Thursday, July 23, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
1. Acknowledge you did it before.
Take some time to remember all the things you've dreamed about in the past, and received. Make a list, including big things you manifested such as relationships, jobs, cars, etc. and also small ones such as a day you were craving a coffee and unexpectedly someone offered you one. Don’t feel frustrated if you can’t remember many experiences. Believe me, you have manifested much more than you can remember!
2. Figure out exactly what you expect.
3. Identify what's holding you back.
4. Prove yourself wrong.
Prove to yourself that your limiting beliefs are not true. Find positive evidence in your life from all the people who love you just the way you are. Make a list proving yourself wrong: “My friends helped me when I was in a bad situation... My neighbor makes me a cake every year for my birthday... My aunt spent a weekend with me when I was sick…”
5. Prove to yourself that you do deserve to be loved.
Now that you understood that your negative limiting beliefs aren't true, make a new list including all the qualities, actions, and facts that make you a wonderful person: “I always help and support those I love... Every Monday I bring cookies to work... I gave a ride to my friend when he didn’t have his car….”
6. Focus on your soulmate and your happy life.
Finally, time to manifest your Soulmate!! So now that you know you deserve to be happy, focus all the power of your mind and your heart on your perfect partner. Remember your thoughts are magnets, so go back to the list you made in step #2 and focus on the person you described. The more you think and feel about that person, and the more you visualize your life together, the faster you will attract them into your life. You don’t need to take a lot of extra time to visualize; you can even do it when you take your shower or on your way to the grocery store. Just remember: All thoughts are magnets, including the negative ones, so stay away from them. Don’t focus on the fact that your soulmate is not in your life yet. Focus on all the things you’ll do with them once they arrive.
And most importantly... BELIEVE, BELIEVE, BELIEVE!!!
Sunday, June 7, 2015
2015 Toyota Prado nameplate can only be found in Australia, Japan and other Asian markets. It is part of the Land Cruiser lineup and is simply called Land Cruiser in Europe. In the US, cheaper LC trims are replaced with 4Runner, while luxurious ones are marketed as Lexus GX 470. This 7 passenger SUV is one of the best midsize SUV on the market.
Toyota Prado redesign
This mid-size SUV will keep its distinctive look in 2015 and will continue to feature five-bar chrome-bound grille and laid-back headlights that almost look like an extra grille bar on the each side. High nose and huge side fenders are giving Prado its intimidating look. Rear end has vertically shaped tail-lights, roofline spoiler and almost forgotten, spare tire mounted on the tailgate.
Interior is spacious and comes with three rows of seats. Second row can be folded down manually, while third row is folded electronically in order to give more than impressive cargo space. Interior materials depend on a trim level and go from cloth upholstery and basic plastics in entry level GX, to premium leather and wood trims in Kakadu model. Dashboard is heavy and somewhat angular with 7-inch display in the instrument panel. 9-inch twin screens can be found at the rear and together with six speakers make a rear entertainment system. Optional 14-speaker JBL audio system and satelite navigation can be ordered with highest tier which also has multi-terrain select system. Safety options include seven airbags, vehicle stability control, active traction control, hill start assist, downhill assist control as standard and optional front and rear parking sensors, pre-collision safety system, etc.
2015 Toyota Prado powertrain
In Australian market, Prado comes available in four trim levels. GX comes with 3.0L turbodiesel I4 engine that develops 170 hp and is mated with either 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. GXL, VX and Kakadu trims are available with the same turbodiesel option or 4.0L V6 engine that has 271 hp. All of them are 4WD vehicles with front engine layout. Fuel economy ratings are solid for an mid size SUV and Prado with V6 engine goes as far as 20 mpg combined. More efficient diesel engine has fuel economy ratings of 28 mpg combined.
2015 Toyota Prado price
Prices for 2015 Prado shouldn’t rise more than couple of hundreds. Entry level GX with five seats and manual shifter should cost around $53,000, while top Kakadu trim will have a price tag of at least $86,000.
2015 Toyota Prado is a quality substitute for conventional Land Cruiser in Asian and Australian markets. In Australia, it doesn’t even seem to be a substitute as it comes with full luxury package and latest technologically advanced features.
Choose your Prado Car at: http://mytoyota2016.com/category/2015
Friday, June 5, 2015
The 2014 Prado is available in GX, GXL, VX, and Grande versions. The GX is the entry level model, while the Grande is the luxury version. In most markets the Prado is available with a 4.0 L V6 petrol engine or 3.0 L straight 4 Diesel engine. It is also available in 4.6 L V8 petrol. In some European countries commercial van variants, based on the short-wheelbase chassis. are available.
As of 2014, the LC Prado is available in every Toyota market, except, the U.S., Canada (both available as the Lexus GX), Mexico, and South Korea.
Predecessor (J70: 1984–1990)
First developed as the light-duty vehicle of the 70 Series, in November 1984. Available only in short body, and there were options for soft top or hard top (metal top). Names like Land Cruiser II, Land Cruiser, and Bundera were made for these 'Light Duty' Land Cruisers. The Bundera was a medium wheelbase two-door with a plastic top and barn doors at the rear. There were three options for the engine, the 2.4 L (2366 cc) 22R petrol engine and 2.4 L (2446 cc) 2L and 2L-T diesel and turbo diesel engines. Transmission for the gasoline engine is the G52 type while the diesels used the R150 and R151 types. These were the same engines and transmission used in 4Runner, in cooperation with Hino.
First generation (J70: 1990–1996)
In April 1990, a new type was introduced. The front grille, front fenders and engine hood were redesigned. The head lamp design changed as well. At the same time the sub name Prado was attached, but names like Land Cruiser and Land Cruiser II were still used in other parts of the world besides Japan. Prado, which means meadow or field in Portuguese, the new line from Land Cruiser was marketed toward more on-road purposes, despite a body-on-frame design which was highly capable off-road.
In Japan it came with electronic fuel injection and a four speed automatic transmission. The 2.4 L turbo diesel engine with 71 kW (97 PS; 95 hp) and 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) high torque unit was installed. The line up included 2-door and 4-door versions available in SX, LX or EX (4 door only) grades of trim.
The front suspension was changed to a "shock absorber through spring" design to improve handling. With the touch of a button you could switch between stages of absorber. The 22R gasoline engine was upgraded to the 22R-E (electronic fuel injection) engine, the diesel engines were replaced by the 2.8 L (2776 cc) 3L engine, and the 2.4 L (2446 cc) 2L-T turbo diesel engine was replaced by the electronically injected 2L-TE turbo diesel engine. In 1993, the 22R-E gasoline engine was replaced by the 2.7 L (2693 cc) 3RZ-FE gasoline engine and the 2L-TE turbo diesel engine was replaced by the 3.0 L (2982 cc) 1KZ-T turbo diesel engine with aluminium cylinder head. The 1KZ-TE was able to reduce NOx and soot. The dash board was replaced with a new design with minor changes to suspension, brakes, and trim details.
Second generation (J90: 1996–2002)
In May 1996, the J70 series underwent a makeover and emerged as the J90 series Prado, an independent series. The body was lengthened. The design remained medium duty, like the J70. The front suspension was replaced with an independent design, shared with Tacoma and Hilux Surf, made by Hino. The J90 was made by Tahara Plant, available as a three-door short wheelbase and five-door long wheelbase version.
In Japan, the 3-door series started with an R in the series ranging from RZ, RX, RS to RJ while the 5-door line-up started with T in the series ranging from TZ, TX, TS, to TJ. All models came with front double wishbone and 4 linked suspension as well as full-time 4WD. ABS and a Field Monitor showing altimeter, thermometer and pressure were standard in all the models. The field monitor was not available as standard equipment in South Africa. Television display and audio set was optional.
Gasoline engines included the 2.7 L (2693 cc) 3RZ-FE and, new in Prado models, the 3.4 L (3378 cc) V6 5VZ-FE. Diesel engines were the 2.8 L (2776 cc) 3L engine, the 3.0 L (2986 cc) 5L engine and the 3.0 L (2982 cc) 1KZ-TE.
There was also a luxury version of the J90, called the Challenger. Features of the Challenger are standard leather seats and wood on the dash.
By June 1999, minor changes were made. In order to follow new laws, fog-lamps were added to the bumper, except in South Africa. In July 2000, a new diesel engine, the 3.0 L (2982 cc) Common Rail Diesel Injection (D-4D) 1KD-FTV was introduced into this model. To reduce theft, an engine immobilizer was available. TX Limited with 8 seats used TX base with roof rail, rear under mirror, wood panel finish, arm rest, optitron meter, base cooling as well as rear heater was introduced into this series.
The Prado was assembled by Sofasa in Colombia from 1999 until 2009 without significant changes. There were two versions, a 3-door with a 2.7 L engine and 5-door with a 3.4 L V6 engine with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. Between 2005 and 2009 they offered an optional armoured version of the 5-door version.
When the Prado was launched in the UK in 1996, it was called the Land Cruiser Colorado and replaced the 4Runner, which had been discontinued from sale. It was called this to distinguish it from the larger Land Cruiser – renamed as the Land Cruiser Amazon – which was already on sale. It dropped the Colorado name tag in 2003, when it was renamed simply Land Cruiser. In the Republic of Ireland most Land Cruisers were sold as commercials with the side windows and seats removed for tax reasons.
Third generation (J120: 2002–2009)
Appearing in 2002, the third generation Prado has revised front suspension to improve reliability, and a new body developed at the Toyota ED2 design studio in France from 1998 to early 2000.
Engines include the 2.7 L (2693 cc) straight-4 3RZ-FE, 3.4 L (3378 cc) V-6 5VZ-FE and 3.0 L (2982 cc) straight-4 Turbo diesel 1KZ-TE. In countries like China, a newly developed engine 1GR-FE V6 is available. The engine immobilizer became standard equipment in some markets.
In August 2004, the 3RZ-FE engine was replaced by 2.7 L (2694 cc) 2TR-FE engine and in July of the same year, the 5VZ-FE engine was replaced by 4.0 L (3955 cc) V6 1GR-FE engine with 5-speed automatic transmission available in late 2005. In North America, this model is known as the Lexus GX 470 with the 4.7 L (4663 cc) V8 2UZ-FE engine.
Diesel models have had the 1KZ-TE turbo diesel engine with maximum output rating 96 kW (131 PS; 129 hp) as well as the 5L-E natural aspirated diesel engine rating 70 kW (95 PS; 94 hp). In November 2006, Toyota introduced the 1KD-FTV Turbo Diesel (D-4D engine to meet Euro IV emission standards. This engine delivers 127 kW (173 PS; 170 hp) of power and 410 N·m (300 lb·ft) of torque. The upgrade to the D-4D engine was also matched with transmission upgrades to the diesel range, with the 5-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions added in line with the petrol powered range. From August 2007 the Prado received several equipment and safety upgrades. The car has won 3 awards for the best performance on a SUV type vehicle in Australia and US.
The 120-series Land Cruiser Prado shares the same suspension parts as the current generation Hilux Surf/4Runner and FJ Cruiser.
There is a shorter three door version of the 120-series, with a 125-code instead of 120. Engines are the same, most features are the same; just the 1KZ-TE was only available in five door version. The three door wagon features only two seat rows. The fuel tank is limited to 87 L, no sub-fuel-tank system available.
For model year 2007 on Japanese models only, G-BOOK, a subscription telematics service, is offered as an option. In China, Dadi Auto made a clone of the suv called the Dadi Shuttle.
Fourth generation (J150: 2009–present)
The fourth generation has been available in some markets since October 2009. There are two base variants, five-door and three-door. The five door variant in the general market is offered in TXL & VXL grades – which are much more option packed. This generation of Prado features advanced 4WD and an array of electronic gadgets. This generation of the Prado is offered in the US badged as the 2010 model year Lexus GX 460 with luxury trim.
Depending on the market, the fourth generation is available with an under-floor mounted or rear door mounted spare wheel. For example, UK vehicles have the spare wheel mounted under the floor, while in Australia and Argentina the spare wheel is mounted on the rear door, leaving space for an auxiliary fuel tank, which is desirable in countries where long journeys in isolated areas may be required. The fuel capacity of the dual tank series four is 150 L compared to 179 L of the series three.
The removable third row three-seaters of the J120 were replaced by fold-into-floor seats which seat only two people – which is also responsible for a loss of cargo capacity, the reduction in duel fuel capacity and usable height in the cargo compartment. On the higher end VX and Kakadu models, there are six camera positions enabling viewing to the front and down, to the side both front and rear, and to the rear. The engine remained the same, although the automatic gear change points were altered for maximum fuel economy rather than maximum performance, even in Sports mode.
The fourth generation Prado was released in Australia on 16 November 2009. Five-door models include the GX, GXL, VX, and the high-end Kakadu. The Altitude model, introduced in 2012, is priced between the GXL and VX, and has satellite navigation, two-way moon roof, leather accented trim, and 7" Fujitsu-Ten touch-screen/multimedia center. Three-door shorter wheelbase models include the SX and ZR.
In late 2013, Toyota dropped the badly selling 2-door Prado variants. 2013 also saw a refresh, with more standard equipment, new front panels, and new headlights. Higher specification models received LED headlights and suspension improvements.
TOYOTA PRADO REVIEW
What’s hot: Proven performance, comfortable on-road, brilliant off it.
What’s not: There is too much moulded interior plastic for a car in this class.
X-FACTOR: It will tow your Collins Class sub to the Gulf and back without raising a bead of sweat.
Vehicle style: Large 4WD SUV Wagon
Price: $55,990 - $92,590
Engine/trans: 3.0 litre diesel, 4.0 litre petrol V6 | 5spd auto, 6spd man
Power/torque: 127kW/410Nm diesel; 202kW/381Nm petrol
Fuel consumption diesel, listed: 8.5 l/100km tested: 12.1 l/100km
Fuel consumption petrol, listed: 11.5 l/100km tested: 13.4 l/100km
Toyota’s updated Prado is what Toyota - the brand - is all about. It’s sensible, solid, conservative and immensely capable.
There are few things to point at in the Prado that can be described as cutting-edge. Perhaps the KDSS suspension, but little else.
But that’s a Toyota thing: it rarely sits at the edge of the blade, more often at its solid centre.
And this is where the Prado sits. It is Prado, not Prada, and it is neither the last word in style nor in on-road dynamics.
But it is a very compelling purchase. It’s hard to imagine any Prado buyer being disappointed. That said, there are, nonetheless, a few debits that take the sheen off things.
So what about this updated model?
It’s little changed from the model it replaces; it is mostly just ‘a new look’. It sports a new face, revised taillights and some suspension refinements. Nothing changed here for the sake of change alone.
After all, it’s the best-selling four-wheel-drive wagon in the country; so why mess with it?
We drove most variants of the updated Prado at launch (there are 11 variants in all). Here’s our report.
Again little changed, but certainly a snug, comfortable and robust fit-out. The seats are good, upright and a little flat, but rightly comfortable and with good under-thigh support for long-distance driving.
The wheel falls nicely to hand (electrically adjustable in the VX and Kakadu), and there is a real ‘command’ position from the captain’s chair.
Importantly, in seven-seat models (only the GX misses out), access to the rear third row is really good. Even with a dodgy back I could get in and out easily.
The instruments are clear and legible, and controls are well laid out and with a ‘solid to the touch’ feel.
On the downside, the painted silver faux-metal highlighting looks a bit naff, and there is too much plastic moulding for my liking, especially in the top-spec Kakadu.
When you’re spending the best part of 100-large ($91,590), you might be looking for a dash of leather; somewhere on the doors, for instance.
It’s not such a disappointment on the lower-specced and vastly less-expensive GX and GXL models, of course, which are trimmed as you’d expect.
That aside, there is a soft quality-feel to all plastics, especially on touchpoints like the dashboard, armrest and door grab-handles.
The biggest interior styling flaw is the ghetto-blaster emerging from the top of the dash.
It is unusually clunky, looks incredibly cheap and is a real design gaffe. God alone knows what it’s doing there, and why it was carried over from the previous model.
It holds the air-con outlets, audio and heater controls and large screen display. It’s certainly easy to reference when driving, but it really mars what is an otherwise mostly appealing interior.
It’s the feature-list though that appeals most in here. Even lower down the model range, the GX and GXL are pretty well-kitted.
Standard across the range is cruise control, smart entry and smart start, 220-volt rear accessory socket, Bluetooth, USB aux-in, iPod connectivity, multi-function steering wheel, side mirror-mounted indicators, UV glass and conversation mirror. Automatic models also get hill-start control and downhill assist.
The GXL adds third-row seats and a third-row side curtain-airbag, climate-control three-zone air-con, rear parking sensors privacy glass, two additional cup holders, heated and power-retractable exterior mirrors, plus alarm system, roof rails, side steps and other dress-up bits.
It starts getting serious in the Prado VX, which adds rain-sensing wipers, leather-accented seats (heated front and second-rows), power adjusting tilt and telescopic steering, power-folding third-row seat, parking sensors, auto LED headlamps, 17-speaker premium JBL audio with DAB+ radio, touch-screen sat-nav and multi-info display.
It also adds the ‘biggie’, the incredibly capable Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) suspension.
For the Kakadu add Optitron dials (with multi-information display), blind-spot monitor, radar cruise control, Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system, five-mode CRAWL control, four-camera terrain monitor, Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) traction-control switch, moonroof, cool box, electronic rear diff-lock, and height-adjustable rear air-suspension, among a longer list of premium features.
Kakadu gets a pre-crash safety system but all models get seven airbags, vehicle stability control, traction control, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA) and emergency brake signal.
The big-ticket safety item for those who tow is trailer sway control, now standard across the range.
ON THE ROADThere is little to report here if you’re familiar with the previous model.
The engines, petrol and diesel, and transmissions are the same: the 127kW/410Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine or the 202kW/381Nm V6 petrol engine with variable valve timing.
That diesel’s peak torque is on tap from a very wide 1600 to 2800rpm.
For towing, there’s nothing quite like a wide torque band for ‘settled’ driving. It also feels stronger than a peakier diesel; in other words, it does more with less.