Toyota on track for 24 years as NZ market leader

November 9th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Toyota NZ had a big month in October with five of its models featuring in the top 10 highest selling vehicles for the month, and the company out selling any other make by over 1,000 vehicles.

Official data from NZTA shows that Corolla and Yaris totally dominated the market, finishing one and three for the month, both in the passenger market and overall. The updated Hilux led the commercial market and finished fourth overall.

Steve Prangnell, Toyota general manager Sales and Operations, says the release of a new model Yaris hatchback during October gave fresh impetus to sales of Corolla’s smaller stablemate as Yaris led the segment.

“Yaris wasn’t in the top 10 vehicle models for sales in September, so we are looking forward to customers around the country giving their verdict as stocks of the new hatchback begin to arrive. Yaris has also now broken in to the top 10 vehicles for the year to date, which is an impressive result.” Continue reading “Toyota on track for 24 years as NZ market leader” »

Toyota NZ has two-month buffer of stock

April 5th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Toyota New Zealand is busy managing its vehicle and parts stocks to ensure as little impact as possible to its customers as the downstream effects of last month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan begin to be felt around the globe.

Steve Prangnell, Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, says the company has a two-month buffer of vehicles and parts, and in the meantime it is business as usual.

But some effects are likely after that, given Toyota Motor Corporation’s estimated one month’s loss of production – mainly caused by key component suppliers being affected, and power cuts to Toyota’s relatively undamaged plants in Japan.

“The situation with parts is yet to be fully clarified, but we expect our service experts will have to prioritise urgent repairs, especially on some of the more fast-moving parts. Our focus is on ensuring optimum stock management to reduce the impact on customers of any production shortfalls. But later in the year, it may be difficult to avoid some inconvenience for some customers.” Continue reading “Toyota NZ has two-month buffer of stock” »

Toyota celebrates 2 million Prius sales globally

October 14th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Sales of the world’s first mass-produced petrol-electric hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Prius, have hit two million which marks a significant milestone in the global transition to lower emission motoring.

Toyota estimates this has resulted in 11 million tonnes fewer greenhouse gas emissions  than would have been caused if all Prius drivers around the world had used petrol-powered vehicles of a similar size instead.

Toyota New Zealand says it’s proud to have contributed sales of 1948 Prius vehicles since the hybrid vehicle was first introduced into the market here back in 2003.

“The Prius is probably the most recognisable face of Toyota’s global commitment to leading the development of hybrid technology. It appeals to New Zealand drivers who are serious about reducing their impact on the environment,” says the company’s General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell.

At the end of September, 13 years after it was first released in Japan, Toyota had sold 2,012,000 Prius worldwide. The Prius, which is now into its third generation model (released in 2009) is sold in more than 70 countries.

Steve Prangnell says the Prius paved the way for hybrid technology to be rolled out into other vehicles, such as the Camry and several Lexus models.

“The Prius has also featured other cutting-edge technologies. The third generation model has a solar roof; the kind of technology only dreamed of just a few years ago.”

Steve Prangnell says last month’s launch of a global trial of 600 Plug-in Prius — including three in New Zealand — which have a different battery system and can operate as electric only up to the open road speed limit and for about 25km, marks the start of another chapter in the Prius story.

“Toyota expects these vehicles to be released to the market in 2012. They can be plugged into every home’s mains power, and give incredible driving economy with very low emissions.  The Prius continues to literally be the future of motoring.”

Toyota NZ releases special edition Corolla Edge

July 6th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Toyota has announced the release of two special edition versions of their Corolla range.

Featuring both interior and exterior enhancements, the new Corolla ‘Edge’ delivers up to $4,200 worth of extra value compared to the Corolla GX versions on which they are based.

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said, “We’re excited to introduce the special edition Corolla ‘Edge’ into the market. They give our customers sporty styling and great value paired with Corolla’s reputation for quality and reliability.”

Only 30 units of the sedan ‘Edge’ will be offered, while 150 examples of the hatch model will be produced.

So what’s special about the Corolla Edge?

Exclusive to the Corolla hatch ‘Edge’ model are body coloured front and rear spoilers. Sourced from Europe, this body kit gives the special edition a unique, more aggressive look.

Both ‘Edge’ models come standard with 17 inch ten-spoke alloy wheels, ‘Edge’ branded floor mats front and rear, ‘Edge’ badging, and an upgraded audio system.

The six disc MP3/WMA compatible CD player incorporates USB and 3.5mm auxiliary input jacks as well as Bluetooth handsfree telephone compatibility and wireless audio streaming.

Unique to the Corolla sedan ‘Edge’ is a reversing camera. This provides an image for tricky reversing manoeuvres, displayed on the LED screen of the upgraded audio unit.

Both models are offered in Silver Pearl, Graphite and Wildfire, while the hatch adds Glacier White and Tidal Blue.

Both hatch and sedan models are fitted with a 100kW, 1.8 litre petrol engine and 4-speed automatic transmission.

All Corolla hatch and sedan models offer driver and passenger front, driver’s knee, front seat side and front/rear curtain shield airbags. An Anti-lock System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) is standard, as is Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC).

The hatch model is offered at a recommended sales price of $34,990, while the sedan is recommended for sale at $33,490.

The Toyota Corolla was the top-selling vehicle in 2009 and over 210,000 Corolla’s have been sold in New Zealand since the first model was launched in 1969.

To read a Car and SUV review of the current model Toyota Corolla, click here.

To read a Car and SUV review of the Toyota Yaris Edge, click here.

Toyota NZ releases fourth-generation Prado

November 18th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Toyota New Zealand has just launched the latest generation of its popular Land Cruiser Prado mid-sized  SUV.

The Land Cruiser Prado is now available in three grades — GX, VX and VX Limited — each powered by a 3.0 litre common rail turbo diesel engine.

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said, “We are offering customers more choice, with an extended model line up and comprehensive option packages. Prado will now appeal to a broader range of customers looking for an extremely capable vehicle for on and off road use”.

All new Prado models have Toyota’s 1KD common-rail diesel engine with variable vane turbo charger, full-time 4WD, front SRS airbags, front side airbags, driver’s knee airbag, full length three row curtain shield airbags, active front headrests, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, Active Traction Control, Hill-start Assist and Downhill Assist Control (automatic transmission vehicles only), smart entry and start system, second row seatbelt anchorage height adjusters, 3.5mm and USB audio input jacks, Bluetooth handsfree phone capability, reversing camera, parking sensors, engine immobiliser and alarm system and a rear spoiler.

Prado GX

The entry level GX model has 17″ alloy wheels, a rear door mounted spare wheel with hard cover, reverse parking sensors, leather steering wheel, dual zone air conditioning, and a single disc MP3/WMA compatible CD player.

Prado VX

Prado VX adds 18″ alloy wheels, under floor mounted spare wheel, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), electrochromatic inside rear view mirror, front and side view cameras, front parking sensors, HID headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), headlight cleaners, three zone climate control air conditioning, six disc CD changer with nine speakers, front seat heaters, leather seats, power adjustable front seats, Optitron instruments with steering angle display, power adjustable tilt and telescopic steering column, front fog lights, glass hatch in rear door, roof rails, and rear privacy glass.

Prado VX Limited

The top spec VX Limited has additional features over the VX: adaptive variable suspension system and rear active height control, pre-crash safety system, dynamic radar cruise control, leather and woodgrain style steering wheel, 6 disc CD/DVD changer with 14 speakers, satellite navigation system, coolbox, front seat memory system, woodgrain style console, rear seat entertainment system with 9″ screen, and a tilt and slide sunroof.

An off road package is available for VX and VX Limited grades which includes multi-terrain ABS, CRAWL control, multi-terrain select, multi-terrain monitor with additional cameras and a rear electrical differential lock.

Pricing

The recommended retail price for the GX with manual transmission is $78,490 with $1,500 added for automatic transmission. The VX model is $89,900 with the top-of-the-range VX Limited model priced at $104,990. The off road package is $2,250 for the VX and a no cost option for VX Limited.

Check out some images of the new Toyota Prado in the gallery below.

Toyota NZ releases fourth-generation Prado

November 18th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Toyota New Zealand has just launched the latest generation of its popular Land Cruiser Prado mid-sized  SUV.

The Land Cruiser Prado is now available in three grades — GX, VX and VX Limited — each powered by a 3.0 litre common rail turbo diesel engine.

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said, “We are offering customers more choice, with an extended model line up and comprehensive option packages. Prado will now appeal to a broader range of customers looking for an Toyota Prado VX rear location on gravelextremely capable vehicle for on and off road use”.

All new Prado models have Toyota’s 1KD common-rail diesel engine with variable vane turbo charger, full-time 4WD, front SRS airbags, front side airbags, driver’s knee airbag, full length three row curtain shield airbags, active front headrests, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, Active Traction Control, Hill-start Assist and Downhill Assist Control (automatic transmission vehicles only), smart entry and start system, second row seatbelt anchorage height adjusters, 3.5mm and USB audio input jacks, Bluetooth handsfree phone capability, reversing camera, parking sensors, engine immobiliser and alarm system and a rear spoiler.
Prado GX

The entry level GX model has 17″ alloy wheels, a rear door mounted spare wheel with hard cover, reverse parking sensors, leather steering wheel, dual zone air conditioning, and a single disc MP3/WMA compatible CD player.
Prado VX

Toyota Prado VX Ltd front seats and dashPrado VX adds 18″ alloy wheels, under floor mounted spare wheel, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), electrochromatic inside rear view mirror, front and side view cameras, front parking sensors, HID headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), headlight cleaners, three zone climate control air conditioning, six disc CD changer with nine speakers, front seat heaters, leather seats, power adjustable front seats, Optitron instruments with steering angle display, power adjustable tilt and telescopic steering column, front fog lights, glass hatch in rear door, roof rails, and rear privacy glass.
Prado VX Limited

The top spec VX Limited has additional features over the VX: adaptive variable suspension system and rear active height control, pre-crash safety system, dynamic radar cruise control, leather and woodgrain style steering wheel, 6 disc CD/DVD changer with 14 Toyota Prado VX Ltd rear seats half downspeakers, satellite navigation system, coolbox, front seat memory system, woodgrain style console, rear seat entertainment system with 9″ screen, and a tilt and slide sunroof.

An off road package is available for VX and VX Limited grades which includes multi-terrain ABS, CRAWL control, multi-terrain select, multi-terrain monitor with additional cameras and a rear electrical differential lock.
Pricing

The recommended retail price for the GX with manual transmission is $78,490 with $1,500 added for automatic transmission. The VX model is $89,900 with the top-of-the-range VX Limited model priced at $104,990. The off road package is $2,250 for the VX and a no cost option for VX Limited.

Check out some images of the new Toyota Prado in the gallery below.