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Toyota takes to the stage at International Motor Show

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Toyota to the Johannesburg International Motor (JMS) with an original featuring origami-inspired, wave elements, following the brand’s new direction for stand design.

in hues of white and silver and into various zones the marque’s QDR (Quality, Reliability and hybrid leadership and fun-to-drive the Toyota stand is an attentive of technological references, where debuts and cutting-edge concepts with tried and tested to underscore the brand s leading on the local motoring stage.

Toyota Corolla

The undisputed of the exhibition area is the all-new a logical evolution of the world’s car and a perennial SA bestseller that, in its 47 of life, has always been with functional design, space, reliability and value.

The new which goes on sale in the first quarter of 2014, is all and more: a brand rich in rational and emotional value, has won over more than 40 drivers worldwide (close to 1 have been sold in SA it now adds the all-important element of to the successful formula.

With the 11 th the Corolla has reached full Epitomising the kaizen philosophy, it a further qualitative leap in of appointments, dynamics and practicality, and its appearance with an edgy, and harmonious design. This ensure that it retains its leader status, a position it has for the past 32 years.


is the latest recipient of Toyota’s Look” brand identity is characterised by a thrusting nose, chrome grille fins into the headlight clusters and air intakes. The overall effect is a more assertive visage.

The of the Corolla mirrors the frontal whilst the wide tail clusters are connected by a chrome plate trim for a cleaner, prestigious appearance. Enhancing is the C-pillar, which features a sloping angle that into the top plane of the boot A tapered cabin in conjunction a wide body gives the new a strong, hunkered down

In profile, crisp character score the flanks of the new Corolla vertically asymmetrical door (only previously seen on models) have been into the body.


The big is that the length of the vehicle has extended by 75mm, the width by and the wheelbase by an impressive 100mm. The on the other hand has been by 5mm, for a sleeker profile and a centre of gravity.

Thanks to the increase in wheelbase length with a front seatback has been ‘slimmed’ down by and the rear seat hip point back by 75mm, the new generation will have the best in rear legroom for its passengers.

In to this, the space between the console and rear seat has increased by 100mm whilst the rear passenger floor has made flatter by re-routing pipes and therefore ensuring for all passengers.

Boot space has also This enhanced practicality from the fact that the arches are now less intrusive due to the being extended and, allowing four golf to be carried in the boot.

A sportier position has been achieved by seat height adjustment, seat slide adjustment as well as reducing the steering angle by 2 degrees. In addition to adjustments, the seats themselves a longer cushion with an curved front edge for driver comfort on long and side bolsters optimised for holding performance.

From a aesthetic point of view, the interior revolves around dynamism which is all about elegant and uncluttered styling reinforces the spaciousness of the cabin.

The orientated dashboard allows for the operability of all switchgear and instrumentation enhances the safety of the driver and as distractions from the road are

Vehicle occupants are treated to quietness through the reduction of engine and environmental noise the cabin thanks to various such as the acoustic windshield, inner silencer and fender

Increased use of high-tensile steel the body allows for reduced and optimisation of structural panels, of parts as well as the downsizing of parts, has led to a 5.7kg weight with no detriment to overall In fact, overall body has been enhanced thanks to a of measures but most notably by the number of spot-welds.

When it to appointments, Corolla will be the new benchmark with four grades (names to be disclosed to launch) to choose from, to all tastes including those a sportier palate. The mid-grade for example, will offer the value for money and be available all engine derivatives. Back display audio, full seats / steering wheel, switches and 16-inch alloys are some of the niceties that come standard on these

Under the skin

The front strut and rear torsion suspension system of the current has been carried over to the new but with some significant including a larger diameter absorber cylinder for the front with damping forced to optimise stability and ride Flattering the latter, there has reduction in the coil spring The rear torsion beam has also come in for some including reduced coil rates and re-tuned dampers.

A under the bonnet reveals a range of powerplants including:

A option with 73kW of and 128Nm of torque. This be Corolla’s entry level ideally suited to fleets and customers where fuel is paramount.

An all-new 1.4-litre (66kW and 205Nm) is a real offering levels of refinement with surprising urge for a capacity engine. It will be the affordable diesel model within C segment.

The 1.6-litre (90kW and 154Nm) is carried from the current Corolla, improvements have been to the fuel consumption and C0 2 emission

Lastly, a 1.8-litre engine 103kW of power and 173Nm of has been adopted as the flagship

There will be a choice of including six-speed manual box across all engines as well as a new transmission choice for the 1.6 and 1.8. will not only offer fuel consumption but will the overall driving sensation to previous transmissions found in vehicles through a wider ratio band and more ‘gear’ changes. With to the latter, Toyota engineers adopted seven stepped or shift points into the and deceleration curves with shift-shocks which enables the new transmission to mimic familiar of more traditional automatic

Further, a sports driving is offered that delivers a dynamic driving experience software that alters the points as well as the electric steering.

Toyota is targeting a EuroNCap rating for the new Corolla and is set to this thanks to a comprehensive and passive safety package includes a revised ABS braking a high-strength cabin which extensive use of high-tensile steel, a complement of airbags (a minimum of going up to a maximum of seven) as as some new features such as Injury Lessening front

Two models will be showcased at JMS – the 1.8 in high grade and a 1.4 D in mid grade. details on the 11 th generation Toyota will be disclosed closer to the in 2014.

The rest of the JMS model on the Toyota indoor stand is as

Aygo – ‘Regroomed’ less a year ago, Toyota’s supermini boasts improved and kit as well as a realigned two-model Sporting the new smiling face of latest generation of small Aygo is exclusively available in format and comes in “Fresh” and “Wild” grade (the will be on display). Power air conditioning, ABS with EBD and BAS as well as front airbags are just of the standard items on the “Fresh”

The “Wild” gets an extra in the form of 14-inch alloys, power windows, side and remote central locking to just some of the extras.

– an instant success since it was in May 2012, Toyota introduced a of upgrades for 2013. There are alterations in the ‘fine print’, of which focus on giving the Etios a more quality Visual tweaks include a new design, body-colour door and handles across the range as as a new exterior mirror.

Not only is feature aesthetically more but the new design also enhances performance – aero stabilising on the outer mirror bases in contribute to ensuring handling and reducing wind noise. The end has also been refreshed of a new tail lamp design for the hatch as well as the sedan.

the doors of the top-end Xs model in hatch or sedan and you’ll that substantial improvements been made in the seating The front seats have adjustment for the driver’s side, cushioning, lots of under-thigh and feature adjustable headrests. all-in-one front seats integrated fixed headrests on the Xi models.) Another nice-to-have that has now been incorporated the standard menu for Xs variants is the Up electric window function on the door. Move to the rear and you are greeted by a new-found plushness to a re-profiled seat design. In the rear seats get bigger headrests.

Other items lift the ambience on both Xi and Xs include the icy blue backlighting for the instrument cluster. There’s an all-new 2-DIN Toyota system fitted as standard to Xs The ventilation controls on the Xs grade been replaced by new controls have chrome finishing and a tactile feel.

Ditto the gear lever which is more in keeping the car’s character.

Two models be on display: the Etios 1.5 XS sedan and the new edition Etios 1.5 Sport which recently went on Based on the XS hatch the Sport a roof spoiler, 15-inch “Sport” badging and is available in colours, one of which is Grey which is exclusive to this edition. The Sport retails for a small R7 900 premium its more common sibling.

– fine-tuned for 2013 to focus on the popular models and increase the of these variants, the Yaris is now exclusively in five-door format. The Yaris range still the planet-pleasing 51 kW 1.0- and 73 kW 1.3-litre engines; the simplification of the variants to “1.3” and “1.3 CVT” the new-look, three-model line-up. The 1.5 option remains the flagship and is “XS HSD” and “XR HSD” respectively system output of 74 kW, with 3.8 l/100 km fuel consumption).

The XR HSD will be on show and this is loaded with kit including niceties as Vehicle Stability with Hill Ascent driver knee airbag, Shield airbags, front and spoiler, projector headlamps, LED running lights, keyless automatic climate control, screen audio system, monitor, Bluetooth compatibility, wipers, automatic light system and electrochromatic rearview

Auris – the bewitching, all-new Auris sporting sharper, distinctive looks in XR HSD guise also be on the Toyota stand. revisions that are much than just skin the whole package is lighter, the and steering are sweeter thanks to to the suspension and electric power and the car generally feels more and responsive, but its trump card is it rides exceptionally well, a compliant ride that out in the C segment.

The Auris Hybrid the same dynamic exterior and extensive interior re-modelling with the new Auris, however, models (in mid XS trim and high-grade XR go a little further by incorporating detailing and extra kit to identify as the flagships of the model range. The noteworthy of these extras are the combination lamps featuring LED lights, 17-inch graphite wheels (XR), Panoramic (XR), Simple Intelligent Assist (XR), Ice Grey dashboard inserts accompanied by leather upholstery exclusive to the HSD XR as as the adoption of a double wishbone suspension system and VSC up the ante in the stakes.

Prius – no Toyota would be complete without the best-selling hybrid, the Prius. in top-spec grade only, the gets the Full Monty – going green doesn’t you have to become an ascetic. look at the toys the Prius offers on the standard menu: innovative touchscreen system for multimedia connectivity, satellite and Bluetooth plus a rear-view linked to SatNav, the new Prius Advanced Traffic Pattern (feeds through the latest on traffic conditions while en voice recognition for music and play, and phone contacts and call functions; Heads-Up projects key vehicle information on to the of the windscreen, including vehicle the Eco Drive Monitor and turn-by-turn information; Hi-tech eight-speaker JBL system, with power-saving speaker technology; Water-repellent dusk-sensing LED headlamps with and an auto-dimming electrochromatic rear-view revised multi-information display 3D imaging and new functionality including a fuel consumption record, a rolling archive of five data, and an ECO savings calculator; Park Assist this gizmo physically helps you (parallel parking and alley by steering the car into a viable space; Touch Tracer on the steering wheel let the driver the audio system, air conditioning and the Eco Monitor without having to down or take his or her hands off the

But the crème de la crème of these features is without a doubt the Panel Roof (with electric sunroof) – it keeps the car when parked in the sun by activating the control system and forcing air into the cabin. Please that these are just a tip of the iceberg… The new Prius also with keyless entry remote aircon activation), leather upholstery, multi-function wheel with several options, and an automatic climate system incorporating a pollen-cleansing to mention just a few of the comfort

Toyota 86 – the car that seriously Toyota’s fun factor will of be at JMS.  Here you have a car priced at the same level as a hot but manages to dish up classic car delights engine at the front, wheels at the back, fast responses and quick meaty – without the need to be travelling at speed to enjoy them. In the 86 goads you to drive it flat out as as is humanly possible and the good is that you can pilot it that 90 per cent of the time.

You d have to out vast sums of money to get to rival the handling prowess of the 86, and you would have to be going at the speed to feel the incredible of the chassis. Instead, for R315 300 you can get behind the wheel of the Toyota 86, a car re-defines how we view the bona sports car.

Based on an new platform, the 86 has a low, highly bodyshell stretched tight the engineering hard points, it the world’s most compact sports car design. It boasts the only combination of a compact / 2.0), front-mounted, naturally free-revving, horizontally opposed petrol engine and rear-wheel This unique powertrain combines with light low inertia and a low centre of gravity to the best possible power-to-weight

These attributes give the 86 accessible performance, highly readily exploitable dynamic with minimal electronic and maximum driving pleasure.

In to customer feedback, Toyota has a number of running changes to the 86’s appeal even These include a new touch-screen audio system with functionality, a moulded boot mat as as daytime running lights and a body-coloured bootlid spoiler – the two items are exclusive to the two High

RAV4 – now in its fourth iteration, has put its superior experience to good use in the 2013 RAV4. It has evolved stylistically and dynamically; not only it sport dramatic lines and a mature interior, but it also a more engaging driving i.e. it blends all the best from its predecessors and adds a quality twist to proceedings retaining the original model’s to fun. In response to the continuing of the compact SUV market and the demand for greater fuel and emissions the new RAV4 offers customers a engine line-up than before, averaging an 11% reduction in CO 2 across the range.

Available in a choice of front- or drive, 6-speed manual, automatic and CVT (Multidrive S) transmissions, the line-up now comprises a 107kW 2.0 Valvematic petrol engine in drive format mated to a of 6-speed manual or Multidrive S highly-advanced Continuously Variable system) transmissions; a 110kW 2.2 D-4D diesel engine up with a six-speed manual and the drive capabilities of Toyota’s AWD and a 132kW 2.5 litre VVT-i unit married to an all-new automatic transmission and AWD.

FJ – inspired by the original FJ40 in the 60’s, Land Cruiser’s take on this classic, the FJ has been a surprise hit on the local SUV chart. Now with the recent of several hard core enhancements the latest version of the FJ is invincible. These most updates include the addition of a tank that more doubles its fuel-load capacity to 159

The adoption of a Crawl Control is the other big news – a speed-selector on the new overhead console provides the of five speeds. The system maintains a low uniform vehicle uphill and downhill by controlling engine output and brake pressure, allowing the driver to fully on steering the vehicle. It vehicle stability in extreme driving conditions by minimising spin and tyre lock-up. The has the added benefit of reducing damage to the vehicle, by smoothly vehicle speed over terrain. It reduces load on the by smoothly controlling engine and brake application.

For 2014 the FJ also gains newly 17-inch seven-spoke alloy with the latest upgrade.

– Toyota is poised to launch a facelifted Land Cruiser range with improved features, better third-row access and higher interior and specification. Important safety across the range will trailer sway control and brake signal. VX models add spot monitoring as well as inflation warning. Trailer control gives Land Prado owners an additional of confidence and control when Land Cruiser Prado s new face draws on several elements from its unique heritage; a further evolution of the Prado grille and a vertical, construction accentuating the new Toyota s appearance.

A comprehensive interior combines new switchgear and instrumentation enhanced trim and ornamentation, second and third row seat with new fabrics, and new interior schemes. Land Cruiser debuted in South Africa in the and is now midway through its fourth It is offered with the choice of petrol and 3.0-litre turbo-diesel

More details on the new Toyota will be disclosed closer to the in November.

Hilux and Fortuner – for SA’s homegrown, bestseller Hilux and Fortuner come in for a of surgery. Most of the changes place indoors with models becoming the recipients of the new dashboard (as opposed to the outgoing palette). To complement the new trim Fortuner upholstery changes to leather for the 3.0 and 4.0 variants whilst the 2.5 gets matching black Another upgrade applies to the multimedia system.

Some of the features of this new include photo viewer, playback (when the vehicle is full-colour album art display and interface categories for music In line with Fortuner 3.0 and 4.0 Hilux Double Cab 3.0 and 4.0 models now get a back guide monitor as

FT-86 Open Concept – will present its new FT-86 concept for the first time on soil. Created to test the for the possible introduction of a convertible of its globally acclaimed 86 sports the concept has been designed to the lively, highly engaging and performance and dynamic abilities of the 86 the added appeal of top-down The show car has a special pure white and navy blue scheme designed by Toyota Milan Design (TBMD) to the spirit and atmosphere of Milan, one of the leading centres for fashion and The bodywork is finished in white, with the blue of the roof.

the perforated white leather is layered over a navy backing, with golden accent stitching and carpets.

The Open uses the same and powertrain as the 86. As with the production 86, it MacPherson strut front and wishbone rear suspension to a direct handling feel, response and a high level of The electric power steering has a 13.1:1 ratio that’s on a par racing models, while ventilated disc brakes and aft deliver excellent pedal for car control finesse. The 86 has a near-perfect front-to-rear weight distribution, deliver ideal response to subtle steering, throttle and inputs, and a low, 460 mm centre of

While introducing a fabric is likely to bring the centre of even lower, further analysis will be needed to the balance of the coupe. The 86 tips the at only 1257kg, thanks to weight-saving measures, giving the car a ratio of around 117 kW per tonne. the cabriolet to be “weight-neutral” relative to the will be a key area of study Toyota decided to progress the project.

Le Mans TS030 Replica – an exhibit that come under the spotlight in the leadership zone is a replica of the TS030 Hybrid driven by Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Sarrazin which finished at this year’s gruelling Le Mans race. The 2013 Hybrid uses a revised of the Toyota Racing hybrid first used in 2012. The capacitor-based system delivers of boost automatically, on top of the 390kW by a 3.4 litre, normally-aspirated V8 petrol

Ahead of the new regulations due to be enforced in the team has fine-tuned the powertrain, and aerodynamics to improve power, management of component usage and

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