TOYOTA continues to be the most profitable automobile manufacturing company.Toyota sold a record 10.74 million units globally in 2019, up 1.4 percent from a year earlier, to finish behind only Volkswagen AG of Germany. Robust sales of Lexus-brand cars and the company’s RAV4 sport-utility vehicle were behind the result.
Even though currently it has been toppled by VW sales wise it continues to rake in huge profits in the automobile manufacturing sector.
When it comes to practicality, durability and affordability Toyota is the trend setter as evidenced by the reviews below.
The new Toyota Auris has been touted as the smartest hatchback ever designed. The new improved design of the Auris gives it a more masculine demeanour with the front and rear styling generating longer overhang improving the overall balanced look of the vehicle.
The new dashboard design has soft quality trims and surface finishing which gives the vehicle a sophisticated polished look. It has a tablet inspired Audio Visual Panel which comes standard on all vehicle models.
The high-tech infotainment system comes with Bluetooth/AUX/USB functionality. The Auris is available in two engine variations, the 1.3-litre petrol unit producing 73kW at 6000rpm and 128Nm of torque at 3800rpm. Fuel consumption is pegged at 5,8l /100km for the combined cycle. The 1.6-litre petrol unit produces 97kW at 6400rpm and 160Nm of torque at 4400rpm and top speed is clocked at 200km/h. The 1.6 manual consumes an average of 6,2l /100km in the combined cycle; the
1.6 CVT is even more economical, averaging just 6,0l / 100km.
The new Toyota Corolla boasts of a cutting-edge design featuring an expressive face courtesy of the striking headlamp clusters that elegantly frame the sporty grille. All models apart from the entry level Esteem grade are equipped with 16- inch alloys. The Corolla has a redesigned interior with leather upholstery, stylish cockpit and the display audio system with reverse monitor (rear camera). The Corolla is fuel-efficient and reliable; it delivers pure driving enjoyment. It’s available in the following engine variations: super-frugal 1.3, solid-performing 1.6 and hyper-energetic 1.8 litre petrol engine all underpinned by Toyota’s high-tech VVT-I (Variable Valve Timing – Intelligent) system. All versions come standard with a crisp-shifting six speed manual transmission. The innovative Multi-drive Automatic transmission (With seven ‘simulated’ gears) is available on the 1.6 and 1.8 variants. Another new addition to the range is the 1.4 turbo diesel engine, returning a class-best combined cycle fuel consumption of just 4, 5 l/100 km and generating CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km while offering super refined, long-distance cruising.
The eighth-generation Toyota Hilux has been completely redesigned from the inside out. It ushers in a radically luxurious interior wrapped in a sophisticated, chiselled new body, offering exceptional on-road performance and new technologies while remaining true to its core values of uncompromising off -road ability and, of course, legendary toughness. The Toyota Hilux is now more occupant-focused and easier to drive than ever before with improved handling and performance. The Hilux boast of a comfortable ride that makes long, tough drives less gruelling, a quiet cabin that allows communication in any conditions, and enhanced cruising range which comes from improved fuel efficiency. The interior styling instrument panel features a unified design and free use of metallic decoration, giving a strong yet refined appearance. It is available in 3 petrol engines, 2,0 and 2,7 litre capacities. All have multi-valve cylinder heads and are equipped with VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing – intelligent) and electronic fuel injection. The diesel engine specs are the 2.5 litres turbo charged engine and the 3.0 litres turbo charged inter cooled engine.
The new Fortuner exhibits cool new styling which is an addition to its luxurious features and refined drive, while still epitomising strength and genuine all-terrain capability. The Fortuner’s exterior design expresses toughness and wideness through the high body axis, the bulging wheel arch flares as well as the chunky trapezoidal front bumper. It has ample cabin space which is complemented by superb convenience features, which makes driving the Fortuner a pleasurable experience. A focal point of the dashboard architecture is the vertical centre cluster flanked by columns of soft simulated leather upholstery that support off leg support from both sides. Its available in the following engine specs the 2.4- and 2.8-litre diesel engines and low-speed torque has been greatly improved.
The newly developed six-speed automatic transmissions come with more steps and optimised gear ratios to maximise engine performance. As with the new Hilux, stick shift Fortuner’s are equipped with the Intelligent Manual Transmission system (i-MT) supporting smooth shifting with rev matching technology. In addition to achieving higher power at all engine speeds, the new unit boasts of improved fuel efficiency and cruising range as well as reduced engine noise.
The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado has undergone a metamorphosis with bolder exterior styling, a more refined interior and even better handling. The exterior changes showcase an extensive redesign with a deeper front bumper, heritage-inspired grille and newly styled alloy wheels that reinforce the Prado’s toughness, reliability and legendary off -road prowess. The Land Cruiser provides additional driver guidance aids such as Blind Spot Monitoring and a Tyre Inflation Warning system on the VX and Trailer Sway Control (standard across the range) that assists when towing by negating the possible unpleasant consequences of crosswinds or bumpy roads.
Leather seat upholstery is standard on both TX and VX models and on the VX the side door panels are also swathed in leather, plus you get the option of an ivory colour palette in addition to the standard black treatment. The front arm rests on both models now come with slide functionality. Land Cruiser Prado comes with the choice of two proven engines – a four-litre V6 petrol engine with dual VVT-i and a three-litre turbo-diesel. The quad cam V6 petrol delivers 202kW of power at 5600rpm and 381Nm of torque at 4400rpm.
It is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting. Combined-cycle fuel economy is 11.5 litres per 100km and the CO2 reading is 266g per kilometre. The Prado’s 16-valve, DOHC 3.0-litre turbo-diesel pumps out 120kW at 3400rpm and 400Nm between 1,600 and 2,800rpm it is also matched to a five-speed sequential automatic transmission off erring a combined-cycle fuel economy of 8.5 litres/100km. CO2 readings are pegged at 224g/km.