Toyota Auris / Blade

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Toyota Auris / Blade

I n the of the 10th generation Corolla, found two mutually exclusive on the one hand, the Corolla should not its existing conservative customers, in its home market. On the other it wants to increase penetration to the Europe, whose customers a sportier appeal. To satisfy the company decided to develop a derivative from the new Corolla specially for Europe (although it is offered in Japan alongside In other words, from now on no Corolla will be on sale in The new European car is produced in UK and Turkey. It most of the mechanicals with but employs different chassis (in 3 and hatchback form instead of sportier exterior and interior and a sportier suspension tuning. The car is to Auris — a Latin meaning gold.

Like Yaris, Auris was in Toyota’s ED2 studio in France. It looks more stylish the Japanese-styled Corolla, but you won’t it a beautiful car either. By European the car is just another ordinary failing to deliver the same statements as Opel Astra, Leon, Volkswagen Golf or Megane, or even the controversial Civic. In my opinion, the Auris too bulky to deliver a sense of and sportiness. It needs tauter crisper lines and sharper to raise the game.

Inside, the looks ordinary again. It is and unairy, blame to the black high shoulder line and pillars. A panoramic glass could have solved the but unfortunately, Toyota seems behind European rivals to this feature. The dashboard has a design like Alfa unfortunately this is not backed up by materials — soft-touched are yet to arrive the latest Toyota car, the same problem as I for Yaris. This mean fails to deliver the kind of as Volkswagen or Renault, although and reliability is never in doubt. The distinctive feature in this is a floating console on which the lever is mounted. However, knows the floating console was from Volvo S40 and, the Volvo, it looks bulky the car) and offers no real Because the floating console is too thick, it is difficult to access the space underneath, violating the concept of Volvo.

This is a poor copy.

The Auris rides on the same mm wheelbase as the last generation Still, it offers a roomy because the car is made very (1515mm) and the rear floor is flat, thanks to clever of the exhaust pipes. The use of space-saving rear axle suspension enables a rather large at 354 liters, if not as impressive as Fiat 400 liters. However, note the sportiest version, 2.2D-4D, double-wishbone rear suspensions to better handling. Toyota rather save costs on the models and leave the expensive to the most expensive model. is undeniably a clever solution, if not a one for car enthusiasts.

For models riding on axle, handling is predictable and rather than exciting. with the multi-link Focus and there is more body and more ride harshnesses poor surfaces. The high of gravity and relatively soft setup also hamper its stability. The handling has little adjustability to speak of. The electric steering is accurate and well rather than communicative.

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However, on regular roads the rides pretty well. insulation is excellent. Thanks to engines, slick gearbox and controls, it achieves first mechanical refinement. The new generation 1.6 VVT-i (for Europe) and 1.8 VVT-i (for Japan) run smoothly. Now they get dual i.e. continuous variable timing on both inlet and camshafts, to improve torque and fuel consumption. Roller cam followers and lower friction let them to spin more A stronger construction also noise and vibration. In the diesel 126hp 2.0D-4D turbo is up to the job. However, the most is the 2.2D-4D turbo with piezo injector common injection system. It produces 177 and a tremendous 295 lbft of torque to very strong real performance. No wonder Toyota has no to offer a petrol hot hatch in Europe.

Naturally, the double-wishbone-suspended super model handles better the cheaper models, thanks to the sophisticated suspension geometry and to the stiffer setup. It rides but is well damped. However, the car still biases towards and is reluctant to steer on throttle. It that the word secured is the signature of Auris, like other Toyota.

Quite although Auris is supposed to be and younger than Corolla, it is too conservative and refinement-biased. There is in its design and dynamics to raise pulse. Frankly, the recent Kia is actually more interesting to us.

The above report was last on 10 Feb 2007. All Rights Reserved.

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