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Old 03-13-2007, 12:22 PM
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30 mpg from the diesel??? Why can't they offer that over here?
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Originally Posted by dom
Cliff Notes?
Toyota is stealing the idea of knockdown kits that volkswagen sucessfully used in the 70's and 80's... Instead of building the cars in the home country (japan for toyota, germany for vw), they farm out the assembly to developing countries...

This method has been used in other industries before too... It's not a new concept: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knockdown_kit

Building a simple car that can be fixed in the field with simple hand tools was the foundation of the "people's car", toyota is now just putting a different spin on it...
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Here's a pic of they're current Hilux:

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Originally Posted by 65 Fury Convert
30 mpg from the diesel??? Why can't they offer that over here?
Because you stupid americans can't handle simple utilitarian cars that sometimes require routine maintenance to be performed

Cars today are overly complex vehicles and some even tell you when to change the oil by a light on the dash. Some people don't actually know what a dipstick is

Why do you think that MB didn't want to import the Fortwo here ?? Why do you think that BMW is hesitant about importing the 1 series ??

WHY?? Cause you americans, just DON'T GET IT !!
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I just hope they do a better job in quality control than VW. I would always try to source the shelved German parts rather than buying the Brazilian counterpart when it was possible. Even the rubber CV boot quality had noticeable differences.
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Originally Posted by 65 Fury Convert
30 mpg from the diesel??? Why can't they offer that over here?
I think they're talking about a different gallon too.
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I think they're talking about a different gallon too.
True - Good point!
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Originally Posted by GreenMonster
Because you stupid americans can't handle simple utilitarian cars that sometimes require routine maintenance to be performed

Cars today are overly complex vehicles and some even tell you when to change the oil by a light on the dash. Some people don't actually know what a dipstick is

Why do you think that MB didn't want to import the Fortwo here ?? Why do you think that BMW is hesitant about importing the 1 series ??

WHY?? Cause you americans, just DON'T GET IT !!
I'm so ashamed...
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Post Toyota: Toyota Tour Guide Robot...

Toyota's counter to Honda's cool Asimo...

Anyhoo...Top Gear's quick impressions...

If you were building your own robot assistant, what's the first thing you'd teach it to do?

TG's robot would, obviously, first learn to make a fine cup of builders' tea, followed by a range of domestic chores including ironing, washing up and cleaning that difficult-to-reach bit under the rim of the toilet bowl.

Whatever your choice - and, judging by a quick office poll, there's likely to be a few sordid robot tasks out there - we're guessing you didn't plump for 'signing autographs' as one of your robot's prime duties.

But signing autographs is the party trick of the Toyota Tour Guide Robot, an autonomous 'droid built to guide visitors around Toyota's Kaikan exhibition in Japan.

It'll also move round the hall's floor without bumping into obstacles and 'verbally communicate' with people, but it's the nifty signatures that should draw the crowds.

It's all thanks to the Tour Guide Robot's jointed fingers, which we'd imagine should make it just as dextrous with a toilet brush as a pen.

But who's going to want an autograph off this terrifying-looking thing? It looks like a demonic plastic incarnation of Posh Spice crossed with a praying mantis.

We much prefer Honda's friendly Asimo, but we'd still be backing Toyota's Tour Guide in a robot fight to the death. Look at the size of those forearms...
WYHI...?

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Originally Posted by Yumchah
Toyota's counter to Honda's cool Asimo...

Anyhoo...Top Gear's quick impressions...



WYHI...?

You have gone too far this time Yummy.... I know you like robots and all but I had no idea you had a fetish for fembots.
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What...? It's related to car news...!









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Post Toyota and Isuzu: Partnership to Design Diesel Engine

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Toyota has announced today that it will partner with Isuzu to produce a small diesel engine for the European market. The agreement will allow Toyota to take advantage of Isuzu's highly reputed diesel technology. Company officials said the 1.6 liter diesel will be available in European Toyota vehicles starting in 2012. Toyota has owned a 5.9% stake in Isuzu since November of last year.
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Toyota can't spend a few bucks to make a smaller version of the 2.2l diesel from the IS220d?
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that waaaaaaaaayyyyyyy too weird
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will there be a fight between the Toyota and Honda robot?
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Asimo > *
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With that waistline, she looks way too much like my fiance for me to get close to her/it?!
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Toyota sux at teh robots.
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Old 08-24-2007, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Moog-Type-S
Toyota sux at teh robots.


What do you think, Waldorf...? You think Hasblo/Bay had input...?










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Originally Posted by Yumchah


What do you think, Waldorf...? You think Hasblo/Bay had input...?










Probably Bay.

Hasbro makes great bots....all my gen1 TF toys were great (with the Hasbro label on the box)
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Originally Posted by Moog-Type-S
Probably Bay.

Hasbro makes great bots....all my gen1 TF toys were great (with the Hasbro label on the box)


HASBLO didn't make them...!

T-A-K-A-R-A...! Takara...!
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Hasbro FTW!!!!

Nobody knows what you are talking about.

Read the box...it says Hasbro
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Originally Posted by Moog-Type-S
Hasbro FTW!!!!

Nobody knows what you are talking about.

Read the box...it says Hasbro


Box means diddly-poop! The Takara logo is ON the robot.
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Box means diddly-poop! The Takara logo is ON the robot.
Wrong again!!! You're loosing it, Statler. The box means EVERYTHING. Without the boxes, your collection of bots would be worthless.

I thought you knew this
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Originally Posted by Moog-Type-S
Wrong again!!! You're loosing it, Statler. The box means EVERYTHING. Without the boxes, your collection of bots would be worthless.

I thought you knew this


FOINE! If you ever get a bot present from me, you're only getting a box.





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Originally Posted by Yumchah


FOINE! If you ever get a bot present from me, you're only getting a box.








Typical of my balcony partner...he keeps teh bot, I get the box.
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Originally Posted by Moog-Type-S



Typical of my balcony partner...he keeps teh bot, I get the box.
But, it's a box!

It can transform from flat to a box!
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But, it's a box!

It can transform from flat to a box!
What exactly is a "flat-box"??
If it is flat, isn't it no longer a box?
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Originally Posted by Moog-Type-S
What exactly is a "flat-box"??
If it is flat, isn't it no longer a box?
I never said flat-box. I said "flat".


And dammit...you know what I mean!
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Originally Posted by Yumchah
I never said flat-box. I said "flat".


And dammit...you know what I mean!
What?
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YWHI...

Yummy Would Hit It
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YWHI...

Yummy Would Hit It
Hey!
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^^ You didn't deny it
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^^ You didn't deny it

lol...

now if i was a programmer at Honda and I knew that this and Asimo would eventually cross paths I would program Asimo to slap its ass...
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Post Toyota: Planning U.S. sports car revival...

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When Toyota is brought up in conversation today, thoughts turn to the Prius and Camry. But not long ago, the Toyota brand struck a chord with automotive enthusiasts it produced the Celica, MR2 and the 'King of the Hill' Supra. Though it's been two years since Toyota produced its last sports car and arguably longer since the brand was last considered a sports car maker the Japanese automaker is reportedly preparing to throw its hat back in the ring.

Last summer we revealed that Toyota was co-developing a new sports car with Subaru, but at the time, it was reported that the car would only be for Japanese consumption. However, a new report by Japan's Best Car finds that Toyota will bring the car stateside.

The report also indicates that the new model which will be built in Gunma, Japan will be available in two trim-levels: GT and GT-Four.

The base GT model will be reportedly powered by a 200 horsepower 2.0L Boxer-four sourced from Subaru which will send power to the car's rear-wheels. Additionally, Toyota has set an internal price target for the GT at under $20,000.

The up-level GT-Four will use the same 300 horsepower Boxer powerplant found in the Subaru Impreza STI, and as the name implies will use an all-wheel drive system. The turbocharged powerplant will also be set back in the car's chassis to improve handling.

Moreover, a hybrid variant could be in the works that uses Toyota's i-MEV electric inter wheel motors to drive the front wheels.

While the new model will share ties with the Subaru Impreza, Toyota doesn't want to go head-to-head with Subaru. Instead, the car will be offered in two-door coupe and three-door hatchback configurations.

It remains unclear if Toyota will sell the vehicle under the Toyota brand or its youth-oriented Scion brand. Whatever the case, the new model should hit the market in 2011, or even slightly earlier.
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As much as I bash newer Toyota/Lexus cars, I still consider their cars from their 80's and 90's. A sort of retro movement towards their former glorious RWD sports cars would kick ass. Bring back the MR2, and this time don't put a wimpy ass engine in it.
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I like this news! Especially the 300hp/AWD part!

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