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Toyota is thinking big by creating a new generation of small cars designed to address the demands of modern motoring and the preferences of today’s drivers. Two new models took centre stage at the Geneva Motor Show this March. The Toyota iQ was first shown as a concept car at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
Toyota unveiled its super-compact iQ model at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month. Smaller even than the Toyota Aygo, the iQ concept has a range of new design and technology ideas and Toyota plans to have this new model on sale by 2009. The tiny Toyota iQ is just under 3 metres in length, that is just slightly longer than the Smart Fortwo.
Toyota is testing a home charging option of the Prius in Japan. If successfully tested, it will be available for sale as the Plug-in HV. It will be using the same batteries as current Toyota Prius models but owners will be able to top the battery up at home, enabling the Prius to go further and faster without having to use the petrol motor.
Sales of Toyota and Lexus hybrid models have recently exceeded 1 million. Hybrid vehicles have been proving popular in many countries but have been particularly popular in North America and Japan. The highest selling hybrid model, the Toyota Prius has now sold 758,000 models worldwide since it was launched in 1997. Other hybrid models like the Lexus RX400h and Lexus GS450h are also selling well.
The strong market performance of Avensis, Toyota’s European flagship model, gains added impetus this June with the arrival of a new feature model, the Toyota Avensis TR. It offers high specification and high value for customers with its extensive list of premium features. The new Avensis TR is equipped with the latest Toyota full-map colour satellite navigation system, with a 6.
Spring brings an addition to the Toyota Aygo range, the new Aygo Blue, a model that offers high specification and extra style. Joining the established Aygo Black in the line-up, it expresses its blue theme in exclusive Lagoon Blue metallic paint, carpet mats and blue surrounds for the air vents and instrument panel.
In the first quarter of 2007 Toyota has emerged as the top-selling car manufacturer in the world. It has now overtaken General Motors for the number one slot, GM has been the biggest car manufacturer in the world for the last 75 years. Selling 2.35 million cars, Toyota recorded a 9.2 percent rise in car sales over the first quarter of this year.
Toyota has extended its new Auris hatchback range with the high performance T180. The Auris T180 uses the Toyota 175bhp, 2.2 litre D-4D turbo diesel engine – achieving 0-62mph in 8.1.seconds and 50-70mph in 8.4 seconds. With a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, the new Auris T180 has a new multilink rear suspension system to cope with the additional engine power.
Toyota is introducing upgraded features to its Avensis range including a much-improved sat-nav system. UK Car Discount offers great discount on cheap new Toyota models, including cheap new Toyota Avensis models. Buy for cash price or on a new car finance deal to suit you – cheap Toyota Avensis PCP deals or cheap Toyota Avensis HP deals.
As the central London congestion charge zone has now extended west to take in an even greater slice of the capital, the Toyota Prius becomes an even more compelling choice for drivers seeking to save money and drive a car that’s less harmful to the environment.