Bond Fever is gripping as we edge closer to the opening of the franchise’s latest instalment, Skyfall. Coincidentally, James Bond turns 50 this year as Toyota crosses the 75 year milestone. It’s a good time than any, then, to fast forward our Toyota 75 celebrations a little bit and look at one of the most iconic cars we ever made and made famous by 007, Toyota 2000GT. More after the break.
The car is already a winner, not only in terms of its €38,500 price tag (or €45,815 including German VAT), but on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife no less. In the hands of Toyota Swiss Racing, this car won the V3 class of the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
Are you ready? It’s time for the annual motoring summer festival in the UK with Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year, we are bringing along a whole host of our iconic past, present and (possibly?) future road, race and rally cars to the event. If you’re coming along this year, be sure to stop by our new Toyota stand and check out what we have on offer there. Don’t worry if you can’t make it though, we will bring you all the action right here and on our Twitter feeds (list of our accounts at the end of this post). Read on after the break for all the juicy details.
Earlier this month GAZOO Racing – racing arm of Toyota Motor Corp. in Japan – announced their 2012 race season activities. Around the same time, Toyota Switzerland also announced their entry in the VLN races at The Green Hell, a.k.a. Nürburgring Nordschleife, this year with two Toyota GT86‘s. Both racing teams will also take part in the gruelling 24 Hours of Nürburgring later this year. Their first race of the season, VLN2 took place last Saturday. Race report after the break.
It was the summer of ‘99. I was working at a car dealer, enjoying a chat with the owner – a happy man renowned as one of the best dealers of its brand in France. The two of us had a small debate about the future of one particular new model. He was not so convinced about its market potential in Europe, whereas I was much more optimistic. The car looked fresh. It was going to be built in France and a major step-up for its manufacturer. We were talking about Toyota’s new model, the Yaris.