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2018 Camry hybrid car of year

Camry hybrid car of year - Rear view

 

Hybrid Power for 5th Generation RAV4 

26/06/2018

  • Camry Ascent Hybrid wins ABC Best Medium Car under $50,000
     
  • Australia's Best Cars praise hybrid's class-leading fuel efficiency
     
  • Judges also note class-leading refinement and improved dynamics

Toyota's latest generation Camry Ascent Hybrid has been praised for its class-leading efficiency and refinement taking out the title of Best Medium Car under $50,000 in the 2018 Australia's Best Cars (ABC) awards.

The annual ABC awards are presented by Australia's motoring organisations including the NRMA, RACV, RAA, RACWA, RACT and AANT. Eight judges evaluated all vehicles on sale on a variety of criteria across three main areas: value for money, design and function, and on-road ability.

Toyota chief marketing officer Wayne Gabriel said Toyota was very proud to have won the ABC award, particularly as it is such a consumer-focussed awards program with the motoring organisations representing millions of Australian car owners.

 + READ MORE ON CAMRY HYBRID
 

"Given the extensive criteria on which the cars are judged and the fact that they are judged against every model on sale, not just new models, reaffirms our belief that the latest generation Camry, and especially Toyota's hybrid technology, are leading the way," Mr Gabriel said. 

In awarding the latest generation Camry the category win, the judges noted that in addition to its more powerful and efficient Hybrid Synergy Drive, the new Camry delivered a substantial improvement in driving dynamics.

"Combined with a host of changes to the MacPherson strut front suspension and new rear suspension aimed at improving handling dynamics and ride quality, the boost in performance brings an element of unprecedented driving engagement to the Camry," the judges noted. 

With a class-leading combined fuel consumption of 4.2-litres/100km, the Camry Ascent Hybrid scored 10 out of 10 for fuel consumption while also being praised for its refinement and interior packaging.

"The extensive engineering and design revisions found favour with Australia's Best Cars judges, who agreed the Ascent Hybrid was class-leading for smoothness and quietness and equal class-leading for space and ride," the judges wrote.

The judges also noted the car's improvement compared with its predecessor in terms of value for money, depreciation and insurance costs.

"All up, this makes the 2018 Toyota Camry Ascent Hybrid a convincing winner and a smart new car buy," they wrote.

VIEW CAMRY HYBRID SHOWROOM

 

2019 TOYOTA RAV4 Hybrid

TOYOTA RAV4 2019

Toyota RAV4 2019


Hybrid Power for 5th Generation RAV4 

28/03/2018

HYBRID POWER FOR AUSTRALIA WITH ALL-NEW TOYOTA RAV4

  • Fifth-generation RAV4 to go on sale in 2019
     
  • Robust design and fun driving experience
     
  • Dynamic platform and multi-link rear suspension


Australian motorists will be offered advanced hybrid as well as petrol power when the all-new RAV4 sports-utility vehicles (SUV) is launched here next year.

The fifth-generation RAV4, making its global debut at the New York international motor show, features a new platform that results in a better driving position and improved dynamics due to its lower centre of gravity and greater torsional rigidity.

The adoption of a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform results in a longer wheelbase and wider front and rear tracks for stable, confident driving while shorter overhangs enhance new RAV4's ability to overcome rugged terrain.

A new multi-link rear suspension and chassis rigidity that has been improved by 57 per cent contribute to improved handling, minimum interior cabin noise and excellent ride comfort. 

A new 2.5-litre in-line four-cylinder engine features in both petrol and hybrid models to meet the demand of providing a highly responsive, yet fuel efficient driving experience.

An eight-speed direct-shift automatic transmission is mated to the petrol version while hybrid variants are equipped with a continuously variable transmission.

 + READ MORE ON 2019 RAV4
 

Designers focused on the key words "adventure" and "refined" to produce a bolder and tougher presence with a lower, wider exterior profile and more sophisticated and premium interior with increased rear legroom.

An available new all-wheel-drive system can send 50 per cent of engine torque to the rear wheels and distribute it to the left or right rear wheel for improved handling. 

RAV4 DashA new 2.0-litre petrol engine will also be available, with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions.

Toyota Australia's vice-president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said RAV4 would be the first hybrid SUV in the company's local model line-up.

"The combination of Toyota's latest hybrid system and an advanced new petrol engine will deliver impressive power output and exceptional energy efficiency," Mr Hanley said.

"Toyota's hybrid technology will perfectly complement the work of engineers who have dialled-up the fun-to-drive factor by advancing every aspect of RAV4's performance, handling and ride comfort.

"Together with the robust exterior styling and sophisticated interior, the new RAV4 will offer even greater appeal to people with active lifestyles who want to explore the city, make a weekend trip to the country or head off the beaten track."

RAV4 is one of Toyota's most popular vehicles in Australia with cumulative sales of more than 290,000 vehicles.

The popular SUV has achieve record sales in each of the past five years and in 2017 passed 20,000 deliveries for the first time in a calendar year.RAV4 2019 Interior

RAV4 has continued its success in 2018, setting January and February records, culminating in the highest sales for the first two months in the vehicle's 24-year history.

The 2019 RAV4 is the second SUV to adopt a TNGA platform, joining the C-HR that was launched early last year.

The New York reveal also included a RAV4 Adventure model inspired by Toyota's off-road vehicle heritage. It features a more rugged exterior with an aggressive grille, fog light surrounds, large over-fenders and unique wheel design.

The new RAV4 comes standard with new active-safety technologies and capabilities that enhance protection. Its equipment includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection*, autonomous emergency braking, all-speed radar cruise control, lane-departure alert with steering assist and automatic high beam.

PRELIMINARY EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

  2019 RAV4 CHANGE
LENGTH (mm) 4600 -5
WIDTH (mm) 1855 +10
HEIGHT (mm) 1700 -10
WHEELBASE (mm) 2690 +30


Note: The model range, specifications and images contained in this article are based on US specifications and are subject to final confirmation by Toyota Australia and may differ from those shown.

*Pre-Collision Safety system with pedestrian detection is a driver assist feature only and not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving. Pedestrians may not be detected in certain conditions including low and harsh light, where partially obstructed from view, where clothing or movement obscures or effects body contours, persons under 1 metre or over 2 metres tall and where carrying or pushing large objects.

 

2019 TOYOTA COROLLA

TOYOTA Corolla 2019 Rear

Toyota Corolla 2019 interior

New Corolla Reveals Fun-To-Drive Identity 

24/03/2018

  • Upscale interior complements sporty exterior 
     
  • New platform, petrol engine and rear suspension
     
  • Local sales start in August 

An all-new petrol engine, updated Toyota hybrid system and a highly rigid platform are at the heart of the next-generation Corolla hatch's fun-to-drive identity.

Due to go on sale locally in August, more details about the new Corolla hatch have been released ahead of next week's New York motor show.

The new Corolla features a 2.0-litre Dynamic Force direct-injection in-line four-cylinder engine as well as new manual and CVT automatic transmissions.

Dynamic improvements include a new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that improves torsional rigidity by 60 per cent, along with a new multi-link rear suspension and upgraded front suspension.

On-road feel and fuel efficiency is further refined through a low centre of gravity and the extensive use of aluminium and high-strength steels in the lighter-weight chassis and body.

Standard advanced safety technologies include a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection*, active cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, seven airbags and a reversing camera.

 + READ MORE ON COROLLA
 

A dynamic and sophisticated exterior design is 25mm lower, 30mm wider and 40mm longer than its predecessor with wider tracks and a 40mm longer wheelbase. The bonnet sits 47mm lower, affording passengers excellent forward visibility.

Corolla 2019Complementing the fresh exterior styling is an upscale interior with supportive new sport seats, a longer and wider centre console and quality touches including smaller gaps between buttons and switches.

Front-passengers hip points are lower to provide a more natural body posture and positioning for ideal access to the multifunction steering wheel, pedals, and gearshift.

Corolla hatch's new petrol engine adopts the latest in Toyota technology for substantially increased power and fuel efficiency along with cleaner emissions. 

Smaller and lighter than the current 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, the new engine helps lower the centre of gravity and benefits the car's overall balance.

It incorporates Toyota's latest D-4S fuel-injection that uses high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection. The set-up adapts its injection method based on driving conditions so that ideal combustion is achieved.

The engine is equipped with VVT-iE (variable valve timing-intelligence by electric motor) on the intake side and VVT-i on the exhaust. VVT-iE uses an electric motor instead of oil pressure to control the variable valve timing. 2019 Corolla interior

It features a longer stroke, higher compression ratio, more efficient and complete combustion, reduced friction and lighter timing chain. It is also quieter with improvements such as a more rigid crank case with integrated stiffener, a lighter resin cylinder head and a ribbed oil pan. 

A new six-speed intelligent manual gearbox will appeal to keen drivers with its downshift rev-matching control. It is one of the world's most efficient and smallest transmissions - 6.8kg lighter and 24mm shorter than the current car's manual gearbox.

The 2.0-litre engine is also available with an all-new Dynamic-Shift CVT that has simulated 10-speed sequential shift steps, sport mode and paddle shifters.

It features several innovative elements, including the world's first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT for improved efficiency in lower gear ratios.

The system uses a gear drive off the line, resulting in powerful yet smooth acceleration. When switching from gear drive to belt drive, the transmission system uses highly responsive gear change control technologies cultivated from automatic transmission technology.

Corolla hatch buyers will also be able to choose the latest version of Toyota's 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain with improved low-range torque and fuel efficiency to rival Prius.

On all models, high-quality steering feel, ride comfort, and handling stability is aided by revised MacPherson strut geometry at the front, including new coil-spring rates and damping forces, plus reduced friction in sliding parts.

At the rear, a new multi-link suspension with stabiliser bar sharpens responsiveness. Lower arm locations have moved (for improved toe-in angle during higher-speed manoeuvring), as has shock absorber placement (moved forward for better cargo capacity and reduced longitudinal low frequency input). Overall, front and rear suspension friction has been reduced by 40 per cent, and its centre of gravity is cut by a substantial 20mm. 

The new frontal styling with a rounded nose and trapezoidal-shaped under grille is flanked by slim bi-LED headlamps that wrap deep into the front fenders.

Front overhang has been reduced by 20mm; at the rear, it's 20mm longer. Chiselled character lines result in an active, well-planted expression. Wheel sizes range from 16-inches to 18-inches in diameter.

The hatch tailgate is now made from Toyota Super Olefin Polymer and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene for light weight that aids fuel efficiency. It is set at a more acute angle (moved 14 degrees forward) for a sportier look.

Tail-lamps are LED and the rear bumper echoes the front design with its thin lower lip and chrome diffuser.

All models feature an electronic parking brake and two front USB outlets while sound systems include an available JBL premium audio with Clari-Fi technology that analyses, rebuilds and restores audio signals that were lost in the digital compression process.

Grade-dependent features include single-zone manual air-conditioning or dual-zone automatic climate control, paddle shifters and 4.2-inch or 7-inch thin-film transistor multi-information displays.
 

PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
Wheelbase (mm) 2640 (+40)
Overall length (mm) 4370 (+40)
Overall width (mm) 1790 (+30)
Overall height (mm) 1435 (-25mm)
PETROL ENGINE
Engine model M20A-FKS
Cylinders, arrangement 4-cylinder, inline
Valve mechanism 16-valve DOHC, chain drive with Dual VVT-i (Intake: VVT-iE, Exhaust: VVT-i)
Bore x stroke (mm) 80.5 x 97.6
Displacement (cc) 1987
Compression ratio 13.0:1
Fuel system Direct injection, port injection
Power / Torque TBA/TBA


Note: The model range, specifications and images contained in this article are based on US specifications and are subject to final confirmation by Toyota Australia and may differ from those shown.

*Pre-Collision Safety system with pedestrian detection is a driver assist feature only and not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving. Pedestrians may not be detected in certain conditions including low and harsh light, where partially obstructed from view, where clothing or movement obscures or effects body contours, persons under 1 metre or over 2 metres tall and where carrying or pushing large objects.

 

TOYOTA SUPRA CONCEPT

TOYOTA SUPRA CONCEPT Back

Toyota Supra Racing


The Legend Returns : Toyota Supra Reborn 

06/03/2018

Toyota has revived the name and spirit of its most celebrated sports car, confirming that it plans to produce a new generation of the legendary Supra.

The carmaker made its long-awaited commitment to reviving the famous Supra nameplate when it staged the world premiere of the dramatically styled Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept at the Geneva international motor show.

Toyota said the compact two-door concept, with its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration, demonstrates the potential for a fun-to-drive car that can deliver high performance both on road and track.

The GR Supra Racing Concept provides a huge visual clue to the fact that it heralds Supra's return: the large "90" race number on its doors is the codename for the fifth-generation Supra, following the A40, A60, A70 and A80 series produced between 1978 and 2002.

Toyota Australia's vice-president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the racing concept reflected the global company's focus on using motorsport to help accelerate development of production models.

"Supra is one of the most beloved Toyota cars of all time and its nameplate continues to command enormous respect," Mr Hanley said.

"There has been huge public interest in a modern revival of the Supra legend - and this concept points to a sports car deserving of the famous name," he said.

 + READ MORE ON SUPRA  
 

"Revealing a racing concept ahead of a production model highlights that motorsport is Toyota's proving ground of choice for high-performance vehicles.

"The GR Supra Racing Concept makes it clear Toyota is developing the Supra to be a true driver's car."

Design, chassis and equipment features

Toyota Supra Concept 2The racing concept's dramatic bodywork makes extensive use of strong but lightweight composite materials for elements such as the wide front and rear bumpers, front splitter and rear diffuser, side skirts, door mirror housings and the large rear wing.

The bonnet is crafted from the same materials and features louvred air inlets. The windscreen and side windows are made of plastic.

The concept's chassis features lowered front and rear suspension using Toyota components.

BBS racing wheels with centre-nut attachment are fitted with Michelin racing tyres. 

The braking system uses Brembo™ Racing callipers and discs and there is a racing exhaust.

The cabin is entirely competition-focused and is fitted with a racing dashboard and OMP driver's seat and safety harness. OMP has also supplied the quick-release steering wheel, mounted on a racing column and equipped with a paddle-shift system.

The doors are lined with carbon fibre panels and the dashboard includes a racing display.Toyota Supra Interior

Competition safety requirements are met by a full roll cage and fire extinguishers, and the fuel and brake lines, pedal box, battery and wiring looms are all designed to competition standard.

The GR in the name of the concept comes from Toyota GAZOO Racing, the international umbrella organisation for Toyota's global sporting program and producer of performance-focused GR-branded cars.

The debut of the GR Supra Racing Concept is similar to Toyota's reveal of the C-HR Racing at the 2016 Geneva show, almost a year ahead of the arrival of the production version of the compact SUV.

 

 

Toyota Hilux HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X

Toyota Hilux Rugged

Toyota Hilux Rogue

Unbreakable  HiLux Gets Even Stronger

11/01/2018

Australia's best-selling vehicle, Toyota HiLux, will ramp up its strength, capability and attitude to even greater levels with the introduction of a trio of new models during the second quarter of this year.

The three dramatically styled new 4x4 variants - the HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X - will extend the "unbreakable" reputation of HiLux with features that boost off-road protection, recovery and functionality.

Topping the new line-up of halo HiLux models, the Rugged X is primed for adventure with its daring design incorporating a high-tensile alloy bash plate and a winch-compatible hoopless steel bull bar - both of which are compatible with the vehicle's airbags and other safety systems.

Rugged X goes beyond the top-of-the-range SR5 with a new black grille with a bold interlocking honeycomb design and gloss-black surround. It is also equipped with a snorkel, LED driving lights, high-strength front and rear recovery points, rock rails, a load-carrying sports bar and other heavy-duty components.

HiLux Rogue, which will also sit above the SR5, offers a premium vehicle that features a bold, aggressive image and wider appearance created by its hexagonal upper grille, fresh front bumper and heavily revised fog lamps.

The third new model, Rugged, provides off-roading enthusiasts with a vehicle that is ready for action. It features a functional yet aggressive front-end design, including a premium steel bull bar.

 + READ MORE ON HILUX RUGGED  
 

Toyota Australia's vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the new models will add a bold, aspirational attitude to the quintessential HiLux attributes of being tough, strong and unbreakable.

"HiLux buyers increasingly demand additional features - in fact, they spend more on accessories than any other vehicle in our range," Mr Hanley said.

Hilux Rugged "These new vehicles will enable them to make a statement with advanced toughness, added capability, practical comfort, first-class safety and the in-built strength that makes HiLux the indisputable No. 1," he said.

"HiLux Rugged X is a no-compromise vehicle for those seeking adventure with a robust and capable vehicle that makes the ultimate statement: work hard, play harder.

"HiLux Rogue is for people who want refinement and capability, enabling them to go for weekend adventures and do it in style.

"HiLux Rugged is about toughness and off-road performance - an ideal vehicle for getting off the beaten track."

Mr Hanley said all new components will be fully integrated with the vehicle, certified to Australian Design Rules to be fully homologated and attract full warranty coverage. 

He said they had been developed to Toyota's rigorous and renowned vehicle standards and were optimised for performance, durability and mass.

 

 

New Toyota Camry 2018

New Toyota Camry Rear 2018

New Toyota Camry Rear 2018

New 2018 Toyota Camry is Here

22/11/2017

A Dramatic Redesign from Bumber to Bumper

Toyota's all-new Camry sedan, launched today, has undergone a dramatic redesign from bumper to bumper that results in a premium, high-quality car focused on performance and technology.

The latest Camry is built on a new platform that underpins more emotional styling, new powertrains with higher power and better fuel economy, a revamped chassis that sharpens driving dynamics and advanced new safety technologies.

Eighth-generation Camry represents a new era for Toyota in Australia - the first time in 30 years that Toyota has offered a fully imported Camry range to the Australian market. The new model is produced in Japan.

Camry is the first sedan to adopt Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA), which has transformed the way Toyota vehicles are designed, engineered and packaged.

TNGA enables greater freedom in design, resulting in a more athletic profile with a lower roof and bonnet, a better driving position and improved dynamics due to its lower centre of gravity and greater torsional rigidity.

Two new powertrains are offered - a redesigned hybrid system with a new direct-injection four-cylinder engine that delivers more power, flexibility and efficiency and a stunning new V6 engine with direct-injection technology and an eight-speed transmission.

 + MORE CAMRY DETAILS & PRICING  
 


There are a raft of Camry firsts: direct fuel-injection engines, fully independent rear suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, drive mode select, LED head lamps, an electric parking brake, 10-inch head-up display and a segment-first opening panoramic roof, plus across-the-board adoption of active cruise control and a pre-collision safety system with autonomous emergency braking^^.

Toyota's senior divisional manager sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the new range represents the largest generational change for Camry since the nameplate was introduced in 1983.

"All-new Camry builds on the car's proven reputation for quality, durability, reliability, space, comfort and safety while injecting greater visual appeal and a fun driving experience with rapid acceleration and crisp handling," Mr Hanley said.

"Sharp pricing adds remarkable value to an all-new Camry that looks great while offering an unprecedented level of driving enjoyment and improved fuel economy," he said.

"New Camry has all the ingredients to continue as Australia's best-selling mid-size car, a position it has held for the past 23 years in a row." 1018 Camry Front

Toyota has adopted new grade names: Ascent and Ascent Sport (4-cylinder petrol or hybrid), SX (4-cylinder or V6) and SL (all three powertrains).

Prices have been reduced for six of the nine new Camry variants while increases on the other three are outweighed by additional features.

For the new hybrid powertrain, with combined power output rising to 160kW, prices have been improved compared with the petrol variants and the market.

Camry SX and SL with the new 224kW, 362Nm V6 engine are just $4,000 more than their four-cylinder siblings.

Camry comes with Toyota Service Advantage at just $195 for up to the first five services - now with 12-month intervals**

NEW HYBRID SYSTEM

Camry's new engines, transmissions and chassis developments are all representative technologies that have evolved through TNGA.

The new hybrid system offers enhanced handling and driving performance as well as outstanding fuel efficiency - 4.5 litres/100km on the SL and 4.2 litres on the other grades, improvements of between 13.5 and more than 19 per cent^.

At its core is a new 2.5-litre, four-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine, which offers 11 per cent more power and four per cent more torque with thermal efficiency among the best engines in the world.

Camry 2018 Hybrid Screen Innovations include VVT-iE variable valve timing. The "E" means it uses an electric motor instead of oil pressure to control variable valve timing for increased fuel efficiency with cleaner exhaust emissions. 

To enhance the sporty driving experience, the CVT gives the driver access to six quick-shifting ratios for manual-like gear changes using paddle shifters on the SL or with the console-mounted shift lever.

TNGA packaging has allowed the nickel-metal hydride battery to be moved from the boot area to under the rear seat, improving boot space and positioning battery weight lower in the car.

A lighter and more compact power control unit now sits directly above the transaxle, lowering the vehicle's centre of mass and enabling a lower bonnet.

The hybrid gains a new SPORT drive mode, along with the previous NORMAL, ECO and EV modes, delivering improved acceleration response relative to pedal input.

It also features a new Auto Glide Control system that promotes smooth and efficient coasting that helps improve fuel economy.
 

POWERFUL, EFFICIENT NEW V6

Performance and efficiency are also hallmarks of Camry's newly-developed 3.5-litre direct-injection V6, which provides a formidable low-end and mid-range punch.

Its exceptional power output is up to 12 per cent above the previous 3.5-litre V6 while its efficient compression ratio helps it achieve even better fuel efficiency of 8.7 litres/100km (SL, 8.9 litres/100km for SX), an improvement of up to 6.5 per cent^. 

2018 Camry V6 EngineThe V6's specially developed new VVT-iW variable valve timing system - the "W" is for "wide" adjustment range - operates on the intake to ensure high torque production at all engine speeds.

In addition to the Otto Cycle, the engine uses the Atkinson cycle where appropriate to enhance fuel economy.

Mated to the V6 is a new direct-shift, eight-speed automatic transmission with direct lock-up from second to eighth gears, sequential shifting and auto-blipping downshift control.

Camry is also offered with the proven 2.5-litre petrol four, with a more sophisticated six-speed transmission that incorporates auto-blipping on the downshifts.

DYNAMIC NEW CHASSIS

Camry's underpinnings have also gone through generational change, delivering an unprecedented level of driving enjoyment through dynamic and spirited handling capability.

The MacPherson strut front suspension has been redesigned, remounted and given new geometry - for improved handling stability, grip and ride quality.

The new rear suspension, with separate spring and damper units, maximises luggage space and optimises stability. The geometry is all new and, combined with the calibration of the various bushings, delivers both impressive stability and high levels of ride comfort.

For the new electric power steering, the motor is now mounted on the rack housing, to help lower the vehicle's centre of gravity. The steering column is now at a more natural angle for the driver with tilt and telescopic adjustment on all variants.

The brakes have also been improved with greater power, feel and longevity thanks to larger front and rear rotors.

Camry now has an electric parking brake plus a brake-hold function that maintains the brake fluid pressure without requiring the driver to stay on the brake pedal or apply the parking brake.

Leading-edge safety technology is standard across the range, including a pre-collision safety system, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure alert with steering assist. All-speed active cruise control, auto high beam and reversing camera are also standard^^.

The SL adds blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert^^, rain-sensing wipers and electro-chromatic interior rear-view mirror while the three higher grades have front and rear clearance sensors.

All models are equipped seven airbags and a comprehensive range of electronic safety features including Hill-start Assist Control^^ and a sway-warning system.
 

NEW FEATURES FOR EACH GRADE

Ascent now has the advanced safety features, an upgraded multimedia system, seven-inch display audio with Toyota Link# connected mobility, Optitron instruments, 4.2-inch multi-information display, power lumbar adjustment on the driver's seat and LED head lamps.

The recommended retail price of $27,690* represents an increase of just $1,200 with the added safety spec alone more than accounting for the increase.

Ascent is also offered as a hybrid with additional features including dual-zone air-conditioning, keyless entry and ignition, a drive mode select function - and a sub-$30,000* price that is $500 less than the superseded model.

The new hybrid system delivers fuel economy as low as 4.2 litres/100km^ - a better figure than the second-generation Prius sold in Australia until mid-2009.Camry 2018 HUB

Ascent Sport, distinguished by its sports bumper and side skirts, features an 8-inch display screen, satellite navigation##, a 7-inch multi-information display, premium steering wheel and gear shifter, clearance sonars, power driver's seat adjustment, dual-zone air and keyless entry and ignition.

The 4-cylinder petrol price represents a reduction of $200* and the hybrid price is down by $1,200* compared with the previous generation's equivalent models.

Camry's sporty SX sedan is fitted with the new 19-inch wheels, sports suspension, leather-accented sports seats, paddle shifters and wireless phone charger. The $33,290* 4-cylinder price is $200 lower than its equivalent predecessor.

At the top of the range, the SL is even more comprehensively equipped than before with a 10-inch head-up display, electro-chromatic rear-view mirror, paddle shifters for both petrol and hybrid, rain-sensing wipers, ventilated leather-accented seats and power-operated front seats and steering column adjustment. It is also gains blind-spot monitor and rear-cross traffic alert.

SL prices also take into account that the moonroof on hybrid and the opening panoramic roof on petrol models are standard. A moonroof was previously optional.

Camry SX and SL are also offered with the new direct-injection V6 engine and eight-speed direct-shift automatic transmission for just $4,000* more than the variants equipped with the four-cylinder petrol engine.

EMOTIONAL NEW STYLING

The front design for the new Camry features two-piece grilles with contrasting personalities - premium refinement for Ascent, and a more aggressive, sportier look for Ascent Sport, SX and SL.

The bonnet is lower and, together with the grille and Toyota emblem, they blend seamlessly into the A-pillar, producing a stance that is more aggressive than any predecessor.

The profile is sleeker. By lowering the hip points and therefore seating positions, the design team was able to reduce the car's overall height without sacrificing interior space.

Striking character lines along the body augment the aggressive front and rear fenders, giving Camry a new level of sportiness.Camry 2018 Dash Pad

The completely redesigned interior is functional and futuristic. Drivers have a sporty cockpit-style environment with gauges angled towards them while the front passenger is treated to a sense of openness.

The dashboard, instrument panel, centre console and door trims employ soft touch and premium materials with a mix of tones and hues. Quality stitching adds to the level of craftsmanship.

Re-engineered seats have improved ergonomics and comfort, contributing to more refined accommodation throughout.

Toyota's latest in-vehicle display technologies provide integrated information with minimal distraction. Depending on the grade, there are up to three available interlinked displays: a multi-information display in the instrument cluster, a control panel for the audio, navigation and HVAC, and a 10-inch colour head-up display.
 

NEW CAMRY PRICING*

Four-cylinder petrol 

GRADE PRICE DIFFERENCE
Ascent $27,690 $1,200
Ascent Sport $29,990 -$200
SX $33,290 -$200
SL $39,990 $2,550

Hybrid

GRADE PRICE DIFFERENCE
Ascent $29,990 -$500
Ascent Sport $31,990 -$1,200
SL $40,990 $550

V6

GRADE PRICE DIFFERENCE
SX $37,290 -$6,700
SL $43,990 -$6,450


 

 

Options: 
All grades: premium paint $450
SX: panoramic roof $1,950


* Manufacturer's list prices are provided for media purposes only and do not include statutory charges or other on-road costs. 
** Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 5 years or 75,000km (whichever occurs first) (up to the first 5 services). Excludes government & rental vehicles. Contact your Toyota dealer or go to toyota.com.au/advantage for other exclusions, eligibility and full details. 
^ Results achieved in test conditions. Actual results may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR 81/02 combined cycle (litres/100km). 
^^ Pre-Collision Safety System, Active Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Hill-start Assist Control are driver assist features only and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving. 
# Toyota Link is available on certain vehicle models and grades only. Toyota Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications. Toyota Link services rely on data from the driver's compatible mobile phone and information provided by third parties. Availability is dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of third party information, mobile service, sufficient mobile data allowance and GPS satellite signal reception. Mobile usage is at the user's cost. Further information is provided at http://www.toyota.com.au/toyotalink. 
## Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.

 

LandCruiser Prado Update 2017

LandCruiser Prado Update

LandCruiser Prado Update - Console


Prado Upgrade Adds Safety and Value

10/11/2017

  • New safety technology, styling and features for LandCruiser Prado
     
  • Price reductions of up to $1200 on five model variants
     
  • All turbo-diesel range with increased towing capacity for automatic models

Toyota has upgraded its top-selling LandCruiser Prado range, refreshing the styling while adding advanced active-safety technology to GX and GXL automatic models, and increasing value for money across the board. 

Recommended retail price* has been reduced by up to $1200 on five model variants, while new 5 and 7-seat GX automatic models receive significant specification upgrades for a modest $400 increase. 

The new GX automatic gains a comprehensive suite of advanced safety measures, a 500kg boost in braked towing capacity, the refreshed exterior and interior, and an instrumentation upgrade. 

Prado's new exterior contributes to added safety, with the bonnet sculptured in the centre to enhance downward visibility and the fenders re-profiled to help drivers more easily locate the vehicle extremities.

The lower corners of the front and rear bumpers now kick upwards, to enhance off-road manoeuvrability.

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Advanced safety features

Now standard equipment on all LandCruiser Prado auto models - are pre-collision safety system (PCS) with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, active cruise control (ACC), lane departure alert and auto high beam. PCS and ACC were previously exclusive to high-grade VX and Kakadu. 

Towing capacity# for all automatic models has been increased by 500kg to 3000kg and a rear differential lock has been added to auto GXL and VX grades.

The new LandCruiser Prado range is exclusively 2.8-litre turbo-diesel powered, with prices starting at $53,490 RRP for GX manual - a $600 price reduction while adding satellite navigation and Toyota Link connected mobility. 

Prado Update 2017 - consoleLargest price reduction is $1200 for GXL manual, which has the added features of Bi-LED head lamps, LED DRLs with 'follow me' function, LED fog lamps and sun-visor lamp.

Popular GXL automatic has all these new features, as well as advanced safety equipment, rear differential lock, Optitron instruments and colour MID.

A $3500 option pack for GXL adds leather-accented trim, ventilated and power-operated front seats, and heated front and second-row seats. 

Further active safety upgrades see VX grade gain panoramic view monitor and multi-terrain monitor, blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

Raised specification in VX also includes ventilated front seats, cool box and LED fog lamps, while the price is reduced by $911. 

Top of the range Kakadu now has drive mode select and panoramic view monitor while benefiting from a $1121 price reduction.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said new LandCruiser Prado extends Toyota's commitment to offering the best safety features across all grades. 

"Full-chassis LandCruiser Prado is an SUV that can take you there, wherever 'there' might be, and bring you back," Mr Cramb said. 

"The latest upgrades add to its appearance, comfort, convenience and safety, while delivering great value for money," he said.

LandCruiser Prado's robust exterior also features a revised grille with broad vertical bars and slit-shaped cooling openings, flanked by restyled headlamps (Bi-LED on GXL, VX and Kakadu) with the main beams positioned inboard to avoid damage from obstacles when off-road driving. 

At the rear, there are new lamp clusters and a smaller garnish incorporated within the number-plate surround. 

Inside, LandCruiser Prado has a redesigned dashboard, instrument binnacle and switchgear. The revised centre console incorporates a flush-surface air-conditioning control panel and has a low profile at the top for a sleeker appearance and improved forward visibility. 

There are two new exterior colours, Peacock Black and Dusty Bronze. GX and GXL have grey fabric trim with the option of black leather-accented trim on GXL auto. VX and Kakadu are offered with Black and Beige leather-accented trim.

The safety technology now standard in all automatic models is designed to help prevent accidents or mitigate their consequences. The pre-collision safety system* can now detect impact risks with pedestrians as well as vehicles.

Prado Update 2017 - WHeelRelying on a camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror and a radar in the grille, LandCruiser Prado can operate its brakes autonomously to reduce the vehicle's speed. 

Lane departure alert* monitors lane markings and helps prevent accidents and head-on collisions caused by a vehicle leaving its lane. If the vehicle starts to deviate from its lane without the indicators being used, the system alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings.

Automatic high beam can detect the headlights or taillights of vehicles ahead and automatically switch between high and low beams to avoid dazzling other drivers.

VX grade, in addition, now features blind-spot monitor* and rear cross-traffic alert*, systems from the Kakadu that support safer motoring by giving the driver better real-time information about the area immediately around the car.

Multi-terrain monitor, newly added to VX, enables the driver to select from front, rear and two side cameras to check vehicle blind spots and confirm their surroundings. New features include a panoramic view that enables the driver to check for other vehicles at blind intersections.

Drive Mode Select offers five modes which, at the turn of a dial, can provide the driver with the ability to set their preferred powertrain, chassis and air-conditioning settings.

LandCruiser Prado's high-torque turbocharged diesel engine is equipped with an electronically controlled common-rail direct-injection system.

Mated to the six-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain develops an impressive 450 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. 

When mated to the six-speed manual transmission available in the GX or GXL, this engine develops peak torque of 420 Nm from 1,400 to 2,600 rpm. Maximum power is 130kW at 3400rpm.

The previous 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine is being discontinued in Australia due to overwhelming consumer preference for the turbo-diesel engine (98.8% of sales).

LandCruiser Prado is Australia's best-selling large SUV, with its nearest rival another Toyota, the petrol-powered Kluger.

LandCruiser Prado is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at $240 (including GST) per service***)

RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICES
GRADE PRICE CHANGE
GX manual $53,490 -$600
GXL manual $59,990 -$1,200
VX auto $73,990 -$911
KAKADU auto $84,490 -$1,121

Options:
Auto (GX, GXL): $3,000.
7 seats (GX auto): $2,550.
Premium interior (GXL auto): $3,500.
Premium paint (all grades): $550

* Manufacturer's list prices are provided for media purposes only and do not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
** Pre-Collision Safety system, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are driver assist features only and not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving.
*** Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 60,000km (whichever occurs first), up to the first 6 services. Excludes government & rental vehicles. Contact your Toyota dealer or go to toyota.com.au/advantage for other exclusions, eligibility and full details.
# Towing capacity is subject to regulatory requirements, towbar and vehicle design and towing equipment limitations. Ask your Dealer for Toyota Genuine Towbar capacity and availability details.

 

Toyota Concept-i four-seat sedan

GR HV Sports Concept

Toyota Concept Fine-Comfort Ride sedan

Toyota Leads Motoring World to 7th Heaven

24/10/2017

  • Visions for a sports car, premium sedan and off-roader
     
  • Advances in fuel-cell, hybrid and electric power
     
  • Automated driving to provide mobility for everyone

Seven Toyota concept cars unveiled today reveal a dynamic future of desirable vehicles offering mobility for everyone, including cars that will drive themselves and alternative powertrains that rely on renewable energy.

The seven concepts confirm that future Toyota owners will be offered stylish vehicles including a sports car, a premium performance sedan, a flexible off-roader and innovative vehicles that can be operated regardless of a person's driving ability.

Toyota's show cars present a significant step towards sustainable mobility with fuel-cell and battery-electric powertrains as well as advances in Toyota's existing hybrid and conventional engine technologies.

The concepts build on Toyota's commitment, as worldwide partner of The Olympic Games and The Paralympic Games, to create an opportunity for people to challenge the impossible and defy their limitations.

The seven vehicles are:
• GR HV Sports Concept: A sports car with a racing-inspired hybrid powertrain.
• Fine-Comfort Ride sedan and Sora concept bus: Fuel-cell vehicles.
• Concept-i (four-seat sedan), Concept-i RIDE (two-seat city car) and Concept-i WALK 
• Tj CRUISER: Am off-roader combining an SUV and a van with petrol and hybrid options.

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Future motorists looking for a fun open-top sports car with performance derived from Toyota's latest motorsport-developed hybrid technologies will be tempted by Toyota's GR HV Sports Concept.

Concept-i WALK High-performance motoring is also central to the Fine-Comfort Ride concept sedan which is designed for a 220km/h top speed, a sprint to 100km/h in just 5.4 seconds and a 1,000km range on a single fill of hydrogen sourced from renewable energy.

This premium sedan and the Concept-i series of electric cars apply artificial intelligence to recognise emotions and estimate driver preferences, combined with automated driving technology for maximum safety.

In addition to the ground-breaking four-seat Concept-i, Toyota has revealed the two-seat Concept-i RIDE that can accommodate anyone including wheelchair users and the elderly, plus the Concept-i WALK for use in areas frequented by pedestrians.

Toyota displays show it has not forgotten its off-road heritage with the breakthrough Tj CRUISER that combines the flexibility of an SUV with the storage capacity of a van, powered by advanced hybrid or petrol engines.

The final concept is another fuel-cell vehicle, the Sora concept bus. A production version will go on sale next year with more than 100 to be introduced ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Toyota Concept Fine-Comfort Ride   Toyota Concept-i (four-seat sedan),
 

Toyota Concept Fine-Comfort Ride   Toyota Concept-i RIDE (two-seat city car)

     

 

Updated RAV4 Value & Safety 2017

Updated RAV4 Value  2017

Updated RAV4 Value & Technology 2017


Toyota Expands RAV4 Features and Value

12/10/2017

  • Improved value of up to $2,960
     
  • All grades now with advanced safety 
     
  • Every RAV4 now has satellite navigation

Toyota has improved the value of key RAV4 models by thousands of dollars with the expansion across the range of in-demand safety and convenience features.

A suite of safety technologies1 Toyota says can reduce rear-end accidents, previously fitted exclusively to the top-grade Cruiser, is now standard on the GX all-rounder and sporty GXL.

The RAV4 safety technologies1, which help prevent or mitigate a collision in different traffic situations, include a pre-collision system, autonomous emergency braking, lane-departure alert, active cruise control and automatic high beam.

The GX also gains satellite navigation, Toyota Link connected mobility, digital radio, dusk-sensing headlights, fog lamps and a high-grade instrument cluster that incorporates a 4.2-inch multi-information display.

All these features, including the advanced safety - previously available on automatic GX variants as an extra-cost option - are now standard on all GX (including manual) with revised pricing reflecting substantially enhanced value for buyers2.

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The price of the petrol all-wheel-drive (AWD) GX rises just $840 - representing a saving of $2,960 compared with the previous option price of $3,800. The improved value is $2,900 on petrol two-wheel-drive (2WD) GX and $1,450 on diesel AWD GX.

Similar value gains of between $925 and $2,460 apply for the revised GXL with the safety features now standard. Prices have risen just $40 on petrol AWD, $100 on petrol 2WD and $1,575 on diesel AWD compared with the previous option price of $2,500. Front and rear parking sensors are newly standard on GX and GXL.

 Updated RAV4 Value interior 2017 A new option for 2WD GXL incorporates a 10-way power-operated driver's seat with two-position memory, heaters for the two front seats and upmarket leather accents throughout - all for $2,500.

Two additional safety technologies previously fitted to Cruiser only - blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert1 - have been added to GXL.

At the top of the range, the price for the petrol AWD Cruiser has been reduced by $910 while the diesel AWD Cruiser remains unchanged. Cruiser retains all its premium features including 18-inch alloy wheels, leather-accented trim, 11-speaker JBL audio, tilt-and-slide moonroof and a power-operated back door.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said RAV4 features and value are being enhanced at the same time the range is experiencing unprecedented consumer demand.

"The latest upgrades to RAV4 reflect Toyota's commitment to expanding safety features, adding convenience and offering excellent value at every opportunity," Mr Cramb said.

"These are key attributes that have enabled Toyota to sell more SUVs than any other company - even before the SUV category was officially recognised in 2003," he said.

"In fact, RAV4 is enjoying its fifth consecutive year of record sales with demand up 4.5 per cent so far in 2017." 

RAV4 first arrived in Australia in 1994 and in 2015 became the only vehicle of its type to pass 250,000 sales. It has now amassed almost 285,000 deliveries in this country.

Toyota said its studies in Japan have shown the active safety technologies now standard across the RAV4 range have reduced nose-to-tail accidents by 50 per cent compared with vehicles not equipped with these features.

Toyota's pre-collision system uses a camera and radar to monitor the road ahead. If it detects the risk of a collision, it uses audible and visual warnings to prompt the driver to brake. It also primes the brakes to provide extra stopping force when the driver presses the brake pedal.  RAV4 Eco stuff

If the driver does not respond to the alerts, the system will automatically apply the brakes to prevent a collision or reduce the force of impact. This autonomous emergency braking technology can reduce vehicle speed and potentially bring the car to a complete stop.

Toyota's active cruise control helps the driver maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front while the lane-departure alert system helps prevent accidents and head-on collisions caused by a vehicle leaving its lane.

Automatic high beam switches between high and low beams to avoid dazzling other drivers. As high beam is used more frequently, obstacles are easier and quicker to spot.

RAV4 is equipped with Toyota's advanced Dynamic Torque Control AWD system. It uses information from speed, steering-angle and yaw-rate sensors to control torque transfer between the front and rear wheels.

The range includes three four-cylinder engines, starting with a 107kW 2.0-litre petrol for 2WD variants. AWD versions can be specified with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine that develops 340Nm of torque, or a 2.5-litre petrol engine that develops 132kW.

The 2WD 2.0-litre GX is offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or the option of Toyota's Multidrive S continuously variable transmission (CVT). This automatic transmission, which is standard on the 2WD GXL, also provides a sporty, sequential seven-speed mode.

Petrol AWD variants are all fitted with a six-speed multi-mode sequential-shift automatic transmission. Diesel AWD RAV4 is offered with manual or automatic transmissions for the GX and is automatic-only for GXL and Cruiser.

Every new RAV4 is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at a maximum of $180 per service (petrol) and $240 per service (diesel)3.

RAV4 PRICES 2

2.0 PETROL 2WD

GRADE PRICE CHANGE
GX manual $29,450 $900
GX auto $31,490 $900
GXL auto $35,490 $100


2.5 PETROL AWD
GRADE PRICE CHANGE
GX auto $34,490 $840
GXL auto $38,490 $40
Cruiser auto $44,490 -$910


2.2 DIESEL AWD
 
GRADE PRICE CHANGE
GX manual $39,060 $2,350
GX auto $41,100 $2,350
GXL auto $45,125 $1,575
Cruiser auto $50,500 $0
 

 

1 Pre-Collision Safety System, Active Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert are driver assist features only and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving.
2 Recommended retail price provided for general media release purposes only. Excludes dealer delivery, statutory charges and metallic paint.
3 Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 60,000km (whichever occurs first) (up to the first 6 services). Excludes government & rental vehicles. Contact your Toyota Dealer or go to toyota.com.au/advantage for other exclusions, eligibility and full details.


 

Updated Toyota Prado 2017

Updated Toyota Prado 2017

Updated Toyota Prado 2017


Toyota Previews LandCruiser Prado

12/09/2017Toyota has unveiled an improved LandCruiser Prado that expands advanced safety features to all grades for local customers.

Introduced at the Frankfurt motor show and due in Australia in November, the updated Prado is distinguished by more modern and robust exterior styling and a higher quality interior design.

Prado's freshened exterior features a bonnet sculpted in the centre to enhance downward visibility with fenders that have been re-profiled to help drivers more easily locate the vehicle extremities.

The revised grille - displaying broad vertical bars with slit-shaped cooling openings finished in chrome - is flanked by restyled headlamps with main beams positioned inboard to avoid damage from obstacles during off-road driving. 

Lower corners on the new front and rear bumpers kick upwards to enhance off-road manoeuvrability. The redesigned rear includes new lamp clusters and a smaller rear garnish plate incorporated within the number-plate surround.

Inside the more upscale interior, the dashboard, instrument binnacle and switchgear are newly designed. The revised centre console, which incorporates a flush-surface air-conditioning control panel, has a lower profile at the top for a sleeker appearance and improved forward visibility.

 + READ MORE ON UPDATED PRADO  
 

Prado's enhanced active safety technologies, including autonomous features - previously fitted to the premium VX and Kakadu variants - have been added to the automatic variants of the volume-selling GX and GXL grades.

Designed to help prevent accidents or mitigate their consequences, the technologies include a Pre-Collision Safety system* that can now detect impact risks with pedestrians as well as vehicles.

Relying on a camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror and a radar in the grille, these devices enable the Prado to operate its brakes autonomously to reduce the vehicle's speed and even bring the car to a halt. A smart active cruise control system* can also slow the car to a standstill if necessary.

Every Prado is now equipped with a Lane Departure Alert* system that monitors lane markings and helps prevent accidents and head-on collisions caused by a vehicle leaving its lane. If the vehicle starts to deviate from its lane without the indicators being used, the system alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings.

The range is also fitted with automatic high beam, a system that can detect the headlights or taillights of vehicles ahead and automatically switch between high and low beams to avoid dazzling other drivers.

VX grade, in addition, now features Blind Spot Monitor* and Rear Cross Traffic Alert* -systems from the Kakadu that support safer motoring by giving the driver better real-time information about the area immediately around the car.

In Australia, Prado is powered by a high-torque 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with an electronically controlled common-rail direct-injection system.

Mated to the six-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain develops an impressive 450 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. 

When mated to the six-speed manual transmission available in the GX or GXL, this engine develops peak torque of 420 Nm from 1,400 to 2,600 rpm. Maximum power is 130kW at 3400rpm.

The 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine will no longer be offered in Australia due to overwhelming consumer preference for the turbo-diesel engine (98.8% of sales).

Prado is Australia's best-selling large SUV. Its 2017 sales of 11,001 vehicles represent an increase of 8.3 per cent over the same period last year. Its nearest rival is another Toyota, the petrol-powered Kluger.

LandCruiser Prado is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at $240 (including GST) per service**.

Further details, including other new premium features and pricing, will be announced closer to the vehicle's arrival in local dealerships.

* Pre-Collision Safety system, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are driver assist features only and not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving.
** Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 60,000km (whichever occurs first) (up to the first 6 services). Excludes government & rental vehicles. 

 

Toyota Commemorative Camry 2018

Toyota Commemorative Camry 2018

New Toyota Camry Rear 2018


Toyota Releases Commemorative Camry

08/09/2017

Toyota is marking its proud history of manufacturing cars in Australia by releasing a commemorative edition of its most significant locally built model, Camry.

Just 54 of the special hybrid, based on the Camry Atara SL sedan, are being produced - one for each year that Toyota cars have been built in Australia.

Camry was nominated for the honour because of its significant impact on local and export markets as well as the hybrid's position as the most technically advanced car mass-produced in this country.

An all-new, fully imported eighth-generation Camry will continue the nameplate in Australia. 

Toyota cars have been built in Australia since 1963, starting with the Tiara, followed by popular nameplates such as Corolla, Crown and Corona.

Local employees have built more than 2.1 million Camry vehicles - the highest volume for any Toyota model produced in this country.

Of this total, a remarkable 1.2 million cars have been exported - more than any other vehicle produced by the Australian automotive industry.

Camry is now in its 24th consecutive year as Australia's best-selling mid-size car - an unbroken run that began in 1994.

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Toyota Australia President Dave Buttner said the special version of the last Camry is a poignant reminder of six Camry generations built at Port Melbourne and then Altona, and the commitment to the last LM car being the best LM car. 

"One of the 54 Commemorative Camrys will be kept by Toyota Australia and another sent for display at the TMC Museum in Japan, confirming our parent company's high regard for the employee commitment, local engineering input and quality achieved in 54 years of local manufacture." 

For the commemorative edition, Toyota specifically chose as a base the hybrid Camry Atara SL - the top-grade- as the most sophisticated version of Australia's most technically advanced mass-production car.

The signature cars will be distinguished by their combination of metallic silver paint and a black roof - the only Camry sedans ever built in Australia with this feature.

 Commemorative Camy crewOther special features include a sporty red garnish along the lower lip of the grille, blue illumination in the footwell and for the Camry-branded scuff plates, a sports mesh interior, plus commemorative edition floor mats and badge.

The recommended retail price of $41,150# is just $710 more than for the standard hybrid Camry Atara SL.

Camry's hybrid powertrain develops maximum power## of 151kW from the combination of its 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, 105kW electric drive motor and electronic continuously variable transmission.

Its fuel economy is rated at just 5.2 litres/100km^ - an exceptional figure for a large sedan with the level of power available. 

Every Camry has a five-star safety rating with standard fitment of seven airbags, reversing camera, vehicle stability and traction control, and anti-skid brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution.

The Commemorative Edition Camry is also equipped with a pre-collision safety system that includes autonomous braking, active cruise control, automatic high beam, lane departure alert and rear cross-traffic alert.

Other standard features include premium satellite navigation^^ with SUNA traffic updates*, JBL audio, leather-accented seats, ISOFIX attachment points for child safety seats, front and rear corner parking sensors and a wireless phone charger**.

The Camry commemorative edition is on display at Northploint Toyota Hillcrest.
 

 

LandCruiser Australia Leads

 

LandCruiser Australia Leads World

Australia the World Leader in Landcruiser

July 18, 2017

More Australians have bought a Toyota LandCruiser than customers from any other nation, according to internal statistics from Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.

The figures show Australians - from remote cattlemen to city families - account for an extraordinary 10 per cent of all LandCruisers sold around the world since the famous nameplate was first stamped in 1954.

Local LandCruiser sales have recently passed an impressive milestone of 700,000 vehicles while the global total is just shy of seven million vehicles.

LandCruiser's 63-year history makes it the longest-serving Toyota vehicle brand, originating 12 years ahead of another long-time customer favourite, Corolla.

The local LandCruiser tally includes 370,000 workhorse vehicles, including the current 70 Series range plus 330,000 wagons including the latest "king off the road", the 200 Series.

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While annual LandCruiser sales are now topped by the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East, Australians last year still weighed in with 11.3 per cent of global sales - almost 19,000 vehicles out of a global total of more than 166,000 sales.

The all-time sales figures for the iconic off-roader do not include Prado wagons that also bear the LandCruiser name, of which more than 260,000 have been sold in Australia.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said LandCruiser was a familiar sight in the toughest conditions of regional and remote Australia as well as being a regular sight in urban areas.

"Even the most rugged LandCruiser 70 Series variant is now equipped with extensive safety features in addition to the traditional quality, durability and reliability that has distinguished the brand over six decades," Mr Cramb said.

"LandCruiser is also about luxury with the top-of-the-line 200 Series Sahara featuring four cameras to assist with manoeuvres from challenging off-road driving to negotiating tight parking spots in our concrete jungles," he said.

LandCruiser's unparalleled reputation in Australia stretches back to the 1950s when construction magnate Sir Leslie Thiess bought several vehicles for use on the rugged construction trails of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme.

LandCruiser history
LandCruiser began life as the dream of TMC founder Kiichiro Toyoda who was determined to produce a vehicle with low price, high performance and economy - fully made in Japan.

By January 1951, Toyota had produced a prototype known as BJ - a one-tonne truck chassis with a petrol-powered water-cooled in-line six-cylinder 3,386cc unit.

Six months later, test driver Ichiro Taira drove a prototype to the sixth of 10 checkpoints on the 3,775m Mt Fuji - higher than anybody had thought possible in a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Toyota soon began selling the vehicle in world markets, earning valuable foreign currency and carrying the Toyota name to other countries.

In June 1954, director of technology Hanji Umehara (later a managing director) renamed the 4WD the LandCruiser. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

New Toyota Camry 2018

New Toyota Camry Altise 2018

New Toyota Camry Rear 2018

New Toyota Camry Due in November

22/06/2017
Toyota Australia will launch an all-new premium Camry in November featuring dynamic design and performance credentials, including new direct-injection hybrid and V6 powertrains.

The eighth-generation Camry is built on a new platform that underpins more evocative styling, sportier handling and agility, improved ride comfort and advanced technologies.

Camry is the first Toyota sedan to adopt TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), which has transformed the way the company designs, engineers and packages its vehicles.

This lightweight and high-strength structure improves torsional rigidity by 30 per cent, enabling Toyota to apply its engineering and design strengths for a more dynamic character with added emotional appeal in the way Camry looks, feels and drives.

Other "firsts" for Camry include LED headlamps, double-wishbone rear suspension and an electric parking brake as well as available 19-inch alloy wheels, 10-inch colour head-up display, 8-inch touch-screen audio display and 7-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster.

Toyota's advanced safety suite is standard, including a pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking, all-speed active cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, a reversing camera and seven airbags. Select variants will also come with blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert..

 + READ MORE ON NEW CAMRY  
 

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said new Camry's creators have produced a more refined, athletic image while injecting a fun driving experience with rapid acceleration, crisp handling and enhanced ride comfort.

"Driving enthusiasts in particular will appreciate the next-generation hybrid Camry that is engineered to provide spirited performance and driving enjoyment along with impressive gains to fuel efficiency," Mr Cramb said.

 New Toyota Camry 2018 Panel"At the same time, Camry retains the proven, dependable and safe reputation that has made it Australia's top-selling mid-size car for almost a quarter of a century,"  he said.

Two new powertrains with direct-injection engine technology will be available on the next-generation Camry, in addition to a four-cylinder petrol with revised six-speed automatic transmission.

The latest Toyota Hybrid System provides spirited performance and driving enjoyment as well as significantly improved fuel economy. It features new sequential shift technology that provides access to six ratios via the shift lever or available paddle shifters.

The system combines an all-new 2.5-litre in-line four-cylinder D-4S direct-injection petrol engine with lighter, smaller and more efficient hybrid components. Normal, Eco and Sport driving modes can be engaged even in electric-only (EV) operation.

A new Auto Glide Control system acts like a neutral gear to help improve fuel efficiency while ensuring smooth engine braking when coasting, such as towards a red light.

Hybrid system combined output is 155kW with overall fuel economy expected to be below 4.5 litres/100km1.

The 2018 model-year Camry is also available with a new 3.5-litre V6 engine with 
D-4S direct injection, paired with a new eight-speed direct-shift automatic transmission.New Toyota Camry 2018 Crash Pas (OS Model Shown)

With an efficient 11.8:1 compression ratio and able to utilise both the Otto and Atkinson cycles for optimum performance and efficiency, the V6 has expected power and torque figures around 222kW @ 6,600 rpm and 356Nm @ 4,700 rpm.

Further aiding performance is new fully independent double-wishbone rear suspension system that contributes to responsive handling, precise steering control and comfort.

Camry's premium styling features a dynamic silhouette with deeply sculpted character lines, an extended roofline and a longer, wider stance with lower bonnet and roof lines that reflect the car's lower centre of gravity. Interior space has been maintained by lowering the occupants' hip points and therefore seating positions.

There are two different front masks, each featuring a two-piece grille with an upper section that accommodates a commanding Toyota emblem. The sporty version adopts large side intakes and a powerfully expressive gloss black mesh grille. 
All models are equipped with LED headlights, DRLs and taillights.

Camry will offer greater distinction between grades including 17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels. Sports grades will also be fitted with an aggressive body kit.

A high-quality cabin features a sporty cockpit for the driver and a sense of openness and freedom for passengers. Interior surfaces employ premium soft-touch materials with an advanced mixture of tones and hues to enhance passenger comfort and visual satisfaction.

Re-engineered seats offer improved refinement, ergonomics and comfort with detailed stitching that reflects the high level of craftsmanship throughout the vehicle.

 Camry 2018 Crash ConsoleThrough TNGA, the Camry now has an ideal driving position for the driver, allowing for better concentration on the road ahead while helping to reduce fatigue. 
These changes, along with a lower beltline, redesigned instrument panel and thinner windscreen pillars, improve visibility and therefore safety.

Luggage space is improved with a gain of 30 litres in hybrid variants due to relocating the hybrid battery from the boot to beneath the rear seat, which also aids driving characteristics.

Increased use of high-strength steel and hot stamping materials contribute to weight reduction. New construction techniques have led to the use of thinner body panels for the roof, bonnet and boot lid, front and rear doors and front fenders.

Laser Screw Welding in key areas and special adhesives help to realise increased body rigidity, along with additional rear bracing. Additional sound absorbing and insulating materials result in a quieter cabin.

1 Preliminary estimate based on test conditions. Actual results may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR 81/02 combined cycle (litres/100km).
 

 

Toyota Hilux TRD Sports Pack

Toyota Hilux TRD

Toyota Hilux TRD


Toyota Brings TRD Flair to  HiLux

4/04/2017
Toyota has created the boldest, most aggressive-looking production HiLux yet by teaming Australia's "unbreakable" best-selling car with the company's TRD parts division.

Fifteen new components, seven of which come from the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) stable, transform the tough 4x4 turbo-diesel HiLux into an even more rugged workhorse.

The novel package is exclusively available for buyers of the top-of-the-range HiLux SR5 double cab with leather-accented interior trim and either black or white exterior paint.

Toyota has further sweetened the deal with drive-away pricing that starts at just $58,990* - potentially saving buyers thousands of dollars.

The transformation starts at the front with a dramatic red TRD-branded skid plate, which provides a stark contrast to the powerful new black TRD grille, TRD lower bumper cover and TRD fender flares.

Edgy Matte Black 18-inch six-spoke alloy wheels and a robust black sports bar enhance the unabashed macho look of this special HiLux, which also features black mouldings along the body side and the leading edge of the bonnet.

The striking exterior makeover is completed at the rear through the addition of a towing kit (tongue, ball and wiring harness), ute liner, soft tonneau cover, taillight covers and TRD mudflaps.

 + READ MORE ON HILUX TRD  
 

Inside, the tough, functional and comfortable HiLux adds to its refinement with TRD carpet floor mats and, for automatic variants, a TRD gear knob.

Tonka TRD PackToyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the SR5 grade was chosen for the TRD special treatment because it accounted for more than half of all 4x4 HiLux sales in 2016.

"Local buyers voted with their wallets to make HiLux the best-selling vehicle in Australia last year - and the majority clearly indicated their preference for upmarket features combined with HiLux's renowned go-anywhere capability," Mr Cramb said.

"We have responded to that demand by compiling premium components, including the respected TRD brand, that will further distinguish HiLux from the competitors and from every other HiLux in our range," he said.

The TRD-enhanced HiLux is powered by Toyota's 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine that delivers 130kW of power with peak torque of 450Nm (six-speed electronic automatic) and 420Nm (six-speed intelligent manual).

Hilux TRDOther standard features include climate-control air-conditioning, cruise control, satellite navigation, Toyota Link connected mobility#, power-operated driver's seat and a display audio system with DAB digital radio, Bluetooth®^, voice recognition and steering-wheel controls.

Comprehensive off-road and safety technology includes a rear differential lock, electronic transfer case, vehicle stability and traction control, trailer sway control, seven airbags, reversing camera, anti-skid brakes and auto-levelling LED headlamps.

The TRD-enhanced HiLux is also equipped with black side steps, keyless smart entry and start, hill-start assist control and, for automatic models, downhill assist control.

HILUX WITH TRD ACCESSORIES DRIVE-AWAY PRICES*
White paint, manual transmission: $58,990
Black paint, manual transmission: $59,540
Automatic transmission: $2,000

 

 

Toyota Hilux Tonka Concept

Toyota Hilux Tonka Concept  on Sand

Toyota Hilux Tonka Concept Rock climber


Toyota Builds a Dream Toy for Adults

30/03/2017

Toyota is rekindling childhood memories with the reveal of a stunning concept vehicle that brings together the iconic Tonka and "unbreakable" HiLux brands.

A full-size dream toy for adults, the HiLux Tonka Concept is an impressive rock-crawling truck that combines the enviable reputations for toughness and durability that dominate the Toyota and Tonka DNAs. 

The high-riding off-roader celebrates HiLux's breakthrough in becoming Australia's best-selling vehicle last year, alongside significant global anniversaries for both Toyota and Tonka.

It was conceived, designed, assembled and tested by designers and engineers from Toyota Australia's 150-strong product planning and development division.  Product design chief Nicolas Hogios said the extreme style and capability of the HiLux Tonka Concept would capture the imagination of kids and adults alike.

"We have taken Tonka out of the sand pit and reinvented HiLux from top to bottom and from nose to tail," Mr Hogios said. 

"Inspired by the Tonka trucks that kids play with in their backyards, the HiLux Tonka Concept goes way beyond the already hugely capable abilities of HiLux to traverse rocks and other rugged terrain," he said.

 + READ MORE ON HILUX TONKA  
 

"The HiLux Tonka Concept is dramatic evidence that our local team loves to have fun, we're keen to explore new ideas and we're always looking to push the boundaries of what's possible," he said.

Underneath the dramatic black-and-yellow livery of the HiLux Tonka Concept is the top-of-the-range production HiLux - the SR5 double cab with a powerful 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine.
Tonka HIlux Dream Car
An extensive makeover starts with substantially extra ground clearance - an increase in ride height of 150mm (6 inches). Combined with a high-riding axle, heavy-duty suspension and 35-inch diameter tyres, the HiLux Tonka Concept is equipped to power over rugged terrain that would be off-limits to other off-roaders.

A new front bar is compatible with the vehicle's safety systems while the bonnet has a carbon-fibre skin and features an aggressive "power bulge" and air scoops.

High-performance off-road LED lighting in the bar and roof pod combine to provide excellent night vision for off-road trails.

A rugged bash plate made from 6mm-thick alloy is designed to protect the sump and other vital components. Tubular side rails protect the body and chassis.

Behind the cabin, almost everything has been changed. The transformation includes a new tailgate, also wrapped in carbon fibre, that incorporates an integrated spoiler and two air vents for optimal airflow. A durable, lightweight strap rather than a handle releases the tailgate.

Inside the tub, a removeable tubular frame keeps all the gear in place, including diesel fuel cans, while storage boxes house the recovery gear needed for extreme off-road driving. A fire extinguisher, axe, shovel and high-lift jack are also fitted.

Hilux Tonka handles rough terrainTonka is a household name, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Equally renowned, Toyota is in its 80th year of incorporation.

Since HiLux was first launched in 1968 it has earned and reinforced its reputation for being "unbreakable" - and for being popular.

To the end of February this year, Australians have bought more than 920,000 examples including 530,000 4x4s and 390,000 4x2s. Globally, HiLux sales have topped 16 million.

Last year, HiLux became the first vehicle other than a passenger car to be the best-selling vehicle in the country.

Toyota Australia's product design and engineering capabilities have global reach, supporting the development of vehicles manufactured for Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and other markets.

While the HiLux Tonka Concept is not destined for dealer showrooms, adults and kids alike will have the opportunity to share the dream as it tours 4WD shows, field days and expos around the country.
 

Hilux Tonka front

 

New Toyota Kluger Update

New Toyota Yaris Update

New Toyota Yaris Update


New Style & Safety for Toyota Yaris

23/03/2017

Toyota has adopted new styling and improved safety for a revised Yaris range that is set to add further impetus to the success of Toyota's small hatchback.

Advanced safety features are available across the range - a pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert and automatic high beam. These technologies are standard on the top-of-the-range ZR and a $650 option on the Ascent and mid-range SX variants. The car's new exterior styling, with significant changes to the front and rear, presents a more active and dynamic look while also communicating a more refined direction. The interior has also been freshened with modern gloss black ornamentation.

Despite the styling improvements, the starting RRP for the range remains at $15,290* for the Ascent and an unchanged $17,330* for the SX with the option of automatic transmission steady at $1,530. The new auto-only ZR price of $22,470* reflects the added safety equipment.

Toyota's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the more stylish Yaris adds to its appeal as an affordable, economical and fun-to-drive car with a spacious interior. "In addition, Yaris now offers advanced safety systems that can help prevent an accident happening, or lessen the consequences if an impact does occur," Mr Cramb said.

 + READ MORE ON THE YARIS  
 

Styling updates
Much of the responsibility for shaping the new Yaris was handed to the Toyota ED2 design studio in the south of France.

They crafted a more dynamic and emotional shape with a stronger three-dimensional quality and a greater emphasis on horizontal lines to express a wide, more planted stance and low centre of gravity.

A new front bumper creates a "catamaran" shape with broad sections flowing down from new headlights, flanking the wide, trapezoidal grille.

A simplified design that adds mass around the central Toyota emblem adds to the overall dynamic impact.

The new grille contributes to the Yaris's more resolute look with "stepped" horizontal bars that deliver a more eye-catching, 3D effect.

Fog lamps, fitted to SX and ZR grades, are placed in a more compact recess with a vertical line that follows the outer edge of the bumper and features a bright chrome trim detail.

Toyota Yaris Dash
New headlights feature a forked frame around the main lamp that flows seamlessly into a single line. This line extends beyond the headlamp in a matching chrome trim element that extends towards the central Toyota emblem.

On ZR, with its bi-LED headlamps, the distinctive forked pattern is created by light guides. On the other grades, which have halogen units, the effect is achieved by using slim chrome trim bars within the headlamp unit.

The new side view helps generate added dynamism with more emphasis given to the axis line of the body from front to rear, leading into a new tailgate and rear combination lamps. 

A new lower door moulding adds a sportier look, complemented by newly designed wheels - 15-inch steel with a silver cover for Ascent and SX and new 16-inch alloy with a silver-metallic finish for ZR.

At the rear, the new tailgate design emphasises width with redesigned light clusters that extend from the wings onto the tailgate. ZR grade features LED stop and tail lights.

Similar to the new frontal design, a "catamaran" architecture has been created with a new bumper design that harmonises with the lines of the tailgate and extends to side reflectors separated by a lower bumper garnish. ZR grade has a unique garnish in the lower bumper, edged with reflectors and finished with a pattern of strake-like horizontal lines. 

A new vivid colour has been added to the range of paint finishes - Azure Blue (replacing Aura, a lighter blue), maintaining a total of 10 different shades.

The focus for changes to the Yaris interior was to freshen the look and ambience of the cabin by replacing silver finishes with more modern gloss black inserts on the steering wheel, audio unit surround and around the gear-knob base.

Key features
The European-styled and Japanese-built Yaris hatch range is offered with a 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine in Ascent grade or a 1.5-litre engine for SX and ZR. Both engines are now rated Euro 5 for emissions control.

New Yaris hatches are well equipped, featuring cruise control, a display audio system with controls on the steering wheel spokes, a multi-information display, air-conditioning, electric power steering, power windows and mirrors and a 12-volt accessory socket.

SX variants, in addition to the bigger New Yarisengine, are equipped with front fog lamps, rear and rear side privacy glass, and a premium steering wheel and gear-shifter.

Premium features fitted to ZR variants include automatic climate control for the air-conditioning, satellite navigation, Toyota Link connected mobility#, a rear spoiler and auto-levelling headlamps, and the new pre-collision safety system, lane departure alert and automatic high beam.

Every Yaris is fitted with seven airbags, a reversing camera, vehicle stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, and an emergency brake signal that flashes the hazard lights.

Safety systems - standard on ZR, optional on Ascent and SX
The pre-collision system^ uses a front-mounted laser to monitor the road ahead, warning the driver of an imminent collision risk and preparing the brakes to deliver maximum braking the moment the brake pedal is pressed. If the driver fails to respond to the warning, the system will trigger autonomous emergency braking to slow the car to reduce the severity of any impact.

Lane departure alert^ monitors lane markings on the road surface and helps prevent accidents caused by the vehicle moving out of its lane. If the Yaris begins to deviate from its lane without the turn indicators being used, the system alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings.

Automatic high beam^ detects both the headlights of oncoming traffic and the tail lights of vehicles ahead, automatically switching between low and high beam to avoid dazzling other drivers while maintaining the best possible illumination for night-time driving.

Yaris in Australia
Australian motorists have bought almost 220,000 Yaris models since the nameplate arrived in Australia in October 2005.

Yaris replaced Toyota's Echo which had been the best-seller in the light-car segment for the previous two years. Echo was the nameplate used locally for the first-generation Yaris and achieved almost 82,000 sales.

Yaris has led the light-car segment in four calendar years and has been runner-up five times.

Every new Yaris is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at a maximum of $140 per service**.


* Manufacturer's list prices are provided for media purposes only and do not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
# Toyota Link is available on certain vehicle models and grades only. Toyota Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications. Toyota Link services rely on data from the driver's compatible mobile phone and information provided by third parties. Availability is dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of third party information, mobile service, sufficient mobile data allowance and GPS satellite signal reception. Mobile usage is at the user's cost. Further information is provided at http://www.toyota.com.au/toyotalink.
^ Pre-collision system, lane departure alert and automatic high beam are driver assist features only and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving.
**Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 60,000km (whichever occurs first) (up to the first 6 services). Excludes Government & Rental vehicles. Contact your Toyota Dealer or go to toyota.com.au/advantage for other exclusions, eligibility and full details.
## Results achieved in test conditions. Actual results may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR 81/02 combined cycle (litres/100km).

 


 

New Toyota Kluger Update

 

 


We Punch Above Our Weight in Toyota World 

8/02/2017

Australian motorists buy more Toyota and Lexus vehicles than countries with much larger populations, including Canada and every nation in Europe.

Global figures released by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) show Australia is ranked as the global automotive giant's seventh-largest market.

Australia is also TMC's most successful country outside Japan, based on its population, on the list of the top 10 global Toyota and Lexus sellers in 2016  

 + READ MORE  
 

Local motorists bought 218,738 Toyota and Lexus vehicles last year, pipping Canada by just under 1,000 vehicles and out-selling the United Kingdom (14th) by almost 100,000 deliveries.

Australia's tally also ranks ahead of Brazil and the Philippines and is higher than the combined totals for noted car-loving nations Italy (21st), Germany (22nd) and Spain (24th).

Toyota's success in Australia translates into 8.9 cars sold for every 1,000 people, which is second only to Japan among the top 10 nations.

To match Australia's selling rate, China would have to boost its Toyota and Lexus sales more than 10-fold to almost 12.3 million vehicles.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the strength of the local sales figures was magnified by Australia having more automotive brands and models competing here than other major markets.

"The incredible loyalty shown by Australian motorists over more than half a century has enabled us to achieve a dominant share of the local market and to be placed among the strongest sales countries in the Toyota world," Mr Cramb said.

"The proportion of Australians who buy Toyota vehicles is higher than in the United States and we outsell countries that have substantially larger population bases," he said.

"Other success factors include our broad range of excellent vehicles - about to be expanded with the C-HR SUV - and our dedicated employees and nationwide dealer network."

Last year was the 14th straight year of market leadership for Toyota in Australia and the second consecutive year of record sales for Lexus.

The United States is Toyota's biggest-volume market with almost 2.45 million sales last year or 7.5 vehicles per 1,000 people.

The home market of Japan passed 1.58 million sales in the period or 12.5 vehicles for every 1,000 people, followed by China with 1.21 million or 0.9 vehicles per 1,000.

Outside the top 10, Taiwan sold 139,040 vehicles while India, Russia, the UK, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Mexico all reported sales of more than 100,000 vehicles.

Toyota (including Lexus) sales by country 2016:

1

USA

2,449,629

2

Japan

1,580,851

3

China

1,214,163

4

Indonesia

389,241

5

Thailand

245,087

6

Saudi Arabia

228,049

7

Australia

218,738

8

Canada

217,792

9

Brazil

179,441

10

Philippines

158,728



Toyota (including Lexus) sales per 1,000 people 2016:

1

Japan

12.5

2

Australia

8.9

3

USA

7.5

4

Saudi Arabia

7.0

5

Canada

5.9

6

Thailand

3.6

7

Philippines

1.5

8

Indonesia

1.5

9

China

0.9

10

Brazil

0.9

 

 

 

New Toyota Kluger Update

New Toyota Kluger Update

New Toyota Kluger Update

Overseas model shown


Power & Economy Boost for Toyota Kluger 

18/01/2017

Toyota will introduce added performance, refreshed styling and improved convenience to its family-oriented Kluger SUV when a facelifted range arrives in Australia late next month.

Kluger receives a performance infusion with gains to power and torque from its V6 powertrain, which is now equipped with direct-injection engine technology.

The updated V6 petrol engine delivers improved acceleration and overtaking with a substantial increase in power of almost 8.5 per cent to 218kW while torque rises to 350Nm.

Making best use of the engine's upgraded performance and efficiency, the Kluger now employs a new direct-shift 8-speed automatic transmission.

The eight ratios, compared with six previously, benefit Kluger's performance while improving fuel consumption and emissions by at least 10 per cent1 on the official combined cycle.

Mid-spec GXL variants gain an 8-inch audio screen, satellite navigation2, digital radio (DAB+)3 and a power back door with the convenience of an independently operated glass hatch.

Top-of-the range Grande expands its suite of comprehensive safety features with rear-cross-traffic alert and supplements its lane departure alert with steering control and sway warning4. 

Grande, newly specified with front parking sensors, also gains a panoramic view monitor that uses four cameras - front, rear and in the side mirrors - to take visibility and safety to new heights.

 + READ MORE ON THE KLUGER  
 

Styling updates convey a more elegant presence with the new front grille on GX and GXL variants featuring a silver-painted finish, while Grande receives a painted chrome finish.

Tail-lights have been redesigned for a sleeker look and now feature standard LEDs while the Grande is distinguished by a rear bumper chrome garnish.

Newly designed alloy wheels (including spares) are 18-inch with five double spokes on GX, 18-inch with seven outer and seven turbine-style inner spokes on GXL, and 19-inch with 12-outer and 12 black inner spokes on Grande. Three new exterior body colours include silver, brown and an additional red hue.

Inside, Toyota has enhanced quality with premium materials, soft-touch surfaces, bright accents and greater refinement with silver metallic garnishes on GX and GXL. Grande is offered with silver woodgrain-look garnishes and blue LED ambient lighting around the dash and doors that add a touch of high-tech elegance.
New Toyota Kluger Update powertrain
Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the facelifted Kluger expands driver enjoyment and offers an even better package for families.

"The latest updates to Kluger are focused on areas that owners will appreciate - enhanced driveability, quicker overtaking, substantially improved economy and the added convenience of new features," Mr Cramb said.

The improved lane departure alert4 on Grande variants adds steering assistance. If the system judges the vehicle is about to move out of its lane and the driver has not responded sufficiently to a warning buzzer and light, it will apply light steering force to assist the driver to bring the vehicle back on course.

The system has also been advanced so that it can warn the driver if it detects swaying, which may occur due to driver drowsiness, inattention or distraction. It does this by combining two pieces of information - data from the camera about the vehicle's position within the lane, and data on the driver's steering operations.

Kluger is offered in two-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations. 

Kluger AWD variants use a Dynamic Torque Control system to maximise traction, cornering stability and driver control while also saving fuel. The compact, lightweight system uses information on vehicle speed, yaw rate and steering and throttle angles to control torque distribution automatically between the front and rear axles. It saves fuel by driving only the front wheels when the vehicle is cruising, switching to AWD when needed via an electromagnetically controlled coupling in the rear differential housing. Pre-torque control can direct 10 per cent of the available torque to the rear wheels as soon as the driver starts to turn the steering wheel. Yaw-rate feedback control can feed additional torque to the rear wheels every six milliseconds, ensuring an ideal torque split - up to a maximum of 50 per cent.

Every Kluger is fitted with seven airbags, reversing camera, reverse-parking sensors, anti-skid brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, stability and traction control, and hill-start assist control.

Other standard features include air-conditioning, cruise control, electric power steering, six-speaker display audio with Toyota Link5 connected mobility, front foglamps, privacy glass, power-adjustable exterior mirrors and a 72-litre fuel tank.

In addition to its new features, GXL variants have additional features including three-zone climate-control air-conditioning, keyless entry and ignition, roof rails, premium steering wheel and shift knob, and leather-accented seats with heated front seats and a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

Grande includes a suite of advanced safety features including a pre-collision safety system with autonomous emergency braking, active cruise control, lane departure alert, blind spot monitor and auto high beam.

Additional premium Grande features include a tilt-and-slide moonroof, ventilated front seats with two-position memory for the driver's seat, nine-inch rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-ray player, heated exterior mirrors with memory function and puddle lamps, electro-chromatic interior mirror, second-row retractable sunshades and a back-guide monitor for the reversing camera.


PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

Engine type

2GR-FKS

Cylinders

Six, V-configuration

Valve mechanism

24-value DOHC, chain drive, dual VVT-i

Bore x stroke (mm)

94.0 x 83.0

Displacement (cm3)

3456

Compression ratio

11.8:1 (previously 10.8:1)

Fuel system

D4S direct injection

Maximum power

218kW @ 6600rpm

Maximum torque

350Nm @ 4700rpm

Transaxle designation

UA80E (2WD), UA80F (AWD)

Transaxle type

Electronic, planetary gears

Gear ratios

 

 

1st

5.519

 

2nd

3.184

 

3rd

2.050

 

4th

1.491

 

5th

1.234

 

6th

1.000

 

7th

0.800

 

8th

0.673

 

Reverse

4.220

 

Final drive

3.003

 

 

1 in test conditions. Actual results may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR 81/02 combined cycle (litres/100km).
2 Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.
3 Digital radio station coverage dependent on vehicle location.
4 Rear cross-traffic alert and lane departure alert are driver assist features only and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving.
5Toyota Link is available on certain vehicle models and grades only. Toyota Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications. Toyota Link services rely on data from the driver's compatible mobile phone and information provided by third parties. Availability is dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of third party information, mobile service, sufficient mobile data allowance and GPS satellite signal reception. Mobile usage is at the user's cost. 

 

New Toyota 2018 Camry

New Toyota 2018 Camry Rear

New Toyota 2018 Camry Design


Toyota Reveals New Model Camry 

10/01/2017

Toyota's eighth-generation Camry sedan has been unveiled by the company's global president Akio Toyoda at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The latest Camry - featuring new styling with greater showroom appeal, a dynamic new platform and a more engaging drive - made its debut almost 34 years after the first model went on sale.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the all-new Camry will arrive in Australian dealerships late this year, after the end of local manufacturing.

"The next-generation Camry - a premium, high-quality sedan focused on performance and technology - will be built in Japan for the Australian market," Mr Cramb said.

"We will offer Australian motorists three Camry powertrains - four-cylinder petrol, petrol-electric hybrid and V6 petrol - and include a sports model with a stylish body kit," he said.

Mr Cramb said Toyota remained committed to local manufacturing until the fourth quarter of this year.

"We will make further announcements about our plans, including the timing of production closure, during the first quarter of this year." 

 + READ MORE ON THE NEW CAMRY  
 

New Camry is the first Toyota sedan to be based on a Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA) platform.

The key benefits of TNGA are improved dynamics, handling and ride comfort from the new Camry platform's lower centre of gravity, higher torsional rigidity and fully independent rear suspension.

Powertrains are headed by a new V6 petrol engine fitted with direct-injection technology and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission - two more ratios than previously offered.
2018 Camry Dash (Overseas prototype shown)
An upgraded Hybrid Synergy Drive system is more powerful as well as being smoother and quieter. It offers three drive modes (normal, eco and power) as well as available paddle shifts.

Local Camry buyers will also be offered Toyota's 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which has been proven under Australian conditions.

The key benefits of TNGA are improved dynamics, handling and ride comfort from the new Camry platform's lower centre of gravity, higher torsional rigidity and fully independent rear suspension.

Powertrains are headed by a new V6 petrol engine fitted with direct-injection technology and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission - two more ratios than previously offered.

An upgraded Hybrid Synergy Drive system is more powerful as well as being smoother and quieter. It offers three drive modes (normal, eco and power) as well as available paddle shifts.

Local Camry buyers will also be offered Toyota's 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which has been proven under Australian conditions.2018 Camry Interior Dash (Overseas prototype shown)

Standard across the new Camry range will be a suite of advanced safety technologies including pre-collision safety system with autonomous emergency braking, all-speed active cruise control and lane departure alert.

Fresh exterior styling delivers a unique and sporty look that gives Camry a more planted stance with a longer wheelbase, lower roof and bonnet lines and a wider body.

The sporty look is accentuated by deeper pressed panels, an extended roofline, angled rear pillars and the availability of 17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Next-generation Camry's premium interior delivers high sensory quality with soft-touch surfaces and stitching. New seats are more supportive and include greater slide range for the front and split-fold for the rear.

Luggage space - already impressive - has gained 10 litres for petrol models and 30 litres for Camry hybrid variants with the hybrid battery now placed under the rear seat.

Improved technology and features include an 8-inch audio display screen, 7-inch colour multi-information display, 10-inch colour head-up display and an electronic park brake instead of the foot-operated pedal.

In Camry's 34-year history in Australia, sales have surpassed 900,000 cars including 690,000 four-cylinder petrol models, 42,000 hybrids and 169,000 V6 variants.

Camry has been Australia's best-selling mid-size car for each of the past 23 years.

 

Camry Satnav

Camry Atara s

Atara S getting SATNAV


SATNAV Now Standard on Camry Atara S 

28/10/2016

Toyota has boosted the specification of its segment-leading Camry sedan, with satellite navigation* now standard on the Atara S and optionally available on the volume-selling Altise.The satellite navigation system (with SUNA real time traffic updates#) brings with it a seven-inch touch-screen interface, six-speaker Digital Audio (DAB+), and voice recognition functionality.

Please Note: as of 03/11/2016 Toyota announced an upgraded Camry RZ Special Edition, with satellite navigation* now added to the standard equipment list.

Offered as a $700 option on the Altise, the upgrade means satellite navigation is available on all Camry and Camry Hybrid models.

In May this year Camry was updated with a range of improvements, including ISOFIX attachment points for child safety seats in the rear, and higher Euro 5 standard certification for Camry petrol and petrol-electric engines.

Model-specific upgrades included front and rear corner parking sensors as standard on all Atara variants, cosmetic enhancements for the sporty Atara SX and a wireless phone charger^ in the range-topping Atara SL.

Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the latest additions further enhance Camry's appeal in the hotly-contested mid-size segment.

"Camry has been Australia's preferred mid-size vehicle for more than two decades. It's a family favourite that also offers clear bottom-line benefits for business owners," Mr Cramb said.
"This upgrade reflects Toyota's commitment to continuous and ongoing improvement of Camry's design, quality and specification," he said.

 + READ MORE ON CAMRY SATNAV  
 

Toyota Camry

Every Camry has a five-star safety rating with standard fitment of seven airbags, reversing camera, vehicle stability and traction control, and anti-skid brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution.

Camry Altise, Atara S and Atara SL are available with 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol or hybrid petrol-electric drivetrains. The petrol-only Atara SX is the most agile and responsive Camry ever built due to its dynamic package that was conceived and developed locally.

The 2.5-litre petrol engine develops 133kW mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Dual exhausts on petrol Atara models lift output to 135kW. Fuel use is 7.9 litres/100km**.

Hybrid variants develop a maximum 151kW from the combination of the petrol engine, 105kW electric drive motor and electronic continuously variable transmission, sipping just 5.2 litres/100km** - a figure typical of a much smaller and less powerful car.

Camry is covered by Toyota Service Advantage with up to five standard scheduled services at $140## each during the first four years or 75,000km (whichever occurs first).

Camry prices^^
 

GRADE PETROL HYBRID
ALTISE $26,490 $30,490
ATARA S $30,190 $33,190
ATARA SX $33,490 -
ATARA SL $37,440 $40,440

 

Options:
Satellite navigation (Altise): $700
Optional paint (Altise, Atara S, Atara SX): $450
Moonroof (Atara SX, SL): $1,950
Moonroof and 18-inch alloy wheel and sport suspension package (Atara SL petrol only): $2,950

*Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.
#Suna™ GPS Traffic Updates are only available in metropolitan Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney; it operates from information provided by Intelematics Australia and may not cover all road incidents and congestion. See sunatraffic.com.au for details.
^ Only Qi-supported devices are compatible. Refer to your device manufacturer to determine your device's compatibility. Some devices may require the purchase of a Qi-supported accessory to enable wireless charging.
**Results achieved in test conditions. Actual results may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR 81/02 combined cycle (L/100km) for automatic models.
## Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 4 years or 75,000kms (whichever occurs first) (up to the first 5 services). Excludes Government & Rental vehicles.
^^Manufacturer's list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.

 

Landcruiser 70 Series models Update

Landcruiser 70 Series Update 2016

LC70 story


Toyoya Invests in the Future of Landcruiser

Toyota has significantly re-engineered its top-selling LandCruiser 70 Series single cab-chassis to achieve the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating as part of a comprehensive across-the-range upgrade.

Single cab-chassis variants benefit from a frame that is larger and stiffer, additional airbags, revised body panels, new front seats and a raft of other changes that improve its safety performance.

All 70 Series variants receive a full electronic safety package of vehicle stability control (VSC), active traction control (A-TRC), hill-start assist control (HAC), brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution in addition to the existing anti-skid brakes.

Other major improvements to the LandCruiser 70 Series include engine upgrades that have reduced fuel consumption by up to 10.1 per cent* while resulting in improved responsiveness, more relaxed driving and lower emissions.

The high-torque 4.5-litre turbo-diesel V8 engine has gained a diesel particulate filter and piezo-electric injectors while the five-speed manual transmission's gearing is taller in second and fifth gears. Cruise control is new to the standard equipment list.

Additional upgrades to the WorkMate grade include replacing split-rim steel wheels with a wider single-piece 16-inch design, matched for the first time to tubeless tyres.

 + READ MORE ON LC70      + WHAT'S NEW IN LC70  

 

Toyota's Australian engineers, supported by colleagues from Toyota in Japan, conducted extensive local development and evaluation over the past five years, including recalibrating the suspension to match the new frame.

LandCruiser 70 Series was subjected to more than 100,000km of extreme local testing, 70 per cent of which was conducted off-road, including in some of the harshest conditions in the country.

The sweeping engineering and manufacturing advances for LandCruiser 70 Series have resulted in modest price rises. Single cab-chassis variants, which receive the most widespread updates, have had their listed retail prices rise by $5,500# while the price rise for the double cab-chassis, wagon and troop carrier has been limited to $3,000, or 4.5 to 5.2 per cent.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the comprehensive updates were specifically designed and engineered to meet the varied demands of business and private buyers.LC70 dash

"These extensive engineering and specification updates guarantee the future for the LandCruiser 70 Series and its unrivalled combination of reliability, towing, payload and off-road ability," Mr Cramb said.

"For more than 30 years, miners, farmers, governments and many other users have turned to the go-anywhere 70 Series to traverse the most inhospitable terrain and complete the toughest jobs.

"Toyota Australia was determined to return their loyalty and, with the support of our parent company, devoted significant resources to ensure we and our dealers could continue to meet demand. The only alternative was to walk away from this model - and that was not an option."

Mr Cramb said Australians had bought more than a quarter of a million of these rugged workhorse vehicles - or almost one in five of the total number sold around the world.

"Such is the popularity of the 70 Series, Australian customers continue to buy around 8,000 a year come rain, hail or shine," Mr Cramb said.

The single cab's new frame is bigger and stronger with greater torsional rigidity due to thicker side rails and seven cross-members, including one that is new and three that have been re-engineered.

In addition to improving safety, the new frame reduces noise, vibration and harshness and contributes to improved handling and stability without affecting ride comfort.

LC70 with TrayEngineers have developed 12 new or thicker body panels to contribute to improved safety, including the bonnet, pillars, doors and floor.

The bonnet now has a pronounced "power bulge", which contributes to sufficient clearance above engine-bay components to meet pedestrian impact requirements.

Single cabs are now fitted with five airbags, gaining two side curtain-shield airbags and a driver's knee airbag in addition to its existing driver and front-passenger airbags.

New bucket seats enhance safety, comfort and ergonomics with a new structure that helps prevent whiplash. Revised mounting points contribute to the overall safety rating while new coverings deliver greater side bolstering and lumbar support.

Other improvements for this top-selling variant include under-dash padding for the passenger and relocation of the steering link behind the front axle, for increased safety.

Telescopic dampers have been recalibrated during local tuning of the single cab's robust suspension set-up to complement the stiffer frame.

Combined-cycle fuel consumption for LandCruiser's 151kW/430Nm turbo-diesel engine falls to 10.7 litres/100km*, an improvement of as much as 10.1 per cent. 

The steering link for the single cab-chassis is now located behind the front axle, improving safety and requiring the introduction of a single 130-litre fuel tank - the same size as specified for wagon and double cab-chassis models. The troop carrier continues to be fitted with two 90-litre tanks.

Newly adopted VSC automatically disengages in low range. A-TRC, which eliminates the need for a limited-slip differential, operates in high and low ranges, but can be disengaged for sand. The latest HAC^ is designed to prevent the vehicle rolling backwards on an incline for approximately two seconds.

All new 70 Series workhorses are now fitted with front seatbelt pre-tensioners and a passenger seatbelt reminder.

As part of the overall upgrade, LandCruiser 70 Series has a new bank of 10 fuses for safe and easy connection of accessories.

The LandCruiser 70 Series range retains its ability to offer maximum payload and the maximum 3,500kg towing capacity at the same time.

The new range is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at $340 per service**.
 

Body style

Grade

Price#

 

Wagon

WorkMate

$60,990

GXL

$64,990

 

Troop carrier

WorkMate

$64,890

GXL

$67,990

Double cab-chassis

WorkMate

$64,990

GXL

$68,990

 

Single cab-chassis

WorkMate

$62,490

GX

$64,490

GXL

$66,490

Options:
Air-conditioning $2,761 (including fit)
Premium paint $550
Diff locks $1,500 (single cab GX, double cab WorkMate)
 


* Results achieved in test conditions. Actual results may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR 81/02 combined cycle (L/100km) for manual models.
#Manufacturer's list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
^Hill-start Assist Control is a driver assist technology and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices.
** Up to the first 6 services for 3 years or 60,000kms (whichever occurs first).
Toyota Corolla Turns 50

 

What's New in Landcruiser 70 Series

All Models

• 100,000km of extreme heavy-duty local testing 
• Safety electronics with extensive local tuning:
      o vehicle stability control
      o active traction control
      o hill-start assist control
      o brake assist
      o electronic brake-force distribution
• Cruise control
• Euro 5-compliant engine
      o Piezo injectors
      o Diesel particulate filter (auto regen plus manual switch)
      o Fuel economy 10.7 litres/100km*, improved by up to 1.2 litres/100km
      o CO2 emissions of 281 grams/km*, improved by up to 32 grams/km
      o Taller manual gearbox ratios in second and fifth gears
• Other improvements
      o Auto-locking front hubs (with manual "lock" option)
      o Fuse box and fused battery terminal 
      o Front seatbelt pre-tensioners
      o Front-passenger seatbelt warning
      o New steel and alloy tray options (cab-chassis variants)

Single Cabs

• Engineered to achieve 5-star ANCAP safety rating
• Thicker, stronger, more rigid frame - side rails, additional cross-member (7)
      o Improved safety, handling and stability, and reduced NVH
• Three additional airbags (total of five) - curtain-shield (two) and driver's knee (one)
• Under-dash padding for front-seat passenger
• New seats (frame, mounting points, coverings)
• New body panels, including taller bonnet 
• New locally developed chassis calibration
• Steering link relocated behind the front axle
• Single 130-litre fuel tank

WORKMATE (all body styles), GXL TROOP CARRIER
• Wider, single-piece 6Jx16 steel wheels
• Wider tubeless 225/95 16C tyres

 

 

50 years of Corolla

50 years of Corolla - 1975 Corolla

50 years of Corolla - 1st generation interior


Toyota Corolla Turns 50

01/10/2016

TOYOTA COROLLA TURNS 50

Toyota's Corolla will achieve a major milestone this month as the world's most popular car celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Introduced to Japan in October 1966 as the "people's car", cumulative global sales of Corolla have grown to more than 44 million. 

The global sales tally equates to approximately 100 cars being built and sold every hour throughout the past half a century, or one every 36 seconds.

Australia has featured prominently in Corolla's history since local sales began in 1967 - the destination for the first Corolla exports, the site of the first factory outside Japan to build this popular model, and the scene of its earliest international motorsport success at Bathurst.

Corolla has been Australia's best-selling car in each of the past three years and cumulative local sales have now reached more than 1.35 million cars.

Corolla, which became the world's best-selling automotive nameplate in 1997, accounts for one in five vehicles sold in Toyota's 79-year history and a slightly higher proportion in Australia.

Currently produced at 16 plants worldwide, more than one million units have been sold each year since 2002. Last year, a total of 3,670 Corollas were sold every day across more than 150 countries and regions

 + READ MORE ON COROLLA  
 

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said local motorists had made Corolla the company's top-selling model in this country.

"Australians have always loved Corolla because it has continually captured their imagination by being affordable, fuel-efficient, dependable and fun to drive through each of its 11 generations," Mr Cramb said. 

One month after Corolla's debut, the first export shipment of 15 cars left Japan bound for Australia in November 1966 and went on sale here the following year. 

From 1968 until 1999, more than 666,000 Corolla cars were built in Toyota factories at Port Melbourne, Dandenong and Altona in Melbourne.Corolla 50th

Corolla has a long and successful motorsport record in Australia, helping to forge the car's reputation as durable, reliable and fun to drive.

Class victories at the Bathurst 500 enduro in 1968 and 1969 effectively put Corolla on the motorsport map. It won a further eight consecutive class victories at Bathurst from 1985-92 and compiled a string of touring-car victories and success in rallying.

Corolla's sales have grown from strength to strength in Australia. It took more than eight years for the first 100,000 Corollas to be sold after its introduction in 1967. The most recent 100,000 sales took just over two years and four months.

Annual sales reached 20,000 for the first time in 1975, climbed through the 30,000 mark in 2000 and topped the 40,000 milestone in 2005.

Corolla became a "millionaire" in Australia in September 2007 with total sales moving into seven figures four months after the model's 40th anniversary in Australia.

Corolla 1983Originating from the Latin term for "crown of flowers", the name Corolla was chosen in the hope the vehicle would bloom in the automotive market. And that's exactly what it did: within three years the first-generation Corolla became the top-selling vehicle in Japan, and sales quickly spread around the world.

In-depth analysis and the incorporation of customer feedback have been integral to the development of each new generation of Corolla. As a result, Toyota has built on the philosophy behind the creation of the first Corolla - a car of superior quality, durability and reliability (QDR) - with a determination to exceed customer expectations in every key area highlighted by their feedback.

The result is that today's Corolla hatch and sedan inherit 50 years of Corolla DNA in always evolving and being designed to meet the diverse needs of a global customer base. They feature prestigious exterior designs, a strong focus on sensory quality, roomy interiors and high levels of technology and safety equipment.

Above all, Corolla continues to build on the model's legendary QDR with significantly enhanced quality in every aspect of its design and engineering, while continuing to represent impressive value for money.

The 50-year history of the ever-evolving Corolla, filled with examples of technology and quality improvement, is emblematic of Toyota's continued efforts to anticipate customer needs and build ever-better cars.


COROLLA IN AUSTRALIA

1st Generation Corolla (1967)
Chief engineer Tatsuo Hasegawa and designers set out to capture the hearts of the general public with a car that was sporty in look and feel. This revolutionary new car adopted new technologies not seen before on the Japanese market, such as MacPherson strut suspension and a four-speed transmission. Australian buyers were offered a two-door sedan and Corolla soon became known as an affordable, high-quality vehicle. Toyota began assembling Corolla at Port Melbourne in 1968.

2nd Generation Corolla (1970)
Corolla was a hit with young people. In the year that the one-millionth Corolla was built, the "all-new Corolla" featured revised exterior styling with gently curved surface lines. A longer wheelbase and greatly improved suspension improved ride comfort and handling. It was noted for its lively character and seemingly unbreakable engine.

3rd Generation Corolla (1975)
Excellent fuel efficiency and Toyota's pioneer development of the catalytic converter ensured Corolla gained popularity in the wake of the global fuel crisis. Another modern advance, the wind tunnel, enabled the exterior design to cut through the air more efficiently. Inside, interior quality and ergonomics improved with the Corolla feeling like a car from a higher price bracket. Models offered included the two-door, four-door hardtop, wagon and van. Annual sales in Australia topped 20,000 for the first time in 1975 - and have remained above that level ever since.

4th Generation Corolla (1981)
The new-generation Corolla was re-imagined as a luxurious but economical family car with superior overall performance. With more than 400 hours of wind-tunnel development, its exterior design evolved seamlessly into a wedge shape. It was the last Corolla to have rear-wheel drive across the range. Global production reached 10 million vehicles in March 1983.

5th Generation Corolla (1985)
This new model was the first to be engineered with the aid of computers, saving time and resources in the design of the engine and exterior. Corolla was transformed into a modern front-wheel drive car and became the world's first mass-produced small car to feature twin-cam multi-valve technology. Corolla entered the Guinness Book of Records with 24 consecutive class wins in the Australian Touring Car Championship (1985-86).

In Japan, this generation also featured rear-wheel drive coupe models with longitudinally mounted engines. The 1.6-litre variation, known as hachi-roku (or "eight-six" in Japanese) in reference to its AE86 chassis code, was the last Corolla with a FR drivetrain. Its numerous race and rally successes, not to mention its lead role in popularising the sport of drifting, means this model has become one of the most cherished and iconic vehicles in Toyota's modern history. It was an inspiration behind the modern Toyota 86, launched globally in 2012.

6th Generation Corolla (1989)
The key word in the development of the new Corolla was "quality", both in how the car felt and how it would make its owners feel. The spacious interior and seating comfort of the Corolla were mated to the sportiness of twin-cam 1.6 and, later, 1.8-litre engines. This was a period in which Corolla won its class in the Bathurst classic eight years in a row from 1985 to 1992 - making 10 class victories in total. Corolla was vital in Toyota becoming market leader in Australia for the first time in 1991.

7th Generation Corolla (1994)
Toyota launched a 13-model locally manufactured range, developed to appeal with its design, driving performance and safety and reliability. This was the first vehicle to be built at the company's Altona plant in Melbourne. For the first time, Corolla had the options of anti-skid brakes and a driver's airbag. Motorsport prodigy Neal Bates gave the Corolla World Rally Championship car its first international victory in 1997.

8th Generation Corolla (1998)
An imported European-style Corolla Liftback was added to the extensive locally built range. It was the first Corolla offered in Australia with a front passenger airbag. The eighth-generation Corolla became the number one selling car in Japan by reducing the total cost of ownership and providing a safer, quieter and higher quality compact car.

9th Generation Corolla (2001)
The ninth-generation Corolla featured edgier styling, a longer wheelbase and new technology. Tasked with breaking links with the past and setting standards for the 21st century, it included intelligent variable valve timing across the range and side airbags for the front seats. It was available with hatchback Seca, sedan and wagon bodies. Along with ease of use and reliability, its hallmarks were a high level of interior finish and comfort to rival higher segments. Toyota and Corolla won its first Australian Rally Championship (ARC) manufacturers' title in 2006 with Simon and Sue Evans taking the series victory. Also in a Corolla, Neal Bates and Coral Taylor were runners-up.

10th Generation Corolla (2007)
Adopting a global perspective, dynamic performance for the 10th generation was benchmarked with the best in Europe, while ease of use and space had to appeal to markets such as North America and Australia. Through its development, the engineers worked to a five-minute impression rule, where customers would recognise the quality of this new model within five minutes of their first drive. This generation introduced a new 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a new six-speed manual transmission. It was the first vehicle in its class with dual variable valve timing and the first to offer a driver's knee airbag. Cumulative sales in Australia passed one million in late 2007. Toyota and the Evans team repeated their ARC success in 2007. The following year, Bates and Taylor won the Australian Rally Championship manufacturers' and drivers' titles in an S2000-spec Corolla.

11th Generation Corolla (2012)
The hatch launched in 2012 and the sedan in 2014 introduced new prestigious exterior styling, a strong focus on sensory quality and higher levels of technology and safety equipment. Engine enhancements, aerodynamic improvements, weight savings and other measures contributed to dynamic and efficiency gains across the range. A major advance in 2016 came with the introduction of a hybrid powertrain, bringing impressive fuel economy, nimble handling, strong value and keen pricing. Corolla has been Australia's best-selling car for each of the past three years. Now celebrated as the world's best-selling car, the icon that is Corolla is set to live long into the future.

 

Australian version of Toyota CH-R SUV

Australian version of Toyota CH-R Back view

Australian version of Toyota CH-R Dash


Toyota Reveals C-HR for Australia

14/09/2016

First images of the local exterior and interior

Toyota Australia's stunning C-HR will be offered in two premium grades when it arrives in local showrooms during the first quarter of next year.

Extroverted exterior styling, an upscale cabin ambience with superior features, advanced safety and fun-to-drive dynamics will be standard in Toyota's two-pronged approach.

The C-HR's aggressive exterior is the first Toyota to exhibit a diamond architectural theme with faceted gemstone-like shapes, fluid surfaces and elegantly integrated detailing.

A sophisticated European-designed interior offers enhanced emotional appeal with fashionable styling, high sensory quality, a driver-focused cockpit and engaging functionality.

The promise of advanced driving pleasure implicit in the eye-catching exterior design will be delivered by a new, highly rigid platform, a powerful yet efficient turbocharged engine and front or all-wheel drive powertrains.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the C-HR represents the next step in the evolution of "SUV" because it does not fit neatly into a category of vehicles that originally focused on the 'U' for off-road utility.

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"C-HR is a car for people who want something special - those who desire the innovative dynamism and emotional appeal that a traditional SUV cannot offer," Mr Cramb said.

SEE VIDEO AND MORE IMAGES OF C-HR

"C-HR advances the very definition of SUV by emphasising the 'S' that stands for 'sport' and 'style'," he said.  

"It has four doors and a hatch, but it's not a hatchback; it's compact while having a large interior and room for five; it has a high driving position, yet it's not a boxy off-roader.

"Not only does the C-HR always look like it's on the move, the new platform and turbocharged petrol engine ensure it delivers an agile driving feel."

The two local grades for C-HR will be called Active and Koba, the latter being a tribute to the car's global chief engineer, Hiroyuki Koba.C-HR Colours

In keeping with the innovation of C-HR, Toyota dealers are now offering customers the latest showroom technology for configuring the car with its rich palette of eight exterior colours, including a new radiant green. 

Local models will feature advanced safety features including a pre-collision system with autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering control, automatic high beam and a reversing camera.
Additional features for the Koba variants include heated seats, a smart entry and start system, privacy glass and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The C-HR combines a powerful lower body and raised ground clearance with the slim and sleek cabin profile of a coupe.

Wheel arches project prominently at all four corners to emphasise the new car's strength and rigidity.

The slender upper grille flows from the Toyota badge into the sleek, aggressive wing extremities of the headlamp clusters and wraps around the front corners of the vehicle. 

The C-HR's coupe-like styling is further enhanced by disguised rear door handles integrated within the C pillar and the sweeping roofline that projects into a large, aerodynamic spoiler.

The strongly tapered cabin integrates a top-hinged tailgate and prominent rear light clusters.

Inside, Toyota has debuted a "sensual tech" design concept that combines high-tech functionality with a sensual and fashionable style.

Operating switchgear is slightly oriented towards the driver and an asymmetrical centre console design ensures all controls are within easy reach.

Australian models will feature a 6.1-inch touch-screen display and new two-tiered front-seat design.

Diamond-shaped switches evoke the exterior styling cues and the diamond theme is also visible in the door trim pattern, the headliner and the needles of the driver's analogue instrument dials.

Decorative elements are finished in high-quality piano black and satin silver trim with clear blue illumination for the instruments and switches.

 

2016 Toyota RAV4 Safety Update

2016 Toyota RAV4 Style & Safety Update

2016 Toyota RAV4 Safety & style Update


Toyota  Expands RAV4 Safety & Style

12/09/2016

Toyota has expanded the availability of advanced safety features including autonomous braking to eight of its 10 RAV4 models.

Mid-range GXL variants have also been upgraded with the addition of satellite navigation# as standard, along with Toyota Link connected mobility* and digital (DAB+) radio^.

The safety technology is available as an option for the first time on automatic GX variants while remaining optional on GXL and standard on top-of-the-line Cruiser.

Buyers of automatic petrol GXL variants who select the safety pack can also specify dual-tone paint that adds a contrasting silver accent to the bumpers, wheel arches, door sills and side mirrors##.

As part of the RAV4 changes, Cruiser all-wheel-drive (AWD) petrol and diesel variants gain the convenience of ambient lighting in the foot well and a two-position memory function for the leather-accented driver's seat.

RAV4's latest changes follow a substantial update late last year that included sleeker and more dynamic exterior styling, refreshed interiors, Euro 5 engines and the adoption of trailer sway control.

The suite of high-tech safety features includes a forward collision warning system" that can automatically apply the car's brakes, even if the driver takes no action.

It also comes with active cruise control, automatic high beam, lane departure alert with steering assist, rain-sensing wipers, front parking sensors and a sway warning system to aid when towing.  

 +  MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE RAV4 UPDATE   
 

New RAV4 GXL Sat Nav

When applied to automatic GX variants, the safety equipment is combined with upmarket features from the GXL. These include satellite navigation#, 4.2-inch colour multi-information display, upgraded instrument cluster, digital (DAB+) radio^, dusk-sensing headlights, fog lights and revised front bumper. The option price is $3,800 for the GX.

For GXL grades, standard fitment of satellite navigation results in an option price of $2,500 which also includes blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. The contrasting silver paint, available on petrol variants from $1,000, is accompanied by black trim for the headliner and pillars.

Price rises for the latest upgrade range from $560 for the 2WD GX 2.0-litre manual to $1,560 for the AWD GXL diesel automatic - the latter taking into account the additional standard features including satellite navigation.

RAV4 features Toyota's advanced AWD technology, Dynamic Torque Control AWD. It uses information from speed, steering-angle and yaw-rate sensors to control torque transfer between the front and rear wheels.

The range includes three four-cylinder engines, starting with a 107kW 2.0-litre petrol for 2WD variants. AWD versions can be specified with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine that develops 340Nm of torque, or a 2.5-litre petrol engine that develops 132kW.

The 2WD 2.0-litre GX is offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or the option of Toyota's Multidrive S continuously variable transmission (CVT). This automatic transmission, which is standard on the 2WD GXL, also provides a sporty, sequential seven-speed mode.

Petrol AWD variants are all fitted with a six-speed multi-mode sequential-shift automatic transmission. Diesel AWD RAV4 is offered with manual or automatic transmissions for the GX and is automatic-only for GXL and Cruiser.

Toyota has deleted two low-volume manual GXL grades, retaining the six-speed manual solely for the 2.0-litre petrol two-wheel drive (2WD) and the 2.2-litre diesel AWD.

Every new RAV4 is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at a maximum of $180 per service**.


RAV4 PRICES^^

Grade

Price

Options

2WD petrol

 

 

GX manual

$28,550

Full-size spare

GX auto (CVT)

$30,590

Full-size spare, safety pack

GXL auto (CVT)

$35,390

Safety pack, dual-tone paint

AWD petrol

 

 

GX auto

$33,650

Full-size spare, safety pack

GXL auto

$38,450

Safety pack, dual-tone paint

Cruiser auto

$45,400

 

AWD diesel

 

 

GX manual

$36,710

Full-size spare

GX auto

$38,750

Full-size spare, safety pack

GXL auto

$43,550

Safety pack

Cruiser auto

$50,500

 


Options:
Main exterior colour except Glacier White: $550


#Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.
* Toyota Link is available on certain vehicle models and grades only. Toyota Link services rely on data from the driver's compatible mobile phone and information provided by third parties. Availability is dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of third party information, mobile service, sufficient mobile data allowance and GPS satellite signal reception. Mobile usage is at the user's cost. Toyota Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications. Further information is provided at www.toyota.com.au/toyotalink.
^ Digital radio station coverage dependent on vehicle location.
## Available on automatic petrol GXL with Glacier White, Ink or Blue Gem.
" Forward Collision Warning System is a driver assist technology and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver should continue to monitor the road.
** Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 60,000kms (whichever occurs first) (up to the first 6 services). Excludes Government & Rental vehicles. Contact your Toyota Dealer or go to toyota.com.au/advantage for other exclusions, eligibility and full details.
^^ Manufacturer's list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.

 

National Tree Day Logo

 

National Tree Day - Northpoint Toyota & heights Junior Schools


Northpoint Toyota Celebrate National Tree Day with Local School

04/08/2016

The Heights Junior School and Northpoint Toyota Celebrate National Tree day's 21st Year         

Northpoint Toyota has teamed up with the staff and pupils of The Heights Junior School to celebrate the 21st year of Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day last Wednesday 3rd August.

Marking this special occasion, the grade 5 members of The Heights and Northpoint Toyota got their hands dirty with planting activities at the school, as part of what has become Australia’s largest community tree planting and nature care event. NTD Day - Heights Junior School SA

Not-for-profit environmental foundation, Planet Ark, has again partnered with Toyota and its extensive national dealer network to get both communities and schools across Australia involved in the initiative. 

Through Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day, Northpoint Toyota contribute to educating children in their local community  on the value and importance in preserving the environment. 

 + MORE ON NATIONAL TREE DAY  
 

Northpoint Toyota have been proudly participating in National Tree Day for schools for the past 15 years where they have generously donated trees, merchandise and contributed to numerous schools within their local area. 

Crows Player Brad Crouch helping at National Tree DayThis year Adelaide Crows players, David Mckay and Brad Crouch  came along and help with the planting.  It was fabulous day, and the kids love seeing the players involved and giving back to their school community and environment.  We celebrated afterwards with sausage sizzle for all the children and teachers.

Since 1996, National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day have been responsible for planting well over 23 million trees, plants and edibles with 3.8 million Australian’s donating their time throughout the years. In 2015 alone, more than 300,000 Australians pitched in across some 3,600 sites with over 1.2 million plants added to local communities. 

Debbie Agnew, spokesperson for Planet Ark, said: National Tree Day - Northpoint Toyota & heights Junior Schools“To see National Tree Day reach its 21st year is very exciting. For more than two decades, Australians have stood behind the initiative and made a real contribution to the health of their local communities and the environment. With the support of Toyota and Northpoint Toyota, National Tree Day is sure to go from strength to strength and continue to provide a needed boost of nature for many Australians.”


Northpoint Toyota, CEO, Ben Goldsmith added: “Northpoint Toyota has a long tradition of supporting our local communities and National Tree Day is a great way for us to give something back. Our team were there with buckets and spades at the ready for a big day.”


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