Hip-hip, Gazoo! SA-built Hilux takes all 10 stages of Silk Way

First on Stage 10 for Al Attiyah/Baumel Fourth victory in 2019 for Al Attiyah/Baumel First driver to win Dakar and Silk Way in same year JIAYUGUAN, CHINA – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel brought their South African-built Toyota Hilux home in first place on Stage 10 of the 2019…

Five promises from Toyota to create a less-toxic world

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Sustainability is about more than just cars for automaker Toyota. It’s about embracing new technology. Toyota is, it says, creating more ways for vehicles to move safely, responsibly, ”and in harmony with the environment”. The Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 claims to provide a comprehensive ”road-map” to achieving the core goals. They…

SA Toyota Hilux crew dominating Mongolia rally

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel have taken first place from Stage 4 of the 10-stage event in their SA-assembled Hilux bakkie – their fourth stage win – which put them 27 minutes ahead of the pack. The route was a loop of 470km, starting and finishing near…

Hilux GR Sport: Live the Spirit of Gazoo Racing in flash bakkie

Limited numbers – get in quick with a deposit Really classy machine as the Hilux lives on Auto only – but performance and 4×4 included JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Toyota has created a limited-edition Hilux bakkie badged as the Hilux GR Sport and regarded by the automaker as the next chapter in Toyota’s GR product…

Toyota goes autopark – no more ‘did I set the handbrake?’

PLANO, Texas – Toyota Motor North America has announced two feature updates to its vehicle line up – automatic engine shut-ff and autopark. The automaker says they show Toyota’s ”relentless commitment to continuous improvement”. The additions will be fitted to 2020 vehicles, Toyota says; auto shutoff will have audible and visual warnings, the former automatically…

Toyota US aiming to be Prime in fuel consumption data

2020 Toyota Prius Prime: solution to fuel prices Fifth seat now standard across range Lots of web connectivity in revised hybrids PLANO, Texas Toyota Prius Prime, here in the US, has been given a number of updates for 2020 and, its maker says ”remains the most efficient Toyota hybrid and one of the best options…

Pioneer Prius hybrid pimped: Sharper body, two chargers

Restyled front and tail lengthens ‘dynamic design’ New Bi-LED headlights and diode storm lights Wireless charger added on centre console Exterior design tweaks create supersmart car JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota has refreshed its pioneering Prius hybrid car with, its maker says, ”a new sense of style and a simplified design with cleaner and more engaging…

Back to the beach! New Toyota RAV4 launched 25 years on in SA

RAV4 goes upmarket with Generation 5 Five versions, choice of engine and gearbox Off-road ability grows with higher chassis LES STEPHENSON CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Way back in 1994 Toyota’s launch of the original RAV4 – here in Cape Town on Muizenberg beach when it was still legal to drive there –  introduced a…

Welcome back, Corolla! New car, old name here from Toyota

All-new hatchback brings back well-loved badge Flexible and efficient 1.2-litre turbo engine Number of active and passive safety features JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota has at last seen sense and swapped its Auris badging to return to the much-loved (in South Africa at least) Corolla moniker – yay! The sedan version of the Corolla – along…

‘Value-for-money’ Toyota GR Supra GT4 concept ready to race

Supra concept at Geneva for new series Read-to-race car for GT4 amateur racers Regulations will balance the racing code GENEVA, Switzerland – Toyota will debut its GR Supra GT4 concept at the 2019 edition of the annual world auto show here on March 5. Awesome, hey? The car, Toyota says, is a ”design and engineering study”…

2019 Quantum grows a bonnet, gets more load/people space

Half-bonnet design reduces engine intrusion New diesel engine and two wheelbases Improved straight-line performance/stability JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota has, for the first time in 15 years, revealed a new Quantum van/bus range, this one with advanced safety features, powerful new engines, better comfort and uprated specifications. The vehicles, the sixth generation, will reach South Africa…

Steady day in dunes as Attiyah leads near Dakar end

Al Attiyah / Baumel further extend overall lead De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz fourth on Stage 8 SA Toyota team Ten Brinke / Panseri forced out PISCO, Peru -A 360km test on Tuesday saw the Dakar rally return to the coastal town of Pisco and for Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatar) and…