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Should I leave traction control on when driving off road?

Anyone that has been off-road knows that sometimes traction control systems can sometimes battle the car's ability to deliver torque to its wheels. CarAdvice reader Ben contacted us to see whether he should leave traction control on or switch it off while driving off road...

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Scion brand killed off by Toyota
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Scion brand killed off by Toyota

Toyota has announced that it will phase out the Scion brand, starting in the second half of this year. In a statement released overnight, Toyota said that Scion would soon be "transitioning back to the Toyota brand". Hitting an upbeat tone, the company noted that 70 percent of its customers were new to Toyota, while 50 percent were aged under 35...


Toyota supplier explosion forces production halt in Japan - UPDATE
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Toyota supplier explosion forces production halt in Japan - UPDATE

UPDATE: Toyota Australia has confirmed that it expects this event to impact on local supply. See full details at bottom of article. Toyota has just confirmed that it will suspend all car production in Japan for six days from February 8 to 13 due to an explosion at a key steel supplier's factory. Production is currently slated to resume on February 15...


2016 Toyota Corolla Hybrid hatch confirmed for Australia
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2016 Toyota Corolla Hybrid hatch confirmed for Australia

The ultra-green ranks of Australia’s top-selling brand will be bolstered in the coming months, with confirmation today that the 2016 Toyota Corolla Hybrid hatch has been confirmed for a local launch. The hybrid hatch has been available for sometime as part of the overseas Auris line (sold here as the Corolla hatch) and Toyota says that, in western Europe, the variant accounts for more than 50 per cent of all sales in the range...


2016 Toyota Aurion Sportivo Review
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2016 Toyota Aurion Sportivo Review

Should Australia also be mourning the death of the Toyota Aurion - the other big Aussie six-cylinder sedan? Matt Campbell finds out.


Toyota agrees to make Daihatsu a fully owned subsidiary
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Toyota agrees to make Daihatsu a fully owned subsidiary

At a press conference today, Toyota has confirmed that it will purchasing the remaining portion of Daihatsu that it doesn't already own. Toyota will acquire the remainder of Daihatsu for around $4.6 billion in an all-stock transaction, with Toyota offering 0.26 of its shares for every share of Daihatsu...


Toyota claims global sales crown for 2015, Volkswagen second, GM third
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Toyota claims global sales crown for 2015, Volkswagen second, GM third

Toyota finished 2015 as the world's top selling automaker, with Volkswagen and GM taking out the podium places. The company sold a total of 10,151,000 vehicles worldwide during 2015, down 0.8 percent on last year's figure of 10.23 million. Sales for the Toyota and Lexus brands rose 0.5 percent to 9.19 million, while Hino trucks sold 168,000 vehicles (up 0...


Toyota contemplating Daihatsu buy out, link with Suzuki rumoured - report
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Toyota contemplating Daihatsu buy out, link with Suzuki rumoured - report

Toyota is reportedly mulling over plans to purchase the remainder of Daihatsu, and is also said to be thinking of a tie-up with Suzuki. The Nikkei is reporting that Toyota is actively considering purchasing the 48.8 percent of Daihatsu that it doesn't currently own during the first half of this year...


Toyota C-HR to hit 2016 Nurburgring 24 Hours race before market launch
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Toyota C-HR to hit 2016 Nurburgring 24 Hours race before market launch

Toyota is taking a leaf from the development book for its now legendary Lexus LFA supercar, planning a racing campaign for its new 2017 C-HR SUV before it makes the leap to showrooms and public roads. The C-HR first appeared as a concept in late 2014, offering a first look at the model long anticipated to be Toyota’s rival to the Nissan Juke, a hugely popular offering in Europe...


2016 Toyota Tarago Ultima V6 Review
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2016 Toyota Tarago Ultima V6 Review

It's been quite some time between drinks for CarAdvice and the Toyota Tarago. Time then, to take a closer look at Toyota's people mover.


Toyota Fortuner ground clearance downgraded from 279mm to 225mm
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Toyota Fortuner ground clearance downgraded from 279mm to 225mm

Toyota Australia has backpedaled on Toyota Fortuner ground clearance, downgrading the originally quoted ground clearance from 279mm to 225mm. We questioned this figure at the Fortuner launch last year, given how much higher the figure was in comparison to other vehicles in its category. Toyota Australia assured us the figure was correct at the time...


Ford Everest Titanium v Toyota Prado VX: Comparison Review
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Ford Everest Titanium v Toyota Prado VX: Comparison Review

Toyota Prado — it’s a name synonymous with off-roading and, evidently, astronomical sales. Over 16,000 in 2014 to be exact, for a market share of a little over 15 per cent. So, when Ford Australia announced that the Ranger-based Ford Everest would take on the Prado both in terms of price and off-road ability, we packed our camping gear and hit the bush for some proper off-road driving...


2016 Toyota Corolla sedan facelift revealed: Trademark renderings surface online
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2016 Toyota Corolla sedan facelift revealed: Trademark renderings surface online

Images of the 2016 Toyota Corolla sedan have surfaced on the European Union trademark and patent office website this week, offering a first clear look at the small car’s styling updates. These images of the international and US-market versions (the latter was spied testing just days ago), of the refreshed 2016 Corolla sedan reveal a new face and a subtle revision at the rear end...


Toyota ViRa SUV concept revealed
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Toyota ViRa SUV concept revealed

Next week’s Tokyo Auto Salon will see the unveiling of this sharp SUV concept: the Toyota ViRa, said to be conceived as a hybrid of the light Vitz (Yaris) hatch and the mid-sized Rav4 SUV. The concept might ordinarily hint at another new styling direction for the Japanese carmaker, but before you go clamouring to drop a deposit with your local dealer, look closely at the logo on the ViRa’s black nameplates...


2017 Toyota Corolla sedan spied testing in the US
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2017 Toyota Corolla sedan spied testing in the US

A facelifted version of the Toyota Corolla sedan has been spied testing in the US this week, ahead of a premiere that could occur in the coming months. In its current form, the Corolla sedan wears two faces, one in the US market with a sharp sporting face inspired by the 2013 Furia concept, and the other with large headlights and a broad chrome grille...


Top ten passenger, SUV and commercial brands of 2015
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Top ten passenger, SUV and commercial brands of 2015

The results are in, 2015 was a record sales year for the new vehicle market, with about 1.155 million units sold. Read our detailed breakdown with all the data here. But in addition, we thought we’d give a rundown of the top brands across the market’s three main broad sectors — passenger vehicles, SUVs and light commercials, because each list is quite different from the greater overall top ten...


Australian-made cars hit two-year high in December
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Australian-made cars hit two-year high in December

Sales of Australian-made vehicles in December were the strongest for two years, on the back of spikes for the Toyota Camry and Holden Commodore. According to VFACTS data released this week, 11,643 Australian-made cars were ‘sold’, up 33.3 per cent. It’s the first time this monthly figure has hit five figures since December 2013...


Hyundai Tucson Elite 1.6L v Nissan X-Trail ST-L 4WD v Toyota RAV4 GXL v Volkswagen Golf Alltrack : Comparison review
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Hyundai Tucson Elite 1.6L v Nissan X-Trail ST-L 4WD v Toyota RAV4 GXL v Volkswagen Golf Alltrack : Comparison review

The recent suite of updates added to the evergreen Toyota RAV4 suggests that the just-released 2016 facelift moves the game forward by a tangible margin for this popular mid-sized SUV range. Sharper styling, a lift in cabin features and finishes, plus improved ride, handling, comfort and safety all carry the collective promise of game-lifting and enhanced value...


Small cars coming in 2016
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Small cars coming in 2016

Small cars coming in 2016 Mainstream small cars Hyundai Elantra – February Toyota Prius – March Kia Cerato update – April Honda Civic – mid 2016 MG 6 – September Alfa Romeo Giulietta update – Q3 DS 4 and/or DS 4 Crossback – Q3 Hyundai Ioniq – Q3 Suzuki Baleno – Q3 (TBC for Oz) Renault Megane hatch – September/October Holden Astra hatch - quarter four Luxury/sports small cars Mercedes-Benz A-Class update (includes A45) – January Mercedes-Benz CLA45 update – Q1 Peugeot 308 GTi – Q1 Ford Focus RS – mid 2016 Hyundai Elantra sports model – Q3 Infiniti Q30 – Q3 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class update – Q3 Volvo V40 update – Q3 BMW 1 Series update – second half BMW 2 Series update – second half...


2016 Toyota New Cars
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2016 Toyota New Cars

Details of the new and updated Toyota models launching in Australia in 2016. Prius — March Industry top-seller Toyota updated a staggering 13 models in 2015. Thus, it has launched, replaced or renewed vehicles representing three-quarters of its sales volume. Obviously, 2016 will not be quite so busy. The early headliner is the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid due in March...