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    Third Generation Toyota Tundra Master Thread

    A new Toyota Tundra is around the corner, and our spy shooters think they caught a hybrid model out testing. We previously wrote about a rumor that the truck would get a hybrid powertrain, but there was no evidence of it at that point. Now, we feel a bit more confident that Toyota is at least...
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    Take a Guess?

    I voted 2004!
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    2020 Toyota Supra Master Thread (Officially Unveiled pg 26)

    This car only has black interior unless you choose the launch edition? Side note: yellow, blue, black and the matte gray look AWESOME
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    Toyota Will Introduce Several New Battery EVs by 2025

    Toyota has been a champion of hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, but in the near future it will bet heavily on battery EVs as well. The most recent statement from the Japanese manufacturer details there are several new BEVs in the pipeline. Toyota has stated its intent for half of its...
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    The Lexus LC F Megathread

    The base M8 coupe starts at $134k, the M8 convertible starts at $143,500, the competition coupe starts at $147,000 and the competition convertible at $156,500. If the LC F happens, I assume it will be close to the base M8 coupe. LC is certainly better looking, but BMW has a history of...
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    Lexus May 2019 Sales Report

    Nope - I drove NX 300h and NX300. NX's body still flexes terribly over bumps and anytime the weight transfers, whereas Rav4 feels completely solid. Rav4 does have more engine noise, but in day-to-day driving, I don't think it would be that bad unless you are stoplight racing. The NX still has...
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    Lexus May 2019 Sales Report

    I drove new Rav4 and NX (as well as hybrids of both) back to back 2 weekends ago, and to me, Rav4 feels more like a luxury vehicle because it is significantly more solid and feels better built, plus has near-luxury levels of fit and finish, plus great tech options on higher trims.
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    Lexus May 2019 Sales Report

    A lot of that depends on how you qualify "luxury" or if it is just badge? Rav4 feels immeasurably more solid and well built on the road, and the options list on the Limited model is basically same as NX options. NX gets you a larger screen and real leather seating - is that luxury? If you...
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    Lexus May 2019 Sales Report

    This. Toyota had a great month as many of their sedans were up and Rav4 went bonkers. Aside from ES, Lexus had a pretty brutal month with every model down significantly. LS down 50%... ouch. Not sure how to improve that situation and I'm not sure Lexus feels any massive change is worth it in...
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    46th (2019) Tokyo Motor Show

    Gotcha. I know there are different dynamics at play in Japan, but I feel like these upmarket RWD Toyota products need to stop...
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    46th (2019) Tokyo Motor Show

    A hybrid system attached to a hydrogen engine would be the type of next-generation leap in powertrain technology that would establish Toyota and Lexus as leaders in the realm of alternative propulsion. Suddenly, BEVs would look very plebeian.
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    46th (2019) Tokyo Motor Show

    So, Mirai will the upmarket version of LS, or the LS FCV will be the upmarket version of the Mirai?
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    Introducing the Updated 2020 Lexus RX & RX F SPORT

    Here in US, Sequoia/Tacoma/4Runner/Tundra are first to have Android Auto, but RX may well be first TMC vehicle to have it in Europe.
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    Introducing the Updated 2020 Lexus RX & RX F SPORT

    I can't put my finger on it, but the exterior looks more like a minivan to me than it did before. It actually looks sort of like the Honda Odyssey in some way. Perhaps the smaller headlights, more sloping front end, swept back roofline, FWD proportions and massive overhangs? Overall, these...
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    FCA proposes merger with Renault / Nissan

    Nissan tells Renault it is 'not opposed' to Fiat Chrysler merger plan 'Many details need to be worked out' before Nissan solidifies its position TOKYO – Nissan on Wednesday told Renault it wasn't opposed to its partner's potential $35 billion merger with Fiat Chrysler, the Nikkei newspaper...
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    FCA proposes merger with Renault / Nissan

    Isn't there a chart somewhere of which brands have strategic partnerships and ownerships over other brands? I'm confused already o_O
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    FCA proposes merger with Renault / Nissan

    I could be very off base, but I was just thinking that larger/broader relationships than Toyota/Subaru/Mazda/Fuji would benefit Nissan. I see Nissan as a weird in-between player. You have Toyota and Honda as the giants, then Subaru and Mazda as more niche (but growing) players. Nissan seems...
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    FCA proposes merger with Renault / Nissan

    These days, even Toyota is working on joint ventures with Mazda, BMW and Subaru, so I am not sure how Nissan could realistically go it alone. Renault pimped Nissan out and Infiniti is on life support, so I don't know if the brand is tremendously desirable right now. When you look at all of the...
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