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Cross wars: C20R vs. Sandero Stepway vs. Etios Cross

by CAR magazine

Cross wars: C20R vs. Sandero Stepway vs. Etios Cross

It’s been barely three months since we first tested the latest Renault Sandero Stepway and proclaimed its value-for-money proposition “unbeatable”. Then along came a brand-new contender determined to give the Frenchie a bloody nose. In its arsenal? A feisty 1,5-litre engine (versus the Renault’s puny 0,9-litre) and a badge with loads of appeal and the widest after-sales network in the country. The Toyota Etios Cross won’t have an easy …

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 3,0 Diesel VX front

by CAR magazine

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado 3,0 Diesel VX

As with most of its Toyota siblings, the Land Cruiser Prado has never been a car to carry airs and graces. Among its large SUV competitors, the ladder-frame-chassis Prado has always felt like one whose utilitarian origins are thinly disguised by a smart set of clothes. And that’s exactly why South Africans enjoy this car so much. After all, its close relative, the Hilux-based Fortuner, …

Toyota FJ Cruiser front

by CAR magazine

Toyota FJ Cruiser

Toyota’s FJ Cruiser is a distinctive proposition in the 4×4 market thanks to a unique design and door layout, as well as its off-road capability. On the majority of sealed surfaces, it rides well for such an off-road-biased vehicle, even though it’s somewhat cumbersome in the corners. From behind the steering wheel, when peering through the upright windscreen that offers a letterbox view of …

Toyota Fortuner Epic front

by Wilhelm Lutjeharms

UPDATE – RELEASED: Toyota Fortuner Epic

Update Toyota confirmed to us that the new Fortuner will arrive next year, approximately six weeks after the launch of the new Hilux. With Fortuner sales achieving above 900 units every year since its local introduction, we don’t foresee sales tapering off when the new model is launched. Original story When it comes to its …

The winner of the Toyota Hilux #Where2Next competition

by CAR magazine

Toyota Hilux #Where2next Competition – Closed

Congratulations to A. Bradfield, the winner of the Toyota Hilux #Where2Next competition!     Win a Toyota Hilux Double Cab Valued at R470 000! #Where2next?– Darling of the Dakar, polar conqueror and the poster child for indestructability – where to next for this motoring legend? How about your very own driveway? A brand spanking new …

Hans Weijs and Bjorn Degandt took top honours in the final round of the NRC in Bela-Bela

by Charlen Raymond

National Rally ends on a high

The Volkswagen Sasolracing team claimed victory in the last round of the 2014 National Rally Championship (NRC) when Hans Weijs Jnr and Björn Degandt stormed to victory at Bela-Bela. The win also ensured that the duo finished the championship in second overall. In what was a demanding and strenuous final round, the Volkswagen  Sasolracing team …

Toyota Hilux front

by Peter Palm

DRIVEN: Toyota Hilux 3,0 D-4D double cab 4×4 Legend 45

We all know that Toyota is working on the eighth generation of Hilux, but it’s keeping mum on exactly when it will be launched. One day, we might catch Toyota out and be able to speculate but in the meantime, many customers remain quite content to stay with the tried and tested Hilux generation seven. The …

Toyota 86 replacement

by Terence Steenkamp

Second-gen Toyota 86 on the cards

Despite selling slower than expected, a Toyota executive has confirmed the company is already planning a second-generation 86. Speaking to Motoring, Toyota Motor Europe executive vice-president of sales and marketing, Karl Schlicht, said the company is “serious about keeping the 86 pure and keeping a car like that in our lineup.” Apparently, the company believes dropping exciting …

Toyota Etios Sport front

by Wilhelm Lutjeharms

Toyota Etios Sport now available

Following the success of Toyota’s Etios hatchback and the Etios Cross, Toyota South Africa Motors is releasing 200 examples of the Etios Sport. The changes compared to the standard Etios include an aero kit made up of a front spoiler, side skirts, a new rear bumper and a roof spoiler. There are also 15-inch alloy …