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Toyota reveals fuel-cell concepts for Tokyo

Toyota has revealed a pair of hydrogen fuel-cell concepts for the Tokyo motor show - the aptly-named Fine-Comfort Ride concept and the Sora bus concept. Following the announcement of the Concept-i family of autonomous electric vehicles earlier this week, these two new vehicles focus more on Toyota's expertise in fuel-cell technology...

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2017 Subaru BRZ v Toyota 86 GT comparison
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2017 Subaru BRZ v Toyota 86 GT comparison

Deciding to buy a brand new car can be a tough decision. And deciding exactly which brand new car to buy can be even more difficult. So what happens when the two cars you're looking at share the same engine, gearbox, platform, and damn near the same looks? What happens when the two cars you're looking at are the 2017 Subaru BRZ and 2017 Toyota 86 GT? Which do you pick then? We hit the road, and the track, to find out...


Toyota drops Concept-i trio ahead of Tokyo motor show
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Toyota drops Concept-i trio ahead of Tokyo motor show

Toyota has unveiled a trio of artificial intelligence-focused concepts ahead of the Tokyo motor show next week. Both the Concept-i and Concept-i Ride are designed to preview how artificial intelligence (AI) could make life easier for owners in the future, suggesting the car and driver could eventually become “partners”, while the Concept-i Walk is something entirely different...


Eight reasons you should've gone to World Time Attack 2017
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Eight reasons you should've gone to World Time Attack 2017

Simply, the World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) is awesome. For the uninitiated, WTAC – formerly known as Superlap – is a fast-paced, high-action motorsport event, held at Sydney Motorsport Park every year since 2010. In short, WTAC is a local nod to similar types of events run in Japan for decades, focussing on the fastest tuned and modified cars, setting the fastest lap possible around a given circuit...


Toyota puts Project Portal fuel cell truck to the test
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Toyota puts Project Portal fuel cell truck to the test

Toyota is putting its Project Portal fuel-cell truck through its paces, as the company looks to better understand the role of zero-emissions powertrains in future heavy haulers. The truck, first announced in April, will be used to haul goods around the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California...


2018 Toyota Fortuner pricing and specs
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2018 Toyota Fortuner pricing and specs

The Toyota Fortuner range has been updated this week, with prices slashed by at least $5000 despite the additional of new equipment across all variants. Kicking off the range is the GX, which has seen a price reduction of $5400, bringing the price of entry down to $42,590 before on-road costs for the six-speed manual...


Kobe Steel falsification scandal may impact Toyota, Honda, Nissan, other Japanese marques
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Kobe Steel falsification scandal may impact Toyota, Honda, Nissan, other Japanese marques

Kobe Steel, a key supplier to the automakers and other heavy industries, has admitted it shipped products with falsified inspection certificates for at least a year. The certificates are meant to confirm the product in question meets specifications agreed to by both Kobe Steel and the customer...


Toyota HiLux gets mega makeover courtesy of Carlex design
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Toyota HiLux gets mega makeover courtesy of Carlex design

Polish car modification company Carlex mightn't be a household name in Australia, but the Toyota HiLux certainly is - and what you see here is the culmination of the two. The Toyota HiLux Hilly from Carlex's Pickup Design workshop apparently showcases what happens when a bunch of car-mad modders get their hands on a tough dual-cab ute and let their imaginations run wild...


2018 Toyota Century unveiled
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2018 Toyota Century unveiled

The next-generation Toyota Century has been unveiled ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at the 2017 Tokyo motor show. The new model is powered by a hybrid drivetrain with a direct injection 5.0-litre V8 at its core, and a nickel-metal hydride battery powering the electric motor...


Toyota GR HV Sports Concept is an open-topped 86 hybrid
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Toyota GR HV Sports Concept is an open-topped 86 hybrid

Toyota's stand at the Tokyo motor show later this month will feature a concept car called the GR HV Sports Concept - and we have a few questions... The company calls the matte black sports car a "dramatic open-top sports-car concept inspired by the company's involvement in endurance racing and its legendary Supra and Toyota Sports 800"...


2018 Toyota RAV4 pricing and specs
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2018 Toyota RAV4 pricing and specs

Details of the updated 2018 Toyota RAV4 range have been announced this week, with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and satellite navigation now standard across the line-up. The major changes are had in the entry-level GX variant, which now gets the aforementioned AEB technology, along with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beam as standard...


2018 Toyota Corolla hatch spied
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2018 Toyota Corolla hatch spied

The next-generation Toyota Corolla hatch has been spied undergoing hot weather testing in southern Europe. As with the previous two generations, the new Corolla hatch will likely wear the Auris badge in all countries outside of Australia and the USA. With a thick layer of tape covering an array of false body panels, it's hard to make out the car's styling details...


Toyota Australia's Altona factory closes
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Toyota Australia's Altona factory closes

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today closed its Australian manufacturing operations after 54 years and almost 3.5 million cars produced, for local buyers and export to the Middle East. The shuttering of Toyota’s Altona factory in Melbourne’s west was announced almost four years ago to give staff and suppliers time to prepare and re-train, with financial help from Toyota and various levels of government...


Hydrogen is the future, not battery-electric cars: Lexus
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Hydrogen is the future, not battery-electric cars: Lexus

Despite what you’ve heard from many major car corporations, and Tesla, electric vehicles are not the future, and never will be - according to Paul Williamsen, Lexus’s manager of global strategic communications - because the charging times will never fall to acceptable, practical levels. It’s “a simple matter of chemistry,” the company’s self-described “tech guy”, explains...


2019 BMW Z4 won't drive anything like the Toyota Supra, BMW boss says
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2019 BMW Z4 won't drive anything like the Toyota Supra, BMW boss says

As BMW ramps up co-development of the next-generation BMW Z4 with Toyota, BMW's local boss wants to assure purists that the final Z4 product won't be anything like its Japanese counterpart. Speaking to CarAdvice at the recent 1 and 2 Series LCI launch, BMW Group Australia CEO Marc Werner said the new Z4 will still be "an ultimate driving machine"...


CarAdvice podcast 72: 'It's People Like Us' director, Eva Orner
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CarAdvice podcast 72: 'It's People Like Us' director, Eva Orner

On this week's show is Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Mike Costello. In car news, LDV confirms an off-road T60, Dyson's EV has been confirmed for a 2020 launch, the MG GS gets China's first ANCAP five-star rating, Tesla Model X door opens automatically and gets torn off by a passing truck, Toyota is still the best car company in brand value list, Renault Zoe and Kangoo EV pricing has been confirmed for Australia and 2018 Holden Astra Sportwagon pricing and specs have been released...


Mazda, Toyota, Denso to jointly develop electric vehicle technology
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Mazda, Toyota, Denso to jointly develop electric vehicle technology

Japanese companies Mazda, Toyota and Denso have signed a contract this week to co-develop "basic structural technologies" for electric vehicles (EV), and establish a new company to oversee the related joint development projects...


Toyota cosy on top of brand value list, Ferrari enters Top 100
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Toyota cosy on top of brand value list, Ferrari enters Top 100

Toyota has come out on top of all other automotive marques in the 2017 Interbrand Best Global Brands report, with luxury marques Mercedes-Benz and BMW rounding up the top three car manufacturers. While the Top 100 list is dominated by technology giants Apple, Google and Microsoft, Japan's Toyota managed seventh in the overall rankings...


Toyota Yaris: Road car v Rally car
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Toyota Yaris: Road car v Rally car

A Yaris? A Toyota Yaris? Why would you rally a Toyota Yaris? That's probably what you're thinking. Ask the team at Neal Bates Motorsport, though, and the humble little Japanese runabout is the future of rallying in Australia. Whether you follow the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) or not, the facts are, this year’s title race is a close one...


2018 Toyota HiLux pricing and specs
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2018 Toyota HiLux pricing and specs

Pricing and specifications for the updated 2018 Toyota HiLux range have been detailed ahead of an October 6 on-sale date, bringing a revised model line-up including new variants, small price increases, and the axing of the slow-selling 4.0-litre V6 engine...