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  1. Video: Toyota | Frozen

    Winter has given us so many great moments. That's why here at Toyota, we are renewing our commitment to hybrid, electric and hydrogen vehicles to create a sustainable future with ever better...
  2. Toyota 2000GT

    The 2000GT was a truly unique offering from Toyota back in the 1960's. Equipped with a 2.0-litre six-cylinder, a five-speed manual and a no compromise coupé body. Only 351 production cars were built between 1967 and 1970, and their success was secured not only by their looks, but also with a starring role in 1967's Bond movie, You Only Live Twice. Their value has tripled recently, with original examples fetching over $1.2 million (£960,000) at auction. While restoring this particular car to its original specification, the owners discovered a bullet hole in the driver's door, which perhaps explained the frontal damage sustained all those years ago. Not much else is known about the car's history, including the fate of the driver who was shot at. But hey - if James Bond taught us anything, it's that the Toyota 2000GT often finds itself in the middle of high-intensity car chases.

    **Local talent makes Australia's best-selling vehicle even better** **Developed to meet the toughest demands of Australian buyers ** **Components fully integrated and tested with the vehicle** Toyota's three new "halo" HiLux variants due in April this year have a strong Aussie accent due to an extensive development program carried out by the company's Melbourne-based designers and engineers. Aimed at off-road enthusiasts, the comprehensive upgrades that result in the new HiLux Rugged and Rugged X variants were designed, engineered and validated in Australia with support from the parent company in Japan and Toyota in Thailand. The development program involved computer simulations, prototype manufacture, bench testing and real-world evaluation to confirm strength and durability of the vehicle and individual components. Heading the new models, HiLux Rugged X lives up to its name by incorporating a high-tensile alloy bash plate, winch-compatible steel front bar, LED driving lights, recovery points, rock rails, load-carrying sports bar and other heavy-duty components. It is joined by HiLux Rugged, which is focused on toughness and off-road performance. It provides enthusiasts with an ideal vehicle for getting off the beaten track that its aggressive front-end design, including a steel bull bar. A third new model, the premium and sporty HiLux Rogue was styled by the Australian design team and developed in close collaboration with Toyota engineers in Thailand. The dynamic and recreational styling of the Rogue is tailored to many markets around the world - another example of the strong capability that exists within Toyota's local operation. Toyota Australia's product planning and development general manager Rod Ferguson said the HiLux project highlighted the local team's capability to develop engaging models that address the specific requirements of Australian buyers. "Our team understands local customer usage and tastes, the extremes of our local environment as well as requirements for off-road use, unsealed roads and the challenges of dust and water crossings," Mr Ferguson said. "They have developed these high-strength components and integrated them fully to build on the strength and durability of HiLux while maintaining the performance of key safety systems," he said. "For example, the Rugged X bash plate is made from high-tensile alloy, significantly improving protection from rugged terrain while minimising weight increase. Local engineering and testing also ensures it works in conjunction with the steel front bar and existing underbody protection." Mr Ferguson said the project was a logical extension of the local team's work in producing the HiLux Tonka concept, unveiled in March last year. He said the new models also benefited from the Australian team's extensive involvement in developing the current-generation HiLux, including suspension, underbody protection, tuning of electronic safety systems and 650,000km of local testing. "It was natural for our team to focus on HiLux: it's Australia's best-selling vehicle and owners customise their HiLux more than any other model in our range. "In the spirit of the concept car, we've further enhanced the off-road toughness of the already highly capable HiLux. "Australian buyers will also appreciate the peace-of-mind knowing that these new vehicles have been developed to Toyota's rigorous standards, will be certified to Australian Design Rules and attract full warranty coverage," Mr Ferguson said.

    At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, a modern racing concept will signal Toyota’s commitment to bringing its most iconic sports car back to the market The Geneva Motor Show 2018 will offer the first glimpse of a returning Toyota legend....but you'll have to wait until then to find out more!

    One year ago, Toyota secured the first win of its World Rally Championship comeback season on Rally Sweden. This week Toyota Gazoo Racing are aiming to repeat that success and also build on the double-podium result the team scored on last month’s Rallye Monte-Carlo Rally Sweden was one of the original rounds of the WRC when the competition began in 1973 and it is currently the only full winter event on the calendar. The Yaris WRC will run on tyres fitted with metal studs to punch through the ice to find grip and the drivers will use the high snowbanks to keep the car on the road, leaning into the corners. Recent weather in the region points to the rally taking place in full winter conditions. Jari-Matti Latvala, winner in 2017, said: “Sweden is one of my favourite rallies and actually the place where I took my first WRC victory 10 years ago. Compared to last year I think we have a better car; we concentrated on improving it on the slower and more technical sections during our test, and we definitely made a step forward in this area. Having said that, the competition is even tougher this year: within our own team as well. It’s going to be a really nice challenge in proper winter conditions and that of course helps me raise my own game. I’m confident we can fight for the win again.” Ott Tänak, the driver who came second to Latvala last year is now a newly fledged member of the Toyota Gazoo Racing team and is keen to improve on his second place on debut in Monte Carlo. Ott Tänak said: “I’m still learning about the Yaris WRC, but after driving it on snow during the test I’m beginning to understand why Jari-Matti won in Sweden last year. For the first part of the rally we’ll just have to see how everything goes, but of course I’m hoping that we can fight for the podium and even the win.” A superspecial stage will start the rally in Karlstad on Thursday night. Most of Friday’s action will be across the border in Norway, with Saturday’s schedule including the notorious Hagfors and Vargasen stages, followed by a repeat run through Karlstad and a sprint section close to the Torsby service park. Sunday will bring two runs through the Likenas test and final repeat of the Torsby sprint.
  6. Toyota's WEC campaign starts in Belgium in May when two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will make his debut with the team, joining last year's five-time WEC race winners Sébastien...
  7. The All-New Camry has been reimagined and re-engineered from the ground up, defying expectation. But, don't take our word for it. Whisked away to a secret location, 14 Guest Drivers were...
  8. Video: Toyota | Camry: LEGO Camry

    Imagine a life-sized Toyota Camry made entirely of LEGO. We did, and with the help of Brickman, we'll be bringing it to life very soon.
  9. Toyota Gazoo Racing have confirmed their drivers for the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship, with double Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso joining the team Alonso will compete in all races that do not conflict with his Formula 1 duties, joining the crew of the No8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid alongside Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima. His schedule will include his debut in the Le Mans 24 Hours. He said: “I am very excited to participate in the Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time. It is a race which I have followed closely for a long time and it has always been an ambition of mine to drive in it". “Endurance racing is a different discipline and it will be an interesting challenge. I am looking forward to working with and learning from Sébastien and Kazuki, who are both very experienced endurance drivers. It will be a learning curve for me, but I am ready for this challenge and can’t wait to get started.” Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation President, said: “I am looking forward to seeing how much Toyota Gazoo Racing will grow when our drivers and all team members take what they have learned thus far in endurance racing and add to it what they will gain from Fernando’s experience. The entire team is excited about this opportunity for growth". “Through the challenge of WEC endurance races and, among those, on the gruelling roads of the Le Mans 24 Hours, Toyota Gazoo Racing will do their best, together with Fernando, to outdrive the competition.” British driver Anthony Davidson, former WEC World Champion for Toyota, will remain with the team as their reserve and development driver. The No7 car will have an unchanged crew of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López. The team have submitted their entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours race and will field two cars in all eight rounds of the up-coming season, which spans 2018 and 2019. They will again use the 1,000hp TS050 Hybrid car with which they claimed victory in five of the nine WEC races last year. Driver Profiles Mike Conway Born 19 August 1983, Sevenoaks, Great Britain Le Mans debut 2013 Le Mans starts 4 Le Mans best result 2nd (2016) WEC starts 37 WEC wins 2 WEC best season 3rd (2016) Kamui Kobayashi Born 13 September 1986, Hyogo, Japan Le Mans debut 2013 Le Mans starts 3 Le Mans best result 2nd (2016) WEC starts 26 WEC wins 1 WEC best season 3rd (2016) José María López Born 26 April 1983, Río Tercero, Argentina Le Mans debut 2017 Le Mans starts 1 Le Mans best result n/a WEC starts 8 WEC wins 0 WEC best season 6th (2017) Sébastien Buemi Born 31 October 1988, Aigle, Switzerland Le Mans debut 2012 Le Mans starts 6 Le Mans best result 2nd (2013) WEC starts 43 WEC wins 10 WEC best season 1st (2014) Kazuki Nakajima Born 11 January 1985, Okazaki, Japan Le Mans debut 2012 Le Mans starts 6 Le Mans best result 4th (2013) WEC starts 37 WEC wins 7 WEC best season 2nd (2017) Fernando Alonso Born 29 July 1981, Oviedo, Spain Le Mans debut 2018 Le Mans starts 0 Le Mans best result n/a WEC starts 0 WEC wins 0 WEC best season n/a

    Toyota claimed second and third place finishes at the climax of one of the most gruelling Dakar rallies of recent times on Saturday. The Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa Hilux piloted by Nassar Al Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baurnet finished second overall, leading home team-mates Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in third, “For us, Dakar 2018 was extremely tough,” said Qatari drier Al Attiyah. “We are very happy to finish in second place. Of course we would be happier with a win, but to have two of our three cars on the podium is an amazing achievement and we have every reason to be proud.” Dakar 2018 started in Lima, Peru, on 6 January and crossed three South American countries in 14 stages and more than 3,500 miles of driving. There were strong individual stage performances for all three Hilux, notably with Bernhard ten Brinke and Michel Périn claiming an impressive victory in the infamous sand dunes of Fiambala by a margin of more than four minutes. Perhaps inspired by this achievement, Al Attiyah and Baumel won the following, 12th stage, adding to their earlier wins on the opening and third stages of the event. The Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team had to cope with numerous challenges in the course of the race, but sustained their challenge for podium success with the V8-powered Hilux. Ten Brinke and Périn were forced to retire following an engine problem on the penultimate stage, but Al Attiyah and de Villiers were able to consolidate their grip on second and third places through to the finish. De Villiers had the added pleasure of wining the final stage: “It is always special to win a stage on the Dakar, and this year we got a win right at the end,” he said. “But more than that, we brought the Hilux home on the podium, just behind our team-mates, which is a fantastic feeling.” Dakar 2018 overall standings after stage 14 of 14 1 C. Sainz (Peugeot) 49:16:18 2 N. Al Attiyah (TOYOTA) +00:43:40 3 G. De Villiers (TOYOTA) +01:16:41 4 S. Peterhansel (Peugeot) +01:25:29 5 J. Przygonski (Mini) +02:45:24
  11. We gave busy Mum of three and Mouths of Mums reviewer, Helen, the keys to our Kluger Grande. For more Mouths of Mums Kluger Grande reviews, visit the Mouths of Mums website:
  12. The reimagined All-New Toyota Camry will defy expectation.
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