Toyota has shocked Detroit as they surprised the media yesterday morning with a car most people didn’t expect. No it wasn’t another hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle, it was a red hot two door rear wheel drive sports coupé called the FT-1. It was designed exclusively by Toyota’s Calty Design Research team to help kick […]
As we wait for the official unveiling of the 2015 Lexus RC F tomorrow morning at Cobo Center, here are some interesting facts that have been published. Motor Trend seems to have a lot more info on this that most. Here are a few things that have stood out: Revised 2UR-GSE 5.0L V8 with 480 […]
As the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon kicked off today, GAZOO Racing has held a press conference today at their booth expressing their intent to enter in this year’s 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany. The grueling race event starts on June 19 for qualifiying and the race will start on June 21 and […]
With the official debut of the next “F” less than a week away, Lexus has officially announced Yukihiko Yaguchi as the Chief Engineer of the new Lexus RC F. A recent interview with Autocar Magazine‘s Jim Holder on Yaguchi-san was posted recently on Lexus UK’s blog . Strategically, Lexus International has also posted a few videos […]
They listened and we’re finally getting it. Scion will be introducing a limited edition premium lined called the “Monogram Series” for the hot selling FR-S and tC. For those that wanted all the premium options of the Scion 10 series but had second thoughts about the Silver Ignition exterior, you can now get […]
- Kaizen Factor | Close Up: 2014 Scion FR-S & tC Monogram Series[…] List of the Monogram Series feature...
After years of anticipation, the RC F has finally been announced. Road & Track has once again jumped the gun (first with the LF-LC concept 2 years ago) ahead of everyone by posting up their story around 7AM PST today (1/8/14). It was quickly taken down shortly after, but finally reinstated after everyone else had […]
- Kaizen Factor | New Chapter In Lexus History: RC F (Part 1)[…] anything that gets posted up can im...
Back on December 27th, the Club F Facebook page posted a small section of the January 2014 issue of Best Car Japan featuring what looks to be a product correct RC F. I was able to grab a copy of this exact magazine and was able to take a closer look at the published photos. […]
Lexus has just announced plans to open a “Lexus Racing” booth at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon next week in Japan. Lexus will feature a new vehicle they plan to race in the GT 500 class of the Super GT. It was previously announced that the Lexus LF-CC Super GT Concept Race Car, now the […]
Lexus has announced the debut of an all new “F” model at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 14, 2013. This new “F” model is rumored to be the hot version of the recently unveiled Lexus RC “Reality Coupe” just last month at the Tokyo Motor Show in Japan. This […]
Japanese carmakers will reveal their latest cars-to-come at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show which will open to the media on November 20, and which will stay open to the public through December 1. Here is what you will see at Toyota’s booth in Tokyo – unless you prefer to go to the LA Autoshow, that […]
Taking an econobox 3 or 5 door hatchback, popping in a high output motor mated to a manual transmission and a taut tuned suspension was a recipe for fun. It’s been many years since the Toyota built great hot hatches like the Corolla FX-16 and the Corolla RunX. With Toyota’s rich motorsports heritage, it is possible […]
The Center for Automotive Research (CAR), defined by Wikipedia as “a nonprofit research organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan that conducts research, forecasts trends, develops new methodologies, and advises on public policy” is probably best known among industry geeks like yours truly for its annual Management Briefing Seminars, “an annual gathering of more than 900 […]
A bare-bones Japanese language Toyota news release linking to a page on the Toyota Japan website promising a new Harrier crossover SUV in winter 2013 led to a stream of predictions that we were looking at the 4th-generation of the Lexus RX – minus the spindle grille – based on the historic relation between the […]
- Decision day: “future Lexus RX,” or “re-sheet-metaled” Harrier? | Daily Kanban[…] Edmunds bought into this version. M...
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Last month, we commented on Mike Connor of Motor Trend‘s May 2013 print edition good news/bad news MT Confidential column. Good news because it predicts a Mercedes SLK, BMW Z4, and entry-level Porsche Boxster-rivalling small Lexus roadster. Bad news because, in Connor’s words, News that BMW and Toyota will collaborate on a new sports car […]
On the fringes of the “top tier” of super sports car makers (think Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and McLaren) that make their own engines for their much-admired creations lies another group of manufacturers that depend on larger outside carmakers for the powertrains that drive their exclusive boutique sports cars. The 1960s and 1970s saw a wealth […]