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GM vs Toyota - down to the wire

With reports of Toyota overtaking General Motors as the largest brand in the world by the end of last year predicted long before December, final figures from last year, released a few hours ago, actually put the old General about 3500 units ahead of Toyota. GM managed to sell 9,369,524 vehicles in 2007, a 3 per cent increase over 2006...

Toyota A-BAT hybrid pickup concept

As we reported yesterday, Toyota is planning to sell one million hybrids a year early next decade, in order to that though, the Japanese giant needs to invest heavily in many new models and hybrid variants. This is the first of many to come. Named the A-BAT hybrid pickup concept, this little compact ute will be officially unveiled at next year's Detroit Motor Show (we will be there to bring you exclusive photos)...

Toyota aims for 1 million hybrid sales per year

Japanese giant Toyota today announced its intentions to sell 1 million hybrid cars a year by early next decade. The big T is looking at both traditional hybrid and plug-in cars to help it get there. Plug-in hybrids (can be charged from an electrical socket) are currently undergoing testing around the world with the lithium ion batteries developed with Panasonic EV Energy Co...

Volkswagen to beat Toyota with quality & beauty

Volkswagen group CEO Martin Winterkorn is counting on the German attention to detail as well as better looking cars to help his company beat Toyota as the global No. 1 within 10 years. Strategy 2018, a plan devised by VW to become the No.1 manufacturer is counting on “German perfectionism and better design” as VW’s advantages over its Japanese competitor...

Volkswagen chasing Toyota

The Volkswagen group has made public plans to catch Toyota, the world largest manufacturer. The German company which encompasses Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Seat, Skoda and even Lamborghini, plans for a major change in the way it will engineer cars in the future. The plan comes amid orders by high-level management to go after Toyota by cutting development costs and doubling global sales...

Toyota Celica coming back in 2009

Toyota has cautiously told the automotive world the Celica will make a European comeback in 2009. Markus Schrick, vice president of Toyota Deutschland was speaking to Automobilwoche about the possibility of speed restrictions on the autobahn before breaking the news. Mr Schrick said Toyota plans to introduce a replacement for the Celica sport coupe in Europe in 2009...

2007 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series

Toyota Australia has released the latest generation of the LandCruiser wagon - the new 200 Series, the vehicle that helped Toyota establish its foothold in the world automotive markets. The new 200 Series has a stronger body, improved suspension, more powerful V8 engines that use less fuel, and new technology that makes it more capable in all conditions...

Supercharged Toyota Corolla S3

It's not everyday you get to use the words supercharged and Corolla in the same sentence, so excuse me if I keep repeating myself. Toyota has shown a supercharged Toyota Corolla at the SEMA auto show in Las Vegas. Powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder supercharged engine, the Corolla S3 is purely a show car with no plans for production...

Toyota Halts Sales of the V6 RAV4

Toyota Australia has stopped sales of its newly released V6 RAV4. The company stated the RAV4's V6 engine, which has already seen controversy after Toyota stopped sales of the TRD Aurion, was not performing as smoothly as expected. Toyota has been hard at work applying the 3.5-litre Toyota Aurion powerplant (2GR-FE) across its entire range...

Toyota Prius Hybrid System Price Drop

Toyota will cut the price and size of the hybrid system used in the next-generation Toyota Prius by around half. The company has also moved back from its planned lithium-ion batteries to nickel-metal hydride. Kazuo Okamoto, the Executive Vice President of R&D at Toyota Japan said a similar price drop occurred when the company moved from the first to second-generation Prius...

2008 Toyota RAV4 V6

With the Compact SUV segment the fastest-growing in the SUV market, and sales increasing 19.1 per cent for the nine months to September 2007, it comes at no surprise  that Toyota has expanded its RAV4 lineup with a new V6 variant. Toyota has been hard at work applying the 3.5-litre Toyota Aurion engine (2GR-FE) across its entire range...