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Toyota started its automotive division in 1933 through the founder's son, Kiichiro Toyoda. Toyota sells 14 different models in Australia. The Toyota Camry is built locally whilst other models, such as the Hilux, Corolla, Aurion and ever popular small car the Yaris, are imported from Japan, Thailand and other nations. Toyota prides itself on quality, durability, reliability, innovation, safety and sustainability. Toyota produced its first car in 1935, called the A1. In 1937 Toyota Motor Company was founded and has gone on to become the world's largest car manufacturer by volume.
Family SUV Comparison : Toyota Kluger v Nissan Pathfinder v Jeep Grand Cherokee v Ford Territory v Holden Captiva 7 v Kia Sorento v Mazda CX-9

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Family SUV Comparison : Toyota Kluger v Nissan Pathfinder v Jeep Grand Cherokee v Ford Territory v Holden Captiva 7 v Kia Sorento v Mazda CX-9

In 2013 large SUV models formed the fourth most popular segment in the country. Fast forward to first quarter 2014 and the large SUV class is now the second most popular, overtaking utes and light cars...

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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. The 2015 Toyota 86 gains a more rigid fixation of the front suspension and the rear shock absorbers, which the Japanese car maker says aims to provide more stable damping and improved friction control in the pursuit of smoother and more communicative handling...


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...


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
Rating: 6.510 /10
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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.

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$54,590

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...


Small Car Comparison : Toyota Corolla v Mazda 3 v Holden Cruze v Hyundai Elantra
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Small Car Comparison : Toyota Corolla v Mazda 3 v Holden Cruze v Hyundai Elantra

Small sedans are generally not quite as popular as small hatchbacks in Australia. The newly released Toyota Corolla sedan is expected to snare only a 20 per cent share of the nameplate’s sales this year, while the Hyundai Elantra is outsold by its i30 sibling five-to-one...


2014 Toyota Kluger Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2014 Toyota Kluger Review

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

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$40,990 to $67,990

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)...


2014 Toyota Aygo : Euro-hip city hatch unveiled
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2014 Toyota Aygo : Euro-hip city hatch unveiled

Looking as though it has a big, black ‘X’ stamped on its face, the new generation Toyota Aygo has debuted at the Geneva motor show just after its rival Renault Twingo and twins-under-the-skin Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108 were shown...


2014 Toyota Aygo leaked ahead of Geneva motor show
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2014 Toyota Aygo leaked ahead of Geneva motor show

The all-new, dramatically styled Toyota Aygo has been revealed in leaked images ahead of the 2014 Geneva motor show. The Japanese brand's second-generation European-focused city car - which, like its predecessor, is the product of a joint-venture between Toyota and French makers Peugeot and Citroen - features a controversial new front end design, with an X-shaped styling swathe that stretches from the lower bumper to the central grille and badge then over the black upper surrounds of the headlights and up to the side mirrors...


Medium car comparison : Toyota Camry v Mazda 6 v Nissan Altima v Skoda Octavia v Holden Malibu v Hyundai i40
Rating: 610 /10
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Medium car comparison : Toyota Camry v Mazda 6 v Nissan Altima v Skoda Octavia v Holden Malibu v Hyundai i40

Medium is the new large. By 2017 when the large car segment will have been thrown into further disarray with the loss of the Ford Falcon and question marks surrounding imported replacements for the Holden Commodore and Toyota Aurion, it really has to be. The mass exodus from large six-cylinder family sedans that has happened in recent years, however, hasn’t been the expected boon for medium cars...

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$28,490

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...


2014 Toyota Corolla Sedan Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2014 Toyota Corolla Sedan Review

The new Corolla sedan improves in almost all aspects, but can it keep pace with the class leaders?

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$20,740 to $30,990

Toyota Corolla “halo” hot-hatch being considered
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Toyota Corolla “halo” hot-hatch being considered

A new-generation Toyota Corolla hot-hatch is being considered to give the brand a “halo” model for buyers to aspire to, according to the company's local executives. Toyota Australia product planning manager Mark Dobson admitted that there’s a certain mass-market appeal that can be drawn upon for a hot version of a car as popular as the Corolla, despite the Toyota 86 already offering enthusiast appeal in the range...


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...


Toyota Australia "close" to building next-gen Camry; closure "heartbreaking"
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Toyota Australia "close" to building next-gen Camry; closure "heartbreaking"

Toyota Australia president and CEO Max Yasuda says the company was “close” to winning the contract to build the next-generation Camry and continue local vehicle production into the next decade...


Toyota announces Australian manufacturing closure in 2017
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Toyota announces Australian manufacturing closure in 2017

The Australian automotive manufacturing industry will cease to exist in 2018, with Toyota Australia confirming it will follow Ford and Holden and end local production in 2017. Workers at Toyota’s Altona plant were briefed by management this afternoon that the company would end production of Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion vehicles as well as its four-cylinder engines...


Toyota Camry Hybrid : sports variant in the works
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Toyota Camry Hybrid : sports variant in the works

A sports version of the Toyota Camry Hybrid will launch in the US in the coming months as the brand looks to broaden the appeal of its popular mid-size sedan. Toyota USA senior vice president Bob Carter told Bloomberg the new sports hybrid variant was a direct response to customer demands for a Camry combining the efficiency of the regular petrol-electric model with sportier styling...


Toyota claims 2013 global sales crown; sets sights on 10m in 2014
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Toyota claims 2013 global sales crown; sets sights on 10m in 2014

Toyota expects to become the first car maker to sell more than 10 million vehicles in a calendar year in 2014 after beating General Motors and Volkswagen to the global sales crown for the second consecutive year. Sales of Toyota Motor Corp vehicles (including subsidiaries Daihatsu and Hino) increased 2.4 per cent to 9...


2014 Toyota HiLux : new auto, safety upgrades, price rises for double-cab ute
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2014 Toyota HiLux : new auto, safety upgrades, price rises for double-cab ute

A new automatic transmission, added safety and convenience equipment and minor price increases headline the changes to the updated 2014 Toyota HiLux double-cab line-up. Diesel-powered HiLux dual-cab variants benefit from the new five-speed auto, which supersedes the old four-speed unit and helps cut claimed combined cycle fuel consumption and emissions more than six per cent to 8...


Macfarlane to Toyota Australia workers: "very high chance" of closure without reforms
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Macfarlane to Toyota Australia workers: "very high chance" of closure without reforms

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane believes there's a "very high chance" Toyota will stop building cars in Australia if its employees do not accept revised workplace agreements. Macfarlane told ABC News today talks between the federal and Victorian governments in Melbourne this week had not delivered a plan to save the Altona-based car maker and the state’s automotive parts suppliers, but said the two agreed changes to “archaic” workplace arrangements were vital...