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Time Machine Tuesday: 19 June 2018

People often say “don’t forget where you came from”. Although we’re focused on every new car, every last detail here at CarAdvice, we have an extensive back-catalogue of news stories, lifestyle yarns and reviews...

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Toyota GR Super Sports Concept headed for production
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Toyota GR Super Sports Concept headed for production

Toyota has used the 24 Hours of Le Mans to announce the GR Super Sports Concept, initially revealed at Tokyo Auto Salon in January, will be put into production – well, sort of. The car will form the base of a racer, set to compete in the just-announced 'hypercar' class of the FIA World Endurance Championship when new regulations take force in 2020...


Toyota Hybrid: The silent majority
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Toyota Hybrid: The silent majority

Sponsored by: Toyota Hybrids... what even are they? Today,  just about any mention of the word 'hybrid' should bring to mind a vehicle that combines an internal-combustion engine with advanced electrification – designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, and increase driving range...


2018 Toyota Prado GX review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Toyota Prado GX review

While the GXL is the quintessential go-to for so many Prado buyers, there's also the entry-grade GX manual as an option for those on a tighter budget.

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$53,490

2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X manual review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X manual review

Rugged by name, rugged by nature. Toyota has long maintained the HiLux is unbreakable, and its newest flagship, the Rugged X, wears its off-road credentials on its sleeve. But while it may be tough on the outside, the interior plays up its plushness.

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$61,690

2018 Toyota RAV4 GX AWD review
Rating: 7.410 /10
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2018 Toyota RAV4 GX AWD review

The $36K Toyota RAV4 GX AWD now comes with a greater array of active safety and infotainment features as it nears the runout phase. A good example of basic, trouble-free crossover motoring that will do the job without fuss.

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$34,490

2018 Toyota C-HR v 1988 Toyota Corolla SR5 4WD Wagon comparison
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2018 Toyota C-HR v 1988 Toyota Corolla SR5 4WD Wagon comparison

Over time, we have forgotten the meaning of what an SUV is. Look up your average dictionary and it will tell you it’s a "rugged vehicle with a truck-like chassis and four-wheel drive, designed for occasional off-road use". Now put that description to the likes of the Suzuki Ignis, Mazda CX-3 or Nissan Juke...


2018 Toyota Fortuner GX review
Rating: 7.610 /10
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2018 Toyota Fortuner GX review

While the Fortuner is the most obvious rugged off-roader in the Toyota stable, you might not have considered the manual gearbox. Perhaps you should.

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$42,590

Toyota ranked most valuable automotive brand, again
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Toyota ranked most valuable automotive brand, again

Toyota has been named the most valuable automotive brand in the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands chart, with an estimated worth of US$29,987 million ($39,400 million). Placing 36th on the countdown, the Japanese brand beat fellow automotive manufacturers Mercedes-Benz (46th) and BMW (47th) in the top 50, with Ford (96th) and Honda (97th) just slipping in the top 100...


Toyota 86: Charting its sales from 0-20,000
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Toyota 86: Charting its sales from 0-20,000

Toyota Australia has officially sold 20,000 examples of the 86 since its launch in 2012, making it the first Toyota sports car to top 20,000 sales since the Celica in 1975. That's right, believe it or not it's been more than four decades since an exciting Toyota sold in such significant numbers...


Toyota GT86 Club Series Blue Edition revealed for the UK
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Toyota GT86 Club Series Blue Edition revealed for the UK

Toyota UK has revealed the GT86 Club Series Blue Edition, a special-edition version of the popular sports car complete with visual enhancements and the option of upgraded mechanicals – still no turbo, though...


ACCC adds 1.1 million vehicles to compulsory Takata recall
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ACCC adds 1.1 million vehicles to compulsory Takata recall

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has added around 1.1 million vehicles to the Takata airbag recall, publishing a new list of vehicles previously not known to have been affected. While these models aren't under active recall just yet, the ACCC has identified them as subject to future recalls by their respective manufacturers as part of the compulsory campaign that requires affected makes to replace all defective airbags before the end of 2020...


Toyota, Suzuki to collaborate on model sharing, green drivetrain tech
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Toyota, Suzuki to collaborate on model sharing, green drivetrain tech

Last week Toyota and Suzuki announced the next steps in their emerging partnership, with the initial focus being India and emerging markets in Africa, along with three key areas of co-operation. Discussions will begin immediately on how Toyota and Denso, its wholly owned parts supplier, can provide "technological support" to Suzuki in its quest to develop a "compact, ultra-high efficiency drivetrain"...


2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged review

The Toyota HiLux Rugged is an attempt to tap into the lucrative accessory market in a more holistic way. This factory-backed SR derivative serves as a hardcore halo, and shows off what TMC's Australian engineers and designers can do when given something to sink their teeth into.

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$54,990

2018 Toyota Prado GXL review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2018 Toyota Prado GXL review

The Prado GXL has always been the pick of the range, and in 2018 it still represents excellent, hard-to-argue buying for the family needing a large SUV.

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$62,990

Toyota design chief: ‘We are okay with polarising now’
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Toyota design chief: ‘We are okay with polarising now’

Toyota’s new design language is finally flourishing on its latest models – including the Camry and Corolla – as the Japanese giant moves further away from its consensus-driven design methodology into a new era of risk-taking. Speaking to Australian media in Sydney last week, Kevin Hunter, president of Toyota's Calty design studios in California and Michigan, said the company is now okay with designing cars that don’t have universal appeal...


Honda, Nissan, Toyota team up to develop solid-state batteries
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Honda, Nissan, Toyota team up to develop solid-state batteries

The Japanese government, battery makers and three key automakers (Honda, Nissan and Toyota) have joined forces to develop solid-state lithium-ion batteries. According to the Nikkei Asian Review collaborative work begins this month with research being spearheaded by the Consortium for Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (Libtec)...


2019 Toyota Corolla review: First drive
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2019 Toyota Corolla review: First drive

Alborz jets to the US to drive the new-generation Toyota Corolla.    ...


Poll: HiLux Rugged X rolls Colorado SportsCat
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Poll: HiLux Rugged X rolls Colorado SportsCat

The new Toyota HiLux Rugged X has taken down the Holden Colorado SportsCat by HSV in our latest poll, winning 63 per cent of the public vote. One of three new locally-developed, rough-and-tumble special edition utes from Toyota Australia, the Rugged X is based on the existing SR5. It gets a winch-compatible steel front bar, an LED light bar, a fresh grille and a new tub...


2019 Toyota Corolla: Australian details
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2019 Toyota Corolla: Australian details

Initial local details for the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla range have been revealed this week, ahead of a local launch in August. For our market, the Corolla will be offered with two powertrains – one petrol, one petrol-electric hybrid – along with two transmissions. The new 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine develops 125kW of power and 200Nm of torque, representing an increase of 21...