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Top 10 new cars money can’t buy: The list of vehicles with a long queue

New-car sales have recovered faster than expected in the wake of the pandemic – with demand surging in the last two months of 2020 – which has led to severe stock shortages of some models. After almost a decade of record low prices and sharp drive-away deals the balance of power has shifted in favour of dealers who are scrambling for cars to sell...

VFACTS 2020: Record year for hybrids, electric cars 0.2 per cent of sales

A record number of hybrid cars were sold in Australia in 2020 – almost twice as many as the year prior – as electric vehicles continued to represent just 0.2 per cent of the market. Official 2020 new-car sales figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show 60,417 hybrid vehicles were reported as sold last year, an increase of 93...

Top 20: Your most-read reviews in 2020

Yesterday we took a look at the vehicle models which garnered the most review-reads in 2020, but what happens when we break it down further and look at the individual reviews you read most? There were some big launches across a lot of key segments in a year where traditional launch programs and motor shows were all but non-existent...

2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid fails emergency swerve test

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has failed an emergency swerve-and-avoid “moose test" by Swedish motoring magazine Teknikens Värld. The experiment – which tests a vehicle's ability to safely avoid a hazard, such as a moose – has been standardised since the late 1990s, and requires a car to swerve between cones at incrementally higher speeds without skidding out of control...

Mitsuoka Buddy unveiled: Retro American styling for the Toyota RAV4 – UPDATE: Sold out!

UPDATE, December 4, 2020: Get this, the Mitsuoka Buddy – a weird RAV4 retro makeover that the CarAdvice news team has become obsessed with – has sold out already, locking up its two-year production run just days after it went on sale in Japan...

Hybrid, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid: What’s the difference?

August 2020 marked the first time Australia’s new-car market was dominated by a hybrid vehicle. The popularity of the Toyota RAV4 hybrid has almost single-handedly driven curiosity in the burgeoning technology, with almost every major manufacturer exploring hybrid technology in some capacity...

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...

2021 Toyota RAV4 price and specs

2021 Toyota RAV4 sees no major changes Entry-level GX trim gets the biggest update Manual transmission still available Prices rise by $1425 to $1705, depending on variant The 2021 Toyota RAV4 has had a mild refresh, but the most noticeable change is to the bottom line...

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...

Toyota hybrids hit record sales in July 

Take-up of pure electric vehicles may be slow in Australia but we’re embracing the idea of petrol-electric power in record numbers. Excluding Tesla which does not publish sales figures, electric cars represented just 0.2 per cent of all new vehicles reported as sold in July 2020 (138 of 72,505 sales) as demand dropped by 40 per cent – in an overall market that was down by 12...

Suzuki adopts plug-in hybrid Toyota RAV4 in Europe, Australia unlikely  

Do not adjust your eyes. This is not photoshop, this is Suzuki’s re-nosed version of the Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid. It has just gone on sale in Europe and is one of the first shared vehicles under the new partnership between the two Japanese car makers. Last year Toyota pledged to buy 24 million shares in Suzuki valued at roughly ¥96 billion (AU$1...