Audi shows A7 Sportback h-tron quattro fuel cell EV/plug-in hybrid concept - w/video


Say that ten times fast... Audi's stunning A7 Sportback is one of those cars that most people would love to own. With the A7 h-tron quattro concept, Audi has dramatically upped the technological quotient of the Sportback model with a fuel-cell/plug-in hybrid system to provide zero-emissions motoring. The A7 h-tron is like must plug-in hybrids except that power is provided by a hydrogen-powered fuel cell to an electric-powered drivetrain instead of an internal-combustion engine. A lithium-ion battery pack provides about 30 miles of EV-only range that is recharged by the regenerative braking system or by plug-in. The fuel-cell provides about 300 miles of hydrogen power per tank with fill-ups taking less than five minutes. The A7 h-tron will hit sixty from a standstill in just over 7.5 seconds to a top speed of 118 mph. Each axle has it's own electric motor to provide quattro all-wheel drive and all-weather capabilities. Audi is even developing low- or zero-emission ways to extract the hydrogen needed from water (see press release). Here in the US, many manufacturers are working to create and enlarge the hydrogen infrastructure in California and the Northeast, with the rest of the country to follow. This car looks ready to go and as soon as the infrastructure is beefed up, you will start to see vehicles like the lovely A7 Sportback h-tron quattro at your local dealer. Check out the informative press release, additional pics, and video after the jump.

Source: Audi - Press release, pics, and video after the "read more" jump.

Toyota Prius v gets rhinoplasty and upgrades for 2015 - w/video


Right off the bat, I have to say that I hate the brown/fawn/purple paint on the car in the pics. Other than that, the nose job Toyota gave the new Prius v (v for versatility) is a nice update and the taillights were also massaged to tide potential purchasers over until a total restyle is introduced in the future. The v model is the "big Prius" with more interior space than some small crossovers but still returning good, non plug-in-hybrid fuel numbers (44 mpg city / 40 mpg highway). The Advanced Technology Package has been updated with Automatic High Beams and Lane Departure Alert. A lot of attention has been paid to aerodynamics and NVH (noise/vibration,harshness). Light weight materials have been used where possible like the resin Panoramic View Moonroof  (with power retractable sunshades) that provides an open feeling in the cabin and is 40-percent lighter than a conventional glass roof of similar size. Another interesting option is the available animal-free SofTex® seat material that is designed to resist spills and wear. As the name suggests, it’s soft to the touch and is lighter than leather and other traditional leatherette-type materials. Again, on a diet so to speak. In other words, if you like Toyota's Prius, you'll love these upgraded models. For more information, check out the press release and video after the jump.

Source: Toyota - Press release, pics, and video after the "read more" jump.

Lexus dazzles with LF-C2 roadster concept - w/videos


The Lexus LF-C2 concept is one of those "what if" cars that does what concepts are supposed to do, namely expose consumers to new ideas and designs that may (or may not) point to future production. Basically, the LF-C2 is a roadster version (no top) of a possible RC Convertible. The grille is a little overdone and I don't understand the Nike swoosh-like lights on the bumpers or the excessive side body kit parts, but the LF-C2 concept is attractive. The special multi-layer yellow paint may be past of the problem since it possibly over accentuates some of the concept's lines. Not a huge yellow fan, but the paint itself is nice.“We’ve been instinctively drawn to and inspired by those things that capture the beauty of light,” said Yasuo Kajino, chief designer LF-C2, Lexus Design Division. “When you put something in the right light, people see it in a way they never have before.” I like how the console starts at the rear deck and runs the length of the interior. A few of the items on the concept would not be included for production like the multiple LED screens on the dash or the "no-top" option (body lines seems to indicate where a top would be placed), but otherwise the car seems ready to go. More to come I'm sure... For more info, check out the press release, pics and two videos after the jump. Click on the pics for a closer look.

Source: Lexus - Press release, pics, and videos after the "read more" jump.

Cadillac adds a little "V" to the ATS coupe and sedan for 2016 - w/video


"V" is Cadillac for performance and the ATS is the latest model to get the V-Series treatment. Built to compete with the BMW, Mercedes, and Audi performance sedans and coupes, the ATS-V crams a twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V6 (455 hp/ 445 lb-ft of torque) mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission that will hit sixty from a standstill in under four seconds. Cadillac has upgraded the rest of the car to match its performance with a revised MagnaRide adjustable sport suspension, special bracing and structure reinforcements, Brembo brakes, engine internal upgrades, standard electronic limited-slip differential, and more. The exterior style upgrades are a little more subdued compared to some performance sedan/coupes (I'm looking at you Jaguar) where the cars end up looking like they have some type of glandular condition. The front clip is a little busy, but still conveys the message that "we got power under this here hood." The rear spoiler seems a little high. but the large wheels and other "upgrades" make the ATS-V an attractive hi-per conveyance. Considering that any Cadillac "V-Series" model sits at the top of the line-up, the ATS-V gets most of Cadillac's good stuff, but as a result, it won't be cheap. For lots of info, check out the two press releases (one just for the engine), spec sheet, pics, and running footage video after the jump. (PS: At least you can see out of the ATS coupe when compared to the CTS coupe and its tiny mail slot of a rear window.)

Source: Cadillac - Extensive press releases, specs, pics, and video after the "read more" jump.

Fiat expands US lineup with 2016 500X sub-compact crossover - w/videos


Fiat has been selling around 3,500 500 sub-compacts each month since its introduction. While decent numbers, those totals have not met projections. While the 500L has improved things, it's the car shown here, the 500X, that will really improve those sales numbers. The 500X is a sub-compact crossover that shares its platform with the new Jeep Renegade. The 500X has a familial appearance to other 500 models, but is a definite step up in style and size. This probably should have been Fiat's first US car. The 500X will come in five trim levels: Pop, Easy, Lounge, Trekking, and Trekking Plus. The base engine is the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo (160 hp, 184 lb.-ft. of torque) that is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The available 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 engine produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, and is paired exclusively to a nine-speed automatic transmission on all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive models. Fiat's full suite of technology and safety equipment is available with many items standard based on trim level chosen. The 500X is one of those vehicles that is hard to peg, being a crossover with almost sedan/hatchback styling.“The Fiat 500X will significantly expand the reach of the FIAT brand in North America,” said Jason Stoicevich, Head of FIAT Brand North America. “The all-new 500X delivers the Italian design and personality that we are known for, along with an unprecedented level of equipment and technology. In addition, it will be the first vehicle in our portfolio to offer an advanced all-wheel-drive system that will provide customers with peace of mind in all driving conditions.” It's also a good-looking "cute ute" especially in the Trekking models (yellow car). For more info, check out the press release, pics, and two videos after the jump. I think we'll be seeing quite a few of these out on US highways and byways.

Source: Fiat - Press release, pics, and videos after the "read more" jump. Previous post.

All-new 2016 Honda HR-V crossover set to hit the road in early 2015 - w/videos


Honda's CR-V "cute ute" has been a big seller for the automaker even though there wasn't much cute to go with the ute. Honda's all-new 2016 HR-V adds the cute to go along with all the other good things. The HR-V is built on Honda's sub-compact Fit platform and uses the Fit drivetrain and even offers the Fit's Magic (back) Seats.
The HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter SOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC vthat produces 138 hp and 127 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is offered on two-wheel-drive models but most will choose the automatic aping CVT (continuously-variable transmission). All-wheel drive is optional. HR-V comes well-equipped in LX, EX and EX-L flavors with high levels of standard equipment like four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control; an Expanded View Driver's Mirror; a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger SmartVent™ side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to go along with power windows, power mirrors and power door and tailgate locks; electronic parking brake; aluminum-alloy wheels; tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise controls; and more. Like I said well-equipped. Pricing will be announced later. Honda is gonna sell lots of these. For more information about this attractive crossover, check out the press release, pics, and video after the jump. Click on pics for a closer look. Just added...LA Auto Show HR-V press intro video.

Source: Honda - Press release, pics and videos after the "read more" jump.

Upgraded 2016 Acura ILX debuts - w/video



Acura's ILX compact luxury/sport sedan should have been a home run from the get go. While they sold quite a few of them, sales didn't seem to hit expectations. There were many reasons for this. The ILX was under-powered. Some Luxury touches didn't seem quite so luxurious. Styling was okay if a little bland. And just like Honda has with other recent intros, the ILX gets a major overhaul after two short years (or so). Thankfully, many of the problems have been addressed. Firstly, the ILX gets the 2.4-liter engine (201 hp/180 Lb.-ft. of torque) that comes mated to Acura's new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic with torque converter. This engine is also the new base engine for the TLX and it should really move the smaller ILX down the road. The ILX has received Acura's Jewel Eye LED headlights as standard equipment, along with a revised grille, taillights, and front and rear valances. In other words, they left the good stuff alone and tweaked the bland stuff. Did they go to far? As "they" say, it's all in the eye of the beholder. The interior has also been upgraded and a new Premium Black interior color scheme (A-Spec) has been added that includes a black headliner, perforated black Lux Suede® seat inserts, red instrument illumination, exclusive gray interior stitching, and aluminum brake and throttle pedals. There are now six (up from three) grades to choose from: the standard ILX, the ILX with Premium Package, and the line-topping ILX Technology Plus Package as well as an all-new A-SPEC package that can be added to the Premium and Technology groups. The A-Spec package adds sporty touches like side sill garnish, a trunk spoiler, front fog lights and new 18-inch, 10-spoke machined alloy wheels with gloss black insets. Safety and tech upgrades are on hand as well including the new AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies that includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, a Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, Road Departure Mitigation, and an enhanced Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (including Forward Collision Warning with sensor fusion technology). The 2016 ILX has been nicely upgraded and lets hope that Acura keeps the new sedan affordable. Makes you wonder, though...why didn't the new car debut like this? At least it is here now and the new car seems to quell the complaints from the past. We shall see. Click on pics for a closer look. Press release and video after the jump.

"Top to bottom, from dynamic design to luxury features, and leading-edge safety technology to sport sedan athleticism and sophistication, ILX is now a true gateway to Acura's performance luxury sedans," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager for the Acura division. "ILX was always a great idea. Now it's a great idea fulfilled—a luxury vehicle for the next generation."

Source: Acura - Press release, pics, and video after the "read more" jump.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept foreshadows possible production off-roader - w/video


Okay, I don't know if Chevrolet will build this amazing Colorado concept, but they should. Chevy's mid-size Colorado pickup is the perfect starting point for a go anywhere, off-road conveyance. The Colorado ZR2 (the ZR2 moniker has been used by Chevy in the past) features unique front (with blacked out custom grille) and rear clips that improve approach and departure angles which is necessary for successful off-roaders. The front clip is especially nice, but will the bumpers pass federal regulations? The Colorado ZR2 features special Cyprus Green paint with Henna Orange accents. Off-roading ZR2 items include a wider stance (four inches), upgraded off-road suspension with King™ shock absorbers, 18-inch aluminum multi-spoke bead-lock-style wheels with 275/65R18 off-road tires, custom wheel flares and rocker guards, a built-in winch, GearOn™ accessories, a 48-inch Hi-Lift jack, flip-out aluminum tow hooks, a two-inch lift, integrated skid plates, and more. Part of the more is the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel that produces 181 hp and a stump-pulling 369 lb-ft of torque and a six-speed automatic. This powertrain combo will see production next year. Let's hope that the ZR2 equipment package makes it to production as well. For more info, check out the release, pics, and video after the jump. Nice truck for...

Source: Chevrolet - Press release after the "read more" jump.

Chrysler 300 dons updated duds for 2015 - w/videos


Chrysler's 300 full-size sedan has been one of my favorites since it was introduced and American consumers agree. The 2015 model has received updates and upgrades that really improve the breed, so to speak. I like the 300S (red car) with its sporty styling, but the 300C Platinum (new model this year, blue car) has that tough luxury look with a very nice interior (right), The 300 has mostly style updates because the basic car is that good with your choice of V6 or V8 power (don't forget the Hemi), an eight-speed automatic, and available all-wheel drive for a car that posts class-leading numbers. Even with all of the updates (upgrades?), Chrysler has held the line on pricing with the 300 Limited starting at $31,395 (+ taxes. license, fees, options, and $995 destination), $34,895 (+) gets a 300S, 300C models start at $37,895 (+), and the new 300C Platinum starts at $42,395 (+). For lots of information (including info on new interior choices), check out the press release, pics and three videos after the jump. Did I mention that I like the 300S. I think Chrysler has put the 300 full-size sedan back on many consumer's consideration lists. If I was buying a new car, I would definitely consider the...

Source: Chrysler - Extensive press release, pics, and videos after the "read more" jump.

Volkswagen Sportwagen Hymotion gets all hydrogen(y?) on us


It seems every automaker is showing their own alternative-fuel vehicle and Volkswagen is showing us theirs. The Golf Sportwagen Hymotion is VW's near production offering in the new Golf Sportwagen. VW has developed their hydrogen fuel cell to be dropped into many of the automaker's production models with few or no changes required (see Passat Hymotion pic after the jump). The Golf Hymotion is reportedly ready to go, but the hydrogen infrastructure is not yet in place, so production has been delayed. Just think, you'll be able to go down to your local VW dealer and get a Golf with a gas or diesel engine, an electric drivetrain, and now a fuel-cell derivative (other markets offer natural gas and plug-in hybrid Golfs). The Golf Hymotion has a range of the (seemingly) requisite 300+ miles and can be refueled in less than five minutes. The alt-fuel Golf will hit sixty in about ten seconds. Remember, the fuel-cell unit converts hydrogen into electricity to power an electric motor with water vapor the only emission. The Golf system is unique in its ability to store energy from regenerative braking in lithium-ion batteries which is used to expand range and to provide "boost" when driving. Kinda cool, right? The hydrogen infrastructure is currently being put in place in California and the Northeastern US and would spread to the rest of the country after that. It looks like our alternatively-fueled vehicle future is almost here.

Source: Volkswagen - Informative press release after the "read more" jump.


Prologue coupe concept affirms new Audi design future - w/video


Audi's new Prologue coupe concept gives a clear indication of the German marque's new design philosphy that embraces the old but adds clean design surfacing. The Prologue also shows Audi's development of future tech like the multi-screen dash (that uses OLEDs for unique curved displays) and Audi's Matrix front lighting system. The grille is an update of current design and the clean lines should wear well into the future unlike many of today's trendy designs (I'm looking at you Lexus NX). The Prologue Coupe would sit atop Audi's line-up with the A8 luxury sedan and the A7 sport tourer. The Prologue features an updated version of Audi's bi-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that produces 605 hp and 532 lb.-ft. of torque. Power gets to the pavement through Audi's eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. The Prologue Coupe would hit 60 mph from a standstill in just over 3.5 seconds and still return reasonable fuel economy (over 27 mpg US in early testing). Not bad for a full-size, performance coupe. Luxurious leathers and natural finishes adorn the stunning interior. Let's just say that if they build it, the folks with the bucks will come. More pics will be added when available. 'Til then, enjoy the video and extensive press release after the jump. Nice...

Source: Audi - Press release after the "read more" jump.

2016 Ford Explorer features upgraded looks and trim levels - w/videos


Ford has given the popular Explorer crossover/SUV some updates for 2016 including the new top-of-the-line Platinum series trim level. The new exterior styling features include a new front fascia with new headlights, grille, foglamps, and lower valance; a revised roof rack (for improved aerodynamics); and a revised rear valance panel. Inside the haptic touch controls are gone and fittings have been upgraded. The new Explorer Platinum features the 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 (365 hp/350 lb.-ft. of torque), SelectShift six-speed automatic, multi-contour front seats wrapped in Nirvana leather, Nirvana leather on the dash and other interior surfaces, a 500-watt Sony Audio system (with Live Acoustics and Clear Phase technology), intelligent all-wheel drive with Terrain Management, dual-panel sunroof, all-electronic dash with infotainment, and much more...basically everything. The new Platinum trim joins the "Base," XLT, Limited, and Explorer Sport choices (see press release for feature breakdown by trim level). Also new is the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four that produces 270 hp and 300 lb.-ft. of torque with increased power and similar fuel efficiency when compared to the 2.0-liter EcoBoost that the new engine replaces in the line-up. Let's just say that Ford has gilded the lily and should sell many of these updated Explorers. The Platinum trim looks very nice, but won't be cheap. For lots more information, check out the extensive press release, pics, and four videos after the jump.

Source: Ford - Press release, pics, and videos after the "read more" jump.

All-new Mazda CX-3 brings a little "Zoom-Zoom" to the compact crossover class - w/videos


Mazda has been on a bit of a roll lately, with vehicle introductions that to some degree redefine what is expected in differing vehicle segments, like the all-new MX-5 Miata and the all-new CX-3 shown here. The CX-3 is Mazda's entry into the expanding compact (or sub-compact?) crossover market and a stylish one it is. The CX-3 is the latest vehicle to use Mazda's KODO design philosophy and it is a looker. The CX-3 will use Mazda's 2.0-liter SkyActiv inline four with a six-speed automatic and available all-wheel drive. Expect decent fuel efficiency from this set-up. The CX-3 gets all of the good safety and infotainment tech as well like i-Activesense, ProActive Safety, and HMI (Human machine Interface). The exterior is nicely shaped with flowing lines and touches like the small windows behind the C-pillar and the "floating" roof design. The interior is clean with a driver-focused, "heads-up" style cockpit with good space utilization for a smallish crossover. More specific info regarding options, etc. will become available closer to the 2016 CX-3's introduction next year. Check out the informative (and flowery) press release, pics, and two videos (the first is of the intro press conference, is quite long, with the CX-3 presentation starting at about the 29 minute mark). If they can keep the pricing close to other vehicles in the segment, Mazda will sell a lot of these. Enjoy!

Source: Mazda - Press release after the "read more" jump.

Volkswagen whips up new Golf R Variant sportwagon


Volkswagen's Golf R is like a GTI on steroids with more power, 4Motion all-wheel drive, lowered suspension, big alloys, and more to make what could be called the ultimate compact. For the LA Auto Show, VW has created the Golf R Variant, an "R"-rated sportwagon, to test consumer reaction to a conveyance that will take you, four friends, and your stuff to your destination...quickly. Volkswagen sells quite a few Jetta (now called Golf) Sportwagens in the US (many with diesel power) and while US consumers generally shun station wagons, a performance wagon might garner a few extra looks. And performance is what any "R"-model Volkswagen is all about. The Golf R Variant features the high-per 2.0-liter turbo four (296 hp/280 lb.-ft. of torque), the previously mentioned 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, a 6-speed DSG® automatic transmission, a lowered sport suspension (with adaptive damping), and more. The Golf R Variant will hit sixty from a standstill in about five seconds on its way to a 155 mph top speed. Fuel economy is more than 30 mpg on the European Driving Cycle test. And did I mention that it has a large cargo area for your stuff? The Golf R Variant is not a stripped, base model and comes well equipped with Alcantara and cloth seats (leather is optional and shown in pics), 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch optional). special front and rear fascia, blue ambient lighting, automatic air conditioning, the Composition Touch infotainment system, "R" logos, and Carbon Race accents. Now comes the interesting part. The Golf R Variant is going into production for the European market in the Spring and since the regular Golf R is coming to the US, maybe we can get the Variant or Sportwagen as well. Interested? Wouldn't hurt to let VW know. For lots more info, check out the press release and pics after the jump. But don't forget, all this good stuff doesn't come cheaply...

Source: Volkswagen - Press release after the "read more" jump.


Honda FCV Concept charges its way onto the alt-fuel stage - w/video


Honda took the wraps off of the latest generation of their fuel-cell vehicle, the FCV (above). The FCV looks like an escapee from a sci-fi movie, with its somewhat blocky futuristic styling. While the FCV is a more production-ready looking sedan compared to the FCEV concept (pics and video after the jump), both cars are decidedly more svelte than the Clarity fuel-cell sedan (below) that a few consumers tested for Honda back in 2008. All three designs are more attractive than Toyota's recently announced Mirai fuel-cell car which is scheduled for production late next year. Honda's FCV is expected to reach production in 2016. Both cars have expected ranges of 300 miles on a single tank of hydrogen. Fill-ups should take just over 5 minutes to complete at the new hydrogen infrastructure that is being constructed in California and the Northeastern US. (Fuel-cell vehicles convert hydrogen into electricity to power the vehicle with water vapor the only exhaust emission.) Interesting. Now add a plug-in component and...

Source: Honda - Press release after the "read more" jump.

Bentley Grand Convertible takes the Mulsanne to new heights


Bentley is testing the waters with the Mulsanne-based Grand Convertible shown here dipped in its special Sequin Blue paint with "Liquid Metal" silver accents and fitted with unique directional alloys. This potential very limited-edition grand tourer (which shows up on the Bentley press site as a production model btw) uses Bentley craftsmen to create a drop-top from Bentley's large sedan. Bentley Chairman and CEO, Wolfgang Dürheimer, commented: “This concept demonstrates Bentley’s ability to create a pinnacle convertible Grand Tourer, while embodying elegance beyond compare...With this car we combine the opulent Mulsanne experience with the full sensory indulgence of open-air touring. We are eagerly awaiting the response of our customers to this car. We will ensure that this car - if it reaches the roads – will be a highly exclusive, extremely limited collector’s piece.” The Grand Convertible utilizes the Mulsanne's 6.75-liter Twin-Turbo V8 (530 hp/811 lb.ft of torque) to get you down the road and Bentley's finest leathers to get you and three of your best friends to your destination in high-style and comfort. Quite a car, wouldn't you say? If you've got the bucks and the interest, let Bentley know. They'll be glad to hear from you. Press release and pics after the jump.

Source: Bentley - Press release after the "read more" jump.


The mighty Shelby GT350 Mustang is back - w/video


Take the dramatically improved 2015 Mustang and add a special 500 hp, naturally-aspirated,5.2-liter V8; six-speed manual transmission; lowered sport suspension with MagnaRide; unique body work and trim; special interior fitments; aerodynamic aids; Brembo brakes; and of course, the fabled Cobra logo on the grille and you have the all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang. The new GT350 is meant to be a "balanced" track and "street-legal" everyday car. The V8 is unique to the GT350 and is Ford's most powerful naturally-aspirated engine yet using tech developed in racing. Almost every aspect of the new Mustang has been looked at, tweaked, massaged, and prepared for GT350 duty. The new Mustang is an attractive car, but the new Shelby GT350 is a mean mutha that says get...out...of...my...way. Prices and delivery dates have yet to be announced. For more detailed information, check out the informative press release, pics, and video after the jump. Enjoy!!!

Source: Ford - Extensive press release, pics, and video after the "read more" jump.

Toyota's Fuel Cell future is here and it's called Mirai - w/video


Toyota has taken the wraps off of the production version of their all-new fuel-cell sedan, the Mirai. The Mirai (which means future in Japanese) won't be mistaken for any other vehicle on the road with its awkward proportions and detailing. But it may grow on one. No specifics about power or efficiency were given other than the fact that the Mirai has a 300 mile range and zero emissions (except water vapor). As with all alternative-fuel, zero-emissions vehicles, the source of the fuel can be as dirty as a regular car, so we shall see. The Mirai, like Honda's Clarity, converts hydrogen into electricity to power the car. Honda was promoting home hydrogen units that converted natural gas into hydrogen. Toyota is partnering with Air Liquide in the Northeast and FirstElement Fuels in California to develop and install a fast-fill hydrogen infrastructure. I know that some communities use hydrogen for trucks and buses and allow consumers to use their fill-up sites. I'm not sure of the cost equivalents between gas and hydrogen, but more info will be disclosed shortly. The Mirai should hit Toyota outlets this coming year. For more info, check out the press release, pics, and intro video after the jump.

Source: Toyota - Press release after the "read more" jump.