Toyota Corolla takes back No.1 sales spot in NZ

October 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Toyota Corolla has taken back the number one sales spot on the NZ national sales charts, both for the month of September and year to date. The Corolla has faced stiff competition this year from the new 2011 Suzuki Swift and the pair have dueled it out for total sales supremacy.

Official data for the month of September shows Corolla outsold all other passenger and commercial vehicles, and Toyota’s Hilux ute took a strong second place. It was a very strong month for Toyota with four vehicles in the sales top 10 – the others being the Highlander SUV and the Hiace van.

Steve Prangnell, general manager Sales and Operations, said the sales figures reflect the full recovery of Toyota’s international supply chain, which slowed for several months after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. “To have Hilux at the top of the overall year to date table, and Corolla a strong second, is incredibly pleasing. It shows Kiwis trust the Toyota brand and keep turning to the vehicles they know and love.” Continue reading “Toyota Corolla takes back No.1 sales spot in NZ” »

Toyota NZ reveals 2012 Camry range

August 29th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Toyota has revealed the all-new seventh generation Camry.  The New Zealand Camry range will feature three models including two new unique model variants named Atara.

The new Toyota Camry debuts a refreshed design with more interior space, retuned driving dynamics and a quieter ride.  Every exterior body panel on Camry is new.

A new 2.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivers a 10 per cent increase in power and better fuel economy than the current model’s 2.4 litre petrol engine. The 2012 Camry will now be fitted with a six speed automatic transmission – replacing the current generation’s five-speed gearbox.

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said “The new Camry, Atara and a new Camry Hybrid will arrive together in New Zealand dealerships in March 2012.” Continue reading “Toyota NZ reveals 2012 Camry range” »

Toyota NZ releases special-edition Hilux ‘Edge’

December 4th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Hilux Edge 2009 fq

Toyota NZ has spiced up its popular Hilux with a special edition ‘Edge’ model, which offers some added value and a more aggressive road presence.

Based on the 4WD double cab diesel SR5, one hundred Hilux ‘Edge’ models have been produced with the addition of interior and exterior enhancements, worth over $8,000.

The Hilux ‘Edge’ rides on 18 inch polished black alloy wheels and offers visual features including a stainless steel nudge bar, chrome fog light surrounds, a deck liner, chrome bonnet protector, hard tonneau Hilux Edge 2009 rqcover, chrome sports bar, and unique ‘Edge’ decals and badge.

Inside, there upgrades continue with ‘Edge’ embroidered floor mats, alloy sports pedals, a carbon fibre look dash and door panel inserts and a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) gear knob.

Equipment includes a reversing camera linked into the Hilux’s 6 disc MP3/WMA CD changer with 3.5mm audio input jack, USB connection, Bluetooth handsfree phone and audio capability.

The special edition Hilux is powered by a 126kW and 343Nm 3.0L turbo charged common rail diesel engine with the choice of either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

Standard safety features include driver and passenger front, side and front/rear curtain shield airbags as well as an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said, “We have been very pleased with the response to this exciting new model.  We have a strong programme of special editions planned for 2010 and expect to do another Hilux version in the future.”

Pricing for the Hilux ‘Edge’ is $55,490 with manual transmission and $57,900 for automatic transmission models.