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2015 Toyota 86 gains suspension, aero, interior upgrades

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2015 Toyota 86 gains suspension, aero, interior upgrades

The first upgrade for the Toyota 86 will be released in the coming months with enhancements to the rear-wheel-drive sports car’s suspension, aerodynamics and interior...

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2015 Toyota Camry facelift revealed
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2015 Toyota Camry facelift revealed

The heavily revised 2015 Toyota Camry has been revealed, stunning the assembled media at the 2014 New York auto show. Dubbed the “big minor change”, the updated Camry brings significant exterior and interior styling modifications over the current car, which went on sale just over two years ago in March 2012...


Holden, Ford, Toyota plant closures to cost $29 billion and 200,000 jobs : report
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Holden, Ford, Toyota plant closures to cost $29 billion and 200,000 jobs : report

The economic cost of Holden, Ford and Toyota ending local manufacturing will be $29 billion and 200,000 jobs, predicts a new report. Commissioned by the Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre and conducted by the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIER), the report also forecasts that it could cost the  economy 2 per cent of national GDP by the end of 2017...


Toyota unveils new Atkinson-cycle engines
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Toyota unveils new Atkinson-cycle engines

Toyota has unveiled two all-new small-displacement petrol engines designed to make its next-generation compact cars at least 10 per cent more fuel efficient than its existing models. The Japanese manufacturer plans to introduce 14 variations of its all-new 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engines, the first of which will launch in 2015...


Toyota recalls more than six million vehicles worldwide
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Toyota recalls more than six million vehicles worldwide

Toyota has recalled more than six million vehicles around the world, including almost 300,000 in Australia, to fix five different issues affecting 27 models. Said to impact 6.76 million vehicles globally – including the Pontiac Vibe and Subaru Trezia – Toyota said in a statement that taking duplicate recalls into consideration, the total recall figure is closer to 6...


Toyota LandCruiser brake recall : 13,800 vehicles affected locally
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Toyota LandCruiser brake recall : 13,800 vehicles affected locally

Approximately 13,800 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series models have been recalled in Australia due to a braking system fault that could result in a brake fluid leak. Affecting current ABS-equipped Toyota LandCruiser VDJ7# models built between May 2012 and March 2014 in single- and double-cab chassis, wagon or troop carrier guises, the recall relates to a flexible brake hose bracket located on the vehicles' front differential...


2014 Toyota HiLux Review : 4x4 SR5 diesel dual-cab
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2014 Toyota HiLux Review : 4x4 SR5 diesel dual-cab

Matt Campbell finds out if the country's best-selling ute is worthy of sitting in top spot.


2014 Toyota HiAce boosts comfort, safety specification
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2014 Toyota HiAce boosts comfort, safety specification

The Toyota HiAce van and light bus range has been upgraded for 2014 with subtle styling tweaks and an expanded list of comfort, convenience and safety features. Reshaped headlights with daytime running lights, a new trapezoidal radiator grille with larger openings and a revised bumper with sharper edges freshen the look of the 2014 HiAce at the front...


2015 Toyota Camry to debut in New York in April
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2015 Toyota Camry to debut in New York in April

The final version of the Toyota Camry to be built in Australia will debut at next month’s New York auto show. Toyota spokesman Curt McAllister told Bloomberg the updated 2015 Toyota Camry would “challenge conventional expectations of a mid-cycle model change”, promising to offer more than a new grille and tweaked headlights...


Toyota Yaris facelift leaked
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Toyota Yaris facelift leaked

Images of the facelifted Toyota Yaris have leaked online, revealing the fresh styling of the brand’s updated city car. The images – reportedly scanned from a Japanese brochure and published on an Italian automotive blog – show the revised Yaris hatchback (badged ‘Vitz’ in some overseas markets) with a new front bumper with a larger trapezoidal lower intake reminiscent of that of the Corolla hatch...


Toyota agrees to $1.3b settlement to end unintended acceleration case
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Toyota agrees to $1.3b settlement to end unintended acceleration case

Toyota Motor Corporation has agreed to pay a record US$1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) to settle a criminal investigation after it admitted to misleading American motorists about two unintended acceleration issues affecting its vehicles. The settlement with the US Department of Justice concludes a four-year investigation by US authorities into Toyota’s conduct in relation to the safety of its cars...


2014 Toyota Kluger Review
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2014 Toyota Kluger Review

Third-gen Toyota Kluger targets a first-in-class rating and it may just succeed...


2014 Toyota Kluger : Pricing and specifications
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2014 Toyota Kluger : Pricing and specifications

The third-generation Toyota Kluger range has launched in Australia priced from $40,990. A three-tier range comprising entry-level GX (below), $49,990 GX-L and $63,990 Grande (above) are each available in either front-wheel drive, or for an extra $4000, all-wheel drive. Every new Toyota Kluger utilises a 3...


Toyota Corolla sedan, Subaru WRX, Peugeot 5008 earn five-star ANCAP safety ratings
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Toyota Corolla sedan, Subaru WRX, Peugeot 5008 earn five-star ANCAP safety ratings

The Toyota Corolla sedan, Subaru WRX and Peugeot 5008 have all been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by independent crash-tester ANCAP. The Peugeot 5008 became the highest-scoring people-mover ever tested by ANCAP, scoring 36.41 points out of a possible 37, dethroning the previously top-ranked Kia Rondo (36.2)...


Toyota Aygo : All-new city car teased
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Toyota Aygo : All-new city car teased

From Japan via Europe, the new-generation Toyota Aygo city car has been teased ahead of its pending reveal. The European market Aygo city car slots beneath the Yaris, and is a product of a joint-venture between the Japanese brand and French makers Peugeot and Citroen...


Toyota sub-compact SUV expected soon
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Toyota sub-compact SUV expected soon

A new city SUV to sit below the Toyota RAV4 appears to be high on the Japanese company’s to-do list. Development of city-sized SUVs is currently booming. A number of new sub-compact soft-roaders having gone on sale in current months, including the Holden Trax, Peugeot 2008, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Juke. And now, it seems, Toyota is set to enter the battle...


Toyota Corolla pricing defended : sedan costs more than hatch despite free-trade benefit
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Toyota Corolla pricing defended : sedan costs more than hatch despite free-trade benefit

The new Toyota Corolla sedan is finally available, but buyers must pay more for the four-door despite it being cheaper to import than the hatchback. The Corolla sedan is built in Thailand, a nation that Australia shares a free-trade agreement with; the Corolla hatch, however, is sourced from Japan, which means it attracts a 5 per cent tariff...


2014 Toyota Corolla sedan : Pricing and specifications
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2014 Toyota Corolla sedan : Pricing and specifications

The 11th-generation Toyota Corolla sedan has arrived almost 18 months after its hatchback sibling went on sale. The new-generation four-door model is priced from $20,740 – a drop of $250 over the existing model range which went on sale in 2007, and a $750 premium over the hatchback version...


Toyota Prius recall: 1.9 million hybrids affected
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Toyota Prius recall: 1.9 million hybrids affected

Just shy of two million Toyota Prius models have been recalled globally in what is the biggest-ever recall of the current-generation hybrid car. Relating to a fault with the Prius’ engine control units (ECU), Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announced the worldwide recall, which includes 5500 locally delivered models...


End of Australian-made cars : what happened and what it means
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End of Australian-made cars : what happened and what it means

It was only six years ago that there were four companies manufacturing cars in Australia, but by 2017 there will be none. It’s a lamentable end to an industry that unofficially began in 1896 with the build of a car using boiled water to generate mechanical power, but gathered a proper head of steam from 1948 when Holden released the all-Australian 48-215 (later FX) and Ford commenced Falcon production in 1960...