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Review: The 2016 Toyota Prius Is a Marvel of Modern Engineering

Review: The 2016 Toyota Prius Is a Marvel of Modern Engineering
Toyota recently invited me out to southern California to take some time getting to know the new 2016 Prius. While the Prius is known for its exceptional fuel economy and eco-consciousness, it doesn’t exactly have a…

3D Printed Manual Transmission Actually Shifts

3D Printed Manual Transmission Actually Shifts
One of the cool things about 3D printers is that you can use them to make just about anything you can dream up. An engineer named Eric Harrell used his 3D printer to make all the…
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SpongeBob Squarepants Toyota Sienna: Well Maybe It Is Stupid, but It’s Also Dumb!

SpongeBob Squarepants Toyota Sienna: Well Maybe It Is Stupid, but It’s Also Dumb!
Oooooooooooo which car has a windshield out of which you can’t see? SpongeBob Sienna! In a silly bit of cross-promotion, Toyota reverse-pimped its 2015 Sienna with a SpongeBob Squarepants theme. The Nickelodeon mascot’s face covers the…

On the Road (and Off-Road) with the 2014 Toyota 4Runner

On the Road (and Off-Road) with the 2014 Toyota 4Runner
Recently, the fine folks at Toyota were kind enough to give me the opportunity to put their brand new 2014 4Runner SUV through its paces in rural Pennsylvania. I had the chance to drive several different…

Digital Carjacking: The Smarter They Are, The Dumber They Are

Digital Carjacking: The Smarter They Are, The Dumber They Are
Modern automobiles benefit from increasingly small and smart computers, which can help control or augment everything from a car’s dashboard display to fundamental functions like steering. But as the world is slowly realizing, if something runs…

Toyota i-Road EV Leans into the Corners

Toyota i-Road EV Leans into the Corners
Earlier this month, Toyota unveiled a new electric vehicle concept called the i-Road. It is an electric vehicle concept known as a Personal Mobility Vehicle. From the looks of it, the i-Road has more in common…

Solid Ice Toyota Land Cruiser: Insert “In Soviet Russia” Joke Here

Solid Ice Toyota Land Cruiser: Insert “In Soviet Russia” Joke Here
For a recent winter ice and snow celebration in the chilly city of Perm,Russia, somebody (presumably from Toyota), built this amazing ride entirely out of ice (plus a few red LEDs.)…

2013 Toyota Avalon Offers Qi Wireless Smartphone Charging

2013 Toyota Avalon Offers Qi Wireless Smartphone Charging
I know I’m not the only person who has been itching for car manufacturers to finally begin integrating wireless smartphone charging into their vehicles. The first company to do this on a production vehicle is Toyota…

Toyota 4×4 CRAWL Control Lets You Focus on Steering While Off-Roading

Toyota 4×4 CRAWL Control Lets You Focus on Steering While Off-Roading
While driving off-road can be a lot of fun, it can also be a challenging and dangerous activity, especially if you’re not a skilled 4×4 driver. Well thanks to some cool technology in Toyota’s trucks you…

Pokémon Toyotas: Gotta Drive ’em All

Pokémon Toyotas: Gotta Drive ’em All
Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy is running a campaign with Toyota this summer, to give away Pokémon mini toy cars as part of a promotion for the new Pocket Monsters feature film.…

Gigantically Awesome Hot Wheels Metropolis II City is a Kinetic Sculpture

Gigantically Awesome Hot Wheels Metropolis II City is a Kinetic Sculpture
It has to be good to be an artist. If you have a penchant for things like LEGO or Hot Wheels cars you can just come up with some wild DIY project idea and start building…

Famicom Scion xB: 8-bit Heir

Famicom Scion xB: 8-bit Heir
The boxy, toy-like car you see below is the work of Giant Robot magazine publisher Eric Nakamura and Len Higa of Onimotorworks. Nakamura was asked by Toyota to come up with a design for a custom…

Toyota Iq Disco Car: Party in the Intersection!

Toyota Iq Disco Car: Party in the Intersection!
Designed for the European market, the new Toyota iQ Disco is perfect for impromptu dance parties when you’re stuck in traffic. The shiny, sparkly car has been outfitted with with mirrored plates strategically placed along its…

Toyota’S Violin-Playing Robot Will Soon Play in a Symphony

Toyota’S Violin-Playing Robot Will Soon Play in a Symphony
Well, maybe not yet, but it’s still impressive that this ‘bot can actually play the violin! I don’t think that human orchestras are in any danger, but it just goes to show that robots can be…

Car Hood Airbags Protect Pedestrians From Bad Drivers

Car Hood Airbags Protect Pedestrians From Bad Drivers
When I think of airbags, I picture them inside the car. But what if we equipped cars with outer airbags to protect pedestrians? That’s exactly what Toyoda Gosei (an offshoot of Toyota) has done with these…

More Stupid Robot Tricks

More Stupid Robot Tricks
I guess that Sony and Honda’s Dancing robots weren’t enough proof that designing humanoid robots was a waste of time and money…. Toyota has now developed a Trumpet playing robot. The world is saved!…
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