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2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged, Rugged X and Rogue review

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2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged, Rugged X and Rogue review

Paul Maric has just spent the best part of two days testing Toyota's all-new models aimed at the buyer wanting more features and more off-road ability from their dual-cab ute...

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2018 Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X review
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2018 Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X review

Nobody would have thought five years ago that the two best-selling cars in Australia would be dual-cab utes. But, they are, and dual-cab utes are going gangbusters with manufacturers keen to capitalise on sales at an all-time high. We've just spent the best part of two days testing Toyota's all-new models aimed at the buyer wanting more features and more off-road ability from their dual-cab ute...


Toyota expands Takata recall
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Toyota expands Takata recall

Toyota Australia has issued a notice for previous-generation 2013 Corolla, Rukus and Yaris models as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall. Affected vehicles are fitted with potentially-deadly passenger airbags, which are susceptible to moisture intrusion over time – this is an extension of the recall issued this time last year, where 111,214 Corolla, Rukus and Yaris units were affected...


What makes Toyota's legendary 2JZ so good?
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What makes Toyota's legendary 2JZ so good?

Toyota’s seemingly bulletproof 2JZ engine is perhaps the cornerstone of the legendary Supra’s appeal. While the car certainly had beautiful, timeless styling and the type of fit and finish found in cars well above its price point, the engine has always been the biggest draw...


2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged, Rugged X and Rogue - image gallery
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2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged, Rugged X and Rogue - image gallery

Toyota today took the wraps off the 2018 HiLux Rugged, Rugged X and Rogue, all of which go on sale in late April. With a starting price of $54,990 before on-road costs, the three models will offer buyers off-road oriented vehicles covered by factory warranty. You can read our full pricing and specifications article here...


2018 Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X pricing and specifications
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2018 Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X pricing and specifications

Pricing and specifications have been announced for Toyota's all-new HiLux variants, the Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X. Toyota insists these new models are not just accessory packs, but fully fledged and engineered new models. With customers spending an average of $2000 accessorising their new HiLux, the company thinks it has hit the sweet spot when it comes to meeting a range of needs...


Toyota: Supra "not just about sales"
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Toyota: Supra "not just about sales"

Toyota Australia says that the upcoming Supra sports car’s role is far more significant than just sales, rather helping further raise brand perception and lead the way for a potential range of sportier variants across the brand’s other models...


Toyota Corolla: ‘Gazoo Racing’ hot hatch on the cards
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Toyota Corolla: ‘Gazoo Racing’ hot hatch on the cards

Featuring a sporty look and improved dynamic capabilities in base form, it appears a more powerful version of the new-generation Toyota Corolla could be on the cards. The Corolla now offers a multi-link rear suspension and a 60 percent more rigid chassis than the car it replaces, thanks largely to the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which is also the foundation of the Prius, Camry and C-HR...


Toyota Kluger recalled for brake fix
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Toyota Kluger recalled for brake fix

Toyota Australia has recalled a handful of Kluger SUVs, over concerns the vacuum pump for the brake booster could fail. According to the company, a lubrication passage inside the vacuum pump could have been compromised during manufacture. That could cause an internal failure of the pump...


Toyota LandCruiser Utility Commercial revealed for the UK
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Toyota LandCruiser Utility Commercial revealed for the UK

The Toyota LandCruiser Utility Commercial has been revealed for the UK market, blending the off-road ability of the Prado with the load-lugging practicality of a commercial van. Offered in both three-door and five-door bodies (pictured), the LandCruiser Utility Commercial is a two-seater with a rubber-lined cargo area combined with a bulkhead and mesh hatch to offer a "robust solution to your transportation needs"...


Toyota Prius ‘could play a very different role’ for brand
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Toyota Prius ‘could play a very different role’ for brand

The Prius is likely to be heavily revitalised in the coming years, as Toyota seeks to refocus the car as a technology leader having set the agenda for hybrid cars with the first-generation model...


Toyota Australia had significant voice in new Corolla development
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Toyota Australia had significant voice in new Corolla development

Toyota Australia claims it had a significant voice in the engineering and product planning for the new Corolla, thanks largely to its popularity Down Under. The Corolla remains the world’s best-selling car, with about 45 million sales to date. Of that figure, Australia has accounted for 1.4 million – around one of every five Toyotas sold locally...


2019 Toyota Corolla chasing segment-leading safety
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2019 Toyota Corolla chasing segment-leading safety

The upcoming Toyota Corolla will help redefine the small-car segment in terms of active and passive safety, bringing a host of driver aids to put even some Lexus models to shame. The 12th-generation Corolla, which launches in August, will come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2, encompassing a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and autonomous-emergency braking...


2019 Toyota Supra interior spied
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2019 Toyota Supra interior spied

The interior of the upcoming Toyota Supra has been spied during testing on the Nurburgring. Earlier prototypes had interiors where almost every uncovered element was lifted from the BMW parts bin, including the transmission shifter, iDrive controller, switches, steering wheel, and infotainment screen...


2019 Toyota Prius leaked
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2019 Toyota Prius leaked

The facelifted Toyota Prius has surfaced in the Japan's Best Car magazine this week, previewing an upcoming mid-life refresh for the Japanese hybrid. It's worth remembering, these could just be a set of renders commissioned by the popular Japanese magazine, but past form on the Toyota Supra would suggest they're accurate...


2019 Toyota Corolla sedan previewed by Japanese leaks
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2019 Toyota Corolla sedan previewed by Japanese leaks

Hot on the heels of the hatchback's official reveal, images of the yet-to-be-unveiled 2019 Toyota Corolla Axio sedan have surfaced in Japan's Best Car magazine. Although the Axio is a cheaper, simpler take on the Corolla Sedan we get in Australia, it provides a hint as to what we can expect from the incoming three-box Corolla when it lands...


Ute comparison 2018: Ford Ranger v Toyota HiLux v Mitsubishi Triton v Nissan Navara v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-MAX v Mazda BT-50 v Volkswagen Amarok
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Ute comparison 2018: Ford Ranger v Toyota HiLux v Mitsubishi Triton v Nissan Navara v Holden Colorado v Isuzu D-MAX v Mazda BT-50 v Volkswagen Amarok

Dual-cab utes are expected to be more versatile today than ever before. Rough and tough is not enough. The flagship versions must be comfortable inside, safe, and look the part because people want show ponies as well as workhorses. Consider, for a moment, that the eight most popular dual-cab models managed 193,000 sales in Australia last year, which equals 16 per cent of the entire new vehicle market...


Ute mega test: How do the tubs stack up?
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Ute mega test: How do the tubs stack up?

They’re more likely to carry dirty nappies and road bikes than a bale of hay, but all eight of the cars on our 2018 dual-cab mega test are, you know, dual-cab utes. That means they still need to be fit for hard work. Has the transition to a life of luxury undermined the inherent practicality of these one-time work vehicles? Here’s a look at how the tray on each stacks up...


Time Machine Tuesday: April 10, 2018
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Time Machine Tuesday: April 10, 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. Here’s a look at what happened on the week of April 10 in years past...


Poll: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage vanquishes Porsche 911
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Poll: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage vanquishes Porsche 911

Aston Martin was clear about its goal for the new Vantage: it wants to take down the Porsche 911. The embargo on drive impressions lifts soon – April 12, to be precise – but if our most recent poll is an accurate guide, the company is on the right track. A whopping 66 per cent of respondents preferred the Vantage to the Porsche 911, in a sign the car's more aggressive new look is a winner...