Toyota 86 Shooting Brake Concept (2016)

Toyota 86 Shooting Brake Concept

Toyota Australia has unveiled a global first - a dramatic new "Shooting Brake" concept version of the 86 sports car.

The prototype was conceived and developed by Toyota Australia's Product Design team and hand-built in Japan under the direction of the global sports car division.

The Shooting Brake concept, which adds a more practical hatch styling to the rear of the sporty coupe, has been revealed to the world in Sydney by the Toyota 86 global chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.

Toyota Australia divisional manager national marketing Brad Cramb said the unusual "shooting brake" name referred to a stunning design that gives the four-seat sports car a unique flavour with more rear head room and luggage space.

"The Toyota 86 lends itself perfectly to a concept that expands its appeal with added versatility while retaining its sleek and sporty coupe styling and sharp, responsive driving character," Mr Cramb said.

"The Shooting Brake concept is a classy option for active couples or a second car for families who want something different. Equally suited to weekends away as well as the track, it's a car you could buy with your head and your heart."

Tada-san said he was inspired to support the project when shown a one-quarter scale clay model during a visit to Australia in November 2014.

"I was totally surprised - and I liked it so much I arranged for my expert takumi prototype craftsmen to hand-build the Shooting Brake concept based on the Australian design," Tada-san said.

Toyota Celica GT4 (1992)

Toyota Celica GT4

The fifth generation Celica was introduced in September 1989 for the 1990 model year. The Celica received new Super Round organic styling, upgraded wheels and tires, more powerful GT-Four (US: All-Trac) with better cooling system, and for the Japanese market only, the 4-Wheel Steering (4WS) models. Toyota engineers claimed that the round styling and lack of straight edges increased strength without adding weight. The styling was later copied by other manufacturers. Japanese domestic market (JDM) models were now S-R, Z-R, GT-R, Active Sports (with active suspension), and GT-Four. The S-R and Z-R were powered by a 3S-FE engine, while the GT-R and Active Sports came with a 3S-GE. The 3S-GTE in the GT-Four features an air-to-air intercooler and CT26 twin entry turbo to eliminate exhaust gas interference. The JDM GT-Four has 165 kW (221 hp) and 304 N·m (224 lb·ft) of torque, a result of more aggressive ignition advance and ceramic turbine. The Full-time 4WD system in the GT-Four has viscous coupling limited slip center differential and Torsen rear differential. Eddie Murphy made television commercials in Japan for the fifth-generation Celica, promoting the styling and the Super Live Sound System.

The North American Celica had fixed door mirrors and amber front corner lights. All other models had folding mirrors and front clear corner lights. Driver's side SRS Airbag is standard on all US models. The base model ST has 1.6 L 4A-FE, the GT and GT-S were powered by the 2.2 L 5S-FE. The 1.6L was similar to the one used in the Corolla. The GT-S was rated 5 hp (4 kW) more than the GT at 135 bhp (101 kW; 137 PS). The 2.2 L was designed for more low-end torque, which appealled to US buyers' preferences as opposed to the high revving engines of the past. This engine was similar to the Camry's engine except for the balance shafts. The All-Trac Turbo was available with the improved 2.0 L 3S-GTE engine. It was rated at 200 bhp (149 kW; 203 PS) and 200 lb·ft (271 N·m) torque; an increase of 10 each from the previous model. The GT-S and all export market GT-Four are wide-body Liftbacks with flared fenders. The JDM GT-Four was also offered as normal body.

Toyota RAV4 (1996)

Toyota RAV4

Quite simply, the UK 4x4 market has never been the same since Toyota RAV4 was launched (Recreational Activity Vehicle - four wheel drive) in 1994. From the first briefings which would create its radical styling in 1986 to the appearance of a concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1989, the gestation period for this trend-setting sports 4x4 was a long one. Indeed, a completely remodelled car was shown at the Tokyo Show in 1993 and the Toyota RAV4 finally appeared in its final production form at the Geneva Show in 1994 - the first time Toyota had chosen Europe to give a world unveiling to one of its production cars. It was worth the wait.

What the public saw was relatively simple, light and robust 'urban 4x4' of monocoque design (a construction technique usually reserved for passenger cars and not 4x4s) with three doors, powered by a 2.0-litre 16v petrol engine with permanent four-wheel drive and either manual or automatic transmissions. Toyota had taken its time in studying the European and UK markets before launching the Toyota RAV4. It had avoided delivering a 'me too' product of the 'eighties and instead produced a truly original product for the 'nineties. You only have to look at the plethora of imitating sports/lifestyle 4x4s that have followed in the Toyota RAV4's chunky wheel tracks. Perhaps imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

Testimony to the 'rightness' of the Toyota RAV4's original design is shown by how little the vehicle has changed since its introduction in 1994. Yes, a five door version was introduced in March 1995 and a Soft Top version of the three door in January 1998, but updates have merely improved what was already right and of course, Toyota has added value to the vehicle as the Toyota RAV4's market segment has become more competitive.

Toyota Supra (1996)

Toyota Supra

With performance equal or superior to many of the world's most exotic sports cars, it would have been easy for Toyota engineers to forget that Supra is still a Toyota at heart. But because it is a Toyota, they were able to incorporate speed, style, quality, dependability and Toyota's legendary reliability.

Supra is powered by a high-performance, twin-cam, in-line six-cylinder, 24-valve, electronically fuel-injected engine. In normally aspirated trim, it produces 220 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and a maximum of 210 lb./ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. In addition to a specially tuned intake system, it incorporates split-exhaust manifolds for reduced engine back pressure, enhanced power output and greater fuel economy.

The normally-aspirated Supra is available with either a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmission.

Supra's turbocharged engine produces 320 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 315 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. Supra's twin-sequential intercooled turbos provide quick response at low engine speeds and high-volume output at increased engine speeds. During low-speed operation, only one turbocharger operates, using less exhaust energy to improve response and torque from a standing start. In the middle-speed range, the second turbo comes to idle at a pre-set exhaust pressure for a smooth transition from the primary to the secondary turbocharger. Both turbos operate at full boost in the high-speed range.

Due to ever-increasing emission requirements, the Turbo's six-speed manual transmission has been discontinued. The four-speed electronically controlled automatic has been developed to extract the maximum from this engine. The automatic's control system adjusts shift timing, lock-up timing, hydraulic pressure for the clutch and brake, and engine torque in order to deliver virtually seamless shifts. In manual mode, selected by a console button, the transmission shifts quickly into each gear as it is selected. Shift times in manual mode are quicker than in fully-automatic mode.

Toyota Yaris (1999)

Toyota Yaris

Joining the successful 67bhp 1.0-litre VVT-i Toyota Yaris is a bigger-engined 1.3-litre version made its debut at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 1.3 is essentially a larger capacity version of the 1.0-litre VVT-i engine which has recently won the coveted 'International Engine of the Year Award' for 1999. This new engine will be offered with the GLS and CDX specification grades plus a new, more youthful SR grade. An all-new four speed automatic gearbox will also be offered with GLS and CDX grades featuring the new engine. The Toyota Yaris is a huge success in the European market place with total customer orders in the first 3.5 months since launch exceeding 80,000 units.

1.3-litre high-tech engine

The 1.3-litre 2NZ-FE engine, with a bore of 75mm and a stroke of 73.5mm, offers the same high tech engine technology as the 1.0-litre Toyota Yaris engine. The 1299cc four cylinder engine features two overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and the unique Toyota VVT-i system, which stands for Variable Valve Timing intelligent. This state-of-the-art engine technology offers a well-balanced combination of low emissions, quiet running, great fuel economy and sparkling performance.

The 1.3-litre Toyota Yaris engine provides a maximum power output of 63kW (85bhp) at 6000rpm and a peak torque figure of 124 Nm (91 lb ft) of torque at 4400rpm. More important than this peak figure is the flat torque curve itself, offering outstanding engine characteristics. From 2400rpm up to 5400rpm, more than 110 Nm (82 lb ft) is available. This offers the driver enormous flexibility, which is of great importance in heavy traffic and when overtaking. The flat torque curve is one of the results of careful design of the combustion chambers and the infinitely variable valve timing system.

Toyota MR2 (2000)

Toyota MR2

The Toyota MR2 is a no-compromise roadster designed to excite true sports car enthusiasts. It is fun to drive, good to look at and affordable to own.

Like all the best roadsters, the Toyota MR2 combines traditional sports car characteristics with modern engineering. Returning to concept basics, Toyota drew upon their roots for lightweight sports cars, the Sports 800, and the two previous generations of MR2 to create a new style sports car for the 21st century.

Toyota MR2 is mid-engined, rear wheel drive for precise handling. Toyota engineers have used the very latest technology to cut weight and boost performance. But it is in the area of agility that the mid engine and lightweight design really shines. The mid-engine design, combined with an ideal 'wheelbase to overall length' ratio, makes this one of the most nimble of vehicles on the road. Quick and accurate driver response is the name of the game for the MR2 roadster.

The MR2's 1.8-litre engine has VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing - intelligent) for maximum midrange torque and superb top-end power, with the best fuel consumption in its class.

Modern sports car styling

The MR2 is a sports car with striking looks. The basic characteristics are its long wheelbase, short overhangs and strong horizontal line, accentuated by the dramatic air scoop for the engine. The body is short (3885mm) relative to the wheelbase (2450mm) which increases responsiveness and the low centre of gravity, wide track and long wheelbase also gives it stability.

Toyota Yaris Cabrio Concept (2000)

Toyota Yaris Cabrio Concept (2000)
Toyota Yaris Verso (2000)

Toyota Yaris Verso (2000)
Toyota Yaris T Sport (2001)

Toyota Yaris T Sport

The Toyota Yaris T Sport adds sports performance to the many enjoyable characteristics of the award winning Yaris range. It features a powerful 1.5-litre VVT-i engine, dynamic new looks, lowered suspension and sports-style interior.

The Toyota Yaris T Sport joins the Celica T Sport as the launch models in the new T Sport brand. They reflect Toyota's successful motorsport heritage and ambitions for the future - offering higher performance levels, sports handling and suspension characteristics, and increased driver involvement without compromising comfort or practicality.

Toyota Yaris T Sport offers class leading performance and economy in the European B segment. It accelerates to 100 km/h in just 9.0 seconds and has a top speed, where permitted, of 190 km/h.

Sports suspension delivers optimum performance and handling, with a dynamic new body styling completing the Toyota Yaris T Sport package.

Dynamic new look

Although obviously from the Yaris family, the high performance Toyota Yaris T Sport has a clearly aggressive sports image.

The lowered suspension (20mm front and rear) not only gives more sporty handling, it also creates a squatter-looking car - a look enhanced by the 15-inch alloy wheels and low profile tyres which now fill the wheel arches.

Full width deep front and rear bumpers with integrated fog lamps, a sports grille and side body skirts complete the overall dynamic image. The headlamp surround is black for extra emphasis and unique T Sport emblems identify the new brand.

Toyota ist Concept (2001)

Toyota ist Concept (2001)