Live from the Los Angeles Motor Show: Toyota Land Cruiser (FJ 25)
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Live from the Los Angeles Motor Show: Toyota Land Cruiser (FJ 25)

Never one to be shy about its heritage, Toyota is displaying an early Land Cruiser at the annual Los Angeles Motor Show. Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits the American southwest
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Ran When Parked visits the American southwest

We recently took advantage of a work trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, to re-discover the American southwest. Continue reading

Toyota re-releases Land Cruiser 70 in Japan to celebrate its 30th birthday
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Toyota re-releases Land Cruiser 70 in Japan to celebrate its 30th birthday

Automakers regularly celebrate milestones by sending out a press release or hosting a special exhibit at a museum. The folks at Toyota are taking the celebrations a step further: The company has announced it is re-introducing the Land Cruiser 70 to the Japanese market in order to commemorate its 30th birthday. In all fairness, re-introducing … Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits Toyota’s History Garage museum in Tokyo
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Ran When Parked visits Toyota’s History Garage museum in Tokyo

Ran When Parked recently visited Toyota’s History Garage museum in Odaiba, an entertainment-focused area of Tokyo, Japan. The museum is part of the Palette Town complex that is also home to a huge Toyota showroom, an even bigger maze-like shopping center called Venus Port, a Ferris wheel, a casino and so forth. Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits Japan
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Ran When Parked visits Japan

Work recently took us to Japan, the land of Wasabi Cars, Japanese Nostalgic Car and, of course, Tomica models. Having never been to Japan before, we decided to take a couple of well-deserved days off in order to do some sight-seeing in and around Tokyo. Domestic automakers indisputably rule the market in rural areas of … Continue reading

Topical advertising: Old vs. new (part two)
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Topical advertising: Old vs. new (part two)

Automakers commonly bring historic models from their own collection to media events in an attempt to create a link between the past and the present. Sometimes the connection between the two cars on display is evident, sometimes it’s a little more heavy-handed. A photographer generally shoots the old car next to the new one but … Continue reading

Topical advertising: On the inside (part two)
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Topical advertising: On the inside (part two)

Although the first part of a car that meets the eye is the body, the interior is arguably more important as it plays a major part in determining if a car is enjoyable to drive or ride in. Cobbling together an interior is tough because engineers, designers, bean counters, factory workers and even dealers all … Continue reading