First-Ever GR Corolla Rockets to the Streets this Fall

TORONTO, Ontario (September 14th, 2022) – The first-ever 2023 GR Corolla is the newest member of TOYOTA’S GAZOO Racing sports car family and it’s ready to make a big impression on Canadian streets.

“The GR Corolla is rooted in rally. It was developed under the scrutiny of Toyota’s master driver, Akio Toyoda, and inspired by our legendary history in racing and rallying events,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. “With a core model plus two limited editions on offer, this hot hatch is ready to rocket to the top of driver wish lists when it debuts at Toyota Dealers this year.”

All GR Corolla models are assembled at the GR Factory – a dedicated production facility that built legends such as the Lexus LFA and Supra A80. Here, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has assembled a team of highly skilled technicians, leveraging their expertise in high-performance motorsports engineering to build GR vehicles.

That expertise is most apparent under the hood, where GR Corolla introduces Toyota’s tuning, rally, and race fans to an all-new engine: A 1.6L Turbo three-cylinder that delivers 300 peak horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. This is mated to a six-speed intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) with a short-throw shifter and moderately tuned clutch to keep drivers engaged with hands-on thrills while delivering an estimated 0-100 km/h acceleration time of less than five seconds.

This powertrain delivers its output to the GR-FOUR All-Wheel-Drive system, Toyota’s first sports all-wheel-drive system in more than 20 years. Developed in collaboration with the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team and honed by WRC drivers, it delivers exceptional levels of traction and control with engineering designed to optimize drive power to each wheel, while remaining simple and lightweight. Drivers can quickly and seamlessly adjust the GR FOUR system to match a variety of road conditions and driving styles – deploying 60-40, 50-50, or 30-70 torque distribution to the front and rear wheels.

All grades come equipped with the all-new Toyota Multimedia System with 8-inch full colour touchscreen and Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 (TSS 3.0).

Toyota Canada is offering the GR Corolla in three grades:

The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Core (starting MSRP: $45,490) provides drivers with a well-balanced, responsive, and spirited compact hatch featuring 18” black alloy wheels and GR Sports seats. The Core grade receives an 8” Toyota Multimedia system with Service Connect (up to 5-yr trial), Remote Connect (3-yr trial), Safety Connect (3-yr trial), Drive Connect enabled (paid subscription required) along with 6-speaker audio system and standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Unique to Canada, the GR Corolla Core will come standard with heated front seats and front and rear Torsen® Limited Slip Differentials (LSD).

The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Circuit Edition (starting MSRP: $53,990) is a limited production, launch-year exclusive model. This edition builds on the Core model, adding a carbon fibre roof, GR red caliper brakes, a vented hood bulge, rear spoiler, GR suede seats, a heated steering wheel, a signature shift knob, and a 3-year Drive Connect (Cloud Navigation, Intelligent Assistant, Destination Assist) trial along with an 8-speaker JBL® Premium Audio system with an eight-channel, 800-watt amplifier.

The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla MORIZO Edition (starting MSRP: $59,990) is also a limited production model. Named after Akio Toyoda’s racing moniker, this is the track-focussed GR Corolla, featuring a re-tuned engine that delivers a higher, 295 lb-ft of torque. This model drops the rear seats to save weight, then securely holds driver and navigator in Brin-Naub and synthetic leather-trimmed GR sport seats with red stitching and red mesh inserts. Other features include a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with an Ultrasuede-clad MORIZO signed shift knob, forged 18” alloy wheels, carbon fibre roof, rear lip spoiler, vented hood bulge and a suede-clad steering wheel.

The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Core will arrive at Toyota Dealers across Canada this Fall. The Circuit Edition and MORIZO Edition go on sale in Spring 2023.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Celebrates 10-Millionth Vehicle

CAMBRIDGE, ON, AUGUST 12, 2022 – A very special vehicle rolled off an assembly line at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) today.

The vehicle – a red Lexus NX 350h hybrid electric luxury SUV – was the 10-millionth vehicle produced by TMMC. And it represents yet another significant milestone in the more-than-30-year history of Southern Ontario’s automotive industry.

“Today’s milestone speaks to how far Toyota’s manufacturing operations in Canada have come over the past three decades,” said Frank Voss, President of TMMC. “In 1988, the year we opened our first plant in Cambridge, our team members built 153 Toyota Corollas and it took over 11 years to produce our first million vehicles. Today, we’re Canada’s largest automaker and leading maker of electrified vehicles, building half a million Toyota and Lexus vehicles for the North American market every year.”

Since 1988, TMMC has also grown to become one of Southwestern Ontario’s most important employers, with two production lines in Cambridge and a third line in Woodstock that, together, employ more than 8,500 people.

“Our world-class team members have been trusted to build some of the most popular vehicles in North America, and that’s something we’re very proud of,” Voss noted. “This year, we added the Lexus NX and Lexus NX Hybrid to our production lines, so it’s great to hit our 10 million milestone with a shiny red example of our newest electrified model.”

Toyota Crown Returns to North America with Bold Style, Standard AWD and New Hybrid Max Powertrain

TORONTO, Ontario – July 15th, 2022 – With a striking debut, Toyota is reimagining the full-size sedan with the all-new 2023 Toyota Crown. Built to deliver an intuitive driving experience, this new premium sedan brings powerful acceleration and confident handling, along with supreme comfort for a sophisticated ride, all wrapped in a bold new design. It is also the first Toyota sedan to offer the HYBRID MAX System, Toyota’s performance hybrid with power that drivers will feel.

Available in three grades: XLE, Limited, and Platinum, Toyota Crown will offer a choice of two different hybrid powertrains: HYBRID MAX or the fourth generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS). The HYBRID MAX powertrain, exclusive to the Platinum grade, is Toyota’s all-new performance hybrid that puts out a manufacturer estimated 340 net horsepower.

Paired with a 2.4-litre turbocharged engine and a direct shift 6-speed automatic transmission, HYBRID MAX produces powerful torque at low RPM for sporty, exhilarating driving and has a manufacturer-estimated combined city/highway fuel consumption of 8.4 L/100 km. XLE and Limited grades are equipped with THS, a highly efficient hybrid system with a newly developed, high-output bipolar nickel-metal hydride battery that can achieve a manufacturer-estimated combined city/highway rating of 6.2 L/100 km.

Built on a newly developed chassis based on Toyota’s GA-K platform, Crown has a raised overall height that’s nearly four inches higher than Camry. The unique height of this sedan offers increased road visibility, along with easy entry and exit. Its flowing silhouette and sculpted body lines create a fresh look that is entirely unique for its class. Altogether, the Crown package is a combination of innovative style, performance, and function.

The XLE grade comes equipped with the 2.5-litre THS, AWD, three selectable drive modes, 19-inch alloy wheels, heated and powered Softex® and fabric front seats, and our all-new Toyota Multimedia System with 12.3-inch touchscreen and 6 speakers. It is available in five colours: Black, Oxygen White, Magnetic Grey Metallic, and Supersonic Red, with a black interior.

The Limited grade also comes equipped with XLE features and adds multibeam LED headlights, a fixed panoramic roof, leather-trimmed seats that are heated and ventilated up front and heated in the rear, 11-speaker JBL audio system, rain sensing windshield wipers, and intelligent clearance sonar along with rear cross-traffic braking. In addition to the four exterior colours available on the XLE, the Limited grade offers Heavy Metal as well. Interior colours include black, black and chestnut, and macadamia.

The Platinum grade includes everything on XLE and Limited and raises the bar with the HYBRID MAX powertrain, Adaptive Variable Suspension, six selectable drive modes, Advanced Park, and unique 21-inch machined 10-spoke alloy wheels with black accents. The colour palette adds a Toyota first bi-tone paint option, with black paint that extends from the hood to the trunk, that can be paired with Wind Chill Pearl, Heavy Metal, Supersonic Red, or an all new, bi-tone only Bronze Age colour.

Each grade of Crown will come with Toyota’s new Audio Multimedia System and Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 standard.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing stormed to victory in the 90th Le Mans 24 Hours to extend its winning run to five at the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe

TORONTO, Ontario – June 13th, 2022 – Sébastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Ryo Hirakawa drove a brilliant race in their #8 GR010 HYBRID, completing 380 laps to take the chequered flag in front of a passionate crowd.

The team’s fourth one-two finish at Le Mans was secured by last year’s winners, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, in their #7 GR010 HYBRID, which crossed the line just 2mins 1.222secs behind in second.

Sébastien’s fourth win sets a new victory record for Swiss drivers while Brendon’s third triumph makes him New Zealand’s most successful Le Mans driver. A first win for Ryo, in his third Le Mans and his first with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, makes him the fifth Japanese driver to stand in the centre of the podium.

The two GR010 HYBRID Hypercars were the class of the field and engaged in a close battle at the front, with the lead changing hands several times as the race ebbed and flowed, with traffic, slow zones and track evolution all coming into play.

That contest continued for 16 hours, with the two cars running just a few seconds apart for most of that time. But the complexion of the race changed decisively on lap 256 when José pulled the race-leading #7 car to the side of the track following an issue relating to the front motor.

José performed a system reset and was able to return to the pits, where further resets solved the issue and allowed the #7 to continue at normal racing speed, albeit nearly a lap behind the new leader, Brendon in the #8 GR010 HYBRID.

With closely-matched performance, that deficit proved too great for the #7 crew to overcome, despite José setting the fastest lap of the race within the last half hour.

Brendon, following his spectacular last-minute Hyperpole on Thursday, had the honour of taking the chequered flag to win the 90th Le Mans 24 Hours. José followed soon after to complete a gruelling 5,177km of racing.

That result earned double points towards the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship, which puts TOYOTA GAZOO Racing on top of the manufacturers’ standings after three races, 22 points ahead of Alpine. The drivers’ championship is wide open, with the #8 crew just three points of the leading Alpine trio, and #7 20 behind.

The focus will return to the fight for World Championship honours in just four weeks at the 6 Hours of Monza on 10 July.

Akio Toyoda (Team Founder)

“Congratulations to car #8! Thank you to car #7 for being part of this 1-2 finish! This year Le Mans was a 1-2 race from the beginning to the end. However, the drivers could not run comfortably through the whole race. Instead, I think all the drivers drove with some stress.

From the start for 16 hours, there were no problems with both car #7 and #8, and they were competing, racing within a few seconds with each other. We were able to compete for a long time because both cars were built to the same level and ran without trouble. The drivers were also grateful for this.

On the other hand, I think it was a big burden for the drivers to have two cars from the same team competing for such a long time. I think it was really hard, but the drivers continued to fight hard. I would like to thank our six drivers.

However, after that, the fight ended because we couldn’t continue to run both cars perfectly. Car #7 stopped on the track when the race was about to start its final eight hours. Though we could re-start our race with that car and return to the track, this forced the drivers to run with the feeling that they didn’t know when the car might stop again. I feel sorry for the drivers who continue to fight despite these extreme feelings. Thank you everyone for keeping the car running until the end.

In addition, Kamui also took on the role of Team Principal at Le Mans for the first time. Instead of being distant, I heard that he went and talked to engineers and mechanics, and faced the challenges that came up from everyone. Although he hasn’t been able to communicate with all the members yet, and he also said that team building is a work in progress, I think the team is gradually changing. Thank you Kamui for working hard as a Team Principal.

But I understand as well how you felt as a driver, that you were eager to win but the result was so regrettable. You had the fastest lap, and then José took it late in the race… car #7 had naturally turned into a faster car as the race went on. I wanted car #8 to secure the victory earlier, but at the same time I wanted car #7 to take the lead again… even I felt such feelings. Thank you for keeping running and sticking with the fight until the last moment.

Taking both roles as a driver and as a Team Principal can make you feel so complicated. But I think it is thanks to Kamui that our two cars could compete fairly until the end of the race. I really appreciate him for taking such important roles.

I was quite happy to see Kazuki and Kamui standing on the podium with different roles from previously.

Car building and team building are endless battles. Please continue to encourage a team feeling. And for Kamui, keep pushing as a driver.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing was able to win Le Mans five times in a row. Thank you to our many, many fans and partners who continue to fight together. Thank you everyone. I really appreciate all for your continuous support.”

Kamui Kobayashi (Driver, car #7):

“Congratulations to Sébastien, Brendon, Ryo and the car #8 crew. Unfortunately for car #7, we had a problem in the early morning and that cost us the race lead. We were fighting with car #8 for a long time, and we were so close. We did a really good race apart from that, so it’s really a pity that it happened. That’s how it goes in a 24-hour race sometimes. It’s a credit to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing that we came back on track and finished on the same lap. Thanks to Mike and José, and the whole car crew, for the big effort this week. I appreciate the effort from everyone in the team; we came to Le Mans with the target of a one-two finish and we achieved that.”

Mike Conway (Driver, car #7):

“I don’t think this place likes us very much; there is always something. I know we won last year but we’ve had some tough times here. Congratulations to our team-mate in car #8, particularly Ryo. To win it on your first attempt is something else. It’s always a pleasure to work with Kamui and José and we gave our all for the Le Mans victory but unfortunately we came up short. But it’s a great one-two for the team and the fifth win in a row for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, which is something to be proud of. I’d like to say a big thanks to all the team, at Higashi-Fuji and Cologne. There is still a World Championship to fight for and we have three races to go, so that’s on my mind right now and we will keep pushing.”

José María López (Driver, car #7):

“It hurts to miss the Le Mans win. We are all competitive people and we want to win, but we also have to know how to take defeat and be happy for the team, particularly with this one-two result for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing. Congratulations to car #8; they did a great job. We did an almost perfect race and this explains the big gap to our Hypercar competitors, who all had some trouble. We managed everything to perfection. We showed we had the speed in the car and the will to win so to face an issue is tough. But thanks to the team for getting the car going again and allowing us to keep fighting. It’s good to be part of a one-two for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing at Le Mans.”

Sébastien Buemi (Driver, car #8):

“It’s hard for me to express myself after that race because it’s just an amazing feeling, especially to be in the centre of the podium with Ryo and Brendon. It is fantastic that we were able to win together with Ryo in his first Le Mans as part of the #8 car. He has done such a great job and I’d like to congratulate him for his performance. The whole team, and our crew, executed a perfect race without any mistakes and no damage to the car. It’s an incredible feeling to win Le Mans for the fourth time, and the fifth time for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing. It will take a little bit of time before it sinks in because it’s hard to realise what we achieved today.”

Brendon Hartley (Driver, car #8):

“It’s a great achievement to get a one-two at Le Mans for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing. It was a great feeling to be behind the wheel for qualifying and to get pole position, and it was even more special to take the race finish. It’s the first time I’ve been able to do that and I was overwhelmed with emotions when I crossed the line. During the whole race you are trying not to think about the finish because we have seen what can happen in the last laps, particularly with TOYOTA. So when you cross the line, all the emotions come out and it’s a great feeling. I am so happy for Ryo, who has integrated really well. We love him and he is a strong part of the team already. We also have a great relationship with the car #7 crew and it was fun to battle so hard with them for most of the race. We were flat-out for so long but after car #7 had their problem we backed off and took minimal risk.”

Ryo Hirakawa (Driver, car #8):

“It’s an honour to join the list of legends who have won Le Mans. To be honest, I still cannot believe my dream has come true today. It was such a close race for so long and we had such a great fight with car #7. Thank you to Sébastien and Brendon who have helped me a lot since I joined the team; it is an honour to drive in the same car as them. It is fantastic to have a one-two in my first Le Mans for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and this is thanks to the hard work of the whole team. We had a perfect strategy, great pit stops and a race without any problems; I don’t think we could do more.”

Le Mans 24 Hours – Final results:

1st #8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing                                      380 laps

2nd #7 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing                                     +2mins 1.222secs

3rd #709 Glickenhaus Racing (Briscoe/Westbrook/Mailleux)     +5 laps

4th #708 Glickenhaus Racing (Pla/Dumas/Derani)                   +10 laps

5th #38 JOTA (Gonzalez/Da Costa/Stevens)                             +11 laps

6th #9 Prema Orlen Team (Kubica/Deletraz/Colombo) +11 laps

Undeterred by High Gas Prices, 77% of Canadians are Planning to Travel This Summer

TORONTO, ON, May 12, 2022 – The 2022 edition of the annual Toyota Canada Summer Road Trip Survey conducted by Ipsos revealed that Canadians may be feeling that a “return to normal” is on the horizon. The poll found that nearly all (91%) Canadians are planning to reinstate activities that they had to set aside over the past few years. For some, their summer plans include visiting friends and family, taking more vacation time and, even though gas prices are on the rise, taking international road trips.

Road-trippers are ready to hit the road and, for some, the border

The survey found that three quarters of Canadians (77%) are likely to travel outside their city/town, 43% outside the province and, 24% may take a trip across the international border. 33% of Canadians with access to a vehicle (own, lease, borrow, rent) are planning to drive seven hours or more (16% 7-10 hours, 8% 11-24 hours, 9% more than 24 hours) to reach their road trip destinations, while another 31% are willing to drive four to six hours from home.

Along the way, many hope to spend their time doing things that make them feel relaxed (67%) and excited (53%).

Rising gas prices are a consideration, but not a deterrent

The increasing price of gas has certainly added a new consideration for road tripping this summer. But, while more than half (53%) of respondents stated that gas prices have had an influence on their road trip plans, 47% say they are not affected. Those planning trips are finding ways to save on gas, like ensuring their vehicle is properly serviced (20%), however 27% of respondents are so excited about their summer road trips that they aren’t worried about saving on gas.

The survey also found a burgeoning interest in using electrified vehicles for road trips: 54% of Canadians agree they’d feel better about going on a road trip in a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery-electric vehicle for fuel efficiency and cost savings reasons, while 47% highlighted the environmental benefits of an electrified vehicle.

Reconnecting with friends and family are the main motivators for road trips

For those intending to take a road trip, the driving factor for many is the opportunity to reconnect with their wider social circles: 56% say their destination is a family/friend’s home. Other common destinations include: an overnight stay in another city/town (52%), the beach (34%), national/provincial parks (31%), campgrounds (30%), and cabins/cottages (25%). Visiting family (44%) and visiting friends (43%) are among the experiences most are planning to revisit this year, along with festivals / concerts / cultural events (25%) and indoor attractions such as museums, malls and theatres (28%).

“Over the last few years, many Canadians told us that spending time in nature was the primary goal of their summer road trips,” said Stephen Beatty, Vice President, Corporate at Toyota Canada. “By contrast, there’s much more buzz in the air this year as people are excited to take road trips to reconnect with their wider circles of family and friends, and to once again enjoy larger-scale summer events like concerts, festivals and sporting events.”

Many Canadians planning to take more vacation this summer

Canadians are increasingly taking advantage of opportunities to step away from work. Four in ten (39%) Canadians are planning to take more vacation time this summer than they did last year. While the majority of Canadians indicate they will take one (38%) or two (29%) weeks of vacation, some (13%) say they will take three weeks of vacation, while nearly one in five (19%) say they will take four or more weeks of holiday this summer.

 

Toyota Canada Foundation invests additional $600,000 in Let’s Talk Science

LONDON (April 14th, 2022) – Toyota Canada Foundation is renewing its commitment to Let’s Talk Science for another four years with an additional $600,000 in funding focused on climate education and action. Since 2017, Toyota Canada Foundation has invested $1.1 million in Let’s Talk Science to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for youth across Canada, regardless of gender, geography, culture, language, abilities, and financial status.

Toyota Canada Foundation’s contributions help Let’s Talk Science build confidence and develop problem-solving, creativity and innovative thinking skills in children and youth from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Their latest investment will help fund STEM education programs such as Climate Action Lab, Energy 4 Travel, and other national Outreach programs focused on sustainability.

“Toyota Canada Foundation is thrilled to continue our support for Let’s Talk Science with additional funding for national STEM education programs focused on sustainability that will reach youth in segments of Canada’s population currently underrepresented in STEM,” says Leslie Miller, Treasurer, Toyota Canada Foundation. “As well as engaging and including more youth across Canada in STEM, we hope our investment will help them learn about sustainability and the crucial role of climate science.”

The last two years have shown the significant importance of scientific literacy and the role of STEM skills that are needed in a rapidly changing world. Let’s Talk Science’s approach to STEM engagement builds those attributes and develops critical thinking, problem-solving, evidence-based decision-making skills, and much more.

“With the climate crisis, it is important to see children and youth learn about sustainability and their environmental impact,” said Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, President and Founder of Let’s Talk Science. “Thanks to donors like Toyota Canada Foundation, we can help youth learn about climate science and encourage them to take action to reduce the effects of their behaviours and those of their families on the environment.”

With this renewed investment from Toyota Canada Foundation, Let’s Talk Science will provide youth across Canada with climate science education and action through regional events, action projects, hands-on activities and a suite of digital resources, including career information. Together, we are providing youth with meaningful opportunities at no cost to make informed decisions and develop the skills they need to succeed in the future.

Since 1993, Let’s Talk Science has engaged over 11.4 million youth, educators and parents in more than 2,000 communities within every province and territory across Canada.

Zero Emissions. Unlimited Possibilities. Toyota Mirai.

Introducing the 2022 Mirai. The 2nd generation of Toyota’s revolutionary hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle brings more to life than ever before. More style. More space. More intelligent and intuitive technology. And a more emotional and engaging ride. With a range of up to 647 KM on a single tank of hydrogen, Mirai is ready to carry you into the future, while emitting only water in passing. Zero emissions never looked so good.

Mirai’s sleek, coupe-inspired design is aerodynamically engineered to reduce drag and enhance fuel efficiency. Its striking bi-beam headlights, multi-LED front turn signal lamps, and LED rear taillights are sure to make an impression coming and going.

Longer, lower and wider, Mirai’s new platform gives it a bolder stance and more responsive ride, set off by standard 19” or available 20” chrome wheels.

Stylish, Dynamic, Capable – And Now, Award-Winning: The All-New 2022 Corolla Cross

*Automobile Journalists Association of Canada honours Corolla Cross with the 2022 Best Small Utility Vehicle Award

*Corolla Cross expands the legendary Corolla family with an all-new Subcompact SUV that’s prepped for adventures

TORONTO, Ontario (February 9th, 2022) – The newest member of the Toyota Corolla family is also this year’s top Small SUV in Canada. Today, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) awarded that important recognition to the all-new, 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross.

“We’re thrilled to accept this award and thank the members of AJAC for this honour,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. “At Toyota we know that well-designed and engineered small vehicles deliver big driving fun and surprising versatility. The Corolla Cross does exactly that – featuring impressive styling that promises adventure, with added all-weather confidence for Canadian drivers, and backed by Toyota’s unmatched quality and efficiency.”

In the Corolla Cross, Toyota designers envisioned a premium-feeling subcompact SUV, and Toyota engineers delivered: The Corolla Cross is stylish, dynamic, and capable – with smart technology features, fun-to-drive performance including sure-footed AWD options, plus go-anywhere readiness.

The Corolla Cross combines a right-sized body with sharp styling and class-leading cargo space – up to 608L – making it the ideal subcompact SUV for urban expeditions or rural getaways. As a Toyota, the Corolla Cross is also standard equipped with an impressive package of state-of-the-art safety systems – headlined by Toyota Safety Sense 2.0.

The all-new, 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is now on sale Toyota Dealers across Canada, with six model and trim configurations starting at just
$24,890 MSRP.

All-New Capstone Grade Elevates 2022 Toyota Tundra to New Heights

    • Loaded Capstone Grade Offers Host of Standard Premium Features
    • Standard i-FORCE MAX Powertrain Produces 437 hp, 583 lb.-ft.
    • Stylish 22-inch Chrome Wheels Come Standard
    • Semi-Aniline Leather-Trimmed Seats Accent Plush Interior
    • Standard Power Running Boards and BedStep® and 10-inch Colour Head-Up Display

TORONTO, Ontario (January 11th, 2022) – With enthusiasm for the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra already at a fever pitch, full-sized trucks now have a new entry at the upper echelon of the segment. The new Tundra Capstone grade provides a premium collection of features and upgrades for those looking to elevate their truck experience. As the new halo grade in the Tundra lineup, Capstone builds on the already impressive features of Toyota’s all-new full-sized truck. Tundra Capstone will be arriving at dealerships this spring.

Capstone: Loaded with Luxury

The new flagship of the Tundra lineup seamlessly crafts together premium, plush, and power into an exceptionally loaded package. Eyes will certainly be drawn to the largest wheels ever offered on Tundra thanks to the standard 22-inch chrome rims. At its ruggedly handsome front, Capstone’s unique grille features a colour-keyed outer frame and a chrome inner mesh pattern complemented with subtle-yet-eye-catching chrome mirror caps, chrome “TUNDRA” tailgate inserts and chrome trim accents.

Automatic running boards welcome everyone into the premium cabin experience that is no doubt highlighted by standard semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats. Not only are the seats luxury-grade, but they also tout stylish perforation and a Capstone-only black-and-white colour combination. The centre console and passenger-side dash are accented with authentic Dark American Walnut with an open-pore finish that highlights the wood grain. On the dash the Walnut inlay surrounds a Capstone logo which illuminates when the doors are opened. Speaking of letting a little light in, a panoramic moonroof is standard on Tundra Capstone. To help provide an even quieter cabin, Capstone is the only Tundra grade to feature acoustic glass on the front doors for more exterior sound deadening.

Drivers will appreciate the leather-trimmed heated steering wheel and large 12.3-inch digital Multi-Informational Display. The standard 10-inch colour Head-Up Display provides an option that drivers can keep eyes in line with the road ahead.

The large, 14-inch high-definition touchscreen display comes standard on Capstone, controlling the all-new Toyota Multimedia system designed and engineered by Toyota’s Connected Technologies team. The new system offers an improved user experience through sight, touch, and voice. With Intelligent Assistant available through Drive Connect*, use a simple phrase like “Hey Toyota” to awaken the system for voice-activated commands to search for directions, find Google Points of Interest (POI), dictate a free-form text message to one of your contacts and more. The cloud-based native navigation system, aptly named Cloud Navigation, offered through Drive Connect allows for real-time traffic, dynamic route suggestions and integrates with Google POI data to ensure up-to-date search capability. The new system also supports standard wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility and allows for simultaneous dual Bluetooth phone pairing.

Speaking of audio, Capstone offers an impressive 12-speaker JBL Premium Audio system for auditory delight.

For ease of entry and exit, Capstone offers standard power running boards, and it also boasts a standard power bed step for ease of entry in the truck bed.

The 2022 Capstone grade will be offered in one body configuration: CrewMax with a 5.5-foot bed. Available colours include Wind Chill Pearl, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Celestial Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Supersonic Red and Blueprint.

Plush, But Still Tough

An elevated cabin and loaded-to-the-gills truck sitting on 22s doesn’t mean performance and toughness need to be sacrificed. Capstone is powered by the impressive new i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain that produces 437 horsepower and 583 lb.-ft. of torque. i-FORCE MAX relies on a twin-turbo V6 engine but features a unique motor generator within the bell housing between the engine and 10-speed automatic transmission designed to provide maximum performance and maximum efficiency.

Resting on a new fully-boxed, high-strength-steel frame, Capstone has a maximum towing capacity of 4,690 kg (10,340 pounds). During towing applications, the hybrid system provides additional power and torque, while during city driving it focuses on a quiet ride with improved efficiency. For highway driving, responsive linear power delivery is the name of the game, and off-highway exploration is further enhanced thanks to peak torque performance being achieved early in the RPM range.

The new Sheet-Molded Compound (SMC) bed construction features reinforced aluminum cross members under the bed and offers added protection against dents, impact dings and rust compared to traditional steel decks. Maximum payload for Capstone is 675 kg (1,488 pounds).

For added cushion for the crew, the cabin is mounted to the frame with hydraulic cab mounts. Drive Mode Select offers the driver the ability to select a driving mode depending upon preference, and standard features include settings for Eco, Normal and Sport. For example, using the SPORT setting, i-FORCE MAX makes use of the electric motor’s instantaneous responsiveness. While the electric motor does the bulk of the work at lower speeds, once above 29 km/h the gasoline engine assumes primary operation for excellent performance in the mid- and high-speed range. When in TOW/HAUL mode, the i-FORCE MAX system is constantly in tandem operation to provide impressive acceleration and torque for towing needs.

The view around this great looking truck is improved as well due to Tundra’s plethora of cameras, displaying multiple exterior angles that are viewable from the available 14-inch touchscreen or the standard Digital Display Rearview Mirror. Whether pulling into a parking spot or trailering, drivers will appreciate Panoramic View Monitor that displays a top-down view of the truck. Views include the rear truck bed to check on cargo, a rear split view to show what’s nearby on each side of the trailer, and a hitch view to assist with trailer connecting.

Standard on Capstone is Trailer Back Guidance, which aids in overall maneuvering of trailers, as well as the Straight Path Assist feature which is designed to ensure your truck and trailer will back up in a straight line. The available 360-degree cameras aid with visibility and tough-to-see areas around the truck and trailer. When connected with Toyota’s integrated trailer brake controller, the Blind Spot Monitor can recognize blind spots for not just the truck but the trailer as well.

All-New Multimedia System Is Here – and It Is A Game Changer

A high-definition screen, wireless features and ultimate connectivity make the new infotainment system faster and more convenient for drivers.

TORONTO, Ontario (December 2nd, 2021) – Arthur C. Clark famously observed, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. Wouldn’t it be great to conjure up some of that magic when driving? That’s the promise of in-vehicle multimedia systems and connectivity services – but often the reality has not lived up to the hype.

Toyota designers and engineers decided there must be a better way to harness the power of in-vehicle connectivity – a way that starts by making it easier to use, more helpful, and something that actually adds to the pleasure of driving.

The good news is, they found the magic they were looking for – and distilled it into Toyota’s new Multimedia System and Connected Services. From mobile apps that can connect to a driver’s vehicle and save their favorite temperature to improved Bluetooth connectivity — upgraded and enhanced multimedia features abound in the latest Toyota models.

See what else is new and improved thanks to this intuitive, easy-to-use system.

Bigger, Better and No Glare

An available 14-inch smartphone-like touchscreen allows for intuitive and simple interaction with the new system. The high-definition screen (without glare!) allows for easy-to-touch functionality, smart controls, and simple functionality. The system’s main menu is now on the left side and makes it all extremely easy to use. The system’s intuitive design approach makes storing favorite music stations a breeze. Just press the heart button and it’ll be added to your favorites list. Searching for a specific music genre? The menu will show drivers what stations play their favorites.

With Connected Services activated and the available Drive Connect Cloud Navigation, the crisp and clear map screen can be explored with zoom, pan and tilt functionality with intuitive touch control.

The Cloud Navigation includes Google Point-Of-Interest search capability, so navigating to a favorite destination has never been easier and you can also share your ETA with contacts in your phone book. The cloud connectivity allows for system and navigation updates to be installed “over-the-air” so the vehicle will always be up to date. New roads constructed? OTA updates will allow the map to include those too.

Help Only A ‘Hey Toyota’ Away

“Hey, Hi, Hello, Okay Toyota” – the new Virtual Assistant was designed by Toyota Connected and it’s a game changer. The feature allows for natural language conversation and helps with in-car functions such as changing audio settings or the climate control in select models.

When the available Drive Connect service is activated during trial or subscription periods, the Intelligent Assistant adds even more functionality, such as searching for nearby coffee shops or providing sports or weather information — all by simply making a verbal request.

All drivers have to do is say, “Hey Toyota!” and their virtual assistant is ready to help them get where they need to be.