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Celebrate a good life with Avensis

2006-08-01 09:03

The new Toyota Avensis

The Avensis follows the successful launches of the Yaris hatch and sedan models and the Fortuner SUV into new segments of the market for Toyota in South Africa.

In 2003, its year of introduction, the Avensis was voted "Fleet Car of the Year" in the UK. In that market the 'D' market segment accounts for 63% of purchases on average. The high acceptance of the Avensis in the British fleet market however sees 72% of Avensis sales delivered into the fleet market. It is a vehicle that will find a high level of acceptance amongst Executives and Professionals for whom a value proposition is important."

With its Eurocentric styling, engineering and packaging, including a host of luxury and comfort features, the Avensis offers both prestige and status.

The Avensis combines Toyota's latest generation engine technology for optimised performance, economy, and low emissions for both petrol and diesel engines combined with: a high safety specification ? the Avensis boasts an NCAP Five-star rating; practical functionality; spaciousness ? including a large boot capacity, and value for money to make this latest addition to the Toyota range in South Africa an intelligent choice.

Together, the elements of prestige, status, and intelligent choice with regard to vehicle selection make a solid foundation for achieving a good life in motoring.

Avensis buyers have a choice of four models in two specification grades. The 'Advanced' specification grade offers a high level of comfort, luxury and safety features. Included is a full suite of electronic driver aids including ABS, Electronic Brake force Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, Emergency Brake Assist, and Traction Control. Full airbag protection is provided by front, side, curtain side and driver?s knee airbags.

The comfort and luxury features pack includes dual zone climate control, leather seat facings, electric 8-way adjustable front seats, one touch electric windows front and rear, electric remote side mirrors, and a leather covered steering wheel with satellite audio controls. Cruise control provides for relaxed long distance cruising.

In the 'Advanced' specification grade buyers can choose between a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission. Both models are powered by an advanced technology direct injection petrol engine. Maximum power is 108kW at 5700 r/min and peak torque is 196Nm at 4000 r/min.

Moving up from the comprehensive 'Advanced' specification level, Toyota offers two models in the 'Exclusive' specification grade. At this level xenon HID headlamps are added together with an automatic headlight levelling system and headlamp washers.

Cashew leather seat facings replace the anthracite colour of the 'Advanced' grade. A Toyota turn-by-turn SATNAV system is also included in the 'Exclusive' specification grade as is a radio/CD changer combination with eight speakers.

The 'Exclusive' specification grade offers a choice of either a four cylinder,16-valve VVTi direct injection petrol engine or a latest generation 2,2 litre D-4D common rail, direct injection, turbo diesel engine.

Maximum power available from the 2,4 litre petrol engine is 120kW @ 5800 r/min while peak torque is 230Nm at 4000 r/min. The 2,2 litre D-4D diesel engine produces 110kW at 3600 r/min with maximum torque of 310Nm at 2000-3200 r/min.

The 2,4 litre petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission while the 2,2 litre D-4D diesel engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

All three engine options offered comply with Euro Step IV emissions requirements. Service intervals for all models (petrol and diesel) is 15000km. A five-year/90000km service plan is included in the purchase price.


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