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While CarAdvice specialises in reviews and comparisons of cars in all price brackets, it's often important to consider the perfect first car for somebody new to driving. CarAdvice reader Emily e-mailed us wanting to know what car she should buy as a first car...

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Toyota backs Camry sales to stay strong until end of local production
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Toyota backs Camry sales to stay strong until end of local production

Toyota Australia is hopeful of maintaining current levels of Camry and Aurion sales between now and the end of local production in 2017. Speaking at the line-off ceremony for the new-look, 2015 Toyota Camry at the Altona production plant in Melbourne, Toyota Australia president Dave Buttner (pictured below) said the company planned build 90,000 cars per year over the final three years of production and was hopeful of maintaining the current 30:70 domestic-to-export sales ratio...


2015 Toyota Camry production kicks off at Altona
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2015 Toyota Camry production kicks off at Altona

The first of the last of its kind – the 2015 Toyota Camry – has rolled down the assembly line at Toyota Australia’s Altona production plant in Melbourne today. Today’s assembly ceremony represents the beginning of the end for the Australian-made Camry and the local automotive manufacturing industry as we know it, with Toyota set to close its factory around the same time as Holden at the end of 2017...


2016 Toyota HiLux engine details leaked, ute to debut autonomous emergency braking — UPDATED
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2016 Toyota HiLux engine details leaked, ute to debut autonomous emergency braking — UPDATED

Updated: 25/04/2015: More details have been leaked regarding the transmission options available for the 2.7-litre petrol engine listed below. The engine will be available with the option of a five- or six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox. Power output for the entry level 2.7-litre engine will also be boosted to 166kW of power, an increase of 50kW...


2016 Toyota HiLux design leaked in product brochure
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2016 Toyota HiLux design leaked in product brochure

The first image of the yet to be released 2016 Toyota HiLux has been seen online via a leaked product brochure. Published on the Ferd fan Facebook page, the front-end image (pictured above) shows a muscular design for the new HiLux. Featuring halogen or bi-xenon headlights and what appears to be LED daytime running lights...


Honda named UK's most reliable vehicle brand
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Honda named UK's most reliable vehicle brand

Honda has been named the UK’s most reliable vehicle manufacturer for the ninth consecutive year according to research conducted by What Car? and Warranty Direct. Honda topped 36 other brands in the 2015 edition of the annual Reliability Index, which analysed 50,000 live Warranty Direct policies on three- to eight-year-old vehicles...


2015 Toyota Corolla Levin ZR Review : Long-term report one
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2015 Toyota Corolla Levin ZR Review : Long-term report one

The newest addition to the CarAdvice long-term garage, the Toyota Corolla is a favourite with the buying public. We've got our hands on the top of the range Levin ZR variant.


Toyota consolidates racing outfits under Gazoo brand - UPDATED
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Toyota consolidates racing outfits under Gazoo brand - UPDATED

Overnight Toyota announced that it would begin consolidating its various motorsports organisations under the Gazoo Racing umbrella. Until now, different teams and outfits have sprung up organically over the years within Toyota's vast empire. For example, Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG for short), based in Cologne, Germany was responsible for developing and racing the company's entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)...


Online bookmaker backs 2015 sales jump, Corolla to beat Mazda 3
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Online bookmaker backs 2015 sales jump, Corolla to beat Mazda 3

On the back of yesterday’s announcement that a record number of new vehicles were sold across the country in March, online bookmaker Sportsbet is backing this year’s sales tally to surpass that of 2014. Sportsbet has 2015 at $1.35 to register more new vehicle sales than 2014. Official VFACTS data shows that Australians purchased 277,594 new vehicles in the first three months of 2015, up 4...


Toyota RAV4 Hybrid unveiled in New York, not coming to Australia
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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid unveiled in New York, not coming to Australia

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has been unveiled at the 2015 New York auto show. Under the skin, the RAV4 Hybrid features a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor to drive the front wheels. All-wheel drive is provided by a separate electric motor, which powers the rear wheels as traction and conditions demand...


Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to debut in New York
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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to debut in New York

The first-ever Toyota RAV4 Hybrid will make its debut at the New York auto show, which starts next week. Aside from the teaser image above and the fact it's coming to New York show, RAV4 Hybrid will feature a unique set of tail-lights with greyed out indicators and light-tube-style elements, but there are, so far, no details about its drivetrain...


Toyota reveals new modular TNGA vehicle architecture
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Toyota reveals new modular TNGA vehicle architecture

Toyota has unveiled a new modular global vehicle architecture that will underpin approximately half of all the vehicles it sells by 2020. Toyota says the new structure, dubbed Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), will be versatile enough to form the basis for compact and large vehicles and all sizes in between, along with supporting both front- and rear-wheel-drive layouts...


Toyota Corolla Nurburgring edition celebrates seventh-place finish in 24-hour race
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Toyota Corolla Nurburgring edition celebrates seventh-place finish in 24-hour race

The Toyota Corolla Nurburgring special edition has been released in Thailand to celebrate the company’s seventh-place finish in its class at last year’s Nurburgring 24-hour race...


Holden maintains title as Victoria's most commonly stolen vehicle
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Holden maintains title as Victoria's most commonly stolen vehicle

Holden was Victoria's most commonly stolen vehicle make in 2014, according to the latest data released today from Victoria Police and the Crime Statistics Agency. A mantle it has held consecutively since 2010, Holden led the automotive pack of pinched property ahead of Nissan, Toyota, Ford and Honda, with lion-stamped product comprising 15...


Toyota Coaster bus gets more car-like with update
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Toyota Coaster bus gets more car-like with update

The Toyota Coaster bus range has been updated this week, days after the company updated its HiAce van range. Buses aren’t generally our ‘bag’ at CarAdvice, but the changes made to the venerable Coaster make it more car-like than ever. All three Coaster variants now get a reversing camera as standard, as well as three-point seatbelts for each of its 21 seats...


Toyota Corolla sedan facelift leak from Asia wears Yaris-style front
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Toyota Corolla sedan facelift leak from Asia wears Yaris-style front

Photos of a, potentially, facelifted version of the built-in-Asia Toyota Corolla sedan have leaked out onto the internet. The images seen here were first posted to the message boards of Chinese website Mobile01. They show a Corolla sedan wearing a dramatically restyled front-end that's patterned on the X styling theme used on the new Europe-only Aygo city car and the facelifted Yaris hatchback...


Toyota HiAce gets a range of updates
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Toyota HiAce gets a range of updates

Australia’s top-selling van, the Toyota HiAce, has received a significant upgrade, led by the addition of a punchier petrol engine option with a new six-speed auto, and extra safety equipment. At the same time, Toyota has also added two new body-styles to the range — a five-seat crew van and a reduced 12-seat version of the commuter bus that can be driven on a standard licence...


2015 Toyota Kluger Grande Review: LT3
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2015 Toyota Kluger Grande Review: LT3

The Toyota Kluger Grande leaves the CA Melb garage.


Government shelves $500 million funding cut to car industry, wards off spectre of early closure
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Government shelves $500 million funding cut to car industry, wards off spectre of early closure

The Coalition government today shelved plans to cut $500 million in assistance to the Australian car industry between now and 2017. It is ostensibly a bid to ensure the three local car-makers do not shutter their factories earlier than planned in 2016/17, though detractors are calling for more and questioning the purpose of proposing the controversial cuts in the first place...


2015 Toyota 86 : Extra tech for GT, better value across range
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2015 Toyota 86 : Extra tech for GT, better value across range

Base versions of the Toyota 86 now come standard with a touchscreen display and reverse-view camera, while the price of most variants in the line-up has been reduced following the introduction of Australia’s free trade agreement with Japan. The 86 GT gains the 6.1-inch touchscreen display and camera from the high-grade GTS...