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  • Geneva Motor Show: Toyota takes wraps off new Auris and Avensis
    Geneva Motor Show: Toyota takes wraps … Tue, Mar 3, 2015 16:05 GMT

    JAPANESE manufacturer showcased new versions of both its Auris and Avensis models, as well as a new compact turbocharged engine at the Geneva Motor Show. The Auris in … More »Geneva Motor Show: Toyota takes wraps …

    Geneva Motor Show: Toyota takes wraps off new Auris and Avensis

    JAPANESE manufacturer showcased new versions of both its Auris and Avensis models, as well as a new compact turbocharged engine at the Geneva Motor Show. The Auris in both hatchback and Touring Sports form have been updated for 2015, with a refreshed exterior complemented by an upgraded interior with higher quality ma …

  • Ticklish Toyota spreads Comic Relief
    Ticklish Toyota spreads Comic Relie … Mon, Mar 2, 2015 08:05 GMT

    TOYOTA has spread some of its own Comic Relief spirit with a laughing car that responds to being tickled. The firm created a 'ticklish' Yaris with special sensors to … More »Ticklish Toyota spreads Comic Relie …

    Ticklish Toyota spreads Comic Relief

    TOYOTA has spread some of its own Comic Relief spirit with a laughing car that responds to being tickled. The firm created a 'ticklish' Yaris with special sensors to detect tickling, as well as celebrity laughter supplied by Comic Relief legend Lenny Henry. As the ticklish Toyota travelled from London to Birmingham, Manchester …

  • First Drive: Toyota Yaris Hybrid
    First Drive: Toyota Yaris Hybrid Thu, Nov 27, 2014 13:05 GMT

    What’s new?It might not hog the limelight like Ford’s Fiesta but Toyota’s Yaris is a big deal for its Japanese maker. In refreshed guise this supermini boasts a useful … More »First Drive: Toyota Yaris Hybrid

    First Drive: Toyota Yaris Hybrid

    What’s new?It might not hog the limelight like Ford’s Fiesta but Toyota’s Yaris is a big deal for its Japanese maker. In refreshed guise this supermini boasts a useful list of improvements plus the added bonus of a hybrid variant that’s easy to live with and pleasingly enjoyable to drive.Sporting a variation on the smaller …

  • First Drive: 2015 Toyota Yaris
    First Drive: 2015 Toyota Yaris Fri, Jul 25, 2014 12:05 BST

    While this is 'just' a mid-life update, the pace of development in the supermini class is rocket-ship fast and Toyota had to bring major updates or the Yaris would have … More »First Drive: 2015 Toyota Yaris

    First Drive: 2015 Toyota Yaris

    While this is 'just' a mid-life update, the pace of development in the supermini class is rocket-ship fast and Toyota had to bring major updates or the Yaris would have been left behind. The seat fabrics, alloy wheel designs and even the media interface unit are new. The Toyota Touch 2 (thankfully no longer called Touch …

  • First Drive: 2014 Toyota Aygo
    First Drive: 2014 Toyota Aygo Tue, Jun 17, 2014 11:05 BST

    Toyota would tell you this is an all-new car, and aside from the engine block they'd be right. It's aimed at young, funky urban and suburbanites with an eye on their … More »First Drive: 2014 Toyota Aygo

    First Drive: 2014 Toyota Aygo

    Toyota would tell you this is an all-new car, and aside from the engine block they'd be right. It's aimed at young, funky urban and suburbanites with an eye on their first new car.

  • Radical Looks Hide Conservative Approach To Motoring (Toyota Auris 2012-present day)
    Radical Looks Hide Conservative Approach … Mon, Apr 28, 2014 11:05 BST

    The petrol units prove to be more refined than the diesel ones, but the latter choice will result in fewer trips to the pumps if you plan on racking up the miles.  EXTERIOR … More »Radical Looks Hide Conservative Approach …

    Radical Looks Hide Conservative Approach To Motoring (Toyota Auris 2012-present day)

    The petrol units prove to be more refined than the diesel ones, but the latter choice will result in fewer trips to the pumps if you plan on racking up the miles.  EXTERIOR – There's nothing conservative about this Auris, which is exactly the result Toyota wanted as it strived to move away from the sensible approach it …

  • Can Aygo Too? (Toyota Aygo 2005-2014)
    Can Aygo Too? (Toyota Aygo 2005-201 … Mon, Mar 3, 2014 18:05 GMT

    ENGINES – With the Aygo you get the choice of a 1.0-litre petrol or 1.4 diesel. Quite honestly the petrol motor is more than adequate. It’s also more responsive than … More »Can Aygo Too? (Toyota Aygo 2005-201 …

    Can Aygo Too? (Toyota Aygo 2005-2014)

    ENGINES – With the Aygo you get the choice of a 1.0-litre petrol or 1.4 diesel. Quite honestly the petrol motor is more than adequate. It’s also more responsive than the diesel – making rapid traffic light exits a doddle.EXTERIOR – Most Toyotas don’t possess as much character as the Aygo, but the little car’s stance is …

  • First Drive: 2014 Toyota Verso
    First Drive: 2014 Toyota Verso Mon, Feb 17, 2014 15:05 GMT

    And the Toyota Verso MPV… well, let’s just compare its 3,000 UK sales last year with the Nissan Qashqai crossover’s 50,000. Ultimately they’re a similar size, with similar … More »First Drive: 2014 Toyota Verso

    First Drive: 2014 Toyota Verso

    And the Toyota Verso MPV… well, let’s just compare its 3,000 UK sales last year with the Nissan Qashqai crossover’s 50,000. Ultimately they’re a similar size, with similar driving positions and similar engines, so it’s no wonder Toyota has been scratching its metaphorical head. That’s all well and good, and while the …

  • First Drive: Toyota Auris Touring Sports
    First Drive: Toyota Auris Touring S … Mon, Jul 1, 2013 09:05 BST

    FOLLOWING on from the latest generation Auris hatchback, Toyota has expanded its line-up of mid-range models with a load-lugging version of the practical hatch. Unusually … More »First Drive: Toyota Auris Touring S …

    First Drive: Toyota Auris Touring Sports

    FOLLOWING on from the latest generation Auris hatchback, Toyota has expanded its line-up of mid-range models with a load-lugging version of the practical hatch. Unusually for the normally conservative Toyota, the firm has gone down the radical, edgy route for the Auris family’s styling, although its looks hide an equally …

  • First Drive: Toyota RAV4
    First Drive: Toyota RAV4 Wed, Mar 6, 2013 18:05 GMT

    THE compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) market is a booming one. Far and away exceeding the expectations of the various manufacturers, cars like Ford’s Kuga, Skoda’s … More »First Drive: Toyota RAV4

    First Drive: Toyota RAV4

    THE compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) market is a booming one. Far and away exceeding the expectations of the various manufacturers, cars like Ford’s Kuga, Skoda’s Yeti, Volkswagen’s Tiguan and Nissan’s Qashqai have captured the imagination of an army of buyers.And then there’s Toyota’s RAV4, the compact SUV credited …

  • The Big Question (Toyota GT86)
    The Big Question (Toyota GT86) Tue, Feb 5, 2013 11:05 GMT

    WHETHER it’s the rolling A-roads of Cornwall, the pitted and twisting lanes of Wales or the magnificent mountain passes of the Scottish Highlands, Britain can really … More »The Big Question (Toyota GT86)

    The Big Question (Toyota GT86)

    WHETHER it’s the rolling A-roads of Cornwall, the pitted and twisting lanes of Wales or the magnificent mountain passes of the Scottish Highlands, Britain can really separate the men from the boys when it comes to chassis engineers.It’s said that if a car works well on British roads it will work well anywhere, so when a …

  • First Drive: Toyota Verso
    First Drive: Toyota Verso Fri, Jan 25, 2013 19:05 GMT

    AS some manufacturers choose to go down the 'world car' route and pursue a one size fits all policy regarding car design and technology, Toyota is taking a more considered … More »First Drive: Toyota Verso

    First Drive: Toyota Verso

    AS some manufacturers choose to go down the 'world car' route and pursue a one size fits all policy regarding car design and technology, Toyota is taking a more considered approach with its Verso compact people carrier.There's no guarantee North American buyers will be willing to embrace what is popular in Europe, and visa …

  • Hilux Sets High Standard (Toyota Hilux 2.5 D-4D HL3 Double Cab)
    Hilux Sets High Standard (Toyota Hilux … Fri, Jan 11, 2013 15:05 GMT

    YOU probably know that Toyota is one of the worlds most prolific maker of cars, but I bet you don’t know that its commercial products are just as successful on the global … More »Hilux Sets High Standard (Toyota Hilux …

    Hilux Sets High Standard (Toyota Hilux 2.5 D-4D HL3 Double Cab)

    YOU probably know that Toyota is one of the worlds most prolific maker of cars, but I bet you don’t know that its commercial products are just as successful on the global stage. Although to some the firm’s popular Land Cruiser has a foot in both camps, there’s no mistaking the Hilux pick-up as a genuine commercial workhorse.Around …

  • First Drive: Toyota Auris
    First Drive: Toyota Auris Wed, Nov 28, 2012 15:05 GMT

    TOYOTA would be the first to admit that the old Auris wasn’t quite as good as it should have been, and in the fullness of time it’s now the turn of a new version to raise … More »First Drive: Toyota Auris

    First Drive: Toyota Auris

    TOYOTA would be the first to admit that the old Auris wasn’t quite as good as it should have been, and in the fullness of time it’s now the turn of a new version to raise the stakes.There’s very little carried over from the old model in practical terms. Even the bare bones of the chassis and bodyshell are now built in a …

  • First Drive: Toyota Auris Hybrid Synergy Drive
    First Drive: Toyota Auris Hybrid Synergy … Wed, Nov 28, 2012 12:05 GMT

    YOU COULD bundle the new Toyota Auris into the same normal, everyday C-segment group as other compact family hatchbacks, but at least as far as the hybrid model is concerned … More »First Drive: Toyota Auris Hybrid Synergy …

    First Drive: Toyota Auris Hybrid Synergy Drive

    YOU COULD bundle the new Toyota Auris into the same normal, everyday C-segment group as other compact family hatchbacks, but at least as far as the hybrid model is concerned the fit isn’t quite so snug.This is the 2013 Auris, which is an almost complete change from the last model both in terms of looks and what’s under …

  • King Of The Mountain (Toyota Land Cruiser V8)
    King Of The Mountain (Toyota Land Cruiser … Fri, Nov 23, 2012 14:05 GMT

    A CERTAIN Midlands-based maker of luxury 4x4s might be hogging the limelight, but that doesn’t mean alternative options have disappeared into the shadows. Toyota’s Land … More »King Of The Mountain (Toyota Land Cruiser …

    King Of The Mountain (Toyota Land Cruiser V8)

    A CERTAIN Midlands-based maker of luxury 4x4s might be hogging the limelight, but that doesn’t mean alternative options have disappeared into the shadows. Toyota’s Land Cruiser might not be the choice of fashion-conscious buyers, but those in the know routinely view it as a different sort of icon.And the reward for such …

  • Urban Cruiser (Toyota Yaris 2006-2011)
    Urban Cruiser (Toyota Yaris 2006-20 … Mon, Nov 19, 2012 08:05 GMT

    ENGINES – Toyota’s popular supermini can be had with a handful of small capacity petrol motors plus a more powerful unit for the warmed over performance variant. There’s … More »Urban Cruiser (Toyota Yaris 2006-20 …

    Urban Cruiser (Toyota Yaris 2006-2011)

    ENGINES – Toyota’s popular supermini can be had with a handful of small capacity petrol motors plus a more powerful unit for the warmed over performance variant. There’s also a token diesel option, which is unlikely to make sense unless you plan on racking up the miles in such a small car. Quiet and efficient, if not exactly …

  • First Drive: Toyota Prius+
    First Drive: Toyota Prius+ Mon, Jun 25, 2012 18:05 BST

    BY TOYOTA’S own admission the Prius name is a bigger brand in terms of green credentials even than the company itself, so expanding the Prius range is the sensible thing … More »First Drive: Toyota Prius+

    First Drive: Toyota Prius+

    BY TOYOTA’S own admission the Prius name is a bigger brand in terms of green credentials even than the company itself, so expanding the Prius range is the sensible thing to do.Toyota has spotted a gap in the market for a seven-seat, sub-100g/km car, particularly for fleet buyers like car hire companies, and the Prius+ is …

  • First Drive: Toyota GT86
    First Drive: Toyota GT86 Mon, May 14, 2012 20:07 BST

    YOU don’t need an abacus to help you count the number of affordable rear-wheel drive coupes available to buy in the UK. Even if you choose to include Mazda’s MX-5 – so … More »First Drive: Toyota GT86

    First Drive: Toyota GT86

    YOU don’t need an abacus to help you count the number of affordable rear-wheel drive coupes available to buy in the UK. Even if you choose to include Mazda’s MX-5 – so long as you fit the hard top roof – it’s a small number.With nearly everyone now focused on cutting emissions and squeezing as much as possible from a litre …

  • Sporting Intentions (Toyota Celica - 1999-2006)
    Sporting Intentions (Toyota Celica - … Mon, May 14, 2012 13:05 BST

    ENGINES – Although available with ‘only’ Toyota’s workmanlike 1.8 petrol unit, the Celica offered keen drivers spirited performance with its 140 horsepower output. Later … More »Sporting Intentions (Toyota Celica - …

    Sporting Intentions (Toyota Celica - 1999-2006)

    ENGINES – Although available with ‘only’ Toyota’s workmanlike 1.8 petrol unit, the Celica offered keen drivers spirited performance with its 140 horsepower output. Later in its life a T Sport model appeared complete with 190 horsepower, which did much to enhance the car’s appeal.EXTERIOR – This generation Celica eschewed …

 

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