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…

Toyota Supra: A legend set to return to world market

First global GR model from Toyota Gazoo Racing Modern design ‘evokes Toyota’s sports car heritage’ 250kW, 500Nm, straight-six turbo engine DETROIT, Michigan – An all-new Toyota GR Supra, the fifth generation of Toyota’s legendary sport car and the first global GR model to be produced by Toyota Gazoo Racing, has debuted at the North American international…

Dakar disaster for SA Toyota teams – but on they go

De Villiers hits a hidden rock – winning change gone Big dunes order of the day again in Peru Dakar Bernhard ten Brinke / Xavier Penseri flying flat AREQUIPA, Peru – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel drove a near-perfect Dakar Stage 3 on Wednesday to post the second-fastest time…

Toyota SA Dakar team revved and ready for 2019 race in Peru

Final pre-race tests completed in high dunes Technical checks later – Lima 7hrs behind SA Start podium all set for January 6 2019 LIMA, Peru – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA has finished the testing phase of its Hiluxes ahead of the 2019 Dakar Rally – the 41st – which will open this evening (Jan 5)…

Prius goes double-hybrid: Normal drive and 4×4 for snow

Next step in Toyota’s self-charging hybrid tech Styling, tech and performance improvements for 2019 Cleaner, more engaging, lines, revised front and tail LOS ANGELES, California – The 2019 Toyota Prius is on show at this city’s annual auto show today (Nov 28 2018) with, its maker says, advances in driving capability and appeal for the world’s…

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;…