Electric Vehicles

Toyota commits to 70 electrified products by 2025; here's what's coming

Toyota trademark filings reveal what is coming in its lineup.

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Today Toyota committed to expand their company portfolio by around 70 models globally by 2025. That's just four years from now. The company has said that of those 70-ish, 15 will be new battery electric vehicles and seven will be Toyota bZ models.

They're not just talking about cars and SUVs. Toyota also says that it's bringing electrification to its truck lineup including hybrid and BEV powertrains.

So, what exactly is coming? A little sleuthing and some educated guessing tells the story. It's important to note that all the information below is of a speculative nature as Toyota, like every other automaker, is not in the habit of commenting on future product. It's also important to remember that just because a product name has made the list, that doesn't necessarily mean it will for-sure come to market.

Lexus RZ450e

A trademark application for "RZ450e" has already been filed. It would follow in line with Toyota company nomenclature if an all-electric version of the Lexus RX 450h became the Lexus RZ450e (or Lexus RZ 450e). The RX450h name is already used on the hybrid version of the popular Lexus SUV (sold also as the RX 350).

Toyota bZ5

If they're committed to using "X" to denote all-wheel drive-capable SUVs, then it stands to reason that the Toyota bZ5 will be an electric car. When it comes to guessing size, look to the fact that other automakers (BMW, Mercedes, etc.) use "5" to denote a midsize sedan. This could possibly be an all-electric version of the Camry.

However, it's also a possibility that the bZ5 could be an all-electric version of the Toyota Avalon given how the current lineup sits and figuring that "5" is as high as Toyota has worked to trademark.

Toyota bZ3X

If the Toyota bZ4X is a compact SUV, perhaps the bZ3X is a subcompact, a little larger than the Toyota C-HR. This would fit with the nomenclature used in the scenario played out by the Toyota BZ5 hypothesis and fit into other brands' (Audi, BMW, etc.) naming schemes.

Toyota bZ5X

If the Toyota bZ3X is a smaller SUV than the bZ4X, then the bZ5X must be larger. Perhaps this model is a midsize SUV with a third row of seating that's comparable to what is currently in the Highlander. It could also be the name given to the all-electric version of the Highlander.

Toyota GR 010

Toyota uses GR in its naming scheme to denote models that are tuned by Gazoo Racing. The GR Supra and GR 86 are both proof of that. A Toyota GR 010 could be a small, performance-focused electric car.

Lexus TX350 & Lexus TX500h

The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept was so loved by the press and public, word was that Toyota wanted to put it into production as soon as possible. It's likely that the TX350 and TX500h are three-row crossover versions of that concept. The naming structure would fit with the current UX, NX, and RX nomenclature while the TX500h is a nod to a higher-performance model with a larger engine than the RX 450h's that is also a hybrid.

Toyota bZ4, Toyota bZ3, Toyota bZ2, Toyota bZ1

If the Toyota bZ5 is an all-electric car about the size of the Camry or Avalon, it would make sense that the Toyota bZ4 and bZ3 are smaller all-electric cars. It would then follow that the bZ2 and bZ1 would be even smaller. From largest to smallest, the current Toyota lineup includes Avalon, Camry, and Corolla. Yaris is sold elsewhere in the world but a car that size could make a comeback as one of the bZ2 or bZ1 models.

Toyota bZ2X & Toyota bZ1X

With the bZ4X being about the size of the RV4, it stands to reason that the bZ2X may be about the size of the current Toyota C-HR. There's also a possibility that either the bZ2X or bZ1X could be an electric version of the Toyota Corolla Cross, a model that has been said to be likely to come to the U.S.

Remember, Toyota still owes us the identity of the product they'll be co-producing with Mazda at the plant in Alabama.

Toyota Trailhunter

There's a lot of people expecting Toyota to release a rugged small SUV in the spirit of the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Some expect it to be able to go head-to-head with the Jeep Wrangler while others just hope for something more rugged than the Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road. Only time will tell.

Toyota Grand Highlander

There's a Jeep Wagoneer and a Grand Wagoneer. Could there be a Toyota Highlander and a Toyota Grand Highlander? With the Toyota Land Cruiser leaving the company's U.S. lineup, there's a hole up top that a fancy version of the Highlander could fill. Fancier and more rugged? That could be a win-win.

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Research and development

Ford names site for battery development facility

Ford's new facility will house battery research and development.

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Ford is in the news again for its electrification efforts, this time with the confirmation of a Michigan location for a new battery research and development facility in Romulus, Michigan. The facility may eventually help Ford in-source much of its EV supply chain, a shift that could prevent or mitigate the challenges presented by parts and technology shortages.

As part of its electrification initiative, the automaker plans to build a new research and development facility, called Ford Ion Park. The facility will house new tech research, pilot programs for new manufacturing techniques, and will help give Ford more control over its supply chain.


Ford Ion Park Once complete, the facility will initially house 200 engineers.Ford


The price tag for the new facility and related efforts lands at $185 million, which sounds like chump change for a global automaker until we consider that Ford has committed $30 billion to electrification by 2025. The automaker says that its new facility renews its dedication to Michigan as its home base for EV development, a promise it originally made back in 2010. The company's new electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck will be built in Dearborn, which will add 500 jobs. An additional 225 jobs will be retained at Ford's Dyke Electric Powertrain Center.

As part of Phase One of the project, Ford plans to hire 200 engineers within 18 months of the 270,000-square-foot facility's opening. Ironically, the site was previously owned by A123 Systems, a battery manufacturer that closed the facility in 2017 due to low demand for batteries.


Ford Ion Park Ford has committed $185 million to the new facility and related efforts.Ford

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This car's auction price is already well past $100,000.

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The Toyota Supra is a car whose legend has grown, thanks in part to an appearance in a cult classic movie. Enthusiasts were already obsessed with the cars before 2001's Fast & Furious, but the Supra's leading role as a world-beating Japanese supercar cemented its place at the top of the automotive pyramid. Prices for the cars have been out of this world for years, but this 1995 Supra Turbo up for auction on Bring a Trailer might just take the cake as one of the most expensive ever sold.

The Renaissance Red Supra is absolutely mint, and shows just 7,000 miles on the clock. This fourth-generation Supra is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that was rated at 320 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque when new. Unlike so many of the unfortunately-optioned cars seen for sale today, this one has a six-speed manual gearbox. The car is rear-wheel drive and features a limited-slip differential.


1995 Toyota Supra The Supra has grown in value significantly in recent years.Bring a Trailer


Inside, this car is every bit as nice as we'd expected a one-owner, 7,000-mile example to be. The ivory leather upholstery looks new, as does the dash and carpeting. The driver-focused center console has a factory CD player – a big deal in 1995 – and a cassette deck.

These cars are great, no doubt about it, but six figures (or likely way more, in this case) is a crazy number for someone to pay. We'll be watching the auction, though, and so should you. There are four days left for the already silly $136,000 bid to grow – substantially.


1995 Toyota Supra The car's ivory leather interior looks brand-new.Bring a Trailer

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