Toyota at the Paris Motor Show: Auris Hybrid, Verso and GT86 TRD

At the Paris Motor Show 2012, Japanese vehicle manufacturer unveieled their all new Auris Hybrid, 2013 Verso and GT86 TRD edition. Auris Hybrid is being released as an estate version of the Auris hatchback. The new Touring Sports model will sit on a 2600 mm wheelbase as is seen in the hatchback but will be about 285 mm longer, which results in better cabin space and additional space in the load area.

Touring Sports front end design is the same as its five door counterpart with additional glass, extended roofline, anodized aluminum rails and an integrated rear spoiler. An 80 mm lower sill is seen at the rear end of the wagon. In addition to its hybrid engine, the new Auris Touring Sports model will have a 1.33 Dual VVT-1 and 1.6 Valvematic petrol engine along with a 1.4 D-4D diesel unit as seen in the hatchback.

Set to be launched in European markets early next year, the vehicle will host a number of safety features such as seven airbags, follow-me-home lighting system, Hill start Assist Control LED daytime lights and Vehicle Stability Control. The Auris Touring Sports will reach European showrooms in early 2013 before which time prices will be announced.

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– New exterior design with stronger Toyota family identity in the front-end styling
– Revised interior with changes to instruments and controls, new trim details and higher perceived quality
– New Verso joins new Auris and Auris Touring Sports for a renewed Toyota product offensive in the compact/family car market
– Planning, design and engineering led by Toyota Motor Europe, model built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey
– UK specifications to be announced later

19/09/12 — The new Verso, unveiled at the 2012 Paris motor show, showcases Toyota’s European design and engineering capabilities. It joins the new Auris and Auris Touring Sports as the third element in the company’s renewed product offensive in the compact/family car market – the C-segment.

With more than 300 parts changed, the seven-seat Verso has undergone a comprehensive mid-life upgrade.

It builds on the established versatility, practicality and roominess of the current model, but adds more style and comfort and improved handling. On the outside it displays Toyota’s new design language and a family identity that links it visually to new Auris and Auris Touring Sports. The interior has been improved, the 2.0-litre D-4D diesel engine has been revised for lower CO2 emissions, driving dynamics have been sharpened and NVH levels have been reduced.

New Verso is the first full-scale project that has involved Toyota’s European product planning, design, R&D and purchasing strategy operations from the concept stage onwards, demonstrating Toyota’s commitment to a regional strategy. Vehicle planning, design and engineering were all led in Europe, and new Verso is being built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey. European sales are expected to be about 50,000 in 2013, giving the model an approximate five per cent share of its market segment.

Exterior design
New Verso retains its distinctive “dual zone” styling, with a full length character line which, in profile view, divides the bonnet and cabin from the chassis and loadspace. The principal changes are at the front where the Toyota’s new design language has been adopted to project a family look that gives the car a strong visual link to the new Auris and Auris Touring Sports. The aim has been to reduce the perception of the vehicle’s height while emphasising its width and length.

The details include a large, trapezoidal grille set within a redesigned bumper, and a smaller upper grille that spans the full width between new headlights. There is a larger Toyota badge, set lower on the bonnet, and a chrome-finish horizontal bar that extends into the headlamp units to accentuate Verso’s width.

The headlamp units themselves are narrower and incorporate new LED daytime running lights. On some versions, High-Intensity Discharge headlights are fitted.

The larger lower grille has a gloss black finish and twin chrome strips, and is flanked by fog lights with chrome surrounds. There is also a full-width, body coloured lip spoiler, that also serves to emphasise the vehicle’s width.

The profile view changes with new, smaller, folding door mirrors with integrated turn signal lights. New wheels are available: the 17-inch alloys have the same design as before, but with a darker finish; the 16-inch alloys now have a machined face finish.

At the rear there is a new bumper that incorporates an integrated low level diffuser. The colours of the centre and outer lenses in the rear light cluster have been changed and there is new trim for the rear licence plate.

Interior design
Changes to Verso’s interior include extensive new trim details and a new satin black paint finish that is softer to the touch. Soft-touch material has also been introduced for the upper glovebox and, on some versions, Nappa leather is used around the steering wheel, door trims and armrest.

Warm satin chrome trim highlights feature on the driver’s instrument surrounds, the instrument binnacle hood, air vents, instrument panel, gear shift and door grips. The attention to detail in raising the sensory quality of the interior extends to using a new two-layer paint finish for the interior door handles.

Measures have been taken to harmonise the appearance of the instruments and switchgear by using more consistent illumination and font sizes for the graphics. The driver’s meters are now back-lit in white, and all switches have a deep orange illumination.

A dimmer switch has been added to the controls so the brightness of the combination meter and the switchgear lighting can be adjusted simultaneously, giving a consistent lighting level.

New seat fabrics, colours and designs have been introduced and across the range the front seats have improved side bolster support; the bolsters themselves have a harder-wearing finish.

On higher grade versions the bolsters are leather-covered with double stitching to match the armrest and door trims. Another detail touch is the introduction of a jack-knife style key.

Verso remains as roomy as ever and retains its best-in-class 975mm couple distance between the first and second row of seats.

Toyota’s Easy Flat-7 seating system delivers excellent flexibility, with a possible 32 different seating combinations. Individual seats are fitted in the second and third rows and those in the second row have a 195mm sliding adjustment range.

When all the rear seats are folded, new Verso has a flat load floor that is 1,575mm and 1,430 mm wide. With all seats in place the luggage volume is 155 litres; when the third row is folded, the figure rises to 440 litres.

There is a boot management system under the floor where items can be stored out of sight. Its capacity varies according to how many seats are folded down, and whether a full size spare tyre or tyre repair kit is specified. The tonneau cover can also be stored in this space when not in use.

There is plenty more storage around the cabin, include a twin-compartment glovebox, that has a cooled upper section large enough to carry a 1.5-itre bottle, and an 8.2-litre lower section.

There is also a spacious centre console box, door pockets, seatback storage, fold-down tables with integrated cupholders, a drawer beneath the front passenger seat, an overhead consoles and pockets for the driver and front passenger that can be used to hold mobile phones or music players.

A full-length panoramic roof is available, measuring 2,340 by 1,280mm, bringing significantly more light into the cabin and increasing the sense of spaciousness.

Verso’s 2.0-litre D-4D diesel engine has been revised for better torque delivery at low revs and quieter running. At the same the engine’s CO2 emissions have been reduced by 10g/km to fall below 130g/km.

The 2.2-litre D-CAT diesel engine will also be available, with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. The former develops 175bhp/131kW with 159g/km CO2 emissions, the latter 148bhp/110kW and 178g/km.

The towing capacity for all diesel-powered Verso has been increased by 200kg to 1,500kg.

The 1.6 and 1.8-litre Valvematic petrol engines will continue. Both are matched to a six-speed manual gearbox, with the 1.8 optionally available with a revised Multidrive CVT that has been tuned to give more of a stepped gear shift feel, with engine revs building in a way that’s more closely linked to vehicle acceleration.

Driving dynamics
Verso is designed to ride with all the stability and comfort of a conventional passenger car. Its driving dynamics have been further revised to achieve even greater body control and more agile handling.

Adding extra welding points has improved body rigidity, and the suspension (front MacPherson struts, rear torsion beam) has been tuned for a more comfortable ride. The electric power steering has been adjusted, too, for better feel and feedback.

The cabin has been made quieter by adding sound damping to the A-pillars and the introduction of smaller, more aerodynamic door mirrors which cut the amount of wind noise. Engine combustion noise has been reduced, too, and better sound damping has been provided between the engine compartment and cabin..


– Paris motor show debut for Toyota’s new UK built compact hatchback
– Sharper, more distinctive styling reflecting the new face of Toyota
– Full hybrid, diesel and petrol powertrains to be offered
– Interior distinguished by more cabin and boot space, smart packaging and use of high quality materials
– R&D focus on weight management, chassis design and aerodynamics to improve dynamic performance, fuel consumption and emissions
– New model key to Toyota’s growth in Europe
– All versions of new Auris to be manufactured at Toyota’s Burnaston plant in Derbyshire
– Details of UK introduction, specifications and prices to be announced later

20/08/12 — Toyota will unveil the new Auris at the Paris motor show in September, a car that will deliver improved dynamics, more distinctive styling and higher equipment levels, while also being cheaper to run.

New Auris is the latest model to reflect Toyota’s determination to engineer cars that are more appealing and dynamically engaging to drive, while building on its long-established reputation for quality, durability and reliability.

As well as presenting a more confident exterior design and a higher quality interior, new Auris also benefits from improvements to driving dynamics and efficiency enhancements to its powertrain line-up, including the full hybrid system that powers the flagship Auris Hybrid model.

The car’s exterior and interior are all new, and it has the distinction of sitting lower than any other mainstream C-segment model. The overall height is 55mm less than the current model and a lower front end design helps deliver excellent aerodynamic performance with a Cd0.28 drag coefficient, supporting better handling stability and lower fuel consumption.

New Auris adopts the new “face” of Toyota in the design of its grille and the sharp-edged appearance of its headlights and LED daytime running lights, giving the car a more powerful road presence.

In profile there is another dramatic styling change with the extension of the side glazing into three panels. The effect will be rendered even more eye-catching in some versions with a piano black finish for the B-pillars and a dynamic treatment of the C-pillars above a stronger and more pronounced chrome-trimmed rising belt line.

At the rear new Auris has a wider opening tailgate, with an interplay of convex and concave surfaces, a wrap-around combination lamp design and new bumper profile, strengthening the car’s broad stance.

The new interior is more spacious and comfortable, and introduces Skyview, one of the largest panoramic roofs in the segment. Toyota has paid special attention to the sensory quality of the cabin and worked in detail to achieve a greater sense of visual unity through consistency of lighting, colours, finishes, and even the font used for the graphics.

The air vent and meter surrounds, centre console and transmission tunnel trim share a high quality satin silver finish, and on higher grades the dashboard itself is leather trimmed. The tactile quality of the interior surfaces has been improved, with baseball-stitched nappa leather used to trim the steering wheel, and soft touch materials featured on the instrument panel’s upper surface. The assist grips and door grips have a soft texture finish, the door armrests are padded and the pillars are fabric-trimmed.

Smart packaging has improved the driving position and added 20mm to rear seat knee room and 90mm to the loadspace length. All hatchback versions provide more luggage space, at 360 litres. Repositioning of the battery pack beneath the rear seat has ensured Auris Hybrid has the same load capacity as other models in the range.

New Auris further benefits from a lower ride height, driving position and centre of gravity. The steering and suspension have been revised to help give a more comfortable, responsive and enjoyable drive.

Attention has also been paid to weight management, with greater use of high tensile steel, particularly in the upper part of the body structure. This contributes to a 10 per cent increase in body stiffness and an overall vehicle weight saving of up to 40kg (according to version), while also helping to lower the car’s centre of gravity.

Toyota was the first manufacturer to offer a choice of three powertrains in the C-segment and this continues with the new model. Efficiency and dynamic improvements have been made to the Hybrid Synergy Drive system, which will be offered in Auris Hybrid. Within the UK the new model will also feature 1.4-litre diesel and 1.33 and 1.6-litre petrol engines. Europe-wide Toyota expects an even one-third share of sales for each powertrain type – full hybrid, diesel and petrol –reflecting how hybrid has matured to become a mainstream rather than a niche choice.

New Auris has been designed for Europe and will be built exclusively at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in the UK, alongside Avensis, supported by investment that demonstrates the company’s commitment to its European operations.

The new model will be given its European premiere on 27 September at the Paris motor show, with petrol, diesel and full hybrid versions on display. Details of UK sales introduction, specifications and prices will be announced at a later date.

New Auris dimensions
Length (mm) 4,275 +30
Width (mm) 1,760 (unch)
Height (mm) 1,460 -55
Wheelbase (mm) 2,600 (unch)
Loadspace (l) 360 +6 (+127 for Auris Hybrid)
Cd 0.28 -0.01

New Auris heritage
Toyota is the world’s leading producer of C-segment cars, having sold more than 39 million units in more than 140 countries since the introduction of Corolla in 1966. It is also the world’s leading manufacturer of full hybrid cars, with more than 4.3 million sold since the first generation Prius was launched in 1997.

More than 60,000 first generation Auris Hybrid have been sold since it joined the range in 2010, making it the second most successful hybrid model in Europe after Prius.

GT86 TRD Performance Line Accessories

GT86 fans can look forward to the premiere of TRD (Toyota Racing Development) performance line accessories designed specifically for the

GT86. All TRD parts will be available individually throughout Europe for the first time.

Aerodynamics-enhancing parts include front spoiler, side skirts, rear trunk spoiler, rear under spoiler as well as stainless steel rear diffusers. A choice of two TRD 18″ aluminium wheels with stylish 10-spoke TF4 design is also available.

The GT86 interior can be equipped with a centre console-mounted push button start switch and a new gear knob clad in real leather.

Performance-enhancing parts for the GT86 include a full-length Ride Adjustment Shock Absorber and Spring Suspension Set, plus Front and Rear Stabiliser Set to optimise body roll.

Chassis performance may be further improved through a Member Brace Set, which minimises bodyshell movement.

An industry first, the TRD Door Stabiliser uses a spacer to automatically fill the gap in the door striker area. This improves the torsional rigidity of the bodyshell, steering response and suspension efficiency.

Braking efficiency may be enhanced through a front and rear Monoblock Brake Kit. Direct Brake Lines are also available separately to enhance the performance of a standard GT86 brake system.

A High Response Muffler with four exhausts gives the exhaust note a satisfying, racing note appropriate to the TRD pedigree.

The GT86 TRD Performance line accessories are the perfect way to enhance the sporty credentials of the GT86.

Key highlights
• European premiere of TRD Performance Line accessories for GT86
• Front, side and rear aerodynamic components to reduce lift and improve high speed stability
• Performance-enhancing chassis, suspension, brake, engine and exhaust components