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CarAdvice podcast 145: Discussing the 2019 BMW X7

This week you are joined by Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and Scott Collie. In car news, the 2019 Mazda CX-8 is getting Apple CarPlay and a price increase, Toyota Australia has announced a hydrogen filling station in Victoria, and the 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 has been unveiled...

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Toyota and Suzuki announce model, drivetrain sharing agreement
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Toyota and Suzuki announce model, drivetrain sharing agreement

Toyota and Suzuki have agreed to share drivetrains and models in a wide-ranging partnership, which is primarily focussed on Europe, India and Africa. On a global level, Toyota will supply its hybrid technology to Suzuki, which to-date has sold vehicles only with petrol, diesel and mild hybrid drivetrains...


2019 Toyota C-HR gets Apple CarPlay in the USA
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2019 Toyota C-HR gets Apple CarPlay in the USA

Toyota USA has announced a handful of upgrades for the C-HR crossover for 2019, headlined by a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay. Fitted as standard across the line-up, the new 8.0-inch media unit introduces the aforementioned smartphone mirroring technologies, and appears to feature the new interface seen in other Toyota models like the Camry and Corolla...


Toyota Australia excited by hybrid sales, 'won't apologise' for lack of EV
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Toyota Australia excited by hybrid sales, 'won't apologise' for lack of EV

Toyota Australia’s vice-president of sales and marketing Sean Hanley, who spearheaded the launch of the first Prius here 18 years ago, really wants to tell the world how successful petrol-electric hybrid vehicles have become...


Toyota Australia announces multi-million dollar hydrogen filling station at Altona
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Toyota Australia announces multi-million dollar hydrogen filling station at Altona

Toyota and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) are co-funding a $7.4 million Hydrogen Centre at the company’s old manufacturing site in Altona, west of Melbourne. Existing manufacturing infrastructure will be repurposed into “Victoria's first integrated hydrogen site”, complete with an electrolyser, commercial-grade hydrogen refuelling station and an ‘education centre’ with live demonstrations of how the tech works...


Restored WRC Toyota Corolla tackles Sydney road rally - video
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Restored WRC Toyota Corolla tackles Sydney road rally - video

Remember the WRC Toyota Corolla from the late 1990s? Well, rally fans and the like can watch the old race car compete once more. At a recent round of the Whiteline Tarmac Rally Series in New South Wales, a special example of the old rally car hit Western Sydney Dragway, Eastern Creek, to compete...


Toyota designs moon rover concept
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Toyota designs moon rover concept

Toyota and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have confirmed an agreement to "consider the possibility of collaborating on international space exploration". Since May 2018, the two organisations have been working together on a rover concept, which would allow humans to explore the lunar surface in a pressurised vehicle...


Geneva Motor Show: 10 past concepts we wish made production
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Geneva Motor Show: 10 past concepts we wish made production

Each year the Geneva motor show provides a testing ground of new ideas and concepts for everyone from established manufacturers to design consultancies and dream-weaving hypercar builders. Sadly some of the very best concepts miss their chance at production, be it due to their outright outlandishness, or perhaps because the brands proudly displaying them simply couldn’t get the sums to add up on some of the more courageous design choices...


Toyota C-HR EV could be headed to Europe in 2021
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Toyota C-HR EV could be headed to Europe in 2021

The boss of Toyota Europe has confirmed plans to introduce the brand's first all-electric vehicle in the region by 2021, which will likely be an SUV or van. UPDATE, 18/3/19: Toyota Australia has issued a statement regarding the introduction of EVs locally. See bottom of article for details...


2019 Toyota Prius pricing and specs
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2019 Toyota Prius pricing and specs

Toyota Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the refreshed 2019 Prius range, which is now on sale from $36,590 plus on-road costs. Compared to the outgoing model, the MY19 Prius gets updated designs for the front and rear fascias, incorporating new bumpers, sharper LED headlights, and new LED tail-light clusters...


Deals on Wheels: What are the top 10 brands offering?
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Deals on Wheels: What are the top 10 brands offering?

New vehicle sales in Australia have been receding for 11 successive months – compared to the corresponding month in the previous year – which after four years of sales records tumbling has come as a bit of a shock to the system. Headwinds like the overall slowing economy, weak house prices in NSW and Victoria, looming finance sector reform, the drought, and of course the imminent federal election are all playing funny buggers...


Toyota HiLux outsells entire Holden range
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Toyota HiLux outsells entire Holden range

Utes filled the top three sales spots in February — Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger and the updated Mitsubishi Triton — as our appetite for vehicles that can work and play eclipses a new threshold. While the entire car market hit the brakes last month, down by 9.3 per cent, the top selling utes either held or gained ground...


Toyota Supra GT4 Concept unveiled
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Toyota Supra GT4 Concept unveiled

The Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept will make its debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show, which gets under way this week. Developed by Gazoo Racing, Toyota's European racing arm, with the FIA's GT4 racing series in mind, the Supra GT4 Concept rides on race-ready five-hole OZ 18-inch wheels...


Toyota Corolla GR Sport, Trek revealed
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Toyota Corolla GR Sport, Trek revealed

Toyota Europe has revealed a pair of new Corolla variants for the Geneva motor show, offering two very different flavours depending on buyer preference. First up is the Corolla GR Sport (pictured in silver), which in concept is in a similar vein to the Ford Focus ST-Line – offering sporty looks and equipment without any powertrain upgrades...


Toyota confirms Corolla GRMN, sorta - report
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Toyota confirms Corolla GRMN, sorta - report

Toyota has pretty much confirmed it will produce a proper hot hatch based on the new Corolla, according to a new report out of Europe. Speaking with Dutch publication AutoRai.nl Toyota's deputy chief designer, Toshio Kanei, said a fully-fledged Corolla GRMN is "certainly realistic". "We are already working on that...


Time capsule: The first Toyota
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Time capsule: The first Toyota

It was a simple design, a front-engined, rear-wheel drive, metal-bodied sedan built on a ladder frame chassis. It unashamedly borrowed its design cues from the American-made DeSoto Airflow, right down to the rear suicide doors. Under the bonnet, lurked a 3...


Toyota Australia cyber attack: Customers and showrooms unaffected
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Toyota Australia cyber attack: Customers and showrooms unaffected

UPDATED Toyota Australia has confirmed it has been the victim of an attempted cyber attack although it believes no customer data has been accessed.  However, anyone buying a new car that is not already in dealer stock may experience delays in finding the exact model they want...


Toyota Prius C to be axed in the US
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Toyota Prius C to be axed in the US

Toyota's North American division will cull the little Prius C from its line-up in the coming months, making way for the new-generation Corolla Hybrid to take its place in the range. Speaking with the US's Autoblog, a Toyota spokesperson confirmed the move, adding there's around 700 units left in dealer stock in the US...


2019 Toyota HiAce officially revealed
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2019 Toyota HiAce officially revealed

Toyota has officially unveiled its 2019 HiAce van, just days after leaked images of the hotly-anticipated load-lugger revealed its snub nose and more modern face. When it arrives locally in mid-2019, the HiAce is expected to carry a five-star ANCAP rating in its safest guise...


The week's top news stories: February 17, 2019
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The week's top news stories: February 17, 2019

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks. To make sure you haven’t missed anything important, we’ve gathered what we reckon are the hottest news stories from this week, right here...