Australian cars don’t sell? Bollocks

Most Recent posts

Australian cars don’t sell? Bollocks

It’s an oft-repeated line — Aussie cars just don’t sell any more, hence the need for the local brands to shut their local factories and become full importers, something each will have done by the end of 2017...

Recent Posts
Toyota to debut second C-HR compact SUV concept at 2015 Frankfurt motor show
2
Comments

Toyota to debut second C-HR compact SUV concept at 2015 Frankfurt motor show

Toyota will unveil a second concept version of its C-HR compact SUV at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show. There has been no teaser image or any official details on the second concept version of the Toyota C-HR (the first version teaser is shown above), but the Japanese company has made it clear that just like the first one, the second concept will be hybrid-powered...


Mazda 3 v Toyota Corolla v Hyundai i30 : Small hatch comparison
25
Comments

Mazda 3 v Toyota Corolla v Hyundai i30 : Small hatch comparison

The Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30 cumulatively claim a bigger chunk of Australia’s new vehicle market than any other trio of rivals. Remarkably, they represent more than one in every 10 sales of not just passenger cars but all vehicles sold across the country, including SUVs, utes, vans and trucks...


2016 Toyota Prius teased as company’s hybrid sales pass eight million
8
Comments

2016 Toyota Prius teased as company’s hybrid sales pass eight million

It may already have been revealed this week through a pair of cheeky spy shots snapped aboard a cargo plane, but you can’t stop the teaser train: here’s the first official look at the new 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid. Those earlier shots, snapped aboard a cargo plane bound for the Frankfurt motor show where the new Prius will debut, offered a clear look at both ends, revealing much of the fourth-generation hybrid’s sportier styling...


2016 Toyota LandCruiser Prado pricing and specifications
66
Comments

2016 Toyota LandCruiser Prado pricing and specifications

The updated, 2016 Toyota LandCruiser Prado has arrived on local shores, primed to take on rivals such as the forthcoming, Australian-developed Ford Everest. Headlining the list of changes for the MY16 Toyota Prado is the introduction of a new, downsized 2...


2016 Toyota Prius photographed completely undisguised before debut
55
Comments

2016 Toyota Prius photographed completely undisguised before debut

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius has been photographed completely undisguised prior to its debut next week. These photos, which seem to have been taken while the next-generation hybrid hatch was strapped in for a trans-oceanic flight, were first published by the Toyota Prius Club of Malaysia...


Australia doesn’t love utes – it loves pick-up trucks
144
Comments

Australia doesn’t love utes – it loves pick-up trucks

I call a ute a ute. I don’t call it a pick-up. I don’t call it a truck (although I like the macho nature of the word truck). It’s clear, however, that the word 'ute' is being phased out of car company marketing chit-chat, and it could well be that buyers are following the same path...


Ford Australia boss says new Toyota HiLux pricing is “not a concern”
48
Comments

Ford Australia boss says new Toyota HiLux pricing is “not a concern”

The boss of Ford Australia has defended the increased pricing of the 2016 Ford Ranger PX Series II model, claiming he is not concerned about whether the all-new Toyota HiLux will be cheaper or not. Ford Australia president and CEO, Graeme Whickman, made the statement at the launch of the 2016 Ford Ranger in Victoria this week, where it was brought to his attention that numerous ute brands – including Toyota – had been offering discounted driveaway deals that Ford hadn’t been able to match...


2016 Toyota Prius to debut on September 9 in Vegas
10
Comments

2016 Toyota Prius to debut on September 9 in Vegas

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius will make its global debut at a media event in Las Vegas on September 8 (September 9, AEST). Ryo Sakai, a spokesman for Toyota, confirmed the launch to Bloomberg, although he declined to elaborate on when the new Prius will enter production or when it will go on sale...


2015 Toyota Aurion Review
58
Comments

2015 Toyota Aurion Review

The final iteration of the locally produced Toyota Aurion rolled out of the Altona production plant with little fanfare earlier this year. Unlike its production-line sibling the Camry, which received the largest mid-cycle overhaul in its history a few weeks earlier, the updated Aurion appears almost identical to the pre-facelift model inside and out, while picking up a few additional infotainment and safety features intended to see it out to the end of production in 2017...


2015 Toyota 86 Review
95
Comments

2015 Toyota 86 Review

Three years on and Australians' love affair with the Toyota 86 seems to have worn off. Was it all just hype?


Toyota Australia taking legal action against counterfeit airbag component sellers
8
Comments

Toyota Australia taking legal action against counterfeit airbag component sellers

Toyota Australia has announced it is taking legal action in the Federal Court against two independent retailers that have been found to be selling counterfeit airbag components...


Toyota set to unveil Nissan Qashqai-fighter at Geneva - report
16
Comments

Toyota set to unveil Nissan Qashqai-fighter at Geneva - report

Toyota will unveil its long-overdue small SUV at next year's Geneva motor show, according to a new report out of the UK this week. The new model, which is expected to be based on the sporty C-HR concept (pictured top) revealed in September last year, will enter the Toyota line-up below the mid-sized RAV4 SUV...


Toyota Australia chasing fake airbag parts installed at independent workshops: repaired vehicles may be at risk - UPDATE
9
Comments

Toyota Australia chasing fake airbag parts installed at independent workshops: repaired vehicles may be at risk - UPDATE

Counterfeit airbag components sold to independent vehicle repairers may now be installed in a number of cars in Australia, a new report has revealed. A dealer bulletin obtained by News Ltd reveals that Toyota Australia has identified two suppliers selling counterfeit spiral cables - a crucial part that must be replaced each time a vehicle’s airbags are deployed...


2016 Toyota Prius filmed in San Francisco
12
Comments

2016 Toyota Prius filmed in San Francisco

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid has been filmed on the hilly streets of San Francisco ahead of a reported launch later this year. The video above was found by user Priusfan500 and posted on the Prius Chat forums. Although the car is clad in black camouflage from head to toe, we get to see the next-generation hybrid's front end in the flesh for the first time...


2016 Toyota Fortuner interior revealed
50
Comments

2016 Toyota Fortuner interior revealed

The interior of the 2016 Toyota Fortuner has been revealed ahead of its arrival in local showrooms at the end of October. Official local images of the Fortuner’s cabin come a little over two weeks after Toyota Australia took the wraps off the exterior design of its new diesel-powered HiLux-based seven-seat SUV, which will support the petrol-only Kluger and challenge the likes of the forthcoming Ford Everest and Mitsubishi Challenger, as well as the Holden Colorado 7 and Isuzu MU-X...


Toyota Landcruiser Prado Altitude v Mitsubishi Pajero GLS : Comparison Review
64
Comments

Toyota Landcruiser Prado Altitude v Mitsubishi Pajero GLS : Comparison Review

The Toyota Landcruiser Prado has long been the go-to choice for drivers after seven seats and serious off-road ability. Does the Landcruiser Prado Altitude live up to that name?


2017 Toyota Camry could go turbo in move to new TNGA platform - report
61
Comments

2017 Toyota Camry could go turbo in move to new TNGA platform - report

Toyota’s next-generation Camry could bring more than just new looks and a new platform to the party, if a new report this week proves accurate. Expected to appear in 2017 - in time for a local debut to coincide with the end of Toyota’s Australian manufacturing operations - the new Camry will replace the facelifted model that launched here in April...


Volkswagen leads 2015 global sales race ahead of Toyota, GM
42
Comments

Volkswagen leads 2015 global sales race ahead of Toyota, GM

At the halfway mark of 2015, Volkswagen leads both Toyota and GM in the quest for the global sales crown. To the end of June 2015, the Volkswagen Group sold a total of 5.04 million vehicles, placing it around 20,000 units ahead of the Toyota family, which managed to shift 5.02 million vehicles in the same timeframe. General Motors remained in third place with 4...


2016 Toyota HiLux 4.0-litre petrol V6 power output to remain unchanged
65
Comments

2016 Toyota HiLux 4.0-litre petrol V6 power output to remain unchanged

2016 Toyota HiLux models fitted with the 4.0-litre petrol V6 engine won't benefit from any power and torque increases over the existing versions, according to information exclusively obtained by CarAdvice. The information suggests that the naturally aspirated 4.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine will produce 175kW of power and 376Nm of torque, which is identical to the current HiLux...