Toyota is getting serious about building performance versions of its current models. The manufacturer hopes to turn Toyota Motorsport GmbH, the crew behind the Toyota Le Mans effort and the automaker's now defunct Formula One team, into a factory-backed tuner. TMG currently handles almost everything motorsport related for Toyota with the exception of engine building, and the group is currently hard at work on what could develop into a World Rally Championship entry in the near future.

TMG is shooting for a WRC debut in 2014 with a turbocharged 1.6-liter Yaris, and buyers will be able to purchase an FIA version of the model for around €25,000. According to Yoshiaki Kinoshita, president of TMG, the organization will also prepare high-performance versions of Lexus vehicles. That helps explain the Lexus LS460 TMG Edition our photographers spotted at the Nürburgring last year. When asked about the LS460, Kinoshita said every part of the vehicle had been substantially reworked by his team, including the engine, suspension and bodywork. The model could be confirmed for production in as little as six to nine months.


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      Griffen W
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok TRD is Toyota Racing Development and TMG is Toyota Motorworks Gmbh. TRD is an internal division of The parent company Toyota where as TMG is a subsidiary company of Toyota. It seems TRD focuses on performances upgrades. One buys a Toyota car and then bolts on TRD parts. TMG looks to be selling whole cars. Lexus' F line is more of a trim level form that adds sporty bits to the factory offering.
        Rust_eat_my_Mazda3
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Griffen W
        TRD is also in charge of actual and past racing program in Japan and in America. TRD Japan : Super GT and others japanese national series TRD USA : NASCAR, Baja, IMSA, CART, Toyota Atlantic, IRL... I think the two TRD share only the name : TRD Japan is a part of Toyota Technocraft that is a division of Toyota Motors Corporation. TRD USA is a division of Toyota Motors Sale USA
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Griffen W
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          Griffen W
          • 2 Years Ago
          Thank you good Sir, I forgot or about the TRD edition vehicles.
        AP1_S2K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Griffen W
        the TRD of years past was cool because it was components born out of "racing", but the TRD of today just puts out a bunch of parts by aftermarket companies of questionable credibility/quality. Not the same.
      Мохамед Абдулрахман
      before anyone say any word about the photos above it is mule for the next generation LS-F and it is 5.0L V8 engine worth 650hp & 710Nm with 295/35 R20 on front and 345/30 420 on rear. if this not sporty enough for you so please stuck with what you have
      re037
      • 2 Years Ago
      there are indeed two different trds. trd japan is officially known as toyota technocraft limted. they do the real race stuff and is a separate company. trd 3000/2000gt, ae86 wide body kits, 4age crate engines, etc trd usa has watered down its image over the years but still offers parts from trd japan as well as rebranded aftermarket parts.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      When do we see the TMG Carolla?
      ACURA23CL
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can someone explain what "GmbH" means? I have yet to find a clear answer...
        bbb
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        GmbH means "Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung" which stands for limited liability company (LLC).
        adrenalnjunky
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        It is like a LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) here in the states, and other countries. Beyond that - try Google.
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=GmbH#
        Radwon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        Copied from Wikipedia: Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (abbreviated GmbH, GesmbH or Ges.m.b.H.) (English: company with limited liability) is a type of legal entity very common in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other Central European countries.
        Rust_eat_my_Mazda3
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ACURA23CL
        Wikipedia is your friend : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gesellschaft_mit_beschr%C3%A4nkter_Haftung It's the german "LLC".
      kyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      i dislike everything that is toyota, and to think they're now trying to copy mercedes AMG by changing one letter? bland appliances cannot be turned into engaging high performance machines. toyota should just stick with the TURD that is their TRD parts lineup.
      sfblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Before I checked the comments, I knew the half breeds would say "they copied MB". AMG = the initials of the people who started AMG TMG = toyota Motorsport GmbH People who complain about manufacturers wanting to start a motorsport division or adding more performance to their brand, are not true car people.
      tqpolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is nothing sporty about the LS. They can just stop and focus on cars for women and old people.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      TRD, F, TMG..... Just pick something and stick with it already.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      First Toyota created its Lexus brand using almost identical copies of existing Mercedes products, and now they mooch off of AMG with a similar concept and sounding TMG, really? Innovation certainly isn't Toyota's strong suit.
      re037
      • 2 Years Ago
      TRD idiots...
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