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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

Ten cars that flew off dealer lots in October

It was a bit of a flat sales month in October according the latest VFACTS data, a comprehensive CarAdvice dissection of which you can read here. But there were a number of models that had massive sales success compared to October 2015, be it a result of discounting, marketing, updates/new-generation launches or a combination of each...

CarAdvice podcast 27: 2018 Commodore, Mercedes X-class ute, LandCruiser review and a Sandown lap in the Clubsport R8!

Join Mandy, Paul and Mike C this week as we give you the latest on the Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute concept and find out what the 2018 Holden Commodore was like when Paul got behind the wheel. Also, Mike reviews the 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series, Mandy drops in to Motorclassica where she finds out how the Mercedes-Benz 300SL got its Gullwing doors, and strap yourselves in as Dave Zalstein gives you a lap around Sandown Raceway in the HSV Clubsport R8 Track Edition...

Be thankful that Toyota's dinosaur still lives

I attended the launch of the updated Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series range this week, and promptly filed my review to a chorus of derision from people who I presume have never had red dust in their boots. Toyota's Outback icon is now 31 years old, and this week marked the launch of the biggest update over its near-unprecedented life cycle...

Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series' life span extended by years

The unique Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series will be around for many years to come following a series of just-launched 2017 updates, the model’s global chief engineer Sadayoshi Koyari assured us this week. Koyari said that rumours of the old workhorse’s demise were greatly exaggerated, and admitted he was dismayed that many stories suggested an axing was on the table, in the face of more stringent modern safety and emissions standards...

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series pricing and specs

The 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series update launched this week is the biggest running change to the iconic off-roader in its decades-long history. With a nameplate dating back to 1954 and a body shape to 1985, the secret to keeping rusted-on regional owners and business clients happy is slow, steady progression...

Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series, Prius awarded five-star ANCAP ratings

The rugged Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series has been awarded the full five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing authority, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), along with the current-generation Toyota Prius. However, the five-star safety rating applies to single-cab variants only, which saw the addition of curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag as part of a 2017 upgrade, along with changes to the bonnet and seat designs...

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series: Australian updates confirmed for fourth-quarter launch - UPDATE

UPDATE, June 29: The 70 Series update was originally listed with trailer sway control. This has been confirmed as incorrect: the function will not be offered with the 70 Series in any market. See bottom of article for more.  The workhorse 2017 Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series will come packing some much-needed safety equipment fitted as standard, the company has confirmed today, while also benefiting from extensive local testing...

2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series: more power and torque, extra features

The 2017 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series is set to benefit from a sizeable upgrade from August production, according to a source close to Toyota. The updated LandCruiser 70 Series will go on sale from the fourth quarter of this year, and will come with more power and torque thanks to new injectors and engine changes...

Should I leave traction control on when driving off-road?

Anyone that has been off-road knows that 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 deactivate it while driving off-road. Q: I own a Toyota Prado and enjoy driving off road...

Utes coming in 2016

Utes coming in 2016 Mahindra Genio update – January Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series update – October Volkswagen Amarok update – Q4 Isuzu D-Max update – unspecified...