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Toyota HiAce plug-in hybrid coming in 2023 – report

Petrol-electric plug-in hybrid power is coming to the Toyota HiAce van, according to news reports out of Japan. The website Spyder7 claims a revised version of the latest generation of Toyota's HiAce van launched in Australia in 2019 will be unveiled in Japan in 2022, bringing with it the option of plug-in hybrid petrol power to sell alongside the diesel...

2021 Toyota HiAce loses its colour, white paint now the only option

Toyota appears to be making a return to its reputation for producing whitegoods on wheels, with a new change to the 2021 Toyota HiAce van. The Toyota HiAce will soon be only available in white, with production from July 2021 ending the options of silver, gold or blue paint. Toyota dealers say they believe the decision was made by the factory because most orders were for “vanilla white” HiAce vans...

2021 Toyota HiAce V6 petrol to be axed

The Toyota HiAce van range is about to lose the powerful V6 petrol option barely two years after going on sale. The new-generation Toyota HiAce was introduced in 2019; the latest semi-bonneted design was the first complete overhaul of the iconic van in 15 years...

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"...