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…

Toyota Yaris update: Get your senses Pulsing!

Engines include new 1.5 petrol engine – 1.3 is gone More dynamic, more refined, updated cabin Hybrid now quieter, smoother, more enjoyable FRESH FROM the 2017 Geneva auto show comes a new Toyota Yaris, described by its maker as “a revised range that offers customers greater choice and improved equipment”. Specifications have also been amended across the five-model range and the…

Qatar rally Day 3: Poulter right on Al-Attiyah’s tail

SA team moves up to second in Doha rally Fourh-place start helped navigation Al-Attiyah leading SA driver Poulter DOHA, Qatar – Another strong performance on Thrursday’s (April 20) stage, the third of the 2017 Qatar Cross-Country Rally, saw Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Leeroy Poulter and Dirk von Zitzewitz (Toyota Hilux) move up the leader board to…

SA Toyotas head Doha Rally first stage

SA-built Toyota head Doha rally Two Hilux bakkies in first three Rough, obstacle-ridden first stage DOHA, Qatar – South Africa’s Leeroy Poulter, he of Dakar fame driving for Toyota, and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz finished third from the short (4.85km) opening stage of the 2017 Qatar Cross-Country Rally. They and their Hilux were only 9.7sec…