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New Auris breaks Toyota mould

2012-08-20 10:39

Toyota has revealed its striking new Corolla hatchback as it makes its market debut in Japan.

The hatchback, which will still bear the Auris name in South Africa, will be available here from “the first quarter in 2013” a Toyota SA representative said.

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And in a departure for Toyota, the latest Auris, which has been the subject of much research and evaluation in Europe, will be released ahead of the Corolla sedan.

Its European development has also had a positive influence on the Auris’ styling. The new model’s design in edgier than before with sweeping lines adding to the athletic styling. The hatchback also has a lower centre of gravity that will have a positive effect on its dynamic performance.

Apart from its sportier styling, the new Auris will, according to Toyota, also offer clever packaging solutions that will free up cabin space for occupants.

Not many details have been released, but the line-up will include a 1.8-litre petrol engine and a hybrid version.

The Toyota SA representative said options were still being considered ahead of the model’s local introduction in 2013. “There are several derivatives, including a hybrid, so we’ll need to decide if we want to launch with one or two options, or the full range,” he added.

The next Corolla sedan is expected to debut from 2014.

Comments
  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-08-20 11:06

    And now for the most boirng car in world, the winner goes to... The Toyota Auris. Hopefully the new model will be an improvement.

      petrivoges - 2012-08-20 11:28

      How dare you lable the Auris as boring... the Etios is the proud owner of that title!

      petrivoges - 2012-08-20 11:28

      How dare you lable the Auris as boring... the Etios is the proud owner of that title!

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-08-20 12:11

      If this Auris is boring then what is a Polo Vivo Sedan ?

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-08-20 12:11

      If this Auris is boring then what is a Polo Vivo Sedan ?

      gerrie.visagie - 2012-08-20 13:07

      Sorry fell asleep...what was that again?

      gerrie.visagie - 2012-08-20 13:07

      Sorry fell asleep...what was that again?

      Alien42063 - 2012-08-21 07:15

      I'm sorry...I used to be a huge Toyota Supporter with the Tazz...RunX RSI, 4AGe and 4AGZE motor etc. But Toyota today is boring...except for the new sports car. But this Auris...OMW...it looks like a ship. It's huge...and I really don't like its shape. Looks like the pic has been stretched horizontally hey?

  • stampalex - 2012-08-20 11:19

    New skin, same under-performing power-train. 1.8l petrol, really? Other then the nice new modern shape (About time with everyone else already way ahead for the last, I dunno, ten years?) I expect it will perform like the current Corolla - i.e. no grunt, no acceleration, no fun. Not t mention the outdated 3yr 100k warranty (Who still offers that?) and even worse service plan. Keep it...

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-08-20 12:38

      Don't want to keep defending Toyota , but how do you know that the engine is the same ? Would rather have a reliable 1.8 than a VW engine where you must keep replacing turbos at great cost. They are promising good handling as well - your hater comments are premature. Also your comment on the warranty and service plan , when you have a reliable car its not an issue.

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-08-20 12:38

      Don't want to keep defending Toyota , but how do you know that the engine is the same ? Would rather have a reliable 1.8 than a VW engine where you must keep replacing turbos at great cost. They are promising good handling as well - your hater comments are premature. Also your comment on the warranty and service plan , when you have a reliable car its not an issue.

      ldbrink - 2012-08-20 12:57

      You obviously have no clue what you are talking about when it comes to the service plan and warranty. Personal experience says it is the best warranty and service plan out there. Unlike other brands they don't question every little thing when you have an issue, same with the service plan. As far as I know Toyota is the only manufacturer that doesn’t cancel service plans for being late with a service or even skipping one.

      ldbrink - 2012-08-20 12:57

      You obviously have no clue what you are talking about when it comes to the service plan and warranty. Personal experience says it is the best warranty and service plan out there. Unlike other brands they don't question every little thing when you have an issue, same with the service plan. As far as I know Toyota is the only manufacturer that doesn’t cancel service plans for being late with a service or even skipping one.

  • andile.mali.73 - 2012-08-20 13:25

    Go to km77.com for more pics of the new Auris.

  • erik.p.vanwyk - 2012-08-20 13:51

    I thought they would have replaced the 1.8 with a smaller turbo engine as that is the route that every other manufacture is going,I have never driven the 1.8 myself but have heard that it gets quite thirsty if not driven properly.Perfect company car.

  • raath - 2012-08-20 16:50

    Looks like it was designed with only a ruler and a pencil...

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-08-20 17:45

    Toyota stays ugly and expensive.Unfortunately I am not convinced

  • phillip.havenga - 2012-08-20 20:43

    Hideous.

  • lourens.a.kloppers - 2012-08-21 08:48

    all the toyota haters are those that probably havent owned a toyota before. This new auris looks very modern, its not boring. The reason toyota is keeping the 1.8 engine is because they have a reputation for reliability and they cannot keep that reputation if they make the small turbo engines. they are smart.

      raath - 2012-08-21 12:36

      Yeah, they suffered enough reputation damage with all the recalls...

      lourensenchrisna.kruger - 2012-08-22 06:53

      I used to be a big Toyota fan and owned many a Toyota, have moved over to Ford and Honda, never been happier.

  • ronald.ragadza - 2012-08-21 09:36

    Bring it on Toyota. I will see it in metal before I make any judgement.

  • triumphant.voice.58 - 2012-08-21 13:20

    Looks like a Yaris and a Pruis got stuck in the garage too long overlooking the new Volvo S40 design shop. Man: copy cat, sweedish bat you gotta do better than that! And to the author of the article :'Toyota Wows' ? be a journalist not a dictatypist. Have some integrity!

  • de.stig.9 - 2012-08-22 12:16

    Its a failed attempt to copy the i30

  • autotrax.sa.1 - 2012-08-23 12:28

    'Okay...I guess' were my first impressions. While we are not all Toyota fans, I have got to say that this is a step into the right direction...design wise. Not sure of what the powertrain will deliver but do not expect much in that department. Doubt anyone would opt to purchase the all new Auris over the Honda Civic, Megane, Golf 6, Ford Focus. Might be pleasing to the eye for some, might be a comfortable drive and maybe even kind to the wallet regarding fuel. Something's just missing. Too many stolen elements from other products/brands regarding styling...but a step forward I suppose.

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