Toyota Avensis

Toyota Avensis

Toyota unveiled the new generation Avensis sedan at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model comes with improved styling and quality, as well as improved engines and driving dynamics. It will go on sale shortly after its world debut.

The changes for the new Avensis include revised exterior styling, incorporating a frontal treatment that follows Toyota’s new design language. The quality, look, and feel of the interior has also been improved and strategic changes have been made to the powertrains and driving dynamics. With these changes, the Avensis has received the largest mid-life investment Toyota has made for any model.

The Avensis will be offered with a choice of six different engines, with the 2.0 liter D-4D being significantly upgraded to improve fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. All engines will be offered with standard six-speed manual gearboxes.

Hit the jump to read more about the new generation Toyota Avensis.

Dynojet Race Team has revealed the first details on their own version of Avensis BTCC car. Their model will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged power unit adapted from one of Toyota’s road-going range. With the help of a turbocharger and a number of internal revisions, the team hopes to boost power output from around 140 HP in road specification to 300-plus HP.

Dynojet Race Team chief Frank Wrathall Snr said: "The Avensis has been designed to the ‘Next Generation Touring Car’ rules, which means we could have opted for the stock TOCA engine, however we were enormously impressed by the plans put forward by X CTech R and felt that this was the right way for us to go, not least because it means our Avensis will be 100 per cent Toyota."

The new Avensis BTCC car will make its debut at the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship scheduled for 3 April at Brands Hatch, Kent.

Toyota has unveiled today the first details on the new Avensis BTCC car that will will make its track debut in the final round of this year’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Behind the wheel Toyota will place James Thompson, a BTCC double champion.

The Avensis BTCC is being designed and engineered by GPR Motorsport in Buckingham. Toyota supplied the donor car and the bodyshell, and GPR has added all the new specifications, which teams will be able to adopt from the 2011 season.

Toyota has no plans to re-enter the championship with a works team, but has been pleased to lend its support to TOCA, appropriately with a British-built car - Avensis is manufactured at Burnaston in Derbyshire, close to the Donington Park race circuit.

The new Avensis will make its first public race appearance at Brands Hatch on 9 – 10 October.

Press release after the jump.

The new Toyota Verso made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It will be offered in three different trims: standard, Verso Sol and Verso Luna and Entry, Mid, High and High Plus model grades.

Toyota Verso

The Verso get the new Toyota Optimal Drive. A five engine line-up features 126 hp 2.0 litre, and 150 and 177 hp 2.2 litre examples of Toyota’s D-4D turbodiesel technology, as well as 1.6 and 1.8 litre Valvematic petrol units offering class-leading power and CO2 emissions. Mated to a new, 6-speed manual transmission, the new 1.6-litre Valvematic develops 132 hp, 22 hp more than the 1.6 VVT-i unit it replaces, whilst torque has been increased by 10 Nm to 160 Nm at 4400 rpm. Conversely, CO2 emissions have been reduced by 20g to 158g/km and combined fuel consumption is a frugal 6.7l/100km.

Toyota Verso

The next generation Verso diesel engine range features a newly available 2.0 D-4D turbodiesel, available with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, it delivers 126DIN hp and 310 Nm of torque from 1800 to 2400 rpm. CO2 emissions are as low as 140g/km on units fitted with a Catalytic Converter, and 146g/km on those with a DPF. The Verso 2.0 D-4D 7-seater has the best-in-class CO2 emission levels for the 110-140DIN hp range, the core of the C-MPV segment.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

The 2009 Avensis made its world debut at the Paris Auto Show. The Avensis it is in its third generation and comes with new level of superior quality, dynamic handling and refined ride comfort to Toyota’s European flagship.

Toyota Avensis

The new 1.6-litre Valvematic benefits from a brand-new 6-speed manual transmission, which provides a great improvement in shift feeling. The 1.6 Valvematic power has been increased by 20% compared to the previous 1.6 VVT-i – up to 132 DIN hp, with torque up by 10Nm to 160 Nm at 4,400 rpm. The CO2 emission level is reduced by 12% to 152 g/km (sedan body type).

The new 1.8-litre Valvematic offers a choice of a new 6-speed manual transmission or a brand-new Multidrive S transmission, Toyota’s latest continuously variable transmission technology. The 1.8 Valvematic power has been increased by 14% compared to the previous 1.8 VVT-i – up to 147 DIN hp, with torque up by 10 Nm to 180 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The CO2 emission level is down by 10% to 154 g/km when combined with the manual transmission version and by 16% to 157 g/km when combined with the Multidrive S transmission (sedan body type).

Toyota Avensis

At the top of the petrol range is the 2.0-litre Valvematic, which also comes with either the 6-speed manual transmission or the brand-new Multidrive S transmission. Its improved performance gives 152 DIN hp, an increase of 3% compared to the 2.0 D-4, and 196 Nm torque at 4,000 rpm. The CO2 emission level is down by 15% to 163 g/km when combined with the manual transmission version and by 26% to 164 g/km when combined with the Multidrive S transmission (sedan body type).

Toyota revealed today new details on the 2009 Avensis that will make its official debut at the Paris Auto Show. Designed, engineered and built in Europe, the third generation Avensis is the largest sedan Toyota sells in Europe. While Europe is the Avensis’s largest market, the car is sold around the world (but not in the U.S.)

2009 Toyota Avensis - new images and details

Conceived by ED², Toyota’s advanced design studio in the South of France, the all-new Avensis will be available in two body shapes, a sedan and a wagon. The new Avensis active and passive safety standards will now include new advanced safety specifications such as Steeringassist Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+), Adaptive Front Light System (AFS) and Pre-Crash Safety System (PCS).

Toyota will unveil the 2009 Avensis at the Paris Auto Show in October. But Toyota has revealed the first official image and details about its popular European sedan. U.S. buyers may be more familiar with the Avensis as the basis for the Scion tC .

The new Avensis gets more powerful engines, with lower CO2 emissions. Choices include three gas engines: a 1.8 with 132 or 147 hp and a 2.0-liter with 152 hp. Diesel engines include a 2.0-liter with 126 or 150 horsepower and a 2.2-liter four with 177 hp. Sales will begin in the second quarter of 2009 on the market.

Next to the Avensis at the Paris Show is expected to be the iQ and the production version of the Urban Cruiser .

Toyota will launch the third generation Avensis at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and sales will begin later that year. The 2010 Avensis will be offered in two different body versions: sedan - to be launched first - and station wagon - that will be launched six months after the sedan version. Both version have been already caught testing by the spy photographers.

Although, since the launch of the second generation in 2003, the Avensis won the European Car of the Year award in 2004 and sales were up to 156,000 units, people say Avensis has a wiping design, with no dynamism. But the third generation Avensis will change this aspect. The 2010 model will feature a more dynamic and ascending side line, big head lights curved along the corners and a new grille.

There will also be a panoramic roof in the wagon, basicly a 4-foot glass panel instead of a metal roof. It is rumoured that there will be a Toyota Auris inspired raised gear stick in the Avensis too.

The technical part has never been a problem for Avensis, so Toyota will keep the current engines line-up: both petrol and diesel a, but will also offer a hybrid version starting 2010. As an options, the company will also offer a FWD version.

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