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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...

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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...


Scion iM concept previews new Corolla-based sports hatch
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Scion iM concept previews new Corolla-based sports hatch

Toyota’s North American performance arm Scion has unveiled the Corolla-based iM concept at the Los Angeles auto show. The Scion iM concept offers a thinly veiled look at a new sporty hatchback based on Toyota’s top-selling small car that will debut in production form at April’s New York auto show...


2015 Toyota Prius C facelift revealed
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2015 Toyota Prius C facelift revealed

The 2015 Toyota Prius C was revealed at today’s Los Angeles auto show, premiering a fresh look and a revised interior. The first update for the city-sized Prius C introduces a new exterior design comprising an expansive black hexagonal grille that dominates the front end, reshaped headlights with standard LED headlamps, a restyled front bumper with new fog lights and indicators, shark-fin roof antenna and redesigned ‘light pipe’ LED tail-lights...


Toyota HiLux v Toyota Tundra : Comparison review
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Toyota HiLux v Toyota Tundra : Comparison review

Utes such as the Toyota HiLux are big business in Australia – they account for about one in six new vehicle sales annually – but the country’s top-selling dual-cab looks positively pint-sized when compared to its more generously proportioned bigger brother from the US, the Toyota Tundra...


Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle detailed in full
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Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle detailed in full

After a considerable period of teasing, Japan's largest automaker has revealed all the details about its new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, the Toyota Mirai. At the Mirai's heart is the latest iteration of Toyota's fuel-cell stack, which generates water vapour and up to 114kW of power by combining hydrogen stored on-board with oxygen extracted from the atmosphere...


BMW working on hydrogen fuel-cell-powered 'i5' with Toyota - report
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BMW working on hydrogen fuel-cell-powered 'i5' with Toyota - report

The hydrogen fuel-cell drivetrain powering the new Toyota Mirai could, if reports are correct, end up underneath a third BMW i model, possibly named the BMW i5. Unnamed sources within BMW have told Autocar that the Bavarian car company is working with Toyota to develop a new hydrogen fuel-cell car...


Toyota global president Akio pedals a turbo 86 rally car before waving goodbye to Australia
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Toyota global president Akio pedals a turbo 86 rally car before waving goodbye to Australia

Akio Toyoda, president of the world’s biggest car maker Toyota, has flown home after his whirlwind visit to Australia, a place he labelled the “perfect testing ground” for vehicle development.  News broke last week of Toyoda’s mystery visit to local shores, the first since February when he personally informed staff at the Altona factory in Melbourne’s west that the plant would shut from the end of 2017...


Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car to be launched in Japan this week
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Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car to be launched in Japan this week

The world’s biggest car maker Toyota has made a bold statement about what it sees as a bright future for hydrogen-powered cars by calling its new fuel-cell vehicle the Mirai.  Mirai, for those of us who do not speak a Japanese dialect, roughly translates as “the future”...


City car comparison : Mazda 2 v Volkswagen Polo v Toyota Yaris v Honda Jazz v Renault Clio
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City car comparison : Mazda 2 v Volkswagen Polo v Toyota Yaris v Honda Jazz v Renault Clio

In the past few months, fresh technology once the reserve of expensive premium cars has made a final cascade to one of the most affordable classes – light hatchbacks. The ‘cascade effect’ is nothing new in the automotive industry, where advanced equipment starts only in the priciest cars and eventually filters down into cheaper models as years go by...


Toyota 86 race series planned for Australia in 2016
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Toyota 86 race series planned for Australia in 2016

Toyota Australia is planning a one-make motorsport series for its top-selling sports car, the Toyota 86. Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the company intended to make a formal announcement of the 86 motorsport competition in the first half of next year before kicking off the series in 2016...


2016 Toyota Prius to inherit hybrid technology from Le Mans racecars - report
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2016 Toyota Prius to inherit hybrid technology from Le Mans racecars - report

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius will feature technology currently being honed in the brand’s endurance racecars. Toyota Motorsport GmbH president Yoshiaki Kinoshita told Automotive News the new Prius – due next year – will be equipped with technology from its TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer. “Our components already have parts from the next-generation Prius,” Kinoshita revealed...


Toyota Tundra Review
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Toyota Tundra Review

The big Toyota Tundra offers more than just sheer size.


Toyota Sleeper Camry hides a 634kW dragster underneath
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Toyota Sleeper Camry hides a 634kW dragster underneath

The Toyota Sleeper Camry, which artfully disguises a dragster chassis as a run-of-the-mill Camry, may well be the surprise star of this year's SEMA show. Many adjectives have been hurled dismissively at the Toyota Camry over the years, including dull and boring. Sometimes, though, being a little anonymous can work to one's advantage...


Toyota Tundra TRD Pro a "strong possibility" for Australia in 2015
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Toyota Tundra TRD Pro a "strong possibility" for Australia in 2015

The performance-focused Toyota Tundra TRD Pro could soon be sold in Australia, but it won't be available from your local Toyota dealership. The Toyota Tundra TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Pro could be part of the line-up for Queensland importer and conversion specialists Performax International in 2015, CarAdvice has been told, with the bold new model set to sit at the top of the Tundra tree above the current Platinum and 1794 models...


Toyota FCV to be zero car at final Japanese Rally Championship race
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Toyota FCV to be zero car at final Japanese Rally Championship race

The Toyota FCV hydrogen fuel cell hybrid will act as the zero car at the final race in this year's Japanese Rally Championship. As a zero car, the Toyota FCV will race out on the course of the 285km Shinshiro Rally, held at the beginning of November, prior to other competitors, warning bystanders about the upcoming rally cars and spotting any potential hazards on the track...


Scion FR-S T1: Toyota 86 targa heading to SEMA
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Scion FR-S T1: Toyota 86 targa heading to SEMA

A targa top Toyota 86, dubbed the Scion FR-S T1, will be one of the Japanese brand's main attractions at this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas. Will Toyota bring an open-top 86 to the market? Jeremy Lookofsky from Cartel Customs isn't hanging around to find out. He and his team have come up with a targa top version of the Scion FR-S — in the US, the 86 is sold exclusively by Toyota's youth brand...