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Toyota Yaris manual axed in Australia; GR Yaris flagship safe

The Toyota Yaris hatch has joined its bigger Corolla brother in losing its manual transmission option – though enthusiasts can rest easy knowing the high-performance GR variant isn't going anywhere...

Toyota GR Yaris order books temporarily shut due to high demand

Toyota has placed a pause on new orders for its 2021 Toyota GR Yaris hot hatch, as customer interest has seen demand outstrip supply, pushing wait times back into 2022. Effective from 1 July 2021 (this Thursday), Toyota Australia will no longer receive new GR Yaris orders – and it's unclear how long order books will be closed for, with the brand stating it will "announce a recommencement of [orders]...

The 2021 Driver's Car of the Year

Forget ISOFIX points, boot volumes and soft-touch plastics, as we're about to focus on one thing, and one thing only... fun! This is the Drive 2021 BP Ultimate Driver's Car of the Year In a world where there is daily discussion about technology that lessens (or even removes) your involvement from piloting a car, you could be forgiven for thinking that the role of the driver is becoming less and less relevant to actually driving...

Toyota Australia orders more GR Yaris and Rallye stock, but deliveries pushed to 2022

Toyota Australia has put in an urgent call to Japan for a larger allocation of the GR Yaris and limited-edition GR Yaris Rallye in the next production run – after both models sold out within days of going on sale last year. The first 1000 examples of the regular Toyota GR Yaris sold out within a week when the company announced an introductory price of $39,950 drive-away...

New cars launching in Australia in April 2021

The Australian new-car market is a crowded one, with dozens of manufacturers offering hundreds of models in different segments and body styles. Over 100 all-new, updated or expanded model ranges are due to launch throughout 2021, as chronicled in CarAdvice's 2021 New Car Calendar – but what's there to look forward to this month? Here's a look at every new vehicle launching in Australia in April 2021...

The safest cars for young drivers under $30,000 in Australia

Buying a new car is an exciting yet arduous process – more so when it's your first time jumping through the hoops. While key factors such as style, performance and price are usually top of mind, given that novice drivers are over-represented in fatal crashes – due to a combination of inexperience and older, cheaper and less safe cars – safety should also make the list of priorities...

Q&A: Most economical cars under $30,000?

Hey CarAdvice, I am looking to buy the most environmentally-friendly car I can afford. What are my options at the lower end of the market? Thanks! – Alice Kez Casey If you're looking at environmentally-friendly through the lens of fuel consumption, then cars like the Volkswagen Polo (which uses 5.0 litres of fuel per 100km), Toyota Yaris (4...

Toyota Gazoo Racing club opens to owners

Toyota Australia has opened its Gazoo Racing (GR) club to all GR Supra and GR Yaris owners. The brand claims its GR club was created to build a community around Toyota's resurgence in the performance motoring space. Current owners will receive 12 months of membership for free...

2021 Toyota GR Yaris tuned by HKS to 349kW with nitrous and widebody kit

Is Toyota's factory-built, rally-bred GR Yaris hot hatch not manic enough for you? Try this for size: a GR Yaris fettled by Japanese tuner HKS, pushing some sports car-slaying performance figures. Under the bonnet, HKS has retained the standard car's 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, which in Toyota-tuned factory guise develops a respectable 200kW of power and 370Nm of torque...

Urgent safety recall and “stop-delivery” notice on Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Toyota Australia has issued an urgent bulletin advising dealers to stop deliveries of the Yaris Hybrid and Yaris Cross Hybrid due to a safety concern with the hybrid system that could cause the vehicle to stop suddenly. The hybrid recall affects approximately 1300 vehicles that have either already been delivered to customers or are in showroom stock waiting to be sold...

Toyota Yaris to spawn hybrid Mazda 2 replacement for Europe – report

The replacement for the long-running Mazda 2 city car in Europe could be a rebadged version of the Toyota Yaris, if a new report is to be believed. British publication Autocar, citing an official presentation shown during a recent Mazda earnings call, claims Mazda will offer a rebadged version of the Toyota Yaris Hybrid – likely as a replacement for the Hiroshima-based brand's Mazda 2 city car – in Europe by 2023...