Best spy pics yet of Toyota' new British-built hatch in testing
17 January 2012

These are the best spy pictures yet of the replacement for the current-generation Toyota Auris in testing. The new model is likely to be seen at the Paris motor show in October, before going on sale in 2013.

The new Auris will be designed and engineered in Europe, and built at Toyota’s soon-to-be-expanded plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. The plant was recently the subject of a £100 million investment, which will lead to the creation of up to 1500 jobs.

A highly-competitive BMW diesel engine will be added to the Auris range as part of a recent tie-up between BMW and Toyota. This should raise the appeal of the Auris, which struggles to make an impact on rivals like the Ford Focus and VW Golf.

And the Auris should also benefit from an increased focus on fresh styling and enjoyable driving dynamics, to be prioritised under the Global Vision 2020 Vision plan announced by Toyota boss Akio Toyoda in 2011.

Toyota’s Global Vision 2020 Vision plan will also give TME much-greater control over the development of the Yaris, Auris and Avensis ranges that it produces in Europe. The facelifted Avensis is the first model influenced by this reorganisation and is also the first to use a new design language featuring a so-called ‘keen look’ front end, the car’s nose now looking more dynamic.

Whether or not the Auris name is retained remains to be seen. When confirming production of the next-generation car last year, Toyota referred to it simply as its ‘next C-segment family car’.

 

Our Verdict

Toyota Auris
The Toyota Auris is a sharp-looking hatchback, but it lags behind its rivals in terms of dynamics and interior finish

The new Toyota Auris is super-rational and likely to be a good ownership proposition, but it lacks character and is dynamically behind the class best

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17 January 2012

New Zealands next biggest selling car for 2013....

As boring as corrolas(auris) are they serve a great purpose here, go forever cheap motoring to sum it up. We can get them with a 5 year factory warranty and 5 years free WOF (warrant of fitness, like an MOT i believe) they will do 300,000km without a problem, and although they are rubbish to drive, if you arent after thrills on the road and just want something to last a very long time then this is the car you buy.

17 January 2012

The only thing that needs changing is the stupid name. Bring back Corolla!

17 January 2012

[quote Mario B]Bring back Corolla[/quote] God lord no!

17 January 2012

Appears, under the disguise, to use the same design language as the NS4 concept shown at detroit.

http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/260848/

Call me strange by all means but the Auris I had as a rental last year on holiday wasn't that bad (underpowered engine aside). If they could inject some spark in to the chassis, in the same way as they have done with the GT86, then this could be a half decent car.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

Myk

17 January 2012

Looks like it could be another case of an outlandish nose bolted onto a hum-drum hatchback. The rear 3/4's looks a little like the Lexus CT200h, and we all know how horrible that looks in real life.

17 January 2012

Quite possibly one of the few cars which look better under disguise that it will be in the flesh. Time will tell.

17 January 2012

[quote Myk]the Lexus CT200h, and we all know how horrible that looks [/quote]

Glad I'm not the only one with that opinion.

17 January 2012

[quote Uncle Mellow]Glad I'm not the only one with that opinion. [/quote]

Guess I'm in the minority in thinking its a good looking car. Seen a few of them round and they look solid and stylish. Shame the driving experience isn't so good by all accounts.


17 January 2012

Johnny my man, your notion of stylish is very personal.

+1 with Auris being a stupid tag & that it looks meaner now under disguise, later...

guess we, that rant low down these Auris need to move to NZ, there we can enjoy dependable motoring & no use of brains.

17 January 2012

[quote coolboy]Johnny my man, your notion of stylish is very personal.[/quote]

No arguments there, guy. I even like the BMW '1', at least in M-sport guise...


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