Toyota Land Cruiser J300 (2021): photos of the new generation on the run

Toyota Land Cruiser J300 (2021) photos of the new generation on the run

The new generation of Toyota Land Cruiser should be presented this year, but it has already been surprised with many pictures on the internet …

The Land Cruiser is a staple at Toyota , and the model initially launched in 1951 will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year . The opportunity for the Japanese firm to unveil a brand new opus of its large SUV, responding to the code name “J300” internally, after more than ten years of career of the current generation.

Toyota Land Cruiser J300 (2021): a robust and imposing look

The style of the new Japanese adventurer is no longer really a secret, because it has been the subject of numerous leaks on social networks in recent days, allowing us to discover the model in detail before its official presentation.

The most striking element of this new Land Cruiser is its front end, with an imposing chrome grille surrounded by a black U-shaped air intake. The optics seem almost tiny next to it, with a signature LED light that sits on it. ‘integrates in the extension of a chrome insert of the grille. The back side seems more classic, with rectangular lines.

The interior seems rather classic, with a handset with traditional needle counters, accompanied by a large digital display. A large touch screen located on the top of the central console also completes the equipment of this new Land Cruiser.

The new generation of the Toyota Land Cruiser will be unveiled in the coming weeks, with marketing expected this summer in the United States. It should be offered later in Europe, where the news this year is already rich, with among others the launch of the new Toyota Yaris Cross .

 

Toyota: a hydrogen racing engine in a Corolla!

Toyota a hydrogen racing engine in a Corolla

Toyota fitted a racing Corolla with a GR Yaris engine modified to run on hydrogen.

After helping to democratize the hybrid in the early 2000s, Toyota has been working for a few years to do the same with hydrogen . One thinks in particular of the large Mirai sedan , of which the second generation was recently launched. This car uses hydrogen in a fuel cell : hydrogen is converted into electricity, which powers an electric motor. In short, an alternative to the battery car .

But this technology is not the only way to use hydrogen in the automobile. Highly flammable, this gas can also be used as a replacement for gasoline or diesel in a conventional internal combustion engine. Certainly, some adjustments are necessary, and the energy efficiency is lower than that of conventional oil, but the game can be worth the candle: the whole thing only releases water vapor, and no CO2 , while maintaining the characteristics. a thermal engine that enthusiasts will appreciate.

The GR Yaris engine in a racing Corolla

Toyota therefore decided to explore this technology, in the always demanding context of motorsport. To do this, a small 3-cylinder turbo Toyota GR Yaris engine was converted to hydrogen, and installed under the hood of a racing Corolla . This car will be entered in an endurance race in Japan at the end of May. A real test for technology, with hydrogen refueling scheduled during the event.

Toyota is not, however, the first manufacturer to attempt the hydrogen adventure in racing: in 2013, a hydrogen-powered Aston Martin Rapide took part in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring.

 

Toyota Yaris Cross (2021): the Yaris SUV from € 25,500

Toyota Yaris Cross (2021) the Yaris SUV from € 25,500

Toyota launches the Yaris Cross on the French market. Prices for the Yaris SUV start at € 25,500. All the details of the range …

Let’s go for the Yaris Cross ! The SUV version of the little Yaris arrives on the French market. Toyota opens its order book and at the same time announces its prices and details of its range .

The model, which is 4.18 m long, is therefore available from… 25,500 € . Only one hybrid engine is available . This combines a three-cylinder 1.5L petrol unit and a 59 kilowatt electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery for a total power of 116 horsepower . All in two or four-wheel drive (intelligent all- wheel drive AWD-i).

Four finishes and a special launch series

At launch, the range is made up of 4 finishes (“Dynamic”, “Design”, “Collection” and “Trail”) plus a special “Première” series (plus a “Business” finish dedicated to professionals).

The entry-level “Dynamic”, available only in traction, has automatic air conditioning as standard, the Toyota Safety Sense package (pre-collision system, intelligent adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with keeping in line, reading traffic signs, etc.), a reversing camera, an 8-inch touch screen and a leather steering wheel.

Above, the “Design” level adds 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive full LED lights, sequential LED indicators, dark-tinted rear windows, an electrochromatic interior mirror or even the Toyota Smart Connect multimedia system with 9-inch touch screen.

The “Trail” finish is enriched by roof rails, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, heated front seats, half-leather upholstery, a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors. and a blind spot and rear traffic warning system.

To this, and for the same price, the “Collection” level adds a two-tone bodywork.

Finally, the special launch series called “Première”, available only in all-wheel drive, is meant to be over-equipped with a unique two-tone paint, specific 18-inch two-tone alloy rims, leather upholstery, an electric tailgate with opening on the menu. hands-free, a panoramic roof, an 8-speaker JBL audio system and an induction smartphone charger. Not to mention the semi-autonomous Toyota Teammate Advanced Park parking system

Unveiled at the end of March, the more adventurous “Adventure” finish (protection plate under the rear bumper, silver rails on the roof ..) is not yet in the catalog.

The Yaris Cross is produced in France, at Toyota’s industrial site in Valenciennes-Onnaing, in the North (59).

All prices of the Toyota Yaris Cross

Discover the prices below at the launch of the Yaris Cross.

  • 116 hp 2WD Dynamic: 25,500 €
  • 116 ch 2WD Design: € 27,500
  • 116 ch 2WD Collection: 30,500 €
  • 116 hp 2WD Trail: 30,500 €
  • 116 hp AWD-i 4 × 4 Design: € 29,500
  • 116 hp AWD-i 4 × 4 Collection: € 32,500
  • 116 hp AWD-i 4 × 4 Trail: 32,500 €
  • 116 hp AWD-i 4 × 4 First: 34,500 €

 

Top 10 best-selling models in Europe in Q1 2021

Top 10 best-selling models in Europe in Q1 2021

Within the European market, comprising no less than 44 countries, the Peugeot 208 took the lead in sales in the first quarter of 2021, ahead of the Golf and the Clio.

In the first quarter of 2021 in Europe, results are good for the lion brand, with the Peugeot 208 gaining two places to climb to the top of the sales podium, thanks to its 54,870 units sold (an increase of + 18.8%). It is ahead of the Volkswagen Golf , which loses one position to reach second place, with 52,456 sales (-22.3%). The podium was completed by the Renault Clio , which lost two places with a total of 50,849 units sold (-11.1%).

The fourth position is occupied by the Toyota Yaris , which gains 6 places with 49,155 units (+ 42.4%), followed by the Citroën C3 which gains 4 places with 45,437 units (+ 25.3%), as well as the Peugeot 2008 which gains no less of 21 places and 45,338 sales (+ 91.7%).

The Volkswagen Tiguan arrives at the 7 th place with 43,144 units (+ 5.8%), followed by the Dacia Sandero in 8 th with 42,934 units (+ 39.3%) and Skoda Octavia losing 5 places with 42,694 sales (+ 41% ). Finally, to finish this Top 10, the Fiat Panda gained 7 places, with 42,045 units sold (+ 41%).

Top 10 sales in Europe in the 1 st quarter 2021

  1. Peugeot 208: 54,870 units
  2. Volkswagen Golf: 52.456
  3. Renault Clio: 50.849
  4. Toyota Yaris: 49,155
  5. Citroen C3: 45.437
  6. Peugeot 2008: 45.338
  7. Volkswagen Tiguan: 43.144
  8. Dacia Sandero: 42.934
  9. Skoda Octavia: 42.694
  10. Fiat Panda: 42.045

 

The Peugeot 208 and 2008 champions of sales in Europe!

The Peugeot 208 and 2008 champions of sales in Europe

Peugeot is off to a good start to the year, with overall sales down compared to 2020.

Peugeot is starting the year on a roll! After the launch of the new Peugeot 308 , the Lion is benefiting from very good sales results in Europe. The Peugeot 208 was the best-selling car in Europe in February 2021, with 18,375 units sold. And it is even the double for Peugeot , since the 2008 finishes second in the standings, with 17,120 sales! Behind, the Volkswagen Golf (3rd, 16.185 ex.) And the Toyota Yaris (4th, 15.467 ex.) Slide. The Renault Clio is sixth in the standings , with 15,349 sales.

Diesel in distress, electrics continue to climb

But overall, February 2021 was not a good month for the auto industry. The sales fell 20% compared to 2021, with 850,000 cars sold in total. Normal, the Covid-19 pandemic had not yet affected the sector at this period in 2020. Diesel continues to decline, and now only represents 27% of new registrations.

Electric and plug-in hybrid side, sales increased by 67% to reach 115,000 copies, or 13.6% of sales. And, unsurprisingly, the market remains dominated by SUVs, which account for 43.6% of sales.

The Top 10 best-selling cars in Europe in February 2021

  1. Peugeot 208 (18.375 ex.)
  2. Peugeot 2008 (17.120 ex.)
  3. Volkswagen Golf (16,185 ex.)
  4. Toyota Yaris (15,467 ex.)
  5. Fiat Panda (15,400 ex.)
  6. Renault Clio (15,349 ex.)
  7. Citroën C3 (15,281 ex.)
  8. Opel / Vauxhall Corsa (14.615 ex.)
  9. Skoda Octavia (14,554 ex.)
  10. Volkswagen T-Roc (13,829 ex.)

Toyota Yaris Cross (2021): the Yaris SUV in “Adventure” version

Toyota Yaris Cross (2021) the Yaris SUV in Adventure version

Toyota presents the Yaris Cross Adventure, a more adventurous version of the Yaris SUV whose reservations will open in a few days …

In April 2020, Toyota presented the Yaris Cross, a small 4.18m SUV based on the all-new Yaris . A year later, while the model has still not arrived in dealerships, the Japanese manufacturer today unveils a new version .

It takes the name of Adventure and reinforces the adventurer side of the Yaris Cross with specific design elements.

A more adventurous model than the “classic” Yaris Cross

Its front face, in particular, has been revised to show more robustness . There is also a skid plate under the rear bumper, silver-colored roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels in a dark gray finish.

On board, this renewed personality is underlined by black lacquered trim elements and a black headliner. The wraparound imitation leather seats benefit from a specific design and a golden color line extends from the dashboard to the storm doors to add a touch of refinement and originality.

Always 100% hybrid

Less novelty on the other hand under the hood since like all Yaris Cross, this “Adventure” version will be powered by a hybrid engine combining a three-cylinder 1.5L petrol unit and a 59 kilowatt electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery for a total power of 116 horsepower . All in two or four-wheel drive (intelligent all-wheel drive AWD-i).

Reservations open in April

Manufactured at the Toyota plant in Valenciennes-Onnaing , in the North of France, the new Toyota Yaris Cross will be available for online reservation at the beginning of April 2021 . First in the “Adventure” version and with the limited launch “Première” series.

Offered during the first twelve months of marketing, the latter will be particularly well equipped since it will receive as standard equipment specific 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a motorized tailgate with hands-free opening, a head-up display, a panoramic roof , an 8-speaker JBL audio system and semi-autonomous parking aid.

It remains to know the prices …

The first deliveries are expected at the time of the official commercial launch in September .

 

New Dacia Sandero (2021): already a real hit!

New Dacia Sandero (2021) already a real hit

Recently arrived in dealerships, the new Dacia Sandero is already a real success. In January 2021, the Romanian city car is the second best-selling new passenger car in France!

At Dacia , the Sandero confirms its status as a bestseller. The brand’s best-selling model with more than 2.1 million units sold since its launch in 2008, the versatile city car, which until now was the preferred vehicle for individuals, has just risen to second place among passenger cars new products the most sold in France at the start of 2021, all channels combined, thus also counting sales to rental companies and company fleets.

The Dacia Sandero 3 debunks the Renault Clio V

In January, the new and third generation of Sandero, freshly arrived in dealerships, sold 7,249 copies, which places it just behind the Peugeot 208 II (7,915 units) but ahead of one of the queens of the market, the Renault Clio V (7,249 registrations).

If we add to this the 1,636 sales of the second Sandero of the name, the Romanian can even claim the title of the best-selling car in France!

Increased services and an unbeatable price

A success that the car owes to its assertive and modernized design, to its enhanced interior, to its enriched equipment but also and above all to its price, which is always contained.

On the French market, the Sandero III is indeed displayed from 8,690 €, it is only 400 € more than the previous model. Its Stepway backpacker version starts at € 12,590. What actually to crack more than one …

The Top 10 new car sales in France in January 2021

Discover immediately the Top 10 new passenger cars the most sold in France in January 2021. In addition to the arrival in second place in this ranking of the new Sandero, let us also note the surge of Peugeot SUVs , the 2008 and 3008 , respectively 4th and 5th in the Top 10, as well as the downfall of the Renault Zoé , which dropped from 9th place at the end of 2020 to 31st position at the end of January 2021 (1,013 registrations).

  • 1 – Peugeot 208 II: 7,915 registrations (6.3% market share)
  • 2 – Dacia Sandero III: 7,249 registrations (5.7%)
  • 3 – Renault Clio V: 6,323 registrations (5%)
  • 4 – Peugeot 2008 II: 6,003 registrations (4.8%)
  • 5 – Peugeot 3008 II: 4,879 registrations (3.9%)
  • 6 – Citroën C3 III: 4,869 registrations (3.9%)
  • 7 – Renault Captur II: 4,412 registrations (3.5%)
  • 8 – Toyota Yaris: 3,842 registrations (3%)
  • 9 – Peugeot 308 II: 2,470 registrations (2%)
  • 10 – Renault Twingo III: 2,443 registrations (1.9%)

The 20 best-selling new cars in France in 2020

The 20 best-selling new cars in France in 2020

What were the most registered models in France in 2020 on the new passenger car market? Response with the TOP 20 sales between January and December.

It was expected, it is now official. Hit hard by the health crisis, which led to the confinement of customers and pushed manufacturers to close factories and dealerships, the French car market for new passenger cars experienced a historic decline in 2020 : -25.5% per year. compared to 2019. With just 1.65 million registrations recorded, it even hit its lowest level since 1975.

Obviously, all general manufacturers have been impacted by this crisis. The French, such as PSA and Renault , which respectively saw their registrations drop by 25.1% and 24.9%, like foreigners, like the giant Volkswagen , whose deliveries fell by 28.4% in the ‘hexagon.

City cars and SUVs are snapping up

As for the models, it is always the city dwellers who hold the upper hand. The best-selling new passenger car in France in 2020 is in fact the small second-generation Peugeot 208 with 92,796 units registered between January and December. She beat his eternal rival, the Renault Clio V . Long best-seller on the market, the diamond model sold last year at 84,031 units.

Little surprise, it is not the Citroën C3 III which completes the podium as usual, but … the new Peugeot 2008 . Last year, the urban SUV was able to attract 66,698 customers, against 58,547 for the city car with chevrons.

Popular French models

It should also be noted that the Top 10 sales in 2020 is occupied exclusively by French models, with the exception of the Dacia Sandero , ranked 6th with 53,354 units. A success which should be confirmed this year with the arrival of a new generation .

The Top 20 sales of new passenger cars in France in 2020

Discover now the Top 20 best-selling cars in France in 2020.

  • 1 – Peugeot 208 II: 92,796 units (5.6% market share)
  • 2 – Renault Clio V: 84,031 (5.1%)
  • 3 – Peugeot 2008 II: 66,698 (4%)
  • 4- Citroën C3 III: 58.547 (3.5%)
  • 5 – Renault Captur II: 54,597 (3.3%)
  • 6 – Dacia Sandero: 53,354 (3.2%)
  • 7 – Peugeot 3008 II: 45,165 (2.7%)
  • 8 – Renault Twingo III: 43,116 (2.6%)
  • 9 – Renault Zoe: 37,409 (2.3%)
  • 10 – Peugeot 308 II: 36.575 (2.2%)
  • 11 – Toyota Yaris: 33,455 (2%)
  • 12 – Dacia Duster II: 30,260 (1.8%)
  • 13 – Citroën C3 Aircross: 30,165 (1.8%)
  • 14 – Renault Mégane IV: 28,980 (1.8%)
  • 15 – Citroën C5 Aircross: 26,577 (1.6%)
  • 16 – Opel Corsa: 22,410 (1.4%)
  • 17 – Volkswagen Polo VI: 21,493 (1.3%)
  • 18 – Peugeot 5008 II: 20,050 (1.2%)
  • 19 – Renault Kadjar: 19,679 (1.2%)
  • 20 – Fiat 500: 17,450 (1.1%)

Toyota Yaris (2020): 4 million units produced in France!

Toyota Yaris (2020): 4 million units produced in France

Almost 20 years after the opening of the Onnaing plant, near Valenciennes, in the North (59), Toyota announces the production of its 4 millionth Yaris on French soil.

The love story continues between the Toyota Yaris and France. The Japanese manufacturer has just announced the production of its 4 millionth Yaris at the Onnaing plant, near Valenciennes, in the North (59).

The adversary copy, a fourth generation Yaris , left the assembly lines of the northern site on Monday, December 7. Dressed in a red dress and equipped with hybrid technology, the model was ordered by a French customer.

20 years of Toyota production in Onnaing

This symbolic production figure was reached at the dawn of the 20 years of production of the company on the national territory. The Onnaing site has been operational since 2001. And during these two decades, the little Yaris has become Toyota’s flagship model in Europe, representing more than 22% of the brand’s new car sales.

1.5 billion euros invested locally

Since 2001, Toyota has invested a total of 1.5 billion euros in its French factory, which now employs nearly 5,000 people, including 3,370 on permanent contracts. For the new Yaris alone, the Japanese firm has injected 300 million euros into the Onnaing site and created 350 jobs.

Soon the Yaris … Cross

In mid-2021, the Yaris will be joined locally by the Yaris Cross , a new city SUV . For the latter, an additional 100 million euros will be invested in the plant and new permanent contracts will be created. In the near future, Toyota plans to produce 300,000 cars each year in Onnaing. The love story is therefore not ready to end …