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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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2018 Toyota Camry First Drive: Potent family sedan shrugs off SUV onslaught

2018 Toyota Camry First Drive: Potent family sedan shrugs off SUV onslaught

Is it hard to get excited about the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry? After all, this is a car that has been at the top of the mid-size sedan heap for decades, reaping handsomely the rewards having sown so much loyalty amongst families seeking affordable and above all reliable transportation. How much better can it get, really - and how noteworthy would an improvement actually be when it's already such a dominant force in its class?

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Toyota-backed flying car to carry 2020 Olympics torch bearer

Toyota-backed flying car to carry 2020 Olympics torch bearer

Even while most car makers are still settling down on the self-driving car trend, Japanese automaker Toyota is already settings its eyes on the skies. And waters as well. Yes, Toyota is getting into the flying car craze that is slowly coming out of the woodwork. And although it’s very late to the game, it has set for itself a rather ambitious goal: carrying the torch for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Given its first outdoor test flight, it’s going to need all the help it can get.

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Linux-based AGL OS to debut in 2018 Toyota Camry

Linux-based AGL OS to debut in 2018 Toyota Camry

Google and Apple (and BlackBerry) take heed. There's a new big player in the automotive platform market and its uniting rather than dividing diverse car makers, companies, and pieces of software. More importantly, it is one that is not interested in selling user data to the highest bidders or advertisers. Hosted by the Linux Foundation, the Automotive Grade Linux or AGL is preparing to prove it has just as much bite as bark and will be making its commercial debut in the 2018 Toyota Camry coming later this year.

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5 Things you need to know about the 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

5 Things you need to know about the 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

The 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro seems prepped to bridge the gap between traditional, 'yeah, it's got four-wheel drive' pickup fare and hardcore desert-racing rides like the Ford F-150 Raptor. The full-size truck delivers when it comes to attitude, and it certainly boasts all the right upgrades to tackle extra-harsh terrain, but at the same time it maintains a veneer of civilization that makes it livable on a daily basis.

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The Toyota FT-4X Concept is a Millennials’ toy truck made real

The Toyota FT-4X Concept is a Millennials’ toy truck made real

Toyota clearly hasn't given up its toy box, as a Tonka truck come to life is really the best way to describe its FT-4X concept at the NYIAS 2017 this week. Pitched as an "always ready" SUV for city-dwelling Generation Y drivers, the chunky 4x4 can't resist every automaker's current obsession: Millennials. As Toyota sees it, they're looking for "Rugged Charm".

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