Strange things are happening at Toyota in China. Yesterday we saw the first photos of the Yaris sedan, set to launch three years after the Yaris hatchback. And today we have the Vios hatchback, set to launch… three years after the Vios sedan arrived. Stranger still; it will be called the ‘Vios 3’. And like the Yaris and the Vios sedan, the Vios 3 hatchback is decidedly unpretty.
Toyota seems to be caught in a design language that is not appealing, to put it mildly. Their cars are not selling well. But instead of changing course they keep adding ugliness to their lineup. Case in point: the upcoming Yaris L sedan. The front is a horrible mess and the rest of the car is a bland as a plastic bag.
A wondrous white Toyota Avalon, Spotted in China in east Beijing, looking a bit bland but not unpretty. The good Toyota was in fine shape, smooth in paint and shiny in chrome, no rust or busts, and original down until the dark gray alloys.
This is the crazy Ranz RF-EA1 concept car, as it was launched on the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. Design is brilliant, a futuristic four-door coupe shape with a large greenhouse, air ducts in the rear fenders, and an absolute eye catching V-shaped grille with a the Ranz logo in emerald green.
The facelifted Lexus IS has been unveiled on the Beijing Auto Show, sporting a heavily creased from fascia with the largest and craziest grille we saw on the show. Even the local Chinese automakers won’t go this far! Other updates include the smaller front lights, completely new bumpers, and new taillights.
Spy Shots showing the facelifted Toyota Yaris L, and it looks scary. It has a very strange front with a small grille and a black mustache, then there are mean looking headlights, huge truck-like mirrors, and tiny toy-car like wheels. The facelifted Yaris L will debut on the Beijing Auto Show later this month and hit the Chinese car market in H2.
A beautiful black Lexus LS430 sedan, Spotted in China on a compound’s road in the far east of Beijing. The old ‘Xus was in very good shape, with a solid body, smooth paint, shiny chrome, everything original, without any rot or rust, and completely clean as if it was just washed, which it probably was.
A beautiful black Lexus LS400 sedan, Spotted in China on a compound’s road in the far east of Beijing. The old ‘Xus was in very good shape, with a solid body, smooth paint, shiny chrome, everything original, and without any rot or rust, but with some dust and dirt.
A beautiful black Toyota Camry sedan, Spotted in China on a parking lot just west of the eastern section the mighty Fifth Ring Road in Beijing. The good old Too’ was as clean as those old Camry’s come, clean in paint and smooth in body, completely original and not a tad of rust or rot in sight.
An extremely beautiful J60 Toyota Land Cruiser, seen on the Car Meeting of Beijing tuning show on the Golden Port race track. Happily, there was nothing tuned about this Toyota, it was indeed one hundred percent original and in absolute perfect shape, and with the rare vertical-bar grille!