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Honda Civic Hybrid (3rd gen)

Hybrid or Diesel: Sushi or

Toyota acknowledges that are many alternative routes to the ultimate eco-car and it has led the field in most of them: more petrol engines, cleaner hybrid systems and fuel — all have their own and environmental benefits.

Other shun this broad-based choosing instead to force into an either/or decision diesel and hybrid power, confusing messages to weight the in their favour.

Consider because Renault asks us to the Mégane diesel. Renault it is a worthy match for the Toyota but cheaper. As the Mégane is a smaller that should be the case, but look at the facts.

Price and

The entry-level Prius T3 is fitted as with automatic transmission, advanced stability control electric climate control air alarm, six-speaker audio with CD player and electric mirrors. Its price on-the-road is

Specify the nearest equivalent the 1.9 dCi 130 Expression, with automatic and it will cost you £16,450, but is without stability control or control. At this point, the Renault is cheaper, albeit not so specified.

Dimensions

Both the and the Mégane are five-seat, five-door but the Prius has the longer wheelbase vs 2,625mm), which means leg room for those on board. more room in the boot, with 408 litres in the Prius to 330 in the Mégane with the rear in place.

Performance and Economy

The is faster from nought to (10.9 seconds) than the Mégane dCi 86 (12.7 seconds) and the dCi 106 seconds). Official fuel on the combined cycle is 65.7mpg for and 62.8mpg for the Mégane dCi 86.

The Toyota’s is even more marked in driving, where pollution and economy are a bigger issue. town, official consumption for the is 56.5mpg, compared to 51.4mpg for the but the Toyota is the master of slow-moving being able to run on electric power alone, with emissions and maximum fuel

Road Tax and Congestion Charging

120g/km, the Mégane squeezes Band B for Vehicle Excise the same band as the Prius, emits 104g/km of carbon This doesn’t take account the fact the Toyota out none of the particulate emissions by diesel engines like the dCi 86.

qualifies for a £10 discount, so costs the owner £30 for a road tax, compared to for the Mégane. And if you run the cars in central the Prius can save you up to £2,000 a as it is exempt from the congestion

Still struggling to see why Renault hybrid vehicles are expensive? a look at servicing costs strengthen its argument.

Servicing

Contrary to this week’s release from Renault UK, the system in the Prius does not special maintenance. The first service for a Toyota Prius at a dealer costs £110 and the service £180.

A quote a Renault London dealer for the dCi 86 works out between £220 and for the first service and between and £450 for the second.

The (Inescapable)

The Prius is roomier, quicker, fuel efficient, cleaner, less to service and will work out cheaper to own over a period when all the savings and values are taken into

But Toyota is not saying hybrid is than diesel, it is just option. With more half a million hybrid vehicles sold worldwide and new models in the pipeline, it’s a more and more motorists are

Perhaps the final word be for diesels, or at least for Toyota The Toyota D-CAT system, now on the Verso and RAV4, and from on the Avensis, not only meets IV standards in terms of nitrogen and particulates emissions, it also to the proposed Euro V standard, though those levels are not due to be until 2010.

The bottom if you want a clean car, a diesel or a hybrid. Toyota the best of both.

30/03/06

Neighbours Move in on Ramsay St

TV soap Neighbours got a high visitor this week top Grand Prix driver, Schumacher, parked his Toyota F1 on the world famous Ramsay

Ralf and his Toyota team were in Melbourne preparing for the Grand Prix on Sunday and up with the cast on set in the city’s

Rumours that Ralf has offered a cameo role year were denied by the staff, but it is no secret that is used to all the drama of the F1 circus.

Toyota Opens European Training Centre in Derbyshire

has opened its new pan-European Global Centre (E-GPC) to provide and maintenance skills training to the of Toyota’s European manufacturing

The E-GPC — the European of Toyota’s Global Production in Japan — is located the grounds of Toyota’s vehicle plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire Motor Manufacturing UK) — in a 8,000m2 training facility. an investment of £11.3 million, the employs 18 people including 16 who are responsible for training up to 1,000 employees each year.

Our is that we create a work where Toyota’s team are contributing and learning — their contributions and their spur the innovation that Toyota a strong company, Sir Alan Jones, Executive Manufacturing Group, Toyota Europe. And while this centre will benefit our team members, ultimately it is our who are the true winners, he added.

The delivers a range of courses to enhance and develop key vehicle skills and equipment maintenance to support the Toyota Production with its emphasis on superior Trainees use specially developed stations, simulated production and the latest maintenance technology to their skills.

The courses will also to improved safety — a focus on enhanced ergonomics and greater efficiency, as workers’ can be further honed to perform within specific timeframes. The is improved skills and even quality built in to the production

Toyota established its Global Centre (GPC) in Toyota Japan, in July 2003 to employees from Japan and its 52 sites in 26 countries and locations (excluding Japan). The objective of the GPC was to a more uniform training that could rapidly mid-level managers. With the expansion of Toyota’s manufacturing across the globe, the creation of training centres is essential to further disseminate knowledge and practices to all Toyota team

In February 2006, Toyota’s operations opened the North branch of the GPC — the North Production Support Center — in Kentucky. The Asia-Pacific of the GPC will open shortly in

The E-GPC is a natural extension of the GPC to one of the world’s most important markets. Toyota’s European operations currently comprise plants in six different countries France, Poland, Turkey, and the Czech Republic).

Toyota its ninth consecutive record of sales in Europe in 2005, 964,208 vehicles delivered a five per cent rise the previous year. Toyota produced 638,000 cars, engines and almost 337,000 at its plants in the U.K. France, Poland and the Czech Republic.

For Toyota has set a sales target of 1 million units for the Toyota in Europe, while Lexus sales are expected to reach units. Operating at record Toyota expects to produce cars, 860,000 engines and transmissions at its eight plants in

08/03/06

Platinum Toyota Business Sales Consultant

Ltd (owner of the Platinum group of is delighted to announce the appointment of Holmes to the new role of Business Consultant for Platinum Toyota.

based at the Renrod Group’s Toyota branch in Warminster, was promoted from his position as Executive in January and is now based at the Motor Park in Trowbridge the business centre for Platinum’s and Bath Toyota dealerships.

who comes from Warminster and is 43, will be responsible for dealing local businesses in terms of Toyota requirements, providing a made service for their needs. His role will be and will encompass providing regarding any Toyota vehicles and offered by the group. This involve liaising with companies with a view to cars, commercial vehicles, packages and aftercare services to their individual needs and

Chris said, I am very enjoying the opportunity to work other companies in order to vehicles and services to suit aspirations. Toyota has a large of vehicles and add-on services and as has two Toyota dealerships — one in and the business centre in Trowbridge, I am forward to working with a of clients across the region.

continued, I really enjoy people and rapport building and believe that you should people like you expect to be yourself, and put yourself in their I am very much looking to this forthcoming challenge, forward my experience and enjoyment of side of the motor trade.

has been in the motor trade for 26 in which he has always served as a Executive. As a result he has considerable and experience, which the company is to recognize. Chris has spent his working for local motor and joined Renrod Ltd in 2001 as a Executive for Platinum Toyota being promoted to Senior Executive in 2004.

He was promoted to his new of Business Sales Consultant for Toyota in January of this

Ron Smith, Sales Manager for Toyota, Chris is the ideal for the job based on his experience in the motor both on the retail and commercial Toyota is extremely dependable and and is excellent value for money just like Chris! We are to have appointed him to this new

If you would like to speak to about your business’s you can contact Chris on (01225) or you can email Chris.holmes@platinum.toyota.co.uk

27/02/06

Unveils its New Sporting Heroes at Show debut for Yaris, and RAV4 concepts

Key Points

presents three new sports-themed cars at Geneva

Yaris T concept with new 1.8-litre

Aygo for Sports open-top

RAV4 Sports with D-4D 180 engine

Sports-themed of three of the newest models in the range are making their debut under the spotlights at the Motor Show this The wraps are coming off special of Aygo, Yaris and the RAV4 to eye-popping styling, performance and a bold approach to putting the fun into driving.

Aygo for and the RAV4 Sports, based on the T180 model, are both as one-off show cars, the inspired design and engineering at work within Toyota.

The T Sport, although a concept for the Geneva show, paves the way for a version of the all-new model will be launched in 2007.

T Sport Concept

Concept the way for production Yaris sports in 2007

New 1.8-litre petrol

Extensive sports body features

17-inch alloy

The Yaris T Sport is a design that points towards a sporting Yaris that is to arrive in showrooms during powered by a new 1.8-litre petrol

The key reference point for Toyota’s team was to create a refined hatch, compact in size fun-to-drive qualities to appeal to buyers, but also with equipment levels and comfort for both day-to-day driving and trips.

The sports styling is with a black mesh at the front that adds to the deep bumper with fog lights. There is a redesigned at the rear, too, plus side skirts and a tail

The T Sport is fitted with wheels for sharper ride and while new-look tail a chromed exhaust pipe and a T badge on the front grille add the sports touches. The concept car is in a dedicated body colour, Grey.

Aygo for Sports

Aygo for Sports designed for fun and

Two-seater with twin rails, but no roof

Radical use of trim materials, including and Neoprene

17-inch wheels and LED clusters

Aygo has brought a breath of fresh air to the city car Now the wild Aygo for Sports version, created specially for shows how those on board can a blast of healthy ozone and a trail to the beach.

Off comes the and out come the rear seats to an open-top machine that’s on fun. In place of the roof, for Sports has a pair of elegant but side hoops that over the car like a twin to the new Wembley Arch. Massive rims shod with R17 tyres and LED light clusters add to the styling, together with a bright Ocean Blue finish.

Inside, the sculpted are finished in light blue with beige leather with matching Neoprene on the steering wheel. And to emphasise Aygo’s beach party the floor is covered in teak in the tradition of classic speedboats.

Sports

High-performance sports

Based on flagship RAV4 with D-4D 180 engine to deliver 201bhp (204 DIN hp) and of torque

Aerodynamic body kit

suspension and larger brakes

is no mistaking the intention of the RAV4 concept, with a beefed-up that includes new bumpers, and integrated front fog lights. At the there is large intake set in the front protection plate, a matching plate at the back the neatly faired-in exhaust.

To the there are deep side for enhanced aerodynamic performance and the alloy wheels fill the arches to the limit, fitted 255/35 R21 tyres front and

The 175bhp (177 DIN hp) 2.2-litre 180 common rail diesel which in standard form is the most powerful engine in its is specially tuned for the RAV4 to deliver 201bhp (204 DIN hp) and 450 Nm of

To meet the demands of the uprated air cooling capacity is increased a larger front grille and air intakes in the bonnet. Braking is also greater, with discs with six-piston at the front and four-piston callipers at the The suspension is stiffer and lower to the regular T180, with shock absorbers to ensure the can take the rough as well as the

Dark tinted glass privacy for those on board, the Liquid Metal exterior has been created exclusively for the

15/02/06

New Paint- Priming Reduces Substances of Environmental

Toyota has jointly developed Nihon Parkerizing Co. Ltd (Parkerizing) the first* pre-paint vehicle treatment agent that in significant reductions in both waste and harmful by-product while allowing proper resistance.

Before vehicle are painted, they are first to prevent corrosion and ensure adhesion. Conventionally, manufacturers use a treatment agent containing phosphate, which generates an phosphate sludge that is of in landfills. Zinc phosphate contains phosphorus, nickel and which are eventually rinsed off and end up in wastewater — resulting in the for on-site purification.

Sludge and wastewater purification from the use of phosphate treatment agents is a and major unavoidable problem for With the goal of reducing of environmental concern in all its activities, has been working with since 2000 to develop a surface treatment agent.

using zinc phosphate has been the only way to achieve a and even coat on materials as steel, zinc plating and which are often used in body panels. Until use of alternative treatment agents has resulted in insufficient corrosion

Based on a revolutionary technology does not use zinc phosphate, the new agent developed by Toyota and uses zirconium compounds and organic substances, which less sludge and are less to the environment. During development, the new was tested on dozens of raw materials the same level of corrosion as traditional zinc phosphate

In addition to corrosion resistance, the new treatment agent also the same levels of performance or in terms of paint adhesion, and finish, and it has the potential to become the surface treatment agent in the future, replacing those zinc phosphate.

In early 2006, Toyota introduced new surface treatment agent a body-component painting line at its Plant in Japan. Introduction at Toyota plants around the will be considered and announced

*According to a Toyota survey, as of 2005

14/02/06

His Royal the Duke of York to Publicly Toyota’s £500,000 Charity Challenge during Visit to Plant

His Royal Highness The of York will publicly Toyota’s £500,000 fundraising for the National Society for the Prevention of to Children (NSPCC) during a to the Burnaston Plant, Derbyshire on 16 February.

The Duke of York, Patron of the FULL STOP Campaign, is the plant in his capacity as UK Special for International Trade and Investment to see at hand the latest developments a £50 million capacity-expanding programme.

Toyota has pledged to £500,000 for the NSPCC by the end of 2006. The raised by employee and company activity throughout the year be used to support NSPCC in Derbyshire and North Wales Toyota’s UK plants are based.

his visit The Duke of York meet representatives of the employees Fundraising Committee’ and reveal the challenge ‘totaliser’ in front of a audience from across the

The Duke, who will be accompanied on the by The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Bather, will then weld and assembly facilities he will meet employees and see the production technology installed to annual production capacity to Avensis and Corolla models per

In this role as UK Special for International Trade and Investment, The undertakes a wide range of activities, including encouraging companies to become involved in trade, selling British and services overseas, and the attraction and of inward investment to protect jobs.

In 2005 Toyota was its second Queen’s Award for in the category of International Trade. The recognises the company’s outstanding to British exports between and 2004. During those years, the company almost its overseas export value to £2 billion by adding new such as Japan, and increasing in developing markets such as Europe and Russia.

09/02/06

The New Excellence All Round

The Toyota was the inspiration for a new market segment for SUVs when it was launched in and has since proved an enduring with in excess of 1.8 million worldwide. More than of these have been in where RAV4 has consistently the best-selling 4×4 passenger

The all-new, third generation sets new benchmarks in its segment premium levels of driving quality, comfort and equipment.

New engines that are cleaner, powerful and more fuel new suspension for improved ride and more advanced safety for occupant and pedestrian protection; a more versatile interior and fresh exterior styling to reinforce the RAV4’s reputation for excellence.

Designs on Success

RAV4, third generation of the most successful compact SUV

and modern five-door body

and wider than previous but easier to manoeuvre

Significant in interior space, including 47 per more luggage room


Easy Flat folding seat system

The RAV4 has totally redesigned and is longer and than before, providing cabin space for passengers and a 47 per larger load area.

The is more flexible, too, the adoption of Toyota’s Easy system, which allows the seats (split 60:40) to be flat into the vehicle A single lever action is all needed to do the job — headrests and the cushions can be left in place. storage spaces have created throughout the vehicle, a generously-sized underfloor compartment in the

New Era Engines

Three engines revised 2.0-litre VVT-i and new-to-the-range 2.2-litre D-4D 140 and 180

175bhp (177 DIN hp) 2.2-litre 180 engine exclusive to flagship model

Two of Toyota’s new generation D-4D common rail engines are offered in the RAV4 for the time.

The D-4D 180, 175bhp (177 DIN hp) and nought to acceleration in 9.3 seconds, is the most engine in its class, yet will 40.4mpg in combined cycle Notably fuel economy and levels are better than for the generation RAV4’s 2.0-litre engine.

The D-4D 180 is available in the new RAV4 flagship model, the The volume diesel power is the D-4D 140, delivering (136 DIN hp), nought to in 10.5 seconds and 42.8mpg

Both engines have all-aluminium construction and benefit engineering advances to achieve new low of noise and vibration. Low compression and, in the D-4D 180, the use of fuel injectors, contribute to the economy and low exhaust emissions. D-CAT (Diesel — Advanced Technology) applied to the 180, including the unique four-way catalyst system, the engine world-leading combined oxides (NOx) and particulate (PM) emissions.

The new RAV4 is available with an improved VVT-i petrol engine, to give 150bhp (152 DIN nought to 62mph in 10.6 (12 seconds automatic) and 32.8mpg in cycle driving (31.4

Diesel models are equipped Toyota’s latest six-speed gearbox, a compact and lightweight designed for smooth and precise shifts. Petrol models the choice of five-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

Advances in

Ultra-tough in-house crash

Nine airbags, including driver’s knee airbag, on all models

The new RAV4 has been from the outset to achieve the five-star ranking for occupant in Euro NCAP testing. than that, it has also subjected to Toyota’s more in-house simulations, which crash performance at higher

The RAV4 has a new, impact-absorbing designed to minimise the degree of in the event of an accident, by absorbing forces and channelling them from the cabin.

The design takes into account the to pedestrians, with energy elements and crumple zones the front end of the vehicle, repositioning of the and bonnet catch, and detail to the headlight brackets and wiper

Inside the vehicle, nine are provided as standard, including a driver’s knee airbag, and a warning system with and buzzer ensures both and front passenger buckle-up. The seats feature the latest Injury Lessening (WIL) for improved support in a rear

Handling the Rough and the Smooth

Torque Control 4WD system transfers torque between and rear wheels for optimum in all conditions

First-in-segment Integrated Drive System (XT4 and higher)

Hill-start Assist (HAC) standard on XT4 grade and plus Downhill Assist (DAC) on models with transmission

One of the key elements in the ground-breaking of the original RAV4 was its excellent performance, with handling like a sporting hatchback a conventional 4×4. Through the this quality has been refined and in the new generation RAV4 a new level with the introduction of Torque Control four-wheel

This system continuously and controls the transfer of torque the front and rear wheels to the optimum grip and handling. The can range from full drive to a 55:45 front-to-rear Instead of a centre differential, the uses a network of electronic monitoring performance data, steering angle, vehicle engine torque and throttle

The RAV4 is also the first in its segment to offer Integrated Drive. This combines and the Active Torque Control the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+) and Electric Power (EPS) to help bring the under control if the onset of a or slide is detected. This much smoother and more intervention to help the driver control than in vehicles the functions operate independently of other.

Further aids available for safe progress Hill-start Assist Control and, on models with transmission, Downhill Assist (DAC), which automatically braking pressure on steep without the wheels locking.

The benefits from new suspension with MacPherson struts at the and double wishbones at the rear. The new system features diagonally-mounted absorbers beneath the boot causing less intrusion in the space.

Equipped to Please

trim levels — XT4, XT5 and T180

Alloy air conditioning, sound system CD player and MP3/WMA compatibility, Flat folding rear system and remote central locking and alarm standard on all

Flagship T180 equipped run-flat tyres and tyre warning system

The RAV4 is in four grades: XT3, XT5 and T180. All models feature and front passenger front and airbags, curtain airbags and knee airbag, ABS with Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and rear child seat XT4 grade models and higher feature Integrated Active System, Traction Control Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+), Hill-start Assist (HAC) and, on automatics, Assist Control (DAC).

The XT3 includes manual air conditioning, Easy Flat folding seats, slide and recline seat adjustment, Electric Steering, sound system CD player and MP3/WMA compatibility, central double locking and Optitron instrumentation, colour electric heated door 17-inch alloy wheels tailgate mounted hard for the spare, roof rails, coloured bumpers, electric driver’s seat height and tilt and telescopic adjustment for the wheel.

The XT4 specification includes an tilt/slide sunroof, dual climate control, front fog retractable mirrors, glove box leather upholstery and remote controls on the steering wheel.

XT5 come with full map navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, Smart Entry and Smart system, rain-sensing wipers, headlamps, cruise control, front seats and electric for the driver’s seat.

The T180 on 18-inch alloys with tyres, so dispenses with the spare wheel. It also a chrome finish to the front wheel arch extensions, rear privacy glass and glass headlamps.

Prices and

On sale in the UK from 6 February

prices from £18,995 2.0 VVT-i)

Honda hybrid Civic

In spite of its big advances in and specifications, new RAV4 is priced slightly higher model for than the previous generation Insurance groups are unchanged the previous RAV4 despite improvements.

03/02/06

Innovation and Set the Tone for New Toyota Models at

o Urban Cruiser, bold for a mini SUV by Toyota ED2

o Yaris T a new sports concept

o Fine-T and Toyota’s latest mobility

Urban Cruiser, bold new for a mini SUV

The Urban Cruiser is a exercise by ED2, Toyota’s design studio, for a futuristic SUV.

This concept car heavily on Toyota’s heritage in Utility Vehicles but also its own dynamic flair and rugged The Urban Cruiser also a fresh interior style by trendy furniture.

Yaris T

Just a few weeks after the launch of the new Toyota Yaris Toyota will unveil a performance concept of its best model at the Geneva motor

The T Sport is powered by a 1.8-litre the biggest ever to be installed on model. New bumpers, radiator alloy wheels and modified convey a more aggressive adding to the essence of this concept.

Rethinking the automobile: and i-swing

Two advanced concepts glimpses of the future and reveal how can minimise environmental impact providing transport solutions.

The is the next step in fuel-cell vehicles and offers the cabin of an Avensis within the approximate dimensions of a Yaris. An independent large-angle steering system an extremely tight turning impossible to achieve with any car.

The i-swing is a new evolution in mobility, offering a more form of human-machine interaction by the latest technologies in IT robotics.

Increased European Engineering at Toyota

Key Points

Inauguration of Brussels Technical Centre

Development part of Toyota’s of localisation of its European design and operations

Total project worth €130 million £91 million)

Ninth record year for Toyota in Europe

Toyota’s commitment to local facilities for its European and engineering operations reached a new yesterday with the official of its expanded Technical Centre in Brussels.

The focus of the centre’s is the complete development of upper elements for all future Toyota in Europe, including body, and electronics design; selection and of materials and components; engine and tuning of driveability characteristics.

also produced 638,000 588,000 engines and almost transmissions at its plants in the UK, France, Poland and the Czech Republic. was its ninth consecutive year of sales in Europe with registrations, a rise of 5 per cent on the year.

The Technical Centre 580 people and represents a total of €130 million (approx. million). It is also home to European purchasing and product activities, which will to grow in step with the of Toyota’s European manufacturing and capacity.

Speaking at the opening Shinichi Sasaki, President and Executive Officer of Toyota Europe, said: The expansion of our RD is crucial to our future growth in as it will help ensure our European customers are provided superior quality vehicles are specifically tailored to their

The occasion was also attended by Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt and Commissioner for Science and Research, Potonik.

Toyota announced an €75 million (approx. million) investment in its Technical in February 2004, creating 200 additional engineering jobs. money was divided between new (€30 million, approx. million) and the introduction of new test and facilities (€45 million, £31.5 million).

In 2006, aims to take its European above one million units and to full production capacity of cars, 860,000 engines and transmissions.

19/01/06

Toyota for Environmental Vision

What Green Award recognises hybrid and diesel technology

pioneering work in developing and environmentally friendly hybrid and technologies has been rewarded the 2006 Green Award What Car? magazine.

The recognises Toyota’s industry commitment to building cars address the need for cleaner and efficient powertrains, without the standards of performance and practicality by today’s motorists.

In the words of Car. Its clean and green are not futuristic concepts with on dates somewhere over the Toyota has a range of environmentally cars in its showrooms today.

The referred to are the Toyota Prius, the best-selling hybrid power and the 2005 European Car of the Year, and the RX 400h, Europe’s first power SUV.

Hybrid

The is the world’s cleanest family-sized car, capable of exceptional economy thanks to Toyota’s Synergy Drive, a system combines a petrol engine a powerful but compact electric In slow moving city Prius can run on its electric battery producing zero exhaust while on the open road the engine, supported when by additional electric motor ensures performance to match cars.

Thanks to the system’s capability, Prius does not a limited range like a electric vehicle and does not to be taken off the road for battery to be topped up.

A development of Hybrid Drive also powers the RX 400h, a luxury 4×4 achieves both high and excellent fuel economy, a hitherto unknown in its segment. with a 3.3-litre petrol V6 and front and rear electric the RX 400h can move from to 62mph in 7.6 seconds, yet is capable of 34.9mpg in combined cycle a figure that’s unmatched by any premium SUV model. The twin arrangement also gives the RX automatic electric four-wheel capability in low-grip driving

Lexus’s hybrid power range will grow spring with the launch of the new GS And looking further to the future, is well advanced in developing power, having last become the first manufacturer to vehicle type certification for a using hydrogen fuel technology.

Diesel

As well as success in developing alternative the Green Award also its work in producing cleaner notably the development of D-CAT Diesel Clean Advanced — to produce diesel units with substantially emissions of harmful gases and

D-CAT, which includes unique four-way, maintenance-free catalyst system, features in the D-4D 180 engine. This is already available in the Verso and soon be launched in the new generation and the Avensis range. Not only is engine the most powerful in its it is also highly fuel and produces record low levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and matter (PM) emissions.

concerns are at the heart of Toyota’s operations, its corporate approach on the framework provided by the Toyota Charter of 1992. Following principles, Toyota continues to huge investment not only in cleaner vehicles and engines, but in establishing production processes and practices — including with other businesses and — that have harmful impact on the world us.

19/01/06

Verso’s Versatility Top Award for Toyota

What Best Compact MPV title for seven-seater

The diverse virtues of the Verso have been with the Best Compact MPV in the 2006 What Car? The Verso T3 2.2 D-4D 140 model the winner in a category representing one of the hard-fought segments of the UK car market.

In the Toyota, What Car? the ease with which the interior configuration can be changed seven down to two seats, no need to remove any of the seats the vehicle.

Flexibility is the key, and that’s the Toyota beats its rivals (and seats) down, was the verdict.

With Toyota’s Flat system, all that’s is a single, simple lever to fold each of the individual seats down and create a flat load floor. such an effective concept, has included it in its new Yaris and forthcoming models, too.

One of the clinching in the judges’ decision was the new 2.2-litre 140 diesel engine, introduced in the last autumn. This and supremely efficient, all-aluminium unit endows the Verso nought to 62mph acceleration in 9.4 44.8mpg combined cycle consumption and 167g/km of carbon emissions.

What Car? acknowledged the Verso’s peerless standards, with nine as standard and a top five-star occupant rating from Euro its all-round high quality; the T3 specification, including digital control, rain-sensing wipers, electric door mirrors and control; and its competitive cost of profile, with scheduled servicing required only 20,000 miles.

The award-winning Verso T3 D-4D 140 is the best-selling in the Verso range, priced at on the road. In all, Toyota 10 Verso versions, all equipped seven seats and the Easy folding system, priced £13,995 on the road.

09/01/06

F3R Concept: Living Room on

Toyota has introduced living-room space and style to the motoring with its latest concept the funky F3R.

The surprising which makes its debut at the American International Automobile in Detroit today, is a creative, extension of a concept all but forgotten in automotive world — of the minivan.

The project was a joint of Calty Design Research Toyota’s California design and the company’s California-based Advanced Strategy group.

Younger are hanging out in their cars. they do that, the car becomes an area. The F3R expands on that

It’s a sophisticated extension of the said the car’s designer.

To that extension, the design came up with three modern looking sets of Each is unique, composed of metal-edged bottoms and asymmetrical whose symmetry is completed by headrests. They can provide comfortable seating for eight passengers.

Up front, the driver’s reclines and swivels, and the passenger reclines to form a comfortable In the middle, the seats split and to form, with the rearmost or row, an avant-garde sofa around the sort of conversation you might find in a designer room.

This is surrounded by a wrap-around backrest formed by the flowing curve of the instrument doors and rear seatback These are accented by fibre-optic panels in the seat sides, and in the side door, that can be lit to illumination during lounge sessions.

But there’s more to do than just chat. because the F3R is equipped with two flat-panel video screens. allow the vehicle’s occupants to movies or games whenever want, and to do so in complete comfort, control supplied by an audio/video/lighting unit that docks in the dash.

The F3R’s design environmentally sensitive materials, in with the theme of environmental suggested by the Hybrid Synergy badging. These materials floor panels made Ecoresin, a specially formulated that can be recycled; and a skin-friendly leather seating material Mythos that, unlike plastics, does not produce the chemical dioxin when it is

The starting point for the F3R’s shape, meanwhile, featured a van conveyed maximum volume, a tall, wedged body that incorporated wide, shoulders, with its sporty wheels and wide performance planted at the extreme boundaries of all corners.

The result is that the F3R like a stylish performance but with a feeling inside is very airy and light.

The F3R is a vehicle filled not only intelligent drama, but with the fresh take on three of seating, and on the usable space vans so effectively provide, Toyota was looking for.

wanted anything but a minivan. they got was a sporty new vehicle defies an easy label; a dramatic, iconic shape is as distinctive as that of the Toyota and an interior that is more and more family friendly anything previously seen.

Toyota New Year News in

Diesel Aygo Debut

the Top Gear car of the year, will now go further for your money the launch of a new 1.4-litre diesel The ultra-fuel efficient powerplant can 68.9mpg in combined cycle giving a potential range of than 530 miles.

As well as savings on fuel bills, the new also boasts exceptionally low dioxide emissions, its rating of placing it among the least-polluting cars available today and in B for Vehicle Excise Duty. The new models retain the Aygo 1E insurance classification.

The new engine is launched in Aygo+ and Aygo three and five-door models, on-the-road prices from For the New Year, Aygo+ and Aygo are available with the option of Silver metallic paint

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