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2016 Toyota GT 86 Blackline

2016 Toyota GT 86 Blackline

With a revised version of the Toyota GT 86 underway, the Japanese coupe might finally get the more powerful drivetrain enthusiasts have been clamoring about since its launch in 2012. Meanwhile, Toyota is trying to keep customers happy with all sorts of special-edition models. Following the introduction of the Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0 at the 2015 SEMA Show, Toyota has crafted yet another limited-edition coupe. This time around, it’s being offered in Australia and goes by the name GT 86 Blackline.

Based on the range-topping 86 GTS, the Blackline package adds a subtle body kit, a new paint scheme, new wheels, and a sportier interior, most of which is sourced from TRD — Toyota’s motorsport division.

Limited to only 450 units, offered with both manual and automatic transmissions, the GT 86 Blackline marks the start of a six-month countdown to the first round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series. For the uninitiated, it’s a one-make racing series that’s set to commence in Australia in May 2016. The new series, which was created for pro-am drivers, will run as a support category to the highly popular V8 Supercars Championship.

Each entrant will drive a production-based T86RS model, with details about the car to be released soon. In the meantime, let’s have a closer look at the GT 86 Blackline limited-edition below.

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2016 Toyota Fortuner

2016 Toyota Fortuner

Toyota has just announced an all-new SUV for the Australian market – the Fortuner. Based on the newest version of the venerable Hilux pickup truck, the Fortuner is a rugged, body-on-frame SUV with seating for seven that’s powered by the same turbodiesel engine found in the Hilux and comes standard with a part-time, two-speed 4WD system and electronic locking rear differential.

Tony Cramb, Toyota Australia’s executive director of sales and marketing, says the Fortuner is the brand’s diesel alternative to the Kluger, Australia’s version of the Highlander. The Fortuner is also far more rugged and trail-ready than the unibody Kluger while slotting under the surprisingly similar Land Cruiser Prado in terms of luxury and price. Though both the Prado and Fortuner are traditional SUVs with three rows of seats for seven people, the two vehicles will appeal to different audiences.

Toyota’s move to introduce the Fortuner makes more sense when considering both 2015 Ford Everest and Isuzu MU-X – both of which are based on their respective pickup truck platforms.

The Fortuner will arrive in Australian dealerships in October 2015 as a 2016 model and sale for a price that is still undisclosed. Early estimations suggest a starting price of around $45,000.

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Video: Toyota's 'Everyday Amazing' ad is a breath of fresh air for the brand

Video: Toyota’s ’Everyday Amazing’ ad is a breath of fresh air for the brand

Toyota almost wishes that these kinds of days would come more often.
OK, it’s not our place to continuously make fun of Toyota in light of the crisis they’re in these days so we figure that we’d – for once – commend them for this rather cutesy and upbeat ad for the 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid, which was built in Australia.

Taking its cue from (500) Days of Summer – yes, we loved that movie! – this Toyota ad sees a man who, despite the rather monotonous nature of his work, still finds it to appreciate the niceties that life – and a Toyota Camry Hybrid – affords.

Heck, we even have a full slate of gymnasts, acrobats, and cannonballs to accentuate the jollies of driving a Camry Hybrid.

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Video: Banned Toyota Yaris commercial from Australia

Just like any warm-blooded, auto-loving homo sapien, we appreciate smart and witty car commercials when we see one. Unfortunately, this particular Toyota Yaris commercial from the Land Down Under can be described in neither of those terms.

While we have no problem with a little subtlety, the sexual undertones in this commercial are a little too blatant, which also raised some alarm bells in Australia, prompting the sanctioning folks to ban the ad from airing on TV.

Fortunately, no such ‘bans’ exist on the Internet and you can watch the entire commercial in all its entirety.

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Video: Toyota's 'Two is Better Than One' commercial

Video: Toyota’s ’Two is Better Than One’ commercial

Far from our television sets here in America, Toyota’s Australian division, together with world renowned ad agency Saatchi and Saatchi, released a new commercial featuring the car brand’s hybrid synergy drive technology.

Calling the commercial “Better Together”, Toyota is hoping that the ad triggers an influx of interest for its eight new hybrid models, which is scheduled to hit the local market over the course of the next four years.

From what we’ve been told, Toyota’s first salvo in the Aussie car market is the new – and locally built – Camry Hybrid, which is scheduled to hit local showrooms in the early part of the next year.

In the commercial, you can see a man performing his daily routine at work with another version of himself ‘assisting’ him every step of the way. The commercial then goes on and describes this relationship as similar to how Toyota’s hybrid synergy technology works, combining the elements of a petroleum engine with that of an electric motor, which then produces more power with less fuel.

According to David Buttner, Toyota Australia’s senior executive director for sales and marketing, "The key message is ’Better Together’ - that two things working together can achieve more than any one thing ever could."

Toyota is re-emphasizing its position with the new commercial and unlike those that have come out with the same message of fuel efficiency, Toyota’s stature as one of the foremost authorities in hybrid technology bears more weight to us yearning for the future in fuel technology.

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2010 Toyota Landcruiser Prado Three Door

2010 Toyota Landcruiser Prado Three Door

While we here in the U.S. along with drivers from around the world are still waiting for a practical and sporty compact coupe like SUV, the Japanese automaker Toyota has just answered that call for the Australian market when they released the Land Cruiser Prado Three Door. However Toyota traditionalists should not worry because the quality car builder will sell their new truck alongside the old five door model starting this November.

The Land Cruiser Prado is a compact version of Toyota’s full size Land Cruiser SUV and the upcoming three door model wears the same stylish face as the of the five door, with its oversized headlights that are stretched over and around the front fenders, while the chrome framed and stripped vertical bar grill gives the front end more of a three dimensional feel. The three door Prado’s matching boxed fenders scream fun while the six lug hubs, multi piston calipers and spare tire on the trunk let you know that the Prado means business.

However, the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado isn’t all about being cute, because of its shorter wheelbase the off road vehicle actually exhibits a higher break over angle and allows the SUV to travel over steeper peaks than the larger five door model. Combine that with the sectioned truck’s reduced curb weight, which leads to improved real world acceleration as well as fuel economy.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Toyota HC-CV

2009 Toyota HC-CV

Toyota Australia revealed today the HC-CV (Hybrid Camry Concept Vehicle), a concept that will be revealed at the 2009 Melbourne International Motor Show.

The hybrid Camry uses a four-cylinder petrol engine linked to a powerful electric motor. It produces more power than a conventional petrol-engine vehicle while delivering better fuel economy.

"HC-CV is our expression of the contemporary hybrid sedan." The front of the car is characterised by expressive, sharp lines and taught surfaces. It echoes the latest Toyota Hybrid styling cues, with vertical fog lamps, larger lower opening and a streamlined upper grille.

The headlights are symbolic of Toyota’s hybrid image with a blue hue. They fuse technical elements with natural forms. Some lenses have a waterfall impression, while others are functional, lightweight and technical in appearance. The rear LED lamps, also with a blue hue, provide an unmistakable hybrid look.

The body colour is unique - a satin white pearl with subtle blue highlights to provide a serene, calm feeling. The paint allows intricate detailing and features to show through.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Toyota TRD Aurion Pro-FX

2008 Toyota TRD Aurion Pro-FX

Toyota revealed today the TRD Aurion Pro-Factory Xtreme (Pro-FX), a car with an amazing output of 1743 hp. The car was designed for the biggest event in Australian drag racing: the 2008 Winter nationals.

The TRD Aurion Pro-FX makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in only 1 second and can hit a top speed of 217 mph.

Former Australian champion Tony Wedlock will debut the car at this weekend’s Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) Winternationals - the headline event of the 2008 Australian season.

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