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Believe It or Not, Toyota Won’t Let You Resell Your 2022 Land Cruiser 300!

The company makes you sign an agreement when purchasing the Land Cruiser, and if you break it, you won’t be allowed to buy another Toyota. According to the publication, Toyota is asking the owners not to sell their SUV within 12 months of purchase, citing global security. In fact, the company is even making the owners sign the dotted line and make it a contractual agreement. How about that!
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1 killed, another in critical condition after car crash in Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A car crash left one dead and another in critical condition on Tuesday night, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Around 5:50 p.m., a 2006 Dodge Charger was exiting a driveway attempting to head northbound onto Old Winter Garden Road near Klondike Street. A second vehicle, a 2015 Nissan Rogue, was traveling southbound on Old Winter Garden Road while a third vehicle, a 2007 Lexus RX350, was also traveling southbound on Old Winter Garden Road to the right of the Nissan, troopers said.
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Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office targets shootings; several agencies join crime suppression effort

A multi-agency taskforce arrested eight people in Orangeburg County last Wednesday as part of a countywide crime suppression operation, Sheriff’s Office Maj. Rene Williams said Tuesday. “The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Gang Taskforce developed a special operation in response to numerous discharging firearms into dwelling incidents throughout the county,” Williams...
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Toyota bet wrong on EVs, so now it’s lobbying to slow the transition

Executives at Toyota had a moment of inspiration when the company first developed the Prius. That moment, apparently, has long since passed. The Prius was the world's first mass-produced hybrid car, years ahead of any competitors. The first model, a small sedan, was classic Toyota—a reliable vehicle tailor-made for commuting. After a major redesign in 2004, sales took off. The Prius' Kammback profile was instantly recognizable, and the car's combination of fuel economy and practicality was unparalleled. People snapped them up. Even celebrities seeking to burnish their eco-friendly bona fides were smitten with the car. Leonardo DiCaprio appeared at the 2008 Oscars in one.

Tom Hanks' 1980 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser heads to auction

Tom Hanks isn't known as a car fanatic, but he did commission a 1980 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser restomod, which is headed to a Bonhams auction August 13. Hanks apparently never heard the slogan "LS swap the world," because this Land Cruiser sports an L35 4.3-liter Vortec V-6 in place of the more popular General Motors V-8 engine. With a factory-rated 180 horsepower, it's not the most powerful engine, but it does meet California smog rules, according to the listing. That could have been the reason for the conversion, although the FJ40 sports Idaho license plates in Bonhams' photos.
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Lexus Interface Is The Next Generation Of Infotainment

Toyota's current infotainment system is a lot like the brand as a whole: pretty good, pretty efficient, there's really nothing to complain about, and its sales prove that. But there is still room for improvement. Toyota knows that, and today it introduced its new HMI (Human Machine Interface) for its next generation of vehicles. It's calling it Lexus Interface for now (we're assuming less-expensive Toyota variants will also get the tech). The company says it will be best-in-class in user experience, which is a hard thing to quantify, but we can at least tell you that it looks pretty cool.
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Toyota Issues Statement About 2022 Land Cruiser Resale Restrictions

Following last week's reports from Japan about 2022 Land Cruiser owners not being allowed to resell the vehicle due to security concerns, Toyota has issued a formal statement in a response to an inquiry made by Mag-X. The local magazine says preorders for the fullsize SUV have been temporarily suspended and new owners have to sign a pledge not to sell the body-on-frame vehicle to export markets.
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Thanks to Toyota, Lexus Could Have a New Baby Crossover In The works

A new, sub-$30,000 Lexus crossover could arrive in Europe, Japan, and Australia by 2023. The Toyota Yaris Cross, basically a high-riding hatchback with crossover ambitions, is one of Toyota’s newest vehicles and the company’s only subcompact crossover. Now, it looks like Toyota is going to share that love with Lexus, however, this news might not be a big deal if you live in the United States. The Tiny Lexus will share market designations with the Yaris Cross, which is currently only available in Europe, Japan, and Australia. According to the report, the Lexus crossover will be powered by the same 1.5-liter, hybrid, three-cylinder that powers the Yaris Cross. In that model, it’s good for anywhere between 90 and 118 horsepower with the electric motor – either 3.9 kW or 59 kW – adding from 5.2 to 79 horsepower into the mix.
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Crossroad Autoworks specializes in luxury import vehicles

With more than 15 years of experience in the luxury import service industry, Travis and Sarah Brown have brought their passion and expertise to Fountain Hills, opening Crossroad Autoworks in late 2020. The business, located at 16537 E. Laser Dr., Ste. 2, in Fountain Hills can be reached at 480-640-8116.
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Lexus Rumored To Launch Tiny Crossover Based On Toyota Yaris Cross

Lexus is reportedly making a small crossover based on the Toyota Yaris Cross. That's the latest rumor coming from Japan, specifically from Magazine X and spilled over by Lexus Enthusiast. According to the Japanese magazine, the tiny crossover will slot below the UX and will be using the GA-B platform....
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APD searching for missing man last seen in north Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are looking for a man who hasn’t been seen since early Tuesday. Hung Minh Nguyen, 70, was last seen Tuesday morning at his home on Sage Hollow Drive in north Austin. Police believe Nguyen is driving his white 2002 Lexus RX3 SUV with Texas license...
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Driving The 2021 Lexus LX 570: Our Thoughts

Despite news that the Toyota Land Cruiser would be discontinued in the U.S. this year, we still have it’s luxury equivalent: the Lexus L X570. The beloved fan-favorite Toyota model was upgraded with a ton of luxury features that only Lexus can offer… and we got a chance to drive it.
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Lexus To Tackle the Audi Q2 With Toyota Yaris Cross-Based Vehicle?

Shortly after the Toyota Yaris Cross was presented in the second quarter of 2020, rumors about a Lexus small crossover have started circulating. These were fueled by the trademark filings for the LBX and Lexus LBX in Europe, which is believed to be the name of the said vehicle. Now,...