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  • This is the new Toyota Prius [Gallery]

    Toyota has lifted the lid on the new Prius, and while it's still very recognisably the world's most popular hybrid, it's clear that the Japanese auto giant gave its designers some serious free reign. The most visible changes to the Prius' design are the front and rear lights, which feature sharp angles. According to Toyota, the new headlamps minimise the Prius' frontal area and, "at the same time, provides a striking lighting display which helps define the vehicle's distinctive character". Toyota's also lowered the top of the roof by 20 mm and moved it forwards, while the engine hood has...

  • Toyota’s 2016 Rav4 boasts facelift, sport and hybrid counterpart

    2016 looks like it's going to be good year for the cars that take you to school in the week and off-road on the weekend. Toyota seems to own the spotlight with its latest Rav4 model -- a feisty grinning transformer, along with a hybrid version that clocks in more horsepower and mileage than any of the previous models. Turning heads with one of the few hybrid SUVs on the market, the Japanese automotive giant has even given the interior a revamp with better materials, more touch screens and a dashboard for the millennial soul. The Rav4 Hybrid will pack an Atkinson-cycle...

  • Pickup truck top trumps: new Toyota Hilux vs updated Ford Ranger

    In South Africa – just as in numerous other bakkie-mad countries – you’re either a Hilux man or a Ranger man. It’s really that simple. No two other compact pickup trucks boast as vociferous a following as this bundu-bashing pair. And the monthly sales statistics prove it. Locally, the next compact pickup in line is the Isuzu KB, which struggles to manage even half of the Hilux’s monthly total, while the likes of the Volkswagen Amarok and Mazda BT-50 (which is essentially a Ranger underneath) needn’t even bother turning up. But, despite the fact that the brand new Toyota Hilux has...

  • Toyota’s GT86 gets some classic liveries ahead of Goodwood

    If you're in the UK at the end of the month and fortunate enough to be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, then you may want to book a little time in your schedule to see what Toyota has on offer. The Japenese car giant has decked out six of its GT86 sports cars in classic liveries from the company's racing history. According to Toyota, each car is inspired by a different model. They include two sporting versions of Toyota’s original sports car, the 2000GT, and Ove Andersson’s 1970s Celica 1600GT rally car -- the machine that helped inspire...

  • Toyota sticks to what’s always worked for new Hilux

    For the people who drive them -- and they range from farmers, to builders, and suburban moms -- the arrival of a new Toyota Hilux is something to be savored. And with good reason too. The Hilux has built a name for itself as the toughest, most rugged vehicle you can lay your hands on over the past 47 years, selling some 16-million units along the way. There are bound to be a fair few ears therefore pricking up at news that Toyota has officially debuted the eighth generation Hilux. Set to debut in Australia and Thailand, Toyota claims...

  • Toyota Yaris Hybrid review: Just how frugal is SA’s cheapest hybrid?

    Buying a hybrid in South Africa isn't easy. In fact, if you're dead set on owning a petrol-electric vehicle, your local options are severely limited. Of the small handful of hybrid models available, most are distinctly premium products, and thus priced well beyond the R700k mark. Only Honda (with its paradoxical CR-Z “sport hybrid coupe”) and Toyota offer examples that can be thought of as anything even close to affordable. The Toyota Yaris Hybrid, however, is the cheapest of them all. At R276 300, the range-topping Yaris isn't exactly cut-price (seeing that it's a B-segment hatchback), but the outlay is...

  • Toyota provides tiniest glimpse of RND concept ahead of 26 January debut

    Toyota has provided a small glimpse of a tiny portion of its mysterious RND concept ahead of its 26 January debut. The car, which Toyota says will be fast-tracked for development, will make its global debut in the UK outside the confines of a motoring show. The image appears to show the rear of the car, including round tail lights. According to the Japanese car maker, the image released today hints at how the concept’s design marks a "radical shift in direction". Right. And if you can convincingly explain how that's the case, you should probably send your...

  • Toyota offers over 5000 fuel-cell patents royalty-free to drive growth

    For once, there seems to be more cars at CES than bendable TV sets and plant pots that keep their occupants alive (so you don't kill them), and that got us excited. But perhaps the most exciting news is Toyota's latest charity drive. The Japanese company will offer some 5000 of its fuel-cell patents royalty-free, to drive growth in the alternative energy vehicle industry. Regarding more precise figures, that's 5 680 patent licences in total, of which 1970 will be royalty free patents regarding fuel-cell stacks and a further 3350 regarding fuel-cell system technologies. This move comes after the company officially...

  • Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car: is it really ‘the future’?

    Back in 1966, the first hydrogen fuel cell car arrived on the motoring scene. And, of course, the General Motors Electrovan, developed over two years by the American automaker’s 250-strong advanced engineering team, was presented as a “vehicle of the future”. And, judging by the raw figures, it wasn’t a bad effort at all. The Electrovan could ostensibly reach a top speed of 110km/h and boasted a range of nearly 200km (even if the necessary modifications to the GMC Handivan on which it was based resulted in the six-seater effectively becoming a two-seater). Not shabby for a first effort,...

  • Toyota reinvents the Prius with the bad-ass hydrogen-fueled Mirai

    After much teasing over the better part of this year, Toyota has finally announced the launch its hydrogen-fueled Mirai. The four-door sedan uses no petrol. Instead it relies on hydrogen, which means that it emits nothing but vapour and H2O -- all natural gas. The Japanese automaker explains that the fuel cell technology works similar to that of a battery-wielding car, only a lot more high-tech. Read more: The next Toyota Prius will come with Le Mans racing technology Mirai’s fuel cell stack combines hydrogen gas from tanks with oxygen to produce electricity that powers the electric motor. The battery produces 3.1 kW/L...

  • The next Toyota Prius will come with Le Mans racing technology

    It's no easy feat, making a Prius seem exiting. The latest news from Toyota will however go a long way to remedying that. According to Autonews, the Japanese manufacturer has already been testing components for the next generation Prius in its TS040 Hybrid Le Mans racer. “Our components already have parts from the next-generation Prius”, president of Toyota Motorsport GmbH Yoshiaki Kinoshita told the motoring news site in a telephonic interview. While he was unwilling to go into details about exactly what components from the racer will go into the new Prius, although what he did reveal suggests that things aren't...

  • Is it a car? Is it a bike? Nope, it’s Toyota’s i-Road

    Come October, the city of Grenoble in the south east of France will have 35 new, electric, brightly-coloured, three-wheeled Toyota i-Roads on it streets. The vehicles are part of a car-share pilot project Toyota has undertaken in conjunction with the city, French power company EDF and other partners that seeks to offer Grenoble’s residents additional options for completing the last or first legs of local journeys. The i-Road, which started life as a concept car, is a curious mixture of motorcycle and car with the steering dynamics of a motor boat. Toyota’s “Active Lean” technology sees the i-Road leaning into...

  • Toyota’s 2015 Fuel Cell Vehicle can double up as an electricity source for your home

    Toyota's 2015 FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) is the car manufacturer's answer to an energy-scarce world. Not only does it rely on hydrogen, the sedan also looks like a real bad-ass -- something that's usually reserved for its petrol-, if not diesel-, fueled counterparts. The high-tech car is also said to double-up as a source of energy for your home in case of emergencies. While USA Today recently caught a glimpse of the car's bulky shell, Toyota is still holding back on its interior. Some details were made public however. Referring to the Japanese earthquake catastrophe of 2011, Toyota FCV engineer Jared...

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