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2019 Toyota Avalon previews bold new styling

2019 Toyota Avalon previews bold new styling

Remember the Toyota Avalon? If so, you're probably in the minority. Toyota's full-size sedan could never be described as the most exciting of the Japanese automaker's line-up, and while it may be one of the company's biggest cars, it's kept a relatively low profile in comparison to the Camry and others.

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Toyota’s 2.2 megawatt hydrogen plant could ignite fuel-cell cars

Toyota’s 2.2 megawatt hydrogen plant could ignite fuel-cell cars

Toyota may be one of the automakers pushing hydrogen fuel cells, but it's only now that the company is getting serious about hydrogen fuel production. Plans to build the world's first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant have been revealed at the LA Auto Show 2017 today, turning bio-wasted into green fuel.

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Toyota T-HR3 robot is designed to be agile but friendly

Toyota T-HR3 robot is designed to be agile but friendly

The recent demonstration of the Atlas humanoid robot’s jumps and backflip might have left you impressed at how far such robots have come. It might have also left you terrified at its appearance. Boston Dynamics has never really been known for creating visually appealing robots. Coincidentally, Toyota has just announced its own humanoid robot, the T-HR3, which boasts of some smooth and precise movements. In contrast to Atlas, however, it is also designed to attract humans and not scare them off.

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Toyota Concept-i RIDE brings AI mobility to forgotten users

Toyota Concept-i RIDE brings AI mobility to forgotten users

Back when Toyota's Concept-i autonomous car was revealed at CES 2017 in January, the automaker described it as a vision of how humans and AI would travel in partnership. Now, at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017 this week, Toyota is adding two new "friends" to the line-up of concept vehicles. Interestingly, while rivals at the show are pushing sleek coupes or aggressively-designed sedans, Toyota's focus is a group that often doesn't get much attention from concept vehicles.

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Toyota “Fine-Comfort Ride” concept vehicle is a hydrogen-powered EV

Toyota “Fine-Comfort Ride” concept vehicle is a hydrogen-powered EV

Toyota has unveiled a new concept car that it sees as the future of the premium saloon. The car is called the Fine-Comfort Ride concept and it is a fuel cell vehicle that runs on electricity created using hydrogen. Like all fuel-cell powered vehicles, the Fine-Comfort Ride produces no CO2 emissions in operation and has a long cruising range and needs only three minutes to refuel with hydrogen.

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Toyota GR HV Sports concept gives 86 a hybrid, targa makeover

Toyota GR HV Sports concept gives 86 a hybrid, targa makeover

Toyota may be a huge automaker, but it's seldom accused of being an especially exciting one, something it hopes to change at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017 this month. Though the company does have a crossover concept to show off, the Toyota Tj Cruiser, it's hoping a more enthusiast-centric car will get it more attention. That's the Toyota GR HV Sports concept, and it's shaping up to be quite special.

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Toyota Tj Cruiser concept previews crossover for the apocalypse

Toyota Tj Cruiser concept previews crossover for the apocalypse

Maybe it's a sign of the uncertain world we currently live in (hello, incipient nuclear apocalypse) but automakers can't stop imagining beefy trucks perfect for escaping burning cities or ramming through zombie hordes. Toyota is joining the club with the Tj Cruiser concept, "a new van and fusion genre" that targets crossover buyers. The goal is flexibility, which is pretty important when all the potable water is tainted and you need to raid the abandoned Walmart down the block.

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Toyota’s new driverless prototype has a surprise inside

Toyota’s new driverless prototype has a surprise inside

Most driverless cars are aiming to do away with physical controls, which makes the fact that Toyota's latest autonomous vehicle has two sets all the more unexpected. The Toyota Research Institute (TRI)'s Platform 2.1 research vehicle gives March's big 2.0 update a sensor update, throwing in a new LIDAR laser scanning system. Arguably more important, however, is how the prototype melds different levels of driver-assistance together.

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Toyota insists “we’re not boring” to Millennials with GR sub-brand

Toyota insists “we’re not boring” to Millennials with GR sub-brand

Millennials are the fascination and frustration of the auto industry, and now Toyota has a new scheme to try to encourage young drivers into its dealerships. Having killed off Scion last year, arguing that the sub brand had lost its relevance as Toyota's own line-up was more encompassing, now it's time for a new sub brand. This one, though, focuses even more explicitly on motorsports.

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Toyota’s smart car consortium wants to save the cloud

Toyota’s smart car consortium wants to save the cloud

Autonomous and connected cars are set to increase data flow exponentially, and so Toyota has teamed up with tech firms to make sure the infrastructure can handle it. The automaker has launched the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium, joining forces with Intel, Ericsson, NTT, NTT DOCOMO, DENSO, and Toyota's own InfoTechnology Center to look at alternative ways to deal with data, beyond the current "push it to the cloud and just process it there" approach. That, the group warns, simply won't be practical in the near future.

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Toyota and Mazda team on EVs, V2V and the Millennial menace

Toyota and Mazda team on EVs, V2V and the Millennial menace

Toyota and Mazda are teaming up on new electric cars, as well as vehicle production in the US and car-to-car communications. The deal, announced today, will see the Japanese automakers collaborate not only on new models but on how and where they're produced, as well as see each take a stake in the other's business. For Mazda in particular, it's a shortcut to getting into the EV business.

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Toyota gave a paralyzed US army vet a robot aide: Here’s what happened

Toyota gave a paralyzed US army vet a robot aide: Here’s what happened

Toyota has finished its first domestic robot trial in the US, putting a prototype Human Support Robot in the home of a paralyzed US war veteran. The robot, known as the HSR, is part of Toyota's "partner robots" project, exploring how technology can enable those with limited mobility and other restrictions to live more productive and independent lives. For vet Romy Carmago, in Florida, that means a robot nurse-cum-butler to help in ways he's unable to.

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