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RAV4 upgraded: See what’s changing on urban 4×4

DURBAN, South Africa – Toyota’s RAV4 leisure wagon has been treated to ”functionality upgrades” in response to feedback from its customers. Here’s the breakdown… Tactile upgrade GX-grade RAV4 uits now have a ”tactile” upgrade: leather wrapping for the steering-wheel and gear-shifter knob to replace previous urethane counterparts. Safety tech upgrade What Toyota describes as ”the… Continue reading RAV4 upgraded: See what’s changing on urban 4×4

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Who’da thought? A RAV4 that’ll outdrag sport cars

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The fifth-generation Toyota RAV4, on the market for barely a year, is being overtaken by the arrival in South Africa of the first RAV4 TRD Off-Road model as announced at the 2019 Los Angeles auto show. It will, Toyota says, be a premium, fun-to-drive, RAV4 performance model with an estimated 225kW, advanced… Continue reading Who’da thought? A RAV4 that’ll outdrag sport cars

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Back to the beach! New Toyota RAV4 launched 25 years on in SA

RAV4 goes upmarket with Generation 5 Five versions, choice of engine and gearbox Off-road ability grows with higher chassis LES STEPHENSON CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Way back in 1994 Toyota’s launch of the original RAV4 – here in Cape Town on Muizenberg beach when it was still legal to drive there –  introduced a… Continue reading Back to the beach! New Toyota RAV4 launched 25 years on in SA

2019 TOYOTA RAV4: Quarter-century on, and the icon that was launched on Muizenberg beach in Cape Town relaunched - again. Image: Toyota US / NewspressUSA
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2019 Toyota RAV4: America first, SA later in 2019

Fifth-generation RAV4 in US, SA in 2019 Quarter-century on and it RAVs on Hybrid version included in 2019 range CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The original Toyota RAV4 arrived at the foot of Africa nearly a quarter-century ago to open a brand-new door into the automotive leisure market. A small 4×4, good heavens! Now the… Continue reading 2019 Toyota RAV4: America first, SA later in 2019

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Next Toyota RAV4 heading for SA showrooms

All-new RAV4 to reach SA in 2019 First RAV4 on a new chassis architecture Petrol and petrol/electric hybrid models NEW YORK – Toyota says ”all the stops were pulled” for the global debut of its all-new, 2018, fifth-generation, RAV4 small SUV here at the New York auto show (March 30 – April 5 2018). ”The… Continue reading Next Toyota RAV4 heading for SA showrooms

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Now’s a great time to buy a ‘nearly new’ car!

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Used-car inventories – especially “nearly new” units (2019 model models) – increased by a startling 32% in July 2020 over the previous month and that, The Corner was told, ”puts buyers in the pound seats”. Buyers of older used vehicles are also scoring; total inventory listings have increased by nearly… Continue reading Now’s a great time to buy a ‘nearly new’ car!

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Two decades on, Toyota US brings anniversary Prius hybrid

PLANO, Texas- Twenty years ago (really, THAT long ago! – Editor) technology took a leap as a small and unassuming family vehicle very quietly rolled into US Toyota showrooms. The car will be launched on May 18 2020. The 2001 Toyota Prius, the world’s first production hybrid car, had arrived and would go on to… Continue reading Two decades on, Toyota US brings anniversary Prius hybrid

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2020 Corolla: Three sedan versions boost latest Toyota range

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Toyota’s Corolla sedan, believe it or not, is right up there with the original Mini (even if the latter’s now more of a modern Maxi) for manufacturing longevity. Each drove onto the automotive scene in the 1960s but here we go with the Corolla’s 12th incar(excuse pun!)nation. It’s now available… Continue reading 2020 Corolla: Three sedan versions boost latest Toyota range

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Hybrid a smart choice if you’re buying used

Battery cars not only cleaner – they’re cheaper, too Best retention value, according to UK experts New twist to benefits of buying clean machines  LONDON, England – Research by automotive data experts at HPI claim to show three petrol hybrid 4×4 vehicles top the league for a smart second-hand buy. ”The Lexus NX, RAV4 and… Continue reading Hybrid a smart choice if you’re buying used

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Going hybrid to save cash? Read this before you sign…

Top automakers just can get fuel data right Huge discrepancies in hybrids’ consumption data Website analysed 148 000 Real MPG fuel reports LONDON, England – Here it is, very bluntly and possibly even worse than the ongoing exhaust emissions scandal: an astonishing 98% of hybrid (petrol / battery) cars can’t match their advertised fuel-consumption, according… Continue reading Going hybrid to save cash? Read this before you sign…