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If current Camry sales are any indication, people really like the way the new model looks. After only 11 months it's already passed last year's final tally, and just like in the U.S. it's the clear front-runner in the mid-size sedan segment. Unlike the U.S. however, where it's dominated its category's sales for years, calendar year 2015 will be the first 12 months that the Camry ends up on top of its segment sales chart since 2008, having previously lost out to the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and even the Hyundai Sonata, therefore number one for 2015 will truly be something to celebrate. No...
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I have to say the Yaris Sedan's downturned grouper fish face is growing on me, the subcompact four-door certainly delivering its own unique character in a class that hasn't always been so risky. Then again, the Yaris Hatchback this new four-door shares its name with is no staid and conservative wallflower either. Unlike the Yaris Hatchback, the new Yaris Sedan is the first Toyota I can remember that's not actually a Toyota behind that elaborate new nose. The closest we've seen to this is the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ duo, the Scion known as Toyota GT86 in other markets, but this was a co...
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Who makes the boldest, toughest looking pickup trucks on earth? That depends on personal taste of course, but Toyota makes a good argument for being on top of that list with its latest Tundra. There's as much chrome on this truck's grille as a big-rig Freightliner. It wraps right overtop the front of the hood and all the way over to each combination headlamp before diving down to where the front bumper begins, a light metallic matte grey centre cap the only chrome relief, although it's bookended by circular fog lamp-enhanced chromed corners at both sides. Of course there are plenty of eng...
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There are a lot of reasons why Toyota is number one in mid-size pickup truck sales, and while rugged good looks, capability, durability, reliability and owner satisfaction are indeed high up on the list, you can't discount its longevity in the marketplace either. The Taco, as fans like to call it, had its 20th birthday this year, arriving on the light truck scene in 1995, and that was after 20 years of Toyota truck brand building via the humbly named Pickup, while before that the HiLux filled the Japanese brand's compact trucklet gap back to 1969, the Stout from to '64, and of course the ...
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Since Honda abandoned its unorthodox Crosstour last year, which was more hatchback than wagon and, most would agree, bordered on fugly, Subaru's Outback and this Toyota Venza are the only two five-passenger mid-size crossovers in the mainstream volume sector that venture into more traditional wagon territory. Nissan's new Murano comes close, but its taller overall height puts it within range of the Ford Edge and other more SUV-like crossovers, which is either a very good thing if you're looking for something more car-like, or not ideal if greater ride height is preferable. ...
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Do you want to guess how many different compact models Chevrolet has produced since the Vega hit the scene in 1971? Just after Vega came Monza and then Chevette, all sold simultaneously and all falling under the old subcompact designation, then Sprint (Metro in the US), Cavalier, Cobalt, Optra (in Canada), and Cruze. Ford and Chrysler group's compact entries follow similar paths, with names like Cortina, Pinto, Escort and Focus for the blue-oval bunch and Omni, Shadow, Neon, SX, Caliber and now Dart for Dodge. Why the history lesson? I'm just wondering how much better domestic brands w...
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I was only two years old when Toyota launched its first car in Canada, and while 50 years sounds like a long time it certainly goes by quickly. That car wasn't a RAV4, the popular crossover SUV having only come to market 21 years ago in 1994, but rather a number of JDM cars including the Corona, Crown, 700 UP10 (Publica) and the now legendary Land Cruiser, some of which didn't necessarily fit our market-the Corolla, created for other markets in 1966, didn't show up here until 1969. The challenges Toyota and its fledgling dealers faced in 1965 were immense (my best friend's dad bought...
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Are SUV sales slowing? That depends on how you look at it. Compared to a couple of decades ago the sales of traditional sport utilities are now much lower, the 4Runner reviewed here one of just a handful of body-on-frame 4x4s still available, yet the 4,022 Canadian-spec models sold last year represented the model's best volume in more than a decade, while Toyota's US division enjoyed even better per capita sales of 76,906 units during the same 12 months. What's more, this more than decent volume appears to be on an upswing for the first half of 2015 with 2,440 4Runners already down the road....
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The idea of a luxury pickup would've been laughable decades ago, but not so anymore. Times change and today's light truck buyer is much more varied in wants and needs than those who stepped up to half-ton haulers in the previous millennium. Now there are at least as many families looking to trucks like this premium-level Tundra Limited for solving their multidimensional lifestyle challenges in style and comfort, as there are commercial users choosing more basic Tundras for hauling construction equipment, farming implements, or whatever business requirements a heavy-duty workhorse can be used...
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When Toyota brought the larger Prius V to market in late 2011 I took part in the launch program and was duly impressed. The car made sense then and still does today, especially here in Canada where the larger Prius V has outsold the regular model by a wide margin every year since introduction. For 2015 Toyota has given the Prius V a fresh new face. It's totally different from its predecessor that looked a lot like its smaller sibling, and early sales numbers affirm that fans of the big hybrid like what they see. Year to date deliveries are on track to once again hit last year's total of 2...
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