Toyota Research Institute Rolls-out P4 Automated Driving Test Vehicle at CES

Next week, the bright lights of Las Vegas will once again shine on the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) when it introduces the TRI-P4 automated driving test vehicle on Jan. 7 at CES®. The P4 is based on the all-new fifth-generation Lexus LS flagship sedan and will be used in TRI’s two-track Guardian and Chauffeur automated driving system development.

“Our Chauffeur development is focused on full autonomy, where the human is essentially removed from the driving equation, either completely in all environments, or within a restricted driving domain,” said Ryan Eustice, senior vice president of automated driving at TRI. “Guardian, on the other hand, is being designed to amplify human performance behind the wheel, not replace it. The introduction of the new P4 platform will help us accelerate the development of both tracks when it joins our fleet this spring.”

The P4 benefits from Lexus’ new generation of chassis and steering control technology, which provides greater agility and allows for more responsive and smoother maneuvers during automated driving.

P4 adds two additional cameras to improve situational awareness on the sides and two new imaging sensors―one facing forward and one pointed to the rear―specifically designed for autonomous vehicles. The imaging sensors feature new chip technology with high dynamic range. The radar system has been optimized to improve the field of view, especially for close range detection around the vehicle perimeter. The LIDAR sensing system with eight scanning heads carries over from the previous test model, Platform 3.0, and morphs into the new vehicle design.

P4 is a much smarter research vehicle than its predecessor. With greater computing power, its systems can operate more machine learning algorithms in parallel for faster learning. It can process sensor inputs faster and react more quickly to the surrounding environment. All computing system power is now drawn from the vehicle’s hybrid battery with the 12v battery now serving only as a backup.

The compute box in the trunk, which serves as the “brain” of the automated driving system, has been reimagined. It is now tucked vertically against the rear seat transom, folding down to access the circuitry. This frees up the entire floor of the trunk for hauling cargo.

TRI once again tapped CALTY Design Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. to handle styling.

“We took a holistic approach to integrating autonomous componentry into the design of the new LS,” said Scott Roller, senior lead designer at CALTY Design Research. “The result is a fluid surface embracing advanced technology loosely inspired by science fiction in the graphic separations between form and function.”

TMNA R&D’s Prototype Development Center in York Twp., Mich. will begin fabricating P4 vehicles from stock models this spring.

P4 will make its public debut during Toyota’s CES press conference at 1:00 p.m. PT on Jan. 7. As part of the event, TRI CEO Dr. Gill Pratt will present recent technological advances in its Guardian automated driving.

Media can also see P4 on display in the Lexus exhibit at Detroit’s Cobo Center during media preview days of the North American International Auto Show on Jan. 14 and 15.

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These 10 used cars retain their value the best

1. Toyota Corolla

2015 Toyota Corolla – $5,600 median discount

Taking top honors is the trusty Toyota Corolla.Up until recently we’ve been living in a world with nothing but boring Corollas for the past couple decades, but the new hatchback is changing all of that. Additionally, the redesigned sedan was just revealed to plenty of fanfare, because it too promises to be more engaging to drive. The RAV4 sells more than the Corolla does nowadays, but it looks like the Corolla still edges it out in retention of value. It’s sitting at 72 percent of its original value retained for 2015.

2. Honda Civic

2015 Honda Civic – $6,100 median discount

The venerable Civic was bound to show up on this list eventually, and it almost takes the top spot.This 2015 model came before the massive 2016 redesign.Honda greatly improved the Civic for 2016, but it doesn’t appear to have demolished values of the 2015, which manages to retain 69 percent of its original value.

3. Nissan Sentra

2015 Nissan Sentra – $6,200 median discount

Nissan only has one vehicle on this list: the Sentra. We’re a bit surprised the Sentra retains its value so well, because Nissan’s reliability reputation isn’t quite up to snuff when compared to Honda and Toyota.The Sentra has gotten better since the 2015 model year though, with the addition of the Nismo. Its proportion of original value retained is a respectable 69 percent.

4. Ford Focus

2015 Ford Focus – $6,800 median discount

Moving further along the list, we get to the second and last domestic market car. Sorry GM and FCA. The Focus has a good reputation amongst the general car buying public as being cheap and reliable. That and it being the premiere American compact car probably contribute to it being on this list. Ford had themselves a pretty solid Focus for 2015 too — it retains 65 percent of its value since new.

5. Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150 – $7,100 median discount

The Ford F-150 is the only truck on this top 10, and it places extremely high, too. Still the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., people definitely want them badly on the used market. Unfortunately, truck buyers won’t get much of a discount when waiting a few years for the prices to go down.Since F-150s tend to be pricey from the start, this minimal drop in price means it still retains 84 percent of its value when new, which is the highest percentage of any vehicle on this list. That’s a shocking statistic to see three years post-purchase when compared to the rest of the field.

6. Hyundai Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata – $7,500 median discount

Hyundai took the Sonata down a sales free fall following the the car’s 2015 redesign, but the model year still does well on the used market clearly. The Sonata took off in the early 2010 s with its most comprehensive redesign ever, and Hyundai is still trying to recapture that magic. It clearly isn’t easy in the world of crossovers we live in now, but the newest Sonata is a pretty nice car. The 2015 models are retaining about 65 percent of their original value as of now.

7. Honda CR-V LX

2015 Honda CR-V LX – $7,500 median discount

The first CR-V included on this list was the more luxurious EX trim, whereas this one is the rather pedestrian LX. Seeing the more expensive version of a car on this list ranked worse than the cheaper one is actually a microcosm of the market as a whole. Most cars with higher starting price points depreciate faster, which is depicted in a very small way by the two slightly different CR-Vs shown here.

8. Toyota RAV4

2015 Toyota RAV4 -$7,700 median discount

The Toyota RAV4 is the Honda CR-V’s natural competitor, and they fall right next to each other on this list too. Tons of people cross shop these two, but we’re partial to the CR-V’s more engaging driving experience. This one retains 71 percent of its original value. We’ll begetting a thoroughly updated RAV4 so on though, so buyers might want to wait to drive that one.

9. Honda CR-V EX

2015 Honda CR-V EX -$7,700 median discount

We specify the trim on the CR-V, because Carvana actually narrowed it down to the trim level for its list and put the CR-V on here twice. The EX comes in at ninth place as the second Honda on the list. For 2015, Honda went through and completely reworked the CR-V. It got new styling and an updated engine and transmission, making it an appealing choice for those looking to buy used but still get a “newer” car.The CR-V is only one of two crossovers on this list, which is surprising considering the demand for them these days. The CR-V retains 72 percent of its original value.

10. Honda Accord

2015 Honda Accord -$7,700 median discount

Honda is a no-brainer for this list, with several of its cars making it. The 2015 Accord isn’t as amazing as the redesigned 2018model we have now, but it was still a super respectable sedan to ride around in. The 2015 Honda Accord retains 66 percent of its original value. We definitely aren’t surprised to see it kicking the top 10 off.

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2019 Prius is Most Capable Yet Thanks to Available New AWD-e System

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e

Winter is coming, and thanks to the 2019 Prius, with available new AWD-e system, there’s no need to fear it. Go further and explore more with confidence and control, no matter what the weather and road conditions are. Designed to provide more confidence and control when weather and road conditions are less than ideal, the electric all-wheel drive system further expands where the Prius can take drivers.

The new Prius AWD-e system will certainly deliver added traction and confidence for drivers but, in true Prius fashion, the 2019 AWD-e will lay claim to being one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive-equipped passenger cars available in Canada thanks to manufacturer-projected fuel consumptions of 4.5 / 4.9 / 4.7 L/100 km (city/highway/combined). Toyota estimates that the AWD-e model could account for as much as 65 percent of annual Canadian Prius sales.

Toyota’s AWD-e system is ideal for Prius. The automatic on-demand system does not require a centre differential or other torque-apportioning device, nor does it need a front-to-rear driveshaft. Instead, the “e” in AWD-e stands for electric. The Prius AWD-e uses an independent electric, magnet-less rear motor (a Toyota first) to power the rear wheels from 0 to 10 km/h, then when needed, up to 70 km/h. This system provides the power to the rear wheels to pull away from a stop, yet the on-demand system recognizes when all-wheel-drive performance is not needed to provide great fuel economy.

The addition of the available AWD-e system is only part of the wider revision to the 2019 Prius, which debuts newly refined front and rear exterior styling, along with additional interior updates. Let’s not forget that the front-wheel-drive (FWD) Prius will still offer the impressive fuel economy for which it is known, with manufacturer-projected fuel consumptions of 4.4 / 4.6 / 4.4 L/100 km (city/highway/combined).

The 2019 Prius FWD will be available with Base and Technology grades, while the AWD-e model will be offered in Base, Technology and Technology with Advanced package grades. Prius will also sport two new colours for 2019, Supersonic Red and Electric Storm Blue.

The AWD-e models use a newly developed compact Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery that is designed to provide excellent performance in cold-weather conditions. The AWD-e battery fits under the rear seat area and does not impact the luggage capacity. The FWD models will tout a Lithium Ion battery.

The Prius AWD-e models offer the same 1,855 L of carrying space with the standard 60:40 split rear seatbacks lowered as other Prius models. That’s more than in some small SUVs and larger than most full-size sedans. Expanding carrying options, the Prius AWD-e will offer available Genuine Toyota Accessory cargo crossbars for roof rack attachments, such as for carrying bikes, kayaks, snowboards, or a cargo carrier. The Prius AWD-e Technology features upgraded SofTex-trimmed, heated front seats with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

The SofTex-trimmed heated tilt/telescopic steering wheel on Technology grades features surface temperature-regulating properties to help make it feel more comfortable in hot or cold weather. The steering wheel also integrates switches for the audio system, Multi-Information Display, and Bluetooth hands-free phone controls.

The Prius comes standard with heated front seats, driver’s door Smart Key System, Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry. The Technology grades include Standard Smart Key System on three doors (driver, passenger and hatch). An Adaptive Front Lighting System is standard on the Technology with Advanced package grade.

Standard Toyota Safety Sense

All 2019 Prius models, including the Prius AWD-e versions, come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). Using millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera sensor to help detect a pedestrian, a vehicle, and lane markers and headlights in the surrounding area, TSS-P provides a comprehensive bundle of active safety features including: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/ PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Because all Prius models, under certain circumstances, can operate in battery mode alone, during which they make little to no noise, they incorporate a Vehicle Proximity Notification System (VPNS) to help alert pedestrians and cyclists.

High Tech Galore

All Prius models share interior features including the familiar central screen interface. The 4.2″ colour Dual Multi-Information Display with customizable screens adds an AWD-e system indicator to the menu of displays, which also includes Energy Monitor, Hybrid System Indicator and Eco Score, Eco Savings Record, Drive Monitor, Eco Wallet, Eco Diary, Climate Control, driver support systems, audio system content, and navigation system content. For the ultimate in high-tech information, the available (in the Advanced package) Colour Head-Up Display (HUD) shows the speedometer, navigation, and Hybrid System Indicator in the driver’s line of sight.

The standard audio system for AWD-e models includes a 6.1 in. touch-screen display, AM/FM CD player, 6 speakers, auxiliary audio jack, one USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and two 2.1-amp USB charge ports, advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming, Siri Eyes Free, and an integrated backup camera display. The Technology with Advanced Package grade comes standard with a large 11.6” HD multimedia display.

2019 Prius Mechanical Features

The Prius AWD-e shares the Hybrid Synergy Drive system with other Prius models. The system combines the output of a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder gasoline engine and two motor/generators through an electronically controlled planetary-type continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Electronically Controlled Brake System coordinates control between the regenerative braking and the vehicle’s hydraulic brake force to provide optimal brake performance and feel.

The 2ZR-FXE 1.8-litre 4-cylinder gasoline engine is itself a paragon of high efficiency. Thanks to ultra-low internal friction and efficient combustion, it exceeds 40 percent thermal efficiency, which is among the highest in the world for a gasoline engine.

The Prius gets a good share of its fuel efficiency by cheating the wind with an ultra-low 0.24 coefficient of drag (Cd), which is among the lowest of current production passenger cars. An automatic grille shutter reduces drag by closing when airflow to the radiator is not needed. Even the air conditioning system, which uses a quiet electric compressor, works intelligently to maximize energy efficiency. The Smart-flow (S-FLOW) mode directs airflow only to seated occupants to conserve energy and maximize comfort.

Standard Bi-LED headlamps and LED rear combination lamps reduce energy consumption compared to halogens, while giving better light and having a longer service life. A backup camera comes standard on all grades, and a full-width glass panel beneath the rear spoiler aids rearward visibility while also serving as a distinctive design feature.

Toyota New Global Architecture

The fourth-generation Prius is built around the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). The platform introduced a new high-strength body structure, multi-link rear suspension and a lower centre of gravity. The result for the Prius is a highly engaging driving experience combined with exemplary ride smoothness and a quiet cabin.

Hot-stamped and high tensile steels, which allow for intricate forms that are both lightweight and strong, are used extensively throughout the body. Aluminum components, including the hood and rear doorframes and brake calipers, help keep vehicle weight low. Innovative fastening methods, including laser screw welding and advanced adhesives, contribute to structural strength.

The 2019 Prius will go on sale in Canada in the Spring of 2019.

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5 major reasons you should buy a Toyota

It’s a fact: Toyota is the largest auto manufacturer in the world and the pioneer for manufacturing quality standards, it’s production systems being studied in all the top business programs on the planet.

That’s why Toyota makes some of the most iconic and best selling cars of all time, such as Corolla, Camry, RAV4 and Tacoma, becoming the reference models in their class or even creating and defining a new class of their own.

I’ve compiled a list of 5 main reasons you should consider a Toyota vehicle as your first choice (and save time and money by not going to other manufacturers)

  1. Best value for money 
    There must be a solid motivation for so many customers to buy Toyota models: Corolla sold over 45 million units making it the best selling car of all time, Camry is one of the first choices for mid-size sedans, RAV4 created and is leading the compact SUV segment in many markets and Tacoma is a standard for dependable small trucks. Facts speak for the value you get when buying a Toyota.
  2. Durability and reliability
    A Toyota vehicle stands for durability for a very long time. In fact, over 80% of the cars they made in the last 20 years are still on road. Furthermore, there many documented Toyota cars that carried on for more than 1 million miles. They just don’t break down and refuse to die. 
  3. Best retained/resale value 
    In 2018 Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) has once again won an industry-leading 16 awards for residual / retained value: 11 Canadian Black Book (CBB) Best Retained Value Awards and five ALG Residual Value Awards – more than any other auto manufacturer for the ninth straight year.  Toyota was also named the Top Overall Brand for retained value (cars, and trucks/crossovers/SUVs) by CBB. This being said, you have a peace of mind that you’ll get the most resale value when you decide to upgrade to a new Toyota vehicle.
  4. Lowest cost of ownership Ask your mechanic or any mechanic about the cost of repairing and maintenance and Toyota will probably be the first choice. Being the largest car manufacturer in world and having the most efficient production systems helps keep the cost of parts very low so you save more than with any other brands.
  5. Top safety systems Toyota Safety Sense is one of the most advanced safety features package and it comes standard on most present models: Pre-collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Automatic High Beams. The 2.0 version available now on 2019 Corolla Hatchback and 2019 RAV4 adds Lane Tracing Assist, Low-light Pedestrian Detection, Daytime Cyclist Detection and Road Edge Detection.

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Toyota Corolla hybrid will join Prius next year

2020 Toyota Corolla

The redesigned 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan will soon spawn a hybrid variant, the first gasoline-electric version of the automaker’s popular compact car.

Toyota made the announcement Thursday as it unveiled the Corolla sedan at simultaneous events in California and China, underscoring the model’s global appeal. Toyota was mum on additional details, such as pricing or an on-sale date, about the upcoming Corolla hybrid. More information will come at the Los Angeles auto show later this month, Toyota said.

The Corolla hybrid should complement the automaker’s Prius and may take the place of the discontinued Prius C. And could prove to be a more effective counterpoint to the new Honda Insight hybrid sedan. 

Instead, the automaker detailed gas-fueled versions of the Corolla. The 1.8-liter inline-4 with Toyota’s Valvematic variable valve timing system that was previously offered only on the LE Eco trim level now becomes the standard engine in Corolla L, LE, and XLE trims (as opposed to sportier SE and XSE trims, which get a 169-hp, 2.0-liter inline-4.

For 2020, Toyota said the Valvematic engine is rated at 139 horsepower and pairs exclusively to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Toyota said that the engine will best the 34 mpg combined rating for the 2019 Corolla LE Eco.

Underneath the redesigned Corolla’s sharper body sits a version of the automaker’s modular architecture, termed TNGA, also seen in the Prius, RAV4, and Camry. The new chassis dictates a multi-link rear suspension in place of last year’s simpler twist-beam unit, which should provide the Corolla sedan with better handling and a more composed ride.

Inside, the Corolla’s new dashboard falls in line with the larger Camry and features either 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreens for infotainment with Apple CarPlay compatibility. Android Auto is not yet available. An extensive suite of active safety tech such as automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control come standard.

Will going hybrid give the Corolla a sales boost? Toyota said that the redesigned Corolla will go on sale next spring.

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2019 Toyota RAV4 Takes Spotlight As Japanese Automaker’s Top Seller And New Show Horse In U.S.

2019 Toyota RAV4

Toyota Motor Corp.’s has bet a tall pile of chips on the new fifth-generation RAV4 compact SUV, making it the most important single Toyota model in the U.S. since anyone can remember.

Twenty-two years ago, while Bill Clinton was still president, Toyota Motor Corp. brought a new small SUV to the U.S., a fusion of car and truck with the odd acronym, RAV4. The look was a bit odd, too, and its role in the product lineup was rather minor compared to Toyota’s stars, the Corolla and Camry sedans or the fast-growing Lexus luxury franchise.

RAV4 unexpectedly evolved into quite a popular model because – with the benefit of hindsight – 1) it came from Toyota, an automaker with a solid and growing reputation for quality and reliability; and 2) it was a light, useful, affordable, fuel efficient and fun-to-drive SUV at a moment when the SUV trend was just taking off.

Fast forward to today. SUVs and crossovers have grown to dominate the non-pickup truck vehicle market in the U.S. while the popularity of sedans is falling. RAV4, to the astonishment of many, has turned into Toyota’s number-one model, selling more copies than either Camry or Corolla, the two top-selling sedans. Indeed, sales of the fourth-generation RAV4 doubled in 2017 from four years earlier to 407,594.

To double down with the GenV RAV4, Toyota has created a number of different powertrain, appearance, option and convenience packages designed to reinforce its hold and widen the lead as the number-one compact SUV in front of other strong sellers such as Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Ford Escape.

RAV4 (Recreation Activity Vehicle – 4WD) will come in thirteen variations of three body styles, gas versions powered by a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine with an eight-speed automatic and a gas-electric hybrid with a continuously variable transmission.

In a test drive through Carmel Valley near Monterey and along the Pacific Coast Highway, as well as a dedicated off-road course with several different terrains and obstacles, the new RAV4 performed well, delivering a quiet, competent ride on a variety of surfaces. Power was adequate, though if power is important, the gas-electric hybrid version did better than the gas engines.

In some configurations, such as the Adventure model designed for off-road performance, RAV4 will feature dynamic torque vectoring, which directs more power away from a wheel that is slipping toward one or more wheels that have traction for better grip in snow, mud, sand or gravel. Built on Toyota’s TNGA global platform that underpins Prius, Camry and Corolla, the new model will offer Safety Sense 2.0, a series of safety features such as Lane Departure Alert and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control on all models.

Toyota’s expressive and angular styling themes make RAV4 extremely distinctive and recognizable – a somewhat polarizing design language that definitely has its fans as well as foes.  (Personally, I like it a lot.)

Toyota’s Entune Audio system, with a 7-inch touchscreen and six speakers, is standard on all models, includes Apple Car Play and is Alexa and Bluetooth capable. An enhanced Entune 3.0 Audio plus is available is an option several configurations that has an 8-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM and other features.  A premium JBL system and dynamic navigation is also an available option on some models. Wireless charging for capable smartphones also is available on some models.

The hybrid version is rated at 39 mpg combined, while the gas versions will deliver up to 29 mpg.

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Toyota Unveils NEW 2020 Corolla Sedans at China’s Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition

2020 Toyota Corolla

Toyota today unveils new sedan models in the Corolla series (known in China as “Corolla” and “Levin”) in a world premiere at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, which opened November 16.

The new models deliver enhanced basic performance achieved by the GA-C platform, and include the Sporty model (in North America, China (Levin), Japan, and other countries/regions) with an active, energetic edge, and the Prestige model (in China (Corolla), Europe, and other countries/regions) sporting an exterior design that produces a striking, high-end appearance.

Sales in the United States and Europe are scheduled to start in spring 2019. The new models will gradually be rolled out in more than 150 countries and regions, including the start of sales of the new Corolla and Levin in China after mid-2019. In Japan, new sedan and wagon models, based on the Sporty model, will be optimized for Japanese customers and roads, with sales launch slated for within 2019.

“We have striven to design new models that are eye-catching, and fun to both ride in and drive. By enhancing not just the fun factors that are unique to cars, but “connectivity” functions to create new value, I wanted to make this new model a car that enriches mobility for customers around the world,” stated Yoshiki Konishi, chief engineer of the models. “I believe the Corolla series, with its millions of customers around the world, is a key touchstone model for gauging the success of Toyota’s “making ever-better cars” philosophy carried out through TNGA. I am confident that customers will see that Toyota’s car-making has changed significantly.”

Corolla is Toyota’s all-time best-selling car series, with more than 46 million cars sold worldwide (including derivative models) since the first generation was released in Japan in 1966. With each new generation, Corolla has evolved. New advanced features and functions have been introduced to suit the needs of the time, all the while inheriting its core DNA―reliability and usability―from the very first generation.

Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) initiative to structurally transform vehicle development, the new platform has been unified globally within the present 12th generation, including the hatchback model that went on sale in summer 2018, and the wagon model released in regions such as Europe in early 2019. The new generation hatchback and wagon models in Europe and other countries and regions also take the Corolla name, further strengthening the Corolla brand.

The new platform offers improved performance characterized by smooth driving, ride comfort, quietness, and safety. The Corolla delivers a joyful driving experience to customers in a wide range of countries and regions, backed by a total of one million kilometers of test driving in five continents.

Enabled by TNGA’s new platform, the exterior design concept, Shooting Robust, instills an active essence, achieving a firm, lower center of gravity and sporty silhouette, complemented by a lower stance and wider tread than current models.

The interior design is based on a Sensuous Minimalism concept (a design that is simple yet sensuously appealing), aptly incorporating a sleek instrument panel that conveys a comfortable spaciousness, and integrated functional parts, creating a refined elegance.

The enhanced driving and environmental performance originates from various powertrains that suit the needs and characteristics of customers across diverse countries and regions, including the recent powertrains developed under TNGA initiatives (e.g., 2.0-liter Dynamic Force Engine, Direct Shift-CVT, 6-speed manual transmission). Hybrid models equipped with the latest hybrid technologies will be newly introduced in more than 90 countries and regions, playing a key role in the widespread adoption of electrified vehicles. The new models are also equipped with upgraded advanced safety features, in the form of the latest Toyota Safety Sense, with specifications and availability refined for each market, ensuring the Corolla contributes to the widespread use of safer cars.

The new models offer optimal connected functions and services tuned to each market, delivering safety and security as well as comfort and convenience by connecting people and cars, and cars and society. In China, the new models come standard with an onboard Data Communication Module (DCM), an integral component of Toyota Connected. Connected services will be introduced across all grades, providing “just-in-time” services and offering security and peace of mind to customers 24/7. Other examples include Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility in the United States, and services in Europe that allow the car to be connected to an operator in emergency situations and the dispatch of rescue vehicles based on the car’s location.

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Toyota is Googled globally more than any other car brand

Toyota is the world’s most searched-for car brand online, according to information gathered by insurance company Veygo, with people in more than 57 countries typing in the term more than any other automaker’s name to find out what’s new with the Japanese giant.

More than 7.8 million people per month searched for “Toyota” in 2018, with “Honda” and “Ford” coming in a close second and third.

Canada and the United States provided a lot of the clicks, with Toyota being the most popular brand there, though places like Australia and New Zealand also added to the total.

Autoblog reports there’s some interesting information here, including some strange numbers. Russia’s number-one top-searched brand was Hyundai, while Japan’s was BMW. In Mexico, Chevrolet took the number one spot, while India was looking at Tesla.

At the bottom spot for the entire world was Pagani, though that’s kind of not surprising. The brand hasn’t released anything new in a long time, even if it does build some of the most interesting and fastest cars ever built. For actual high-volume production brands, Acura sits at the bottom; I guess people are already over the NSX.

It’s interesting to see people around the world aren’t just interested cars from their own country, and that some of the most exciting brands aren’t the top searched. Maybe it just goes to show for a lot of people, cars really are just transportation.

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5 hottest-selling U.S. vehicles in October: Tesla, Toyota, Subaru make the list

For most automakers, passenger-car sales are plunging while sales of SUVs, crossovers and pickups have been more resilient.

American preferences have shifted toward larger vehicles amid fuel economy improvements and low gasoline prices.

The shift has had a significant effect on the mix of sales at the major automakers. Nearly two-thirds of vehicles sold in October by Toyota, for example, were pickups, SUVs and crossovers.

The Japanese automaker known for its stalwart sedans is increasingly becoming an SUV and truck brand in the U.S.

Other automakers have chosen to become one. Ford, for example, recently announced it would discontinue most of its passenger cars. And Fiat Chrysler has already done so.

But there’s at least one car that’s bucking the trend.

And it’s No. 1 on our list of the hottest vehicles in the U.S. in October. To be sure, this list is not based purely on volume. If it was, the Ford F-series pickup would always be No. 1 since it’s the industry’s perennial best-seller.

Instead, this list is based on a rather subjective but analytical assessment of sales volume, buzz and momentum:

1. Tesla Model 3

It’s getting harder to deny that the Tesla Model 3 is become a disruptive force in the auto industry.

While Tesla does not report sales on a monthly basis, the company sold 55,840 Model 3 cars in the third quarter, which covered July, August and September.

With only three models for sale, Tesla outsold luxury rival Mercedes-Benz in the third quarter in the U.S.

During that period, the Model 3 electric sedan was the third-best-selling car in the U.S., Tesla CEO Elon Musk said.

With the average price starting at $49,000 in the third quarter, that’s stunning.

2. Toyota Highlander

Toyota’s pivot from passenger cars to SUVs and pickups has been striking for a brand that capitalized on the American auto industry’s lack of small cars in the past.

But it’s a sign of Toyota’s adaptability that nearly two in three of its vehicles sold to Americans in October were crossovers, SUVs or pickups.

The Highlander is a perfect example. It posted its best-ever October sales at 20,548, up 17.7 percent from a year earlier. It was the brand’s fourth-best-seller for the month.

3. Toyota Tacoma

This midsize pickup is racking up sales while the industry awaits the arrival of a fierce competitor: the return of the once-dead Ford Ranger.

Sales of the Tacoma rose 24.9 percent in October to 20,534 units. It was no fluke. The Tacoma is up 25.3 percent for the year.

4. Subaru Forester 

Subaru may be the hottest automotive brand in the U.S., given its 83 consecutive months of year-over-year sales growth.

In October, the brand’s recently redesigned Forester SUV delivered a 19 percent increase to 15,981. Sales of the new model and the outgoing version combined to make it the brand’s best-seller in October, surpassing the Outback.

5. Volkswagen Atlas

This large SUV has come to VW’s rescue since it hit showrooms in spring 2017. While VW could still use more SUVs, the Atlas has given dealers something to sell in an increasingly popular segment.

The Atlas passed the Passat as the VW brand’s third-best-selling vehicle for the month, behind only the Jetta and the Tiguan.

VW sold 4,725 Atlas vehicles for the month, up 29 percent from a year earlier.

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Top 10 Cars With the Lowest 5-Year Depreciation

Car sales website recently analyzed more than 4.3 million new and used car and attempted to identify the vehicle models with the lowest amount of depreciation five years after being sold.

Vehicles that hold their value well typically have traits that are desirable for a wide variety of consumers. Reliability, practicality, safety and brand reputation are strong influencing factors when it comes to resale value. Large trucks and SUVs also hold their resale value well, as they are in high demand but can be expensive to buy new – makign them very popular second-hand vehicles.

“The lower depreciation for pickup trucks is likely because it is a growing vehicle segment and their popularity is keeping values high,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly.

iSeeCars explains body-on-frame SUVs, like the Toyota 4Runner, have strong value retention for the same reasons.

“The Toyota 4Runner is a body-on-frame SUV, which means it’s built like a truck and has truck-like durability,” said Ly. “Its ruggedness and reputation for being a reliable vehicle help contribute to its value retention.”

Below are the top 10 vehicles that have the strongest resale value after five years, according to iSeeCars. The average new vehicle loses 50.2 percent of its value after five years, so all vehicles on this list will come in below the industry average.

10. Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 depreciates by 42.7% after five years, 7.5% below the industry average.

9. Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza depreciates by 42.3% over five years, which is 7.9% below the industry average.

8. GMC Sierra 1500

The GMC Sierra depreciates by 39.9% over five years, Which is 10.3% below the industry average.

7. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevrolet Silverado depreciates by just 39.7% after five years, 10.5% below average.

6. Toyota 4Runner

The Toyota 4Runner’s reliability and practicality help it achieve low five-year depreciation of 38.1%, which is 12.1% below average.

5. Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Frontier depreciates 37.8% after five years, 12.4% below average.

4. Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra depreciates 37.1% after five years, 13.1% below average.

3. Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma may be old, but its customers like it just the way it is. It retains more than 70% of its value after five years, dipping in price by just 29.5%. That’s 20.7% below average.

1. and 2. Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Are you shocked? The Jeep Wrangler is the undisputed king of residual value. It depreciates by 27.3% after five years, 22.9% below average. That’s true for both two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited models.

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