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Toyota Yaris WRC car marks return to rallying in 2017

Toyota has announced it will return to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2017 with a new dirt-spec Toyota Yaris set to take the stage...

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BMW, Toyota working together on a smaller, cheaper Mini model - report
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BMW, Toyota working together on a smaller, cheaper Mini model - report

According to a report, BMW and Toyota have begun investigating how they might produce a smaller and cheaper model to serve as a new entry point for the Mini range. One source within Mini told Automobile magazine, “It's still early days as far as the baby Mini goes, but when our new R&D board member Klaus Froehlich traveled to America early in the new year, this was one of the subjects on his agenda"...


Toyota RND Concept is an elaborate joke promotion for Red Nose Day
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Toyota RND Concept is an elaborate joke promotion for Red Nose Day

Yesterday we showed you a teaser image of a so-called Toyota RND Concept, which, it turns out, was simply a gag to promote Red Nose Day. The mysterious teaser image issued by Toyota (below) was accompanied with words that generated a lot of the excitement and chatter amongst car-loving parts of the internet – including our own comments thread...


Toyota Mirai production increased thanks to strong order book
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Toyota Mirai production increased thanks to strong order book

Production of the 2015 hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Mirai will be increased by 75 per cent over originally forecasts thanks to strong interest from buyers in Japan. The revised Toyota Mirai production plan calls for 700 fuel cell sedans to be built this year (up from 400). The company then plans to make around 2000 Mirais in 2016 and roughly 3000 in 2017...


Toyota claims worldwide sales crown for 2014, ahead of Volkswagen, GM
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Toyota claims worldwide sales crown for 2014, ahead of Volkswagen, GM

Toyota has edged out Volkswagen for the 2014 global sales crown by just 90,000 vehicles. In figures released overnight, Toyota Motor Corporation sold a total of 10.23 million vehicles throughout 2014, with 9.15 million cars attributed to Toyota (up two per cent). 915,000 vehicles were sold under the Daihatsu brand (up five per cent), while 168,000 Hino trucks (up four per cent) were delivered to customers...


Toyota RND Concept promises to be revolutionary and fun to drive, will be revealed January 27
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Toyota RND Concept promises to be revolutionary and fun to drive, will be revealed January 27

The Japanese giant has announced that it will unveil the Toyota RND Concept next week, and promises that the car will be ground-breaking, affordable and fun to drive. The Toyota RND Concept will make its debut on January 26 UK time (January 27 AEDT). After this the RND will head into "fast-track development that should see it changing the face of motoring within weeks"...


2016 Toyota Tacoma pick-up revealed ahead of Detroit motor show unveiling
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2016 Toyota Tacoma pick-up revealed ahead of Detroit motor show unveiling

It may not be the long-awaited replacement for the Toyota HiLux, but the US-market 2016 Toyota Tacoma may well offer a few hints as to what to expect from the Japanese brand's new ute. The "all-new" Toyota Tacoma will be unveiled at the 2015 Detroit auto show next week, bringing a significant styling update including a revised, chunkier looking front-end, as well as a more chiselled behind...


Toyota Fortuner : HiLux-based seven-seat SUV "very appealing" for Australia
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Toyota Fortuner : HiLux-based seven-seat SUV "very appealing" for Australia

The next-generation Toyota Fortuner that is being developed in Australia is a chance to join the growing fleet of ute-based off-road SUVs in local showrooms, according to the car maker’s sales boss. Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb confirmed the local division is eyeing the new, second-generation version of the HiLux-based Fortuner, which expected to launch globally from 2016...


Toyota sales boss admits "we have to get better" to stop market share decline
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Toyota sales boss admits "we have to get better" to stop market share decline

Yesterday’s announcement of 2014’s new vehicle sales results gave Toyota Australia a lot to brag about. The Big T was the most popular brand across the country for the 12th consecutive year and the 18th year overall. It’s also the top seller in every state and territory...


Toyota Australia embarks on culture shift to "lift our game"
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Toyota Australia embarks on culture shift to "lift our game"

Toyota Australia’s head of sales and marketing admits a “once-in-a-lifetime” overhaul of the brand’s culture is required to help Toyota and its dealers “lift our game”. Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb (pictured below) said the company was “taking for nothing for granted” despite today announcing another industry-leading sales result for 2014 in which Toyota sold 203,501 new vehicles...


Toyota passes on free trade agreement cuts to more than 100,000 customers
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Toyota passes on free trade agreement cuts to more than 100,000 customers

Toyota Australia says more than 100,000 local customers will benefit from its move to cut prices across its range of Japan-sourced vehicles ahead of the finalisation of Australia’s free trade agreement (FTA) with the Asian nation. Price cuts of up to $7630 have been applied to some of the company’s most popular passenger cars and SUVs, including the Yaris, Corolla hatchback, RAV4, Prado and LandCruiser, as well as its commercial vans...


Toyota makes its hydrogen fuel cell patents freely available
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Toyota makes its hydrogen fuel cell patents freely available

At its press conference at this year’s CES, Toyota has announced that it will open up its hydrogen fuel cell patent library to its competitors and collaborators. On stage, accompanying Bob Carter, Toyota USA's senior vice president in charge of automotive operations, was a production version of the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan...


2015 Toyota New Cars
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2015 Toyota New Cars

Details of the new and updated Toyota models launching in Australia in 2015.   Toyota Prius C – Q1 Following its unveiling at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show, the revamped Toyota Prius C will arrive in local showrooms by March 2015. Sporting a marginally more aggressive design including LED headlights and a restyled bumper – not to mention three new colours – it looks a little fresher from the outside...


Electric cars comparison : BMW i8 v Holden Volt v Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV v Nissan Leaf v Toyota Prius
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Electric cars comparison : BMW i8 v Holden Volt v Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV v Nissan Leaf v Toyota Prius

For the first time in the history of the automobile, we are entering an era of increasingly mainstream propulsion beyond the traditional internal combustion engine (ICE). Choose petrol or diesel, or gas or an ethanol blend, leave the engine unassisted or put a turbocharger or supercharger on it – these have been your options for as long as anyone reading this has been alive...


2014 Toyota Kluger Grande Review : LT1
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2014 Toyota Kluger Grande Review : LT1

Toyota's big seven-seat family SUV - the Kluger Grande - joins the CA Melbourne long-term fleet.


Toyota Australia to close Sydney offices, consolidate in Melbourne
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Toyota Australia to close Sydney offices, consolidate in Melbourne

Toyota Australia will consolidate its corporate operations in Melbourne after it ceases local production in 2017, forcing roughly 100 white-collar workers into redundancy and others at its Sydney headquarters to consider a move south. In a statement released on Wednesday, the company confirmed it would close its Sydney offices – currently home to more than 300 sales and marketing employees – before 2018...


Supercars 2017: Who's in, who's out, and who's a chance?
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Supercars 2017: Who's in, who's out, and who's a chance?

The confirmation that the V8 Supercars racing series will be overhauled for the 2017 season to allow vehicles of various body styles and those powered by turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines to compete with traditional V8 sedans has opened the door to a host of new brands...


Toyota RAV4, Echo recalled over airbag concern
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Toyota RAV4, Echo recalled over airbag concern

Toyota Australia has announced a recall for RAV4 and Echo models built in the early 2000s over concerns about the driver's side airbag assembly. The recall affects 260 RAV4 models built between July and August 2003, as well as approximately 8000 Echo models built between December 2002 and September 2003...


Toyota 86 convertible, turbocharged variants not happening, says Scion
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Toyota 86 convertible, turbocharged variants not happening, says Scion

Both turbocharged and convertible variants of the Toyota 86 are off the table, according to an executive at Toyota's North American youth brand, Scion. Doug Murtha, Scion's senior vice president, told WardsAuto at the recent Los Angeles auto show that the division, which sells the 86 as the Scion FR-S, "went down swinging" with its proposals for an 86/FR-S convertible...


Toyota Corolla RZ special edition launches from $22,290
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Toyota Corolla RZ special edition launches from $22,290

The Toyota Corolla RZ special edition has launched in Australia, injecting a dose of sporting flair into the top-selling small hatch range. Priced from $22,290 before on-road costs with the standard six-speed manual transmission and $24,540 with the optional automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), Toyota says the Corolla RZ adds $2000 in features for just $1000 over the Ascent Sport on which it’s based...