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Australia not ready for Toyota plug-in hybrids, marketing chief says

Toyota Australia says that plug-in hybrids are still a niche product for our market and there is not enough demand to make a solid business case for such models. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the new 2016 Toyota Prius, Tony Cramb, executive director for sales and marketing of Toyota Australia, said that research into the local market has shown it’s still not the right time for Toyota plug-ins...

2016 Toyota Prius sticks with nickel hydride over lithium-ion batteries in Australia

Toyota Australia says that it has stuck with the proven and tested nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery for the fourth-generation Prius instead of switching to the lithium-ion system available in some other markets, due to the former's reliability as well as lower cost...

2016 Toyota Prius pricing and specifications

The 2016 Toyota Prius has launched in Australia with a starting price of $34,990 for the new and better equipped standard model, while the top-spec i-Tech model comes in at $43,990. Prices for the new Prius indicate a $2500 increase over the outgoing third-generation model (and a $1000 reduction on the i-Tech), which, along with the two generations before it, has found over three million sales worldwide, of which around 20,000 are in Australia...

Small cars coming in 2016

Small cars coming in 2016 Mainstream small cars Hyundai Elantra – February Toyota Prius – March Kia Cerato update – April Honda Civic – mid 2016 MG 6 – September Alfa Romeo Giulietta update – Q3 DS 4 and/or DS 4 Crossback – Q3 Hyundai Ioniq – Q3 Suzuki Baleno – Q3 (TBC for Oz) Renault Megane hatch – September/October Holden Astra hatch - quarter four Luxury/sports small cars Mercedes-Benz A-Class update (includes A45) – January Mercedes-Benz CLA45 update – Q1 Peugeot 308 GTi – Q1 Ford Focus RS – mid 2016 Hyundai Elantra sports model – Q3 Infiniti Q30 – Q3 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class update – Q3 Volvo V40 update – Q3 BMW 1 Series update – second half BMW 2 Series update – second half...

2016 Toyota New Cars

Details of the new and updated Toyota models launching in Australia in 2016. Prius — March Industry top-seller Toyota updated a staggering 13 models in 2015. Thus, it has launched, replaced or renewed vehicles representing three-quarters of its sales volume. Obviously, 2016 will not be quite so busy. The early headliner is the fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid due in March...

2016 Toyota Prius spied testing in Australia

CarAdvice has spied the 2016 Toyota Prius testing in Australia ahead of the car's global rollout later this year and local launch early next year. The fourth-generation petrol-electric Toyota Prius hybrid was unveiled in Las Vegas in September and revealed in more detail a few weeks later in the lead up to the Frankfurt motor show...

Toyota plug-in hybrids not a priority

Some of the world’s biggest automotive manufacturers are moving to a future where plugging in to a power point to do your daily commute is a viable reality, but Toyota isn’t following the same path. Companies such as Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Hyundai and Mitsubishi are pushing for a world where electric power can be used part-time, offering plug-in hybrid drivetrains in mainstream models in major markets around the world...

2016 Toyota Prius technical details revealed in Frankfurt

The Japanese auto giant has provided further details about its fourth-generation Toyota Prius hybrid hatchback at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show. At the global reveal of the fourth-gen Prius last week in Las Vegas, Toyota provided few details about its new hybrid warrior. With the car's unveiling in Europe this week, the company has filled in a few of our knowledge blanks...

2016 Toyota Prius revealed, Australian launch set for early next year

The all-new 2016 Toyota Prius is now officially out in the open, revealed at a special event in Las Vegas today ahead of an Australian launch set to occur early next year. Today’s unveiling comes after what has quite literally been years of rumours, reports, speculative renderings and, most recently, a series of leaked images...

2016 Toyota Prius teased as company’s hybrid sales pass eight million

It may already have been revealed this week through a pair of cheeky spy shots snapped aboard a cargo plane, but you can’t stop the teaser train: here’s the first official look at the new 2016 Toyota Prius hybrid. Those earlier shots, snapped aboard a cargo plane bound for the Frankfurt motor show where the new Prius will debut, offered a clear look at both ends, revealing much of the fourth-generation hybrid’s sportier styling...

2016 Toyota Prius photographed completely undisguised before debut

The fourth-generation Toyota Prius has been photographed completely undisguised prior to its debut next week. These photos, which seem to have been taken while the next-generation hybrid hatch was strapped in for a trans-oceanic flight, were first published by the Toyota Prius Club of Malaysia...