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Toyota Auris driven in SA

28, 2013

Toyota’s Auris in its first generation, was an almost attendee at the Corolla party. the introduction of the latest Auris any real effect this

We shared our initial thoughts on the new following a first drive in here and in the February issue of magazine on sale now. The new car is now in South Africa starting at the price of R195 000, just a few more than the outgoing 1.3.

So the country’s local were assembled in Johannesburg for the launch of the new Auris where SA’s representatives seemed pleased with the result of president Akio Toyoda’s in the development of the carmaker’s latest

Whose seal of approval?

Crompton, Toyota SA’s president for sales and marketing ‘It now looks sharper and more

‘It’s lower and visually has a dynamic stance, but the revisions are than skin deep. The package is lighter, the handling and are sweeter thanks to tweaks to the and electric power steering and the car feels more nimble and

The new Auris certainly won’t be for any kind of ‘facelifted’ model…  It what Toyota refers to as a look’ – highlighted particularly by the accent strip running the headlight cluster to create – and an Under Priority grille complements a large trapezoidal grille with a smaller running between the headlamps.

A strong shoulder line the Auris view in profile, the rear is dominated by a wider opening, a neatly integrated spoiler and linear wraparound lamps.

More than the Auris also shows the of its reduced overall height in all) and lower centre of in its greater dynamic zeal, with the previous model.

The new is infinitely sportier than the car it even in the 1.6 CVT model I was allowed to on the route between Johannesburg and the And no, this model shouldn’t be just because it comes that annoying CVT ‘moo’.

Toyota’s overhauled its continuously transmission to be more responsive to sort itself out, at low the shifts were almost and the Auris’ become so refined, little transmission drone into the cabin.

The 1.6-litre, 97kW and 160Nm at its disposal at was quite punchy, even at The CVT also didn’t object to a bit of – just switch it to manual and it’s only too happy to rev all the way to the red through its seven ‘steps’.

I had that cars destined for Africa would drop the orange digital clock seen on Toyota products, but my must have been into a vortex. Gaudy displays haven’t changed one

Other features, such as needles and numerals for the instruments, dashboard finishes with stitching on higher grade and a selection of soft and hard have, however, made it to Africa.

On the whole, specification even on the entry-level 1.3 X and 1.6 Xi models are These include remote locking, air conditioning, multifunction wheel, USB/iPod connection and windows all around.

New colours for the are Avant-garde Bronze and Inferno orange, also used on the 86 coupe.

The Auris range will be in February with the introduction of HSD although the 1.3 and 1.6 engines already from Toyota Optimal using lightweight materials, efficiency and using a ‘charging or brake energy regeneration to charge the battery under

Sadly for fans of the D-4D, the model has been turfed out of the line-up since Toyota see many C-segment buyers for it.

All Auris models are equipped ABS, EBD and brake assist, driver and front passenger and airbags are standard. XR models add and driver’s knee bags.

come standard with a or 90 000km service plan and a or 100 000km warranty.

1.3 X – R195 000

1.6 Xi – R217 500

1.6 XS – R228 600

1.6 XR – 200

1.6 XR CVT – R265 600

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