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…

Toyota 86: Five years old, so it’s time for a makeover

Revised body styling, especially at the front Sticking to ‘purest pleasures of driving’ New thin-spoked gunmetal alloy wheel rims DURBAN, South Africa – While the definition of a sports car is not a precise one, what is fact is that since the very first automobile made its debut engineers, designers and creators have constantly been…

Tonka Toy-ota: Aussie techs go big on bakkie conversion

No, it’s real, and it plays in the Outback Aussie off-road team goes nuts with grown-up toy 70 years of Tonka Toys, 80 years of Toyota Toyota says it has reimagined its “unbreakable” – just look at its Dakar successes! – Hilux as a full-scale Tonka toy and brought together two world-famous brands “in a…

Toyota revamps Etios – hatch and sedan

⦁ Mid-life upgrades for baby Toyota ⦁ Two shapes – hatch and sedan ⦁ One engine but three grades PRETTY much anywhere you go in South Africa you’ll spot a Toyota Etios on your journey, sedan or hatch; indeed, according to Toyota SA, the car has become “a core model” in its marketing programme. It well meets…

Butterfly-wing Toyota all set for city-flitting

Three-wheeler for city folk Full autonomy for socialising Butterfly doors from windscreen GENEVA, Switzerland – Toyota has unveiled what it calls “a daring concept” (The Corner thinks it’s kinda cute and would love one!) intended to show how electric vehicles can be not only environment-friendly but also fun to drive. It’s the i-TRIL concept here…

Toyota Hybrid sales hum through 10-million mark

20 years of history in hybrid technology Launch way back became whole new segment 34 hybrids now selling in 90+ countries TOKYO, Japan – Toyota’s global hybrid vehicle sales have topped 10-million and so, the automaker says, shown the staying power of technology now emerging as a mainstream solution to reduce negative atmospheric contamination. Toyota…

Dyna shifts gear into light commercials

Truck favourite slims down to LCV No more annual road tests More comfort for driver and passenger The Toyota Dyna truck has been reclassified to rate now as a light commercial instead of medium, as it has been listed the South African market since way back in 1965. The chassis has been redesigned to be 50kg…

2017 Corolla: 50 years on comes the 11th generation

No name change on horizon for Toyota Corolla New look, uprated cabin and body enhancements 10 models price-listed for now for 2017 TOYOTA SAYS its Corolla, now well into its 11th generation after 50 years, has had its recipe perfected while still claiming the title “world’s best-selling model”. Toyota SA’s marketing boss Glenn Crompton pointed…

3 SA-built Hiluxes in 2017 Dakar top 10

Fight to the finish by SA crews Peugeot entries take 1,2,3 for race 13th Dakar win for Peterhansel BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The Dakar 2017 has parked at last here in the Argentine capital after Stage 12 and after a rather disastrous event in which two race stages were cancelled, torrential rain flooded a bivouac…

Peugeot all set to sweep 2017 Dakar podium

Stage 11 over and Toyotas hold on Hall: ‘We expected a major assault’ Roma: ‘We’re happy with our position’ RÍO RIO CUARTO, Argentina – Stage 11 of the 2017 Dakar – the second-last – was another long, hot slog for all remaining competitors but nail-biting for the South African Toyota Hilux team of Giniel de…