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The countdown has begun for the 2013 edition of the Johannesburg International Motor Show and, as in the past, South Africa’s most loved brand will be leading the way with one of the biggest stands and undoubtedly the largest presence Toyota has ever had at the show.

Toyota Free State Cheetahs Rugby players, Johan Goosen, Cameron Jacobs and Caylib Oosthuizen showed their support for cyclists who embarked on Stage Two of the PPA Toyota ‘Ride for your Life South Africa’ Tour from Bloemfontein to Oudtshoorn.

(14 September, Bloemfontein) Cyclists participating in the PPA Toyota ‘Ride for your Life South Africa’ Tour today embarked on Stage Two of the 20-day national cycling Tour from Johannesburg to Cape Town. They left Bloemfontein en route to Oudtshoorn as part of the PPA’s safe cycling campaign which aims to raise awareness and promote a safe passing distance of 1.5m between motorists and cyclists.

It was a weekend that promised much and at one stage on Saturday a Castrol Team Toyota Yaris 1-2 looked very much on the cards. But at the end of the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally, which finished in Brackenfell near Cape Town on Saturday afternoon after two days and 10 special stages in the Durbanville, Malmesbury and Moorreesburg areas, Johnny Gemmell and Carolyn Swan fell just 1,8 seconds shy of a maiden victory for the new-for-2013 Yaris.

The Breede River Valley

The route in brief
From Goudini and Worcester through Roberston and Ashton on the N15 to Montagu, portal to the Little Karoo and the famed Route 62. All tar, a mere 100 kilometres.

The road

Drive from Cape Town along the N1 east and leave the Stellenbosch and Paarl side of the Boland behind. After exiting through the Huguenot Tunnel, a whole new world awaits. The climate is harsher and the wines really do taste different.

Karoo to Coast

The route in brief
The Prince Alfred Pass is a narrow gravel road on the R339 between Avontuur and Knysna, a distance of about 88 kilometres. Flash floods sometimes damage the road and may make it inaccessible at times, but it can be negotiated by even the smallest car.

The road
The pass is one of several designed and constructed by the legendary South African road engineer Thomas Charles Bain, son of Andrew Geddes Bain, himself a well-known road builder.

(29 August 2013, Cape Town) The Pedal Power Association today announced the launch of the PPA Toyota ‘Ride for your Life South Africa’ Tour scheduled to take place in September in support of their ongoing safety campaign, ‘Cyclists Stay Alive at 1.5m’ which urges motorists to pass cyclists with a safe berth of 1.5m.

Toyota’s commitment to achieving the highest safety standards is yielding excellent results with both the new Auris and RAV4 being awarded the top five-star rating by the independent testing organisation Euro NCAP. They are among the first models to reach the standard under the tougher test criteria introduced for 2013.

Auris

Toyota City, Japan —Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces today that cumulative global sales of the Toyota Corolla, the world’s most popular car, surpassed 40 million in July, reaching 40.01 million units. This milestone marks another historic achievement for the Corolla, Toyota’s perennial global car.

Our own Route 66

The route in brief
The northern part of KwaZulu-Natal, from Gingindlovu to Phongola, is known as Zululand. The tar road from Durban to Eshowe is 150 kilometres and continues 250 kilometres from Eshowe to Phongola.

The road

Following their emphatic 1-2 in the recent Sun City 400 in North West Province six weeks ago – where championship leaders Anthony Taylor and Dennis Murphy recorded their third successive victory in the Castrol Team Toyota Hilux – Toyota Motorsport South Africa will be looking to press home the advantage in the all-new Vryburg 400, round six of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, in North West Province this weekend.