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Sales charts for the Australian car industry are broadly broken up into categories or segments, pitting like-for-like vehicles against one another. By analysing these segments it becomes clear a number of them are dominated by a single player...

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2020 Toyota Camry TRD, Avalon TRD unveiled
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2020 Toyota Camry TRD, Avalon TRD unveiled

The new Toyota Camry TRD and Avalon TRD models have been unveiled ahead of their in-the-flesh debut at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show. Both cars are powered by the company's 3.5-litre V6. Although fitted with a cat-back exhaust, designed to offer a throatier idle and more noise under acceleration, power remains unchanged at 224kW...


Toyota Avalon, Camry TRD revealed ahead of LA debut
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Toyota Avalon, Camry TRD revealed ahead of LA debut

Toyota USA has given a first look at the new Avalon TRD and Camry TRD on social media, ahead of a full reveal at the Los Angeles motor show later this month. Unveiled as part of a '#TRDtakeover' Facebook video series, the TRD-fettled sedans appear to be more or less styling and suspension packages, including body kits, wings, wheels, and sportier interior trims...


2018 Mazda 6 GT v Toyota Camry SL V6 comparison
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2018 Mazda 6 GT v Toyota Camry SL V6 comparison

Could this be the family car battle of head versus heart? The Toyota Camry SL V6 and Mazda 6 GT turbo both stick to a well-worn medium sedan formula, although manage to avoid looking like carbon copies of each other – both aesthetically and mechanically...


2018 Holden Calais 2.0T v Toyota Camry SL Hybrid comparison
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2018 Holden Calais 2.0T v Toyota Camry SL Hybrid comparison

Comparing a Holden Commodore/Calais and Toyota Camry would have been incongruous until this year, when both entered new lives as imports. Now it seems perfectly natural to pit this front-drive pair against one another, despite a few differences in design and execution. It's the German-made Calais hatchback with turbocharged petrol engine versus the Japanese Camry sedan with petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain...


The automotive name of thrones: Badge engineering
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The automotive name of thrones: Badge engineering

Some automotive nameplates transcend boundaries, blur lines, and change perceptions. Others aren’t so lucky – especially those cars hapless enough to be unceremoniously bridled with the badges of a rival brand. Collaborative efforts are an effective way of lowering development costs and shoring up a car’s chance of success, particularly where low volumes or uncertain market forecasts might mean the alternative is no car at all...


The automotive name of thrones: Multiple personalities
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The automotive name of thrones: Multiple personalities

Some automotive nameplates transcend boundaries, while others simply do not – or cannot. You might think you’re familiar with a certain car in our local market, but cross into another country and pseudonyms and assumed identities become a way of life for a number of brands. There’s no doubt some car names are irreplaceable...


2018 Toyota Camry SL Hybrid review
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2018 Toyota Camry SL Hybrid review

The imported Toyota Camry SL Hybrid is actually – shock, horror – a desirable offering that is far more than a mere sensible choice. Who'd have thought we'd ever see the day?


2019 Toyota Avalon revealed - UPDATE
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2019 Toyota Avalon revealed - UPDATE

UPDATE: Toyota Australia has confirmed Apple CarPlay is under consideration for our market, and we've added some new images to the gallery. See bottom of article for more details Toyota has pulled back the covers on the 2019 Avalon, debuting a sharp new styling direction and a more luxurious, tech-focused interior...


2018 Toyota Camry SL review
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2018 Toyota Camry SL review

The 2018 Toyota Camry range is a huge step up, and while the SL flagship may not be the one we'd buy, commendations are due regardless.


2018 Toyota Camry Ascent Hybrid review
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2018 Toyota Camry Ascent Hybrid review

In the ultimate ride-share specification – white, base-model hybrid – does the all-new Toyota Camry Ascent represent good value for a sub-$30K large car?


CarAdvice podcast 80: BMW M4 Pure v M4 CS
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CarAdvice podcast 80: BMW M4 Pure v M4 CS

Joining Mandy Turner this week is Mike Costello and Alborz Fallah. It's been a big week in car news, with the Tesla Semi and Roadster being revealed, Hyundai still undecided on its i30 N line-up, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS has been teased, and pricing for the new imported Toyota Camry has been announced...


Hotted-up Toyota Camry: Chief engineer loves the idea
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Hotted-up Toyota Camry: Chief engineer loves the idea

Toyota’s chief engineer for the eighth-generation Camry program says he loves the idea of a proper performance-focused version, to capitalise on its much more dynamically-able new platform. Japan-based Masato Katsumata, who has spent time working with Toyota Europe but now runs a team of a few thousand, and who spent his youth doing rallies and driving an AE86, told us this week that there might just be a market for such a previously unlikely offering...


2018 Toyota Camry review: First Australian drive
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2018 Toyota Camry review: First Australian drive

Can a Toyota Camry be more than 'just' reliable, safe and conservative? And does anybody care? The eighth-generation model, imported from Japan rather than made here, is launching now with a mind to answering these questions in the affirmative.


2018 Toyota Camry pricing and specs
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2018 Toyota Camry pricing and specs

The new, imported-from-Japan Toyota Camry range has arrived in Australia, a month after the company closed the Melbourne factory that produced its predecessor for 30 years. And while Toyota no longer has the same incentive to retain those super-sharp real-world deals it offered on the old car - designed to drive demand, and thereby retain production at the required level to keep the Altona factory open until its scheduled close - the new Camry is extremely affordable nevertheless...


2018 Toyota Camry scores five-star ANCAP rating
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2018 Toyota Camry scores five-star ANCAP rating

The new-generation 2018 Toyota Camry has been awarded a five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing authority ANCAP. Scoring 36.16 out of 37, the Camry managed a perfect score in both side impact and pole tests, along with 15.16 out of 16 for the frontal offset test...


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...


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)...


2017 Toyota Camry Commemorative Edition arrives from $41,150
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2017 Toyota Camry Commemorative Edition arrives from $41,150

The Toyota Camry Commemorative Edition has been announced this week, marking 54 years of Australian manufacturing for the Japanese manufacturer before factory doors close in October. Limited to just 54 units - one for each year Toyota has built vehicles in this country - the limited-edition Camry is based on the top-spec Atara SL Hybrid variant, priced from $41,150 plus on-road costs...


Mazda and Toyota to partner on connected-car infotainment
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Mazda and Toyota to partner on connected-car infotainment

Japanese automakers Mazda and Toyota are planning to collaborate on a inter-connected vehicle infotainment platform for their next-generation vehicles, according to a new report. Following the two companies buying shareholdings in each other a month ago while announcing plans for a joint factory in the US and co-development of electric vehicles (EVs), the new article by Japan's Nikkei claims the manufacturers are set to share a core platform for in-vehicle navigation, media, and smartphone connections...