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Toyota HiLux and Toyota Hiace gripped by severe stock shortages heading into June

Australia’s top-selling ute and van – the Toyota HiLux and Toyota Hiace – are facing severe stock shortages in the lead-up to the biggest month of the year for commercial vehicle sales. The month of June is a boom time for ute and van sales as businesses – big and small – take advantage of end of financial year deals...

2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Van

Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Van Finalists: Ford Transit Custom Peugeot Expert Toyota HiAce Only a few years ago, there was precious little to talk about beyond payloads and tie down points in this segment. But we’ve since been through something of a commercial vehicle renaissance...

The models driving Australia's used-car price surge

Used vehicle prices in Australia are 25 per cent higher than they were during the same period last year, marking an all-time record rate of growth for the sector. Although new car sales are dwindling, demand for used vehicles has accelerated rapidly, smashing the previous record of 20 per cent growth set in December 2009...

These Japanese Toyota retromods prove everything new is old again

You may be familiar with the concept of a restomod, taking an old car and bringing it up to date with later-model tech and engineering, but have you considered retromodding instead? The idea isn’t entirely new, of course. Japan is home to Subaru Sambars with Kombi-style faces, Nissan Cubes with Chevy C10 identity issues, and Suzuki Everys that think they’re American school busses, not to mention the many ways to restyle a Jimny...

Toyota price rises across the range

Pricing across the Toyota range has undergone a major shakeup, with the RAV4, LandCruiser, Corolla, Prius Hybrid, Camry, 86, Granvia, C-HR, and HiAce models all receiving price increases. The HiLux is also expected to increase in cost when the 2021 model is launched later this month, as previously reported by CarAdvice...

10 cars that beat the coronavirus

Australians are treating themselves to “getaway cars” in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, so they can holiday at home rather than travel overseas. The federal government’s $150,000 instant asset tax write-off has also accelerated sales of certain work vehicles...

Toyota: Apple CarPlay retrofit $199 for selected models

Toyota Australia has finally rolled out its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto retrofit program, along with announcing the standard fitment of the smartphone mirroring systems across its new-generation model lines. From November 1, existing owners of the Camry, Corolla, Granvia, HiAce, Prius and RAV4 will be able to upgrade their vehicles' infotainment systems – costing $199 for Camry, Corolla and Prius, while Granvia, HiAce and RAV4 retrofits will be free of charge...

2019 Toyota Prado, HiAce recalled

Toyota Australia has issued a recall for 2714 vehicles across the 2019 model-year LandCruiser Prado, HiAce and HiAce Commuter model lines, over concerns of a fuel leak. The Japanese manufacturer reports a production fault may cause the fuel inlet pipe that connects the diesel fuel injector common rail may not be secured with a "lower than specified tightening torque", which "may allow fuel leakage"...

CarAdvice podcast 163: Discussing the 2020 Kia Seltos

On this week's podcast you are joined by Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and Scott Collie. In car news, according to an RACQ study, electric cars are cheaper to run but high prices are still a problem. Also, pricing and specs have been released for the 2020 Volkswagen Touareg, the Toyota HiLux gets an updated 5-star ANCAP safety rating, and the 2020 Audi Q3 Sportback has been revealed...

ANCAP: New HiAce, Nissan Leaf get 5-star crash safety ratings

Independent crash testing authority ANCAP has released safety ratings for the new Toyota HiAce and Nissan Leaf, both scoring the full five stars. Both vehicles managed over 90% for adult occupant protection, with the HiAce impressing further with an 84% rating for vulnerable road users, too...

2019 Toyota Granvia revealed, Tarago axed

Toyota has revealed the all-new Granvia people mover, which will arrive in Australia before the end of the year to replace the ageing Tarago. Pitched as a "luxury eight-seater wagon aimed at hospitality, corporate and family buyers", the Granvia is to the HiAce what the Volkswagen Multivan is to the Transporter...