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Toyota Zodiacs: which Toyota model should you own?

Whether you’re an astrology aficionado or think it’s all a bit of fun, your zodiac sign could say a lot about your character, your outlook – and your perfect Toyota model. Enter the Toyota Zodiac…From Land Cruiser to GR Yaris, scroll down to see which car is written in your stars – and tell us…

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Whether you’re an astrology aficionado or think it’s all a bit of fun, your zodiac sign could say a lot about your character, your outlook – and your perfect Toyota model. Enter the Toyota Zodiac…

From Land Cruiser to GR Yaris, scroll down to see which car is written in your stars – and tell us in the comments, do you agree?

Aries: March 21–April 19

Toyota Zodiac: This is one of the sportiest, speediest star signs – with a love of all things dynamic, active and fast. A typical Aries lives in the present, full of energy and always helping others, though you are also unapologetically competitive. Your ideal car is quick and eye-catching, and hot off the production line – so you can be among the first to experience it. You’ll want to be front of the queue for the new GR 86, which was recently debuted in Tokyo by Toyota GAZOO Racing. It’s irresistibly powerful (240hp and 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds), and launching in the UK soon.

Taurus: April 20–May 20

Toyota Zodiac: Beauty, creativity and family are important to Taurans, and you have many life-long friends. As an Earth sign, you enjoy being spontaneous – but you also like to put well-made plans into action. Either way, you’re happiest when on the move, so you need a car that you can pack up and go, go, go: like an award-winning Corolla Touring Sports Hybrid, with great fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, sleek design and spacious interior. It’s dependable, generous and stylish – just like you.

Gemini: May 21–June 21

Toyota Zodiac: Who wants to blend in with the crowd? Not you. Geminis are creative thinkers, always unique and not afraid to stand out: you’re outgoing and fun-loving, and enjoy being impulsive (especially when there’s fun to be had). With its bold colour highlights and compact design, the Aygo is a head-turner too – your ideal companion, whether you’re nipping through the city or heading out with friends. The whole range is 5-door, so there’s room for everyone. As an Air sign, Geminis value freedom and independence, which the Aygo delivers in spades.

Cancer: June 21–July 22

Toyota Zodiac: Cancerians are loyal souls, and always dependable: they value friendship and family very highly, and are renowned for their intuition and charisma. As such, people are instinctively drawn to you, and you do your best to look out for them – but often end up putting yourself last. You need a vehicle that’s as big-hearted as you, like the new Highlander Excel, with its seven seats and endlessly roomy interior. It’s also a joy to drive, featuring Hybrid technology, a panoramic roof and a premium JBL sound system – just the treat you deserve.

Leo: July 23–August 22

Toyota Zodiac: Warm-hearted and very generous, Leos love the finer things in life – not only for themselves, but for others too (you’re a great gift-giver). You choose your friends wisely, valuing intelligence and ambition, and you can’t resist the latest gadgets and tech. Your ideal car is powerful and out-of-the-ordinary – like the new rally-inspired GR Yaris, a hot hatch with impeccable style. Its aerodynamic design and advanced technology were developed with the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team, and it features one of the most powerful three-cylinder engines ever built. Perfect.

Virgo: August 23–September 22

Toyota Zodiac: You’re steadfast and determined, and always give 100% – in friendships, relationships and your career. You thrive on creativity, too. Virgos appreciate things that have stood the test of time: you’re reliable and trustworthy, so why shouldn’t you expect that from others too? The Hilux will never let you down – this model has been an icon of strength and resilience since 1968, and the new eighth generation is the most indomitable yet. With its 2.8-litre four-cylinder engine, the Hilux Invincible X is as hard-working as you.

Libra: September 23–October 22

Toyota Zodiac: Libras love peace and harmony, and will go out of their way to avoid conflict (your star sign’s symbol is a balanced set of scales). You are always diplomatic and strive for fairness – and out of all of your family and friends, you’re probably the most environmentally-minded. Toyota’s newly-unveiled series of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) appeals most to your values, with the bZ4X leading the pack: set to be released in 2022, this wholly-electric SUV encapsulates the global aim to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Scorpio: October 23–November 21

Toyota Zodiac: Cool and calm, and natural leaders, Scorpios are happy to take control of situations – and are incredibly sociable. You’re devoted to your friends and family, and they’re naturally drawn to your warm and witty personality. While you are naturally thrifty, you enjoy a few little luxuries too: like the C-HR GR Sport, perhaps, whose Hybrid engine proves that you don’t need high emissions to enjoy powerful performance. With its leather steering wheel and black alloy wheels, it’s a true style-savvy Scorpio.

Sagittarius: November 22–December 21

Toyota Zodiac: Sagittarians are spontaneous and fun, and great travellers – always with their eye on the next destination or adventure. You’re constantly curious, so you need a vehicle that can take you anywhere: like a Land Cruiser, whose off-road prowess spans over 65 years. The new generation boasts a 2.8-litre four-cylinder engine, and 201bhp. Like you, it adapts seamlessly to its surroundings – whether high-rolling in the city or getting muddy in the countryside – and it will always have a wild side.

Capricorn: December 22–January 19

Toyota Zodiac: As an Earth zodiac sign, practicality and dependability is important to Capricorns – and you prize loyal friends, trustworthy things and an organised life. You also appreciate innovation and ground-breaking ideas, and respect meticulous craftsmanship: so the RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid is right up your street. With the latest low-emissions technology, it offers an award-winning WLTP fuel economy of 282.4mpg – so you can travel further, and longer, for less.

Aquarius: January 20–February 18

Toyota Zodiac: Adventurous and free-thinking, Aquarians thrive on independence – and rarely follow the pack. You value human connection, but you’re often happiest in your own company. Music and creativity are important to Aquarians, and you’re drawn to both the city and countryside – so a vehicle that can cope with both is essential. Meet the new Yaris Cross SUV, which combines an intelligent All-Wheel Drive system with clean Hybrid power, and a choice of two premium multimedia options.

Pisces: February 19–March 20

Toyota Zodiac: Friendly, selfless and romantic, Pisceans are one of the most artistic zodiac signs. You love to feel wild and free, and you’re never afraid to embrace new ideas – like the ground-breaking new Mirai, with hydrogen fuel cell technology. A true pioneer, it runs on just hydrogen and air: the only waste product is water (a Pisces element), an innovation that took over 20 years of expertise to develop. With endurance, beauty and zero emissions, it’s the perfect vehicle for you.

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Mountain bike bravery with a Proace

Perched on a blustery granite outcrop, Derek Evans sits astride his mountain bike and surveys the scenery. A few miles to the north he can see the Bristol Channel shining dark blue. Further to the south, he can just make out the English Channel through the midday haze. Fifty yards behind him a Victorian folly,…

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Perched on a blustery granite outcrop, Derek Evans sits astride his mountain bike and surveys the scenery. A few miles to the north he can see the Bristol Channel shining dark blue. Further to the south, he can just make out the English Channel through the midday haze. Fifty yards behind him a Victorian folly, hewn from the same stone, juts out abruptly from the scenery. And just below him, an unmade track winds its way through clumps of yellow gorse and past a white van.

There are many routes down from this 738ft high summit on Carn Brea near Redruth in Cornwall. Derek is spoiled for choice. But one thing is for sure – his descent will be fast. “I’ve ridden bikes off-road for as long as I can remember – since I had stabilisers!” laughs Derek as he dances his mountain bike onto its front wheel. 

He’s riding a very smart full-suspension, mountain bike which he built himself around a custom-made black carbon fibre frame. “I ride all over the country – often in the Surrey Hills and the Brecon Beacons in Wales. I’ve also cycled in Les Gets and Morzine in the French Alps” explains the 41-year-old vehicle technician.

His bike’s chain and gears clatter and click as he points his bike down the yellow stony track towards the van. The smart white Proace Compact is his. Perhaps he’s going this way so he can look at his van on the way down. “I love vans,” he said. “I always have done. I’ve always had a van. But I’ve been without for two years. 

“I bought this one from Parklands Toyota at Carland Cross in February after my girlfriend spotted it. Other manufacturers have a string of issues and are very expensive. This is the small Compact version. It suits me well with all the little country lanes around here.

“My dad was a car-nut and got me into Toyotas. I’ve always liked their technology. He imported a Mk 4 Supra from Japan about 20-years-ago. He drove it to Spain and all around Europe and I used it to go out on dates.

“I really like the look of the Proace. I’m going to make a few cosmetic modifications, and turn it into a proper day van so I and my girlfriend can both take our bikes out, have adventures and picnic in it. I’ve already fitted insulation so I can carpet it floor-to-ceiling. I’ll probably put 20-inch alloys on it and maybe a spoiler and splitter, but I don’t want it to be too showy.”

Derek’s Proace is an L1 manual in Comfort spec with leather seats. He paid £12,500+VAT for his immaculate three-year-old van with 80,000 miles.

As he loads his bike back into the van after an afternoon on his mountain bike, he looks fondly at his van and says: “I don’t see me ever getting rid of it”

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World Premiere of the New Lexus “UX” | Lexus | Global Newsroom

Lexus globally announces the new UX 200/250h. The vehicle is scheduled for summer 2022 launch. Introduced to the Lexus lineup in 2018 as an urban compact cross-over, the UX uses the “Creative Urban Explorer” concept, with the aim to be the “CUE” to exploring a new lifestyle. The muscular body exudes toughness and strength, while…

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Lexus globally announces the new UX 200/250h. The vehicle is scheduled for summer 2022 launch.

Introduced to the Lexus lineup in 2018 as an urban compact cross-over, the UX uses the “Creative Urban Explorer” concept, with the aim to be the “CUE” to exploring a new lifestyle. The muscular body exudes toughness and strength, while the flared fenders evoke agile driving in order to create a bold and refined exterior. The interior cockpit combines a sense of driving excitement with a visually expansive space. In addition, we have pursued excellent steering response, handling stability, and refined ride quality.

Since its launch in 2018, a cumulative total of approximately 240,000 units have been sold in more than 80 countries and regions as of the end of March 2022. The expanding lineup of electrified vehicles of Hybrid (HEV) and battery EV (BEV), achieved the percentage of electrified vehicles of approximately 80% of sales globally, making it the leading model in the Lexus electrified lineup. Going forward, we will continue to contribute to the practical spread of electrified vehicles toward the realization of a carbon-neutral society, while tailoring to the diversifying needs and lifestyles of customers.

Based on the “Always On” philosophy of continuous improvement through agile development, the new UX200/250h has further refined and exhilarating driving performance, enhanced its advanced safety systems by expanding the preventive safety technology functions and added the latest multimedia system.

To enhance the driving experience, structural rigidity was improved by adding 20 spot welding points on the body and the EPS and shock absorbers tuning was performed accordingly. It achieved refined and exhilarating performance and to further improve the refined, direct feeling and response through extensive testing at Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama.

For advanced safety system enhancements, we aimed to make driving safer and more reassuring by enhancing the functionality of the “Lexus Safety System +” preventive safety technology. The UX also features a new state-of-the-art multimedia system with a larger/higher-resolution touch screen display. Usability has been improved by optimizing the shapes and switch layout of the instrument panel and console area. Two USB charging connectors (Type-C) have also been added in the front of the console.

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LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 Grand Prix Winner Announced | Lexus | Global Newsroom

TOKYO, Japan (May 12, 2022)―Lexus announced today that “Rewind” by Poh Yun Ru has been selected by the judging panel as the Grand Prix winner of the 2022 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, the award’s tenth edition, which drew 1,726 entries from 57 countries and regions. The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD was established in 2013 with the mission…

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TOKYO, Japan (May 12, 2022)―Lexus announced today that “Rewind” by Poh Yun Ru has been selected by the judging panel as the Grand Prix winner of the 2022 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, the award’s tenth edition, which drew 1,726 entries from 57 countries and regions.

The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD was established in 2013 with the mission of supporting and nurturing creators early in their careers to help shape a better future and enhance the happiness for all through design, while articulating the Lexus brand’s three core principles: Anticipate, Innovate, and Captivate. The Grand Prix winner “Rewind” contributes to a better tomorrow by using technology to help people stimulate their memories when their recall ability is challenged, for example by dementia.

The six finalists selected this January spent three months developing their original proposals and creating prototypes under the enthusiastic and highly skilled guidance of Sam Baron, Joe Doucet, Yosuke Hayano and Sabine Marcelis. Mentoring by the world’s leading creators was a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for these young talents. This process facilitated the impressive evolution of the finalists’ projects, not to mention that of the Grand Prix work, “Rewind.”

Poh Yun Ru commented: “I feel immensely grateful that Rewind is now a step closer to improving the lives of more people. This couldn’t have happened without the unwavering support of my mentors, my team of dedicated engineers, programmers, healthcare experts, and users. This opportunity from LEXUS DESIGN AWARD to turn a project into a real-world product felt nothing short of amazing, and I feel heartened to have met and learned from so many passionate designers from around the world. It has been such a rewarding and inspiring journey, and I am excited to continue designing for a better world and a better tomorrow for all.”

In a new benefit for 2022, the finalists met one-on-one with the design world’s elite panel of judges: Paola Antonelli, Anupama Kundoo, Bruce Mau and Simon Humphries following the 10th LEXUS DESIGN AWARD event. After the judging session, the finalists received not only direct feedback on their work, but also career advice and tips for improvement. This beta-feature of the 10th anniversary LEXUS DESIGN AWARD turned out to be an extraordinarily valuable experience.

After the judging session, all four judges provided comments.

Paola Antonelli told of the overall importance of design in today’s world: “The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 finalists offer a wide range of products in different fields of design, employing different types of technology, but they all have one thing in common: care. Care for the environment, care for the elderly and differently able, care for the needs of families and communities, and more. They demonstrate that at a time of emergency in the world, design can offer suggestions that are poetic and beautiful, and also feasible and scalable. In the hands of great designers, doing the right thing―by society, the environment, the world―also becomes inspiring and elating.”

Anupama Kundoo and Bruce Mau commented on the Award’s feature of mentorship: “I particularly enjoyed the unique feature of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, namely, that the talented visionary designers are first identified, and then supported personally in their further development through dedicated mentorship.” Kundoo said, while Mau commented, “The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD’s process, where the finalists are connected to design mentors, is absolutely brilliant. And the impact was plainly evident in the final submissions.”

Simon Humphries praised all finalists for their creativity and imagination in addressing the judging criteria: “The power of creativity and its ability to enrich people’s lives never ceases to amaze me and this year’s entries only reinforced this further. Congratulations to all the finalists who showed such imaginative insights into challenging problems that many just take for granted.”

The six LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 finalists’ projects will be shown at Lexus exhibit during Milan Design Week 2022, the world’s largest design event, to be held in June.

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