Slightly tweaked car set to go on sale in first half of 2010
21 October 2009

Toyota's Auris facelift has been revealed in Japan, and it is set to go on sale in the UK in the first half of 2010.

Changes are minor, and include revised grilles which differ in style according to trim level, new front and rear bumpers, headlamps, tail lights and alloy wheels plus a new bonnet design.

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Interior changes include new color options, upgraded materials and improved standard equipment on some models.

Sales of the facelifted Toyota Auris will preceed the launch of the Auris hybrid, which will be built at the firm’s Burnaston plant in Derbyshire, with its engines being made at its Deeside plant in north Wales. It is set to go on sale next summer.

When the Auris hybrid was first confirmed earlier this year, Tadashi Arashima, Toyota’s European chief executive, said: “Our decision to produce a full hybrid in the UK reflects both our confidence in the quality and commitment of the Toyota UK workforce and the strength of our long-standing partnership with the UK government.”

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Toyota Auris 2007-2012

The Toyota Auris is a spacious, but unspectacular attempt at a high quality Golf rival. Only the availability of a hybrid lifts it from obscurity

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15 October 2009

Not a looker at all!

15 October 2009

They might as well bring back the Corolla name. At least then it'd have a dull name to go with the looks, but people would know what it is rather than trying to pronounce and failing to remember "Auris"

15 October 2009

Oh, I see what changes they've made. Err, actually no, no I don't.

15 October 2009

Still looks shit, still won't sell.

15 October 2009

Sells well in Ireland bafflingly, but then again they also sell the US version Corolla saloon too.The US Corolla is alot more striking though-and bigger.

15 October 2009

[quote theonlydt]They might as well bring back the Corolla name.[/quote]

I understand that Toyota Australia fought tooth and nail to retain the Corolla nameplate. Nissan Australia changed the name of their best selling small car a few years back and it left the top ten sellers soon after never to return!

15 October 2009

The Auris sells modestly here in Ireland.The Corolla saloon sells a lot more and its not difficult to see why.it looks far better than this bland hatchback version.come on Toyota time to compete with the Golf and Focus!!its not lack of cash holding you back

15 October 2009

Jeez, they've been burning the midnight oil on this redesign.

Still, how can you improve on perfection already, eh?

Where has all Japanese design went to?

15 October 2009

Yawn

They deserve every failure after that. Drove on as a courtesy car recently. Horrid bland box

15 October 2009

to be fair, it is probably bought by those who bought the old civic (non type R) and think the current one is a little too racy to go with their blue rinses

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