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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.
Toyota 86: Revised suspension, enhanced interior for updated sports car

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Toyota 86: Revised suspension, enhanced interior for updated sports car

The 2015 Toyota 86 has gone on sale in Australia complete with suspension tweaks, interior enhancements and a small price increase for the flagship GTS variant...

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Toyota Prius V Review: i-Tech
Rating: 710 /10
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Toyota Prius V Review: i-Tech

Despite showing its age, Australia's most fuel-efficient seven-seater still offers plenty of appeal alongside rival people-movers and SUVs.

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Toyota coy about Corolla sales targets
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Toyota coy about Corolla sales targets

The Toyota Corolla is fast gaining ground on the leading Mazda 3 in the battle to be Australia’s top-selling car in 2014, but the company’s Australian arm says it is not particularly concerned with ending the year on top of the charts. The carry-over champ currently sits fewer than 400 units behind the newer Mazda3, which launched earlier this year...


Toyota FJ Cruiser safe in Australia
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Toyota FJ Cruiser safe in Australia

The Toyota FJ Cruiser may be approaching the end of the line in the United States, but the future of the cult vehicle is safe in Australia for the next few years at least.  As reported, Toyota USA announced in November last year that the retro off-roader would get the chop from 2014 in that market...


Toyota Corolla SUV spin-off spied : Japanese brand set to mimic Subaru XV with high-riding hatch
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Toyota Corolla SUV spin-off spied : Japanese brand set to mimic Subaru XV with high-riding hatch

There could soon be a new Toyota Corolla SUV model that would give the Japanese brand a rival to the highly successful Subaru XV. The new Corolla-based model - which has been caught for the first time by CarAdvice's spy photographers undergoing testing in Europe - is set to give the brand a smaller crossover model to sit beneath the RAV4, giving Toyota a competitor to the aforementioned XV, not to mention the impressive new Nissan Qashqai...


Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid sets new Nurburgring lap record
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Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid sets new Nurburgring lap record

The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid has set a new record at the famed Nurburgring circuit in Germany. Unlike every other brand which touts its cars' lap times around the 'Ring, Toyota claims the plug-in hybrid Prius set a new benchmark for fuel consumption, stating the car used an average of just 0...


Fourth-generation Toyota Prius to offer AWD, lithium-ion battery options - report
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Fourth-generation Toyota Prius to offer AWD, lithium-ion battery options - report

The next generation Toyota Prius will be offered in both front- and all-wheel drive versions, and there will be a choice between nickel metal hydride and lithium-ion batteries. Koei Saga, director in charge of drivetrains at Toyota, spoke to Automotive News last week about the new Prius...


Toyota LandCruiser Altitude special edition released
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Toyota LandCruiser Altitude special edition released

A new special edition Toyota LandCruiser Altitude model has been added to the Australian line-up, and the company claims it adds more than $5000 of extra features. The 200 Series LandCruiser Altitude 4x4 is priced at $91,220, placing it $1505 more than the LandCruiser GXL on which it’s based, translating to more than $3500 in added value...


Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage
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Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage

Assembled for this mega-test are 10 models that represent one-third of total SUV volume in Australia – and that’s without including sales for the newest contender here and catalyst for this test, the Jeep Cherokee. It looks bold, it’s available only with petrol engines (for now), and it’s priced under $40,000 to compete with the mainstream...


2016 Toyota Prius production delayed - report
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2016 Toyota Prius production delayed - report

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius has reportedly been delayed by at least six months as the car’s engineers continue work on its new hybrid powertrain and modular architecture. Industry journal Automotive News reports production of the new Prius (codenamed 690A) has been pushed back to December 2015, with the ‘confirmation vehicle’ – a prototype generally built 12 months before the start of full-scale production – scheduled for around November 2014...


2015 Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle revealed in production form
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2015 Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle revealed in production form

The hydrogen-powered Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle has been revealed ahead of its April 2015 on-sale date in Japan. The new hydrogen-powered Toyota - which was first unveiled in concept guise at the 2014 Tokyo motor show - bears a striking resemblance to the showcar, for better or worse...


Toyota 86: track-tuned variant spied lapping Nurburgring
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Toyota 86: track-tuned variant spied lapping Nurburgring

A low-slung track-tuned Toyota 86 has been spied lapping Germany's Nurburgring, hinting at the possible development of a hardcore version of the popular Japanese sports car. Spotted by CarAdvice’s spy photographers circling the infamous racetrack, the white Toyota 86 has been equipped with a black bonnet, roof and bootlid, suggesting the use of lightweight carbonfibre...


Van comparison : Toyota HiAce v Hyundai iLoad v Ford Transit Custom v Renault Trafic v Fiat Scudo v Mercedes-Benz Vito v Volkswagen Transporter
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Van comparison : Toyota HiAce v Hyundai iLoad v Ford Transit Custom v Renault Trafic v Fiat Scudo v Mercedes-Benz Vito v Volkswagen Transporter

Matt Campbell assesses seven load-lugging light commercial vans to see whether buyers are making the right business decision.


Toyota investigating hover cars, unlikely to produce a driverless vehicle soon
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Toyota investigating hover cars, unlikely to produce a driverless vehicle soon

During a Q&A session at the Bloomberg Next Big Thing summit, the research and development chief of Toyota said that the company was investigating hover cars. The revelation occurred in a discussion titled "The Future of Cars" with David Friedman, Acting Administrator of the US' National Highway Transport Safety Administration, and Hiroyoshi Yoshiki, Toyota's head of R&D...


Toyota recalls 19,600 Corolla, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC430 vehicles a second time
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Toyota recalls 19,600 Corolla, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC430 vehicles a second time

Almost 20,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles recalled last year over an airbag defect will be forced back to dealerships to have the issue addressed a second time. Toyota Australia says the issue affects approximately 19,600 Toyota Corolla and Avensis Verso and Lexus SC430 models produced between January 2001 and May 2003...


BMW and Toyota developing a plug-in hybrid mid-engine Porsche 911 fighter - report
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BMW and Toyota developing a plug-in hybrid mid-engine Porsche 911 fighter - report

Under the title Project Silk Road 2, Toyota and BMW are working together to develop a two-seat mid-engine sports car to tackle the Porsche 911. According to a report in the British magazine Car, much of the work for this collaboration will be done by BMW. The result will be two vehicles, one wearing a BMW roundel, the other bearing a Lexus badge...


Toyota 86 hybrid technically feasible, but won't be built - report
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Toyota 86 hybrid technically feasible, but won't be built - report

Despite reports that development of a hybrid version of the Toyota 86 was quite advanced, it appears as though project has been halted due to a poor business case. Fabio Capano, director of product communications at Toyota Europe, told Autocar: "We can create a product with this technology, but it needs to make proper business sense. We have to prioritise...


Toyota Camry RZ : Sporty special edition from $31,990
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Toyota Camry RZ : Sporty special edition from $31,990

The sports-inspired Toyota Camry RZ special edition has been introduced to Australia, expanding the top-selling mid-sized sedan's line-up to seven variants. On sale now from $31,990, the Toyota Camry RZ is $1500 dearer than the entry-level Camry Altise on which it's based...


Toyota Australia to switch on Victoria's largest solar panel roof system
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Toyota Australia to switch on Victoria's largest solar panel roof system

Toyota Australia will turn on the new solar power system at its Altona manufacturing facility tomorrow to coincide with World Environment Day. The system, which Toyota claims will significantly reduce its carbon footprint, is the largest roof-mounted solar panel system in Victoria...


Toyota Yaris: new images and details revealed
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Toyota Yaris: new images and details revealed

Fresh images and details of the upgraded Toyota Yaris have been released ahead of its Australian introduction in September. The images reveal the European Toyota Yaris range and provide the first look at the city-sized hatchback’s updated rear and interior styling. New at the rear are revised tail-lights with stylised LED lamps and a reshaped bumper with a thin black lower diffuser insert...


Toyota aiming to improve hybrid efficiency by 10 per cent with new semiconductors
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Toyota aiming to improve hybrid efficiency by 10 per cent with new semiconductors

Toyota hopes to increase fuel economy by 10 per cent with its next generation of hybrid power units. The company, in conjunction with supplier Denso, is currently developing a new power control unit that replaces silicon semiconductors with silicon carbide (SiC) versions...


Toyota 86: Australians snap up 10 per cent of global production
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Toyota 86: Australians snap up 10 per cent of global production

Local enthusiasts have purchased 10 per cent of all Toyota 86 sports cars sold around the world, once again proving Australia’s love of performance vehicles on a global level. Toyota Australia confirmed the 10,000th Toyota 86 was sold in Australia within days of the 100,000th international sale. The milestone comes less than two years after the 86 first launched locally in June 2012...


Toyota HiLux: Sneak peek at the new-generation ute
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Toyota HiLux: Sneak peek at the new-generation ute

An all-new Toyota HiLux ute is on its way soon, and this image is said to give a good indication of how the popular commercial vehicle will look. CarAdvice's allies at Carscoops.com have rendered the new eighth-generation HiLux based on spy images supplied to the illustrator and by basing the ute's design on the company's current styling trends...


Toyota retains world's most valuable car brand crown
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Toyota retains world's most valuable car brand crown

Toyota has retained its crown as the world’s most valuable car maker, according to a new study. The BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands study released by researcher Millward Brown calculates values for the world's biggest companies based on three main brand components...


Toyota abandons long-range EV plans to focus on hydrogen fuel cells - report
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Toyota abandons long-range EV plans to focus on hydrogen fuel cells - report

Toyota has turned its back on developing long-range electric cars in favour of focusing on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, the company’s North American boss has revealed. Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz told Automotive News the Japanese car maker has conceded that battery-powered electric vehicles are only viable in specific and limited applications, following two decades of attempting to make a long-range pure-electric vehicle a reality...


2014 Toyota RAV4 Review : Cruiser
Rating: 610 /10
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2014 Toyota RAV4 Review : Cruiser

The flagship RAV4 gets upgraded with safety gear, but loses the lesser models' strong value equation

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Tesla says Toyota RAV4 EV production will end in 2014
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Tesla says Toyota RAV4 EV production will end in 2014

In a regulatory filing Tesla said that it expected its agreement to supply Toyota with electric drivetrains for its RAV4 EV will end this year. The RAV4 EV is based on the previous generation Toyota RAV4 and was designed, in part, to help the company meet that state's zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) mandate. It has only ever been available in California...


Toyota Technical Center Australia jobs to be axed
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Toyota Technical Center Australia jobs to be axed

Toyota Technical Center Australia (TTC-AU) will significantly scale back its operations and introduce redundancies from as early as next year in response to Toyota Australia's decision to cease manufacturing in 2017...


People Mover Comparison : Citroen Grand C4 Picasso v Honda Odyssey v Kia Rondo v Toyota Prius V
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People Mover Comparison : Citroen Grand C4 Picasso v Honda Odyssey v Kia Rondo v Toyota Prius V

People movers are unlikely to rate a mention when manufacturers talk of ‘niche’ products. Yet seven-seater medium-sized vans sell only 10 per cent the volume of similarly priced SUVs in this country, so they really are the alternative option for families needing to move more than five...


Toyota Yaris facelift revealed : Three-door hatch dropped for revised range due in September
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Toyota Yaris facelift revealed : Three-door hatch dropped for revised range due in September

The new-look Toyota Yaris hatchback has been revealed ahead of its local launch in September. The facelifted model adopts an aggressive appearance with an X-style motif similar to that seen on the brand's Aygo city car. New headlights and the heavily revamped front bumper give the Yaris a sportier, more eye-catching stance than the current model (pictured below), which still looks more modern and contemporary than some of its rivals...