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CarAdvice podcast 99: An insight into car wrapping

This week Mandy Turner, Mike Stevens, and Scott Collie are in the studio. In car news, pricing and specs have been released for the Kia Picanto GT-Line and the Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X...

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Time Machine Tuesday: February 27, 2018
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Time Machine Tuesday: February 27, 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 February 27 over the past few years. Warning: may contain traces of Volkswagen Group...


2018 Toyota C-HR review
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2018 Toyota C-HR review

If you don’t need family-style practicality and don’t mind shifting gears yourself, the manual version of Toyota’s stylish C-HR is a fun and affordable compact SUV.


2016-17 Toyota C-HR, Tarago recalled
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2016-17 Toyota C-HR, Tarago recalled

Toyota Australia has issued separate recall notices for the C-HR and Tarago, for faults with the electric parking brake and seatbelt anchorage bolt respectively. According to the company, the process for installing the reversing camera on local Taragos involves the removal and re-installation of anchor bolts for the left-side seatbelts...


Toyota C-HR R-Tuned eyeing Nurburgring record
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Toyota C-HR R-Tuned eyeing Nurburgring record

Toyota bucked the trend at SEMA this year. Rather than limiting itself a handful of very pretty, mildly tweaked versions of its core range, it took a base C-HR and turned it into a fire-breathing monster. The C-HR R-Tuned has a 447kW 2AZ-4FE engine shoehorned under the bonnet...


Toyota C-HR R-Tuned: 447kW racer headlines stand at SEMA
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Toyota C-HR R-Tuned: 447kW racer headlines stand at SEMA

Toyota has turned the C-HR into a turbocharged, 447kW monster for SEMA in Las Vegas. Along with the fire-breathing compact SUV, the Japanese manufacturer leaned on its NASCAR driver lineup to create a range of modified Camrys. The headline Toyota is undoubtedly the C-HR R-Tuned, designed to see how far the base package could be developed as a track car...


2018 Hyundai Kona Highlander AWD v Toyota C-HR Koba AWD comparison
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2018 Hyundai Kona Highlander AWD v Toyota C-HR Koba AWD comparison

Despite making a fashionably late arrival to the small crossover market, the 2018 Hyundai Kona has certainly made a grand entrance on appearances alone. Funky? You bet. Even against the hot sellers and mover’n’shakers – CX-3, ASX, XV, HR-V – largely responsible for skyrocketing the popularity of form and fashion over pure family-friendly functionality, the Kona appears, literally, to lob into trendy leading edge of style...


Toyota not fearful of sales hurt in shift to import business
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Toyota not fearful of sales hurt in shift to import business

The end of Australian vehicle production has seen Toyota transform into an import-only brand, along with fellow former manufacturers Holden and Ford Australia. It remains to be seen what impact the end of local manufacturing will have on Holden's sales, but it's almost one year since Ford closed the doors on its manufacturing program and the company's sales are relatively steady at 60,465 year-to-date (down from 61,406)...


2018 Renault Captur Intens review
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2018 Renault Captur Intens review

The updated Renault Captur is still a looker, and is cheaper to own and run than you might imagine. The flagship Zen is an interesting Hyundai Kona/Toyota C-HR/Mazda CX-3 rival.


2018 Hyundai Kona review
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2018 Hyundai Kona review

The Hyundai Kona small crossover is the first truly adventurous design from the brand since the Veloster. Under the body lies a pretty competent car that'll take sales away from the Mazda CX-3 and co. Deservedly so.


Toyota C-HR Hy-Power revealed: "Higher-performance" hybrids coming
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Toyota C-HR Hy-Power revealed: "Higher-performance" hybrids coming

There is a distinction between "high-performance" and "higher-performance", the latter meaning more than current, but not so much as to be considered exceptional. That's where the Toyota C-HR Hy-Power concept comes into the picture, described as a preview of the Japanese car maker's plans for a more sporting extension of its growing hybrid family...


Toyota C-HR 'Hy-Power' concept teased ahead of Frankfurt reveal
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Toyota C-HR 'Hy-Power' concept teased ahead of Frankfurt reveal

Toyota has teased the C-HR Hy-Power concept ahead of its reveal at the Frankfurt motor show next week. A single image released by the Japanese manufacturer shows a partial shot of the front of the car, which very closely resembles the production model. The company has labelled it as a "design study", and the vehicle has been created by Toyota's European Design Centre...


The Shortlist: Taller driver, smaller car and lots of kilometres
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The Shortlist: Taller driver, smaller car and lots of kilometres

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


$30k Family car comparison
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$30k Family car comparison

While the car industry seems intent on reinventing and cross-pollinating shapes, sizes and themes to create a different family vehicle, equally families who buy and use such vehicles can be incredibly diverse in terms of needs and wants...


2017 Toyota C-HR Koba 2WD review
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2017 Toyota C-HR Koba 2WD review

Could this stylish small SUV be the best thing offered up by the Japanese brand? Read on to see how the 2017 Toyota C-HR Koba 2WD stacks up.


2017 Toyota C-HR 2WD review
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2017 Toyota C-HR 2WD review

The C-HR is about as un-Toyota as you can get, but that's no bad thing. It's just as convincing, perhaps even more so, in base trim.


Aqua is back, baby!
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Aqua is back, baby!

You guys, have you noticed? Aqua is back. No, I’m not talking about the shit band from the 2000s that had the hit about Barbie. I’m talking about the colour. On cars, specifically. In even more specific terms, car brands are seemingly embracing the idea that not all cars have to be black, white, grey or silver, though the targeting is very much where you’d expect it – at the younger buyer group, the ones who aren't going to be spending more than about $40,000 on a car...


Small SUV comparison: Honda HR-V VTi-L v Mazda CX-3 Akari v Mitsubishi ASX XLS v Toyota C-HR Koba
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Small SUV comparison: Honda HR-V VTi-L v Mazda CX-3 Akari v Mitsubishi ASX XLS v Toyota C-HR Koba

Small crossovers are a vogue segment, drawing buyers up from lower hatchbacks and down from bigger SUVs alike. The newest entrant, creating significant buzz, is the Toyota C-HR. Australia’s biggest-selling brand has taken its time joining the fray, but based on our favourable first impression, it has been well worth the wait...


Screw your stupid hidden door handles!
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Screw your stupid hidden door handles!

What's with the disappearing rear door handles? Modern car designers seem to be getting more and more enamoured with the idea that making the rear doors of cars appear as though they're missing entrance levers is in some way sleek, modern or - God forbid - cool. It isn't. Door handles are important and they should be there for all to see and feel...


2017 Toyota C-HR Koba review
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2017 Toyota C-HR Koba review

If you thought styling wasn't in Toyota's vocabulary, think again. The all-new Toyota C-HR aims to buck the Toyota design trend with wild angles and zero conservatism. Is it enough to win over the hip youth? Paul Maric takes a drive to find out.