driver of the Mini Cooper has given a written statement to the California Highway Patrol, who is forwarding the statement and a copy of the video to the CHP office with jurisdiction where this incident took place.

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Toyota teases 4Runner concept before official debut

From Toyota:

Toyota will stage the world debut of the redesigned 2014 4Runner mid-size SUV on Saturday, April 27 at 1:15 p.m. PDT at the 2013 Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, Calif., near Palm Springs. The event marks the automaker’s first-ever public reveal at a major music festival.

The Toyota 4Runner, now in its fifth generation, has been in the Toyota SUV lineup for nearly three decades and continues to be one of the few fully capable SUVs available in its segment. The 4Runner combines rugged body-on-frame construction with suspension technology that yields ride comfort more often associated with car-based platforms. 4Runner is available in a variety of configurations and in three models: a well-equipped SR5, top-of-the-line Limited, plus a Trail grade for amazing off-road capability.

Returning for its seventh year as presenting sponsor of Stagecoach, California’s premier country music festival, Toyota will kick off the three-day event with vintage circus-themed fan experiences followed by the unveiling of the 2014 4Runner. The reveal takes place on a unique Toyota stage and will be hosted by SiriusXM™ radio personality, Buzz Brainard with a very special performance by chart-topping country recording artist, Dierks Bentley.

As part of the reveal celebration, Toyota invites fans to enter a sweepstakes from April 25-29 for a chance to win one of six guitars autographed by Dierks Bentley. Information and official rules can be found on the Toyota USA Facebook page and at http://www.toyota.com/stagecoachsweepstakes/terms.html.

Toyota World of Wonders
In addition to the 4Runner festivities, Toyota will host the World of Wonders, a whimsical atmosphere of carnival curiosities where music fans can take a break from the desert sun. On-site activities include:

Camry Claw – A custom-built Camry with an arcade-style claw machine operated through the sunroof offers a chance at fun prizes.
RAV4 Palm Reader – Guests can get a glimpse into the future and find out if their wishes will be granted.
Tacoma Charging Station – A rapid-charging station will be available for guests to recharge their mobile devices.
Tundra Strongman – Guests can see how their strength measures up to Toyota’s full-size pickup truck.
Carnival Arcade – This retro-styled game zone is outfitted with a ring toss and milk jug throw.
Cooling Zone – Music fans can lounge under misters in an attempt to beat the heat.
Big Top Photo Booth – Guests can accessorize themselves with circus-themed props for a personalized photo opportunity.

Toyota World of Wonders will also feature hourly line dancing lessons, temporary tattoo parlor and leather accessory creation station. Off-road racing legend Ivan “Ironman” Stewart will also be on hand to greet fans, sign autographs and provide driving demos throughout the weekend. Stagecoach commemorative silkscreen posters and cooling bandanas will also be available while supplies last. Toyota World of Wonders activities will operate Friday through Sunday from noon until 8:00 p.m. PDT unless otherwise specified.

Japanese automakers announce recall on airbags

Three million cars made by Honda, Nissan, Mazda Toyota have been recalled because of airbag issues from Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp.

According to NBC News, a malfunctioning inflator could inadvertently deploy the front-seat air bags or activate the automatic seat belt restraints.

Reuters reports that 3.4 million vehicles sold around the world are affected by the recall, and that all vehicles in question were manufactured in or after 2000.

The models affected has changed multiple times since the announcement was originally made.

NPR says the Toyota Camry and Corolla models are affected, as well has Honda Civics, Mazdas, and the Nissan Maxima and Cube.

Auto123 is also reporting that the Honda CR-V and Odyssey are also affected.

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Toyota disputes Ford Focus title for world’s best-selling car in 2012

Yesterday it was reported that the Ford Focus was the world’s best-selling car, but another automaker disagrees.

Data from R.L. Polk & Co. stated that a total of 1,020,410 Ford Focuses were sold worldwide last year, and the Toyota Corolla came in second with with 872,774 cars sold.

However, according to Bloomberg.com, Mike Michaels, the U.S. vice president of communications for Toyota, said in an e-mailed statement that Toyota sold 1.16 million Corolla nameplate vehicles globally in 2012, and that different versions of the name weren’t counted.

“Polk came up short by nearly 300,000 units. The discrepancy is glaring, and we have requested clarification,” Michaels was quoted by Bloomberg.

What do you think, PowerBlock Fans — Should units under different names be counted? Leave a comment below, or send us a tweet to @PowerBlockTV.

XTreme 4×4 goes to the Easter Jeep Safari; prepares Toyota for great outdoors

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We outfit our Toyota for adventure, with solar battery panels, a rooftop tent, serious body protection – all the items that make an expedition vehicle, an expedition vehicle! Plus: a trip to Moab, for the Easter Jeep Safari.

See this new episode of Xtreme 4×4 at 9 a.m. EST on Spike TV!

Parts from this episode of Xtreme 4×4: Xtreme 4×4 Parts

Also, we will be tweeting LIVE this weekend with NEW shows on POWERBLOCK! Make sure you’re following us on Twitter because we want to hear from you! Follow us here: @PowerBlock TV.

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Xtreme 4×4’s Toyota Tacoma gets a suspension upgrade!

We’re rebuilding our Toyota Tacoma from the ground up, making it a 100% self-contained expedition vehicle. The foundation: A comprehensive suspension upgrade, including a solid front axle, heavy-duty leaf springs, and all-terrain tires.

Don’t miss this NEW episode of Xtreme 4×4 Saturday 9:00 AM E/P and Sunday 9:00 AM E/P on Spike TV!

Check out parts from this episode here: Xtreme 4×4 Parts

Also, we will be tweeting LIVE this weekend with ALL-NEW shows on POWERBLOCK! Make sure you’re following us on Twitter because we want to hear from you! Follow us here: @PowerBlock TV.

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