We bet you haven’t heard of the Toyota Chinook campervan, but we’re pretty sure you’ll be looking forward to Toyota’s Tacozilla campervan concept at this year’s SEMA show in November. The Toyota Chinook is a collaboration between the Japanese automaker and American wagon maker Chinook RV. The first Toyota Chinooks entered the market in 1973 and were essentially motorhomes with a pop-up roof built on a long-wheelbase Toyota half-ton truck chassis.
Toyota plans to pump $3.4 billion into high-tech batteries for electric vehicles in the US, with the automaker revealing aggressive plans for next-gen cells through 2030. The investment will see a new automotive battery plant constructed, Toyota says, as it pushes back against suggestions that it allowed its electrification lead over competitors to wane.
The global chip shortage is impacting automakers significantly. This week, Toyota announced that it plans to cut its global production output by 15 percent in November. The reduced production is laid directly at the feet of the shortage of microprocessors needed to build modern vehicles.
Toyota has been building trucks that are ready to go off-road and enjoy the outdoors for decades. Back in the 70s, Toyota built a very small camper on its truck with a company called Chinook. That camper had a pop-up fabric roof and let people enjoy the great outdoors all they wanted.
Perennially popular and professionally bland, the Toyota Camry may be America's best-selling sedan but it still seems an odd place to start when you're trying to build a sports car. Word of that incongruence doesn't appear to have reached Toyota, and hence this 2021 Camry TRD - the latest in a series of models to bear the "Toyota Racing Development" tuning division's branding.
The 2021 Toyota Mirai has earned a spot on the Guinness World Records. It now holds the record for the longest distance traveled by a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle without refueling. The Mirai achieved an unbelievable 845 miles on a single full tank of hydrogen, proof that zero-emission cars are capable of going the extra mile, and then some.
Electric scooters to help people get around are common in many cities and some large industrial environments. One of the biggest problems with traditional two-wheel electric scooters in pedestrian environments is the potential for accidents. In many areas, such as college campuses, two-wheel electric scooters are prohibited.
The chip shortages are hitting automotive manufacturers around the world extremely hard. Many automakers have continued building their vehicles, but often they have to be parked as chips required for them to operate are unavailable. The chip shortage might see GM lose its top seller crown, something it's held since 1931 when it surpassed Ford in overall sales.
It's not unfair to say we've been waiting for quite some time for the new 2022 Toyota Tundra. The full-sized pickup may have become a familiar sight on US roads since it first launched in 2000, but with the second-generation truck debuting all the way back in 2007 it's a reasonable observation that Toyota's upgrade cycle hasn't exactly been rapid.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra is finally ready to replace the longstanding second-gen model sold since 2007. The all-new, third-gen Toyota Tundra rides on a new F1 platform featuring a fully-boxed, high-strength ladder frame with aluminum in vital areas to reduce weight. In addition, the bold, new fascia is something worth considering as the new Tundra has inherited the new Land Cruiser’s humongous front fascia.
Minivans may not strum the limbic system in the same way that, say, a sports car or burly SUV might, but if the thought of cunning organization and the odd trip to IKEA sends shivers down your spine then there's a whole lot to like about the 2021 Toyota Sienna. Completely redesigned with a hybrid-only drivetrain and bolder design, the Sienna makes no apologies for its minivan identity, and ends up all the more impressive for it.