The Toyota Harrier most likely resonates only with hardcore followers and fans of Japan’s largest automaker (including its Lexus marque) and regular Kaizen Factor readers. We wrote a pair of stories on the 3rd-generation (XU60) Harrier (on July 2013 and January 2015) primarily to debunk the widespread misconception that it was a thinly-veiled preview of […]
A month prior to its public unveiling, Toyota North America’s Executive Vice President of Sales (and Toyota USA President of Sales) Bob Carter had already hinted at production intent for its then-upcoming Lexus LF-1 Limitless flagship concept. In late December 2017, this set off a guessing game among Lexus Enthusiast forum members as to what […]
A late October 2016 article by Roger Schreffler of WardsAuto discussed Toyota’s revived interest in turbocharged engines. In writing about the largest of the carmaker’s two new gasoline-powered 4-cylinder turbo powerplants, Mr. Schreffler noted that The 2.0L gasoline 8AR-FTS, which debuted in April 2014 on the Lexus NX200t CUV, now is available on seven models. […]
Trying to predict a carmaker’s future product pipeline and cadence of new-generation model releases is a fascinating sport for a sizable portion of the car enthusiast community, yours truly among them. Among the automotive publication universe, Automotive News’ annual July/August predictions, going out 3 years or so, are widely read and commented on. Flying under […]
A little over 2 weeks after Toyota filed a trio of UX trademarks – presumably for the Lexus brand – another new crossover/SUV-centric trademark surfaced in Europe: RX 350 L. As with UX, the news first appeared on AutoGuide and then expanded upon in far greater detail by the Lexus Enthusiast blog. Three days after […]
The newest (and only one currently in production) of Toyota’s V6 engine families is the GR. Launched in 2002 as the 4-liter (3956cc) 1GR-FE on the Land Cruiser Prado / 4Runner / Hilux Surf family of body-on-frame sport utility vehicles, it eventually spawned smaller 2GR (3.5-liter/3456cc), 3GR (3-liter/2994cc) and 4GR (2.5-liter/2499cc) variants, as well as […]
This past June 7th, what started out as simple commentary on the dyslexic’s delight (or would that be nightmare?) that a Toyota S-FR trademark could turn out to be mushroomed into a trivia buff’s revelations of a number of dead or abandoned Toyota trademarks and the heretofore unpublished discovery of a new Prius Prime trademark […]
In the course of researching and writing our previous Kaizen Factor story on recent Toyota and Scion trademark filings, we also stumbled upon a number of new trademarks surely earmarked for the Lexus brand. Most of these are simply a matter of United States Patent and Trademark Office filings for trademarks previously registered in Europe […]
The previous piece this author wrote for Kaizen Factor, on the Toyota Harrier back in mid-January of this year, briefly touched upon the Toyota Venza, a mid-sized 2-row seating crossover SUV that occupies an odd upmarket-but-non-luxury-brand niche dominated by the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano. Weeks later, the Venza was making news of its […]
The world is full of incurable romantics and hopeful dreamers who can’t let go of the notion that a once-torrid love affair when two became one is now over, finito, kaput, irretrievably broken, divorce finalized. It seems that Theophilus Chin, the self-described Automotive Manipulator is one of those who, even in the face of overwhelming […]
Lexus quietly announces the 2015 Lexus RX with new features. The 3rd Generation RX enters its sixth year of production with some welcome features for both the RX 350 & RX 450h. Here they are below: 2015 RX 450h Standard Display Audio with seven-inch screen for all models Available Luxury Package offers a 19-inch triple-split […]
Being a loyal and repeat Toyota and Lexus owner, it’s no surprise to me that Toyota and Lexus ranks high on KBB.com’s 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. Dependable and reliable are just some of the reasons why I prefer to buy these cars. Another great reason is the fact these cars hold their value well, […]
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 […]
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TMC’s Environmental Technology Development update: a peek at Toyota and Lexus’ powertrain future (Part 1)
On Monday 24 September, what was ostensibly the press preview for the (very limited) production version of the battery electric variant of the Toyota iQ soon became, in the words of Bertel Schmitt of The Truth About Cars, “the strangest product launch I have ever seen”. Given how much information the usually reticent Toyota revealed […]
- TMC’s Environmental Technology Development update: a peek at Toyota and Lexus’ powertr ain future (Part 1) | Jano's notes[…] http://kaizenfactor.wordpress.com/2...
- Has Lexus killed or indefinitely postponed more powerful CT variants? | Kaizen Factor[...] products.” Does this leave the do...
- Lexus trademarks NX 200t and NX 300h | Kaizen Factor[...] TMC’s Environmental Technology De...
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