The Japanese automaker, Toyota, is the world’s second-largest automotive manufacturer. Its Corolla model is the fastest-selling car which sells at every 27 seconds on average as of 2013. The brand is also known for durability, best resale value, and was even crowned as the leading Global Green Brand of 2017.
Its 2000GT model — also known as the Bond car in “You Only Live Twice,” has beaten all sorts of speed and endurance records when it ran at nearly 130mph for 78 consecutive hours in a tropical storm. Its Land Speed Cruiser also claimed the world’s fastest SUV record in 2017.
5. Toyota Avensis Sedan (2012)
The Toyota Avensis traces its origins from Derbyshire in the United Kingdom by the Japanese car makers Toyota since 1997. Its predecessor was the Carina E available as a four-door saloon car, five-door liftback and as an estate. In Japan, the Aventis is available in all network dealerships and thus serves as the top vehicle offered. Toyota Avensis was introduced in 1997 creating a more modern name for Toyota Carina E.
Over the years, the Toyota Aventis has improved in technology, power, size as well as economy and as such has challenged its globally known rivals: Volkswagen Passat, Mazda6 and Peugeot 508. Its name is derived from the French term advancer that translates to advance. It also means “ carry away “ in Latin. The third generation of Avensis was revealed at the showcased at the Paris Motor Show in 2008 before it debuted for sale in early 2009.
This generation is available in station wagons and sedan models only. Major advancements include bi-xenon HID headlamps, adaptive front lighting system (AFS) and adaptive cruise control. Standard issue airbags are available with dual front row side airbags, two curtain ones and for both rows and a drivers knee airbag. Vehicle stability control (VSC) mechanism applies torque to the steering wheel thus aiding the driver in steering the vehicle.
The Avensis also includes an optional Pre-collision system (PSC) that includes a Lane departure warning (LDW) and Lane keeping assist (LKA). Factually, the Aventis received an impeccable rating during the latest Euro NCAP rating scheme achieving an overall 81% score and a 90% score for adult occupant safety airbags, two curtain ones and for both rows and a drivers knee airbag.
Vehicle stability control (VSC) mechanism applies torque to the steering wheel thus aiding the driver in steering the vehicle. The Avensis also includes an optional Pre-collision system (PSC) that includes a Lane departure warning (LDW) and Lane keeping assist (LKA). Factually, the Avensis received an impeccable rating during the latest Euro NCAP rating scheme achieving an overall 81% score and a 90% score for adult occupant safety.
The Avensis underwent a facelift in 2012 attaining an improvised grille (front) and modified taillights. A further facelift was observed in 2015 with modified front grille, rearview, both headlights and taillights, and a new interior. The new engines were also debuted in with the 1.6-liter diesel engine replacing the 2.0-litre diesel engine. However, the Avensis is available in three petrol engines and four diesel engine options.
All engines are mated to six-speed manual transmission while a Multidrive S CVT transmission is available for the 1.8 liters and 2.0 liters. Avensis models have standard 17 inches alloy wheels, front lighting system, adaptive cruise control system, a navigation system, dusk and rain sensors and heated seats.
4. Toyota Landcruiser V8 (2012–2016)
This modern SUV has been the yardstick towards which other 4-wheel drive vehicles have been measured dating back towards 1949 when the first cruise ever was sourced from abroad to work on the Snowy mountain schemes in Australia. This beast of the road boasts up to five terrain settings installed in its sophisticated system and these include Rock, Rock and Dirt, Mogul, Loose Rock and Mud and Sand. It also includes crawl control for inclined and decent terrain, low ratio gears and rides height adjustable fixations. These features make this off-roader a perfect match for the rugged terrain.
The model (2012) was given a facelift by its manufacturers for this particular year with extra equipment in its bulk and modern of the road technology as well as new two v8 engines. Aside from these two engines, there are four existing equipment levels in descending order: Sahara, VX, GLX, GX. These models range from $78,000 for the diesel GX to $119,000 for the diesel Sahara. Three higher specced models are available for the new petrol V8 priced at $4,999 below the diesel.
Visual enhancements to the new V8 include a remodeled grille and revised front bumper, new interior trim choices as well as new chrome ensembles. With all seats in place, the V8 still boasts a large space expandable by folding of the third-row seats against the luggage area. Plenty of in-cabin storage space includes a big center-console box and also more accommodating door pockets that can take up larger drinks. The new petrol V8 engine generates more power by 13% compared to the previous. Similarly, the torque has increased by 7%. There is a notable change in fuel consumption by 6% and a lower CO2 emission by 8%.
Top speed for these models peeks at 205km/hr. The new off-road technology is off the charts with the upgraded multi-terrain anti-skidding braking system that quickly detects and adapts to off-road conditions. The new ABS system is crucial to vehicular stability and control and active traction and grip on the road.
The handling of the V8 is easier and it is more user-friendly due to the new enhancements of NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) suppress mechanism and towing, with braked trailer capacity of 3,499 kgs. A standard feature in all Toyota Landcruiser includes side, front, and curtain airbags, stability and traction control and multi-terrain ABS brakes but the VX and Sahara models have the added advantage of safety for the driver and co-driver with additional airbags.
3. Toyota Supra
This is a model whose styling was derived from the Toyota Celica with only some dimensional modification. The history of supra dates back in 1978 to 2002. The model later became a separate model when the Toyota Motor cooperating stopped producing the original Celica model all the four generations of Supra produced used an inline cylinder engine. This appears to be the fastest Toyota model with an average top of 250 km/h coupe. The vehicle has a capability of splinting from zero to 60 miles per hour in an average of 4.6 seconds. This is a world-class breaking ability in the realm of automotive.
Supra has also some tracks from another brand Toyota 2000GT. This is shown by the remembrance in the engine make before complexly halting the production of the supra in 2002, Toyota had stopped. the model also acquired the logo alongside with the name which was used until 1986 when again the Toyota company switched back to its oval company logo Apart from speed and acceleration it has a sure-footed integrity and has a superb braking ability.
More modifications came with an improved model of the car known as Toyota supra turbo. Generally, the car had a lot of designing from the automotive super engineering team and processes quality specs. A good example being its aerodynamic efficiency, this allows the car to cut through the air. Secondly, it has a super exhaust system that works exactly as a double exhaust system. Moreover, the body is made up of light material to make it light and enhance speed. Pricing at an average of $40,000, Supra remains at the top according to speed.
The news has it that very soon the Supra is coming back to the market and this time with more pleasing specs. A magazine produced pictures of the next-gen supra it has blending elements with such vehicles as BMW and it is with no doubt the reborn supra, as targeted by the Toyota company is going to be featured in the Geneva motor show alongside the “concept” which is motorsport theme.
The average weight of the vehicle is 1.4 tons and being this light enables it to be stable even when it is in high speed. This means it is going to be some 14 kg lighter than the car it is going to replace. Some other added quality is that the new model is a turbocharged version.
2. Toyota MR2
Toyota MR2 begun its life in 1984 with a horsepower of above 600 horsepower this vehicle has an average of 220 km/hr. with a quite an aerodynamic design that is specially done to increase the speed of the vehicle. It is powered by a 16-valve engine. With a perfect design of the body and possessing peculiar characteristics like the pop-up headlights and makes it look like a spaceship and this made it fun to drive.
The car could also be bought with T-tops that actually made the MR2 the most loved car ever in the 80s. Additionally, the car has a supercharger that makes the car’s engine control appear amazing. The new MR2 embraced the exotic mindset of a luxurious interior as well as an overall design. The designer even named it as a representation of ‘freedom.’ It has special features of a turbo that even made the Toyota racing developers have its replica TRD 2000 GT race car.
Toyota released the second generation of MR2 after four years and again the third generation replaced it after 10 years. The third generation is a convertible car well known as MR2 Spyder. Its designs are compared to a Porsche due to the quality of the car. This actually is what Toyota wanted. Subaru went ahead and solely produced their own version of the vehicle. They retail their vehicle as the Subaru BRZ.
For the Toyota version, it is sold all over the world and interestingly, it has many different names depending on the region. It is widely known as the Toyota 86 in Asia, Australia, and North America. The other name Toyota GT86 is used in Europe. The other name is Toyota FT86 is widely used in the united states and Canada. It is important to note that this brand began with another model known as Scion FR-S. In August 2016, the brand got discontinued and therefore FR-S was renamed to the now Toyota 86.
The vehicle has a very enhanced make up to make special its identity is also characterized by symbolic references and motifs closely linked with the number 86. These include the engine bore and stroke which 86 mm by 86 mm. The diameter of the exhaust tip is also made deliberately to be 86mm, also, it has a subtle “T” for Toyota and to represent the brands vintage logo.
1. Toyota Celica
Celica was an automobile from the Toyota company since the year 1970 to 2006 whose name was ultimately derived from the Latin name coeliac meaning or symbolizing something from heaven or ‘celestial’. Till the end of its production Celica has been always powered by various four-cylinder engines. The year 1985 was a revolution year when the cars drive layout was changed from rear-wheel drive to front- wheel drive.
In the first three generations, R series engines dominated the American and Europe’s market. The first generation was first displayed in October 1970 in the Tokyo motor show and it posed a peculiar characteristic of having two doors the car was originally aimed at the North American market and was the response of the company towards the standard sedan. With the bodywork of 2+2, it was a car model of its kind.
The model was then replaced by the second generation which came up with more special aspects in the architecture and the engine size with a flat nose, a slightly longer wheelbase about 2500 mm this one fast had Japan as the first market in 1974 whose version demanded an engine under 2.0 liters to put up with the regulations put across by the Japanese regulations so as to avoid more taxation to such vehicles.
The first Celica in America was sold in 1971 and it was powered by a 1.9 liters 8R engine this second generation (1978) came up with liftback forms. It was designed in the United States by the Toyota calty research design studio in California. It possessed qualities such as a flameless door glass. The second generation can again be classified into two classes since they were a revolution change forming two series known as series A and series B which were only distinguishable by their slight appearance. This is because they possessed the same engine capacity. With an average top speed of 207km/hr.