Toyota Etios: Top performer in NCAP crash-test rating

DURBAN, South Africa – Toyota’s Etios hatchback / sedan, one of South Africa’s most affordable cars thanks to its sub-R200 000 retail price, scored top marks in the recent NCAP ratings. The Etios was awarded four stars for Adult Occupancy Protection and three for Child Occupancy Protection (COP) – mainly due to the cars having…

More power, more goodies, for latest Land Cruiser 200

More power, more accessories for off-roader Top model renamed, rebadged Electronic parking aid included JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Toyota Land Cruiser 200 has been given “an injection of power” to, the automaker says,  “further bolster its credentials”. And add to its “outstanding quality, durability and reliability, unrivalled off-road performance, and enveloping luxury and comfort”….

Toyota C-HR R-Tuned: Porsche, McLaren see its exhausts

Supercars up-staged by supertuned Toyota Toyota crossover takes on McLaren, Porsche Follow-on to Toyota Sienna R-Tuned MPV LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Asked to name a Toyota that can outgun McLaren muscle and Porsche panache one probably wouldn’t suggest a Toyota, not even a C-HR. Hmmm… Well, whatever, a 450kW,  race-tuned, version of the Toyota crossover has…

GT-R grows up! Gazoo racing brand honoured by GR HV

GR HV to honour Toyota motorsport and sport cars Second show car for people who love work and play World premier will be at 2017 Tokyo auto show TOKYO, Japan – Toyota is about to unveil what it calls “a dramatic open-top sport car concept”, said to have been inspired by the company’s involvement in endurance…

Toyota’s Guardian takes autonomy into new universe

Toyota US shows of latest in autonomy System can even handle tumbling hay bales Driver dozing off? Not a problem for Plano PLANO, Texas – The Toyota Research Institute has released a video showing the first demonstration of its Guardian and Chauffeur autonomous vehicles platform. Dr Gill Pratt, CEO of TRI, introduced the video: “Today, you’re…

Mongolia Rally: De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz take overall lead

SA Toyota team roars back into rally lead De Villiers: ‘We pushed hard to make up time From way behind to 25 seconds ahead ALXA, Inner Mongolia – A clean stage for Toyota SA’s Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz gave them the second-fastest time on Stage 5 of the Dakar Series: China…

Dakar China: Tough satnav break for SA Toyota crew

10th on Stage 3 for De Villiers /Von Zitzewitz SA Toyota Dakar aces running third overall Second Toyota SA Hilux running sixth overall ALXA, Inner Mongolia – The 410km Stage 3 of the Dakar Series China Rally was a tough one for South Africa’s Giniel de Villiers and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz in their Toyota…

Toyota plans high-performance advanced hybrids

New units head expansion hybrid program expansion Emphasises on ‘a fun-to-drive character’ New ideas in colour, texture and trim – orange! FRANKFURT, Germany – Toyota Motor Corporation has announced plans here for higher-performance versions of its hybrid tech for insertion into its core models and showed-off the concept at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show with…

New Hilux on line for Sun City SA X-Country challenge

Testing time for Toyota SA Dakar entry Looks the same – but check under the skin Heavy load ahead for off-road ace Giniel JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA will campaign its all-new Toyota Hilux Dakar challenger at this weekend’s Sun City 400 – the penultimate round in the 2017 SA Cross-Country Series –…

‘Soft-top’ joins Toyota Aygo X-Cite range

Full suite of crash protection equipment Power-operated sliding fabric roof Black X still marks the Toyota nose TOTOTA SA HAS introduced yet another version of its Aygo X-Cite to a model line-up which already includes the Aygo and Aygo X- Play Black and, yes, it’s a semi-convertible with a power-operated, full-length, canvas roof. It’s described…

Third model joins Toyota ‘topless’ Aygo X-Cite

Fun-for–the-young on wheels Canvas roof for semi-real convertible One-litre engine, manual gearbox Toyota believes its Aygo small car is synonymous with style and originality – given its colour scheme that includes an instantly noticed, if not necessarily instantly recognised, stylised X across the radiator assembly, it might be correct. Toyota SA has now (July 2017) added an X-Cite model to…

Gazoo Toyotas tops again in Botswana Desert Race

De Villiers edges out regular foe Leeroy Poulter Close to perfect weekend for Toyota crews Renault gives polished show with new Duster JWANENG, Botswana – It was no surprise to see the two Toyota Gazoo Racing SA entries top the results in the Production Vehicle category when the Toyota Kalahari Botswana 1000 Desert Race, Round…