2015 Toyota Aygo Gets Pricing In The UK

by Isaiah on June 9, 2014


The all new 2015 Toyota Aygo has just been priced in the UK. Coming in both three and five-door body styles, along with five different trim levels: x, x-play, x-pression, x-cite and x-clusiv, this compact city car is equipped with a 1.0-liter VVT-i three-cylinder petrol engine (w/ either a five-speed manual transmission or an optional new x-shift-automated manual transmission that can be used in fully automatic mode) that produces 68 hp and 95 Nm of torque. Prices start from 8,595 GBP (about $14,442). [MW]


Toyota has unveiled the special edition version of its IQ in Japan. Based on the 130G trim level, this special edition iQ comes with a very interesting two-tone paint job: blue metallic roof and white pearl crystal or blue mica metallic roof and silver metallic. As for the engine, it comes with a 1.3-liter DOHC unit coupled to either a 6-speed manual or CVT (w/ simulated 7-speed simulation) transmission. The iQ Two-Tone Special Edition is priced at 1,864,473 Yen (about $18,280) for the 6-speed manual model or 1,915,527 Yen (about $18,781) for the CVT model. [Autoevolution]


The specs for the all new 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis has just been leaked in India. The new sedan will come in five different trim levels including J, G, G CVT, GL and VL, and will be offered in two different engine options: 1.8-liter VVTi gasoline with 140 PS and 1.4-liter D-4D diesel with 88.4 PS. As for the transmission, both engine will be coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox and an extra 7-speed automatic gearbox only for the gasoline unit. The 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis will reach the Indian dealerships next month. [Autoevolution]

Toyota Aygo Compact City Car

by Isaiah on March 5, 2014


Toyota hits back by showcasing their latest compact city car ‘Aygo’ at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed as J-Playful in reference to Japan’s hip youth culture, the Aygo is equipped with a 1.0-liter VVT-i three-cylinder petrol engine (w/ either a five-speed manual transmission or an optional new x-shift-automated manual transmission that can be used in fully automatic mode) that produces 68 hp and 95 Nm of torque. [AR]

Review: The 2013 Toyota RAV4 ALA49R GX AWD

by jerm on January 21, 2014


For years, fans of the Toyota RAV4 have been clamoring for a diesel version of the famed medium-sized SUV. With the release of the 2013 Toyota RAV4, what was once just a fantasy is now reality. That’s just one of the many changes the 2013 model of the RAV4; which was significantly overhauled this time around, unlike the 2012 release. We took a look at Toyota’s newest addition to the RAV4 family on the DVG website and noted what we found below:

Under the Hood

Because of the major redesign, there is a lot to cover. To start with the all-new diesel engine; the 2.2-L turbo diesel power plant packs a maximum of 110kw of power and 340Nm of torque. These make uphill climbs a walk in the park, even when carrying a rather large amount of cargo. The fresh addition is connected to a six-speed manual/automatic transmission. Its tow rating is quite average compared to other vehicles in its category however, as it’s only capable of 550 kg. Toyota claimed that this conservative approach is tailored to Australia’s rather tough conditions.

Of course, a petrol version of the Toyota RAV4 remains available, which was also improved for this iteration. Toyota lends the 2.5-L four cylinder engines from the Camry to the 2013 AWD model of the RAV4. This power plant is capable of delivering as much as 132kw of power and 233Nm of torque, and is paired with a six-speed manual/automatic transmission. Unfortunately, the impressive MultiDrive Sport seven-step CVT with sequential manual mode is exclusive to the 2WD model.

Further improvements to the RAV4’s mechanism include the now electrically assisted power steering. Braking is top-notch in any weather, too, thanks to the four-wheel disc brakes with ventilated front rotors.

The Interior

Upon comparing the 2012 and the 2013 RAV4, one could easily observe the amount of polish that the latter received in this department. It’s definitely sleeker, as the materials used for the interior are evidently of superior quality—you’ll love the look and feel of the dashboard. The cabin is more spacious to boot, which is especially noticeable in the more generous leg room of the rear seats. The cargo area has increased in size as well, and it’s even easier to access due to the addition of the top-hinged tailgate.

The Exterior

The styling of the 2013 RAV4 displays a stark contrast with its counterparts from the yesteryears. While it retains the classic cues from its forefathers, the 2013 RAV4 looks stronger, bolder, and more contemporary than previous models. The exterior features redesigned headlights, bumpers, and fenders, among other elements, some of which were borrowed from the modern Corolla.

The 2013 RAV 4 is undoubtedly worthy of the name of Toyota’s beloved medium-sized SUV line. It’s competitively priced, too, which makes it quite an enticing buy. There’s not a lot that you won’t love about the stylish 2013 RAV4, so making it your next ride is certainly not a shabby idea. To see a video review of the new RAV4, click here.

Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R

by Isaiah on September 9, 2013


Here we have the all new Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R. Inspired by Toyota’s TS030 Hybrid racing prototype, this compact high-performance fuel efficient three-door Yaris comes with newly designed headlights, a wider front grille, a new bumper design, blue LED daytime running lights and black and blue details that contrast with the white body color. Under the hood, Power comes from a highly tuned 300hp 4-cylinder 1.6 turbo engine and two 60hp electric motors that produces a combined power output of 420hp. [GlobalMotors]