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Toyota Yaris 1,3 front

by CAR magazine

ROAD TEST: Toyota Yaris 1,3

ALTHOUGH previous generations of the Yaris sold extremely well in a number of countries – including South Africa – the current iteration failed to attract the same fiscal attention. The Japanese firm knew it had to change tack, as newer rivals had the Toyota beaten in terms of overall refinement, standard specification and perceived interior …

Toyota Hilux Dakar front

by Wilhelm Lutjeharms

2015 Toyota Hilux Dakar revealed

Yes, we were also confused, but allow us to explain. Last year Toyota celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Hilux, which lead to the Legend 45 model. Following the success of Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz at the 2015 Dakar race, Toyota has now launched the 2015 Hilux Dakar. Toyota confirmed that 50% …

Toyota 86 rear

by Kyle Kock

Long-term introduction: Toyota 86 Manual

The CAR team is quite the cosmopolitan bunch and the variety of long-termers on the fleet is a reflection of individual tastes and circumstances. With two team members becoming dads in the past two months, the comfort and safety of large sedans and SUVs will most likely occupy their hands for a while, as baby …

Toyota Hilux front

by Wilhelm Lutjeharms

New Toyota Hilux shows its nose

Toyota has done a rather excellent job at keeping the upcoming Hilux under wraps. Less than a year before its release, and we have only seen these spy pictures of a test mule. But, now this picture has surfaced on the Internet, giving a clear glimpse of the new face of one of Toyota’s best-selling …

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 …