You have probably heard about a number of applications for LED technology, the LED traffic light around the corner, the bright and prettier automotive LED tail lights, stop lights and even the latest LED headlights lights now available on Prius and other Toyota models.
For automotive giants Toyota and others, a new movement is about to come. They are all actively working on the next generation of LED applications, the LED automotive headlight lamps.
The evolution from halogen headlight bulbs to LED headlight assembling means brighter and whiter lighting output, as well as longer lasting bulbs, (4 times longer lasting) with less energy consumption overall.
The brighter lighting output will provide better visibility therefore improving overall road safety.
The whiter color means the color temperature of LED headlight lamps is about 5000 kelvin to 5500 kelvin which is closer to the color of the sun light vs the halogen filament headlight bulbs’ yellowish 3500 kelvin.
An LED greater lifespan makes the headlight last “almost forever” with almost zero maintenance cost v.s. the halogen headlight’s shorter 500 working hour life, then replacement.
Toyota has introduced the new Prius with optional LED headlight lamps with other models to follow including Lexus models such as the LS600h and possibly a new 2012 Camry, Camry redesign.
In the short future, more cars will adopt the LED technology for headlight lamps for its brighter, whiter appearance, econ-friendly make-up, and long lasting characteristics.
Toyota returned to the top spot in the latest Kelley Blue Book Q3 2010 Market Intelligence Brand Watch™ study as the most considered auto brand overall among new-car shoppers. Toyota sat atop the Market Intelligence Brand Watch Study from its inception in 2007 through the third-quarter of 2009. After placing second for the past three quarters Toyota has regained its number one perch for the third-quarter of 2010.
UPDATE AUGUST 2011: 2012 Camry, See The Real Car Here
UPDATE! MAY 2011
This is a May 2011 image of a 2012 Toyota Camry that is the best we have at this point. Buyer acceptance of upcoming new Toyota cars and trucks will have a pivotal role in Toyota’s future as the number one car maker. A goal for a 2012 Camry redesign is to raise Camry’s image as a value alternative in the luxury car arena.
This car features an upscale exterior that expresses power and energy with Japanese overtones. With this image Toyota shows a more substantial design, different from it’s Lexus relatives, while animating headlights and adding horizontal design details that add a sense of width. The proposal of all exterior dimensions are no more than 20mm off the current Camry. Dimensions are approximately 4810MM *1825mm * 1470mm (L*W*H*)
From what we know, Engines of 2012 Toyota Camry are expected to be the same as 7th generation Camry. The 3.5 V6 is mated with a new six-speed automatic and produces 268 horsepower. The Camry will have a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine also mated with a 6-speed transmission.
The car is scheduled to debute in the United States FAll 2011.
The “Tundra Sportsman” concept pickup truck was developed in collaboration with Bass Pro Shops and their RedHead Pro Hunting Team members.
The vehicle is inspired by the outdoor tradition of hunting and is a “Hunter’s Dream”.
Toyota used a 2011 Tundra Double Cab 4×4 equipped with the TRD Rock Warrior Package and 5.7-liter V8 with a six-speed automatic transmission as the canvas for the concept truck.
In addition to the performance modifications, the exterior uses a muted color palette of Grays and Blacks to blend in with the wooded environment without the cliché of camouflage to sustain curb appeal.
Inside, the truck was designed to be a command center for extended hunting trips. It includes a weather station and GPS system.
The truck bed was modified to serve double-duty as the ultimate sportsman fantasy transport and base camp.
Everything required for conventional firearm and bow hunting is included as well as an area for meal preparation.
An unrestrained truck cargo bed can be dangerous to cab occupants as well as vehicles or pedestrians near the truck. Ever wonder why “headache racks” are so popular with many truck owners? Some like the rugged look but most appreciate the safety factor. A headache rack is a metal guard mounted at the front of the pickup bed that helps protect the cab and rear window from loose objects. They come in many styles, including tubular cross bars and stout wire mesh.
Headache racks serve as a reminder that unrestrained cargo can be dangerous to cab occupants as well as vehicles or pedestrians near the truck. Toyota Tundra has numerous features to assist in cargo control. Here’s a quick look:
2-tier loading – This feature is stamped on the inside of the bed. Four horizontal slots–two on each side of the bed–are located on the shelf by the wheelwell. These slots are directly opposite each other and support a length of 2×4 or 2×6 wood cut to the width of the cargo bed. These two pieces of wood now act like crossmembers and can separate cargo from the load floor. For example, PVC pipe can be stored on the floor and a load of 4×8 plywood can go on top of the wood crossmembers with easy access to both.
Bed dividers – Vertical slots–two on each side–are also stamped in the bed sides. These ribs add structural support to the inside of the cargo bed and can be used to divide the bed to help separate different types of cargo. Lengths of 2×8 or 2×10 wood cut to the width of the bed can be inserted into the slots to create partitions. This allows the owner to keep different building materials, such as dirt, rocks and wood chips, separated from each other.
Tie-down loops – D-shaped tie-down loops are anchored at each corner of the bed. These loops are very effective at securing hooks at the end of motorcycle-style tie downs. Some trucks use a bat-wing cleat as a factory tie down.
Deck Rail – This available feature is the ultimate tie-down system. This innovative utility uses C-channel brackets mounted inside the bed rails and along the header rail behind the cab. Large tie-down cleats can be positioned and tightened anywhere along the rails. The system comes with four cleats but additional cleats can be purchased for specific cargo needs.
The aftermarket offers numerous innovative cargo-control accessories that will help a wide range of customer needs. Some of the more popular items, like tie-down straps and spider nets, are strong sellers in the parts department. Other useful items include bungee cords, canvas or plastic wraps (to protect against weather) and even bed-mounted tool boxes.
Of course, a locking hard tonneau cover is one of the best ways to secure cargo if the load isn’t bulky or oversized.
The world’s most popular car colors are silver and black, according to DuPont’s 58th Global Automotive Color Popularity Report issued this week. The report shows only two percentage points separate silver from black as the leading vehicle color globally.White and gray are tied for third place, with gray’s popularity increasing three percentage points from last year’s survey. Red, the only non-neutral color in the top five, is increasing in popularity, taking the fifth spot on the global color popularity rankings.
The Top Ten Global Vehicle Colors Are As Follows:
1. Silver – 26 percent
2. Black/Black Effect – 24 percent
3. White/White Pearl and Gray – 16 percent each (tie)
5. Red – 6 percent
6. Blue – 5 percent
7. Brown/Beige – 3 percent
8. Green – 2 percent
9. Yellow/Gold – 1 percent
10. Others – <1 percent
For North America, DuPont’s data showed white/white pearl retained its lead for the fourth year in a row, with 21% popularity share. DuPont experts say this largely reflects the preferences of the fleet and light truck and sport utility vehicle (SUV) markets in North America. Black/black effect beat silver by one percentage point, for the No. 2 spot, with 18% popularity. Gray increased 2% over last year. Rounding out the top five is red with 11% popularity
In North America, black/black effect lead the compact/sport and luxury/luxury SUV categories, while white/white pearl lead the truck/SUV category. DuPont said silver leads by just one percentage point over black/black effect for the intermediate/crossover utility vehicle (CUV) segment in the North American market.