The Tj CRUISER was designed for drivers with lifestyles where work and play dovetail seamlessly. The “T” in Tj CRUISER stands for “Toolbox” in reference to how the car can be used like a toolbox, while the “j” stands for “joy” in reference to the joy of visiting various places by car.
The name “CRUISER,” which is traditionally used for Toyota’s SUV lineup, is assigned to the Tj CRUISER to express the power of the vehicle. Inside, the passenger seat can be reclined completely flat, and not only can the Tj CRUISER easily hold outdoor equipment, it can also store large items such as 3-meter long surfboards and bikes.
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After establishing a reputation for quality restorations of Land Cruisers, Toyota company wanted to push the limits, and design a 40-series Land Cruiser to meet the demands of modern driving, while honoring the timeless beauty of the original design.
Car fans love the rugged features of the 40 Series. They love its simplicity. They love its utilitarian approach… but often times, they wanted a little more.
A classic Land Cruiser that could be used for a quick spin around town – or on a weekend trip to the beach – but given the opportunity, a vehicle that could be pushed hard…. on and off-road.
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Intersect By Lexus, the award-winning dynamic eatery and cultural hub located at the heart of DIFC, will be hosting Lexus’ first ever Fuel Cell flagship concept, the Lexus LF-FC at its Garage, from April 21st until the end of August. Initially revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, the LF-FC flagship concept, is a visionary vehicle that offers a peek into the design and technology direction of the brand’s future flagship sedans, evoking inspiring emotions with its distinctive design that exceeds conventional imagination, automated driving technology and high-tech vision.
“Intersect By Lexus is the ideal host platform for such an attractive and unique concept vehicle, embodying the future emotional design direction of Lexus, but perhaps the future of the automotive mobility as we know it,” said Christopher Buxton, Managing Director of Lexus at Al-Futtaim Motors. “The LF-FC concept is a translation of Lexus’ emotional design philosophy and amazing experiences. We are very proud to bring this concept vehicle to Intersect By Lexus, a space that projects creativity and design, giving our guests the opportunity to interact with the car in a relaxed and welcoming environment.”
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Al-Futtaim Motors, the exclusive distributor of Lexus in the UAE, has showcased its latest flagship performance coupe at the Dubai Mall, the all-new LC 500, marking a new chapter of “Experience Amazing”.
Ushering a new era in the brand’s design direction, the new LC 500 showcase offered a hands-on experience with the provocative flagship coupe, complemented by Crafted For Lexus, the brand’s ultimate representation of craftsmanship, giving visitors an entry into the artisanal world of Lexus through a display of the latest collection of handmade lifestyle garments.
Featuring avant garde elegance in a dynamic coupe package, the attractive form of the new LC 500 embodies the future design direction as it remains true to the key design elements, proportions and visual dynamism of the award-winning LF-LC concept car that inspired it.
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Al-Futtaim Motors, exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE, officially opened the doors to the most advanced and largest Toyota facility in the UAE – The Wave – making Abu Dhabi home to an awe-inspiring flagship building and marking the company’s continuous investment in the capital.
The new five-level three-in-one building is a 3S facility housing world-class Sales, Service and Spare Parts offerings, spread over approximately 14,000 square-meters and considered the largest, most sophisticated retail and service space for Toyota in the Middle East, promising to set world-class customer experience standards for all visitors be it Sales, Service or even leisure visitors.
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Lotus is not Ferrari. It’s not McLaren. And it’s not Porsche. What it has in common with those companies is that it manufactures cars. Barely. Despite the well-faded glory of seven Formula 1 Constructor’s World Championships, Lotus’s struggles with solvency today are real. In the last decade it has seen three CEOs, the creation and collapse of a plan for five redesigned models, and the full-year delay of the most promising car it offers to the biggest sports-car market on earth, the United States. But we’ve finally driven that car—the new-to-the-U.S. Evora 400—and it was good.
The Evora 400—the 400 is for the horsepower produced by its Toyota-sourced supercharged and intercooled 3.5-liter V-6—is a genuinely refreshing machine. Wispy, strikingly well made, and communicative, it’s a car for people who want to be engaged deeply by what they drive—and that’s not something we say about all British sports cars.
The Evora 400 builds on the brand’s signature attribute: efficiency. And by that we don’t mean good fuel economy. We mean the same thing Tony Rudd, former Lotus engineering director, meant when he wrote his infamous 1975 memo that was glowingly approved by founder Colin Chapman. To paraphrase Rudd: The most elegantly effective solution is the one with the least number of parts, effectively deployed. They’re words that still bear fruit at Lotus today.
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The average as-tested price of the four full-size pickups in our most recent comparison test was $56,409. And that’s not even the half of it: The most expensive half-ton truck right now is the Ford F-150 Limited, which tops out north of $68,000. Hop inside that truck, and you’re greeted by stitched leather, eucalyptus wood trim, and a full-length panoramic glass roof. It’ll even massage your rear end as you tow your boat to the lake house for the weekend with your three kids in the humongous back seat.
While full-size trucks are moving further into luxury territory in their attempt to be all things to all people, mid-size pickups aren’t quite there yet. Even the newest examples of the breed, the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon twins and the recently redone Toyota Tacoma, still feel like work trucks at heart. That’s not meant as a slight, either—we appreciate an honest pickup and we had mostly good things to say about the TRD Off-Road–equipped Tacoma with a stick shift that we tested earlier this year.
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Overview: Not everyone likes to drive, feel the road through the seat of their pants, or hear the roar of an engine at full throttle, and the 2016 Lexus ES aims for that clientele. Quiet, comfortable, and spacious, the Lexus ES luxury sedan is available with either a surprisingly quick 268-hp 3.5-liter V-6 in the ES350 or an efficient 200-hp gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain in the ES300h. The latter nets a 40-mpg EPA city rating and includes distinct visual touches such as blue badging, a lip spoiler on the trunk, and a hidden exhaust pipe. Whereas previous versions of the ES shared underpinnings with the mid-size Toyota Camry, the sixth generation, introduced for 2013, rides on the full-size Toyota Avalon’s longer wheelbase. As a result, rear-seat passengers enjoy 40.0 inches of legroom—a figure that (just barely) betters the new Buick LaCrosse and makes it among the best in the segment. Besides the LaCrosse, the ES competes against the likes of the Lincoln MKZ, as well as similarly priced, if slightly smaller, entry-luxury models such as the Acura TLX and the Volvo S60. For this review, we drove the conventionally powered Lexus ES350.
What’s New: Lexus lightly refreshed the ES’s exterior and interior for 2016. A bigger and bolder version of the brand’s ubiquitous spindle grille dominates the ES’s front end, while redesigned headlights, which now offer standard LED low-beams, add a hint of aggression to the car’s design.
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What It Is: The fifth generation of Honda’s supremely popular CR-V crossover, likely based on the new platform that underpins the recently redesigned Honda Civic. The new CR-V is rumored to grow a bit compared with the current model, with the possible addition of an optional third-row seat to help bridge the gap between it and the significantly larger Pilot. The CR-V also looks to adopt a sportier and more upscale look based on these spy photos, which show a larger, more aggressive front grille along with a longer hood and a less minivan-like stance. The CR-V’s signature vertical taillights are clearly visible, and the headlights look like they’re taken directly from an Acura. We can’t see much of the crossover’s interior, but practicality and spaciousness will surely remain a priority.
Why It Matters: The CR-V has sat atop the growing compact-crossover sales heap for the past several years, but its lead is eroding as new competitors arrive with more-advanced technology features and improved driving dynamics. The Ford Escape and the Toyota RAV4, for instance, are ahead of the CR-V in the sales race so far in 2016. With this redesigned CR-V, Honda surely will be looking to take back its crown, with class-leading fuel-economy figures, tech offerings, interior space, and—if the new Civic’s great chassis is any indication—driving dynamics. It’ll have to beat the Mazda CX-5, our current favorite among small crossovers, in that regard.
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