SUVs overtake passenger car sales for the first time ever We knew it was coming, and it has finally happened. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries stats show SUV buyers now outnumber hatch, sedan and coupe buyers. If you add pick-up-style trucks like Hilux and Navara, it happened a while ago. No one can explain … Continue reading SUVs overtake passenger car sales for the first time
Yes, Yes,Yes, oh YES: stunning “diamond” styling inside and out, excellent engine and transmissions Oh dear me no: dated audio unit, no Apple CarPaly/Android Auto, no entry level model Before we go on: I’d like to remember those 5 souls who lost their lives when a light aircraft crashed into the DFO Shopping Centre … Continue reading Toyota C-HR Coupe-High Rider: A Sexy-Sinner, or an In-the-Binner
Toyota has revealed its new generation Yaris World Rally Car and confirmed its drivers for the 2017 World Rally Championship which starts in Monte Carlo next month.Toyota's return to the elite rallying championship after an absence of 17 years will be led by experienced drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Juho Hänninen. They will compete in two … Continue reading TOYOTA REVEALS YARIS WRC CAR AND DRIVERS
by David Brown There are four main reasons you might buy a car: its function for your practical needs; the comfort it provides to you; the way people think about at you; and to mix with a certain type of person. The new Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series scores two out of four but not in … Continue reading Toyota Series 70 LandCruiser: Just who will your car attract?
Toyota Australia has today announced that it will recall almost 15,000 Toyota 86 vehicles built between April 2012 and March 2015 due to a potential loss of power steering assist. The recall impacts right-hand drive vehicles that are equipped with driver’s knee airbags. Due to an improper wire harness layout, there is a possibility that … Continue reading Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ recalled.
Yes, yes, yes, oh YES: looks, space, quietness, economy Oh dear me no: fiddly infotainment interface, cost, no CarPlay/Android Auto It feels like a very long time since Toyota started flogging cars with batteries in Australia. I was a doubter. Back then, replacement batteries cost princely $7,500 to replace. Lack of government backing meant … Continue reading Lexus bangs out a new RX SUV and it’s a cracker, with batteries
According to Toyota, 86 is the bestselling sports car in Australia and quite right too. It isn’t perfect, but the imperfections are infinitesimal compared to the bliss of the drive experience. There is a makeover on the way so the first of the “special” models is a welcome distraction until then. Mechanically identical to a … Continue reading Toyota’s Fab 86 gets Blackline Makeover
Toyota is showcasing the emotional appeal of its future vehicle interiors with the release of the first official interior images of the new C-HR sport-utility vehicle (SUV).Targeting class-leading sensory quality, the interior of the new C-HR delivers a modern and sensual style that stands out in the Toyota range and sets a new direction … Continue reading TOYOTA C-HR INTERIOR SHOWCASES NEW DIRECTION
The first time I drove a Prius I felt a bit special. I don’t mean in the same way as when I first drove a Ferrari Le Ferrari, or even a humble Toyota 86, because that would be silly. I mean the fact that I could sit at a set of traffic lights in … Continue reading Is Prius Still Relevant?
Yes yes yes oh YES: capable, space, Oh dear me no: Looks, handling, The Japanese car makers are all at it. They’re giving the pick-ups an SUV makeover, as if we didn’t have enough SUV already. Mitsi has the excellent Triton-based Pajero Sport, Ford’s Ranger was transmogrified into the comfy and capacious Everest, so … Continue reading Fortuna: The SUV version of Toyota’s Hilux fails to excite