Toyota unveils new sports car, two hybrids


Toyota Australia has announced the arrival of its eagerly awaited 86 sports car and a broad range of other advanced new models.

The fun-to-drive 86 coupé is one of three new vehicles being offered for the first time by Toyota – the others being two hybrid vehicles, the Prius c city car and the seven-seat Prius v.

These breakthrough cars arrive hot on the heels of new-generation versions of Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion – all of which are built in Australia.
Toyota’s executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said the new vehicles demonstrate Toyota’s commitment to bringing advanced technology and driving enjoyment to the local market.

“At Toyota, we’re all about delivering our global superior-quality brand promise while meeting the wants and desires of local motorists,” Mr Callachor said.

“We are determined to maintain and build on the positive brand experience consumers have with Toyota here and overseas,” he said.

“We have ambitious plans to reinforce our role as market leader in Australia by continually expanding and improving our leading range of vehicles,” he added.

Designed to delight driving enthusiasts, the Toyota 86 brings together the qualities of a modern sports car: compact, aerodynamic, fun to drive – and affordable, priced from an amazingly low $29,990*.

It has a unique powertrain format with a front-mounted “boxer” engine and rear-wheel drive that ensures brisk and engaging performance with maximum power of 147kW – equivalent to 100hp per litre – and peak torque of 205Nm.

Both the powertrain and driving position have been set as low and as far back as possible to optimise balance, giving the car a near-perfect 53:47 weight distribution.

The flat-four engine has the lowest driver hip-point of any Toyota production vehicle at just 400mm while the ultra-low centre of gravity at just 460mm is in the league of some legendary sports cars.
These attributes, along with a compact design and light weight, enable the 86 to produce the best possible power-to-weight ratio.

The 86 also enjoys remarkable fuel economy for a sports car — 7.8 litres/100km for manual variants — and even better for automatic versions at just 7.1 litres/100km.

Sharing space with the 86 in Toyota dealer showrooms is the seventh-generation Camry and the second-generation versions of the Camry Hybrid and V6 Aurion.

Camry – with its improved driving dynamics and a more spacious interior – is set to expand its reign as Australia’s best-selling mid-size car, a position it has held for the past 18 years.

The latest Camry combines a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission that delivers better performance while substantially cutting fuel bills and emissions.

Built in Australia, Camry features expanded safety features, a more comfortable ride, better handling and added refinement with a low cost of ownership.

Camry Atara variants – designed to expand Camry’s appeal among private buyers and those who choose their cars through salary sacrifice or novated leases – feature more aggressive styling including twin exhausts that deliver even more power.

Camry Hybrid, which demonstrates the benefits of Toyota’s long history with petrol-electric hybrid vehicles, is the flagship of the Camry range.

“New Camry Hybrid is a leap forward in performance, refinement and efficiency,” Mr Callachor said. “It is in a class of its own, with an unrivalled combination of spirited power and seamless acceleration while using substantially less fuel.”

The new V6 Aurion is the most powerful Toyota made in Australia and represents attainable luxury with distinctive styling and occupant comfort levels priced from $36,490* and capped under $50,000.

Toyota is also launching its latest hybrid vehicles that broaden the appeal of the Prius, which is noted for safety, technology, fuel economy and value.

A stylish and compact city car with clever engineering, Prius c brings hybrid technology to the market from just $23,990*, or $6,000 less than any other hybrid vehicle. It has best fuel economy in the city of any petrol or diesel car.

The new Prius v is the first car in Australia to offer customers the flexibility of seven seats combined with a hybrid powertrain. Able to accommodate adults in all three rows, the Prius v is longer, wider and taller than a standard Prius with an extended wheelbase.

The latest Toyota additions to the range, as with all new Toyota vehicles, are covered by Toyota Service Advantage’s capped-price servicing plan**.