Auris: longer than the Auris I, with
the same wheelbase.
Kanaan: When it comes to compact vehicles,
some names spring to mind before others. Of
course the VW Golf may
be the first for many, with over 29 million units sold
worldwide since 1974.
Yet, there is also another figure
with 39 million units sold since 1966, when the first
generation Toyota Corolla was launched.
For statistics lovers, the VW
Golf gets an annual average of 763.16
thousand units over 38 years. Corolla made an annual
average of 847.83 thousand units over 46 years. Many
brands would be happy with either of these two figures
for their whole model range in a year, not just for
one single model.
It is this Corolla, called Auris in
Europe since 2007, which is coming to the 2012 Paris motor show
(public days from 29 September to 14 October) in a new generation for
2013 (from December 2012), with a longer
body, a larger luggage compartment,
new or upgraded standard and optional equipment,
such as the Stop &
Start, the MultiDrive
and MultiMode transmissions,
the Toyota Touch / Touch
& Go / Touch
& Go Plus multimedia versions, the Simple
Intelligent Park Assist system (SIPA), the Skyview
panoramic roof, up to the enhanced steering
Just like the previous Auris generation
was available with a hybrid version since 2010, the new Auris
will have its hybrid version,
beside the petrol (gasoline) and
diesel ones of course.
Auris is built at Toyota
Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) alongside the Avensis
(midsize). TMUK celebrated this year its 20th anniversary with
3,265,000 vehicles produced (including 418,000 Auris) since
the start of operations
Compared to the previous
generation, the new five-door Auris compact
hatchback (C-segment, lower
medium category) keeps the same wheelbase dimension of
2,600 mm (102.36 inches), while its overall
length grows by 30 mm (1.18 in.), to 4,275 mm (168.3
The difference goes evidently to the overhangs, with an
additional 15 mm (0.6 in.) for each, to become 920 mm
(63.2 in.) at the front and 755 mm (29.7 in.) at the
rear, keeping the Auris between the most compact car
of its segment in its external dimensions. But then again, that's one factor, which
might be preferred by some for city manoeuvrability.
Toyota says that the overall height
is lowered by 55 mm (2.16 in.), from 1510 mm (59.45
in.), with 45 mm (1.77 in.) reduction in
the cabin (the seat height has been reduced by
40 mm / 1.57 in.) and the other 10 mm (0.39 in.) in the
ride height, enhancing aerodynamics,
fuel efficiency and driving dynamics (lower centre of
gravity), especially that the "extensive use of high tensile steel in the
bodyshell construction has helped to reduce the
overall weight of the new Auris by up to 40 kg (88.18
underfloor features a front spoiler, a lower absorber,
an engine undercover, front spats, centre floor
undercovers, tank side floor undercovers, a rear floor
undercover and rear spats to maximise aerodynamic
efficiency, in addition to the positioning of wing-shaped
vertical wings to the centre and rear floor
undercovers, further smoothing the air flow under the
As a result, the new Auris’ coefficient of drag has
been reduced from Cd 0.292 to Cd 0.28.
The Japanese brand adds that with the ride height reduction, the gap between the wheel
arches and tyres is narrowed, allowing a closer
alignment of the wheels with the bodywork. The wheel
choices include a new 15” and 16” wheel cap design and 16” and 17” alloys.
volume grew from 279 l. (9.85 cu-ft)
to 360 l. (12.7 cu-ft).
Outside, the front brings a new design
for the grille (Toyota calls it "Under Priority"
design), the headlamps (standard halogen or optional Bi-HID,
High Intensity Discharge) with standard LED Daytime Running Light (DRL),
a larger Toyota badge and a central,
chrome-plated horizontal trim bar which is
extended into the narrower headlamp clusters.
The lower grille combines integral fog lamp
housings with chrome
surround detailing and a
piano black finish with a floating, lower chrome
accent to the lip spoiler.
The profile shows a steeply raked windscreen
flowing into the lower roofline, a lengthening of the side glazing with the door mirrors repositioned within the
glazed area. The blacked-out pillars include a piano black
finish to the B pillar between the doors on each side.
At the rear, the tailgate opening
is wider, with an integral roof spoiler and a new
wraparound rear combination lamp design. The bumper
has a vertical reflector integrated at each end.
At the front, the new seat design has longer travel and greater height
adjustment. Standard on Style (Sport) version, a newly
developed sports seat offers more lateral support.
To increase rear seat knee
room by 20 mm (0.78 in.), the front seats get a new
back design. Also, the rear door opening width has
been enlarged, while the load space length has been increased
by 50 mm (1.97 in.) and the tailgate opening width increased by
90 mm (3.54 in.).
Live (Entry) and Active (Mid)
versions have fabric seats are
finished. The Style seats add red panels. The Lounge (High)
version has its seats
finished in black velour with genuine leather seat
bolsters. Black, full leather upholstery is available
as an option on Lounge models, with an Ice Grey
leather option exclusive to Hybrid models.
The new instrument binnacle
features a simple
two or three dial design with white needles and
numerals. All switchgear uses the same font, and both
instrument binnacle and centre console are backlit in
The meter surrounds, centre stack,
transmission tunnel trim, air conditioning and audio
controls as well as the door handles are finished in a
matching satin silver finish, while the air vents, audio panel, transmission tunnel,
steering wheel and gear lever are trimmed with a
silver paint finish. On higher versions, the dashboard is finished in leather.
On board, the Auris Hybrid has an exclusive meter
and Eco Drive Support monitor design within the instrument binnacle, a hybrid blue shift-by-wire gear
lever and hybrid-exclusive instrument panel
instrument binnacle with a simple 2 or
3 dial design.
Toyota cites between the functional features a sunglasses holder,
coat hooks, four cup and four bottle holders, a
sliding centre console armrest with document holder,
dashboard and rear centre console storage space for
small items, three 12-Volt accessory sockets and an AUX
external input plug, a removable package tray, deck
hooks and a dual level load space deck board.
With the dual-level load space deck board
and 60:40 split-folding rear
seats, all versions, including the hybrid (fitting the battery pack under the rear
seat), provide a luggage capacity (with the rear seat
back up) of 360
litres (12.7 cu-ft), compared to the previous 279
litres (9.85 cu-ft).
The new Auris’
powertrain line-up now features an
improved full hybrid version, in
addition to two petrol and two diesel
Toyota expects the pan-European sales mix
to be spread at launch nearly equally with a third for
the full hybrid, another third for the diesel
and the remaining for the petrol.
The petrol choices start from the 1.33 litre
with Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent (VVT-i)
and Stop &
Start technology. It
generates 73 kW / 99 DIN hp / 98 bhp (all fuel
consumption and emissions figures are only indicative, subject
to final homologation) and maximum torque of 128
Nm (94 lb-ft) at 3,800 rpm.
Toyota's combined fuel consumption
figure is 5.4 l/100 km (equivalent to 52.28 UK mpg, 43.56 US mpg, 18.52
km/litre, conversions being based on autopressnews.com figures) with CO2 emissions of 125 g/km.
The larger petrol choice for the Auris is the
1.6l Valvematic engine,
which is a further development of Toyota’s Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent
(Dual VVT-i) system.
While the Dual VVT-i varies the
air-fuel intake and exhaust valve timing to suit the driving
conditions, Valvematic adds lift and duration control to the inlet valve
Available with either a six-speed manual or
MultiDrive S automatic transmission, the 1.6-litre
Valvematic engine develops 97 kW / 132 DIN hp / 130
bhp and a
maximum torque of 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) at 4,400 rpm.
steeply raked windscreen flowing into
the lower roofline.
With the manual transmission, the combined cycle fuel consumption
is 5.9 l/100 km (47.85 UK mpg, 39.9 US mpg, 16.95 km/litre) and
generates CO2 emissions of 138 g/km.
the MultiDrive S transmission
further reduces both fuel consumption and emissions,
to 5.7 l/100 km (49.5 UK mpg, 41.3 US mpg, 17.54
km/litre) and 134 g/km respectively.
The 1.4 litre D-4D diesel engine is
available with either a
six-speed manual or six-speed MultiMode transmission.
It develops 66 kW / 90 DIN hp / 88 bhp and maximum torque of 205 Nm
(151 lb-ft) between 1,800 and 2,800
With the manual transmission and Stop
& Start system, the 1.4 D-4D 90 unit
returns a combined cycle fuel consumption of 3.8 l/100
km (74.3 UK mpg, 61.9 US mpg, 26.32 km/litre) and generates
CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.
The larger 2.0l D-4D diesel engine
generates a maximal output of 91 kW / 124 DIN hp, 122 bhp. It
comes with a new turbocharger and a standard six-speed manual
transmission as well as the Stop & Start system.
is wider, with an integral roof spoiler.
New torque figures were not communicated at the
time of writing, but the figures of the 2.0l D-4D 125 diesel engine
was in the 1st generation 310 Nm between 1800 and 2400 rpm (maximum
output was 93 kW / 126 DIN hp / 125 bhp).
Launched two years ago, the first Auris Hybrid
found some 60,000 buyers, making it the 2nd most
popular full hybrid in Europe, after the Prius.
The new Auris Hybrid gets also powertrain
improvements. The control logic of the Hybrid Synergy Drive
(HSD) system planetary gear transmission has
been modified to give a smoother acceleration, with a closer relationship
between vehicle speed and engine revs.
The HSD system’s 1.8 litre VVT-i petrol
engine and 60 kW (81.6 DIN hp, 80.4 bhp) electric motor
can operate independently or in combination. When operating in
the switchable EV mode (usually in
city driving), the Auris
Hybrid’s powertrain can do without the petrol engine,
as an electric car.
The petrol/electric combination provides a maximum
power output of 136 DIN hp (100 kW, 134 bhp),
with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 10.9 seconds
and a maximum speed of 180 km/h (112 mph). The CO2
emissions is below 89 g/km (with 15” wheels).
The hybrid Auris gets unique
exterior and interior details, such as the lower grille and lower rear bumper
diffuser finished in a graphite
gloss paint colour, special bonnet and tailgate
logos, hybrid logos on
the front wings and a hybrid mark on the tailgate. The
rear combination lamps have specific LED
lights. Both 15” silver and 17” graphite alloy wheels
are of a new ‘turbine’ design unique to the Auris
In addition to the standard
six-speed manual gearbox, an optional MultiMode transmission
is available on the 1.4 D-4D 90
diesel version. It is an automated manual transmission with a fully automatic
shift mode and no clutch pedal. It offers a
choice of a fully automatic gear change modes or a
manual, sequential gear change with steering
wheel-mounted shift paddles. Selecting E (Economy), M (Manual) or R (Reverse)
allows the car to ‘creep’ like a
conventional automatic. In E mode, the car makes
automatic gear shifts, while selecting ES (Sport) mode delays changing up to a
higher rpm, giving a more sporty style of drive.
The Auris Hybrid
gets an exclusive meter
and Eco Drive Support monitor design within the instrument binnacle, a hybrid blue shift-by-wire gear
lever and hybrid-exclusive instrument panel
Another optional transmission is
the MultiDrive S CVT (continuously-variable transmission),
which is available on the 1.6
Valvematic petrol version of the new Auris, MultiDrive
S works like a
fully automatic shift mode or as a sequential,
stepped 7-speed Sport mode, with close ratio upshifts and
When detecting deceleration
in the Sport mode, the system
downshifts and applies engine braking to assist the
braking force. When lateral G-force is detected (while
driving in bends usually), the system suspends gear
shifting to prevent any destabilization. On corner
exit, the system adopts the optimal gear ratio for re-acceleration.
The Stop & Start system is fitted as standard on the
D-4D diesel engine and optional with the 1.33
litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine and the 1.4 litre D-4D
The system automatically stops the engine
when the shift lever is moved to the neutral position
and the clutch pedal is released. As soon as the clutch pedal is
depressed, the engine automatically restarts within
less than half a second. An ‘ECO’ indicator illuminates during every
However, if the air-conditioning in use, the engine will
not stop if the desired cabin temperature has not been
reached. When that temperature is reached, the
air-conditioner will switch to ‘ECO-run loading’,
allowing the engine to automatically stop.
The engine automatically restarts in the event of low battery
charge, or if the vehicle begins to move. Toyota says
that the Stop & Start system helps reduce CO2 emissions
consumption by up to 3% in urban driving.
The new Auris
will be available in four equipment levels: Live
(base), Active (Mid., expected to represent around two
thirds of Auris sales), Style (Sport) and Lounge
a lower grille and new ‘turbine’ design
In safety terms, the new Auris will
be equipped (standard and optional equipment lists
always need to be checked as they may differ between markets,
versions and even seasonal offers) with ABS, EBD
(electronic brake-force distribution), Brake
Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), an
emergency brake signal function and, with the MultiDrive
CVT transmission, a cruise control with an adjustable speed limiter.
In the UK market, where the new Auris goes on sale in December
with on-the-road prices ranging from £14,495 to £21,745, all versions will be
equipped as standard with seven airbags, a new follow-me-home lighting system,
Hill-Start Assist Control, Vehicle Stability Control and LED daytime running
The Active grade adds a height adjustable front
passenger seat, a rear centre armrest and the Toyota
a 6.1 inch, full colour,
touch-screen interface which combines AM/FM radio with an optional DAB+
receiver, a CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth mobile phone
connectivity with a music streaming facility, an
AUX jack and a USB port for the connection of portable
music players, with the facility to display iPod album
cover. Both the hybrid drive system Energy Monitor and
fuel consumption information can be displayed, and a
rear view camera is fitted as standard.
Above the Toyota Touch, an upgraded Toyota
Touch & Go system provides a full map
navigation system, a connectivity booster, and
access to online content and apps, including a new
Twitter App. It includes popular navigation
functions, such as an advanced traffic function with
premium information in ten European countries, junction
view images at intersections, tunnel view images, an
automatic zoom function and improved
speed limit warnings.
Toyota Touch & Go also
offers, as standard, on-board access to Google Local
Search, Yandex and other search engines, using a
compatible mobile phone, via Bluetooth. The
installation of Touch & Go also upgrades the
multimedia base unit with the addition of an SMS
on-screen send and receive function incorporating the
contact person image display from the compatible
Bluetooth smartphone. Several Apps are
available to download, including fuel prices, weather
and parking space information.
rear combination lamps get specific LED
Another step higher comes the Touch & Go Plus
which adds on the Lounge version voice recognition for
navigation address input, one-shot destination entry,
music search & play and phone contact search &
call. When synchronised with a compatible Bluetooth mobile
phone, the system can send / receive emails and
display the user's calendar. It also has a text-to-speech
message readout facility for SMS, e-mails and traffic
The satellite navigation mapping includes 3D modelling of major cities and landmarks, where the
database is available, with three years free map and
Other available options include Bi-HID
headlamps, an Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS),
Automatic High Beam (AHB), automatic climate control,
Smart Entry and Push Start, a Skyview panoramic
sunroof (2,340 by 1,280mm / 92.12 by 50.4 in.), the 9-speaker JBL Premium Sound
System and, standard on Lounge grade
models, Simple Intelligent Park Assist (SIPA) with a rear camera and ultrasonic
sensors on the front side-bumper to identify viable
reverse and parallel parking spaces.
sunroof (2,340x1,280mm / 92.12x50.4 in.).
The Simple Intelligent Park Assist system automatically applies the correct sequence of steering
angles when parking into the target space
(the driver controls the accelerator and brake pedals).
can cope with non-standard parking situations, such as on bends, and
takes account of objects on the opposite side of the road that might affect
parking manoeuvres, like other parked cars or obstacles in narrow
A park-me-out function helps the driver exit a tight parking space by
judging the clearance from the vehicle in front and providing the necessary
Toyota says that the Electric Power Steering (EPS) has
been improved with the new Auris to bring more directness, better
feedback and quicker turn for agility. The steering column
more rigid attachment to enhance linear steering feel.
A new EPS control suppresses changes in steering
force for improved linearity, with a high gear ratio
to provide greater steering response.
increased body rigidity, the new Toyota Auris has new bracing and reinforcements to the underbody,
front and rear structures, and front suspension.
The reduced centre of gravity –
thanks to the already mentioned lower vehicle height
also allows for a reduction in spring rates and
anti-roll bar diameter, which improves ride
comfort, body control and steering response.
The front MacPherson strut
suspension have been revised and the spring rate has
been reduced with re-tuned shock absorbers. The 1.33 litre petrol and 1.4 litre diesel engine
models feature torsion beam rear suspension, whilst
the 1.6 litre petrol, 2.0 litre diesel and full hybrid
models are fitted with a double wishbone system to the