Category Archives: Toyota History

Head-on view of a 2015 Toyota Venza

Why did Toyota originally discontinue the Venza?

Reasons for the Toyota Venza Demise and Resurrection

You may remember the Toyota Venza from its original run, which lasted from late 2008 until the 2015 model year. You may have also heard that the Venza is making a much-vaunted return for 2021. Why did Toyota originally axe the Venza? And why is the model now making its return?

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What videos has Doug DeMuro made about Toyota models?

Doug DeMuro Toyota Video Compilation

It’s always good to get Doug DeMuro’s unique take on a vehicle. Doug has made plenty of Toyota videos over the past few years. Some of them focus on recent models, while others dive into particularly classic and intriguing machines from Toyota history.

Whatever he’s looking at, it’s always entertaining when Doug is discussing it. Check out some of our favorite Doug + Toyota combinations below! Continue reading

Toyota Camry TRD racing vehicle zips around a NASCAR track

Toyota Racing Spotlight Video Compilation

Innovation and Adventure of the TRD Division

Toyota is known not only for being an esteemed automaker, but also for boasting a venerable racing division. To celebrate, we’ve compiled some videos below from the manufacturer that demonstrate the philosophy, the possibilities, and the innovation that drives Toyota Racing Development, or TRD.

You’ll see the great champions of TRD over time, such as Kyle Bush, Martin Truex Jr. and Ivan Stewart. Perhaps our favorite parts are when we get to see how the TRD design is carried over into mainstream Toyota models such as the Camry TRD. Finally, join three TRD Pro trucks on an exciting journey through the scenic landscapes and bustling cities of Vietnam, as they head all the way from Ho Chi Minh City in the south up to Hanoi and beyond in the north. Continue reading

Shiny white 2020 Toyota Supra cruises down a street drenched with golden sun.

Who makes the 2020 Toyota Supra engine?

Fans of the Toyota Supra have spent nearly two decades in a dark and aimless valley. Their fearless leader, the Supra, took its leave in 2002 and was afterwards known only in whispered rumors. Finally, Toyota has rewarded their loyalty with the birth of a fifth generation Toyota Supra for the 2020 model year.

But these same fans also tend to be hesitant. Like any passionate followers, they want to make sure the new Supra does justice to its vaunted model line. One aspect that has received some attention is the engine. The Toyota 2JZ-GTE machine that powered fourth generation of the model (and helped to make it the fastest Toyota of all time) still basks in well-deserved legendary status.

Like parents concerned about their child’s choice of Homecoming date, Supra acolytes everywhere are inquiring with pointed curiosity: who makes the 2020 Toyota Supra engine?

Toyota Supra Engine Manufacturer

The 2020 Toyota Supra engine is designed by BMW and manufactured by a third-party assembly group called Magna Steyr. Magna Steyr engineers, develops and assembles automobiles for other companies on a contractual basis. They assemble the 2020 Toyota Supra alongside the G29 BMW Z4 in Graz, Austria.

What engine is in the 2020 Toyota Supra?

The 2020 Toyota Supra uses a BMW 58 straight-six engine. This innovatively engineered powerplant features an exhaust manifold cast directly onto the cylinder head. It has two exhaust ports, and an efficient water-to-air intercooler incorporated directly into the plastic intake manifold.

A teardown of the 2020 Supra reveals that the BMW 58 engine boasts a robust crankshaft, strong connecting rods and high-quality pistons. The block is capable of handling even higher amounts of horsepower than already provided with its closed-deck design.

Though some die-hard Toyota fans were skeptical of the automaker using a BMW engine, the performance provided by this powerplant shows that Toyota still knows what they’re doing. The 2020 Toyota Supra is exceptionally quick and capable, both on the street and the track.

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A Brief History of the Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra kicks off a fifth generation for the acclaimed machine. The original model began production in 1978, working its way up to a fourth generation that was discontinued in 2002. During that time, it gathered legions of ardent followers and made many memorable appearances in video games, movies, music videos and TV shows.

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