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

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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blowerbentley 16 October 2009

Re: Toyota Auris facelift revealed

Oh dear. You'd think the world's biggest auto manufacturer could do better than this miserable effort. Shame too, as it's made here it's success would be good for the UK economy and jobs. The old model looked like it had taken its dentures out. The new one is just ugly. And how do you pronounce Auris?

ordinary bloke 15 October 2009

Re: Toyota Auris facelift revealed

No evidence here of the "excitement" and "sportyness" that the new chief executive of Toyota promised and said was urgently needed to make the brand desireable. The front looks even worse than the current car, at least the current one is just bland whereas this looks positively distorted and ugly.

moe360 15 October 2009