There’s no doubt about it – 2013 has been a big year for Toyota.
From new model announcements, to concept cars and visionary glimpses of future technology, there’s been plenty to talk about. Better still, we’ve celebrated some of the most important models in Toyota’s history and taken a look inside the home of Toyota manufacturing in the UK.
The most popular images we’ve published this year featured the Toyota FT-86 Open concept, ahead of its debut appearance at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Despite the fact there are currently no plans to produce the convertible version of the GT86, the model has already attracted a following – particularly after an exclusive drive at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and in a new red colourscheme in Tokyo.
The GT86 TRD edition proved that appetite for sports cars isn’t limited to convertibles. We took the TRD to an empty hangar to mark its launch in the UK.
Another photoshoot that required a certain degree of secrecy took place in the summer, when we brought Toyota’s Le Mans challengers together for the first time. The TS010, TS020 ‘GT-One’ and Toyota Hybrid Racing’s current racer, the TS030 Hybrid, had never before been captured on film together.
You can see the full gallery of amazing images of our endurance heroes in this post.
From high-tech to home-made: we caught up with Jason Bowes and his amazing Coffee iQ, which features a full mobile cafe inside his Toyota iQ.
See the full picture set and watch a video about Jason’s iQ here.
One of the key motoring events of any summer, the Goodwood Festival of Speed proved as much of a draw in its 20th year as it ever has, with thousands of spectators enjoying sweltering heat and a peerless roster of cars.
In addition to the popular show stand, which hosted big-name racing drivers including Martin Brundle, Anthony Davidson and Bjorn Waldegard, Toyota was represented on the forest rally stage by Giniel de Villiers, who took the top driver title for his exploits in the Dakar Hilux.
One of the most popular Toyota rally cars, thanks in part to its recognisable Castrol livery, is the Celica GT-Four ST205 – which looks fast even when it’s mid-air…
More recently, we asked our Facebook fans to share photos of their Toyota in winter. This stunning scene was taken by Eddie Evans…
…while Dave Woolgar showed winter who’s boss in his Celica GT-Four.
Our #AurisMovies tour of the UK’s top film locations proved popular in November. One of our favourite shots to come from the porject was this one, taken at Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands – one of the sites featured in the James Bond film Skyfall.
Our attempt to re-create one of the Skyfall posters with the Auris Touring Sports in place of 007’s Aston Martin DB5 was surprisingly successful.
The highlands weren’t the only stunning scenery to feature on the Toyota UK Facebook page this year. Sylvia Stungo’s picture of her GT86 took our breath away when it was submitted to our GT86 owners’ gallery.
Prepared for a completely different landscape, the Willis Resilience 6×6 Hilux is one of the most rugged versions of our go-anywhere pickup we’ve ever seen (and that’s saying something).
We pictured it together with a standard model and the Polar Hilux that saw James May and Jeremy Clarkson to the North Pole in a memorable Top Gear Christmas special.
Turning to the future of Toyota, the hydrogen-powered FCV fuel cell hybrid vehicle was given a big unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show in September…
… but it was the JPN Taxi concept that stole our hearts.
Meachwhile the FV2 concept points to a long-term solution for getting around cities, with so much technology that it actually goes without a steering wheel.
Back in the present, our unique Factory to Forecourt project explained how Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire turns sheet metal into a fully road-ready Auris in mere hours.
Time for one of our favourite moments from 2013 – a celebratory meeting of almost 100 fourth-generation Supras to mark the model’s 20th birthday.
If anything proved the enthusiasm and loyalty of Toyota owners in 2013, this was it.
You can see all the Supra gathering pictures here.
We bring our countdown to a close with our most recent photo tour – taking a Verso to some of the UK’s best Christmas light displays – the perfect way to end the year!