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Next HiLux to get Aussie touch

input: Toyota Australia from the Melbourne-based Technical will head the Asia region’s chassis tuning on the HiLux.

Toyota Australia to lead chassis tuning for HiLux

7 September 2011

Australia will have a say in the development of the next-generation Toyota light truck due in about with local engineers nominated to head the chassis for the Asia-Pacific region.

The input the Melbourne-based Toyota Technical will ensure that safety features such as stability control (ESC) be a certainty across range time around, helping the Toyota match new arrivals on the such as the all-new Ford Mazda BT-50 and Volkswagen

The Japanese chief engineer for the HiLux recently visited on a fact-finding mission, touring mines, farms and other where HiLux has been a in the harshest conditions for more 40 years.

Said Toyota senior executive director of and marketing David Buttner: “We him all over the place and showed him as as we could about HiLux in market.”

Australia is one of Toyota’s successful hunting grounds for consuming about 10 per cent of production in 2010, and about units in total since the generation was launched 43 years

This success has been a factor in driving Toyota to one among automotive brands in country – a fact not lost on office planners in Nagoya.

Left: Toyota Australia manager, product planning Greg Gardner.

This HiLux is Toyota’s biggest-selling in Australia, topping the sales outright in Queensland, Western and Northern Territory.

The next is in the early stages of development, the current model destined to the fort at least three years.

Launched in 2005, the model has just been a mid-life facelift, with face, revised model that includes seven diesel variants and improved

But with all-new rivals on the pad from Ford, Mazda, and Isuzu and a rising threat a raft of Chinese manufacturers, Great Wall, Foton and ZX Toyota dealers will be forward to a total make-over of the to re-set the benchmark in Toyota’s as the current model did six years

Toyota Australia’s bid to have input in the development of the next would have been no harm by the local input the new-generation Yaris, with Australia engineers spending up to 18 working alongside their office counterparts in Japan to the new model that is due to arrive Under in the final quarter of year.

Toyota Australia manager, product planning Greg Gardner told at this week’s launch of the HiLux that Aussie into Yaris had paid big with the Australian engineers off issues that could ended up affecting sales

He said one of the changes concerned the new power-assisted steering, with the engineers coming down in of European steering box for the Australian instead of a Japanese unit.

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The issue was picked up in testing at the proving ground, and solved easily at that early by upgrading to the European version for $80 a unit.

Mr Gardner revealed the Toyota Technical Centre, in Notting Hill in Melbourne’s had been nominated to head up the tuning for next-gen HiLux destined for the Asia-Pacific region – a in HiLux development.

This is expected to include ride and tuning, along with the of ESC and other new-age chassis across all models for the first in HiLux.

Currently, ESC has been only for models with the 17-inch wheels, meaning the SR5 and mid-range SR Double Cab variants with an optional $1500 pack.

Clearly, Toyota Australia would prefer to have ESC across the range, and they it clear this week they would be pushing for it in the generation – a position they now be more easily able to with the input of Toyota Centre.

Although he would not directly in the future of HiLux, Mr said: “We are totally committed to the active and passive safety of vehicle we bring to market.”

The HiLux, which was given its launch in Townsville this gets some suspension mainly focusing on noise, and harshness (NVH) improvements via new rather than ride and enhancement.

However, Mr Gardner the 4×2 HiLux shock had been revised to achieve a more stable and more ride, especially over roads.

Another area that will be hoping to influence is capacity. Although 4×4 now have a 2500kg braked capacity, this still short of the 3000kg offered by a of rivals.

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