Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) this year celebrates 50 proud years in South Africa with its largest ever presence at the Johannesburg International Motor Show.
Speaking at the opening of the TSAM exhibition in Hall 6, Dr Johan van Zyl President and CEO of Toyota South Africa Motors and Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), emphasised the fact that the company is starting on a new journey with a wide range of new and upgraded products that offers both good value and greater excitement.

“At Toyota we have recently unveiled our new global vision, which will drive all our efforts towards exceeding our customers’ expectations and being rewarded with a smile. In line with this vision we will in future introduce products that support our traditional strengths of quality, durability, reliability and good value with a healthy dose of excitement and modern design,” says Dr Van Zyl.

FT-86 G Sport Concept
Stealing the limelight at this year’s Johannesburg International Motor Show is the clearest sign yet of Toyota’s intentions for the future. Inspired by the legendary fifth generation of the Toyota Corolla (code named AE86) the FT-86 is Toyota’s interpretation of a true lightweight sports car. The FT-86 concept hints at the final production version of this exciting front-engine, rear wheel drive sports car, which is set for international production and South African introduction in 2012.

The FT-86 G Sport Concept is a fettled version of the FT-86 concept, which shows some of the future possibilities of this sports car. Stretched by 30 mm and with forced induction, the G Sport Concept mixes its sporty design with greater aggression, most visible in its front bonnet air intake (with visible intercooler) and in-built side vents.

The FT-86 G Sport Concept is 20mm wider and 30mm lower than other versions of the FT-86 concept. The concept vehicle rides on 19 inch lightweight alloy wheels, shod with Bridgestone 245/40 rubber in front and 275/35 rubber at the rear.

The final production version of the FT-86 will offer a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio and promises to be a true driver’s car.

FJ Cruiser
Launched in South Africa in August 2011, the FJ Cruiser is a bold statement in the market for capable sport utility vehicles. Fitted with a 200 kW 4.0 V6 engine, the FJ Cruiser offers great performance and exceptional off road capabilities. To that fact, the FJ Cruiser offers the highest ground clearance in the Land Cruiser range and impressive approach, departure and break-over angles.

The FJ Cruiser will be on show at Toyota’s impressive exhibition in Hall 6 and will also be on hand at the 4×4 outdoor exhibition area.

A full FJ Cruiser press kit is included in the Johannesburg International Motor Show press kit.

Auris TRD
With its impressive performance in the South African National Rally Championship, the Toyota Auris is the perfect vehicle to welcome the mighty Toyota Racing Development (TRD) back to local soil.

The Auris TRD is the first vehicle to be fitted with special parts from the impressive array of TRD performance accessories. Key to the upgrades on the Auris TRD, dubbed the sportiest version of the Auris range, is a specially developed supercharger that is fitted atop the advanced 1.6 litre Toyota Valvematic engine.

The supercharger boosts engine power to 133kW at 6 400rpm, while torque is upped to an impressive 202Nm at 5 200rpm. Power is driven to the front wheels through a slick-shifting six speed gearbox and kept on the tarmac thanks to a TRD Sportivo Suspension kit.

The Auris TRD will replace the Auris SportX version and will retain this vehicle’s body kit. This includes aerodynamic additions such as a front and side skirts and rear mock diffuser.

The new Auris TRD will be launched in limited numbers in November 2011 in step with the introduction of another new Auris version, namely the Auris HSD. More on this new environmentally friendly hybrid hatch later in the release.

Family friendly Innova
Introduced with value conscious families and transport operators alike, the new Innova is expected to soon set a new benchmark in the multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) market. The new nameplate expands the company’s model ranges to 17 different vehicles and is expected to make an immediate impression thanks to its wide arrange of creature comforts, good performance and ride quality at a recommended entry price of less than R250 000.

Two versions of the Innova were launched just before the Johannesburg International Motor Show, with the only difference being the level of luxury and the seating arrangement. The entry level 8-seat version offers features such as Toyota’s new Display Audio system, iPod and external audio integration, Bluetooth, a driver and passenger airbag, ABS-brakes and dual zone climate control.

The leather clad 7-seat version adds more wood grain highlights, a reverse camera and captain seats in the middle row, to name but a few additions.

Both versions of the Innova will be fitted with Toyota’s much loved 2.7 VVT-i petrol engine, which offers 118kW at 5 200rpm and 241Nm at 3 800 rpm. A full press kit of the newly introduced Innova is included in the Johannesburg International Motor Show press kit.

Completely new Yaris a more mature contender
Moving from Toyota’s Future Optimism zone to its Environmental Technology Zone one cannot help but stop and stare at the brand new Toyota Yaris. Set for local introduction in South Africa in October 2011, the new Yaris was designed and is built in Europe. As such the vehicle displays many Eurocentric design elements, such as a more dynamic and sporty exterior design, much improved levels of specification and driving dynamics and a instrument binnacle moved from the centre of the dashboard to in front of the driver.

The Yaris will be offered with the choice of 1.0 and 1.33 litre petrol engines and now also the option of Toyota’s new generation continuously variable automatic transmission. Added to that the whole range will be offered in either three door or five door body styling, with top level specifications including vehicle stability control (VSC), a panoramic sun roof, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, Toyota’s new Display Audio system, Bluetooth, iPod and USB connectors for mobile phones and external media, a multi-functional steering wheel and no less than 8 airbags.

The Toyota Yaris is Optimal Drive certified, which means that it boasts a range of environmentally focussed improvements that offers a significant benefit to the driver and ultimately the environment. Optimal Drive vehicles offer major emission tax savings (the 1.33 version only emits 131 g/km) and fuel economy benefits.

The Yaris, like the new FT-86, is a clear indication of the exciting future intentions of Toyota, which remains South Africa’s most popular vehicle brand. More information on the new Yaris range will be made available at the local launch in October 2011.

Aygo now also in 3-door configuration
Sharing the stage with the new Yaris, and many of its Optimal Drive benefits, is the Toyota Aygo 3-door. This version of the popular Aygo offers an even more affordable entry to the Toyota product range and adds a bit of sporty spice in its funky design.
Please refer to the attached Aygo 3-door press release in your media packs.

Prius joined by Auris Hybrid Synergy Drive
In keeping with its promise to further develop and expand its groundbreaking full hybrid propulsion system and offering it as a third option next to petrol and diesel vehicles, Toyota is proud to welcome the Auris Hybrid Synergy Drive or Auris HSD to South Africa.

Set for introduction in step with its performance orientated Auris TRD brother, the Auris HSD will ensure that the Auris X range of C segment hatchbacks offer the widest possible choice for vehicle buyers in this segment.

Built in Toyota’s world class Burnaston factory in the United Kingdom, the Auris HSD features a completely redesigned front-end. This includes changes such as a more aerodynamic grille and a redesigned front bumper, which, together with changes to the under body of the vehicle reduces the drag coefficient of this vehicle from 0.29 to 0.283, contributing to lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Under the bonnet hides a variation of the Prius’ Hybrid Synergy Drive system. The key to the successful installation of the system in Auris’s front-engine platform is the fact the electric motor, generator and power split device are housed in a single transmission casing that is the size of a conventional gearbox. The seamless E-CVT electric continuously variable transmission is controlled by shift-by-wire technology via an electric shift lever.

The lightweight and compact four-cylinder, 1,798cc Atkinson Cycle VVT-i engine develops 72 kW at 5,200rpm and 142Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. The high performance permanent magnet synchronous 60kW electric motor generates a maximum 207Nm between zero and 13,000rpm.

Powered by the hybrid battery, the electric motor works in tandem with the petrol engine to boost acceleration in normal driving. When the car is operating in EV (electric vehicle) mode, it alone powers the driven wheels. During deceleration and under braking, the electric motor acts as a high-output generator to effect regenerative braking, recovering kinetic energy that would normally be wasted as heat for storage as electrical energy in the battery.

With this unique system in the market for C-segment hatchbacks, the new Auris HSD offers power akin to a 2 litre diesel vehicle, but with significantly lower fuel consumption.
The Auris HSD is set for South African introduction in November 2011.

Joining the Auris in the Environmental Technology Zone is the Prius, Toyota’s environmental flagship. The Prius shares all of the characteristics of the Auris HSD, but takes it that much further by offering, amongst other things, interior plastics derived from renewable plant material and an aerodynamically sculpted body that offers a drag coefficient of 0.26, the best available for a production vehicle.

FT-EV – the future of motoring
Rounding off the impressive array of environmentally friendly vehicles is the Toyota FT-EV concept. This city vehicle was designed to showcase Toyota’s advanced knowledge of various modes of propulsion and was designed to drive on electric power alone.

The FT-EV is based on Toyota’s iQ city vehicle platform and is one of a vast array of road-ready concept vehicles that has been developed to test all types of future propulsion. To this fact Toyota has already developed fully operational hydrogen fuel cell, pure electric and biofuel-ready vehicles that are being used in everyday testing across the world. Many of these vehicles benefit from Toyota’s knowledge in power management and drive characteristics that it has developed with the Prius.

The FT-EV was envisioned based on the expectation that the demand for short distance commuter vehicles are expected to increase in the coming years. The FT-EV concept is a fully electric vehicle that is equipped with a powerful electric motor that generates 45 kW and 160 Nm at 2 690rpm. It has a top speed of 110 km/h, a range of 80 km before recharging. It also boasts a zero emission rating.

Hilux, Corolla and Fortuner – Heritage Editions
Moving to the Zone that is dedicated to Toyota’s commitment to superior quality and trust, one will find three very special versions of the locally produced Corolla, Hilux and Fortuner.

All three versions of Toyota’s Heritage Editions offer a significant increase in luxury and interior specifications, but at a highly competitive price. The Heritage Editions of these three vehicles were designed to celebrate Toyota South Africa Motors’ first 50 years in South Africa, which it has celebrated throughout 2011.

Starting with the highly popular Toyota Corolla you will find special Heritage Edition embroided leather seats and unique model-specific carpet sets. This rounds off a high specification level that includes Optitron instrumentation, a powerful sound system with USB and iPod connection, electric windows and 16” alloy wheels.

Under the hood the Corolla Heritage Edition is fitted with a 1.6 litre petrol engine that delivers 90 kW at 6 000rpm and 154Nm of torque at 5 200rpm.

The Fortuner Heritage Edition is next in line with a range of unique extras that include a stainless steel nudge bar, tow bar, side steps and a model specific luxury carpet set. These extra’s will be available on several versions of the popular Fortuner and is set to be introduced after the Johannesburg International Motor Show.

The same applies to the Hilux Heritage Edition, which is equipped with special leather seats, matching leather panels in all doors, a carpet set, stainless steel side steps, a nudge bar and tow bar.

More detailed specifications of the Hilux and Fortuner model ranges, which now features significant design and specification upgrades are available on the Johannesburg International Motor Show press kit.

Welcome the Etios!
Toyota will use the Johannesburg International Motor Show to offer the first glimpse of its long awaited Etios entry level hatchback and sedan. Set for local introduction in 2012 and sourced from Toyota’s world class plant in India, the Etios offers the space and functionality of much more expensive vehicles and the quality normally associated with Toyota at a highly competitive price.

The Etios will be offered with sedan or hatch back body style when introduced in South Africa and will be powered by a newly designed 1.5 litre petrol engine that delivers 66 kW at 5 600rpm and 132Nm of torque at 3 000rpm. The engine is rated to deliver an average of 6 litres/100km in an average usage cycle.

The Etios is a key component of Toyota’s sense of optimism about the future and, when introduced, the vehicle promises the same to its owner. All models will be offered with a standard ToyotaCare Service Plan and will be offered in a wide range to satisfy the needs of budget conscious and luxury seeking vehicle buyers alike.

DataDot now standard
As an added safety benefit, all current and future vehicles sold in South Africa will be equipped with Toyota’s advanced DataDot safety system. This system is made up of thousands of small dots that contain all of the vehicle’s vital registration info and that is attached to the car in unseen places.

Equipped with this, and thanks to a special reader that is used by the SA Police Service, any vehicle or parts thereof can be traced back to its owner.

Dakar – Imperial Toyota South Africa Dakar Team to contest in top class Dakar racing
Rounding off the impressive Toyota display at this year’s Johannesburg International Motor Show is the imposing Toyota Racing Hilux that has been entered into the gruelling Dakar race. Piloted by multiple national and international champions Giniel de Villiers and Duncan Vos, the Hilux is set to prove its mettle in the ultimate endurance race across Argentina, Peru and Chile from 1 January 2012.