2009 Toyota Highlander To Get Four Cylinder Option

The 2009 Toyota Highlander will be offered with two fewer cylinders thanks to a new 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota says the new engine will generate 187 HP and 186 lb-ft of torque while meeting ULEV standards, but they're not talking fuel economy quite yet. What… » 8/15/08 9:20am 8/15/08 9:20am

Toyota Lays Off 800 Contract Workers In Japan

Toyota is laying off 800 contract workers at its Fukuoka plant in southern Japan, the first time it has canceled work contracts before they're complete. The plant currently builds the Lexus RX330 and the Toyota Highlander, which are feeling the effects of the American SUV sales slump. After Toyota's announcement of an » 8/05/08 3:30pm 8/05/08 3:30pm

Toyota FCHV-adv Gets New Fuel Cell Hybrid System, Has Over 500 Mile Range

The Japanese government (who didn't have anything to do with Prius development) has given approval for domestic market leasing of Toyotas newest fuel cell hybrid, the FCHV-adv. We don't know if our assumed graphic update properly represents the new look of the updated FCHV, but the updated goodies under hood and… » 6/06/08 11:20am 6/06/08 11:20am

2009 Toyota Venza Marketing Spins Like Propeller

We all knew it from the moment the 2009 Toyota Venza made its beige debut on stage, the moniker of "crossover sedan" was marketing doublespeak. Reader Clark got a bit worked up over some of the marketeers abusing the nonsensical term in this MSNBC press release copy/paste story. Look we all know it's a station wagon,… » 1/31/08 10:15am 1/31/08 10:15am

When There's No Snow, Vail is Nothing But Kobe Bryant and Hybrids

("Follow us as we lift the hood on the world of industrial automotive espionage in From The Car Spy's Dossier, a series of road reports from A-list spy shooter Brenda Priddy and some of the world's greatest car spies!)I barely had a chance to unpack at my motel right across from BMW's so-called "top secret" hot… » 7/23/07 1:30pm 7/23/07 1:30pm

Toyota To Halt Expansion Of US Assembly Plants, Increase Sales Of Japan-Built Vehicles?

In Japan, Toyota has plants clustered together, with a capability of building more than a half-dozen different vehicles on each line, and their most efficient plants around the world are capable of operating more than one assembly line each. But here in the United States, Toyota plants build just one or two models and… » 6/20/07 10:30am 6/20/07 10:30am

High in Mississippi: Toyota Highlander, New Crossover to Be Built Near Tupelo

According to Automotive News, Toyota is building a $1 billion plant in the wilds of Memphis, Tennessee. At least, they're expected to, which means someone spilled the beans ahead of a local press conference to be held this morning in Blue Springs, Miss — a tiny town outside of big Memph Toupe. That's where the SUV… » 2/27/07 10:08am 2/27/07 10:08am

The Little Toyota Engine Light That Couldn't Turn Off: ToMoCo Issues Recalls For Over 250,000 Vehicles

The world's number one super best automaker from the land of the rising sun issued two recalls today — one here in the land of the free and home of the brave for around 60,700 four-cylinder Highlander SUV's from 2001 through 2003 and 159,100 RAV4's from 2001 and 2002. It seems the "check engine light" (also known as… » 12/08/06 10:33pm 12/08/06 10:33pm

Toyota Announces Pricing for New Highlander Sport

Toyota's adding a mild jolt of athleticism to its couch-potato SUV, the Highlander, with a new Sport model that includes a package of cosmetic enhancements like color-keyed grille, chrome appointments, and 17-inch alloys. Inside, there's a tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, leather-trimmed shift… » 3/27/06 12:40pm 3/27/06 12:40pm

Dividing the Conqueror: US Firm Suing Toyota Over Hybrid Patents

Ruh roh. Solomon Technologies, Inc. has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission, saying that Toyota's infringed on its patents regarding the hybrid systems in both the Prius and Highlander. If the ITC rules in Solomon's favor, it could stop the import of both vehicles into the US. Needless to say,… » 1/13/06 2:27pm 1/13/06 2:27pm