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2006 ACURA RDX Prototype

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2006 ACURA RDX Prototype

RDX Prototype

ACURA RDX_Prototype

ACURA RDX_Prototype

ACURA RDX_Prototype

ACURA RDX_Prototype

ACURA RDX_Prototype

ACURA RDX_Prototype

ACURA RDX_Prototype

ACURA RDX_Prototype

Acura RDX Prototype
The highly anticipated Acura RDX Prototype SUV debuted today at the North American International Auto Show. Combining sport utility with sports sedan handling and performance, RDX features an innovative 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(TM)), and is designed to redefine the entry premium SUV segment. This near-production prototype provides an advance preview of the all-new RDX that will go on sale this summer.
"The RDX Prototype represents the forward thinking that will be seen in the next generation of Acura light trucks," said John Mendel, senior vice president, Auto Operations. "It is loaded with leading edge technology and it exemplifies what we call intelligent performance: a sporty, luxurious and functional SUV that has outstanding performance yet is also fuel efficient."
RDX features an all-new 2.3-liter i-VTEC(R) four-cylinder turbocharged engine that generates 240 horsepower and 260 lbs-ft of torque. This is the first application of forced induction technology in Acura history. The revolutionary i-VTEC Turbo technology uses a variable flow turbocharger, which is exclusive to the RDX, and provides dramatic performance benefits while maintaining excellent fuel efficiency. To complement the all-aluminum high-performance engine, the RDX utilizes Acura's steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to manually operate the 5-speed sequential SportShift(TM) automatic transmission.
Acura's Super Handling-AWD system is tuned specifically for the new RDX platform. SH-AWD's sophisticated electronic controls automatically distribute torque fore and aft, as well as splitting the rear torque left to right. The result is dramatically enhanced handling, traction and stability during sporty driving as well as in inclement weather. A sophisticated chassis with fully independent front and rear suspension complement the SH-AWD. Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA(R)) combines with large disc brakes and ABS to enhance control.
The RDX is built on an all-new global light truck platform. Reflecting Acura's commitment to safety through innovation, the RDX is equipped with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) body structure and additional state-of-the-art safety features. The ACE structure helps to disperse collision forces over a larger frontal area. The system also helps to provide enhanced protection for vehicle occupants while at the same time increasing compatibility with other vehicles in a frontal collision. Front, side and side curtain airbags, in addition to rollover sensors add an extra measure of safety.
The chiseled exterior styling combines with a generous greenhouse to provide excellent visibility for driving in city traffic or on twisty mountain roads. RDX employs a compact upper body with an aggressively raked belt line, sporty wheel flares and a substantial hood that flows down from the windshield to an aggressive Acura signature five-sided grill. Custom 19-inch alloy wheels give the RDX Prototype an aggressive stance. Dual exhaust tips, HID headlights, and a rear spoiler add to the sporty appearance of the vehicle.
Inside, the RDX combines richly appointed materials with a sporty, driver-oriented cockpit. The center console features an innovative storage system, which allows for hidden and lockable storage of a briefcase or laptop computer. The prototype's interior features an assortment of leading-edge technologies, such as the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM), AcuraLink(TM) satellite communication system with real time traffic and HandsFreeLink(TM) wireless telephone interface. A premium Acura/ELS(TM) DVD-Audio system is tuned to deliver rich surround sound to the cabin.
The RDX offers seating for five and a versatile rear cargo hatch allows for easy load-in and storage. The second row seats split and fold flat into the floor, providing ample cargo space for an active, on-the-go lifestyle.

ACURA TL

2007_Acura TL

2007_Acura TL

2007_Acura TL

2007_Acura TL

2007_Acura TL

Acura TL
Body
For 2007, the Acura TL's exterior has been updated to enhance its emotional and athletic impact. With the introduction of the Type-S, visual cues were incorporated to distinguish it from other TLs. All the updates were done while maintaining the high build quality, durability and resale value that Acura buyers expect.
The TL was designed to embody aggressiveness and power, agility and endurance. Designers began with the stance of the vehicle-how it looks and sits on its suspension. They worked towards a look of poise, with a promise of agility and power. The contrast of muscular tension and angular lines flows through the sheet metal, with its long wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs and wide track setting the tone.
The 2004 TL design team were, in part, influenced by "Bauhaus" styling themes. Founded in 1919, Bauhaus was the first and most famous German design house. Bauhaus set a template for European design with the now-famous maxim, "Form follows function." That classic design logic meshes well with already established Acura design philosophies.
With the updates for 2007, the style could more accurately be called "Bauhaus with attitude." Careful attention was paid to give the Type-S its own distinctive and even more aggressive look. Black chrome trim used around the car is an excellent example of the difference between the TL and the Type-S.
The design features and changes include:
Front
* Aggressive front fascia, a new larger grille opening, larger "A" mark and honeycomb mesh
* Redesigned bumper with satin chrome crossbar and horizontal trim
* New headlight clusters with daytime running lights (DRL) on innermost lens
* New auto-on and auto-off headlights (previously auto-off only)
* Fog lights repositioned from headlight cluster to lower valance
Side
* New, split 5-spoke alloy wheels in Blade Silver finish
* New exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal lights
Rear
* New rear bumper design
* Redesigned LED taillight clusters
* New italicized TL logo
Type-S Exclusive Features
* Black chrome grille trim (satin chrome on TL)
* Redesigned bumper with black chrome crossbar and horizontal mesh trim
* Pronounced "splitter" lip on front valance
* 10-spoke alloy wheels in Dark Euro Silver
* Smoked rear side marker lights
* Wider, more aggressive side sill moldings
* Exclusive rear bumper with trunk lid spoiler diffuser
* Redesigned and unique lower valance
* Large diameter quad exhaust finishers
* Black chrome taillight trim
* New Type-S logo
Interior
The Acura tradition of interior prestige and tailored function continues with an elegant and sporty interior for the TL. The instruments and controls are arranged to create an intimate and functional driver's cockpit that offers a feeling of connection and control. With its higher belt line, the TL has a substantial look and feel. Fine interior materials such as leather trimmed seats and real metal trim combine with close attention to detail and finish to give the TL a tangible feeling of elegance. The large interior has stylish and highly supportive seating and generous front and rear headroom.
The long TL standard feature list includes items like the first North American application of a standard Sound System with 6-disc CD, DVD-Audio, DTS(R) and Dolby(R) Pro Logic(R) II audio system that takes advantage of the latest technology to deliver sound resolution that's 500 times higher than conventional CD audio. XM(R) Satellite radio is also on the standard equipment list, as is a new MP3 player jack in the center armrest storage bin. The standard Acura HandsFreeLink(TM) system lets the driver dial a Bluetooth(TM)enabled mobile phone by voice, while a new, higher-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID) shows mobile phone data, tracks the car's maintenance needs, displays warnings and offers an array of driver preference settings. The available Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition has a large 8-inch display with a new, redesigned interface and AcuraLink(TM) satellite communication system with Real-Time Traffic.
All TLs receive many updates to their interiors for the 2007 model year. Instrumentation, leather trim, accent trim and Active Noise Cancellation in the Type-S are all part of the driving experience of the 2007 TL.
Additionally, there are distinct styling differences between the TL and Type-S models. In addition to red ambient lighting (instead of the blue on TL models) the Type-S receives carbon fiber trim in place of wood, paddle shifters on automatic-equipped models, more highly bolstered front seats, stainless steel sport pedals, contrast stitching on the door panels, seats and steering wheel, and an available 6-speed manual transmission.
Styling
The TL interior has a dynamic and distinctive look, yet upholds the longstanding Acura tradition of highly functional driving environments. Given the sharp handling agility and power built into the TL, its interior echoes a clear sporting message. Fine details and rich surface finishes make it clear that the TL has not strayed from its luxury roots. Sweeping aluminum-alloy accents with a new pattern for 2007 wrap around the doors, flow onto the instrument panel and dive down the center console. Wood patterned accents warm the interior in the TL, while Type-S models have carbon fiber-look accents and contrast stitching on the door panels, seats and steering wheel, which creates an edgy look.
At night, the TL interior is transformed by new ambient lighting. The TL is bathed in a subtle blue light that coordinates with the instrumentation lighting, switchgear, and accent lighting, including the new footwell lighting. On the Type-S, red lighting replaces the blue, reinforcing its role as the enthusiast model.
Driver-Oriented Cockpit
The TL interior puts all important systems and controls within easy reach of the driver. The systems used most frequently-audio, cruise control, Acura HandsFreeLink(TM) and Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM)-have satellite controls positioned on the new 3-spoke steering wheel, leather-wrapped on Type-S. The new instrumentation is backlit and easy to read, and the displays have an uncluttered look and intuitive operation. The Multi-Info Display has been redesigned with higher resolution for better readability. Helpful features make driving easier, like power rearview mirrors that can be set to automatically tilt-down when reverse is engaged to make parking simpler.
With a driver's 8-way power seat and a tilt/telescoping steering column, it's easy to get comfortable in the TL. The one-touch moonroof switch is located in the overhead console. The Sequential SportShift selector features an intuitive interface for ease of use. The short-throw, close ratio 6-speed manual gearbox falls naturally to hand, and the shift knob and console-mounted parking brake lever are covered in a new textured leather. There is also a bottom-hinged throttle pedal with a more linear feel and natural motion. The Type-S features sporty-looking stainless steel pedals and a new carbon fiber-look automatic transmission shift knob in addition to the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Safety
The 2007 TL and TL Type-S were developed to help protect its occupants with a comprehensive array of safety technologies, high-grade materials and advanced construction techniques.
Weight sensors are incorporated in the front passenger seat to determine the total weight on that seat. If it is less than 65 pounds (as if occupied by a small child or car seat) the front airbag will not deploy and a warning message appears on the instrument panel. For the driver, a position sensor in the seat determines how the airbag will be deployed in the event of a frontal collision. If the seat is close to its forwardmost position, the front airbag is designed to deploy in the dual-stage mode. Otherwise, the airbag deploys in either single or dual-stage mode based on the severity of the collision and seat belt use.
The TL and TL Type-S also feature adjustable rear outboard head restraints, and standard side curtain airbags. These technologies, and the use of high-tensile steel in critical areas and computer-modeled crush zones, help to ensure a high level of passenger protection. The TL passed the toughest government safety tests with a 5-star frontal rating in addition to achieving a "GOOD" rating in all categories evaluated during the IIHS frontal offset collision. The TL safety equation even extends to pedestrians with structural elements designed to reduce the likelihood of serious injury in a collision.
Powertrain
Two engines are available for the 2007 TL. Under the hood of the TL is an all-aluminum 3.2-liter V-6 with 24 valves and Acura's VTEC(R) - Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control system. It delivers 258 horsepower and 233 lb-ft of torque.
The TL Type-S is powered by a modified version of the 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 found in the Acura RL. With more displacement than the TL engine and a high-flow exhaust system, it boasts 286 horsepower and 256 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines benefit from Acura's groundbreaking VTEC system. This patented technology provides an exceptionally flat torque curve, enhancing high-rpm horsepower without sacrificing low-end torque. The result is an engine with excellent responsiveness at all engine speeds.
The standard transmission in the TL and TL Type-S is an all-new electronically controlled 5-speed automatic. Developed from the RL's 5-speed automatic, this transmission has more torque capacity that the one it replaces, but more compact. It also features Acura's Sequential SportShift system. Inspired by Formula One(R) racecars, Sequential SportShift gives the driver the flexibility of a self-shifting automatic or the control of a manual. The system has been reprogrammed this year for smoother operation and enhanced gear holding capabilities. In addition, the TL Type-S "rev matches" during manually selected downshifts.
Available on Type-S models is a smooth-shifting 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission. Similar to the manual transmission on the 2006 TL, it features a re-designed bellhousing and improved clutch feel for smoother, more linear engagement.
With Acura's unwavering commitment to the environment, both TL engines meet strict CARB LEV-II ULEV standards. In addition, cold-start emissions are improved thanks to the close-coupled catalytic converter system and under-floor catalyst.
TL Engine
* 3.2-liter SOHC V-6 aluminum alloy engine
* 258 hp at 6200 rpm and 233 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm
* Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC(R))
* Dual-stage induction system with lightweight magnesium intake manifold
* Cold-air intake system
* Computer-controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
* Direct ignition system
* Compact in-head exhaust manifolds
* High flow close-coupled catalytic converters plus under floor catalytic converter
* High capacity 32-bit RISC processor engine control unit
* 105,000 mile tune-up intervals
TL Type-S Engine
* 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 aluminum alloy engine
* 286 hp at 6200 rpm and 256 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm
* Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC(R))
* Dual-stage induction system with lightweight magnesium intake manifold
* Cold-air intake system
* High flow, sport tuned exhaust system with quad finishers
* Computer-controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
* Direct ignition system
* Compact in-head exhaust manifolds
* High flow close-coupled catalytic converters plus under floor catalytic converter
* High capacity 32-bit RISC processor engine control unit
* 105,000 mile tune-up intervals
5-Speed Automatic Transmission
* All-new compact design w/ high torque capacity
* More compact design
* Sequential SportShift re-programmed to allow quicker, more positive downshifts and upshifts (Type-S only)
* Improved coordination between Drive-by-Wire(TM) throttle system and transmission for smoother shifts
* Steering wheel-mounted F1(R)-style Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters (Type-S only)
* External transmission fluid cooler (Type-S only)
* Advanced shift-hold control limits up-shifts during spirited driving
* Advanced Grade Logic Control System reduces gear "hunting" when driving on steep hills
* Linear solenoid direct-acting control reduces shift shock and improves smoothness
* Lockup torque converter design for superior fuel economy
6-Speed Manual Transmission (TL Type-S only)
* Close ratio spacing for maximum performance
* Multi-cone synchronizers (first through fourth gears)
* Reverse lock-out feature prevents accidental engagement
* Lightweight high-pressure-cast aluminum-alloy transmission housing
* Improved clutch feel for smoother engagement
* Advanced clutch torsion mechanism reduces gear noise
* Helical gear limited-slip differential reduces wheel spin and maximizes acceleration
Emissions/Fuel Economy
* Meets CARB LEV-II ULEV standard
* TL EPA fuel economy 20/29 mpg (city/highway)
* TL Type-S EPA fuel economy 19/28 mpg (AT) and 20/29 (MT)
* High flow close-coupled catalytic converters plus under floor catalytic converter
* High capacity 32-bit RISC processor engine control unit
Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH)
* Highly rigid aluminum-alloy block with cast-in iron cylinder liners
* 60-degree V-angle for inherently smooth operation
* Dual-mass flywheel (6 MT) reduces driveline noise and vibration
* Automatically tensioned, maintenance-free serpentine accessory drive

Toyota 86_GTS

Toyota 86_GTS

Toyota 86_GTS

Toyota 86_GTS

Toyota 86 GTS
Toyota Australia has dramatically redefined the concept of an affordable sports car with the arrival of its eagerly awaited Toyota 86 coupe.
Designed to delight driving enthusiasts, the compact and aerodynamic four-seater sports car is priced from an amazingly low $29,990.
The 86 marks a return to Toyota's sporting roots with the world's only combination of a front-mounted, free-revving, horizontally opposed "boxer" petrol engine and rear-wheel drive.
This unique powertrain format, combined with a compact design, light weight and a low centre of gravity, produces the best possible power-to-weight ratio.
These attributes will reward 86 owners with maximum driving pleasure - lively, accessible performance and highly engaging dynamic abilities with minimal electronic intrusion.
Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said Toyota was determined to ensure the great handling and performance of the 86 would not come with a hefty price tag.
"The 86 is meant to be enjoyed by as many driving enthusiasts as possible, and our pricing will extend its appeal to people who never imagined they could afford such a fun car," Mr Callachor said.
"Toyota has created something that people have wanted, but didn't exist - a compact, light, basic sports car with balance and handling rated in the same league as some legendary sports cars," he said.
"The 86 will serve as a halo car for Toyota, expanding the brand into a new dimension of driving performance.
"It is a game-changer, demonstrating Toyota's commitment to 'waku doki' - designing and engineering cars that really get your heart pumping."
The 86 is the result of a joint development between Toyota and Subaru, bringing together the best of each company's technical know-how and their mutual passion for sports cars.
The stylish four-seater draws on Toyota's sports-car heritage - including the Supra, MR2, Celica GT-Four and the legendary 2000GT - to create a strong emotional connection between driver and car.
Toyota is offering the 86 in two grades - GT and GTS - both powered by a newly developed 2.0-litre flat-four engine that revs freely to 7,450rpm and has a high compression ratio of 12.5:1.
Toyota's D-4S direct-injection technology increases throttle response, power and torque over a wide range of engine speeds without sacrificing fuel efficiency and environmental performance.
Maximum power of 147kW - equivalent to 100hp per litre - and peak torque of 205Nm ensure brisk and engaging performance.
The flat-four engine combines with the lowest driver hip-point of any Toyota production vehicle, 400mm, to give the 86 an ultra-low centre of gravity of just 460mm - in the league of cars such as the Porsche Cayman.
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.
Fuel economy is remarkable for a sports car - 7.8 litres/100km for manual variants - and even better for automatic versions at just 7.1 litres/100km.
CO2 emissions are 164 grams/km (auto) and 181 grams/km (manual).
Comprehensive weight-saving measures, resulting in a kerb weight of just 1,222kg, have contributed to handling and economy as well as a power-to-weight ratio of 120kW/tonne.
The Toyota-designed six-speed manual gearbox offers quick, precise shifting through closely stacked ratios and a tactile "flick-of-the-wrist" short-throw lever.
A new Lexus IS-F-inspired six-speed automatic transmission, with shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel, combines direct response with an extremely fast shifting speed of only 0.2 seconds.
A blipping downshift control automatically revs the engine for extremely smooth and rapid changes down through the gears.
For added driver enjoyment, the smooth-revving engine sound is channelled directly into the cabin via a sound generator - the first system of this type to be used in a Toyota.
Power is distributed to the rear wheels via a Torsen limited-slip differential (except in auto GT), optimising traction and grip under all driving conditions.
The 86 features an aerodynamic and stylish body design built around a low, highly compact chassis for optimum handling and performance.
It has a well-planted, sporting stance: it is wider than a Toyota Rukus, its overall length and wheelbase are shorter than a Corolla hatch, and its roof height is lower than a three-door Yaris.
Standard equipment includes seven airbags, a five-mode stability control system, traction control, anti-skid brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air-conditioning, CD sound system, daytime running lamps (DRLs) and a multi-information display.
The Toyota 86 GTS has 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6.1-inch display screen, satellite navigation with live traffic updates, auto-levelling HID headlamps, leather-accented front seats, dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning, aluminium pedals, LED DRLs and red stitching highlights.
The GTS is priced from $35,490. Automatic transmission costs an extra $2,500 on both grades.
Toyota has enhanced the unique identity of its new sports car by creating a subtle yet distinct T-mesh pattern in the front grille, door-switch base, instrument panel, meters, triangular rear-centre foglamp and spare-wheel cover.
The 86 also incorporates numerous exclusive sporting details through both the exterior and interior, including a conrod motif to the HID headlamps, twin exhausts, instrument dials, air vents and gear-lever base.
Mounted on the car's front wing is the 86 piston logo, based on the car's unique front boxer engine, rear-wheel drive powertrain format.
It also represents the vehicle's tyres sliding in a four-wheel drift, highlighting the perfect on-the-limit balance of the 86.
Toyota 86 inspired by 50-year sports car heritage
Toyota has a 50-year history of creating exciting driver-focused sports cars that have proven popular with the public and successful in competition.
The new Toyota 86 captures the best elements of three key models from that rich heritage: the Sports 800, 2000GT and AE86.
It also revives Toyota's passion for sports cars: not just on racetracks but on the road as well, with models such as the Supra, MR2 and Celica GT-Four.
Like all these classic Toyota sports cars, the 86 delivers pure driving pleasure and creates a strong emotional connection between driver and car.
While the 86 is being launched as the world's only car with a front-mounted horizontally opposed engine and rear-wheel drive package, it is not the first.
That honour goes to the Sports 800, an inexpensive and easy-to-drive sports car that Toyota began developing in 1962 with a 790cc two-cylinder horizontally opposed (boxer) engine.
The combination of its boxer engine, lower centre of gravity, front-engine and rear-drive (FR) layout provided the Sports 800 with great handling and excellent fuel efficiency, enabling it to achieve success in endurance races.
The 86 has adopted this classic architecture to provide maximum driving enjoyment.
The beautiful 2000GT, a 2.0-litre straight-six coupe first displayed at the 1965 Tokyo Motor Show, helped establish the company's global reputation.
During development of the 86, chief engineer Tetsuya Tada placed a 2000GT in the studio next to the designers' clay model.
The result is that the 86 is infused with the character of the 2000GT - especially the graceful side-window shape, long bonnet and rear fender line.
Similar to the collaboration with Subaru on the 86 project, the 2000GT was jointly developed with Yamaha Motor Co., which tuned the engine and assembled parts.
The Corolla Levin AE86's FR powertrain, responsive and high-revving engine, compact dimensions, light weight, good balance and power-to-weight ratio made it a popular choice for rallying and circuit driving - and more recently in drifting.
The new 86 recaptures the spirit of the AE86 by delivering exhilarating driver involvement in an affordable compact car that evolves with its owner.
The 86 also remains faithful to Toyota's long sports-engine history with the boxer engine having a square bore and stroke set-up of 86mm x 86mm.
The legendary 3M engine of the 2000GT and the 1G engine of the Supra were both in-line six-cylinder configurations with a square bore and stroke of 75mm.
The in-line, four-cylinder unit in the Celica and MR2 had a square bore and stroke of 86mm.
The passion of two companies
The development of the 86 brought together the technical know-how and shared passion for sports cars of two great companies, Toyota and Subaru.
The "dream" project was initiated by Toyota to revive its sports car heritage and, once again, deliver the fun of driving to as many people as possible.
Toyota invested in Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, in 2005 and lifted its shareholding in 2008 to more than 16 per cent.
Around this time, Toyota's product planning and product management divisions aggressively promoted the concept of a sports car with a horizontally opposed engine with a front-engine, rear-drive (FR) layout.
Mr Futoshi Ito, general manager of Toyota's strategic product management, said: "In 2006, we began considering how we could create a symbol of the two companies' alliance.
"In the end, if we were going to get involved in a joint development project with Subaru, people asked what could be more natural than to create an FR layout with a horizontally opposed engine.
"I worked out a basic approach for our joint project with Subaru wherein Toyota would be responsible for vehicle planning and design development, and Subaru would be responsible for the actual development work."
Toyota designers went beyond their normal domain and became involved with design engineering as well, according to Mr Takayasu Furukawa, who directed the exterior design effort.
"For example, the radiator in the initial package was mounted vertically. But keeping the bonnet low was a key priority for us, so we issued an order for the radiator to be angled and kept low by whatever means necessary," he said.
Mr Toshiaki Noda, a senior Toyota engineer who directed development of the new car's body, said the body design process involved overcoming the unknowns imposed by collaboration between two companies with different cultures.
"We, as team members, were products of different histories and cultures, but we shared a desire to create the ultimate sports car.
"You could say that the design of the 86 is the crystallisation of both our companies' passion," Mr Noda said.
Toyota 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada stunned Subaru when he announced targets that included a naturally aspirated, high-revving sporty engine capable of developing 100hp per litre while also achieving good fuel economy.
Mr Tada sought advice from Mr Takamitsu Okamoto, who led engine development for the Lexus LFA, and he advised a redline around 7,600rpm and a bigger bore than the 84mm proposed by Subaru.
After some animated discussions within Toyota, it was decided to combine Toyota's D-4S direct-injection know-how with Subaru's engine, and to reconfigure the engine from the bore and stroke proposed by Subaru.
This decision was extraordinary because it would require disclosing to Subaru all Toyota's technical information related to the next-generation D-4S, which was still under development.
Mr Motoki Ohtani, who worked on D-4S for Toyota, said: "It was a major decision that involved both companies sharing their crown jewels. It must have felt like a real leap in the dark."
The resulting joint development involved Subaru engineers setting up shop at Toyota at one point, and Toyota engineers setting up shop at Subaru at another.
The prototype engine with the next-generation D-4S achieved the 100hp per litre output goal on its first bench test, revving smoothly beyond 7,000rpm.
"That's when we all breathed a little easier," said Hirohisa Kishi, general manager of Toyota's engine control system development division. "I guess you could say it's when we began to trust one another."
The project was also characterised by a meticulous focus on the transmissions.
Subaru had not developed a suitable unit for an FR-layout vehicle, so Toyota redesigned an existing six-speed manual transmission.
Development work was performed by both Subaru and Aisin, but the process ran into unexpected difficulties.
With just one year to go before production was due to begin, the team had still not achieved the ideal six-speed manual transmission feel.
The team virtually poured in engineers from Toyota, Subaru and Aisin, creating five different prototypes and making major design changes to shorten the shift stroke without creating an unacceptably heavy feel.
Another team developed a six-speed sport automatic transmission based on Toyota technology, achieving an extremely fast shift speed of two-tenths of a second.
Toyota provided the hardware and the basics in terms of expertise, technology and control while Subaru added the right "flavour" - control that was specialised for the driving experience.
In striving to deliver the ideal FR sports car, a single prototype was built by hand - shortening the wheelbase of an existing sedan and combining a horizontally opposed engine with an FR layout.
It demonstrated the car's potential and convinced executives from both companies that the project could be successful.
To promote a shared understanding of the team's goals, Toyota members were forbidden from driving the car alone.
They had to bring Subaru people with them so they could convey their thoughts about the vehicle. Even at the Nurburgring, they had to ride in the car together.
Engineers, as with any car, established objectives for individual aspects of the vehicle's performance, such as driving stability and ride comfort.
However, the emphasis was on harmony - if one aspect of performance stood out from the rest, the two companies worked to raise the others.
As a result, Toyota and Subaru succeeded in contributing all of their resources to the 86 development project.
The benefit of this synergy is described as: 1+1=3.
Toyota 86 is well specified
Toyota's new 86 sports car is offered in two model grades - 86 GT and 86 GTS - with the choice of six-speed manual or six-speed direct-shift automatic transmissions.
All four models have the 2.0-litre D4-S "boxer" type engine and are well specified.
Both grades have a comprehensive safety package, including seven SRS airbags, ABS brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, traction control, vehicle stability control with sports mode and a lever-type parking brake.
Standard equipment also includes air conditioning, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, cruise control, CD tuner with Bluetooth™, voice recognition and AUX and USB inputs, multi-information display, walk-in passenger's seat, united folding rear seat-back and power windows with auto up/down.
The 86 GT also has an analogue speedometer, premium three-spoke steering wheel, shift lever and shift knob, and urethane-covered parking brake lever.
The 86 GT exterior includes 16-inch alloy wheels (with full-size steel spare wheel), daytime running lamps, halogen headlamps, UV-cut glass, power-folding mirrors and rear foglamp.
The manual transmission GT 86 has a limited-slip differential.
The Toyota 86 GTS has 17-inch alloy wheels with full-sized alloy spare wheel, and a limited-slip differential on manual and automatic models.
Additional equipment on the high-grade model includes auto-levelling HID headlamps with integrated daytime running lamps, windscreen top shade, front foglamps and smart entry/smart start.
Inside, Toyota 86 GTS has the additional features of leather-accented front seats with Alcantara® fabric inserts, front-seat heaters, dual-zone auto climate-control air conditioning, aluminium pedals and door scuff plates.
It also has a premium three-spoke steering wheel and parking brake lever, premium (carbon-look) instrument panel finish, frameless interior rear-view mirror and red stitching interior highlights.
The Toyota 86 GTS audio head unit includes 6.1-inch LCD touch screen, satellite navigation with 3D map display, RDS-TMC (SUNA) traffic information and safety camera warning, SMS and email text to voice, FM radio text and SD card slot.
The steering wheel in GTS 86 automatic has paddle shifters.
The speedometer in GTS 86 is digital, with premium T-mesh finish.
Toyota 86 engine is all new
The Toyota 86 sports car engine is all new and combines the leading-edge technologies of Toyota and Subaru.
The two-litre engine is Toyota's first volume-production four-cylinder horizontally opposed engine, helping to give 86 its low centre of gravity.
It has the highest specific power output and the highest operating revolutions in the Toyota range.
It delivers 147kW of power at 7,000rpm and 205Nm of torque at 6,400 to 6,600rpm on 98-RON fuel, with a maximum engine speed of 7,450rpm.
Toyota chose natural aspiration for 86 to optimise acceleration response - the 'connection' between throttle application and power to the rear wheels.
The engine follows the tradition of successive Toyota sports car engines of 'linear power delivery up to redline speeds' coupled with environmental friendliness.
It has a 'square' bore and stroke relationship of 86mm by 86mm for a combination of optimum balance, high power and torque, high revolutions and optimum fuel economy.
The compression ratio is 12.5:1 for maximum performance across the revolution range.
Special features include a system to optimise the engine induction sound heard in the cabin, creating a linear intake sound in response to throttle application.
The intake system includes a sound creator and a damper, with a thin rubber tube to carry intake pulsations to the cabin.
When the intake pulsations reach the sound creator, the damper resonates at certain frequencies to optimise the intake sound heard within the cabin.
Various sound levels are produced, based on the driver's throttle inputs.
City driving produces a pleasant, stress-free sound, while wide-open throttle acceleration produces a true sports-car sound.
The engine has a 'boxer' type crank pin arrangement in which the opposing pistons move in and out together.
The crank pins are 50mm in diameter for optimum rigidity at high engine speeds.
Specifications such as the big-end bearing bolt size were reviewed according to the newly designed crank pin to ensure reliability at high revolutions.
To raise the revolution limit the connecting rod shape and piston length have been optimised and the piston weight has been minimised.
Toyota 86 is first with dual injection
The two-litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine in 86 is the first in the world to combine Subaru's traditional 'boxer' layout and Toyota's unique D-4S dual injection system.
The new 86 is the first Toyota in Australia with the D-4S system (Direct-injection 4-stroke gasoline engine Superior version), for optimum performance and fuel economy.
The Toyota D-4S system combines high-pressure direct injection into the combustion chamber and port injection into the intake port.
It mixes and matches fuel delivery from the two sets of injectors to provide the ideal fuel/air mixture for all engine-load conditions.
The D-4S system boosts performance across the revolution range compared with a port-injection engine, boosting power by up to 10kW and torque by up to 20Nm.
The two injection systems have their own fuel supply systems: low pressure for the port injectors and high pressure for the direct injectors.
Both systems are used when the engine is running under medium-to-high load at lower engine revolutions.
This creates a homogeneous air-fuel mixture to stabilise combustion, improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.
In high-load situations the engine uses the direct injection system only, taking advantage of the cooling effect of injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber, and as a result improving the efficiency of each charge.
The precise injection control also allows for a high compression ratio (12.5:1 in Toyota 86) by reducing the chance of pre-ignition or detonation.
When the engine is cold, the injection system uses both sets of injectors to ensure quick warm-up of the catalyst and therefore achieve optimum purification of exhaust emissions.
Two transmissions for Toyota 86
Toyota 86 has the choice of two new transmissions developed by Aisin, part of the Toyota group of companies.
The two transmissions are a six-speed manual and a six-speed sequential automatic with Lexus IS F technology, including highly responsive direct shift and automated throttle blips for down changes when in Sport mode.
Both are matched to a performance 4.100:1 final drive ratio.
Toyota 86 GT manual and both 86 GTS models have a Toyota-produced Torsen limited-slip differential.
The Toyota 86 GTS automatic has the added feature of steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.
The six-speed manual transmission is all new and designed for crisp movement and a precise, exhilarating shift feel.
It has a short-throw shift lever and triple-cone synchromesh on the first three gears, for smooth shifting and increased durability.
The manual transmission has a lightweight alloy bell housing and a smooth yet firm operation feel without unpleasant stiffness when gears engage.
The gear-ratio spread combines driving and environmental performance, with ratios of: first, 3.626; second, 2.188; third, 1.541; fourth, 1.213; fifth, 1.000; sixth, 0.767; and reverse, 3.437.
The Toyota 86 automatic transmission provides direct, agile shifting - including IS F-style direct shift.
Advanced transmission electronics provide for manual (M mode) shifting, auto-blipping on down changes and flex lock-up to save fuel.
Flex lock-up is enabled from low speeds to provide a direct shift feeling with agile driving, while also minimising friction losses for improved fuel economy.
Off-throttle flex lock-up has been adopted to expand the fuel-cut range to include lower vehicle speeds, further increasing fuel economy.
Toyota 86 drivers can use the downshift paddle shift in D-mode to increase engine braking.
The 86 automatic transmission has Sport and Snow modes.
It is water-cooled for increased reliability and durability.
The ratios were chosen to combine strong acceleration from low speeds with excellent fuel economy when cruising.
The ratios are: first, 3.538; second, 2.060; third, 1.404; fourth, 1.000; fifth, 0.713, sixth, 0.582; and reverse, 3.168.
Sport/Snow modes
Sport mode enables torque-converter lock-up from lower speeds, for more direct acceleration and shift feeling.
It also heightens gear-change responsiveness and maximises acceleration in each gear.
When combined with D-range, it prioritises vehicle response to driver throttle input.
In M-range, it provides an even higher level of sporty driving.
Snow mode adjusts throttle-valve opening to control acceleration characteristics on low-grip surfaces.
Toyota 86 instruments put emphasis on tacho
The instruments in Toyota's new 86 were designed with the tachometer in the centre, for sports-oriented driving.
There are grade-specific analogue instrument clusters for new 86 GT and 86 GTS.
Both feature a three-ring design, with a central tachometer and multi-information display in the tachometer dial.
The Toyota 86 GT instruments include shift position display for both manual and automatic transmissions, as well as VSC Sport indicator.
The manual shift position has been included as an aid to environmentally friendly driving; it flashes three times at the optimum up-shift point to help save fuel.
The Toyota 86 GTS cluster has the added feature of a digital speedometer in the tachometer dial, so the driver can see both engine revolutions and road speed at a glance.
In addition, Toyota 86 GTS has the unique feature of rev/red zone indicator, which can be linked to a warning buzzer set by the driver.
The multi-information display includes odometer, two trip meters, outside temperature, instantaneous fuel economy, average fuel economy, and (on 86 GTS) rev indicator setting.
Chassis tuned on Prius tyres
The Toyota 86 chassis and suspension geometry have been tuned on Prius tyres so that enthusiasts will be able to appreciate the benefits of fitting their own high-performance tyres.
Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said the tyre on the world's best-selling hybrid strikes a great balance between performance, comfort, economy and safety.
"The dynamic potential of the 86 should not rely on high-performance tyres," Mr Tada said.
"While the tyres fitted to the 86 are not actually from Prius, we tuned the car using Prius tyres to find the maximum potential of the chassis and suspension.
"The Prius tyre has very neutral and predictable properties where the increase in cornering force is linear to the increases in steering angle and load transfer to the front axle.
"Ensuring the vehicle handles well on Prius tyres means that customers who opt to buy high-performance tyres will be pleasantly surprised at the net performance gain.
"This decision means the chassis is buttoned-down from the factory while - in keeping with the car's philosophy - leaving plenty of room for customisation by its owners."
Mr Tada said that, whenever a new vehicle was developed, a tyre was chosen to match the car's characteristics.
"With that in mind, we tuned the chassis and suspension geometry for the 86 for use with Prius-specification tyres.
"Having a base chassis and suspension tuned to be neutral and predictable allows the 86 to readily accommodate a wide variety of tyres."
All four 86 variants are also fitted with a full-size spare tyre.
Lightweight wheels for 86
Toyota's 86 is fitted with the lightest production 16-inch and 17-inch cast aluminium wheels Toyota has ever produced.
The new 16 x 6.5J and 17 x 7J wheels have sharp spoke designs with bright machine-finished highlights that create a mechanical, sports-inspired image.
By machine-cutting a section of the painted face, the wheels display the natural bright finish of aluminium.
The 16-inch wheels on the 86 GT are the lightest at just 7.21kg and feature a simple 10-spoke design.
The high-grade Toyota 86 GTS has 17-inch wheels with five machine-finished twin spokes, offset by five single dark-accented spokes to provide fine detail.
All wheels feature a small centre ornament to emphasise the spoke length.
They are designed for optimum rigidity and functional appeal while minimising unsprung weight to ensure the vehicle maintains optimum contact with the road at all times.
A full-size spare tyre is standard - steel for the GT and alloy for the GTS.
Toyota 86 has two brake packages
New Toyota 86 has two grade-specific brake packages to suit the 16-inch wheels on 86 GT and 17-inch wheels on 86 GTS.
86 GT has 277mm diameter ventilated front discs and 286mm diameter solid rear discs.
High-grade Toyota 86 GTS has 294mm diameter ventilated front discs and 290mm ventilated rear discs.
Both have aluminium callipers and a lever-type parking brake.
The brake response and vacuum booster have been fine-tuned to provide precise brake modulation.
Toyota 86 suspension provides excellent response
Toyota 86 was designed for high levels of handling, stability and steering response.
It was benchmarked against Porsche Cayman during development with a view to providing quicker lateral-force response and stability, a smaller roll angle and smaller steering angle.
Toyota 86 has a direct steering feeling on country roads and highways, with sharp steering, low body roll and high levels of grip.
Toyota 86 has MacPherson-strut front suspension with an all-new L-shaped lower-arm design and double-wishbone rear suspension.
It has electric power-assisted steering with a 13.12:1 steering ratio.
The foundations for Toyota 86's impressive steering and handling are its low centre of gravity (460mm above the road), centralised mass/low polar moment of inertia, and the strong yet lightweight body structure which provides a stable platform for the suspension.
In addition, 86 has a large footprint on the road for its overall dimensions, with a wheelbase of 2,570mm, front track of 1,520mm and rear track of 1,540mm.
Body rigidity has been optimised while meeting strict weight targets through extensive use of high-tensile and ultra-high tensile strength steel, and optimal use of strengthening brackets and gussets.
Reinforcements have been added to key points where load is transmitted from the suspension to the body, including the front side members and rear floor members.
A front-strut tower bar has been adopted as well as an aluminium engine under-cover to efficiently increase rigidity.
The 86 chassis-frame also has a rear top-mount reinforcement, rear-frame gusset between the rear frame and rocker panel, and a front lower member to reinforce the suspension.
The body rigidity structure around the front suspension also includes a top-mount reinforcement and a reinforced apron.
Front suspension
Toyota designed the 86 MacPherson-strut front suspension for the levels of handling stability owners expect in a "fun-to-drive" sports car.
The all-new design provides direct handling feel, sharp response and high levels of controllability.
It has coil springs, gas-filled dampers and a ball-joint mounted stabiliser bar.
The springs, dampers, stabiliser bar, steering knuckle and lower arm are all new designs.
Special attention was paid to optimising the rigidity of the front suspension mounting points and positioning those points to create a lower roll axis.
The struts are mounted as low as possible to achieve a low bonnet line (for improved aerodynamics) and a low centre of gravity.
The single L-shaped lower arms have been reverse-positioned (rear to front) compared with the conventional arrangement to allow the engine to be mounted lower and closer to the centre of the vehicle.
The steering box has been positioned behind the front cross-member.
The cross-member has in turn been specifically designed to fit the limited space between the boxer engine's oil pan and exhaust system.
Rear suspension
The purpose-designed double-wishbone rear suspension in the 86 provides agile stability and high levels of rear grip.
The roll axis has been tuned to compliment the front suspension while providing both the high level of roll rigidity expected of a sports car and the crisp turn-in of a front-engine/rear-drive sports car.
The 86 rear suspension has new designs for the rear sub-frame, coil springs, dampers, ball-jointed stabiliser bar, lower-arm rear and trailling link.
Special attention was paid to ensure optimum rigidity of the suspension mounting points.
A substantial rear sub-frame carries the rear suspension and the differential, to optimise suspension rigidity while minimising unsprung weight.
Toyota 86 is ultra-low, wide and compact
Toyota 86 features an aerodynamic and stylish body design built around a low, highly compact chassis for optimum handling and performance.
At 4,240mm in length the standard 86 is shorter than a Corolla Ascent hatch (4,245mm).
Its roof height of just 1,285mm is 225mm lower than the Toyota Yaris YR three-door hatch.
Its 2,570mm wheelbase is also shorter than Corolla Ascent (2,600mm).
However, at 1,775mm the standard 86 is wider than a Toyota Rukus (1,760mm), providing its squat, sporting stance.
Designers took advantage of the low centre of gravity afforded by the boxer engine and front-engine/rear-wheel drive layout to create the low, compact design.
The flat, low bonnet signals the presence of the boxer engine.
The bonnet has sharp, geometric surface styling above the headlamps and sweeping upward lines on either side that flow into the wheel arch profiles.
The large, low-set grille provides generous cooling to the front radiator and front brake callipers with a shape that provides a cue to Toyota's design identity.
The front grille also has distinctive T-mesh in place of conventional grille mesh.
Other design details point specifically to Toyota's legendary 2000GT sports car, including the distinctive side window graphic and flared wheel arches.
The rear wheel arches and trapezoid-shaped rear fascia give the 86 a wide, sporty stance at the rear.
Dual circular exhaust tips with a large, 110mm outer diameter provide an additionally dynamic appearance.
The front fenders each have the distinctive 86 emblem, which features opposed pistons to signify the boxer engine and an '86' in the middle with a design that evokes the image of a four-wheel drift.
The 86 GT comes with halogen headlamps as standard while high-grade 86 GTS has high intensity discharge headlamps and LED (light emitting diode) daytime running lights (DRLs).
The Toyota 86 GTS also has a headlamp washer and foglamps in the lower section of the front bumper.
On GT grade, DRLs are fitted in the same position as the foglamps on GTS.
Rear combination lamps with a 12-element LED tail and stop lamp and rear turn signal lamp (globe) are standard across both models.
Two reverse lamps and a foglamp are integrated in the rear bumper, and there is a four-element LED high-mount stop lamp in the rear shelf.
LED lamps provide high visibility, a cutting-edge appearance and use less power than traditional stop lamps.
The sides of the rear lamps also have aero stabilising fins, which contribute to overall aerodynamic performance.
The stay-type side mirrors of 86 have a compact and lightweight design.
As well as providing maximum rear visibility, the door-mounted position allows for high visibility around the A-pillars.
Toyota 86 is available in seven exterior colours: Pegasus White, Tornado Grey, Thunder Silver, Storm Black, Velocity Orange, Sonic Blue and Mount Fuji Red.
Toyota 86 aerodynamics provide stability and enhanced handling
The aerodynamic design of the Toyota 86 promotes agile handling at low to mid-range speeds and superior straight-line stability at high speeds.
An aerodynamic concept promotes stability by enveloping the car with air - above, below and along the sides.
This principle prevents unnecessary downforce that can affect fuel economy.
The 86 has a drag coefficient of 0.27.
The profile from the bottom edge of the low-set front bumper to the bottom edge of the side rocker enhances stability.
The bonnet surface is gently curved, which reduces drag and lift.
A pagoda roof design widens towards the rear of the car, which contributes to a lower roof and in turn provides handling stability.
The boot angle maximises airflow efficiency over the rear of the vehicle.
The upturned rear diffuser provides additional and effective downforce for enhanced handling.
Toyota 86 has smallest Toyota steering wheel
The new 86 has the smallest-diameter steering wheel in the Toyota range.
The three-spoke premium wheel has a 365mm diameter for quick steering inputs.
Grip on the wheel and thumb stability have been maximised through the design of the steering wheel cross-section, and verified by test drivers.
Concave-shaped grooved thumb rests are built into the inner circumference of the wheel.
The rim thickness and the size of the horn pad have been optimised to allow a clear view of the instruments.
The horn pad was designed with minimal offset towards the driver, to appear small when viewed from the front, optimise operability and create an easily recognised steering centre.
The '86' logo mark is embossed on the horn pad in place of a metal badge, to minimise light reflection and hence potential distractions.
Toyota 86 has electric power-assisted rack and pinion steering, with a quick 13.1:1 steering ratio.
The steering column has a tilt range of 15mm (an angle 16 degrees) and a telescopic range of 20mm.
Toyota 86 has a voice that can be heard
The Toyota 86 development team overcame traditional corporate guidelines to produce a stirring engine note - and to channel the sound directly into the cabin.
Led by chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, the team developed a sound creator that allows the driver to enjoy fully the boxer engine's sporty induction sound.
"The sound creator picks up intake pulses and uses a damper that resonates at certain frequencies to optimise the sound - a principle similar to hitting a drum," Mr Tada said.
"The selected frequencies are channelled directly into the cabin via a thin rubber tube that passes through the firewall and into the passenger footwell, just ahead of the passenger's feet.
"When you have the throttle wide open, you get a rich, throaty sound that is sports-car to the core - especially above 4,000rpm."
Mr Tada said driving a sports car should stimulate all five senses, such as the sight of the design, touch of the steering, the distinct smell of hot brake pads, a taste for sports-car behaviour and the sound of the engine.
"While we aimed to address each of the senses during development, we placed a particular focus on ensuring a pleasing engine note.
"However, our standard development procedures focus on eliminating sound, not tuning it - and we also face strict worldwide noise regulations.
"Despite all this, we knew what we needed to do and how to get it done. It took many trial and error sessions, but we were finally able to perfect engine, induction and exhaust sound, including the feature that allows induction sound to be piped directly into the cabin.
"Although it was an uncommon procedure, we strove to ensure that the 86 has a voice that can be heard," he said.
Design elements evoke Toyota's heritage
Toyota has applied design elements throughout the 86 to convey a sense of precision and high performance - as well as a dash of fun.
The front fender proudly displays the new car's logo that is centred on a stylised "86".
This symbolises the engine's square 86mm bore and stroke while evoking thoughts of the car's spiritual predecessor, the Corolla Levin AE86.
Horizontally opposed pistons are placed either side of the "86" to signify the 2.0-litre boxer engine under the low bonnet.
A T-mesh pattern in several areas throughout the car provides a subtle link to Toyota's heritage.
The pattern is found in the front grille, instrument panel ornamentation, door-switch base and the climate-control panel.
On the upper grade, the mesh is also etched into part of the Alcantara® fabric in the front seats.
Even the reversing light and rear foglamp are arranged in the shape of a "T" to emphasise the global Toyota brand.
A further design element is a connecting-rod shape, which can be seen on the headlamps, exhaust tip, shift-lever base, side air vents and the meter ring.
Toyota 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said these design features expressed the attention to detail of the passionate team of engineers who created the 86.
"The engineers' emotions and love for performance has been transformed into a work of art," Mr Tada said.
"Virtually every component has been fine-tuned to satisfy the most discerning driving enthusiast."
Toyota 86 - no stone unturned
Toyota's attention to detail with the new 86 sports car includes measures to protect against stone chips during rallying and sports-car activities.
Enthusiast owners of the 86 are expected to enter their cars in officially sanctioned competitive events, where close racing can lead to stones and other debris hitting their car.
In consideration of this risk, engineers undertook a chipping analysis of the 86 and developed measures to protect the paint and underbody.
A special anti-chip paint coating has been applied to the areas most at risk - the front edge of the bonnet and roof, and the two windscreen pillars.
In addition, other areas have benefited from a chip-resistant coating while anti-chip tape has been applied to the rear area of the door partition.
Early testing and analysis also resulted in wide-ranging underbody rust-protection and anti-chipping measures.
These include the use of rust-resistant steel in the underfloor area, and anti-rust wax in areas such as the bottom edge of the doors and the closed-in cross-section of the frame.
Other measures to protect the car from damage during competition include an aluminium cover under the engine.
The cover also acts as a contact warning, alerting the driver when the car's underbody scrapes the road surface.
Similarly, contact guards at the rear prevent damage to the exhaust pipes.
High-quality 86 interior engages the driver
Toyota 86 has a dynamic, high-quality interior with features that maximise driver engagement.
Designers trimmed unnecessary space to create a snug, cosseting cabin environment.
It has a front-rear couple distance of 700mm which ensures the minimal amount of space for the rear seats, as befitting a compact 2+2 sports car.
The front seats have a hip point of just 400mm.
Seat materials were specially chosen for their light weight, strength, durability, breatheability and non-slip qualities to enhance sporty driving.
The high grade GTS has leather-accented front-seats with Alcantara® fabric inserts.
In addition, the GTS seats are embossed with the signature T-mesh pattern, which also appears on the instrumentation, climate control panel and door switch base.
T-mesh evokes Toyota's rich sports car history while providing a dynamic, high-tech appearance.
The main seat and sides of the GT grade seats (including shoulder supports) are trimmed in a soft fabric known as Prosuena.
The predominantly black interior features contrasting colours and materials to provide a sense of sportiness and high-quality craftsmanship.
Switch panels on the door trims are angled towards occupants and easy-to-use door grips enhance cabin operability.
The door handles were also specially positioned to enable fitment of a roll cage for track use.
High grade GTS comes with a knee pad to provide additional support and maintain driver pedal control under high lateral loads.
The centre console height was designed to prevent interference with the driver's arm when shifting gears.
An optional removable cup holder can be set in a backward position to prevent drinks from obstructing the driver's arm movement during shifting.
On both grades, the centre console has a VSC (vehicle stability control) off switch, SNOW/SPORT switch (automatic transmission only) and VSC SPORT switch.
Toyota 86 GTS comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate controlled air conditioning.
The centre instrument panel of the Toyota 86 GTS also has an engine stop/start switch.
Front seat heater controls are located in the centre console behind the VSC switches.
GT grade comes with manual air conditioning.
12V/120W accessory sockets are located in the centre console and glove box on both grades.
Comprehensive active and passive safety package for 86
The new Toyota 86 has a comprehensive active and passive safety package as standard equipment.
The 86 was designed to achieve a five-star ANCAP safety rating and has a pedestrian-friendly front structure.
Both model grades have seven SRS airbags, including driver's knee airbag and Toyota's latest-generation whiplash-injury lessening front seats.
Active safety features include ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, traction control (TRC) and five-mode vehicle stability control (VSC).
The five VSC modes are controlled by the VSC OFF and VSC SPORT switches.
In all scenarios, the limited-slip differential function of the VSC continues to operate.
Toyota 86's active safety credentials are further enhanced by its high grip and quick steering, powerful brakes and well-modulated brake feel.
Toyota 86 GT has halogen headlamps and daytime running lamps (DRLs).
The Toyota 86 GTS has HID headlamps with integrated LED DRLs.
The Toyota 86 passive safety strategy begins with its impact-absorbing body, designed to channel frontal crash energy from the side members to the rockers, and floor and transmission tunnel reinforcement.
Body strength and crashworthiness have been further enhanced by using five grades of high-tensile strength steel sheet as well as a series of reinforcing brackets and gussets.
The combination of lightweight, high-strength steel and optimal positioning of body reinforcements increases body rigidity and strength while meeting strict weight targets.
Energy from the front upper members is distributed through a large gusset to the A-pillar and rocker sections.
The front structure also includes a radiator-support lower attachment reinforcement, as well as an oversized torque box and oversized gusset at the base of the A-pillar.
Toyota 86 'sees red'
The new Toyota 86 GTS has engine-revolution indicators in the tachometer to make sporty driving more enjoyable.
One red light doubles as a pre-set rev limit indicator and the red zone warning for engine over-rev.
The driver can set the rev indicator to illuminate when the engine speed reaches a certain rpm, which can be anywhere in the revolution range between 2,000 and 7,400rpm.
A buzzer will sound to inform the driver.
The red-zone indictor is located in the centre of the tacho face.
In addition to any pre-set limit the driver inputs, it will flash red when the engine revs exceed 7,400rpm.
Toyota 86 comes with premium audio systems
Toyota's all-new 86 sports car is available with two audio systems, depending on the grade.
The head unit on high grade Toyota 86 GTS has a black fascia with deep orange illumination for high visibility and a dynamic, sporty appearance.
The Toyota 86 GTS also has a 6.1-inch touch-screen display with satellite navigation including 3D map display and SUNATM GPS traffic updates.
This system keeps the navigation system updated with current road conditions and suggests an alternative to the planned route in the event of accidents or heavy traffic.
A safety camera warning also features on the GTS model's satellite navigation system.
The 86 GT head unit has a black fascia with amber illumination, and a three-line dot matrix display.
Both systems have a single CD player and six speakers for premium sound output.
The speaker layout includes two 25mm tweeters on the instrument panel, a 160mm speaker in each of the front doors and two 65mm rear quarter speakers.
Both audio systems come with a USB input for connecting an iPod®.
GTS features an external USB/Auxiliary jack while GT has USB/Auxiliary input on the head unit fascia.
Both systems have a range of BluetoothTM services, including audio streaming, hands-free phone and phonebook access profile.
The GTS unit additionally offers BluetoothTM message access profile capability.
Each system has voice recognition for audio and phone and FM radio text display.
GTS has the added features of SMS and e-mail with text-to-speech and an SD card slot for viewing photos.
Toyota 86 seats are light and comfortable
The new Toyota 86 has a lightweight front-seat design, with the driver's hip point just 400mm above the road.
Special attention was paid to minimising seat weight and seat-back thickness, while optimising comfort and whiplash-injury protection.
The seat cushion and side bolsters were designed to support the driver and front passenger against longitudinal and lateral G-forces.
The driver's seat cushion was designed to provide ample thigh support, while the front end of the seat is rounded to enhance pedal operability.
Key Toyota 86 front-seat design features include:
a shape that supports the occupant with its surfaces, so the vehicle's behaviour can be felt through the lower torso
a shape that supports occupants without pressing uncomfortably against their bodies, preventing a cramped feeling
a sense of the driver being together with the vehicle when the steering wheel is turned and preventing the driver's vision from being affected, even if the vehicle shakes
ample support around the driver's left elbow, without compromising gear-shift operation, and
sculpted seat-backs to minimise weight.
Toyota designed 86's sports seats for optimum safety in the event of a rear-end collision.
The seat frame suppresses rearward pressure from the occupant's body, simultaneously restraining the head and chest to help lessen whiplash injuries.
The front passenger's seat has a walk-in mechanism to allow for rear-seat access.
It can be activated by either the seat recline lever or a strap on the rear of the seat.
A seatbelt guide on the seat shoulder makes for easier access to the seatbelt.
Toyota 86 has a versatile single-piece folding back seat providing 2+2 seating or space for leisure equipment.
The seat can accommodate two occupants up to 170cm tall.
Alternatively, it can be folded flat - creating space to carry four standard wheels for a track day, or two golf bags.
The rear seat-back is single piece, to minimise weight.
There are lock release knobs on top of the seat-back.
Toyota 86's luggage area has a cargo height of 391mm.
The 86 is fitted with two ISO-Fix child seat mounting points and two child-restraint anchorages.
Frameless rear-view mirror a world first
Toyota developed a world-first frameless rear-view car mirror to enhance the sporty character of the 86 while ensuring good vision for the driver.
The chic and stylish solution overcomes the sports-car challenge of having a small mirror to ensure maximum visibility through the windscreen without compromising rear vision.
The 86 development team, led by chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, tried to overcome this challenge by examining as many mirrors as possible.
He said all the mirrors they reviewed were wrapped in a black resin frame, mainly to comply with safety regulations that specify the edges must be rounded.
"Using a curved mirror would result in a distorted image, so we wondered if the regulations could be met simply by rounding the outer edges of the mirror itself," Mr Tada said.
"We were told this was impossible and that, as standard mirrors are very inexpensive, it did not make sense to develop something new.
"These comments only increased my motivation to develop an exclusive, world-first mirror."
Toyota 86 cabin uses ultra-high strength steel
The new Toyota 86 uses a combination of high-tensile steels and state-of-the-art body construction techniques to ensure cabin integrity.
The 86 cabin side and roof section is designed to maximise protection in the event of a side impact and meet the strict requirements of the roof-crush test.
The 86 cabin structure achieves both targets while helping to create a low centre of gravity and meeting strict weight targets.
The cabin structure includes reinforced roof side rails and a reinforced B-pillar, as well as a roof centre brace manufactured from 1500MPa hot-press steel (the highest tensile strength steel in the entire vehicle).
The roof header and roof side rail outer are made from 980MPa steel, while the B-pillar outer is made from a combination of 980 and 590MPa high-tensile steel.

2007 Acura TSX

2007 Acura TSX

2007 Acura TSX

2007 Acura TSX

2007 Acura TSX

The Acura TSX is one of the hottest luxury sedans on the road today, setting sales records month after month since its introduction and winning over enthusiasts customers and automotive press with its blend of outstanding performance, nimble handling and sporty styling. The TSX continues to distance itself from the competition by offering class-leading technology and the latest standard safety features, including a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) new for 2007 model year.
"The TSX has already clearly established itself as a beacon of consistency for the Acura brand," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president, sales. "TSX's unique combination of performance, style and leading edge technology make for a uniquely Acura driving experience, and put it ahead of the competition."
The 2007 TSX is equipped with a 2.4 liter DOHC i-VTEC(TM) 4-cylinder engine, generating 205 horsepower and 164 lb-ft of torque*, giving the TSX engine overall performance comparable to many 6-cylinder powerplants. The i-VTEC "intelligent" valve-control system delivers enhanced performance across a broad power band, superior fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions. A direct ignition system with knock control helps optimize power and fuel efficiency by ensuring a properly timed spark at all engine speeds.
The TSX engine is equipped with a drive-by-wire throttle control system that eliminates the need for a mechanical connection between the accelerator pedal and the engine, which continuously adjusts the sensitivity of the accelerator pedal to match current driving conditions. It also incorporates throttle control into the car's Vehicle Stability Assist(R) (VSA(R)) system, the vehicle's cruise control function and modulates the throttle to help make automatic transmission shifts even smoother.
Platinum-tipped spark plugs and a self-adjusting cam chain help the TSX run for 100,000 miles or more before requiring a major scheduled tune-up.
Since many performance enthusiasts prefer shifting gears, the TSX comes with either a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission or a compact 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission as standard equipment. The lightweight 6-speed gearbox features short shift throws and multi-cone synchronizers on all gears for quick, light shifting action. The transmission case is made from magnesium alloy, a material typically reserved for racing applications. This case weighs 6.6 pounds less than a comparable aluminum unit and is extremely rigid to damp out noise and vibration.
Along with its impressive 205 horsepower output, the TSX with manual transmission delivers 22 mpg city/30mpg highway, while the TSX with automatic transmission delivers 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway. Air-assisted fuel injectors, an underfloor catalyzer and a high-flow, low-heat mass exhaust manifold help the TSX achieve EPA Tier 2-Bin 5,Carb Low Emission Vehicle-2 (LEV-2) emissions status.
To complement its high-adrenaline powertrain with sports car-like handling, the TSX features an extremely rigid unit body structure and a race-bred, 4-wheel-independent double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension. The suspension is track-tuned to reduce lift, dive and body roll and boasts gas-pressurized shock absorbers and large front and rear stabilizer bars. A quick-ratio, variable power assist rack-and-pinion steering system provides outstanding feel and responsiveness and features an anti-kickback valve for reduced kickback on rough roads.
Handling is further enhanced by a Vehicle Stability Assist(R) (VSA(R)) that works in concert with the braking and drive-by-wire throttle systems to provide enhanced control during acceleration, braking and cornering. This 4-channel system also orchestrates the throttle and each of the vehicle's four disc brakes to seamlessly integrate traction control, anti-lock braking and stability enhancement for increased driver control. The electronically controlled Brake Assist feature helps the driver apply full brake pressure during accident avoidance situations.
To provide stability and offer superb stopping power, the TSX is equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-channel ABS, 17-inch alloy wheels and P215/50R17 Michelin all-season high-performance tires.
The body of the TSX offers crisp lines and dynamic curves. In front, styling cues include a signature 5-sided Acura grille, angular side markers and bumper-integrated fog lamps. In the rear, the taillights slope to meet a short, high trunk lid, which terminates sharply to help air separate cleanly off the back of the car at top speeds. Stylish nine-spoke alloy wheels finish the TSX's sporty appearance.
The TSX is available in nine exterior colors: Premium White Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Carbon Gray Pearl, Nighthawk Black Pearl, Artic Blue Pearl, Royal Blue Pearl, Glacier Blue Metallic, Deep Green Pearl, and Milano Red.
The five-passenger interior of the TSX is sporty yet refined with modern LED- illuminated instrumentation and intuitive controls. Like the RL and TL sedans, the TSX comes equipped with standard Bluetooth(R) enabled hands-free phone system. The system, called HandsFreeLink(TM), enables a Bluetooth(R) wireless interface with mobile phones allowing calls to be made and received using the TSX's voice recognition and audio interfaces. To make a call, drivers push the steering wheel-mounted HandsFreeLink(TM) button, which connects their phone to the system. The HandsFreeLink(TM) system can be programmed to accept up to six different phones and up to 50 numbers may be stored in the system's phone book.
The comprehensively equipped TSX features deeply bolstered, perforated leather seating surfaces, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, power windows and door locks and keyless entry. The leather-wrapped three-spoke sport steering wheel provides a sporty feel, features wheel-mounted audio and cruise control as well as voice recognition and HandFreeLink switches.
The TSX comes equipped with a 360-watt Acura Premium Sound System with standard XM(R) Satellite Radio and an auxiliary jack located in the center console for playing MP3 and other digital music devices. The standard 8-way power adjustable driver's seat features two-position memory, so when the driver enters the car with the key fob, the TSX automatically adjusts the driver's seat to their preferred position. In addition, tilt and telescopic steering wheel allows the TSX to accommodate a wide range of drivers. A 4-way adjustable power passenger seat increases passenger comfort and convenience.
The only factory option (other than transmission choice) on the TSX is the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition (TM). This easy to use navigation system features a menu of 560 voice commands, an 8-inch display, and a comprehensive destination guide with over 7 million points of interest including the Zagat Survey(TM) Restaurant Guide, 3-D graphics for freeway interchanges including on and off-ramps and turn-by-turn voice guidance. In addition, 1.7 million U.S. cities and street names can be accessed through the voice recognition system. The navigation system can be controlled through the steering wheel-mounted voice recognition button or by using the menu on the touch screen.
To ensure proper maintenance intervals and reduce the number of service visits, the TSX features a Maintenance Minder system that automatically monitors the vehicle's unique operating profile and alerts the driver via the Multi-Information Display when certain types of routine service, including oil and filter replacement and tire rotation, are needed.
The TSX is also equipped with standard dual-stage, dual-threshold driver's and front passenger's airbags, and side airbags for the driver and front passenger. The passenger's side airbag uses seven sensors in the seatback and side bolster to determine the height and position of the occupant. If the sensors detect that a child or small-stature adult is leaning into the deployment path of the side airbag, the bag will not deploy.
To further enhance safety, side curtain airbags help protect vehicle occupants from head and neck injuries in the event of a significant side impact. Additionally, the 2007 TSX is now equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Like all Acura models, the TSX is covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, and a 6-year / 70,000 mile powertrain limited warranty. Additional ownership benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service, and trip routing.

ILX Concept

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2012_Acura ILX Concept

2012_Acura ILX Concept

Acura ILX Concept
The Acura ILX Concept is the precursor to an all-new Acura luxury compact sedan scheduled for launch in Spring 2012. To be positioned as the gateway to the Acura brand, the ILX will feature three different powertrains, including Acura's first-ever gas-electric hybrid.
"First time luxury buyers place the highest value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues and that's a virtual definition of what we have created with the new Acura ILX," said Jon Ikeda, head of the Acura Design Studio. "The strategy behind this new model is to position ILX as the first opportunity for many young buyers to enter the luxury market."
Sleek, sporty and aerodynamically efficient, the exterior of the all-new ILX combines luxury, performance and efficiency. A beautifully styled luxury sedan, the Acura ILX Concept has a compact, yet formal proportion, targeting a very professional image. The ILX delivers both, with a greenhouse that provides excellent visibility, an aerodynamic low and wide stance, the ILX is immediately recognizable as an Acura
The lineup of ILX models will include an entry-level model powered by a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine; a high-performance model with a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission; and a 1.5-liter gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, Acura's first-ever hybrid offering.
The Acura ILX will feature a high-quality, well-appointed interior that is smart, spacious and sporty. It will offer a number of new, high-value features, including a smart entry keyless access system and pushbutton start, along with Pandora internet radio interface and SMS text message function for smart connectivity with the world.
As with all Acura models, the ILX will have a long list of standard features, different trim levels (that will include a Technology Package), multiple transmission choices, and excellent standard safety features — including Acura's acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ body structure, front, side and side-curtain airbags, 4-channel anti-lock brakes and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA™). Acura anticipates that the ILX will achieve top ratings in both NHTSA and IIHS crash safety testing.
The new Acura ILX will be manufactured exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC, in its Greensburg, Ind. plant — one of only three plants in the world to receive J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Platinum Award for outstanding quality.

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Suzuki G70 Concept
Suzuki is showcasing the G70 at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This model made its debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show as the REGINA, and it now wears a G70 badge which originates from a nickname adopted during the development process. While the goal of reducing CO2 emissions is an absolute must throughout automotive development, Suzuki also believes that A-segment models should always be customer-responsive. With this in mind, Suzuki has focused on developing an A-segment car with CO2 emissions no higher than 70g/km for market launch in the near future, featuring - as the name suggests - the G70's environmental technologies.
Although the Suzuki G70 is a petrol model, its fuel economy and emissions are on a par with those of a hybrid, thanks to its weight of just 730kg and a drag coefficient more than 10% lower than that of a Suzuki A-segment production model. It also features a direct-injection turbo petrol engine and an Engine Auto Stop Start system with regenerative braking. All in all, the G70's CO2 emissions do not exceed 70g/km.
Platform
The Suzuki G70's platform is light but rigid, since it has more curves than a conventional platform. The components and materials used in the G70 also reflect an uncompromising focus on lightness. As a result, the G70 weighs a mere 730kg (more than 100kg less than the Suzuki Alto).
Advanced aerodynamics
The shape of the G70 means excellent aerodynamics and greater interior comfort. A relatively upright windscreen ensures good forward visibility while directing air smoothly over the top and sides of the body. Other drag-reducing details include rear combination lamps which ensure a smooth airflow toward the rear and C-pillar garnishes which steer and adjust the airflow. The G70's drag coefficient is more than 10% lower than that of a Suzuki A-segment production model.
Powertrain
The environmental benefits of the Suzuki G70's lightness and low running resistance are complemented by a highly efficient 800cm3 turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine with CVT.
Other fuel-saving technologies
An Engine Auto Stop Start system with regenerative braking saves fuel effectively by storing and reusing the G70's kinetic energy during deceleration.
Exterior
The Suzuki G70 is not just another car with environmental features: it also has a distinctive character deriving from its "emotional" styling. The design language focuses on "premium casual", which can be interpreted as mature elegance and fine quality. The use of transparent materials and relatively bright colours creates an airy impression and succeeds in expressing the quality of a compact car with less of an environmental burden.
Interior
A stylish, futuristic cabin incorporates a unique floating interface which provides information on navigation, audio and climate control. A transparent touch-panel display makes the information easy to read and allows easy inputs. The G70 uses the floating interface to recommend destinations and music in line with the driver's preferences - which it infers from journey data and search records. It also uses the floating interface to show friends driving nearby on a map and enables the driver to share route information with them. Driving can be much more enjoyable with this infotainment system prompted by the G70.
Colouring
Green bodywork underscores the Suzuki G70's environmental credentials. The paintwork has a deep, refined look which emphasises the car's highly contoured shape. A white finish on the roof creates a fashionable two-tone look which suits the lightweight model.
Technical specifications
Overall length: 3,550mm
Overall width: 1,630mm
Overall height: 1,430mm
Wheelbase: 2,425mm
Seating capacity: 4 persons
Power unit: 800cm3 direct-injection turbo petrol engine; Engine Auto Stop Start system with regenerative braking
Weight: 730kg
Transmission: CVT. Front-engine/front-wheel drive

Sienna

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toyota sienna

toyota sienna

toyota sienna

toyota sienna

toyota sienna

toyota sienna

toyota sienna

toyota sienna

toyota sienna

toyota sienna

toyota sienna

Toyota unveiled the all-new, third-generation Toyota Sienna minivan at a media conference at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto show. The Toyota Sienna is well known as a transportation solution for moving people and cargo comfortably and efficiently. The third-generation Toyota Sienna will look and drive more like a sedan, conform to new ideas about personal comfort, easily accommodate cargo, and handle big loads.
The 2011 Sienna has been reinvented to handle these needs as it shifts to a more expressive and dynamic vehicle with a stronger profile, high shoulder character and responsive handling. With state-of the art features and rewarding driving dynamics, it is a vehicle that car-lovers will find satisfying to drive. Toyota Sienna will offer new models, including a sporty SE and a four-cylinder powertrain, as it continues to be the only offering in the segment with an all-wheel-drive option.
"The all-new Toyota Sienna is an example of Toyota's commitment to lead the marketplace as it anticipates consumers' needs and changes in lifestyle," said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. The third-generation Sienna combines a contemporary style with features not previously seen in a minivan, and a fun-to-drive spirit that will surprise many, along with the flexibility, spaciousness and features that have defined the segment.
The Sienna was designed by Toyota's Calty Design Research and developed at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., with assembly being accomplished at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana.
Visually Intriguing
The Toyota Sienna will come in five conveniently configured grades, all sharing a distinctly new visual direction and features. The third-generation Toyota Sienna explores a more modernly advanced and bold design. The sportier profile is complemented with distinctive window shapes. Working closely with engineering, Toyota Sienna designers were able to create a high and wide shoulder to embed a deliberately hidden door slider within the window graphic.
The strong high shoulder and distinct fender flares visually emphasize the wheels. Dimensionally, the new Toyota Sienna rides on the same wheelbase as the prior generation, but it is wider and slightly shorter overall.
In the front is a bold face design. Sophisticated headlamps angled higher than the grille lends a confident front presence. The sculptural rear corner separates the Toyota Sienna from boxy minivans as it surrounds the functional yet elegant LED taillights.
The interior features upscale quality and elegance, yet every element are logical and functional. The distinctive swept shape of the IP creates the perception of increased personal space for both driver and passenger. Careful attention to the details adds extra value to each component. Sleek seat designs add flexibility and roominess while central climate and audio controls are integrated into a single graphic element.
Overall, the new Sienna has a sportier, classier appearance. A Cd of 0.306 is the result of careful design work and is a contributing factor in maintaining a quiet cabin and providing excellent fuel economy.
Power, Plus Efficiency
A choice of two responsive DOHC engines will be available: a 3.5-liter V6 or 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. Both engines offer the latest in efficient, lightweight technology, including Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), roller rocker arms and an Acoustically Controlled Induction System (ACIS) that changes the length of the air-intake pipe to supply more torque on demand.
The 3.5-liter V6 makes 266 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, with expected EPA-estimated mileage ratings of 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway (16 mpg city/22 mpg highway on AWD models). It also has a 3,500-pound tow capacity. With 187 horsepower at 5,800 rpm, the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine produces responsive power that exceeds some competitors V6 performance, while delivering expected EPA-estimated fuel efficiency ratings of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Both engines are matched with state-of-the-art, electronically controlled six-speed transmissions with sequential shift that provide smooth gear-shift feeling, quiet performance and a lightweight, compact size.
The suspension uses front MacPherson struts, combined with rack-and pinion steering for smooth, linear steering feel. Electronic Power Steering (EPS) delivers a more solid direct on-road feel. With a wider stance, the new Toyota Sienna has a more direct steering feel. Under-body aero parts also contribute to dynamic performance.
Models and Features
The Toyota Sienna will come in five grades: Sienna grade, LE, SE, XLE and Limited. All-wheel-drive is available with the V6 on LE, XLE and Limited models.
With five distinct model choices, the new Toyota Sienna can be tailored to a wide range of purposes and pocketbooks. The Toyota Sienna can be configured with seven- or eight-passenger seating, in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, with a range of prices and features to accommodate different mixes of practical needs and high aspirations.
The Toyota Sienna and LE grades are available with either the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or the 3.5-liter V6. The value-driven Toyota Sienna grade and popular LE are equipped with an array of standard features that include: cruise control, Daytime Running Lights with manual on/off feature, tri-zone air conditioning, six- or eight-way-adjustable driver's captain's chair, power windows with auto up/down and jam protection, AM/FM CD player with four speakers, XM compatibility, auxiliary jack, power door locks, remote keyless entry, and three 12V outlets, among other amenities. The Star Safety SystemTM, which includes Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), and Traction Control (TRAC), is standard on all models.
The LE V6 model is upgraded with even more features including dual power-sliding doors and power rear door, a power driver seat with power lumbar support, electrochromatic rearview mirror with Homelink™, backup camera, rear window sunshades, AM/FM/MP3 CD player, integrated XM® satellite radio (subscription required), auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod® connectivity, and hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology, and steering wheel audio controls. These features can be added to the four-cylinder model as a package.
The XLE builds on the LE, adding features such as leather-trimmed seats, moonroof, and an anti-theft system with engine immobilizer, remote keyless entry, and heated front seats. Select optional XLE equipment includes a 10-speaker JBL® premium sound system with voice-activated DVD Navigation and Panorama rear camera with integrated back-up guides, XM® NavTraffic (subscription required), rear-seat Dual View Entertainment system, and an auxiliary audio jack and USB port with iPod® connectivity.
The Limited is designed for customers who want all the features with more luxury. The standard equipment list is extensive, including new second-row Lounge Seating and a power 60/40 Split & Stow third-row seat, front and rear parking sonar, dual moonroof, Smart Key, and Safety Connect™. Select options include those available on the XLE plus HID auto high-beam auto-high beam headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, and Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
New Sporty SE
Given its upgraded engineering, every Toyota Sienna will ride well and track cleanly through corners, but none more so than the newest addition to the line: the sporty SE.
The SE is designed for those who appreciate an even sportier design with responsive performance. The front has a more aggressive appearance and the side skirting visually lowers the vehicle. Aerodynamic sculpting hugs the standard 19-inch alloy wheels, which are specially tuned for sportier handling. Separating the SE further from other grades, the smoked tail lamps create a visually prominent statement. The SE sits lower, on a sport-tuned suspension for quicker feedback and better handling. Additionally, the SE is built with exclusive instrumentation and unique interior colors and trim.
Comfort Remains Key
The cabin of the new Toyota Sienna represents a conceptual leap forward, blending options for more individual space, better cargo capacity, and improved group interaction.
The interior is more than two inches longer, and the seats now have longer ranges of travel, making it possible to comfortably accommodate a wider range of heights and sizes.
The front seats have more rearward travel, and the steering wheel has a less upright position, so the driver can adopt a comfortable driving posture. The driver's instruments and controls are clear and concise, and the greater cabin width helps create extended personal space for both driver and front passenger.
Numerous storage bins, cupholders and cargo spaces have been strategically placed in convenient locations. A conversation mirror, integrated into the sunglass case in the overhead console, allows visual contact with rear seat passengers.
Throughout the cabin, there is an open field of view to create an airy, roomy ambiance. With wider fields of vision rearmost passengers can see forward more easily.
Both seven- and eight-seat cabins can be configured for a full contingent of passengers, a load of cargo, or a convenient mix of both. In seven-seat cabins, the second row captain chairs slide 23 inches, moving to the rear to create legroom for the tallest passengers and easier ingress and egress. They can be moved forward close to the front seats to make it easy to care for a child passenger, while also allowing easy access for third-row passengers.
A sliding center console on the XLE all-wheel-drive and Limited grades can be shared between the front seats and second row passengers. The illuminated console slides into the second row area to provide convenient access for both rows, so the need for storage and passenger comfort can be equally served.
For even more passenger comfort, there is standard second-row lounge seating on the Limited grade, which includes leg and foot support. Second-row captain chairs on all grades have dual armrests, and a one-motion release mechanism in case the seat needs to be removed.
On eight-passenger models, the second-row center seat can be removed and stowed in the left side of the rear-storage area. When the center seat is stowed, a cupholder and storage tray is revealed. The eight-passenger interior can easily be optimized for seven passengers, and quickly reconfigured back for eight.
The second-row seats also feature a Tip Up and Long Slide feature, allowing them to slide forward and back on extended rails, making more room for people or cargo as the need arises. All second row seats, regardless of configuration, move out of the way with one touch to gain easy access to the third row seats.
The 60/40 Split and Stow third-row seating folds flat with one motion manually, with the Limited front-wheel drive receiving a power feature. The third row has been moved about two inches rearward for enhanced comfort. With the third-row seat in use, there is enough storage for five golf bags or four large suitcases. Four handy grocery hooks, with two in the back and two in the second row seatbacks, add storage convenience.
It is easier than ever to load the Toyota Sienna, thanks to wider doors and one-touch second-row seats. By sliding the second-row seats all the way to the rear, a walk-in aisle is created, making it easier to enter, exit, install a child seat, or place a child in a seat. The second-row seats can be moved all the way to the front, just behind the front row, to maximize rear cargo capacity, especially with the third-row stowed flat.
With the third row seat stowed and the second row seat removed, the cargo area is approximately eight feet long and four feet wide. The back door opening is broad and spacious, set at a height that makes loading and unloading easy.
A cabin air filter is standard along with an air-conditioning system that controls the temperature of three separate zones.
Innovative Technologies
A Toyota first rear-seat Dual View Entertainment Center is another innovative option. The system uses two displays side-by-side to create a seamless 16.4-inch widescreen image from a single source. When two separate entertainment options are called for, the system can split the screen into two individual screens, each with input from separate sources. Used as a single screen, it can be easily seen from the third row, and it can be operated from any seat via remote control. Used as two screens, the system can accommodate the preferences of two separate passengers who might want to play a video game or watch a second DVD simultaneously via auxiliary inputs.
Other technological upgrades include a Toyota-first Panorama Camera rear monitor. It provides two views behind the vehicle including a 180-degree view, and on-screen back-up guides, helping drivers to reverse out of parking spots or driveways.
Safety for All
An enhanced version of Toyota's Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is standard on all 2011 Sienna models. VSC coordinates the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist with Traction Control (TRAC) and Electric Power Steering (EPS), to help provide a the driver a better-integrated, controlled vehicle in the event of an emergency maneuver.
A Pre-Collision System (PCS) with pre-collision seatbelt system is an available option on Limited, as is the latest in advanced vehicle control technology: Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM). The VDIM system coordinates brake control with engine output and steering inputs, allowing all the control and safety systems to cooperate seamlessly. Unlike reactive traction systems, VDIM operates proactively. During normal driving, the system works smoothly to enhance control even before the vehicle reaches its limits.
Seven airbags are standard equipment, including dual-stage front and seat-mounted side airbags for driver and front passenger, plus a new driver's side knee airbag. Side curtain airbags cover the length of the cabin, from the front seats to the third row.
The new Safety Connect™ telematics system is standard on Limited and optional on XLE. Safety Connect offers four safety and security features: Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), and Roadside Assistance. A complimentary one-year trial subscription is included.
In case of airbag deployment or severe rear-end collision, Automatic Collision Notification is designed to automatically call a response center. If a response agent cannot communicate with the occupants, the agent can contact the nearest emergency-services provider to dispatch assistance.
Pushing the in-vehicle "SOS" button allows drivers to reach the response center to request help in an emergency as well as for a wide range of roadside assistance needs. If a Toyota Sienna equipped with Safety Connect is stolen, agents can work with local authorities to help locate and recover the vehicle.
The all-new 2011 Toyota Sienna will begin arriving at Toyota dealerships in February 2010.

Camry

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toyota camry

toyota camry

toyota camry

toyota camry

toyota camry

toyota camry

toyota camry

toyota camry

toyota camry

Toyota introduced the all-new, seventh-generation Toyota Camry, America's best-selling car for nine years running and 13 of the past 14 years. The 2012 Camry debuts a bold, sophisticated new design with a more spacious interior, improved driving dynamics and an even quieter ride than before. With class leading safety, fuel economy and multi-media technology added in, the end result is the best Toyota Camry ever made. Introduced in 1983, the Toyota Camry would later establish the template for the modern midsize sedan, setting benchmarks for Quality, Dependability and Reliability, along with a comfortable, quiet ride. Since that time, Toyota has sold more than 15 million Camry models worldwide.
"The all-new 2012 Camry blends an evolution of the car's values - such as comfort, efficiency, reliability and safety - with a more appealing design and engaging driving experience," said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. "Competition in the midsize sedan segment is the strongest it's ever been, and the all-new Camry is designed to maintain its long-standing leadership while also broadening its appeal."
The Toyota Camry again offers three powertrain choices, all of which have been enhanced for 2012 to provide better fuel economy and more responsive performance. All Camry models with the revised 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine now offer 178 horsepower, an increase of nine hp, and 170 lb.-ft. of peak torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy figures are 25 mpg city/35 highway, and the 28 mpg combined is two more than the previous generation Camry. The 2.5-liter engine employs Dual VVT-i (Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent), which controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts for optimal performance and efficiency at all engine speeds. The Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) helps optimize torque over a broad engine speed range.
Performance and Efficiency
The DOHC 3.5-liter V6, available in the SE and XLE grades, delivers 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,700 rpm. Enhancements to this engine boost its fuel economy to projected EPA-estimated ratings of 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway, the best for any current V6 midsize sedan.
The V6 uses chain-driven camshafts and Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i). To improve efficiency, the V6 features a new, lower oil viscosity and an automatic transmission fluid warmer that brings the transmission to operating temperature more quickly in cold weather. Higher final drive-gear ratios also contribute to better fuel economy in the new Toyota Camry models.
The gas-engine LE, XLE and SE models come equipped exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers a sequential manual shift mode using the console shifter. Intelligent control adapts shifting strategy in response to driver input, with fast kick-down. In addition, the Camry SE exclusively offers a "D range" sequential shifting, which allows manual shifting with the new steering wheel paddle shifters even when the console shifter is in the "D" mode. Also exclusive to the Toyota Camry SE, the automatic transmission features faster shift times when in "S" mode and downshift blipping control emphasizes a sense of sportiness.
All-New Camry Hybrid Sets New Standard for Mid-size Hybrid Sedans
The all-new Camry Hybrid debuts a highly revised version of the brand's Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, including a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2012 Camry Hybrid LE, with EPA-estimated 43 mpg city/39 mpg highway/41 mpg combined, yields a more-than-30 percent boost in fuel economy in the EPA city and combined driving cycles, compared to the previous generation, thanks largely to the new hybrid powertrain, but also due to lighter vehicle weight and optimized aerodynamics.
Through its unique transaxle, the Hybrid Synergy Drive system combines output from the four-cylinder engine with a small high-torque electric motor. The system produces a combined 200 horsepower and varies power between the gas engine and electric motor, or combines both, as needed.
The new 2.5-liter engine, like the 2.4-liter it replaces, uses the Atkinson cycle (delayed intake-valve closing for an expansion ratio greater than compression ratio) to achieve maximum efficiency. The Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) system on the intake camshaft enhances torque, which is greater than with the previous engine. An electric water pump, a roller-rocker type valvetrain and a variable-output oil pump help to reduce internal friction, boosting economy.
A new water-cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system helps to ensure the lowest possible emissions at all vehicle speeds and helps increase fuel efficiency. By cooling and controlling exhaust gas injected into each cylinder, the system eliminates the need to richen the air-fuel mixture to control cylinder temperatures.
The 2012 Camry Hybrid meets AT-PZEV (Advanced Technology Partial-credit Zero Emissions Vehicle) standards. New sound absorbing materials in the engine compartment, along with more linear control over engine speed, give the 2012 Camry Hybrid a more pleasing sound under acceleration.
Because there are situations in which the gas engine in the Toyota Camry Hybrid shuts off, air conditioning and power steering systems are driven electrically. New efficiency measures in the Hybrid Synergy Drive system include reducing internal losses in the transaxle, improving motor-voltage control, and optimizing the regenerative braking. The proven nickel-metal-hydride battery, located in the luggage compartment behind the rear seats, now features enhanced air-cooling. Its more compact size, along with moving the DC/DC converter to the engine compartment, results in a trunk that is 2.1-cubic feet larger than in the previous-generation Camry Hybrid.
Lighter overall vehicle weight also contributes to better performance and fuel economy. Its 7.6-second zero-to-60 acceleration time places the Camry Hybrid between the four-cylinder and V6 models. Lower rolling resistance tires, available for the first time in 17-inch size, also help boost fuel economy.
New for the 2012 Camry Hybrid, an EV Drive mode allows the driver to operate the car on the electric motor alone for up to 1.6 miles at lower speeds (below approximately 25 mph). The EV indicator illuminates when the vehicle is being propelled solely by the electric motor.
As on the previous Toyota Camry Hybrid, ECO mode optimizes throttle response and air conditioning output to prioritize maximum fuel economy. A Hybrid-exclusive instrument cluster with Hybrid System Indicator and fuel consumption indicator helps the driver to operate the car as economically as possible.
Instantaneous fuel economy is shown with LEDs (light emitting diodes) around the outside of the average fuel economy gauge. The car's Multi-Information display graphically shows fuel economy in real time and can also show energy flow, and cruising range information.
As before, applying the brake converts the motor to a generator that captures the kinetic energy from the still-spinning vehicle wheels, storing it in the hybrid battery pack. Putting the shifter into "B" uses regenerative braking as a form of engine braking for enhanced control on steep descents. New hill-start assist control helps prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when starting off on an incline when the brake pedal is released.
Exclusive exterior and interior design touches and badging differentiate the 2012 Camry Hybrid from other Camry models. Inside, Hybrid-exclusive trim is found on the instrument panel and door switch bases, upper console panels and shift knob. The Camry Hybrid also features its own exclusive seat fabric in ivory or light gray. An exclusive leather and Ultrasuede is also available. A three-dial Optitron gauge panel with chrome-accented outer rings provides a luxurious appearance.
Grade Strategy
The all-new Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid will offer six different model grades to choose from. Camry will be available in the entry-level L, value-driven LE, premium XLE and sporty SE grades. The XLE and SE are available with four-cylinder or V6 engines. The Camry Hybrid is offered in LE and XLE grades.
Exterior Design
The 2012 Camry employs an elegantly simple but modern form, emphasizing a wider, lower stance than previous models. The design conveys an "architectural statement" through crisp, precise character lines, while a more strongly curved door cross-section and more defined rocker panel molding (chrome accented on LE and XLE) give the Camry a more expressive appearance.
Headlights show a more dynamic shape, with a pronounced curvature of the main-beam unit merging into the bumper cover. Fog lights are standard on the XLE and SE grades. The rear lamp clusters wrap tightly into the body sides, with their top sections extending into the trunk panel.
The Camry LE and XLE feature additional exterior chrome trim, and the SE grade debuts its own lower-body design and exclusive fine-mesh upper grille section. The SE also features three-part lower grille section housing fog lamps, along with black sport trim headlamp bezels. The more prominent rocker panel moldings on the SE cleanly link to integrated front and rear underbody spoilers, emphasizing width, and the trunk lid carries an integrated spoiler.
Accentuating the new body design are four new colors. Two of the colors (Attitude Black Metallic and Clearwater Blue) are all-new to Toyota in the U.S. Attitude Black Metallic blends in a bright blue pigment for an intriguing take on traditional jet black; Clearwater Blue incorporates a silver metallic pigment to lend this hue a glassy, water-like finish.
Interior Design
While featuring nearly the same external dimensions as the previous generation, the 2012 Camry offers a more inviting and spacious interior. A new dashboard design, modified seat locations, redesigned seats and "lean" door, pillar and headliner trim all combine to add both real space and greater perceptual spaciousness while also enhancing outward visibility. Repositioning the driver's seat and the standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel (tilt has increased 33 percent for greater driver comfort) also aid forward visibility and enhance the driver's positioning.
The accelerator pedal and front seats were moved forward, and the rear-seat hip point was positioned rearward, increasing the couple distance by 0.6-inch; together with reshaped front seatbacks help increase rear-knee room by 1.8-inch. The redesigned center console and front edge of the rear-seat cushion increase rear middle seat legroom by two inches.
Not as obvious are the many areas where Toyota Camry designers reshaped interior trim to increase the feeling of spaciousness, including the A- and B-pillars, headliner over the rear seat and door trim. In most vehicles, space is left between the structure and the trim to yield a "clean" surface. Using a lean-car design approach, the trim more closely follows the structure beneath it. The result is added space that contributes much more to a feeling of comfort than the gains in mere millimeters might suggest.
Three-dimensional construction and contrasting-material textures give the new instrument panel a feeling of depth, while the shapes themselves contribute to a more spacious cabin and improved forward sightlines. The prominently curved center cluster appears to float over the instrument panel, reducing its visual mass. Soft textures used on the upper instrument panel, upper door trim, door armrests and center console armrest contribute to greater comfort in the Camry. Stitching on the instrument panel soft padding and matching stitching-look trim elsewhere helps to create a sense of luxury. Aluminum-color and chrome trim are used judiciously.
The Camry LE and XLE grades feature either ivory or gray seating color; the Camry SE features unique upholstery in black-on-black or black-on-gray. Newly designed front-seat frames, higher seatbacks and longer seat cushions enhance comfort. The height adjustment on the driver's seat offers nearly a half inch greater range than before (total travel is 2.4 inches). The SE's sporty front seats provide thicker side bolsters, and the exclusive three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel offers paddle-shift control for the six-speed automatic transmission.
For 2012, the Toyota Camry offers four seat-covering materials: fabric in the LE and XLE; fabric with SofTex in the SE, standard leather trim on the XLE V6 (optional in the XLE four-cylinder), and Ultrasuede® with leather available for the SE and XLE Hybrid. Heated seats are standard on the XLE V6 and are available for SE, XLE four-cylinder and Hybrid with variable temperature control.
The new Camry provides the added functionality demanded by consumers today, yet keeps its controls straightforward and intuitive to use. Control knobs impart a high-precision feel when used. Special attention was paid to function and comfort with the center console design. Soft kneepads on both sides add comfort for the driver and passenger; the front section offers a 12V accessory connector and an easy-to-access USB/input jack port for connecting iPods and other media devices. A sliding rear console door - rather than the more traditional flip-up design - enables easier access from either front seat. Two steering wheel designs, with integrated audio and Bluetooth® controls, are featured: a four-spoke for LE; a leather-wrapped four-spoke for XLE; and a sporty three-spoke, leather-wrapped wheel for the SE.
All grades now feature a standard 60/40 split folding rear seatback to expand cargo capacity. The seats can be lowered by a remote release from the trunk area. Rear-seat side airbags are standard across the line, and an armrest with cup holders adds comfort and convenience.
Advanced Connectivity
Seamlessly integrated into the Camry are state-of-the-art electronics and enhanced connectivity features. A Bluetooth wireless connection for compatible hands-free phone calls is standard, now improved by an available automatic phone book transfer function. Also standard is a USB port that allows playing of music and video from portable audio devices, using the vehicle sound system and available in-dash display screen, including full iPod integration.
The standard audio system on LE, XLE and SE has a 6.1-inch screen and six speakers. The screen also displays the energy monitor and fuel consumption data, and functions as the monitor for the available integrated back-up camera (SE and XLE only) and the Display Audio System. The screen also offers a new value-driven navigation system and serves as a portal for Entune, Toyota's innovative new multimedia system. An available HD Radio system enables CD sound quality from digital FM broadcasts, and has features that maximize analog and AM broadcast sound quality. The system will include HD Radio with iTunes tagging for future purchase and SiriusXM Satellite Radio™.
The top-of-the-line audio is equipped with a new seven-inch Premium HDD Navigation system with Entune™ and JBL. This system offers a new split-screen feature that allows for simultaneously displaying navigation and audio information.
Toyota Camry also offers the new JBL GreenEdge™ audio system that combines an eight-channel amplifier and door-mounted "acoustic lens" speakers, to provide a high-quality sound. The GreenEdge amplifier achieves a 66-percent reduction in overall mass and a 50-percent enhancement in sound efficiency. The GreenEdge speakers produce a higher output of sound with the same power or less consumption of conventional models.
Entune Multimedia System
Camry will be one of the first Toyotas to offer the Entune multimedia system. For the first time ever in a Toyota automobile, this new system leverages the mobile smartphone to provide a richer in-vehicle experience with fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment and information services.
Toyota Entune debuts the first-ever support for engaging mobile apps, such as Bing, OpenTable, and movietickets.com, along with accessing useful travel-related services, such as live weather, traffic, fuel information (location and price), stocks, and sports. Toyota Entune brings the largest selection of music options available to a vehicle, including iHeartRadio's 750+ stations, and Pandora's personalized music service.
The audio systems combined with Entune feature a best-in-class, advanced conversational voice recognition system that helps the driver to stay focused on the road by eliminating the need to memorize thousands of voice commands. The system will also allow for audio read-back and replay capabilities for text messages, with the ability to respond by pre-set "Quick Reply Messages" such as: "I'm driving and will reply later."
A New Benchmark for Midsize Sedan Quietness
Long lauded as a benchmark for ride smoothness and quietness in the midsize segment, the all-new Camry resets the standard by taking both attributes to an even higher level of refinement. To reduce noise throughout the entire cabin, focus was placed on suppressing noises that stand out. As powertrains have become more refined and quieter, wind noise and road noise have tended to become more noticeable to drivers and passengers. A low noise reading (in decibels) does not always equate to a subjectively quiet interior. Vehicle occupants' perception of quietness also depends on the type and frequency of the sound.
It was determined where such noticeable sounds enter the cabin, and additional insulation was placed in those areas. New sound absorbing materials silence any noise that manages to penetrate the interior. In particular, engineers focused on suppressing noises that are near the frequencies of human speech to provide an environment that is more comfortable for conversation.
Measures that focus on reducing wind noise include stronger door and rocker area seals; optimized placement of sound insulating materials; foam applied in the roof, pillars and door openings; acoustic glass used for the V6 and Hybrid model's windshield; and special bracing of cowl intake louvers.
The dashboard structure and assembly, one of the most complex areas in modern cars, was thoroughly optimized to prevent noise intrusion. It can also be a source of noise intrusion. The structure employs a new cross member and center brace, along with sandwiched sheet steel to suppress resonance and reduce vibration. With the sandwiched steel, asphalt foam is used to absorb vibration energy while increasing sound blocking effectiveness.
A dash outer silencer uses an air layer between the dash panel and sound absorbing felt. An inner silencing layer uses soft and hard felts to block a wide range of low-to-high frequencies. Damping-coating thickness and application areas have been optimized for reduced floor-panel vibration and noise penetration through the floor, and a new type of carpet helps eliminates noise. Silencer panels installed in the rear-wheel housings, and new sound-absorbing materials added to the trunk's interior side trim further reduce road noise from the tires and wheel housings.
Exceptional Handling and Ride
A more rigid body structure, revised front suspension, redesigned rear suspension and aerodynamics all help to imbue the new Camry with greater straight-line stability and crisper steering response, while also enhancing overall ride comfort. Handling stability, more than just conveying a sense of driving enjoyment, also greatly influences the driver's feeling of security.
The 2012 Toyota Camry body structure uses a greater amount of high tensile steel (440 Mpa or higher) than before and even stronger high tensile strength sheet steel (590 Mpa or higher), resulting in a stronger but lighter body than the previous model. A flared design on the doors and fenders enables use of slimmer but stronger construction. High tensile aluminum bumper supports are lighter yet stronger than before. Newly developed plastic for the bumper covers and cowl louvers reduces weight as well.
The stiffened cowl section increases suspension-area rigidity, suppressing twist. The front-suspension towers are directly connected through the cowl to increase rigidity, and the attachment method and reinforcement braces have been strengthened. The all-new rear underbody and rear subframe increase lateral force control and torsional rigidity.
The McPherson-strut front suspension now uses inversely wound coil springs that enhance straight-line stability. Shock-absorber damping and stabilizer-bar thickness have been optimized as well. The rear suspension retains the proven dual-link strut configuration of the previous model but has been redesigned with new geometry (increased toe-in during cornering and braking) and retuned components to enhance cornering stability. Coil springs, bushings, stabilizer-bar and shock-absorber damping have all been revised.
Rear-combination lamps and side-view mirrors on the 2012 Camry incorporate aero stabilizing fins, inspired by Formula One racing technology, that create air vortexes on the body sides to stabilize the body and contribute to handling stability. Underbody aerodynamic elements regulate airflow under the vehicle, also contributing to ride smoothness.
The Camry SE model features specific suspension components and tuning, including exclusive steering knuckles and lighter, stiffer lower front control arms. The front and rear springs are exclusive to this model, and the shock absorbers feature internal rebound springs for greater cornering roll resistance. The rear suspension No. 1 control arm uses a pillow-ball bushing to further enhance handling agility.
All new Camry models will be the first to feature Toyota's latest electric power steering (EPS) control system, which will offer more flexibility to steering-feel tuning. The system regulates power-assist response based on vehicle speed, and for the first time steering-input rate. The vehicle-speed sensing feature will provide light effort during low speeds, changing to moderate effort during higher speeds.
The SE grade will feature a power-assist ratio that provides a more sporty feeling than the LE and XLE.
Also, electricity is only consumed when assist power is necessary, helping to improve fuel economy. Electric power steering is also more environment-friendly, as it does not require hydraulic fluid.
All Toyota Camry grades feature newly developed all-season tires designed for an optimal balance of fuel economy, handling, quietness, ride comfort and braking performance. The LE grade features standard 16-inch wheels; the SE comes standard with five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels and the V6 SE offers the first 18-inch alloy wheels on a Camry. The latter feature is a unique twist-spoke design with 225/45R18 all-season tires. Camry SE models will also include tires that have more grip. The Camry XLE comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels featuring an elegant 10-spoke design.
Safety and Security
All 2012 Camry models are equipped with 10 standard airbags: dual-stage advanced SRS front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver's and front passenger's knee airbag. The front-passenger's knee airbag and rear-seat side airbags are new to Toyota Camry.
The Camry's body structure is designed to help absorb collision-impact forces and help minimize impact deformation to the passenger cabin. High-strength steel is used for B-pillar and rocker-panel reinforcements to help manage overall body deformation in the event of certain side collisions. The seat frames also are designed to help absorb side collision loads. The inner-hood structure and front-edge construction are designed to help reduce pedestrian injuries in a collision.
Like all Toyota models, the Camry will feature Toyota's Star Safety System™ standard, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. It also features the standard Smart Stop Technology brake-override system. An electronic tire pressure monitoring system is standard equipment.
Another available safety system, Safety Connect, can access a call center with a live operator who can dispatch police and emergency vehicles. The system combines automatic collision notification and a stolen vehicle locator feature, which can track the location of the stolen vehicle via GPS and help guide police to recover it.
The new available Blind Spot Monitor uses sub-millimeter wave radar to detect vehicles in the driver's blind spots. When the system detects a vehicle in the adjacent lane, it alerts the driver using indicators on the side mirrors. If the turn signal is on when the there is a vehicle in the blind spot of the driver's intended lane, the indicator on the corresponding mirror will flash. The driver can switch off the system, if desired.
In vehicles equipped with one of the display audio systems and backup camera, when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse, the audio display will show the image of what the camera captures, along with an overlay of positioning lines representing the parking space and distance to obstacles.

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Toyota has released an all-new seventh-generation Toyota Camry in Australia that debuts a contemporary design with improved driving dynamics and a more spacious interior.
The 2012 Camry combines a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission that deliver better performance while substantially cutting fuel bills and emissions.
Built in Australia, new Toyota Camry features expanded safety features, a more comfortable ride, better handling and added refinement, including an even quieter cabin.
The new range introduces two distinct looks to expand buyer appeal - an entry-level Altise and three new Atara variants.
Atara models have unique styling, including the lower-body design, a sporty mesh upper grille, prominent side skirts and twin exhausts.
Advanced features at the top of the range include a blind-spot monitor to help prevent collisions and automatic high beam that automatically dips headlights at night to avoid blinding other drivers.
The new range arrives with zero price increases for the Altise at $30,490 and the range-topping Atara SL at $39,990, which replaces the Grande.
Price increases for Atara S (replaces Ateva) and Atara SX (Sportivo) are outweighed by added features.
Toyota Australia senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said the keen pricing delivers even better value to consumers.
"New Camry has the sharp styling, advanced safety, dynamic driving performance, interior space and quietness, comprehensive features, low cost of ownership and exceptional value demanded by Australian drivers," Mr Buttner said.
"The new line-up is set to expand Camry's reign as Australia's best-selling mid-size car - a position it has held for almost 18 years.
"Camry will be a significant contributor to the Australian and Victorian economies, and holds the key to a strong future for the local automotive sector.
"In addition to local sales, Camry will be exported to more than 12 countries, including Saudi Arabia, other Middle East countries and New Zealand, earning export sales revenue well in excess of $1 billion a year.
"It is a great Australian success story," Mr Buttner said.
Body, electrical and chassis engineers from the Toyota Technical Center in Melbourne contributed to the development of Toyota Camry as a global car from as early as 2006.
They also tuned and tested local versions to meet the demands of Australian motorists and road conditions, including calibrations for the electric power steering, blind-spot monitor and automatic high beam.
Designers at Toyota Style Australia were responsible for the interior fabrics and colour and trim of the local cars.
Camry Altise delivers 133kW of power and 231Nm of torque, substantial gains over the 117kW and 218Nm of the previous generation.
Atara variants gain twin exhausts that help lift output to 135kW and 235Nm for gains of 15 per cent and eight per cent respectively over the previous engine.
All Atara grades - S, sporty SX and luxury SL - have paddle shifts at the driver's fingertips, delivering greater driver involvement and enjoyment.
Fuel economy across the range is just 7.8 litres/100km - an improvement of one litre per 100km, which means up to an extra 100km from a tank of unleaded petrol.
It is estimated that, based on this fuel economy improvement, the total saving for Toyota Camry motorists is approximately $150 million in fuel bills over the model's life (based on a fuel price of $1.40 per litre).
Toyota has cut CO2 emissions by 25 grams/km, which equates to a quarter of a million fewer tonnes being produced over five years across the Camry fleet, compared with the current car.
Altise epitomises Camry's quality, durability and reliability and is ideal for those who demand a comfortable and pleasant mobile office with low whole-of-life costs.
It has seven airbags, better braking and brake feel, vehicle stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes, a stronger body structure and a new seat frame that makes driving more comfortable.
The introduction of electric power steering across the range, along with refinements to the suspension, has led to significant improvements to handling and ride comfort.
Altise is also equipped with 16-inch alloys, trip computer and an upgraded sound system with six speakers and controls on the steering wheel.
Atara S also features foglamps, 17-inch alloys, smart entry and smart start, reversing camera, dual-zone air-conditioning, 6.1-inch touch-screen display audio, premium steering wheel and gearshift knob and an electric driver's seat with lumbar support.
Atara SX is distinguished by unique rear bumper, rear lip spoiler, sports pedals, sports suspension, black-tinted headlamps and sports leather-accented interior.
Top of the range Atara SL features JBL premium audio with 10 speakers, a 7-inch touch-screen display with satellite navigation, digital radio, RDS live traffic updates, reversing camera with back-guide monitor, blind-spot monitor, automatic high beam, electric front seats and rain-sensing wipers.
New Camry is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing, which has been extended to four years / 75,000km and up to five services at $130 per service for the new range.
New accessories include 17-inch alloy wheels and bodyside mouldings with chrome inserts.
Two objectives for new Camry
Toyota set two objectives for the new Camry in the face of changed market conditions and new competitors, according to the deputy chief engineer Keiichi Yoneda.
Mr Yoneda said the first objective was to produce the best-selling car in the mid-size sedan market as Toyota's backbone vehicle, while the second was to reinforce Toyota's safety and quality reputation.
"With these objectives, we needed to create a mid-size sedan that would lead the world and set new standards in the coming era," Mr Yoneda said.
"Hence, our concept for new Camry is the 'new Era' sedan, signifying a combination of greater 'Emotional' appeal and 'Rational' attraction."
Mr Yoneda said this was achieved by developing:
a fresh new "look", especially with the Atara models
a superior "ride" with exceptional NVH
enhanced "drive" with the new engine and transmission
a review and upgrade of Toyota quality, durability and reliability
impressive fuel efficiency, and
advanced specifications and safety features.
Mr Yoneda said the challenges Toyota Camry faced from new and formidable competitors meant Toyota had to go back and focus on the basics, including the importance of quality, durability and reliability.
He said Toyota enhanced the "look", "ride" and "drive" factors to engage more emotionally with Camry customers.
"We gave the new Camry a fresh, contemporary styling resulting in an enhanced appearance. We wanted to complement the design with a modern, expressive look - simple yet dynamic with precise lines and a nimble appearance.
"We also created the Atara grades with exclusive grille, bumpers, side skirts, twin exhaust and 17-inch alloy wheels that distinguish them from the regular Camry.
"For a better ride, we improved the ride comfort and achieved superior quietness.
"In particular, we focused on suppressing noises that are near the frequencies of human speech, providing an interior environment that is more comfortable for conversation.
"We also gave the Camry a new engine and transmission that deliver better performance with linear acceleration, supported by an agile suspension and confident, accurate steering."
Mr Yoneda said Camry's "rational" appeal centred on quality, durability and reliability as well as attributes such as space and roominess, fuel economy and the introduction of advanced features.
"While the Camry's external dimensions are similar to those of the previous generation, it has a more inviting and spacious interior, and a greater perception of space.
"We made Camry substantially more fuel-efficient by utilising the increased efficiency of dual VVT-i as well as using low friction items in the engine such as roller rocker arms, multipoint oil jets and low-tension piston rings.
"We have introduced many advanced features for the new Camry, such as the blind-spot monitor, automatic high beam and updated audio systems," Mr Yoneda said.
Toyota Camry Altise is the choice of fleets
Toyota Camry has been Australia's number-one selling fleet vehicle in the medium segment for 17 years running.
Toyota says that on the back of this success the new model will continue with a tried and tested formula.
"Camry is the benchmark fleet vehicle: it's number one in business, government and rental categories," said Deborah Bacon, Toyota corporate manager national fleet.
"It's clear that the Altise is extremely popular in this market and we have made a great fit-for-purpose fleet vehicle even better, with more power, style and value for money.
"It's no secret that the fleet market places a huge emphasis on things like whole-of-life costs, resale, QDR [quality, durability, reliability] and fuel economy.
"It's also clear that Camry Altise has demonstrated that fleets can rely on Camry as an integral part of their business - and we now offer capped price servicing for four years which adds even more value to the equation."
Ms Bacon said that the all-new Camry will present an even more attractive offering for fleet customers.
"The new Camry Altise will feature all the inherent qualities that the previous model had.
"In addition we have the new Camry Atara range to provide even more options for fleet customers and improve driver satisfaction."
"We believe that the new Camry Atara will attract customers in 'user-chooser' markets and smaller fleets - such as novated leases and salary sacrificing.
"This is an area that is increasing in popularity, and one in which we are now even better equipped with the all-new Camry line-up.
"Certainly, the new car is a more dynamic vehicle, with more power, improved ride and handling, even better refinement, quality and solidity, and more aggressive styling.
"We are confident that the new Camry will give Australian fleet drivers an even better vehicle choice that makes better business sense."
Atara models to expand Camry's appeal
Toyota Camry Atara is designed to expand the appeal of Australia's best-selling mid-size car to even more customers.
Atara is a new badge that will appear on Camry models targeted mainly at private buyers and those who choose their cars through salary sacrifice or novated leases.
Toyota Australia's senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said Atara embues Camry with the added style and sophistication these customers expect.
"Previously we have distinguished Camry grades mainly by the level of equipment - adding features and creature comforts as you step up through the range," Mr Buttner said.
"This approach has resulted in almost 18 consecutive years of market leadership in the medium-car class, yet we are keen to lift our share of the non-fleet market," he said.
"Our new strategy gives Camry two distinct looks, with the Atara models aimed squarely at private buyers who are prepared to pay a little more for added styling flair, power and features."
The new models are Atara S (replacing Ateva), Atara SX (Sportivo) and Atara SL (Grande).
Mr Buttner said the Atara name and strategy are unique to Australia and add an extra dimension to Camry, which remains one of the most valuable nameplates in the industry.
Atara is the Hebrew word for crown - which is a natural extension of Camry, which also means crown. It is also a derivation of the Japanese word atarashii, which means new.
"Atara signifies that the new Camry will lead its segment with overall specification, performance, quality and value that are appreciated by Australian motorists.
"Atara models have unique styling, including the lower-body design and exclusive mesh upper grille, prominent side skirts and twin exhausts.
"Atara grades will produce a little more power and torque, thanks to the twin exhausts, while the six-speed automatic transmission can be operated with paddle shifts at your fingertips for sporty driving and greater enjoyment," Mr Buttner said.
New Camry: sharper styling and differentiation
Bolder, more advanced styling is the hallmark of new-generation Camry.
Special attention was paid to increasing the level of differentiation between Toyota Camry Altise and Atara.
Atara has a sporty appearance with a sports bumper, side skirts and a dual exhaust system.
Toyota has adopted new exterior colours, including Reflex Blue and Dynamic Black.
The new exterior for Camry Altise emphasises low and wide proportions, with a more integrated front grille and headlamps and a great sense of width.
Aerodynamic performance, cooling and pedestrian safety have all been enhanced, while the grille has been enlarged and enhanced.
Both sides of the bumper grille have been greatly emphasised and the upper grille is an air-intake type.
The trapezoidal shape of the rear bumper draws attention to the tyres, expressing the vehicle's strong stance.
Dynamic, clean design was the key to the side profile, with aero corners on the sides of the front and rear bumpers for improved aerodynamics.
Atara has been styled with more sporty proportions to appeal to private buyers.
The headlamps merge naturally with the mesh grille to create a sporty impression of width.
The lower grille has been divided into three sections. The side openings incorporate foglamps and, on Atara S and SL, have horizontal chrome-accented bars.
Atara SX's rear view emphasises width and agile sportiness, with a double aperture rear bumper design and a rear spoiler.
A character line on the Atara SX rear bumper matches the design of the vehicle's front end.
The side skirts have been extended further to link the front and rear styling.
Two new alloy wheel designs are used: a ten-spoke design for the 16-inch Altise wheel and a new 17-inch alloy with five pairs of asymmetric spokes for Atara.
Camry interior has a local flavour
Local designers at Toyota Style Australia (TSA) were responsible for the interior fabrics and colour and trim of the new Camry and Atara range.
TSA senior designer Chalisa Morrison said the aim was to complement the positioning of the car as a "new era" sedan.
"We wanted a 'new spirit' for the interior - fabrics, leathers and trim that are adventurous, fresh and more dynamic to get people interested," Ms Morrison said.
"Our goals were to refresh the interior with a higher quality image, making it more appealing to the customer while providing clearer definition between the grades."
She said finishes were intended to be more inviting and complement the improved tactile feel throughout the car, especially features such as stitching and brushed-metal highlights.
Planning began in 2008 and entered the advanced design stage later that year.
"We worked closely with sales and marketing to identify the target customer for each Camry and Atara grade and examined micro and macro trends affecting consumers' purchasing decisions.
"Altise has black fabric seats, black carpets and high-tech metallic highlights. This combination is durable and hard-wearing yet still modern and fresh."
Atara S also has a black interior with a more dynamic image, highlighted with a sports mesh pattern in the dash, door and shift knob.
There are two leather-accented options on Atara S - black or ivory seats with sporty black carpets.
"The black is deeper, and the ivory is lighter, creating a more dynamic colour contrast for a fresh image," Ms Morrison said.
Black or ivory leather-accented trim is standard on luxury Atara SL, along with dark woodgrain-look highlights.
Sporty Atara SX has a black interior with a unique-to-Australia premium plum-coloured leather-accented seat.
Small panel gaps reflect European quality
Toyota has narrowed the gaps around new Camry's doors to European levels of quality, according to manufacturing divisional manager Martin Nelson.
Mr Nelson, who is responsible for the main assembly plant at Toyota's Altona site, said the gaps had been reduced by 30 per cent to improve appearance and quality.
"More sophisticated cars tend to have small gaps, including premium cars from Europe," Mr Nelson said.
"Achieving consistently narrow gaps is very difficult because any variation is more obvious to the customer's eye," he said.
"With the previous 5mm gap, a difference of one or two millimetres was not a critical problem.
"However, with a 3.5mm gap, you run the risk that any variation may result in the door clipping the fender as you open it. This could lead to an unpleasant clicking noise or even a chip in the paint.
"This puts added pressure on us to reduce variation in our manufacturing processes."
The new door gaps are so narrow that paint sealer on the leading edge of the front doors can no longer be applied in the paint shop.
"We had to move this task to the weld shop to ensure even paint thickness in this area by applying the sealer at an earlier stage," Mr Nelson said.
He said high-quality requirements such as the narrower door gaps were part of a global direction from Toyota.
Manufacturing equipment required more checking and maintenance to support the tighter tolerances.
"There is a lot of wear and tear on the jigs used in the welding process when you are producing 500 to 600 panels per day.
"This does not necessarily add cost: sometimes it can reduce cost because it forces you to focus on your quality," he said.
Toyota Camry reduces fuel bills and emissions
Toyota Australia will cut a full litre from the combined-cycle fuel economy of its next-generation Camry sedan.
The reduction is estimated by Toyota to save Australian motorists at least $150 million in petrol bills over the new Camry's expected five-year model life.
Toyota also estimates that annual CO2 emissions will be more than 50,000 tonnes lower across the Camry fleet, compared with the current model.
The fuel and emissions savings come from a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that also provides significant gains to power and torque.
Toyota Australia's senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said fuel use for Australia's perennial top-selling mid-size car will improve to 7.8 litres/100km - a gain of more than 11.3 per cent.
"Next-generation Camry will deliver the sort of fuel economy you'd expect from a smaller car with substantially less power," Mr Buttner said.
"Toyota's estimates show that the new engine could reduce the amount of fuel consumed across the Camry fleet by more than 20 million litres per year.
"Over the new car's planned five-year model life, that means Camry customers could save more than $150 million in fuel costs alone - based on today's price of $1.40 per litre."
Mr Buttner said CO2 emissions would drop by 25 grams per kilometre - down to 183 grams compared with 208 grams for the current car.
"We estimate a reduction of more than 50,000 tonnes of CO2 per year across the fleet, adding up to more than a quarter of a million tonnes over five years."
Output for the new 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine - which replaces the current 2.4-litre unit - rises from 117kW to 133kW.
On Toyota Camry Atara models, the twin exhausts gain an extra 2kW - an overall percentage increase of 15.4 per cent.
Torque is improved from 218Nm to to 231Nm for Camry - or 235Nm with the twin exhausts - including substantial increases in the mid range.
The new engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Mr Buttner said Toyota would also achieve environmental benefits with its new Global Engine Line, where the new engine will be produced from the latter half of 2012.
He said it incorporated highly efficient new plant and equipment, contributing further to the reduction in CO2 emissions.
New Camry engine: more efficient, better combustion
Greater efficiency, reduced friction losses and improved combustion in the new Camry engine deliver better performance while using less fuel.
Variable valve timing has been extended to the exhaust as well as the intake camshaft, improving thermal efficiency and increasing exhaust gas recirculation, which in turn reduces emissions.
Toyota uses the acronym VVT-i - with the "i" standing for the intelligent way the system optimises valve timing across the engine operating range, providing maximum performance and fuel efficiency.
The introduction of variable exhaust timing reduces pumping losses and increases the amount of exhaust gas recirculation, for reduced emissions.
The system reduces emissions even when the engine is cold, for example, at morning start-up.
Camry's 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine also has a new acoustically controlled induction system, which improves torque from 2000 to 4000rpm in the heart of the driving range.
The intake manifold design is lightweight, quiet and made from a multi-function resin that improves airflow.
The design of the new intake port has been optimised through computer-aided engineering.
It delivers high power output and improved fuel efficiency by ensuring high air flow and intake tumble flow.
Other engine features include low-tension piston rings, an offset crankshaft, three-stage variable output oil pump and roller rocker arms.
These deliver improved fuel economy, lower emissions, high power output and reduced vibration and noise.
Highly efficient intake ports, compact combustion chambers and higher compression ratio all improve combustion.
During the research and development phase in Japan, the cylinder head was redesigned to improve output, fuel efficiency and emissions performance.
The current AZ cylinder head is made as a single part.
The new cylinder head is made in two parts to accommodate roller rocker arms and to simplify the manufacturing process.
The result is a more complex and sophisticated component, the shape of which has been optimised through computer-aided engineering.
It is a slim and lightweight design with hydraulic lash adjusters and a larger valve diameter, enhancing output.
The AR engine does a much better job of accommodating the heat generated, especially with the increased 10.4:1 compression ratio (from 9.6:1).
Temperature is also controlled with the use of sub-water jackets inside the cylinder block.
The cylinder bores change shape as the engine warms up, controlling thermal expansion and allowing higher temperatures to be reached.
The use of roller rocker arms, rather than the current system of valve lifters on a flat surface, results in better fuel economy due to significantly reduced friction between the cams and the sliding parts.
New Camry has improved steering, ride and handling
New-generation Toyota Camry has an all-new chassis package designed to provide increased stability and agility, coupled with a flat ride, high-quality damping feel and improved steering feel.
Camry has a new aerodynamic package, increased body and steering system rigidity, newly adopted electric power steering and improved tyre performance.
Engineers from Toyota Technical Center Australia (TTC-Au) have tuned the chassis package to Australian driving tastes and conditions.
Camry's new body has 20 per cent more rigidity in the front suspension mounting sections, thanks to changes in the upper cowl design.
The increased body rigidity allows force generated by the tyres to be transmitted to the body without delay, improving handling stability.
This allows the dampers to be recalibrated to provide the same level of compression damping with less damper force, thereby increasing ride comfort.
Compression damping has been decreased at all damper piston velocities.
Rebound damping has been increased at medium to high damper velocities to improve roll feel and complement the changes in compression damping.
Camry's new tyres reduce rolling resistance and increase grip in wet and dry conditions.
They also increase damping feel and reduce yaw response delay, while reducing noise, vibration and harshness.
Performance has been improved in braking, ride and handling.
Toyota has revised the character of the right-hand engine mount to reduce harshness, and has increased instrument panel rigidity to improve steering feel and effectiveness.
In addition, Camry has a new, more rigid seat-frame structure to further improve ride comfort.
Improved aerodynamics boost Camry grip
New-generation Toyota Camry has a range of aerodynamic improvements designed to increase down-force while maintaining front/rear balance.
Camry's new upper-body aerodynamics include the Toyota first of stabilising air-flow fins on the exterior mirror mount.
The fin generates a longitudinal vortex to stabilise the body and better transmit the power generated by the tyres acting on the road to the body.
Camry also has a new fin on the rear combination lamp to increase stability.
The new underbody parts include front under-cover fins to enhance initial yaw-response and rear under-cover fins to increase the stable feeling in the rear of the vehicle.
Both sets of fins increase Camry's flat-ride quality.
They also serve to increase airflow velocity under the car, creating more down-force.
The result is a flatter ride (reduced floating feeling) and increased grip generated by the tyres, improving steering response and rear-end stability.
Australian calibration adds to Camry dynamics
Toyota's local test centre calibrated new-generation Camry's steering, ride and handling to suit Australia's unique conditions, such as undulating country roads and coarse-chip road surfaces.
Toyota Technical Center Australia (TTC-Au) developed the final calibration, building on the work of Toyota test centres around the world.
The overall dynamic goal for new Camry was increased stability and agility, coupled with a flat ride and high-quality damping feel.
Handling improvements focused on increasing the rear-stability feel (grip) and a flat ride (optimum front-rear balance).
During testing, the chassis engineers sought to give the vehicle a more controlled 'tied-down' feeling, as well as reducing any 'floaty' feeling and the 'firm-ride' feeling on course-chip road surfaces.
Spring rates are similar to the current model, with most calibration work focused on the shock absorbers to increase ride comfort, isolation and body control.
The shock absorber tuning for the new model gives the vehicle an increased luxury isolation feel and improved ride on undulating roads.
Steering development also focused on increasing the vehicle's agility and enabling quicker changes of direction.
Adopting electric power-assisted steering (EPS) for the first time on petrol Camry meant the chassis engineers could provide the best of both worlds - lighter steering effort at parking speeds and a more weighted, direct feel on the highway.
This balance of steering effort often requires compromise with traditional hydraulic power assistance.
The new Toyota Camry electric power-assisted steering calibration is similar to the Camry Hybrid EPS calibration, but is retuned to suit the petrol model's different mass distribution.
New Camry is quieter inside
New generation Camry is quieter inside, for greater comfort and ease of conversation.
Toyota engineers have focused on suppressing noises that are near the frequencies of human speech.
Body acoustic sensitivity has been improved by 2 to 4dB across all sound frequencies. This significant reduction in sound pressure makes conversation even easier for occupants.
Cutting interior cabin noise required design changes to both the interior and exterior, and the panels in between.
The focus was on improved sealing and sound insulation, and optimising acoustic packaging.
Considerable attention was also given to reducing booming noise by improving front floor, centre floor and upper back areas by body modal control.
Toyota engineers looked at reducing road noise input to improve the ability to hold a conversation in the car; for example, in the 800 Hertz range while travelling at motorway speeds on a smooth road.
New or additional sound-absorbing devices have been deployed where noticeable road noise typically creeps into a car - around the pillars, floor, side rails and windscreen.
Road noise at 100km/h has also been reduced by up to 2dB.
Attention has been paid to the sound quality of the engine, with significant improvement of the sound linearity.
Unwanted unusual engine noises have been cleaned by redesigning the engine-mount dynamic damper, reducing intake and exhaust noise, and adding a silencer to the cylinder-head cover.
Toyota has revised the character of the right-hand engine mount to reduce harshness.
Camry's NVH improvements also include a change to complete double door seals, improved floor carpet, both fender side covers, the cowl top and both sides of the bonnet, and the fender back-end seal.
It also includes gap filling for the dash silencer (where the pedals mount), attention to sound-proofing on the rear wheel house inners, and improved sealer for the rocker panels (underneath the doors).
Blind spot monitor provides advanced safety
In a Toyota first, Camry Atara SL has a system to warn the driver if there is a vehicle in the 'blind spot' on either side.
The Toyota blind spot monitor (BSM) uses sub-millimetre radar to detect other vehicles in adjacent lanes.
Toyota developed the system to assist drivers to avoid accidents associated with blind spots and lane changes.
The BSM informs the driver of the presence of a vehicle in the blind spot by illuminating indicators in the relevant exterior mirror.
The mirror indicator will remain illuminated as long as the vehicle is detected, and will flash when the turn signal is operated.
The system includes a radar detector located on both sides of the car.
It also utilises the steering angle sensor, vehicle speed sensor and main switch.
It can detect vehicles larger than an average 125cc motorcycle and three metres rearward of the trailing edge of the vehicle.
The activation threshold speed is above 40km/h and the maximum detectable relative speed difference is 28km/h.
Typical warning scenarios are when a target vehicle overtakes the subject vehicle in an adjacent lane or when the target vehicle merges from the side, entering the warning zone due to a lane change.
The BSM won't activate if the target vehicle is: one lane away from the adjacent lane, travelling in the opposite direction, in the same lane, or is stationary.
High grade Camry has auto high beam
The new Toyota Camry Atara SL has a breakthrough automatic high-beam system.
It is designed to eliminate the burden of manually switching between high and low beam by automatically dipping the headlamps if the distance to an oncoming vehicle is less than 800 metres.
It will resume high beam when the oncoming vehicle passes at approximately a 50-degree angle.
The system will also automatically switch the headlamps to low beam if there is a preceding vehicle approximately 600 metres ahead, and resume high beam when the preceding vehicle is passed at approximately a 25-degree angle.
A camera sensor in the rear view mirror and a microprocessor continuously monitor for tail lamps of preceding vehicles as well as the headlamps of oncoming vehicles.
System components include the light control switch (OFF/Parking/ON/AUTO), the dimmer switch (ON/OFF), camera/image processor, the vehicle's speed sensor, the gear shift position sensor, an illuminometer (to detect ambient illumination) and a dedicated ECU.
The system operates when the vehicle's speed exceeds 30km/h and it disengages when it drops below 25km/h.
Camry has increased active and passive safety
Toyota's new-generation Camry has seven SRS airbags as standard equipment, including a driver's knee airbag for the first time.
All five seats have a seatbelt warning indicator.
Camry's passive safety has been further boosted by the vehicle's stronger body.
Increased active safety is the result of improved suspension, steering, aerodynamic downforce, brakes and tyres.
Camry's suite of active safety systems includes vehicle stability control, traction control and ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.
The brake system has Toyota's new brake override feature, which gives priority to the brakes if the brake and accelerator pedals are pressed simultaneously.
A reversing camera is standard equipment on Atara and available as an option on Altise.
Atara SL has the added features of back-guide monitor and reversing sonar.
Atara SL also has external mirror dipping when reverse gear is selected.
New Camry has improved braking
Toyota's new-generation Camry has increased stopping power and improved brake feel.
Toyota Camry's brake-control hardware has been completely redesigned to give the driver a more secure and confident feeling when braking.
The redesign begins with a new variable-ratio link-type brake pedal, to reduce pedal stroke and improve feel.
The ABS/VSC actuator and the brake booster have been re-tuned to further improve performance.
In addition, Camry has new low-expansion brake hoses.
The improved braking grip of Camry's new tyres also contributes to reduced stopping distances.
Camry's brake system now has BOS (brake over-ride system) which prioritises the action of the brakes and suppresses engine output if the brake and accelerator pedals are pressed simultaneously.
New Camry makes life easier
New-generation Toyota Camry has improved driving comfort, instruments and storage capacity.
Camry has an improved seat design that is 30mm taller for increased back support, with a new seat frame for improved ride comfort.
The range of seat height adjustment has been increased from 45 to 60mm.
Flagship Atara SL has power-operated driver and front-passenger seats with leather-accented trim and memory function on the driver's side.
The steering column has been repositioned to provide a more 'natural' angle and the column tilt range has been increased.
Toyota Camry's three-dial analogue instrument cluster includes a flat-dial tachometer and turquoise-blue needles for all gauges.
The new cluster also includes a large-sized seven-function liquid crystal display trip meter with odometer, dual trip meters, outside temperature readout, range, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption and average speed.
An ECO indicator features in the new instrument cluster to help drivers find the fuel-saving "sweet" spot in throttle control.
Storage locations are numerous, including four cup holders, six bottle holders, front and rear door pockets and front seat-back pockets.
Media devices can be stored out of sight in the central facia storage compartment, behind a lid.
The USB and AUX ports are conveniently located in the storage compartment.

2012 TOYOTA Camry Daytona 500 Pace Car

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Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) announced the all-new 2012 Toyota Camry will serve as the official pace car for next year's DAYTONA 500®.
Toyota will showcase the new Camry -- the best-selling car in America for nine years running -- at Daytona in 'The Great American Race,' Feb. 26, 2012. The race annually kicks-off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
"We're thrilled to be able to feature the new Camry in Daytona at the season's biggest race," said Ed Laukes, TMS corporate manager of motorsports marketing. "We think the DAYTONA 500 is the perfect place to showcase the all-new Toyota Camry -- which will go on sale this fall. We knew when the opportunity arose to partner together with Daytona that it would be an extraordinary way to highlight our new Camry, as well as reinforce Toyota's commitment to NASCAR and its fans."
Toyota Camry went on sale in 1983 and since then more than nine million have been sold in the U.S. Camry has been the best selling car in America for 13 of the past 14 years.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Camry production in Georgetown, Ky. Toyota began manufacturing the Camry in Georgetown in 1986 and the vehicle is now also built in Lafayette, Ind.
The 2012 Camry debuts a bold, sophisticated new design with a more spacious interior, improved driving dynamics and an even quieter ride than before. The new model features class leading safety, fuel economy and multi-media technology.
"NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway provide a uniquely American platform for manufacturers to display their technology, innovation and overall automotive excellence," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. "After nearly eight years of competing at NASCAR's highest level, I'm pleased to have the 2012 Toyota Camry pace the DAYTONA 500."
Toyota has previously provided pace vehicles at several NASCAR tracks, including Auto Club Speedway of Southern CaliforniaSM, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway®, Dover (Del.) International Speedway, California's Infineon Raceway, Kansas Speedway®, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway®, Nashville Superspeedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway®, Richmond (Va.) International Raceway®, Wisconsin's Road America and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International®.
In 2004, Toyota began participating in NASCAR competition by fielding Tundras in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). Three years later in 2007, Toyota began competing in the NSCS and the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) with the Camry.
Toyota has won three consecutive manufacturer's titles in the NNS (2008-2010) with the Camry, and Toyota racers have earned one driver's title (Kyle Busch in 2009) and registered 60 race victories in the NNS. In NSCS competition, Camry drivers have earned 36 first-place trophies.
In seven seasons participating in the NCWTS, Toyota has captured five consecutive manufacturer's championships (2006-2010), and Tundra drivers have won driver's titles with Todd Bodine (2006 and 2010) and Johnny Benson (2008), and have earned 88 race wins.
At Daytona International Speedway, Toyota drivers have recorded eight NASCAR wins across NASCAR's three national touring series, including one NSCS win (Kyle Busch in 2008), two NNS wins (Denny Hamlin in 2008 and Tony Stewart in 2008) and five NCWTS wins. In 2008, Hamlin claimed Toyota's first-ever NSCS victory in a non-points qualifying event to determine the Daytona 500 starting lineup.

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Toyota introduced the all-new, seventh-generation Toyota Camry, America's best-selling car for nine years running and 13 of the past 14 years. The 2012 Camry debuts a bold, sophisticated new design with a more spacious interior, improved driving dynamics and an even quieter ride than before. With class leading safety, fuel economy and multi-media technology added in, the end result is the best Toyota Camry ever made. Introduced in 1983, the Toyota Camry would later establish the template for the modern midsize sedan, setting benchmarks for Quality, Dependability and Reliability, along with a comfortable, quiet ride. Since that time, Toyota has sold more than 15 million Camry models worldwide.
"The all-new 2012 Camry blends an evolution of the car's values - such as comfort, efficiency, reliability and safety - with a more appealing design and engaging driving experience," said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. "Competition in the midsize sedan segment is the strongest it's ever been, and the all-new Camry is designed to maintain its long-standing leadership while also broadening its appeal."
The Toyota Camry again offers three powertrain choices, all of which have been enhanced for 2012 to provide better fuel economy and more responsive performance. All Camry models with the revised 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine now offer 178 horsepower, an increase of nine hp, and 170 lb.-ft. of peak torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy figures are 25 mpg city/35 highway, and the 28 mpg combined is two more than the previous generation Camry. The 2.5-liter engine employs Dual VVT-i (Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent), which controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts for optimal performance and efficiency at all engine speeds. The Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) helps optimize torque over a broad engine speed range.
Performance and Efficiency
The DOHC 3.5-liter V6, available in the SE and XLE grades, delivers 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,700 rpm. Enhancements to this engine boost its fuel economy to projected EPA-estimated ratings of 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway, the best for any current V6 midsize sedan.
The V6 uses chain-driven camshafts and Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i). To improve efficiency, the V6 features a new, lower oil viscosity and an automatic transmission fluid warmer that brings the transmission to operating temperature more quickly in cold weather. Higher final drive-gear ratios also contribute to better fuel economy in the new Toyota Camry models.
The gas-engine LE, XLE and SE models come equipped exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission that offers a sequential manual shift mode using the console shifter. Intelligent control adapts shifting strategy in response to driver input, with fast kick-down. In addition, the Camry SE exclusively offers a "D range" sequential shifting, which allows manual shifting with the new steering wheel paddle shifters even when the console shifter is in the "D" mode. Also exclusive to the Toyota Camry SE, the automatic transmission features faster shift times when in "S" mode and downshift blipping control emphasizes a sense of sportiness.
All-New Camry Hybrid Sets New Standard for Mid-size Hybrid Sedans
The all-new Camry Hybrid debuts a highly revised version of the brand's Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, including a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2012 Camry Hybrid LE, with EPA-estimated 43 mpg city/39 mpg highway/41 mpg combined, yields a more-than-30 percent boost in fuel economy in the EPA city and combined driving cycles, compared to the previous generation, thanks largely to the new hybrid powertrain, but also due to lighter vehicle weight and optimized aerodynamics.
Through its unique transaxle, the Hybrid Synergy Drive system combines output from the four-cylinder engine with a small high-torque electric motor. The system produces a combined 200 horsepower and varies power between the gas engine and electric motor, or combines both, as needed.
The new 2.5-liter engine, like the 2.4-liter it replaces, uses the Atkinson cycle (delayed intake-valve closing for an expansion ratio greater than compression ratio) to achieve maximum efficiency. The Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) system on the intake camshaft enhances torque, which is greater than with the previous engine. An electric water pump, a roller-rocker type valvetrain and a variable-output oil pump help to reduce internal friction, boosting economy.
A new water-cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system helps to ensure the lowest possible emissions at all vehicle speeds and helps increase fuel efficiency. By cooling and controlling exhaust gas injected into each cylinder, the system eliminates the need to richen the air-fuel mixture to control cylinder temperatures.
The 2012 Camry Hybrid meets AT-PZEV (Advanced Technology Partial-credit Zero Emissions Vehicle) standards. New sound absorbing materials in the engine compartment, along with more linear control over engine speed, give the 2012 Camry Hybrid a more pleasing sound under acceleration.
Because there are situations in which the gas engine in the Toyota Camry Hybrid shuts off, air conditioning and power steering systems are driven electrically. New efficiency measures in the Hybrid Synergy Drive system include reducing internal losses in the transaxle, improving motor-voltage control, and optimizing the regenerative braking. The proven nickel-metal-hydride battery, located in the luggage compartment behind the rear seats, now features enhanced air-cooling. Its more compact size, along with moving the DC/DC converter to the engine compartment, results in a trunk that is 2.1-cubic feet larger than in the previous-generation Camry Hybrid.
Lighter overall vehicle weight also contributes to better performance and fuel economy. Its 7.6-second zero-to-60 acceleration time places the Camry Hybrid between the four-cylinder and V6 models. Lower rolling resistance tires, available for the first time in 17-inch size, also help boost fuel economy.
New for the 2012 Camry Hybrid, an EV Drive mode allows the driver to operate the car on the electric motor alone for up to 1.6 miles at lower speeds (below approximately 25 mph). The EV indicator illuminates when the vehicle is being propelled solely by the electric motor.
As on the previous Toyota Camry Hybrid, ECO mode optimizes throttle response and air conditioning output to prioritize maximum fuel economy. A Hybrid-exclusive instrument cluster with Hybrid System Indicator and fuel consumption indicator helps the driver to operate the car as economically as possible.
Instantaneous fuel economy is shown with LEDs (light emitting diodes) around the outside of the average fuel economy gauge. The car's Multi-Information display graphically shows fuel economy in real time and can also show energy flow, and cruising range information.
As before, applying the brake converts the motor to a generator that captures the kinetic energy from the still-spinning vehicle wheels, storing it in the hybrid battery pack. Putting the shifter into "B" uses regenerative braking as a form of engine braking for enhanced control on steep descents. New hill-start assist control helps prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when starting off on an incline when the brake pedal is released.
Exclusive exterior and interior design touches and badging differentiate the 2012 Camry Hybrid from other Camry models. Inside, Hybrid-exclusive trim is found on the instrument panel and door switch bases, upper console panels and shift knob. The Camry Hybrid also features its own exclusive seat fabric in ivory or light gray. An exclusive leather and Ultrasuede is also available. A three-dial Optitron gauge panel with chrome-accented outer rings provides a luxurious appearance.
Grade Strategy
The all-new Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid will offer six different model grades to choose from. Camry will be available in the entry-level L, value-driven LE, premium XLE and sporty SE grades. The XLE and SE are available with four-cylinder or V6 engines. The Camry Hybrid is offered in LE and XLE grades.
Exterior Design
The 2012 Camry employs an elegantly simple but modern form, emphasizing a wider, lower stance than previous models. The design conveys an "architectural statement" through crisp, precise character lines, while a more strongly curved door cross-section and more defined rocker panel molding (chrome accented on LE and XLE) give the Camry a more expressive appearance.
Headlights show a more dynamic shape, with a pronounced curvature of the main-beam unit merging into the bumper cover. Fog lights are standard on the XLE and SE grades. The rear lamp clusters wrap tightly into the body sides, with their top sections extending into the trunk panel.
The Camry LE and XLE feature additional exterior chrome trim, and the SE grade debuts its own lower-body design and exclusive fine-mesh upper grille section. The SE also features three-part lower grille section housing fog lamps, along with black sport trim headlamp bezels. The more prominent rocker panel moldings on the SE cleanly link to integrated front and rear underbody spoilers, emphasizing width, and the trunk lid carries an integrated spoiler.
Accentuating the new body design are four new colors. Two of the colors (Attitude Black Metallic and Clearwater Blue) are all-new to Toyota in the U.S. Attitude Black Metallic blends in a bright blue pigment for an intriguing take on traditional jet black; Clearwater Blue incorporates a silver metallic pigment to lend this hue a glassy, water-like finish.
Interior Design
While featuring nearly the same external dimensions as the previous generation, the 2012 Camry offers a more inviting and spacious interior. A new dashboard design, modified seat locations, redesigned seats and "lean" door, pillar and headliner trim all combine to add both real space and greater perceptual spaciousness while also enhancing outward visibility. Repositioning the driver's seat and the standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel (tilt has increased 33 percent for greater driver comfort) also aid forward visibility and enhance the driver's positioning.
The accelerator pedal and front seats were moved forward, and the rear-seat hip point was positioned rearward, increasing the couple distance by 0.6-inch; together with reshaped front seatbacks help increase rear-knee room by 1.8-inch. The redesigned center console and front edge of the rear-seat cushion increase rear middle seat legroom by two inches.
Not as obvious are the many areas where Toyota Camry designers reshaped interior trim to increase the feeling of spaciousness, including the A- and B-pillars, headliner over the rear seat and door trim. In most vehicles, space is left between the structure and the trim to yield a "clean" surface. Using a lean-car design approach, the trim more closely follows the structure beneath it. The result is added space that contributes much more to a feeling of comfort than the gains in mere millimeters might suggest.
Three-dimensional construction and contrasting-material textures give the new instrument panel a feeling of depth, while the shapes themselves contribute to a more spacious cabin and improved forward sightlines. The prominently curved center cluster appears to float over the instrument panel, reducing its visual mass. Soft textures used on the upper instrument panel, upper door trim, door armrests and center console armrest contribute to greater comfort in the Camry. Stitching on the instrument panel soft padding and matching stitching-look trim elsewhere helps to create a sense of luxury. Aluminum-color and chrome trim are used judiciously.
The Camry LE and XLE grades feature either ivory or gray seating color; the Camry SE features unique upholstery in black-on-black or black-on-gray. Newly designed front-seat frames, higher seatbacks and longer seat cushions enhance comfort. The height adjustment on the driver's seat offers nearly a half inch greater range than before (total travel is 2.4 inches). The SE's sporty front seats provide thicker side bolsters, and the exclusive three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel offers paddle-shift control for the six-speed automatic transmission.
For 2012, the Toyota Camry offers four seat-covering materials: fabric in the LE and XLE; fabric with SofTex in the SE, standard leather trim on the XLE V6 (optional in the XLE four-cylinder), and Ultrasuede® with leather available for the SE and XLE Hybrid. Heated seats are standard on the XLE V6 and are available for SE, XLE four-cylinder and Hybrid with variable temperature control.
The new Camry provides the added functionality demanded by consumers today, yet keeps its controls straightforward and intuitive to use. Control knobs impart a high-precision feel when used. Special attention was paid to function and comfort with the center console design. Soft kneepads on both sides add comfort for the driver and passenger; the front section offers a 12V accessory connector and an easy-to-access USB/input jack port for connecting iPods and other media devices. A sliding rear console door - rather than the more traditional flip-up design - enables easier access from either front seat. Two steering wheel designs, with integrated audio and Bluetooth® controls, are featured: a four-spoke for LE; a leather-wrapped four-spoke for XLE; and a sporty three-spoke, leather-wrapped wheel for the SE.
All grades now feature a standard 60/40 split folding rear seatback to expand cargo capacity. The seats can be lowered by a remote release from the trunk area. Rear-seat side airbags are standard across the line, and an armrest with cup holders adds comfort and convenience.
Advanced Connectivity
Seamlessly integrated into the Camry are state-of-the-art electronics and enhanced connectivity features. A Bluetooth wireless connection for compatible hands-free phone calls is standard, now improved by an available automatic phone book transfer function. Also standard is a USB port that allows playing of music and video from portable audio devices, using the vehicle sound system and available in-dash display screen, including full iPod integration.
The standard audio system on LE, XLE and SE has a 6.1-inch screen and six speakers. The screen also displays the energy monitor and fuel consumption data, and functions as the monitor for the available integrated back-up camera (SE and XLE only) and the Display Audio System. The screen also offers a new value-driven navigation system and serves as a portal for Entune, Toyota's innovative new multimedia system. An available HD Radio system enables CD sound quality from digital FM broadcasts, and has features that maximize analog and AM broadcast sound quality. The system will include HD Radio with iTunes tagging for future purchase and SiriusXM Satellite Radio™.
The top-of-the-line audio is equipped with a new seven-inch Premium HDD Navigation system with Entune™ and JBL. This system offers a new split-screen feature that allows for simultaneously displaying navigation and audio information.
Toyota Camry also offers the new JBL GreenEdge™ audio system that combines an eight-channel amplifier and door-mounted "acoustic lens" speakers, to provide a high-quality sound. The GreenEdge amplifier achieves a 66-percent reduction in overall mass and a 50-percent enhancement in sound efficiency. The GreenEdge speakers produce a higher output of sound with the same power or less consumption of conventional models.
Entune Multimedia System
Camry will be one of the first Toyotas to offer the Entune multimedia system. For the first time ever in a Toyota automobile, this new system leverages the mobile smartphone to provide a richer in-vehicle experience with fully integrated access to navigation, entertainment and information services.
Toyota Entune debuts the first-ever support for engaging mobile apps, such as Bing, OpenTable, and movietickets.com, along with accessing useful travel-related services, such as live weather, traffic, fuel information (location and price), stocks, and sports. Toyota Entune brings the largest selection of music options available to a vehicle, including iHeartRadio's 750+ stations, and Pandora's personalized music service.
The audio systems combined with Entune feature a best-in-class, advanced conversational voice recognition system that helps the driver to stay focused on the road by eliminating the need to memorize thousands of voice commands. The system will also allow for audio read-back and replay capabilities for text messages, with the ability to respond by pre-set "Quick Reply Messages" such as: "I'm driving and will reply later."
A New Benchmark for Midsize Sedan Quietness
Long lauded as a benchmark for ride smoothness and quietness in the midsize segment, the all-new Camry resets the standard by taking both attributes to an even higher level of refinement. To reduce noise throughout the entire cabin, focus was placed on suppressing noises that stand out. As powertrains have become more refined and quieter, wind noise and road noise have tended to become more noticeable to drivers and passengers. A low noise reading (in decibels) does not always equate to a subjectively quiet interior. Vehicle occupants' perception of quietness also depends on the type and frequency of the sound.
It was determined where such noticeable sounds enter the cabin, and additional insulation was placed in those areas. New sound absorbing materials silence any noise that manages to penetrate the interior. In particular, engineers focused on suppressing noises that are near the frequencies of human speech to provide an environment that is more comfortable for conversation.
Measures that focus on reducing wind noise include stronger door and rocker area seals; optimized placement of sound insulating materials; foam applied in the roof, pillars and door openings; acoustic glass used for the V6 and Hybrid model's windshield; and special bracing of cowl intake louvers.
The dashboard structure and assembly, one of the most complex areas in modern cars, was thoroughly optimized to prevent noise intrusion. It can also be a source of noise intrusion. The structure employs a new cross member and center brace, along with sandwiched sheet steel to suppress resonance and reduce vibration. With the sandwiched steel, asphalt foam is used to absorb vibration energy while increasing sound blocking effectiveness.
A dash outer silencer uses an air layer between the dash panel and sound absorbing felt. An inner silencing layer uses soft and hard felts to block a wide range of low-to-high frequencies. Damping-coating thickness and application areas have been optimized for reduced floor-panel vibration and noise penetration through the floor, and a new type of carpet helps eliminates noise. Silencer panels installed in the rear-wheel housings, and new sound-absorbing materials added to the trunk's interior side trim further reduce road noise from the tires and wheel housings.
Exceptional Handling and Ride
A more rigid body structure, revised front suspension, redesigned rear suspension and aerodynamics all help to imbue the new Camry with greater straight-line stability and crisper steering response, while also enhancing overall ride comfort. Handling stability, more than just conveying a sense of driving enjoyment, also greatly influences the driver's feeling of security.
The 2012 Toyota Camry body structure uses a greater amount of high tensile steel (440 Mpa or higher) than before and even stronger high tensile strength sheet steel (590 Mpa or higher), resulting in a stronger but lighter body than the previous model. A flared design on the doors and fenders enables use of slimmer but stronger construction. High tensile aluminum bumper supports are lighter yet stronger than before. Newly developed plastic for the bumper covers and cowl louvers reduces weight as well.
The stiffened cowl section increases suspension-area rigidity, suppressing twist. The front-suspension towers are directly connected through the cowl to increase rigidity, and the attachment method and reinforcement braces have been strengthened. The all-new rear underbody and rear subframe increase lateral force control and torsional rigidity.
The McPherson-strut front suspension now uses inversely wound coil springs that enhance straight-line stability. Shock-absorber damping and stabilizer-bar thickness have been optimized as well. The rear suspension retains the proven dual-link strut configuration of the previous model but has been redesigned with new geometry (increased toe-in during cornering and braking) and retuned components to enhance cornering stability. Coil springs, bushings, stabilizer-bar and shock-absorber damping have all been revised.
Rear-combination lamps and side-view mirrors on the 2012 Camry incorporate aero stabilizing fins, inspired by Formula One racing technology, that create air vortexes on the body sides to stabilize the body and contribute to handling stability. Underbody aerodynamic elements regulate airflow under the vehicle, also contributing to ride smoothness.
The Camry SE model features specific suspension components and tuning, including exclusive steering knuckles and lighter, stiffer lower front control arms. The front and rear springs are exclusive to this model, and the shock absorbers feature internal rebound springs for greater cornering roll resistance. The rear suspension No. 1 control arm uses a pillow-ball bushing to further enhance handling agility.
All new Camry models will be the first to feature Toyota's latest electric power steering (EPS) control system, which will offer more flexibility to steering-feel tuning. The system regulates power-assist response based on vehicle speed, and for the first time steering-input rate. The vehicle-speed sensing feature will provide light effort during low speeds, changing to moderate effort during higher speeds.
The SE grade will feature a power-assist ratio that provides a more sporty feeling than the LE and XLE.
Also, electricity is only consumed when assist power is necessary, helping to improve fuel economy. Electric power steering is also more environment-friendly, as it does not require hydraulic fluid.
All Toyota Camry grades feature newly developed all-season tires designed for an optimal balance of fuel economy, handling, quietness, ride comfort and braking performance. The LE grade features standard 16-inch wheels; the SE comes standard with five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels and the V6 SE offers the first 18-inch alloy wheels on a Camry. The latter feature is a unique twist-spoke design with 225/45R18 all-season tires. Camry SE models will also include tires that have more grip. The Camry XLE comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels featuring an elegant 10-spoke design.
Safety and Security
All 2012 Camry models are equipped with 10 standard airbags: dual-stage advanced SRS front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver's and front passenger's knee airbag. The front-passenger's knee airbag and rear-seat side airbags are new to Toyota Camry.
The Camry's body structure is designed to help absorb collision-impact forces and help minimize impact deformation to the passenger cabin. High-strength steel is used for B-pillar and rocker-panel reinforcements to help manage overall body deformation in the event of certain side collisions. The seat frames also are designed to help absorb side collision loads. The inner-hood structure and front-edge construction are designed to help reduce pedestrian injuries in a collision.
Like all Toyota models, the Camry will feature Toyota's Star Safety System™ standard, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. It also features the standard Smart Stop Technology brake-override system. An electronic tire pressure monitoring system is standard equipment.
Another available safety system, Safety Connect, can access a call center with a live operator who can dispatch police and emergency vehicles. The system combines automatic collision notification and a stolen vehicle locator feature, which can track the location of the stolen vehicle via GPS and help guide police to recover it.
The new available Blind Spot Monitor uses sub-millimeter wave radar to detect vehicles in the driver's blind spots. When the system detects a vehicle in the adjacent lane, it alerts the driver using indicators on the side mirrors. If the turn signal is on when the there is a vehicle in the blind spot of the driver's intended lane, the indicator on the corresponding mirror will flash. The driver can switch off the system, if desired.
In vehicles equipped with one of the display audio systems and backup camera, when the vehicle is shifted into Reverse, the audio display will show the image of what the camera captures, along with an overlay of positioning lines representing the parking space and distance to obstacles.

Hilux

toyota hilux

toyota hilux

toyota hilux

The renowned Toyota Hilux continues to dominate European pick-up sales. Vehicle sales totalled 21,866 in 2010, representing almost 25% of the market share. This makes the Toyota pick-up the segment sales leader for the third consecutive year.
With the launch of the 2012 Hilux, Toyota introduces a new design and further improves the model's renowned quality, durability and reliability.
The 2012 Toyota Hilux's new interior has been extensively revised with a refined design which reinforces the pick-up's credentials as a leisure vehicle. It offers improved sensory quality throughout the cabin, and passenger car levels of convenience.
The interior features a new upper dashboard design in which a new, horizontal centre instrument cluster reinforces the breadth and roominess of the cabin. It incorporates Toyota Touch, a 6.1", full colour, touch screen multimedia unit.
Perceived quality has been significantly improved through the adoption of uniformly darker finishes with a greater colour consistency throughout the interior, and the addition of silver ornamentation.
The front of the 2012 Toyota Hilux is entirely redesigned from the A pillar forwards, with a new bonnet, radiator grille, headlamps and front bumper. The vehicle profile is further enhanced by newly designed front and rear wings, redesigned 15" and 17" steel and alloy wheels, and new door mirrors.
In order to create a stronger differentiation between 'workhorse', 'dual usage' and 'leisure' versions, the 2012 Hilux is now available in four grades: DLX, the new DLX+, SR and SR+.
Fulfilling a 'workhorse'/'dual usage' role, the brand new DLX+ grade is available with 2WD or 4WD 2.5 D-4D powertrains mated to a manual transmission in Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab body styles, and with a 4WD 3.0 D-4D powertrain and manual transmission as a Double Cab only.
With a choice of three body types, two engines, manual and automatic transmission and two- or four-wheel drive, Europe's pick-up of choice now satisfies the requirements of an even wider professional and leisure customer base.
Through the introduction of variable nozzle turbocharging, 2012 Toyota Hilux 2WD 2.5 D-4D models benefit from a 24 hp increase in power. The engine now develops 144 hp at 3600 rpm and 343 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm.
Despite this power increase, combined cycle fuel consumption has been reduced by 1.0 l/100 km to 7.3 l/100 km and CO2 emissions lowered by 26 g/km to only 193 g/km.
In addition, 2012 Toyota Hilux 2WD versions are now equipped with the more robust chassis design of 4WD models. This not only improves vehicle ground clearance, but also increases the two-wheel drive models' towing capacity to 2.5 tons.
Thanks to the adoption of a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) both 2.5 D-4D and 3.0 D-4D engines are now EURO V compliant.
Produced at Toyota Motor Thailand and Toyota South Africa Motors, the 2012 Toyota Hilux will be available in 36 European countries, and more than 135 throughout the world.

NS4 Advanced

Prius V

toyota prius V 2012

toyota prius V 2012

toyota prius V 2012

toyota prius V 2012

toyota prius V 2012

toyota prius V 2012

toyota prius V 2012

toyota prius V 2012

toyota prius V 2012

toyota prius V 2012

toyota prius V 2012

toyota prius V 2012

toyota prius V 2012

With a balance between outstanding spaciousness, refined style, and smooth aerodynamics, Toyota Prius V has a low 0.29 coefficient of drag, which does not inhibit the vehicle's convenient packaging. It is a new vehicle designed from the ground up, with a shape that evolved from Prius rather than being an elongated version.
The exterior styling is sleek, rounded and bold, with an extended roofline that allows the vehicle to retain the triangular silhouette symbolic of Prius. The trapezoidal-shaped front features sharp-edged headlamps, wind-slipping aero corners for improved aerodynamics and an enlarged under grille, which all help create a unique design evolving from the current Prius. Toyota Prius V's rear styling is highlighted by a refined backdoor panel, intricate combination taillights and a specially designed roof spoiler that improves air flow.
Inside, the Toyota Prius V emphasizes overall proportion with spaciousness and flexibility for active families. Comfortable interior space and good visibility has been assisted by a high seating position, ample head room, and an impressive 38-inch couple distance, providing generous rear legroom. A low, wide-opening rear hatch reveals 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, making it the most spacious dedicated hybrid vehicle on the market and better than some compact SUVs.
Comfortable seating for five is specifically designed for young families. Sliding second row seats allow for easier ingress and egress and rear-storage flexibility, with a 45-degree recline for greater comfort. The 60/40 split, folding rear seats present four different seat arrangements that provide excellent usability for passengers and luggage, while a fold-flat front-passenger seat allows for extremely long cargo.
Also available, and a Toyota-first, is a resin Panoramic View moonroof with power retractable sun shades that provides an open atmosphere in the cabin with a 40-percent reduction in weight as compared to conventional glass roofs of the same size, and excellent heat insulation performance.
Up front, instrument-panel controls, including a single-dial air-conditioning control and a center-mounted digital combination meter, provide an advanced look and user-friendly command. The driving controls - including the Push Button Start, parking switch, electronic shift lever, and driving mode selection - are distinguished by silver trim.
Despite the spaciousness of a family friendly midsize vehicle, the Toyota Prius V will deliver estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 42 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 40 mpg combined, the best fuel economy ratings of any SUV, crossover, or wagon on the market. It will also emit 66-percent fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new vehicle.
Like the current generation Prius, the Toyota Prius V is a showcase of technology that will include many of the same standard features. Four driving modes (Normal, Power, Eco and EV) satisfy a variety of road conditions and driver preferences. A Smart Key System with Push Button Start, an electronic shift lever, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), and a back-up camera are standard. Available options include energy-efficient LED headlamps, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with a Pre-Collision System (PCS), and Advanced Parking Guidance System.
For a high level of safety, there are seven airbags, a high-strength cabin and an energy-absorbing body structure with impact beams, cross members and leg absorption pads. New driver and front-passenger seat design helps lessen possible whiplash injury during a collision.
Like all Toyota models, the Prius V will feature Toyota's Star Safety System™ standard, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. It also features the standard Smart Stop Technology brake-override system.
Toyota Prius V will be one of the first Toyotas with the Entune™ multimedia system. For the first time ever in an automobile, this innovative new system leverages the mobile phone to provide a richer in-vehicle experience with fully integrated and wireless upgradeable navigation, entertainment and information services.
Toyota Entune debuts the first-ever support for engaging mobile apps, such as Bing, OpenTable, and movietickets.com, along with accessing useful travel-related services, such as live weather, traffic, fuel information (location and price), stocks, news and sports.
Toyota Entune brings the largest selection of music options available to a vehicle, including iheartradio's 750+ stations, Pandora's personalized music, the driver's personal songs from portable media players and iPods (via USB or Bluetooth audio streaming), and more than 170 stations from XM satellite radio.
Featuring a best-in-class, advanced conversational voice recognition system that helps the driver to stay focused on the road, Toyota Entune eliminates the need to memorize thousands of voice commands and helps reduce driver distraction.
Entune will also allow for audio read-back and replay capabilities for text messages, with the ability to respond by pre-set "Quick Reply Messages."
Toyota Prius V will combine Entune with a standard Display Audio system rich with dynamic entertainment and communication features. The system will include HD Radio with iTunes tagging for future purchase; XM radio, weather, sports, stocks and local fuel pricing; Bluetooth hands-free phone and wireless audio; and full iPod integration including music and video.
A new evolution in hybrid vehicles with excellent cargo space and Prius' heritage of environmental performance and fuel economy, the 2012 Prius V will go on sale in late summer 2011.

Tacoma

toyota tacoma

toyota tacoma

toyota tacoma

toyota tacoma

toyota tacoma

toyota tacoma

toyota tacoma

toyota tacoma

toyota tacoma

toyota tacoma

toyota tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma, still the best-selling compact pickup truck in the U.S. market by a wide margin, offers a restyled exterior look and a redesigned, upgraded interior in all models for 2012. New changes add comfort, usability and audio/infotainment performance.
Toyota sold more than 106,000 Tacoma models for 2010, outselling its nearest competitor by nearly two-to-one. For 2012, Toyota Tacoma shows a fresh face with a redesigned hood, grille, headlamps and front bumper, among other changes. Inside, customers will find a new center-instrument panel design with a revised gauge cluster, along with a new steering wheel. A redesigned center stack adds new air conditioner/heater controls and power point locations.
The 2012 Tacoma interior also gets a new look with a black high-contrast center console, switch plate covers, dash and upper door trim, while the SR5 grade features a new seat fabric design. With owners using their trucks for hard work and hard play, Toyota Tacoma offers new heavy-duty all-weather flooring in the 2012 Tacoma Access and Double Cab models, while the more specialized TRD Sport and Off-Road models offer new water-resistant fabric protection seats. The TRD Sport Package adds side mirrors with turn-signal lamps for 2012, as well as available chrome-clad 18-inch wheels.
Details that add up to more comfort and function include a larger, higher-resolution display for the available back-up camera (3.3-inch vs. 2.4-inch), a new temperature gauge, available rear-view mirror with compass and HomeLink, vanity lamps added to sun visors, an additional overhead storage compartment and, on Access Cab models, a new rear-console storage box. All models now feature two front-deck "D" rings for added versatility.
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma is available in a wide variety of configurations and models, and this focus on customer choice has been instrumental in the vehicle's continued market leadership. Many models offer a choice between four-cylinder and V6 engines, and 2WD and 4WD drivetrains.
The Toyota Tacoma has been repeatedly recognized for its outstanding value and reliability. Tacoma was named "Most Dependable Midsize Pickup" in the J.D. Power & Associates 2011 Vehicle Dependability Study, and Intellichoice called it a "2011 Best Overall Value" in the compact pickup segment.
New Audio Choices for 2012
Toyota has upgraded audio options for some 2012 Tacoma models. Access Cab models offer a new available six-speaker system with an AM/FM/ Satellite Radio-capable head unit with a single-disc CD player. Built-in Bluetooth® allows hands-free phone, and a USB port enables connection of an iPod®, MP3 player or flash drive with music files.
The DoubleCab V6 models offer a more advanced display audio system with today's most in-demand connectivity features. These include navigation, Toyota Entune™ services, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with 90-day trial subscription), HD Radio with iTunes® tagging and text/e-mail-to-voice. This premium infotainment system plays through a JBL® GreenEdge audio system with seven speakers. GreenEdge technology helps reduce fuel consumption by lowering the electric power demand on the vehicle.
The Toyota Entune system is a collection of popular mobile applications and data services, with three years of complimentary access. Once a smart phone is connected to the vehicle using Bluetooth wireless technology or a USB cable, Entune's features are operated using the vehicle's controls or, for some services, by voice recognition. Entune includes Bing™ and Pandora®; real-time info including traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks. Apps available in spring 2012 at no charge include iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com and OpenTable®. See toyota.com/entune for details.
Performance
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma line offers two engines: a 2.7-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) four-cylinder that produces 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft. of torque, and a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 that provides 236 horsepower with 266 lb-ft. of torque. In both engines, variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) provides strong low-end and mid-range torque.
An Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence helps optimize performance and fuel economy. The V6 can be teamed with either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. Four-cylinder models offer a choice between a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with a V6 Tow Package, Access Cab models boast a maximum tow capacity of up to 6,500 pounds.
X-Runner: A Unique Sport Truck
The Tacoma X-Runner performance truck, unique in the entire compact truck category, returns for 2012 and features the 4.0-liter V6 engine with a specially tuned chassis. Featuring a six-speed manual transmission, the X-Runner can accelerate from 0-to-60 mph in less than seven seconds. Just as impressive, the Toyota Tacoma X-Runner can achieve lateral acceleration in excess of 0.9-g - comparable to many performance cars. The X-Runner's Access Cab design incorporates a full body kit, a hood scoop and integrated fog lamps. The color-keyed monochromatic exterior comes in three colors - Barcelona Red, Black Sand Pearl and Nautica Blue Metallic, which is new for 2012.
To take performance even higher, TRD offers a 4.0-liter V6 supercharger kit capable of generating 304 horsepower and 334 lbs.-ft. of torque also available for other Tacoma V6 models). The design uses Eaton Roots-type rotating components in a one-piece supercharger plenum/manifold casting. The supercharger is fully warranted for up to five years or 60,000 miles or the remainder of the powertrain warranty at the time of installation when installed by a Toyota dealer.
T|X Packages for the Hardcore Pickup Fan
The T|X and T|X Pro Packages, available in conjunction with the TRD Off-Road Package, add a concept-truck look to the Toyota Tacoma V6 Access Cab or V6 Double Cab PreRunner and 4x4 models. The T|X Package gives the Tacoma a menacing look and additional sportiness with TRD 16-inch black alloy bead-lock wheels and 265/70R16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires. Black tube-side steps, a stainless steel exhaust tip and unique exterior graphics give the T|X the aesthetics of a custom truck.
The T|X Pro is the performance-oriented package by also including a TRD cat-back performance exhaust system that gives the V6 a throatier sound and a bit more power. The T|X and T|X Pro Packages offer a strong value compared to offering the contents as separate accessories, especially considering that they are covered under Toyota's standard three year/36,000-mile comprehensive vehicle limited warranty and can be financed.
The TRD Off-Road Package underlying both T|X editions provides a carefully tuned balance of off-road performance and on-road handling. Chassis modifications include an electronic locking rear differential, progressive-rate front springs, specially tuned Bilstein shock absorbers, a 28-mm front stabilizer bar and BFGoodrich Rugged Trail tires. Fog lamps top off the package for a tough, sporty appearance. Both the TRD Off-Road Package and TRD Sport Package have a 400W/115V powerpoint in the bed; sport seats with adjustable lumbar support and unique fabric, and an overhead console with a compass and outside temperature display. Double Cab and Access Cab models also offer a back-up monitor system.
Safety
Standard on all Tacoma models is the Toyota Star Safety System™, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop brake override technology. Every Toyota Tacoma has standard three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, front seat-mounted side airbags, roll-sensing side curtain airbags (including a cutoff switch), and a front advanced dual-stage airbag system. A front passenger cutoff switch is standard on Access Cab models.
All Access Cab and Double Cab models feature standard active headrests for the front seats, which move up and forward almost instantly in the event of certain rear-end collisions to help reduce the distance between the occupant's head and the headrest.
Capability, Handling and Ride
The TRD Off-Road Package available for 4x4 V6 automatic models includes Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC). HAC operates by independently controlling the brakes at each wheel as needed to help prevent the vehicle from rolling backward or slipping sideways during a transition from a stopped position to climbing a grade. An Automatic Limited-slip Differential (Auto-LSD), which uses brake intervention to help reduce tire slippage at the rear wheels, is standard on all Tacoma models.
DAC uses engine braking to regulate downhill speed and independently control the brakes at each wheel to help improve directional control. DAC automatically de-activates if the driver depresses the brake or accelerator pedals, presses the DAC button, or shifts into neutral. TRD Off-Road Packages feature a locking rear differential that can be activated by a switch in the cab. An electronic rear differential is available on 4x4 models and the PreRunner.
Comfort and Convenience
The well-equipped 4x2 Regular Cab model features standard air conditioning; a full-size spare tire; AM/FM CD four-speaker sound system; tachometer; digital clock; two instrument panel powerpoints with a lighter; dome lamp; and rear mudguards. Regular Cab 4x4 models with the automatic transmission feature standard bucket seats. Toyota Tacoma Access Cab and Double Cab models add more standard features, including power windows and door locks, bucket seats and a center console. In Double Cab models, power mirrors and driver seat adjustable lumbar support are also standard.
Options
For both Access and Double Cab models, the available option combinations are built on five core packages. The SR5 Package bundles styling and comfort features, including color-keyed overfenders and front bumper, chrome grille surround and chrome rear bumper, intermittent wipers and upgraded interior features and trim, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel and automatic transmission shift lever.
The TRD Sport Package is road-focused and features its own specific suspension tuning and lower-profile 265/65 R17 tires on 17-inch alloy wheels. This package also gives Tacoma a sporty look with fog lamps, hood scoop, TRD graphics and color-keyed rear bumper, mirrors, grille surround and door handles.
The available dealer-installed TRD Big Brake system was developed by Toyota Technical Center and TRD engineers. Engineered to provide effective braking performance under sustained heavy use, the Big Brake system dramatically improves pedal feel. The system uses 13 x 1.25-inch semi-floating vented rotors with directional internal fins, forged aluminum four-piston fixed calipers, larger pads with high coefficient-of-friction material and braided steel lines.
Exterior Design
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma has a new look from the A-pillar forward, with new front grilles on all grades. In addition to a new hood, Tacoma also receives new headlamps, new upper and lower bumper areas, including an updated fog lamp housing.
Toyota Tacoma configurations are based on three cab types: Regular Cab, Access Cab, and the four-door Double Cab. The rear doors on Access Cab models open to 80 degrees to give passengers easy ingress and egress. Bold overfenders distinguish PreRunner and 4x4 models. PreRunner models combine the 4x2 drivetrain with the 4x4's raised riding stance and styling. Double Cab models offer a roof rack system with crossbars that deploy from the roof rails.
Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab models are built on a 109.6-inch wheelbase; 4x2 Access Cab models (including PreRunner and 4x4) ride on a 127.4-inch wheelbase. The Tacoma Double Cab with the standard five-foot bed shares the 127.4-inch wheelbase, while the Double Cab long-bed models use a 140.6-inch wheelbase.
The Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab and Access Cab models feature a 73.5-inch-long bed. The Double Cab is available with a choice of a 60.3-inch bed or the 73.5-inch bed. The Tacoma's composite inner bed is made from a sheet-molded composite (SMC) deck and tough and durable walls that are 10 percent lighter than steel. The bed deck features two-tier loading and an integrated deck-rail utility with four standard adjustable tie-down cleats. The rails are compatible with Genuine Toyota Accessories, including cargo bed cross bars, a fork-mount bike rack, and diamond-plate storage boxes. An available 115V/400W powerpoint further extends the bed's utility.
Interior Design
A redesigned instrument gauge panel lends a sporty look in all models for 2012. The center console (standard on Access Cab and Double Cab models) flows into the instrument panel for a unified appearance. The console integrates three cupholders, two of which can accommodate extra-large containers.
Toyota Tacoma's interior provides durability and comfort with high-grade fabric and generous standard equipment. Sound absorption material in the headliner and behind the rear seats, along with insulating carpeting, help to provide a quiet cabin. All Tacoma models provide dual bottle holders in driver's- and passenger's-side doors. Audio controls are mounted high for easy access.
Higher-grade models feature fabric-covered sun visors and an overhead console with map lights, as well as compartments for sunglasses and a garage door opener. Interior storage is maximized in Access Cab models with fold up rear seats and underseat storage. Double Cab models feature 60/40 split rear seats with adjustable headrests and under-seat storage.

G 37 Sedan

Infiniti G37 Sedan

Infiniti G37 Sedan

Infiniti G37 Sedan

Infiniti G37 Sedan

Infiniti G37 Sedan

A more dynamic look and revised interior, with state-of-the-art infotainment technology available, take the Infiniti G37 Sedan into a new decade with more presence and quality than ever. The 2010 version of Infiniti's lead-in sports model for Europe remains just as potent, poised and well equipped as before, but benefits from enhancements that bring it into line with other Infiniti models as well as responding to feedback from Infiniti owners.
The changes are subtle but effective - as one glance at the sharper new front-end styling reveals. More sculptural, more distinctive and more indicative of the 320 PS (316 bhp) under the bonnet of every Infiniti G37, the new look moves the Sedan visually closer to its sportier two-door cousin, the Infiniti G37 Coupé.
New front light clusters - still with bi-Xenon adaptive cornering headlights as standard - and a fresh-looking iteration of the familiar double-arch Infiniti grille are the main component changes, proving the rightness of the original design. A redesigned under-bumper section with recessed, wide-set foglights (previously the fogs were set into the main light clusters) gives the 2010 G37 Sedan a more purposeful edge to its already striking visual impact.
The rest of the Infiniti G37 Sedan's body is untouched. Which is good news for fans of its trademark long bonnet, raked-back A pillars and athletic stance that projects power and grace in equal measure.
Changes in the cabin are just as subtle but equally tailored to meeting owners' expectations. For instance, the Rosewood interior accents are now high gloss, the leather hues slightly lighter and there's the option of a new a new Wheat leather colour combined with a black dashboard and upper door trims. Reinforcing the Infiniti G37's impression of quality is a new aluminium trim design, reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy, along with a redesigned centre console based on that in the EX and FX crossovers. Improving both legibility and design cohesiveness, the gauges and LCD instrument display now use white as background colour.
For the first time, Infiniti's much-praised information and entertainment platform, Connectiviti, is available in the Sedan following on from its debut in the Infiniti G37 Convertible earlier in 2009.
Notable for its all-embracing functionality and user-friendliness, the HDD (hard disk drive) based system connects all manner of modern technology, from MP3 players to mobile phones, with seamless efficiency. Connectiviti+ takes things a stage further with a 30GB Music Box and innovative satellite navigation system which, among its long list of functions, can even access built-in Michelin's Red and Green Guides to take you to the door of a top restaurant or hotel.
Three new exterior colours are available for 2010 models: Smokey Quartz, Graphite Shadow and Vibrant Red. All are Scratch-shield paint, of course. Other features unique to the Infiniti G37 Sedan are its charismatic V6 with VVEL valve technology and its chassis options of rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive and four-wheel steer for the most sporting S version.
Pricing and specification of the 2010 Infiniti G37 Sedan will be confirmed in early 2010 prior to sales beginning in the Spring

toyota yaris

toyota yaris

toyota yaris

toyota yaris

toyota yaris

toyota yaris

toyota yaris

The launch of the third generation Toyota Yaris adds a new chapter to the model's ongoing European success story. Over the last decade, the Yaris has consistently enjoyed a segment share of more than 5%. It has been a strong contributor to the increase in Toyota sales throughout Europe, boosting the brand image and becoming a key pillar of the company's European manufacturing operations.
The new Toyota Yaris will compete in the B-segment which - with a 26% share of the total market, equating to some 4 million sales per annum - remains the most important sales arena of the European automotive market. This segment is currently dominated by petrolengined vehicles, which represent more than two thirds of the mix.
Over the last few years, fragmentation has accelerated within the B-segment, due to the introduction of an increasing diversity of new model types such as the SUV and B-MPV. Nonetheless, representing 50% of total sales, the hatchback remains the segment's most important, and best-selling, bodystyle.
With the continued increase in fuel costs and CO2 taxation levels instigating downsizing by customers from other segments, B-segment sales are expected to remain stable in the immediate future.
The second generation Toyota Yaris is praised for its interior roominess, durability, versatility, engine efficiency and ease of driving in the urban environment. The new Yaris will consolidate all the strengths of the previous generation vehicle, while offering a more dynamic and sophisticated design execution, a clear step-up in sensory quality, a segment breakthrough in affordable multimedia connectivity, efficient powertrains, innovative transmission and the greater agility essential to urban driving.
Quality will remain a key Toyota Yaris attribute. Further improving the built-in quality recently praised in the German 2011 TüV report, Toyota Motor Manufacturing France's close involvement with suppliers from the very earliest stages of production will ensure that every component contributes to the overall quality of the vehicle.
Positioned at the heart of the B-segment, the new Toyota Yaris delivers an ingenious combination of benefits. It meets the demands of both progressive, technology-focused customers and more conventional users who place an emphasis on quality, practicality and, of course, value for money.
All the Clever Yaris DNA in a More Dynamic Package
Since the European launch of the first Toyota Yaris in 1999, each successive generation of the car has been developed in accordance with the key concept: "compact outside while roomy inside". The Yaris quickly became nicknamed "Piccolo Genio" (little genius) - a testament to the packaging ingenuity of the first two generations of the car.
The third generation Toyota Yaris inherits all the clever packaging DNA of these previous generations, while the exterior showcases the greater appeal of a bolder, more dynamic and elegant design execution befitting a European compact car.
Overall vehicle length is now 3,885 mm, a limited increase of just 100 mm. With an average car length of 4 meters in the B-segment, the new Yaris remains one of the most compact vehicles in its class. This is reflected in a class-leading turning circle as of just 4.7 metres, which makes the new Toyota Yaris particularly agile during city driving.
The width of the new Yaris remains the same at 1,695 mm, while its height has decreased by 20 mm to 1,510 mm, giving the car a lower centre of gravity and a more sporting stance. Within its well proportioned form, the wheelbase has been extended by 50 mm, and the design's short front and rear overhangs and prominent wheel arches express stability, agility and dynamism.
The bold frontal treatment identifies the Toyota Yaris as the first vehicle to feature the new face of the next generation Toyota family. Key to the new frontal styling is a change in the proportions of the upper and lower grilles, with the emphasis now placed on enlarging the latter.
Elegantly sculpted to highlight the Toyota badge, a full-width concave shaped upper grille is flanked by new, horizontal 'long eye'-look headlights. Their slim design incorporates dual lamps and, on some grades, smoke-plated 'eyebrows' to emphasise the new Yaris' bolder, more horizontal front styling.
Within the lower bumper, a strong, protruding centre section houses a large air intake to focus attention on the bottom half of the vehicle, reinforcing the low centre of gravity and giving the Toyota Yaris a more ground-hugging appearance.
Whilst maintaining the model's classic 'Y' pattern graphic, these new frontal styling elements give the Toyota Yaris a bolder, more masculine appearance.
In profile, the dynamism of the vehicle is reinforced by the more prominent design of the steeply sloped beltline which has been a key styling cue for each generation of Yaris.
The base of the A pillar has been moved forwards to strengthen the Toyota Yaris' stylish, cab-forward silhouette. The resultant increase in windscreen rake helps improve the vehicle's drag coefficient to a class-leading Cd 0.287. Both front and rear three-quarter visibility have been improved though a larger front quarterlight and the elimination of the rear glazing division bar, the latter giving a more dynamic look to the rear glazing.
A flowing, door cill character line and front and rear aero corner treatments further emphasise the new Yaris' low centre of gravity and elegant, long wheelbase profile. Allied to numerous underbody airflow rectification components, these styling elements also improve aerodynamic performance for enhanced fuel efficiency.
To the rear, the detailing of the lamp clusters, top-hinged tailgate inset into the bumper and lower bumper treatment are visually interlinked, once again maintaining the model's classic, "Y" pattern graphic. And the higher relocation of the license plate beneath a chrome bar garnish within the tailgate brings a more premium quality image to the design execution.
The third generation Toyota Yaris features new 15" and 16" alloy wheel designs, and will be available in a choice of 10 exterior colours. Bringing a more colourful palette to the Yaris, five colours are newly adopted by the model range, and two -Gin Buck and Turquoise- are newly developed.
Greater Interior Sensory Quality, Roominess and Comfort
The key interior design goal for the new Toyota Yaris was to create a more driver-focused cockpit with a symmetrical layout. The driver's and front passenger's spaces are clearly divided, emphasising a new focus on the driver ergonomics.
Incorporating strong horizontal lines to create a feeling of width, the dashboard is dominated by a sculpted, soft-padded section which flows away from the driver's space into matching, upper door panel pads, heightening the sense of interior spaciousness.
Dashboard and door pad colour is matched to seat upholstery inserts according to the grade structure, reinforcing the highquality feel of the interior.
Perceptions of sensory quality are further enhanced through highly tactile, premium quality detailing. The driver's instruments, Multimedia touch screen and air vents are trimmed with gun metal finish, concave cross-sectioned rings. And all controls and switchgear feature chrome plated convex cross-sections.
Unlike previous Yaris generations, the instrument binnacle is now positioned central to the steering wheel, with all driverfocused controls and switchgear ergonomically located for high visibility and ease of use. A new, easy-to-read, amber/red backlit combination meter features a large diameter central speedometer.
Further enhancing driver comfort, the three-spoke, stitched leather steering wheel has a new, more comfortable grip crosssection, the steering column rake has been lowered by 3 degrees to deliver a more engaging driver position, and driver's seat vertical adjustability has been increased by 15 mm to a maximum 60 mm. A driver's seat armrest is also available for greater comfort.
The front seats themselves feature an entirely new framework offering improved body-holding performance and excellent ride comfort. The width of the seat cushion has been increased and the side sections raised for improved holding. And the seating surface area has been increased and the front edge of the seat cushion raised to help reduce long-distance fatigue.
Despite its compact exterior dimensions, passenger accommodation aboard the new Toyota Yaris has not been compromised. Wheelbase length has been increased by 50 mm and interior width by 30 mm. This, allied to the incremental saving of space through careful detailing throughout the interior, makes the new Yaris one of the roomiest vehicles in its segment.
Without compromise to either comfort or safety, both front and rear seatbacks, as well as the tailgate, have been thinned to maximise roominess throughout. This increases rear passenger knee clearance by 35 mm to a class-leading 645 mm, and loadspace depth by 145 mm to a class-leading 710 mm.
Overall luggage capacity within the two-tier loadspace has been raised to 286 litres, rising to 12 litres with the 60:40 split rear seats folded flat at 768 litres. And the tailgate opening has been widened by 20 mm for greater convenience.
The spaciousness and high sensory quality of the new interior is further reinforced through the Toyota Yaris' large, all-glass panoramic sunroof. The structure is separated into front and rear sections allowing more flexibility for front and rear occupant to open or close, each fitted with a 20% light transmittance roller shade.
Efficient, lightweight engines and innovative transmission
Continuing the successful mix of powertrains featured in the previous generation model range, the new Toyota Yaris will be available with a choice of three engines; 1.0 and 1.33 litre VVT-i petrol engines and a 1.4 litre D-4D turbodiesel.
All three engines benefit from the application of Toyota Optimal Drive, a range of engineering measures designed to maximise performance and driving enjoyment while minimising fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Toyota Optimal Drive focuses on several key aspects of powertrain development such as lightweight, compact design, enhanced combustion efficiency, low friction components and environmentally friendly technologies. This, combined with weight saving measures and aerodynamic improvements, helps lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions without compromising power and torque levels.
Combining light weight and compact design with the power and torque delivery essential to urban driving, all three engines return highly competitive fuel consumption figures, generate low, taxefficient CO2 emissions and are Euro V compliant.
A marvel of miniaturisation, Toyota's 3-cylinder, 1.0 litre VVT-i petrol engine led the trend for powertrain downsizing. To this day it remains a reference for compact, efficient engineering. The lightest unit in its class, it has won successive Engine of the Year awards in the sub-1.0 litre category.
Mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, the latest version of the 998 cc unit generates 69 DIN hp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 93 Nm at 3,600 rpm. Fuel consumption has been lowered by 4% to 4.8 l/100 km, and CO2 emissions lowered by 7% to only 110 g/km, making it the ideal engine for the shorter journeys of urban-based Yaris drivers.
A 1.33 Dual VVT-i petrol unit is available for customers requiring an engine with more power and torque. The engine is lightweight and compact, with a small bore and long stroke, resulting in a very high power-to-weight ratio. It combines strong dynamic performance, generating a 99 DIN hp at 6,000 rpm and, via a smoothened torque curve, a maximum 125 Nm at 4,000 rpm. When mated to the new Multidrive S transmission, fuel economy is just 5.1 l/100 km and CO2 emissions are at 118 g/km.
The 1.33 litre petrol engine's optional new Multidrive S transmission showcases Toyota's latest Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) technology. It now features a new manual override, sequential, 7-step mode operable by either the gearshift lever or steering wheel-mounted paddles.
Multidrive S operates within a wider band of gear ratios than a conventional transmission, allowing for both better acceleration from a standstill and improved fuel efficiency at cruising speeds. Engaging the Multidrive S Sport mode brings a closer alignment of engine and vehicle speeds, giving a more linear feel to acceleration in the manner of a conventional manual transmission. The Sport mode enhances acceleration performance and awards the driver a more dynamic driving experience.
Toyota Yaris models fitted with the 1.33 litre Dual VVT-I petrol engine may be equipped with an improved version of Toyota's Stop & Start system. Available in specific markets, the system now features a longer engine shut off time and will operate through a wider temperature range.
Finally, for customers who wish to combine strong performance with high mileage driving, a 1.4-litre D-4D diesel engine is available, fitted, as standard, with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). Equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, it generates 90 DIN hp at 3,800 rpm and maximum torque of 205 Nm at 1,800-2,800 rpm. Fuel consumption has been lowered by 7% to 3.9 l/100 km, and CO2 by 6% to just 103 g/km.
Available as an option on 1.4 D-4D diesel versions of the new Yaris, MultiMode is an automated manual transmission with a fully automatic shift mode and no clutch pedal. It offers the driver a choice of two, fully automatic gear change modes or a manual, sequential gear change with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
New Grade Structure: Greater Value and Improved Standard Equipment
The new Toyota Yaris model range will be available in a choice of four grades - Entry, Active, Style and Lounge. Tailored to offer a stronger differentiation between them, each grade will offer customers a unique style and character, with dedicated interior zones for personalisation.
Offering outstanding value for money, with a high level of interior refinement and an extremely generous standard equipment specification, the Active grade will attract new customers to the Toyota brand and is expected to represent the largest percentage of new Yaris sales.
It features soft touch dashboard and door panel trim, gun metal inserts, steering wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth switchgear, driver's seat height adjustment, and silver stitching to the leather steering wheel and gear lever surround. A full audio multimedia 6.1'' display interface with Bluetooth and USB/Aux connectivity incorporates a rear view camera, and manual air-conditioning is fitted as standard. With seven airbags, ABS and VSC, the Active grade also offers customers the highest levels of safety.
The Style grade targets younger customers, offering the highest levels of standard equipment and the most dynamic, sporting, interior trim. Externally, it features a stiffer suspension set-up, 16" alloy wheels, front fog lamps with chrome surrounds and an integral rear spoiler. The interior includes grade-exclusive colour, trim and driver's instruments, driver and front passenger's seat height adjustment and armrest, and orange stitching for the steering wheel and hand break.
The Lounge grade has been tailored to appeal to both existing Yaris owners and those downsizing from the C-segment. It features a grade-specific light grey finish for the soft touch dashboard pad and door panels, an exclusive seat trim, driver and front passenger's seat height adjustment and armrest, a newly introduced dual-zone automatic climate control system with ventilated glove box, and electric rear windows.
Toyota Touch
Reflecting today's highly connected society, on-board multimedia systems are in increasing demand by customers of every automotive segment, regardless of vehicle price or model grade. These customers require a system which gives centralized, touch screen control of the widest possible range of vehicle functions, as well as connectivity to external devices such as mobile phones and portable music players.
Toyota Touch is a 6.1 inch, full colour, touch screen interface which represents a new approach to affordable, on-board multimedia systems. Fitted, as standard, on the new Yaris from the Active grade, it incorporates AM/FM radio, a CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with a music streaming facility, and automatic phonebook synchronisation at each connection. A USB port allows for the connection of portable music players, with the facility to display iTunes album cover art.
On-screen vehicle information displays include remaining fuel range, instant fuel consumption, average fuel consumption per minute over the last 15 minutes and time elapsed since last engine start. The system is available in the French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Russian languages.
In addition, the system incorporates a rear view camera, fitted as standard. The image is displayed on the Toyota Touch screen when reverse gear is engaged, to assist with parking manoeuvres.
Toyota Touch & Go
Building on the Toyota Touch multimedia base unit, Toyota Touch & Go equips the new Toyota Yaris with a navigation system representing the best value for money on the market.
The system includes all the most popular navigation functions, such as advanced traffic coverage, customisable speed limits, speed camera warnings and motorway signposting.
In addition, it not only offers drivers a choice of the fastest or shortest route to their destination, but also the one with the smallest environmental impact - an 'Ecological' route option. Using a compatible mobile phone, via Bluetooth, the system offers on-board connectivity to a Google Local Search function - the largest and most up-to-date search database in the world. Via Google Maps, destinations may be input remotely from home or office, and Points of Interest may be downloaded for entry as destinations.
The installation of Touch & Go also upgrades the multimedia base unit with the addition of an SMS on-screen send/receive function incorporating a contact person image display, and a USB-based photo viewing function.
Several Touch & Go Apps will be available for download from launch, such as fuel price, weather and parking space information. In addition, A specific Facebook App has been developed to allow Toyota Yaris owners to stay in touch with the 180 million European Facebook users over the course of their journey.
Toyota Touch & Go has been designed specifically to be both flexible and affordable. The system can be up-dated with the newest functions or latest maps, as they become available.
Tailored Specification Packs
Carefully tailored to enhance on-board comfort and convenience, a number of upgrade Option Packs offer Yaris customers exceptional value for money.
A VIP pack features partial leather upholstery, privacy glass, and driver and front passenger footwell lighting.
A Sound pack incorporates a dual, 280 watt amplifier and 8 premium speakers. A Vision pack offers customers front foglamps and a panoramic sunroof with independent, front and rear opening sunshades.
A Senso pack features automatic wipers and headlamps, and an electro-chromatic rear view mirror. A Senso Smart pack adds smart entry to the Senso pack content. And a Design pack features 15" alloy wheels and front foglamps.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) - Maintaining the Highest Levels of Built-in Quality in the B-segment
Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) has been building the Toyota Yaris for a decade. It remains committed to delivering vehicles with the highest levels of built-in quality in the B-segment.
The Toyota Yaris has already established a reputation for outstanding levels of Quality, Durability and Reliability. Such quality can only be assured through its comprehensive integration into every facet of the Toyota manufacturing process.
Development of the new Yaris project at TMMF was based on three key pillars:
* First, the identification of improvement points from each of the current Toyota Yaris production areas, and the very early incorporation of these requirements into the development of the new vehicle structure.
* Second, the guarantee of a smooth transfer of the new Yaris assembly operation to plant members through proper training and a review of fundamental skills.
* Third, the continued improvement of built-in quality in the company's manufacturing processes, based on Toyota production System principles.
TMMF engineers were involved in the development of the new Toyota Yaris for three years before the start of production - a year and a half longer than on the previous generation vehicle.
All manufacturing and quality departments sent several engineers to Japan for between 6 to 18 months, to study and further improve the vehicle design. The feedback generated has proved highly beneficial in minimising potential production quality issues.
Key to maintaining built-in quality in the long term, TMMF also focused on ensuring that every part has been designed for more consistent quality over the course of repeated manufacture, allowing for greater control of both fitting accuracy and build quality.
Cross functional Business Reform working groups focusing on design, quality, suppliers and production were also established. Their aim is to review critical process characteristics to guarantee the built-in quality of five critical functions - braking, acceleration, turning, fuel leaks and potential fire starting points. This also further improves quality consciousness from team members, as well as strengthening warranty management and the critical process audit.
The direct involvement of suppliers in the vehicle production preparation process was also essential to ensure the highest possible quality.
This involvement takes the form of numerous diverse activities: Within an intensive supplier development programme, Toyota engineers are based at strategic supplier factories to share knowledge and assist in the achievement of the expected quality standards.
For new parts, Toyota uses Simultaneous Engineering - the early exchange of part design ideas and manufacturing techniques between the company and the supplier- as well as supplier parts tracking teams - multiple visits to the supplier to ensure quality milestones are achieved- to solve problems well before the start of production.
Immediately prior to the start of new Yaris mass production, every supplier visited TMMF on a regular basis, both before and during assembly trial periods. This allow for extensive discussion, design reviews and trial parts fitting, with the aim of identifying all potential problems.
Overall, a longer project development lead time within the Toyota plant and the early involvement of suppliers in the design process combine to guarantee the earliest possible identification of problems. Such measures are fundamental to the Toyota culture of continuous improvement, and will ensure that the new Toyota Yaris offers customers the highest levels of built-in quality in the B-segment.

FX35

Infiniti FX35

Infiniti FX35

Infiniti FX35

Infiniti FX35

The all-new, second-generation Infiniti FX is a radical expression of sport and utility - offering exceptional levels of power, refinement and driving exhilaration. Created as a fusion of luxury, performance and SUV utility, with head-turning styling and an advanced sporty platform, the new FX is a showcase of Infiniti's design and technology leadership.
Along with an aerodynamic, rigid yet lightweight body structure and sporty FM platform, the new FX features a extensive list of available equipment and technology designed to create an exhilarating and rewarding driving experience, including a choice of a new 390-horsepower 5.0-liter 32-valve DOHC V8 engine with VVEL (for Variable Valve Event & Lift) or 303-horsepower 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6. Each engine is paired with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission featuring Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and available solid magnesium paddle shifters. The new FX is also offered with available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, double-wishbone front/multi-link rear suspension and large 4-wheel disc brakes, along with available Continuous Damping Control (CDC)®, Rear Active Steer, Intelligent Brake Assist and 21-inch super lightweight aluminum-alloy wheels designed by Enkei.
Inside, the new FX interior provides a warm, modern, inviting environment highlighted by a driver-oriented cockpit with intuitive controls, available sport seating and advanced audio, navigation and technology ranging from an 11-speaker Bose®-developed audio system to Infiniti Intelligent Key, available Intelligent Cruise Control (Full Speed Range) and available Around View Monitor system.
The new FX offers two industry-first safety technologies: Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA), which provides forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking; Distance Control Assist (DCA), which reduces the burden of driving in heavy traffic by intuitively helping to release the throttle and apply the brakes to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. Also available is a Lane Departure Warning/Lane Departure Prevention system, which helps keep the vehicle in its travel lane.
The all-new FX will be available in three models: Infiniti FX50 AWD with 5.0-liter V8, Infiniti FX35 AWD with 3.5-liter V6 and Infiniti FX35 RWD with 3.5-liter V6. The new 2009 FX goes on sale at Infiniti dealers in the United States and Canada beginning in June 2008.
Highlights of the 2009 Infiniti FX include:
Body
* A fusion of luxury, performance and SUV utility, with short front and rear overhangs, low center of gravity, aggressive stance and available 21-inch wheels and tires
* Polished, assertive styling, featuring a dark chrome grille, double wave hood, strong front-to-rear shoulder line, integrated rear spoiler, power sliding moonroof
* Available Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS)
* Standard High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional projector headlights with automatic-on feature, integrated fog lights; aerodynamically designed rear LED taillights
* New, distinctive functional side air vents, which reduce front end lift by five percent
* Lightweight aluminum-alloy hood and doors
* Chrome window moldings and door handles; available aluminum roof rails
* Power folding, heated body-colored power adjustable outside sideview mirrors with puddle lamps and available reverse synchronization
* Speed-sensitive windshield wipers with new aerodynamic flat blade wiper design, low-profile wiper arms; available rain-sensing function
* Dual outlet exhaust with tailpipe finishers
* Scratch Shield paint (self-healing clearcoat paint finish)
* Offered in eight exterior colors
* 0.35 coefficient of drag (Infiniti FX35)
Engine, Driveline and Platform
* Front engine/rear-wheel drive (Infiniti FX35 RWD) or all-wheel drive (FX50 AWD, FX35 AWD)
* VK50VE 32-valve 5.0-liter DOHC V8 with advanced Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL) valve control technology, producing 390 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque (FX50)
* VQ35HR 24-valve 3.5-liter DOHC V6, producing 303-horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque (Infiniti FX35)
* New 7-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with manual shift mode, Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and Downshift Rev Matching
* Available solid magnesium paddle shifters
* ATTESA E-TS™ (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split) AWD system (FX50 AWD, Infiniti FX35 AWD)
* Snow-Mode function (shifts throttle input algorithm in low-speed slippery road conditions once activated by driver for enhanced traction)
* Built on Infiniti's FM (Front Mid-ship) platform, specially designed and configured for use on FX
* Front-to-rear weight distribution: FX50 AWD 54/46, FX35 AWD 53/47, FX35 RWD 52/48
Suspension, Steering and Braking
* Refined 4-wheel independent suspension with front double-wishbone and rear multi-link designs, extensive use of lightweight aluminum components, lightweight compact steel rear subframe
* Dual Flow Path™ shock absorbers with rebound springs
* Available Continuous Damping Control (CDC)® with driver-selectable "Auto" and "Sport" settings (FX50 Sport Package)
* Large diameter front and rear stabilizer bars
* Power-assisted twin-orifice vehicle-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering
* Available Rear Active Steer for increased responsiveness and handling (FX50 Sport Package)
* 4-wheel power-assisted vented brakes; 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD); Brake Assist (BA), available Preview Braking
* Aluminum-alloy 4-piston front/2-piston rear (opposed piston) calipers (FX50)
* Available Intelligent Cruise Control (Full Speed Range)
* Standard painted silver 18-inch split-5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with 265/60R18 all-season tires (Infiniti FX35)
* Available metallic finish 20-inch 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with 265/50R20 all-season tires (Infiniti FX35)
* Super-lightweight 9.5Jx21 6-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels designed by Enkei with 265/45R21 all-season tires or available W-rated high-performance summer tires (FX50)
Interior Features
* Cockpit-like styling with standard leather-appointed seating
* Available quilted leather-appointed seating
* Personalized driver and passenger comfort zones with dual-zone front climate control HVAC system
* Superior ingress and egress with low step-in height and easy-access seat height
* Power-adjustable 10-way driver's seat, available manual thigh support with power bolster adjustment
* Available 2-Position Driver's Memory Seat system (standard on FX50)
* 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, available manual thigh support
* Automatic driving position system - coordinates steering wheel and mirror position as seat is adjusted
* Available climate-controlled heating and cooling front seats (standard FX50, optional Infiniti FX35)
* Three-spoke, perforated leather-wrapped, sport-style steering wheel with integrated cruise control and audio controls, available power tilt/telescope feature (standard on FX50)
* Manually reclining 60/40 split-folding rear seat
* 12-point sequential Welcome Lighting system
* White/violet Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges
* Standard 7.0-inch (FX35) or 8.0-inch (FX50) color information display
* Signature Infiniti analog clock
* Available aluminum pedals (standard FX50, optional FX35)
* Genuine hand-stained Maple wood and piano black trim (standard on FX50, optional on FX35)
* Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster™ ionizer
* Auto up/down front windows, available auto up/down rear windows
* Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition
* 11-speaker Bose® Premium audio system with 6-disc CD changer, Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter (DAC), mp3-CD playback, auxiliary input jack and steering wheel audio controls
* Infiniti Hard Drive (HDD) Navigation System with XM NavTraffic® with Real-Time Traffic Information (requires active XM® subscription, sold separately), 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive with Interface System for iPod®, Compact Flash slot and Voice Recognition system
* XM® Satellite Radio (requires active XM® subscription, sold separately)
* Standard RearView Monitor
* Available innovative Around View Monitor system with front, side and rear-mounted cameras to help reduce blind spots when parking
* Available Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System (standard on FX50)
* Available solid-construction cargo area cover, cargo net (standard on FX50)
* Four 12-volt power points, dual front and rear cupholders, locking glove compartment
* Available Infiniti DVD Mobile Entertainment System, 9.0-inch flip-down console-mounted rear monitor, DVD player mounted in front center console, two wireless headphones, remote control
* Three available interior colors: Wheat, Graphite, Java
Safety and Security
* Available Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning
* Available Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) system
* Available Distance Control Assist (DCA)
* Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS)
* Dual-stage front supplemental air bags with passenger seat occupant classification system and seat belt sensor
* Seat-mounted side-impact air bags and roof-mounted curtain air bags for enhanced outboard seat occupant head protection
* 3-point front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters; ALR/ELR in all passenger seating positions (driver ELR only)
* Available Pre-Crash Seat Belts
* Seat belt reminder system (front)
* Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system in rear outboard seating positions, (upper tether for all rear seating positions)
* Front-seat Active Head Restraints
* Child safety rear door locks and power window lock-out button
* Energy-absorbing steering column
* Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones
* First aid kit and tool kit
* Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
* Infiniti Vehicle Immobilizer System and Vehicle Security System
* Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS), cancel switch

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