Friday, July 20, 2012

2007 ACURA TSX Japanese car photos

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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.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

2012 ACURA ILX Concept | Auto Insurance Information |

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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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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

2012 Suzuki G70 Concept | Japanese car photos |

2012 Suzuki G70 Concept
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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

TOYOTA Car Insurance Information 2011 Sienna

2011 TOYOTA Sienna
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2011 TOYOTA Sienna

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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.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

2012 TOYOTA Camry Japanese car photos

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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, 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.

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