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A Paris debut for new Toyota; Third generation Avensis to go on sale from next year.


TOYOTA has given the first glimpse of its all-new Avensis model, which is to be built in Britain and will go on sale here from the beginning of next year.

It will be the third generation of the family model to emerge from the factory at Burnaston in Derbyshire, which is one of three successful UK satellite plants for Japanese manufacturing giants, together with Honda at Swindon and Nissan at Sunderland.

Toyota has chosen to unveil the Avensis at the Paris Motor Show next month.

The newcomer arrives at a difficult time for those hoping to sell in the large-medium sector, which Nissan pulled out of completely when sales of its Primera model nosedived and the company predicted a shift towards mid-range SUVs such as the Qashqai.

However, Toyota says that there will continue to be strong demand for quality family hatchbacks, saloon and estate models if the engines can be made acceptably clean, environmentally-friendly and fuel-efficient.

Although specific details of the 2009 models will not be released until the start of the show on Thursday, October 2, Toyota says that the engines will be more powerful and emit less CO2 than the current models.

The design will also be more youthful in a bid to attract a new generation of buyers who are deterred by the relatively high age profile of the car in comparison to rivals such as the BMW 5 Series.

Joining the new Avensis in Paris will be two other new cars from Toyota, which are due here early next year. One is the diminutive iQ which, at less than three metres long, is not just the world's smallest premium four seater but also boasts all of the safety attributes of bigger cars. It also has a CO2 level of just 99g/km.

The third newcomer is the 1.4- litre diesel Urban Cruiser with four wheel drive, which has a CO2 figure of 133g/km.


TWO NEW - above, the new Avensis and, right, the new IQ; FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE - the new Toyota Urban Cruiser
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2008
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