Toyota to Update Body-on-Frame Models, Considers Hybrid Truck

When it comes to its truck and body-on-frame SUV lineup, Toyota has been content with leaving well enough alone. Its offerings are good, but they haven’t really innovated anything in some time. The automaker is looking to change that in the next few years.

Speaking to Automotive News at the State Fair of Texas, Toyota group vice president of marketing Ed Laukes said the company has updates for its body-on-frame vehicles in the pipeline.

“We are working on [updates to our body-on-frame platforms] right now,” Laukes told AN. “To continue to be able to address that, we have to work on upgrades. Let’s face it, the competition is getting stronger and stronger. Things like the [Ford] Ranger coming back. We have to be able to address that. Now, the Tacoma was completely redone. But 4Runner, Sequoia, Tundra…those are being worked on as we speak.”

In addition to a redesigned exterior and interior, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma received a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine option, a new six-speed automatic transmission, and more high-strength steel in its frame to increase rigidity and lower weight. The Tundra received a major refresh for the 2014 model year and gets another minor one for 2018, but the updates are mostly cosmetic. The 4Runner received a refresh in 2013, but its chassis and engine date back to 2009. The Sequoia gets a refresh for 2018, but is essentially the same full-size SUV it was when it debuted for the 2008 model year.

Laukes also wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a hybrid pickup.

“There’s absolutely no reason we couldn’t have a hybrid truck,” he said. “All those options, we’re exploring. When you’re trying to raise [corporate average fuel economy] limits for the entire brand, there’s no option that isn’t on the table.”

He didn’t say which truck might get a hybrid variant, but did say the Tacoma would be getting powertrain upgrades in order to stay competitive.

“We’re going to continue to work on all the improvements that are going to be necessary to keep Tacoma at the top of the class. So powertrains are obviously a big piece of anyone’s equation as we work on CAFE standards.”












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Toyota to Update Body-on-Frame Models, Considers Hybrid Truck

When it comes to its truck and body-on-frame SUV lineup, Toyota has been content with leaving well enough alone. Its offerings are good, but they haven’t really innovated anything in some time. The automaker is looking to change that in the next few years.

Speaking to Automotive News at the State Fair of Texas, Toyota group vice president of marketing Ed Laukes said the company has updates for its body-on-frame vehicles in the pipeline.

“We are working on [updates to our body-on-frame platforms] right now,” Laukes told AN. “To continue to be able to address that, we have to work on upgrades. Let’s face it, the competition is getting stronger and stronger. Things like the [Ford] Ranger coming back. We have to be able to address that. Now, the Tacoma was completely redone. But 4Runner, Sequoia, Tundra…those are being worked on as we speak.”

In addition to a redesigned exterior and interior, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma received a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine option, a new six-speed automatic transmission, and more high-strength steel in its frame to increase rigidity and lower weight. The Tundra received a major refresh for the 2014 model year and gets another minor one for 2018, but the updates were mostly cosmetic. The 4Runner received a refresh in 2013, but its chassis and engine date back to 2009. The Sequoia gets a refresh for 2018, but is essentially the same full-size SUV it was when it debuted for the 2008 model year.

Laukes also wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a hybrid pickup.

“There’s absolutely no reason we couldn’t have a hybrid truck,” he said. “All those options, we’re exploring. When you’re trying to raise [corporate average fuel economy] limits for the entire brand, there’s no option that isn’t on the table.”

He didn’t say which truck might get a hybrid variant, but did say the Tacoma would be getting powertrain upgrades in order to stay competitive.

“We’re going to continue to work on all the improvements that are going to be necessary to keep Tacoma at the top of the class. So powertrains are obviously a big piece of anyone’s equation as we work on CAFE standards.”

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1999 Techno Violet E36 BMW M3 ‘Vert for sale

Yesterday, we spoke about a brand-new BMW M3 Competition Package that was painted in an ultra rare Byzanz Metallic color. It’s a sort of bronze that really looked good and quite interesting. What was most interesting is that Byzanz Metallic was a rear custom color first introduced on the E36 BMW M3. That’s not entirely surprising, though, as the E36 was famous for having a lot of interesting colors. One of which was Techno Violet purple, a color that enthusiasts really love.

Which is exactly why we got a bit excited when we saw this 1999 E36 BMW M3 for sale, painted in that very color. Admittedly, it’s a convertible, which isn’t ideal for most enthusiasts. However, ‘verts can be fun in their own way and this E36 M3 Convertble looks like a lot of fun.

This specific car isn’t exactly perfect but it’s pretty close. There’s a small scratch here and there, but nothing crazy and, to be honest, nothing all the noticeable. The seller does say that there was some front end damage, thanks to a low-speed parking lot crash, but that it’s been repaired and it seems to have been repaired really well. The rest of the car looks very good and the paint everywhere else, other than where it was repaired, is said to be original.

The purple convertible has 134,000 miles on it, which isn’t great but it’s certainly not terrible for a car that’s 18 years old. Under its hood lies a 3.2 liter I6 engine, mated to a five-speed manual. While the North American E36 M3 is a bit slower, it’s still a fun car and one that should still be driven.

While convertibles aren’t the first choice of enthusiasts, this Techno Violet E36 BMW M3 Convertible is a very cool car and, at least at the moment, seems to be cheap. It’s currently up for auction on Bring-A-Trailer and, at the time of writing this, is only at $1,999, wit six days left on the bid. It will certainly go up in price in the coming days but we think it should stay reasonably low, considering the damage that was done and repaired.

If you’re looking for an interesting BMW M3, this Techno Violet E36 could be it.

[Source: Bring-A-Trailer]

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Build Your Perfect All-Era BMW

You see it all the time in sports, where analysts and broadcasters will talk about an all-era team, a team built from all of a certain franchise’s best players, regardless of era. So we thought we’d jump in on the party and do a sort of all-era team of our own, just with a BMWBLOG twist.

Basically, the idea is to create a single BMW, using parts from any Bavarian car of any era, ever. For example, if you really like the E46 body style but want an E30 M3 engine, F90 M5 xDrive and the interior of a G11 7 Series, that would be your all-era BMW.

I’ll go first, creating my very own all-era BMW and then you fine readers can follow suit.

To start with, I’m going to go with the body of a BMW 507. I mean, seriously, is there a prettier BMW in the history of the brand? It’s an achingly pretty car and I must have one. Not only is it gorgeous but it’s the sort of car that BMW has yet to make since. Every luxury convertible from the Bavarians since has been more performance oriented, whereas the 507 was about being gorgeous, over-engineered and just lovely. Performance wasn’t its main objective.

As far as its engine, I’d swap the 507’s stock V8 with another Bavarian V8. I’d go with the 4.9 liter, naturally-aspirated V8 from the E39 BMW M5. With just about 400 hp, it’s powerful but not overly so and it makes a great noise. It’s the perfect engine for a car like the 507, if you ask me. It would also get the six-speed manual from the E39 M5, as well.

It would remain rear-wheel drive, as the car gods intended and I wouldn’t even bother with a fancy diff, as the 507 isn’t about skids.

Inside, I actually wouldn’t change a thing from the stock 507. Its interior is still impressive today, as absolutely everything, from the sun visors to the door handles, is completely over-engineered to the point of madness. It’s spectacular and gorgeous. Although, I was tempted to pick the interior of the BMW Z8.

So that’s my all-era BMW. It represents some of the best from BMW in all of its 100 years. It packs its most beautiful body and interior with its best V8 and a level of engineering that no Bimmer has seen since. So what’s yours?

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