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Former Holden boss Dave Buttner returns to Toyota

Former Toyota executive Dave Buttner – who came out of retirement to run Holden for 16 months until he stepped down last December – is back behind the wheel of a Toyota. A post on Facebook has revealed Mr Buttner has replaced the ute he once lauded – the Holden Colorado – with Australia’s top-selling vehicle, the Toyota HiLux...

Beat the price rises: currency pressure poised to push up the cost of cars in 2020

After three decades of record low prices and affordability, Australia’s top-selling cars are on the brink of becoming more expensive. Car companies are warning dealers they can no longer absorb the cost of unfavourable exchange rates. They have been told prices of popular models could rise by between $500 and $1000 – and discounts will be not as generous as they have been in the recent past...

Toyota is funding an electric aircraft company

Toyota Motor Corporation has pumped more than half a billion dollars into Californian aerospace company Joby Aviation, which is developing and commercialising an all-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. The world's biggest car-maker recently announced a $US394 million ($AUD570m) cash splash, making it the lead investor in Joby's third round of financing...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Corolla v Mazda3 sedans

Join Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey for the first podcast back for 2020! We chat with Mike Duff about his drive in the Aston Martin DBX prototype and discuss if it feels like an Aston Martin. Mike compares the 2020 Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 sedans. We talk to CarAdvice reader Tim about his owner review of the 2017 Holden Astra RS, which he bought new...

Isuzu MU-X outsells direct rivals again

One of the most commonly asked questions accompnying each month's VFACTS sales report centres around which brand is winning the ute-based SUV sales race. These rugged body-on-frame, towing-ready offerings clearly have a dedicated following. For the sake of one argument, we do not include Toyota's pricier Prado in this sub-segment, but you could argue the case either way...

2020 Toyota RAV4 kitted-up like a hot hatch

It's one of Australia's most popular, and sensible, cars. But some owners of Toyota's RAV4, just a few, may want the chance to make their theirs stand out from the pack. Enter this madcap update from Japanese tuning shop Kuhl Racing. Above: The typical Toyota RAV4. Normally, the RAV4 – which was the eighth biggest selling car in Australia for 2020, the winner of our 10-way medium SUV test, and the Drive...

Toyota confirms Yaris-based crossover for Europe

Toyota will beef up its crossover range with a new model which will be based on the GA-B platform used for the latest Yaris hatch. Given the as-yet-unnamed model's underpinnings, the new car will likely be smaller than the C-HR and serve as an entry point into the company's crossover range...

Next-generation Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ to get turbocharged power – report

Small sports coupe fans breathed a sigh of relief last year when it was revealed the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ had been officially renewed for a second generation. Now, there’s even more good news: Autocar reports the second-generation twins will see a big bump in power. Like the current models, the new coupes will use a Subaru powertrain...

Toyota readying Yaris-based SUV

Toyota is reportedly developing a new, entry-level crossover to slot into its line-up beneath the C-HR. Auto Express reports the new SUV is set to be revealed in the second half of this year. It’ll be the second vehicle to use the Yaris’s TNGA-B architecture, which differs from larger TNGA-C-based cars like the Corolla in using a simpler, torsion-beam rear suspension...

More than 18,000 Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki cars forced off the road in recall for new type of deadly Takata airbag

More than 18,000 Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki cars made between 1996 and 1999 have been ordered off the road due to a new type of deadly Takata airbag – in a recall estimated to cost in excess of $54 million to buy back affected vehicles. Toyota is offering to buy back vehicles or provide long-term alternative car hire until replacement airbags are available...

2020 Toyota GR Yaris: world’s most powerful three-cylinder unveiled, performance figures confirmed, still no price

The 2020 Toyota GR Yaris hot hatch has shed its disguise in a dust-covered debut that pays tribute to the brand’s world rally heritage. Although price is yet to be announced, Toyota has laid bare all the facts and figures behind its first in-house all-wheel-drive performance car in 20 years...