Category Archive: Toyota

Aug 20

New 2017 Toyota Camry Offers Bold styling, Refined Interior, Driving Fun + Hybrid Models

There are many reasons to love the 2017 Toyota Camry – one outstanding mid-size sedan

2017 Camry(TORONTO, ON – August 18, 2016) There are many reasons to love the Toyota Camry: What are yours? Get behind the wheel of the 2017 Camry and find out.

New for 2017, the popular and sporty Camry XSE V6 is enhanced with extra safety features, which includes a Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beam technologies. Meantime, the Camry SE offers extra cold-weather comfort with the addition of heated front seats as standard.

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Nov 10

Toyota To Build RAV4s In Its Cambridge, Ontario Plant

2016 RAV4CAMBRIDGE, ON., November 10, 2015 – Toyota announced today that it will produce RAV4 vehicles in its Cambridge North Assembly plant starting in 2019. With Lexus RX in Cambridge, and Toyota RAV4 in Woodstock and Cambridge, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) will become a North American hub for sport utility vehicles. The company also announced that it will be adding hybrid RAV4 production.

“The RAV4 and the RAV4 hybrid are great products for TMMC,” commented Toyota Motor North America Chief Executive Officer Jim Lentz. “RAV4 is a leader in the fastest growing segment of the North American auto industry. We forecast that the segment will continue to demonstrate strong growth with the RAV4 being a major player.” Mr. Lentz also explained that “producing additional RAV4s, a more upscale, more complex, higher content vehicle, fits well with TMMC’s well-earned reputation for quality.”

To accommodate the change, the Cambridge North Plant will receive significant new investment, including the introduction of Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA). TNGA is an innovative, integrated approach to developing and building vehicles, involving new production equipment and new processes.  TMMC President, Brian Krinock explained that “with a new platform and the latest technology, TMMC will have the flexibility to respond to the evolving needs of the automotive marketplace.” He also said that “bringing TNGA to Canada will propel us to the next generation of automotive manufacturing and provide the basis for our longstanding commitment to employment stability.” Mr. Krinock also observed that “when we implement this project in 2019, we will have been making vehicles in Canada for thirty years. This investment will revitalize our plant and create the foundation for our future success.”

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. manufactures the Toyota Corolla, RAV4, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h vehicles and is the first plant outside of Japan to build a Lexus vehicle. The company employs more than 8,000 Team Members at three manufacturing plants in Ontario, Canada.


Jan 10

All New 2014 Toyota Highlander Makes its Canadian Debut in Montréal

Montréal International Auto Show, January 17-26 at the Palais des congress

(TORONTO, ON – January 9, 2014)  Get up close with the all new Toyota Highlander in Montreal this month, as Toyota Canada takes the wraps off the 2014 model. With exterior styling that’s sleek yet strong, an interior that defines “functional beauty”, lots more space for people and cargo, and an abundance of innovative technology and features, there’s plenty to discover.

“The Highlander helped create the well-mannered, very versatile and popular segment of mid-size SUVs based on passenger car ‘unibody’ construction – and with the 2014 model, we’re doing more than introducing an all-new model: we’re resetting the benchmarks that define this segment,” said Larry Hutchinson, Vice President at Toyota Canada.

“Combining Toyota’s traditional core strength in building vehicles that are dependable, long-lasting and hard-working, the new Highlander puts a fresh emphasis on design and performance that delights the senses.”

The 2014 Toyota Highlander will be on display throughout the Montréal International Auto Show, running January 17-26, 2014.


Le populaire VUS intermédiaire de prochaine génération  sera exposé au Salon international de l’auto de Montréal, au Palais des congrès, du 17 au 26 janvier

(TORONTO, ONT. – 9 janvier 2014) Venez admirer de près le tout nouveau Toyota Highlander à Montréal ce mois-ci, car Toyota Canada va lever le voile sur le modèle 2014. Présentant des lignes extérieures à la fois élégantes et dynamiques, un intérieur qui définit la « beauté fonctionnelle », et offrant beaucoup d’espace pour les passagers et les bagages ainsi qu’une abondance de technologies et de caractéristiques innovatrices, ce nouveau modèle vous réserve de belles surprises.

« Le Highlander a contribué à créer un segment réservé à des VUS intermédiaires à construction monocoque qui sont populaires, très polyvalents et offrant une conduite confortable – et avec la mouture 2014, nous proposons plus qu’un tout nouveau modèle : nous rajustons les références qui définissent ce segment, » a déclaré Larry Hutchinson, vice-président chez Toyota Canada.  « Combinant les atouts de base traditionnels de Toyota que sont la fiabilité, la durabilité et la robustesse, le nouveau Highlander met particulièrement en valeur le design et la performance qui flattent les sens. »

Le Toyota Highlander 2014 sera exposé pendant toute la durée du Salon international de l’auto de Montréal, soit du 17 au 26 janvier 2014.


Apr 23

Toyota Canada Celebrating Earth Week With Free, Personalized Fuel-Efficiency Reports

[Toyota Canada célèbre la Semaine de la Terre d’un rapport personnalisé gratuit sur le rendement énergétique – – Après l’anglais]
Toyota Canada celebrating Earth Week by helping its customers make fuel-efficient vehicle choices with  free, personalized fuel-efficiency reports
TCI’s focus on green innovation leads to collaboration with MyCarma, which collects detailed data on personal driving habits so drivers can choose the right fuel-efficient vehicle

TORONTO, ON., (April 23, 2013) – From introducing and evolving hybrid powertrains to rolling out new materials in vehicle design, Toyota Canada is committed to making personal mobility as environmentally-friendly as possible.

The latest example of this green innovation is a collaboration with Waterloo-based MyCarma, which uses sophisticated computer modeling and analysis to help drivers maximize their fuel efficiency. By taking into account the personal driving habits of each individual driver, MyCarma is able to provide specialized reports that indicate the predicted fuel use of any Toyota vehicle, enabling drivers to make the ideal fuel-efficiency decision on their next vehicle purchase.
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Apr 20

Road Test: 2012 Toyota Avensis Combi

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

Every year or so my wife and I head over to Germany to visit a friend of ours that races in the ADAC GT Masters Series- the series right below DTM (it’s the equivalent to the Nationwide series over here in North America, only they drive on real tracks that don’t just turn left).

This gives me an excellent opportunity to drive vehicles we don’t get over here. I just love diesel engines with all that torque under my right foot so I always request a diesel-powered car whenever we go. This time I requested the Toyota Avensis. For those of you not familiar with the Avensis, it’s somewhat related to the Camry and what Toyota sells to the rest of the world.

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Feb 15

2013 Scion FR-S

2013 Scion FR-S

The all-new Scion FR-S makes its first-ever Canadian appearance at the Canadian International Auto Show. The FR-S, which stands for Front-engine, Rear-wheel drive, Sport, is a high-performance sports coupe with exceptionally balanced performance and handling, compelling style, flexible utility and surprising fuel economy. The fun-to-drive FR-S features lightweight design and compact size and its fierce exterior is a solid reflection of its inner power.


Feb 14

2012 Toyota Prius / 2012 Prius PHV

2012 Toyota Prius

A refreshed mid-model 2012 Prius will be on display at the Canadian International Auto Show. It combines exceptional hybrid performance, safety and value and delivers 66 % fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new vehicle. The 2012 Prius features updated interior and exterior with new headlamps, front grille, front bumper and rear combination lamps. Like all Toyota vehicles, the Prius also comes standard with the Star Safety System.

2012 Prius PHV

The 2013 Prius PHV, on display at the Canadian International Auto Show is an environmentally sustainable vehicle that offers exceptional performance, versatility and energy efficiency. The PHV, modeled off of the third generation Prius, enhances Toyota’s world-leading Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, enabling the PHV the ability to travel in electric-only speeds up to 100 km/h.


Oct 26

The All-New 2012 Toyota Camry + Hybrid at an incredible price

Fresh styling, new performance, more efficiency and an MSRP starting lower than 2011 models

Toronto, Ontario. – Toyota introduced today the new, seventh-generation Camry, North America’s best-selling car for nine years running and 13 of the past 14 years. The 2012 Camry debuts a bold, sophisticated new design with a more spacious interior, improved driving dynamics and an even quieter ride than before.  With class leading safety and fuel economy, the end result is the best Camry ever made.

The Toyota Camry again offers three powertrain choices, all of which have been enhanced for 2012 to provide better fuel economy and more responsive performance. All Camry models with the revised 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine now offer 178 horsepower, an increase of nine hp, and 170 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Fuel efficiency numbers are 8.2L/100 km city, 5.6L/100 km highway, and 7L/100 km combined. The 2.5-litre engine employs Dual VVT-i (Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent), which controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts for optimal performance and efficiency at all engine speeds. The Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) helps optimize torque over a broad engine speed range.
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Aug 17

Road Test: 2011 Toyota Sienna SE

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

The World's First "Sexy" Mini-van?

What came first – kids or mini vans? Do you buy a minivan because you’ve got kids or did you get kids because you bought a minivan?

When was the last time you looked at a minivan and said: “Wow, that looks pretty good.. I wonder how it handles?”

Yeah, me neither – until this past summer when I was parking next to a 2011 Toyota Sienna SE at the Toronto IndyCar race. It caught my eye because it was so big and the rear wing and side skirts actually made it… dare I say it… sporty looking!

I was at the auto show when Toyota launched the all-new Sienna, but since I’m neither a “van” person nor a parent – I just walked on by and checked out other vehicles like the Lexus convertible – that’s more my kind of car. So to be completely shocked and stunned by a good looking minivan is not the typical thing I do, so there was only one thing to do – book one for a Road Test….

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Jul 29

Road Test: 2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

It’s been a couple of years since I last drove a RAV4, but to be honest I don’t remember a thing about it… Toyota gave it a redesign with numerous upgrades for the 2009 model year, so I thought I’d give it another go. Other than the re-design, there were two other situations that made it a perfect time to take the RAV4 out for a spin…

While I was arranging to get one for a test, Toyota were in the middle of a storm of bad press – it seemed like every day a new “failure” or “runaway vehicle” was being announced in newspapers, on TV and of course the internet. As I’ve mentioned before – I think it’s just a witch-hunt. People love to kick successful people/companies when the opportunity presents itself and this was no different. Audi went through it in the ’80’s and just barely survived in North America. Toyota have a stronger and bigger presence, but they will no doubt suffer a black eye for many years because of this.

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