Toyota transforms: Venerable Corolla gets yet another makeover

Global premiere in world’s biggest car market Advanced platform, more economical petrol engine Sleek design, upscale interior and special CVT GUANGZHOU, China – Toyota has revealed its next version of the time-hallowed Corolla sedan – a car it is says is different to those that have gone before. How so? Well, the company adds, ”it…

Zooty Caddy cutie gets baby turbo power and lots of options

Versatile wheels for family or business Frugal 75kW engine, long warranty Lots of options, alloy wheel rims standard JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has introduced to South Africa a one-litre TSI Trendline version of its Caddy to support sales of the second-best seller in the VW commercial vehicle portfolio. VW tells The Corner the…

2019 Mirai: It means Toyota is punting a clean future

Toyota show how hydrogen is the answer California ad campaign punting hydrogen 500km range, tank refill in only five minutes PLANO, Texas – The 2019 Toyota Mirai’s new marketing campaign ‘Real Power’, the automaker says, is intended to emphasise the power potential of hydrogen fuel-cell technology to change the world. The vehicle’s POWER button takes centre…

Hilux or Ranger? Which bakkie has best resale value?

Do YOU know what your vehicle is worth? Brand and model can influence cash value An expert compares two rival bakkie brands JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger – two of the most popular bakkies in South Africa – have for long wrestled for market share. Some people swear by the Hilux, others…

Toyota’s ‘King of the Bundu’ now more regal than ever

Bush-beating Cruiser still seven-seater  Desert-busting diesel V8, auto transmission Large SUV, genuine off-road prowess JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota believes its Land Cruiser 200 station-wagon is still ”the unquestionable conqueror of the African landscape”. The Corner might disagree by suggesting the ox-wagon was first, but what the heck? It’s still a big seven-seater SUV with off-road…

Zulu beaded roadsign its own tribute to Heritage Day

1.1-million Corollas built and sold in South Africa 160-billion kilometres driven on local roads Close to 50-million have been sold globally JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota SA and its agency FCB have created a beaded billboard to thank Toyota Corolla owners for making the range a success. Traditional love-letters, in the Zulu culture, are created with beadwork;…

Toyota’s 86 sportster range drops to one model

Hotshot coupe gets motorsport tweaks Bigger brakes from House of Brembo New touchscreen; performance shocks JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – It was conceptualised as a driver’s car from the onset but believes its Toyota 86 is still singular in its combination of handling prowess, driver-focused dynamics and analogue drive feel. However, the the 86’s dynamic competencies have…

Toyota Aygo: ‘Rejuvenated’ for 2018 – and lower fuel burn

Another generation of sporty small Toyota Better headlights, still single-piece seats Two kW more power from 998cc engine JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – A second-generation of the Toyota Aygo was launched back in 2015 with a strong “X”-motif across its grille and similar themes through the passenger space. Now, the automaker says, the cars have emerged with…

Toyota adds updates to its unique CH-R coupe

Two-tone colours – or black roof  Reversing a camera: vital for families 1.2 turbo engine, six-speed manual or CVT  JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota’s C-HR, launched in South Africa in February 2017 as a ‘crossover’, arrived with an extrovert design and powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine. Already, the local distributor tells us, a range-topping Luxury…

Toyota Etios: New Sport model goes two-tone smart

New paint finishes for new car Sport model joins Sprint units Four power windows for all models JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The Toyota Etios range, already represented by hatch, sedan and Cross models in South Africa, has received a new sister to follow the introduction in 2017 of the Sprint models. It’s a limited-edition Sport and…

Next Toyota RAV4 heading for SA showrooms

All-new RAV4 to reach SA in 2019 First RAV4 on a new chassis architecture Petrol and petrol/electric hybrid models NEW YORK – Toyota says ”all the stops were pulled” for the global debut of its all-new, 2018, fifth-generation, RAV4 small SUV here at the New York auto show (March 30 – April 5 2018). ”The…

Supra-dooper! New chapter in the Supra racing saga

40 years on – here comes the next race Supra Global marketing to focus on competition Gazoo Racing to front production units GENEVA, Switzerland – Toyota has revived the name and spirit of its most celebrated sport car with confirmation of production to start on a new generation of the legendary Supra. LEGENDARY SUPRA REBORN:…