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2012-08-20 10:39

TOYOTA WOWS WITH NEW AURIS: The new Corolla hatch - or Auris to us - has just gone on sale in its home market and should be with us early in 2013.

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A new variant of Toyota’s next-generation Auris was spotted undergoing testing. Check out our gallery of the new Auris Estate.

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.

SEDAN TO FOLLOW


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.

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