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Toyota FT-Open concept teases GT86 drop-top plans

Toyota FT-Open concept teases GT86 drop-top plans

Toyota has whipped the wraps off of its FT-Open concept, a compact cabrio set to make its official debut in Geneva next week, and testing the waters for a potential topless GT86. The concept uses a soft-top, rather than the more fashionable folding metal roof, meaning it can keep its 2+2 layout, while the GT86's two-liter, four cylinder "boxer" engine pushes out power through either a 6-speed manual or what Toyota claims is the world's fastest paddle-shift auto, spitting through gears in 2/10ths of a second.

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Toyota top in 2013 reliability but US marques show resurgence

Toyota top in 2013 reliability but US marques show resurgence

Auto reliability is up 5-percent overall, J.D. Power has declared for 2013, with some surprises for US manufacturers including General Motors, though Toyota stands clear as the overall winner despite its accelerator hangover. The Japanese firm dominated in seven segments, across all three of its Lexus, Toyota, and Scion brands, in the 2013 vehicle dependability study, based on 37,000 reports from 2010-year vehicles.

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Toyota recall woes continue: 1.1m cars pulled

Toyota recall woes continue: 1.1m cars pulled

Toyota faces another embarrassing recall, this time pulling 1.1m cars back into dealerships to address two independent flaws affecting Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and Lexus IS models. The recalls, which affect cars in the US, Japan, Canada, and Mexico, Reuters reports, are over faulty airbag electronics that could trigger unexpected inflation, and recalcitrant wiper assemblies that could fail in arduous conditions.

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BMW and Toyota official tech buddies: Sports cars, Li-Air batteries, more

BMW and Toyota official tech buddies: Sports cars, Li-Air batteries, more

BMW and Toyota have finalized their partnership on sports cars, fuel-cell tech and more, signing a binging agreement that will also see the German and Japanese marques collaborate on new lithium-air batteries. The deal, which builds on the two car company's previous "memorandum of understanding" back in June 2012, focuses on four key areas for the future, with green motoring and lightweight, fun performance cars both on the agenda before 2020.

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Toyota launches 2013 Crown series in Japan

Toyota launches 2013 Crown series in Japan

Toyota has new cars rolling off the assembly line in Japan this week, launching both the 2013 Crown Royal and Crown Athlete. Judging from the press shots we see below, the new cars in the Crown series look pretty sleek. Toyota even made a point of drawing our attention to the grills of the cars in its announcement, which it says were "based on the shape of a crown."

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