A Legend Returns: 2020 Toyota Supra Makes World Debut
First New Supra in the North America in 21 Years
First Global GR Model Developed by Toyota GAZOO Racing
Design Inspired by Calty’s FT-1 Concept
Two-Seat, Driver-Focused Cabin
335-HP Turbocharged Inline-Six-Cylinder Engine
8-Speed Transmission with Paddle Shifters
Standard Active Differential and Adaptive Suspension
TORONTO, ON – JANUARY 14, 2019 – In July 2018, in view of tens of thousands of spectators at England’s world-renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed, a low, long-hood sports car wearing full-body camouflage with mysterious “A90” markings blasted up the narrow, curvy hill-climb circuit. For Toyota enthusiasts, “A90” was the giveaway: the A40, A60, A70 and A80 that came before were Supras.
The Toyota Supra was coming back!
In January 2019, the fifth-generation GR Supra, the first global Toyota GAZOO Racing model, makes its undisguised world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, ending years of anticipation and speculation among sports car enthusiasts around the world. Behind the new Supra is a 50+ year lineage of unique Toyota sports and GT cars. Ahead of it awaits the world’s great driving roads, some of which were used to develop this all-new expression of Toyota pure sports car performance.
The 2020 Supra goes on sale in summer of 2019. Driving enthusiasts can look forward to an exhilarating blend of power, precision and agility thanks to a rear-wheel drive design that honours Toyota sports car heritage with its low centre of gravity and optimal weight balance. There is a strong connection to Toyota’s 1967 2000 GT and 1993-2002 Supra in both design and mechanical configuration.
Yet, the 2020 Supra is a fully forward-looking sports car, brimming with a cutting-edge powertrain, chassis and multimedia technology. Like the pinnacle of the previous Supra series, the 2020 model will be powered by a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. The new Supra’s 3.0-litre twin-scroll turbo six will produce 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque and will be teamed with a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Toyota projects 0-96 km/h acceleration in 4.1 seconds.
By defining specific performance and handling targets early in development, Toyota GAZOO Racing in Japan, with much input from Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Motor Europe, imbued the Supra with its own driving characteristics. While posting the kind of performance numbers that excite enthusiasts, the 2020 Supra will reward drivers of all skill levels with a thrilling sports car feel, even in everyday driving.
Toyota President and Master Driver Akio Toyoda tested the Supra on the Nürburgring and other racing venues to give his personal feedback as a Master Driver to ensure this new model would exceed the expectations of Supra fans across the globe.
Supra devotees have waited a long time for the next-generation model. They’ll find the 2020 Supra worth the wait.
Shaped by Emotion … and Racing
The 2020 Supra embodies its rich lineage at first glance, with a design that shows a particular kinship with the fourth-generation Supra built from 1993-2002, as well as the landmark 1967 Toyota 2000 GT. The resemblance is more than skin deep: the new-generation Supra also shares with those notable models the common traits of a short wheelbase, sophisticated chassis and high-performance inline-six-cylinder engine.
Toyota offered a glimpse of the new Supra’s design theme in 2014 with the dramatic FT-1 concept car that emerged from Toyota’s Calty design centre in California. Supra’s striking exterior design was inspired by the FT-1’s expressive form.
Optimization of the FT-1 design onto the efficient, high-performance packaging of Supra was achieved by condensing the forms, reducing unnecessary elements and further enhancing the dynamic and powerful character. It focuses on core Supra attributes, such as its inline six-cylinder engine and rear drive layout, while enhancing other features, such as stretching the hood to highlight the engine, creating a taut, but spacious two-seat cabin that helps accentuate an ultra-wide stance. The result is a look unique to Supra internally referred to as “Condensed Extreme.”
Functional by Design
The Supra design delivers a 50:50 weight balance while optimizing front-to-rear aerodynamic balance. Toyota’s sports car heritage is evident throughout. The double-bubble roof design, for example, recalls the Toyota 2000 GT and it reduces drag by shaving the roof centre to reduce the projected frontal area without sacrificing occupant headroom.
The front fascia was inspired by the fourth-generation Supra yet is even more expressive, with a prominent central grille section flanked by large air intakes. In the rear, the prominent, arching rear integrated spoiler, which helps to suppress aerodynamic lift, pays homage to the tall rear wing that was available on the fourth-gen Supra Turbo. The trapezoidal rear bumper shape conveys a dynamic sense of movement toward the tires.
The six-lens LED headlights integrate both daytime running lamps and turn signal functions to create a distinctive lighting signature for the new Supra. The rear combination lamps feature a simple structure with the turn, tail and stop functions integrated into the distinctive main ring shape. The backup lamps are LEDs located in the centre of the lower bumper
Expressive colours accentuate the emotional connection drivers feel with a high-performance sports car, which is why the 2020 Supra’s paint palette will include bold red, yellow and blue shades. The available matte gray adds a sense of drama to the Supra’s tautly curved surfaces by combining a matte finish and a hint of blue to create a metal-like texture.
Other available colours include silver, white, black and dark gray.
Fun fact: In the new version of the famous Supra logotype, the “S” was inspired by a racetrack s-bend.
Cockpit Concept: Wrapping the Driver
The 2020 Supra cockpit deftly blends traditional GT elements with ultra-modern functionality. The low, narrow-section dash gives the driver expansive forward visibility, ideal for precisely placing the car in corners.
A high-definition colour display forms the instrument panel, projecting a large-diameter, three-dimensional meter dial that seems to float over it. The single-metre design consolidates information necessary for performance driving, such as the tachometer and shift-timing indicator, enabling the driver to easily focus on critical control information through the small-diameter steering wheel.
The display’s easy-to-read layout puts multimedia information, including audio and navigation, on the right side. A full-colour Head-Up Display projects vital driving and navigation information ahead of the driver.
Toyota designers took a fresh approach to designing the centre console, giving it an asymmetrical shape that tightly envelops the driver, with a padded pillar that serves as a right leg bolster. The passenger’s side of the console, meanwhile, is open for a roomy feel, yet also features kneepads for bolstering in corners.
The centre console tightly groups controls for sports driving. The climate control panel protrudes from the centre dash, easing operation without averting eyes from the road.
Toyota designed the 2020 Supra to be both an everyday sports car and an occasional track car. To that end, its sport seats, featuring integrated head restraints, were inspired by racing. The heated, leather seats use a narrow main section combined with the shoulder bolsters to firmly hold the driver and passenger.
Supra’s smartly trimmed luggage area, accessed via a lightweight composite hatch, offers capacity for two people to pack for a weekend getaway. The compartment is shaped to accommodate long items, such as a track day toolkit.
The 2020 Supra Performance Story
The 2020 Supra will feature a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six that will produce 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. The torque comes on strong from very low engine speeds, thanks to a combination of a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection, and continuously variable timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. Engine response is further enhanced thanks to the inline six’s variable intake valve lift system that adjusts intake valve timing and duration.
The 8-speed automatic transmission delivers quick up- and down-shifts and features paddle shifters for manual control when desired. Short ratios for the lower gears and a Launch Control function enable powerful acceleration with maximum traction. Toyota estimates 0-96 km/h acceleration in 4.1 seconds. Top track speed will be electronically limited to 250 km/h.
The 2020 Supra will offer two driving modes, Normal and Sport. Sport Mode provides track-driving capability by reducing intervention of the traction and stability control functions as well as sharpening throttle response, increasing steering weight, improving transmission shift crispness, more aggressive active differential tuning and amplifying exhaust sound.
For performance driving enthusiasts, the Supra will have an active differential that uses an electric motor and multi-plate clutches to control lateral torque. The active differential precisely controls torque distribution between the rear wheels, with stepless variable locking from 0-100 per cent. The differential can control torque distribution between the rear wheels when cornering under both acceleration and braking, enabling greater momentum through a corner. The active differential is also effective at ensuring neutral handling by reducing both understeer and oversteer.
Chassis: Lessons from the Track
Toyota GAZOO Racing had a specific vision when developing Supra. High structural rigidity, a low centre of gravity and 50:50 weight distribution was paramount to Toyota’s goal of achieving neutral cornering balance. For example, Toyota identified nine areas of the vehicle’s rear structure to be reinforced to increase rigidity.
Toyota also specified spring and shock absorber tuning for the new double-joint spring strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension. Likewise, Toyota set specific parameters for Supra’s stability control system performance.
The front suspension subframe and control arm mounting points are extremely rigid to yield precise cornering characteristics. Aluminum control arms reduce unsprung weight, resulting in superior agility and efficiency. High-performance wheel hubs feature increased stiffness and optimized kinematics. For precise handling, Supra features a variable assist and variable ratio sport-tuned electric power steering.
The multi-link rear suspension with a five-arm construction consists of lightweight aluminum to reduce weight while steel is employed in key areas for added strength and durability. The rigid rear subframe, and the bracing that connects it to the body structure, helps ensure extremely precise wheel control. Supra will come standard with 19-inch forged alloy wheels. The rear wheels and tires are wider than on the front (rear tires: 275/35R19; front tires: 255/35R19) to enhance grip, and performance Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are fitted. Brakes are large at all four corners, highlighted by 13.7-inch front rotors held by 4-piston Brembo calipers.
Standard on Supra is Adaptive Variable Suspension. This system instantly adjusts damping force in response to driver input and road conditions. Two settings for the suspension are available – Normal and Sport.
Road and track development took place in France, Austria, Italy (including many winding roads through the Alps), Germany (including the Nürburgring track), Sweden (ice and snow road testing), the U.K., Japan, Australia, and the U.S. A global citizen, the new Supra will be assembled in Graz, Austria.
GT Comfort, Maximum Multimedia
Like its 1990s predecessor, the 2020 Toyota Supra will be equipped as a premium GT, with a deft balance of function and premium comfort and convenience features. Keyless Smart Entry, dual automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, rear camera, rain sensor windshield wipers, garage door opener, power folding mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel will be standard.
Standard active safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beam and road sign assist. Additional active safety and convenience features are adaptive full speed cruise control, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and rear end collision warning.
The new-generation Supra will of course deliver a state-of-the-art multimedia and connectivity experience. It will get an 8.8-inch touchscreen display with navigation, rotary touch controller, Supra Connect telematics services, wireless Apple CarPlay, a premium 12-speaker JBL audio system, and wireless phone charging.
50+ Years of Toyota Sports Car Heritage
The 2020 Toyota Supra traces a 50+ year lineage to Toyota’s first sports car, the 1965 Sports 800. This sleek but tiny (3.5 m. long) coupe offered a little over 40 horsepower from an air-cooled, two-cylinder boxer engine. The Sports 800 weighed just 580 kg and could reach 160 km/h in racing trim. It was successful in long distance races where reliability and fuel economy worked to its advantage. Here’s one for car trivia buffs: The Sports 800 was the first production sports car to have a lift-out aluminum roof panel.
In 1967, Toyota stunned the sports car establishment with the limited-production, hand-built 2000 GT. This six-cylinder, two-seat coupe smashed three world records and set 13 new international records for speed and endurance. Just 351 of the 2000 GTs were made, about 60 of those left-hand-drive for export to the U.S.
Nevertheless, many Americans saw the 2000 GT when a specially built roadster version was the automotive star in that year’s James Bond film, “You Only Live Twice.” Today, 2000 GTs can approach $1 million in collector-car auctions.
Age of the Supra
In 1978, Toyota introduced the first Supra (A40) as a premium, six-cylinder version of the popular Celica sports coupe. Four years later, Toyota began to separate the Supra from the Celica, with the second generation (A60) featuring a completely different front-end design and a striking Performance model with wider wheels and fender flares.
With the debut of the third-generation model for 1986 (A70), the Supra became its own distinct car. The following year, the Mk. III, as Supra aficionados call it, debuted a Turbo upgrade model with 230 horsepower.
Then came the icon: the fourth-generation Supra (A80, or “Mk. IV” to Supra buffs) arrived in 1993 and upended the global sports car / GT hierarchy. The Supra Turbo used twin sequential turbochargers to extract 320 horsepower from its 3.0-litre inline six. This utterly unique sports GT could accelerate from zero-to-96 km/h in under five seconds, trouncing direct competitors, as well as some European models costing two-to-three times as much.
The Mk. IV Supra left the North American market after 1998 but was produced until 2002. It went on to become famous for new generations in video games and in the “Fast and Furious” film series, stoking an intensely loyal following that helped spur Toyota to develop the all-new fifth-generation Supra.
Toyota GAZOO Racing
The 2020 GR Supra is the first global model developed by Toyota GAZOO Racing, the international umbrella for Toyota’s global motorsport program. In just the past year GR won the Le Mans 24 Hours race and the FIA World Rally Champions. Its work is based on three pillars: developing people through taking part in motorsport; creating fans through the excitement of motorsport and producing fun-to-drive cars; and making ever-better cars by applying the knowledge gained from motorsport competition.
This ethos has been fully embraced by both Kiichiro Toyoda, founder of Toyota, and Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation president, for its goal of “making ever-better cars”. Starting with this Supra, Toyota GAZOO Racing will transfer technical learnings from the race track or rally stage to the development of not just new generations of Toyota’s sports-focused GR models, but also to its wider range of vehicles, driven by tens of millions of people around the world.
With the 2020 Supra, Toyota is seeking to ignite automotive enthusiasts with fond memories of the Supra, as well as spark a new wave of sports car fans around the world.
2020 SUPRA PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
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Dressed To Impress: 2019 Highlander SE Gets Nightshade Special Edition
Sporty and sleek, the Highlander SE shines this winter in all-new black accents
TORONTO, ON – January 3, 2019 –New year, new you! Move your family in style with the 2019 Highlander SE, the sportiest trim available on the Toyota Highlander line-up. Be the talk of the town, a trendsetter as you turn neighbourhood heads with the Nightshade special edition.
“The Highlander is the perfect choice for family adventures, but this winter, we’re giving Canadians a new look,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice-President, Toyota Canada Inc. “Dressed to impress, the Nightshade special edition is the best compliment for families looking to start the year with a unique, fresh and sleek style that comes packed with Toyota’s performance, technology, safety and comfort.”
Ready for the streets, the exclusive package is available in three exterior colours; Blizzard Pearl, Salsa Red Pearl and Midnight Black Metallic. The Nightshade special edition will deck your ride with all black accents including; 19-inch black alloy wheels, black outer mirrors, door handles, rear spoiler, trunk garnish, window trims, highlander badge, SE badge, all-wheel drive badge and a rear tail light.
The 2019 Highlander runs on a 3.5-litre V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Placing safety first, all Highlander models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense and comfortably seats seven or eight passengers.
The 2019 Toyota Highlander SE Nightshade Special Edition is now on sale at Toyota Dealers across Canada. For complete and up to date details and specifications, visit www.toyota.ca/highlander.
Electrifying Design Meets Electrified Power in the All-New 2020 Corolla Hybrid
TORONTO, ON – November 28, 2018 – With its bumper-to-bumper, wheels-to-roof transformation, the 2020 Toyota Corolla was already big news in sedans for 2019. And now comes the ultimate “But wait, there’s more!” bonus: a new hybrid model that will have an anticipated combined fuel consumption of less than 5.0L / 100 km. That makes the 2020 Corolla Hybrid the most fuel-efficient model to ever wear the model name that debuted more than a half-century ago.
The design isn’t the only thing electrifying about the Corolla Hybrid. This high-efficiency model adapts the latest Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive from the new-generation Prius, already proven as a fuel economy winner. Only Toyota offers such a distinct choice of hybrids in this vehicle segment, thus catering to customers who have different tastes in design but the same desire for maximum fuel efficiency.
The 2020 Corolla Hybrid, like its gas-powered siblings, delivers a highly-satisfying driving experience, along with the brand’s latest advances in comfort and multimedia technology. As on the 2020 Corolla gas models, the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of active safety systems comes standard.
The 2020 Corolla Hybrid is yet more evidence of Toyota’s indisputable global hybrid leadership, which began more than 20 years ago.
Fit for a Hybrid
The hybrid powertrain and battery were a natural fit for the new Corolla because of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. There’s no compromise in cabin roominess, for example, when choosing the Corolla Hybrid versus a gas model.
The new hybrid system combines a 1.8-litre four-cylinder gasoline engine with two motor/generators through an electronically controlled planetary-type continuously variable transmission (CVT) transaxle. Combined system output of 121 horsepower yields decidedly responsive performance.
The nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery pack employs a newly developed technology called Hyper-Prime Nickel™ to boost battery performance in a smaller and lighter package. The battery’s smaller size and flatter shape allow it to be packaged under the rear seat, rather than taking up trunk space, and also allowing a 60/40 split folding rear seatback to expand cargo capacity. The battery location also contributes to the vehicle’s lower centre of gravity, a boon to agility.
The engine, working in concert with the electric motor (MG2), assures responsive performance, while exemplary energy efficiency is achieved by using both electric motors (MG1 and MG2) for hybrid battery charging.
Driving the Corolla Hybrid
The Corolla Hybrid’s linear acceleration response may take some by surprise. When pulling away, the battery provides a subtle power boost in order to put less strain on the engine and eliminate the “rubber band” effect experienced with some hybrids.
A preload differential adds to the confident acceleration feel. During low loads and low differential rotation, differential-limited torque is distributed to the left and right wheels, yielding excellent handling stability. At mid-range and high engine loads, the preload differential functions as an open differential.
Corolla Hybrid has EV mode, which allows the vehicle to be operated as a pure electric vehicle for short distances, depending upon certain conditions, such as battery charge level. This mode is useful for operating the vehicle in parking lots or indoor parking garages, for example. The Vehicle Proximity Notification feature alerts pedestrians of the vehicle’s presence when running in battery mode.
Along with the expected NORMAL and ECO drive modes, a SPORT drive mode setting allows for an increase in power for stronger acceleration response when desired.
NORMAL mode: Allows the hybrid system to achieve an ideal combination of fuel economy and vehicle acceleration. The accelerator opening amount changes linearly in response to accelerator pedal operation.
ECO mode: Improves hybrid system efficiency by limiting power in response to light to moderate accelerator pedal input.
SPORT mode: Available power is increased, allowing for improved acceleration response.
Stopping the Corolla Hybrid
Another boost to efficiency comes from the Electronically Controlled Brake (ECB) system, which coordinates operation between the regenerative braking force of the electric motors and the hydraulic braking system force to provide optimal stopping power. By proactively using the electric motors to recover as much electrical energy as possible from the regenerative braking system, this extremely efficient cooperative control helps to maximize fuel economy.
An active hydraulic booster on the conventional (non-regenerative) braking system improves pedal feel and feedback for the driver. Critically, should there ever be a malfunction in the ECB system, the conventional hydraulic braking system can stop the vehicle.
Brake Hold, when engaged, is a convenient technology that reduces driver effort while waiting at a traffic light or while driving in heavy traffic. When the driver presses the accelerator, Brake Hold releases instantly.
How the Other Half Works
The other half of the Hybrid Synergy Drive team, the gas engine, is no less impressive than the electric side. The 2ZR-FXE 1.8-litre inline four-cylinder engine was designed specifically for a hybrid application. The long-stroke configuration employs the Atkinson cycle, which uses a very high compression ratio (13.0:1) along with a shorter intake stroke and longer expansion stroke than the Otto cycle. The Atkinson cycle extracts more energy from the fuel, and the electric motors compensate for reduced low-end power (versus the Otto cycle).
Friction created by the piston skirts, rotating parts and oil pump is reduced, and an electric water pump eliminates the parasitic losses with a conventional belt-driven pump. Toyota sought efficiency gains in every system. The highly-efficient air conditioning system, for example, uses S-FLOW control, which automatically optimizes airflow throughout the cabin according to the temperature setting, actual cabin and outside temperatures, sunlight intensity, and occupied seats.
Getting the engine up to operating temperature quickly is critical to conserving fuel and reducing emissions at start-up. In the Corolla Hybrid, an exhaust heat recirculation system speeds up engine coolant warm-up. That in turn allows the hybrid system to stop the gas engine earlier and more often in the driving cycle when it’s not needed, for example in low-power-demand city driving conditions.
The PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) heater quickly provides cabin heat electrically in cold temperatures.
The Corolla Hybrid rolls on 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels with low-rolling resistance tires. As on the Corolla gas models, the new multi-link rear suspension improves both handling agility and ride comfort compared to the previous-generation Corolla Sedan.
The instrument panel uses a high-grade meter with a 7-inch Multi-Information Display (MID). The MID shows the speedometer, as well as a hybrid system indicator/real-time battery charge status indicator. ECO accelerator guidance, also shown in the MID, can provide a guideline for maximizing fuel efficiency by coaching the driver on optimal accelerator pedal operation to match driving conditions. Drivers who like the visual appeal of seeing engine rpm can choose to display a tachometer.
The 2020 Corolla Hybrid’s multimedia offerings start with the standard Entune™ 3.0 Audio system that includes: 8-in. touchscreen display; six speakers; Apple CarPlay compatibility; Entune 3.0 App Suite Connect; Safety Connect; Scout GPS Link Compatible; Siri Eyes Free; auxiliary audio jack and USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control; AM/FM; MP3/WMA playback capability; voice recognition training and tutorials; hands-free phone capability; voice recognition; music streaming via Bluetooth; customizable home screen, and weather/traffic information via Entune 3.0 App Suite.
The Corolla Hybrid features eight standard airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology. All Corolla models come equipped with a standard backup camera.
Toyota Safety Sense 2.0
Significantly, all 2020 Corolla models are equipped as standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, an advanced suite of integrated active safety features.
PCS (Pre-Collision System): Is designed to automatically activate the brakes to help avoid a collision or mitigate the impact force. PCS is able to detect a vehicle or pedestrian in day and low-light conditions, as well as a bicycle during daylight.
Full-Speed DRCC (Dynamic Radar Cruise Control): Designed for highway use, designed to maintain a set vehicle-to-vehicle distance and is also capable of low-speed following up to speeds of about 24 mph. The Corolla can stop when the vehicle ahead comes to a stop, maintaining an appropriate distance to it.
LDA (Lane Departure Alert) w/ Steering Assist: Designed to give the driver audible and visual warnings and, if necessary, provides steering assistance if it detects the possibility of leaving the driving lane. It also detects excess weaving within the driving lane that might indicate driver distraction, inattention or drowsiness.
LTA (Lane Tracing Assist): LTA is enabled when LDA and DRCC are both on and active. LTA employs a lane centering function that will make constant steering inputs to help the driver keep the vehicle in its lane. LTA is designed for uses on relatively straight highways to preemptively avoid unwanted lane departures and reduce driver fatigue.
AHB (Automatic High Beam): When enabled, detects the headlights of oncoming vehicles and taillights of preceding vehicles and automatically switches between high and low beams as appropriate.
The 2020 Corolla Hybrid will go on sale in Canada in the Spring of 2019.
2019 Prius is Most Capable Yet Thanks to Available New AWD-e System
TORONTO, ON – November 28, 2018 –Winter is coming, and thanks to the 2019 Prius, with available new AWD-e system, there’s no need to fear it. Go further and explore more with confidence and control, no matter what the weather and road conditions are. Designed to provide more confidence and control when weather and road conditions are less than ideal, the electric all-wheel drive system further expands where the Prius can take drivers.
The new Prius AWD-e system will certainly deliver added traction and confidence for drivers but, in true Prius fashion, the 2019 AWD-e will lay claim to being one of the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive-equipped passenger cars available in Canada thanks to manufacturer-projected fuel consumptions of 4.5 / 4.9 / 4.7 L/100 km (city/highway/combined). Toyota estimates that the AWD-e model could account for as much as 65 percent of annual Canadian Prius sales.
Toyota’s AWD-e system is ideal for Prius. The automatic on-demand system does not require a centre differential or other torque-apportioning device, nor does it need a front-to-rear driveshaft. Instead, the “e” in AWD-e stands for electric. The Prius AWD-e uses an independent electric, magnet-less rear motor (a Toyota first) to power the rear wheels from 0 to 10 km/h, then when needed, up to 70 km/h. This system provides the power to the rear wheels to pull away from a stop, yet the on-demand system recognizes when all-wheel-drive performance is not needed to provide great fuel economy.
The addition of the available AWD-e system is only part of the wider revision to the 2019 Prius, which debuts newly refined front and rear exterior styling, along with additional interior updates. Let’s not forget that the front-wheel-drive (FWD) Prius will still offer the impressive fuel economy for which it is known, with manufacturer-projected fuel consumptions of 4.4 / 4.6 / 4.4 L/100 km (city/highway/combined).
The 2019 Prius FWD will be available with Base and Technology grades, while the AWD-e model will be offered in Base, Technology and Technology with Advanced package grades. Prius will also sport two new colours for 2019, Supersonic Red and Electric Storm Blue.
The AWD-e models use a newly developed compact Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery that is designed to provide excellent performance in cold-weather conditions. The AWD-e battery fits under the rear seat area and does not impact the luggage capacity. The FWD models will tout a Lithium Ion battery.
The Prius AWD-e models offer the same 1,855 L of carrying space with the standard 60:40 split rear seatbacks lowered as other Prius models. That’s more than in some small SUVs and larger than most full-size sedans. Expanding carrying options, the Prius AWD-e will offer available Genuine Toyota Accessory cargo crossbars for roof rack attachments, such as for carrying bikes, kayaks, snowboards, or a cargo carrier. The Prius AWD-e Technology features upgraded SofTex-trimmed, heated front seats with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
The SofTex-trimmed heated tilt/telescopic steering wheel on Technology grades features surface temperature-regulating properties to help make it feel more comfortable in hot or cold weather. The steering wheel also integrates switches for the audio system, Multi-Information Display, and Bluetooth hands-free phone controls.
The Prius comes standard with heated front seats, driver’s door Smart Key System, Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry. The Technology grades include Standard Smart Key System on three doors (driver, passenger and hatch). An Adaptive Front Lighting System is standard on the Technology with Advanced package grade.
Standard Toyota Safety Sense
All 2019 Prius models, including the Prius AWD-e versions, come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). Using millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera sensor to help detect a pedestrian, a vehicle, and lane markers and headlights in the surrounding area, TSS-P provides a comprehensive bundle of active safety features including: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/ PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).
Because all Prius models, under certain circumstances, can operate in battery mode alone, during which they make little to no noise, they incorporate a Vehicle Proximity Notification System (VPNS) to help alert pedestrians and cyclists.
High Tech Galore
All Prius models share interior features including the familiar central screen interface. The 4.2″ colour Dual Multi-Information Display with customizable screens adds an AWD-e system indicator to the menu of displays, which also includes Energy Monitor, Hybrid System Indicator and Eco Score, Eco Savings Record, Drive Monitor, Eco Wallet, Eco Diary, Climate Control, driver support systems, audio system content, and navigation system content. For the ultimate in high-tech information, the available (in the Advanced package) Colour Head-Up Display (HUD) shows the speedometer, navigation, and Hybrid System Indicator in the driver’s line of sight.
The standard audio system for AWD-e models includes a 6.1 in. touch-screen display, AM/FM CD player, 6 speakers, auxiliary audio jack, one USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and two 2.1-amp USB charge ports, advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability, phone book access and music streaming, Siri Eyes Free, and an integrated backup camera display. The Technology with Advanced Package grade comes standard with a large 11.6” HD multimedia display.
2019 Prius Mechanical Features
The Prius AWD-e shares the Hybrid Synergy Drive system with other Prius models. The system combines the output of a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder gasoline engine and two motor/generators through an electronically controlled planetary-type continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Electronically Controlled Brake System coordinates control between the regenerative braking and the vehicle’s hydraulic brake force to provide optimal brake performance and feel.
The 2ZR-FXE 1.8-litre 4-cylinder gasoline engine is itself a paragon of high efficiency. Thanks to ultra-low internal friction and efficient combustion, it exceeds 40 percent thermal efficiency, which is among the highest in the world for a gasoline engine.
The Prius gets a good share of its fuel efficiency by cheating the wind with an ultra-low 0.24 coefficient of drag (Cd), which is among the lowest of current production passenger cars. An automatic grille shutter reduces drag by closing when airflow to the radiator is not needed. Even the air conditioning system, which uses a quiet electric compressor, works intelligently to maximize energy efficiency. The Smart-flow (S-FLOW) mode directs airflow only to seated occupants to conserve energy and maximize comfort.
Standard Bi-LED headlamps and LED rear combination lamps reduce energy consumption compared to halogens, while giving better light and having a longer service life. A backup camera comes standard on all grades, and a full-width glass panel beneath the rear spoiler aids rearward visibility while also serving as a distinctive design feature.
Toyota New Global Architecture
The fourth-generation Prius is built around the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). The platform introduced a new high-strength body structure, multi-link rear suspension and a lower centre of gravity. The result for the Prius is a highly engaging driving experience combined with exemplary ride smoothness and a quiet cabin.
Hot-stamped and high tensile steels, which allow for intricate forms that are both lightweight and strong, are used extensively throughout the body. Aluminum components, including the hood and rear doorframes and brake calipers, help keep vehicle weight low. Innovative fastening methods, including laser screw welding and advanced adhesives, contribute to structural strength.
The 2019 Prius will go on sale in Canada in the Spring of 2019.
RAV4 Technology: Smartest SUV On the Block
TORONTO, ON – November 20, 2018 – From new multimedia to smarter all-wheel drive and a more efficient hybrid powertrain, the fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 is brimming with high-tech that works seamlessly and conveniently to deliver a rewarding driving and ownership experience.
The technology show starts when you step into the RAV4. On Trail, Limited and XSE grades, the Multi-Information Display (MID) is upgraded to 7.0-inches, versus 4.2-inches in lower grades. And the 7-inch TFT speedometer can be switched between analog and digital displays, letting the driver set the mood.
Through new multimedia technology, RAV4 connects with its driver’s lifestyle as never before. Every 2019 RAV4 model is equipped with Entune 3.0 Audio, a comprehensive system that includes 6 speakers, 7.0-in. touchscreen, AM/FM, Scout GPS Link Compatible with up to 3-year trial, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay Compatible, aux. port, USB media port (plus 4 additional USB charging ports on XLE and above), hands-free phone capability, advanced voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth.
The XLE grade can be upgraded with Entune 3.0 Audio Plus, which adds an 8-inch touchscreen and SiriusXM Radio.
Entune 3.0 Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation is available for the Trail and Limited grades, also using an 8-inch touchscreen with Dynamic Navigation. It can be packaged with the JBL with Clari-Fi audio system, which rocks music of all genres through 11 speakers in nine locations at 800 watts. This knockout audio system features:
A-pillar horn tweeters located for optimal high-frequency performance
Next-generation HiD8 Amplifier
Wide-dispersion instrument panel speakers providing greater sound and alert functionality
Wide-dispersion front door speakers enhancing sound quality for front passengers
Full range rear door speakers enhancing sound quality for rear passengers
Ported subwoofer in rear cargo area with a more powerful deep-bass response
Clari-Fi technology that intelligently adjusts to every audio format to match source quality with the precise level of audio restoration necessary
The Limited grade includes the Smart Key System on all doors and liftgate, hands-free power liftgate with jam protection, Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, Overhead 360-degree view in drive and reverse, and curb view, plus Qi-compatible wireless charging.
Smarter All-Wheel Drive
All-wheel drive (AWD) may have become a ubiquitous term in the automotive industry, and especially among SUVs, but not all AWD systems are the same. Toyota took a smarter approach to a technology that many might not even think about. The result is effective traction for inclement and slippery weather and trails, while reducing AWD’s typical drag on fuel economy.
The 2019 RAV4 offers three different AWD systems. In LE and XLE models, the optional AWD can send up to 50 percent of available torque to the rear wheels when necessary.
Standard on AWD-equipped Limited gas and Trail grade models, Dynamic Torque Vectoring is added to the AWD system, which uses special couplings to manage torque distribution between the left and right rear wheels. As a result, should one rear wheel lose contact with the surface – during trail driving, for example – torque will flow to the grounded wheel to help keep the vehicle moving. In driving situations where AWD is not needed, Rear Driveline Disconnect uses a ratchet-type dog clutch to disengage the rear wheels and stop the rear drive shaft’s rotation. That reduces the energy needed to propel the vehicle, therefore helping to reduce fuel consumption.
Why Wait for Slip?
The RAV4 AWD system does not simply react to wheel slippage. Rather, the sophisticated AWD Integrated Management (AIM) integrates control of the engine, transmission, Electric Power Steering (EPS), AWD system, and brakes, changing its logic according to the driving environment.
During on-road driving, the system manages steering assist, throttle control, shift control and drive force distribution to further enhance steering stability. In off-road driving situations, the system adds brake control to the mix.
Standard on AWD-equipped gas RAV4 models, Multi-Terrain Select gives drivers the ability to maximize traction when driving through mud, sand, rocks or dirt. The system is easy to use thanks to control buttons or a control dial (depending on the grade) positioned to the left of the transmission shift lever.
The driver can select Mud & Sand mode for beach driving, or Rock & Dirt mode for trails. Using the Multi-Information Display (MID), the driver can view torque allocation and slip control, which change depending on driving and road conditions.
Toyota Safety Sense 2.0
Toyota has fulfilled a goal to make driver safety systems with automatic emergency braking standard on most models, and the 2019 RAV4 debuts with the second generation of the Toyota Safety Sense system (TSS 2.0). The full system is standard on all grades and includes:
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)
Capability to detect a preceding vehicle or pedestrian in daytime or with better low-light recognition capabilities, or daytime cyclist (new). System will alert the driver with audible and visual warnings and/or apply brakes to help mitigate or avoid the collision in certain cases (using Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Brake Assist (BA), and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB).
Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
For highways/freeways only, this adaptive cruise control functions at 0-110 mph and enables low-speed speed matching, stopping, and acceleration/deceleration relative to a preceding vehicle traveling at a slower speed. Speed, cut-in, and distance control are enhanced, as well as Turn Signal Linked control added, for a more natural response.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
Newly added to LDA w/SA is the capability, under some circumstances, to detect the road’s edge, in addition to the pre-existing capability to detect visible lane markers and the vehicle’s position in the lane. If unintentional lane deviation is detected, the system alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. Steering Assist can provide small corrective steering inputs to help the driver prevent the vehicle from unintentionally leaving its lane.
Automatic High Beam (AHB)
Capability to automatically activate and deactivate high beams based on the driving environment and preceding vehicle’s lights.
New Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
For highways/freeways only, LTA can be enabled when using DRCC and has the capability to recognize white or yellow lane markings or the path of a preceding vehicle if lane markers are temporarily unavailable. It can also identify and actively track the centre of the lane by providing steering assistance (hands-on, driver-assist system). This reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion on long highway trips. The LTA system can be turned on/off.
Since introducing the first mass-production gas/electric hybrid vehicle, the Prius, 22 years ago, Toyota has continually refined and upgraded the technology. The new-generation Toyota Hybrid system in the RAV4 HV is more compact, more efficient and quieter than in the previous model.
Big changes in the geartrain yield significant efficiency improvements. The new transaxle mounts the electric motors (MG1 and MG2) coaxially rather than in-line, and the resulting smaller and lighter package reduces frictional losses.
The reduction gear is now a parallel shaft gear, rather than a planetary, and a new multi-function gear integrates the power-split planetary ring gear, parking gear, and counter-drive gear. The changes add up to an approximately 25-percent reduction in transmission losses compared to the previous model.
Further efficiency improvements come from a variable cooling system (electric water pump, electric thermostat) and a fully variable oil pump.
Energy transmission losses are reduced by new computer integration and a smaller, lighter power stack installed directly above the transaxle.
The new Ni-MH battery pack is smaller and more efficient than in the previous RAV4 HV, reducing HV battery charging time and frequency and contributing to enhanced fuel efficiency. The pack is small enough to be installed under the rear seats, rather than taking up space under the cargo area.
Hybrids Have Fun, Too.
The RAV4 HV driver will notice a more linear acceleration feel, thanks to the way the system optimizes the level of electric motor assistance and engine rpm without the engine running at high revs. Engine speed is synchronized with vehicle speed. Differential pre-load yields better standing-start performance and straight-line stability.
Sport mode optimizes drive torque to prioritize acceleration performance, making RAV4 HV feel more responsive. A sequential shifting feature delivers responsive engine braking force in steps, like a manual transmission. The driver can “downshift” the vehicle for more engine braking using auto-manual shifting or the “S” position on the shift lever.
The 2019 RAV4 HV can even coach the driver toward achieving higher fuel economy. An accelerator guide function suggests an acceleration amount to the driver according to the driving conditions, and a scoring function adds a measure of fun to eco driving.
All-New 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Ready to Rock the Sedan World
TORONTO, ON – November 15, 2018 – With more than 45 million Toyota Corollas sold globally since its introduction in 1966, it would be difficult to find a driver who did not recognize the name. Everyone, it seems, has a Corolla story. Many, though are going to be doing double takes when they see the re-imagined and reconfigured 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan. And that’s exactly the point.
The 12th-generation Toyota Corolla made its arrival in two chapters: the all-new Corolla Hatchback arrived earlier this year, and now comes the best-selling Corolla body style, the sedan. Both are based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which is far more than a new body structure, also bringing together new approaches to engineering, design, assembly, and materials.
TNGA transforms both Corolla styles into drivers’ delights while also bolstering the model’s renowned value and reliability. Both draw from the same DNA and share powertrains. It’s no surprise, then, that the 2020 Corolla Sedan dramatically elevates this model’s focus on comfort and refinement while also infusing it with the Corolla Hatchback’s feisty personality.
The Corolla sedan’s bold new look is a perfect reflection of the bumper-to-bumper, wheels-to-roof transformation that has taken place. The TNGA platform means an available engine that produces more power than its predecessor yet delivers better fuel efficiency. TNGA imbues the Corolla sedan with greater agility, yet also with its smoothest, quietest ride. TNGA also means an elevated feeling of quality in every surface, switch and control the driver sees and touches. And, critically, TNGA delivers on Toyota’s commitment to driver and passenger safety with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of active safety systems – standard on every Corolla sedan model.
Toyota shook up the midsize sedan ranks with the new-generation Camry, and now the compact sedan segment is in for a jolt with the 2020 Corolla sedan. From every angle, the new Corolla looks lower and leaner, tauter and tighter. Powerful fender flares and generously curved fender top surfaces accent its sculpted, athletic core.
The design team called its working concept “Shooting Robust,” because they were shooting for a robust, confidence-inspiring stance. Yet, they had to maintain ample space for practical, real-world use. That’s why people buy sedans, after all.
The 2020 Corolla sedan rides on a 2,700 mm wheelbase, like its predecessor, yet any commonality ends there. Corolla’s dynamic performance and stance benefit greatly from wider front (+11 mm.) and rear (+22 mm) track dimensions. The front overhang was shortened by 33 mm, and the rear overhang extended by more than 15 mm. Height was reduced 20 mm, and the hood lowered 35 mm. for better forward visibility, made possible by mounting the engine lower. Those changes, plus many others, reduce the centre of gravity by 20 mm. – a significant amount, as any racecar engineer can attest. That’s just one part of the transformation that has turned the Corolla sedan into a highly nimble, engaging machine to drive.
The bold front fascia details vary by model grade, with the SE and XSE putting on the sportiest face, including a body-color chin spoiler and aero stabilizing fins to emphasize the wide stance. The slim, J-shaped Bi-Beam LED headlamps wrap deeply into the front fenders and give the Corolla sedan a steely stare and a distinct nighttime signature. The sporty SE and XSE grades use triple J-shaped clearance lamps with LED light guides along with LED turn signals, creating a unique design signature.
The rear leaves a distinct lighting impression as well, with narrow combination lamps that wrap deeply into the fenders. All 2020 Corolla sedan models use LEDs, the type and style varying by model grade. The sporty grades feature smoked outer light lenses.
What better way to showcase the Corolla’s dramatic new sheetmetal than with a dramatic new color? The new hue is a highly iridescent Celestite Grey Metallic. The rest of the palette includes Blizzard Pearl, Super White, Classic Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Barcelona Red, Blue Crush Metallic and Dark Blue Metallic.
Big Wheels Keep on Turning
The Corolla sedan transformation continues where the rubber meets the road. For the first time, 18-inch wheels are on the menu, available on the SE and XSE grades. These multi-spoke alloys get their great looks from a complex machining technique paired with deep surfacing and dark accents. The LE grade rides on 16-inch steel wheels with covers. The XLE grade gets new 16-inch alloy wheels with three-dimensional twisted spokes.
Simple. Warm. Inviting. Sensuous. These descriptors, seemingly from the luxury car realm, inspired designers’ efforts when visualizing Corolla sedan’s cabin. The result is called “Sensuous Minimalism.” It’s equal parts sporty and elegant, and, as always, Corolla-comfortable and durable.
A neat instrument panel lends an open, harmonious feeling thanks to its slimmer upper surface, with character lines that interlock with the door trim to convey an airy atmosphere. At the centre of the instrument panel, within easy view for the driver and front passenger, sits a high-resolution 8-inch multimedia touchscreen for the standard Entune 3.0 multimedia system on all grades except the L grade, which gets a 7-inch multimedia touchscreen.
The centre stack screen provides access to vehicle settings, audio controls, navigation, and Entune 3.0 apps. Climate controls, located below the multimedia portal, are fashioned in a bright, highly visible digitized configuration. The centre stack flows into a wider console, with an armrest that’s nearly 20 mm longer than in the previous model, for greater comfort.
The cockpit provides an engaging interior space that surrounds the driver while offering a spacious environment for all passengers. Compared to the previous Corolla, the instrument panel, cowl, hood and beltline height are all lowered to increase visibility and create the interior’s open feel.
High-gloss materials are paired with matte elements – silver accents with piano black and available contrasting stitching – to accentuate a premium look and feel. Minimized gaps between buttons and switches, along with the elimination of unnecessary lettering on switchgear, adds to the high-class ambience. Consistency in all materials’ and elements’ shape, color, grain, and gloss maximize continuity and aesthetic quality.
Available ambient lighting illuminates the front door trim, console tray and front cupholder. The tray can hold small items such as a smartphone or wallet, or, when so equipped, houses the optional Qi wireless device charging pad. Terraced cup holders adapt to various-sized beverage containers.
The Corolla comes standard with a 4.2-inch thin film transistor (TFT) Multi-Information Display (MID), with an available 7-inch MID located between the high-grade tachometer and speedometer. With the larger display, the driver can switch between analog and digital speedometer styles.
Featuring rich graphics, the easy-to-read MID can be custom configured by the driver and offers intuitive operation to access information for the audio and multimedia systems, navigation system, vehicle information including fuel efficiency and tire pressure, the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and other important parameters and system settings.
Front Row Seating
From behind the wheel, the 2020 Corolla sedan feels quite different than its predecessor. Positioning the driver’s hip point 25 mm lower and 40 mm further rearward yields an optimized driving position. The result not only improves comfort, but also helps to lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity and improves front/rear weight distribution.
These changes, along with the reconfigured lower beltline, slimmer instrument panel, slimmer A-pillars, and repositioned side view mirrors, result in more expansive outward visibility.
The front seats of the XSE and SE grades debut a new design featuring a unique shape with a headrest that nestles into the shoulder area, while the XLE and LE grades offer a seatback with a new U-shaped pattern. This major departure from a conventional square seatback design creates a sense of youthful, sporty appeal while improving comfort. The SE and XSE grades’ front seats offer thin, yet broad shoulder supports, evocative of a competition bucket seat, which overlap solid and thick side bolsters to achieve enhanced holding performance.
Seating materials include standard cloth or, in higher grades, SofTex™. New interior color schemes include several striking two-tone accents. Choices include Blue/Black (black as the main color with blue highlights), Moonstone (light gray as the main color with dark gray highlights) and new Macadamia (a warm, inviting cream color).
Lots of Room, Not Noise
The Corolla sedan may break tradition in the styling department, but it keeps to Toyota tradition when it comes to passenger room and comfort. The rear seat area retains excellent headroom, despite the lower roofline. Legroom is also plentiful, fulfilling a basic mission of sedans.
What you don’t get in the 2020 Corolla is noise. Powertrain and road noise have been culled thanks to revised drivetrain efficiencies, plus the widespread implementation of sound-absorbing materials, including Thinsulate®, sealants, foams, and silencers. The TNGA structure utilizes additional seals in its body panel gaps to insulate noise penetration and enhance air-sealing performance. As one example, the floor silencer pad is now one large piece, instead of many smaller elements. The inner and outer dash silencers are thicker. Combine all that with Corolla’s quieter powertrain, and it’s one tranquil ride.
Cooler Where It Counts
Corolla sedan’s fully redesigned air conditioning system is more compact, more efficient and more effective. One example of the smarter climate control is the innovative twin-layer recirculation/fresh air induction unit: In cold climates, it will automatically send dehumidified fresh air to the upper cabin to reduce glass fogging while promoting recirculation of warm cabin air in lower areas.
System controls, located below the multimedia portal, are fashioned in a bright, highly-visible digitized configuration. The climate control interface features a piano black background with satin and silver accents for a premium, high-quality look and feel.
The 2020 Corolla sedan comes ready to pair with the driver’s digital life. The standard Entune 3.0 Audio includes an available 8-in. touchscreen display; six speakers; Apple CarPlay compatibility; Entune 3.0 App Suite Connect; Safety Connect; Scout GPS Link Compatible; Siri Eyes Free; auxiliary audio jack and USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control; AM/FM; MP3/WMA playback capability; hands-free phone capability; voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth; customizable home screen; and weather/traffic info via Entune 3.0 App Suite.
The LE and SE grades get Entune 3.0 Audio with an 8-inch touch screen and 2 USB ports.
Entune 3.0 Audio Plus, standard on XSE, XLE and optional on SE CVT, adds an HD Radio and Weather/Traffic info; SiriusXM with Cache Radio; Entune 3.0 Connected Services; Service Connect, and Remote Connect.
Also available on the SE CVT is Entune 3.0 Audio Plus with JBL.
Topping the range is Entune 3.0 Audio Premium that’s optional on XSE and XLE. The package includes a JBL nine-speaker, 800-watt system with Clari-Fi; Dynamic Voice Recognition; Dynamic Navigation; Dynamic Points of Interest Search; and Destination Assist Connect.
JBL Audio system highlights include:
Next-Generation HID8 amplifier creates 800-watts of total power
Free-standing horn tweeters located in the A-pillar at ear level for optimal high-frequency performance
6.7-inch door subwoofers for powerful deep-bass response
Sealed inner door panels promote cleaner, more powerful bass
Midrange speakers provide full-range sound for rear passengers
Clari-Fi technology analyzes, rebuilds, and restores audio signals that were lost in the digital compression process
Featured apps for Entune systems include:
In the event of an accident or other emergency, assistance can be dispatched directly to the vehicle’s GPS location. Other connected services available on the Corolla include airbag-linked Automatic Emergency Notification, Manual Emergency Notification (SOS button) and Stolen Vehicle Locator.
Destination Assist Connect
Directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance.
Provides the most up-to-date map data, routes and POI on its embedded system. (Available with Entune 3.0 Premium Audio.)
Dynamic Force is with You
The 2020 Corolla sedan L, LE, and XLE grades will use the 1.8-litre engine (2ZR-FAE) found in the previous generation, yet with more horsepower and better fuel efficiency. The XSE and SE grades are powered by a completely-new 2.0-litre Dynamic-Force direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine (M20A-FKS). This new engine delivers more performance and using less fuel. Remarkably, the new Corolla engine is physically smaller and lighter, helping to lower the car’s centre of gravity and improve its overall balance.
Here are some of the tech bits on Corolla sedan’s new available engine:
The new Dynamic Force engine gets it high power and efficiency from a combination of high compression ratio (13:1), Toyota D4-S fuel injection combining direct and secondary port injectors, high-speed combustion, VVT-iE intelligent variable valve-timing on the intake side and VVT-i on the exhaust. VVT-iE uses an electric motor instead of oil pressure to control the variable valve timing.
A two-discharge port oil pump and a variable cooling system with electric water pump help maximize engine performance and efficiency. The more efficient cooling system also ensures quicker cabin heating on cold days and quicker cool-down when the air conditioner is used.
All of those technologies, along with ultra-low internal friction, yield a maximum thermal efficiency of 40 percent, among the highest in the world for a passenger vehicle engine. You can’t feel thermal efficiency, but you can feel the effects of 169 peak horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 151 lb-ft peak torque at 4,800 rpm.
Sedan buyer trends are shifting, and the 2020 Corolla sedan is right there with them. The new Direct-Shift CVT (continuously variable transmission) combines the smooth, fuel-efficient performance of a CVT with a more direct driving feel of a traditional geared automatic. The key to its distinct performance feel is a physical first gear used for start-off acceleration, before handing off to the CVT’s pulley system. Because the launch gear is handling the higher input load at launch, the size of the CVT’s belt and pulley components could be reduced, yielding shifting speeds that are 20 percent faster than in a conventional CVT.
High-speed, high-response gear-shifting technology, using a multiplate wet clutch, switches power from the gearset to the CVT’s belt and pulleys. The Direct Shift CVT has simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps along with Sport Mode. Synchronization of the increasing engine revs and vehicle speed gives a linear acceleration feel.
For those who want to shift for themselves, the 2020 Corolla sedan offers an intriguing choice with the all-new 6-speed iMT (intelligent manual transmission). Like some premium sports cars, it features downshift rev-matching control, automatically detecting when the driver is shifting and quickly rev-matching to make any driver a stick-shift pro.
New control logic improves acceleration feel when starting off, and improved shift feel makes this a stick shift you want to use. Increased use of micro polishing on gear teeth reduces cabin noise. Standard Hill-start Assist Control (also on the CVT models), helps prevent the dreaded roll-back when starting off on an incline.
Platform: The Strong, Silent Type
A super-rigid structure, lower centre of gravity and highly refined suspension tuning endow the Corolla sedan with exemplary handling agility and ride comfort, along with a distinctive driving personality. This high-strength platform is fortified through the increased use of ultra-high-tensile steel as well as the application of new structural adhesive technology for enhanced body rigidity and occupant safety. Specifically, torsional rigidity is improved by 60 percent compared to its predecessor.
The new body uses a totally new multi-load path front structure to absorb frontal collision impact forces and disperses collision energy to help prevent deformation of the occupant compartment. High-tensile steel in the rocker panel reinforcements and the upper kick panel; wider underbody side members; strengthened rear bumper reinforcements, and thicker dashboard panel, floor panels, and underbody tunnel all improve energy dispersion in the event of a collision.
A squared figure-of-eight reinforced ring-shaped structure around the door openings, along with larger-diameter impact beams for the front and rear doors, are designed to help in the event of a side collision.
Sport Sedan Handling, Sedan Comfort
The 2020 Corolla sedan looks the part of a fun-to-drive sport sedan, and the chassis delivers on the promise. The multi-link independent rear suspension is a major advance over the torsion beam setup used in the previous model, more adept at comfortably absorbing bumps while also ratcheting up agility.
The MacPherson strut front suspension, totally revised for this platform, uses sophisticated techniques, including a strut bearing mounted coaxially with the kingpin axis. This feature allows smoother upward suspension travel, especially while traversing bumps, resulting in more comfortable steering feel.
Overall, front and rear suspension friction has been reduced by 40 percent. Newly developed shock absorbers have been tuned to provide optimal damping force for dynamic handling and stability with exemplary ride comfort.
Foundation for Safety
The 2020 Corolla sedan features eight standard airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology. All Corolla models come equipped with a standard backup camera.
Toyota Safety Sense 2.0
Significantly, all 2020 Toyota Corolla models are equipped as standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, an advanced suite of integrated active and pre-collision safety features.
PCS (Pre-Collision System): Uses both a millimeter wave radar sensor and a forward-facing camera sensor for highly accurate detection of objects such as a vehicle, a pedestrian or a cyclist in front of the vehicle. If the PCS determines there is a high probability of a collision, or if it deems a collision is unavoidable, the system is designed to automatically activate the brakes to help avoid the collision entirely or mitigate the impact force.
DRCC (Dynamic Radar Cruise Control): Designed for highway use, has a vehicle-to-vehicle distance control mode that utilizes a millimeter wave radar sensor and camera sensor to maintain a pre-set follow distance from the preceding vehicle. The Full-speed DRCC version, standard on CVT models, is also capable of low-speed following, including stop-and-go traffic. The Corolla is designed to stop when the vehicle ahead comes to a stop, maintaining an appropriate distance to it. The driver enjoys more relaxed driving in situations that can be annoying and fatiguing, while also gaining a measure of safety.
LDA (Lane Departure Alert) with Steer Assist: Provides the driver with audible and visual warnings (vehicle positioning warning image shown in the Multi-Information Display) and, if necessary, is designed to provide steering assistance if it determines the possibility of deviation from the driving lane. It is also designed to detects vehicle sway (excess weaving within the driving lane) that might indicate driver distraction, inattention or drowsiness.
LTA (Lane Tracing Assist): LTA, standard on CVT models, is enabled when LDA and DRCC are both on and active. LTA employs a lane centering function that is designed to make constant steering inputs to help the driver keep the vehicle in the centre of its lane. LTA is designed for uses on relatively straight highways to preemptively avoid unwanted lane departures and reduce driver fatigue.
AHB (Automatic High Beam): When enabled, the AHB system uses an in-vehicle camera to help detect the headlights of oncoming vehicles and taillights of preceding vehicles, then automatically switches between high and low beams as appropriate.
Blind Spot Monitor is a standard or optional feature, depending on model grade. When an approaching vehicle is detected, the system is designed to alert the driver using indicators on the outside mirrors.
Brake Hold, when engaged, is a convenient technology that helps reduce driver workload while waiting at a traffic light or while driving in traffic. When the driver depresses the accelerator pedal, Brake Hold releases.
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About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sold over 5 million vehicles nationwide through a network of 287 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is committed to providing Canadian drivers with vehicles that are known for their safety, quality and reliability, and to provide them with quality service. TCI’s head office is located in Toronto and the company also has regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax, and parts distribution centers in Toronto and Vancouver. Toyota operates two production plants in Canada. These plants have already produced more than 7 million vehicles, including models highly valued by Canadian consumers, such as the Toyota RAV4, the Toyota Corolla, and the Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid.
Designed For Life In The City: The 2019 Toyota Prius c2019 introduces enhanced safety and a new grade to Toyota’s super-efficient, super-fun, sub-compact hybrid hatch
TORONTO, ON – September 27, 2018 – It’s agile enough to take on downtown congestion, its low emissions mean everybody breathes a little easier, and it comes with a big bundle of standard technologies. There’s lots to love about the 2019 Toyota Prius c – the stylish and versatile hybrid that’s perfect for life in the city. New for 2019, the Prius c features an even more powerful Toyota Safety Sense C technology package plus a third model choice, making it easier to find the perfect Prius c.“Canadian drivers love the nimble performance and impressive versatility of small hatchbacks – and they love the incredible fuel efficiency of Toyota hybrids. With the Toyota Prius c, they get it all – in a stylish and fun-to-drive subcompact that’s loaded with advanced yet easy-to-use technologies that put this vehicle in a class by itself,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc.Performance and efficiency take centre stage in the Prius c. Under the hood, Prius c’s Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive features a 1.5L Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder with Exhaust Heat Recovery System, plus a high-torque electric motor, powerful storage battery and sophisticated power management system. This works together with a continuously variable transmission to produce 99 net system horsepower and smooth, confident acceleration – ideal for the urban landscape. Even more impressive, Prius c sips fuel – at just 5.1 L / 100 km city/highway combined. In the city, this hybrid hatch is rated at a remarkable 4.9 L / 100 km. And all parts of the hybrid system are covered by an eight-year, 160,000 km warranty.The Prius c is meant to be admired and projects a modern image consistent with urban living. More than just a handsome hatch, the Prius c’s body is carefully styled to maximize its aerodynamic performance – achieving a drag coefficient of just 0.28 to slip through the atmosphere for better fuel efficiency and a quieter ride. The Prius c’s wide stance contributes to nimble, athletic lane changes and cornering. And curbside, the Prius c invites admiration with its pronounced front grille, LED headlights, brake lamp and rear combination lamps, power adjustable and heated mirrors, front lower bumper spoiler and rear spoiler, and colour-keyed door handles.The Prius c’s interior is modern and surprisingly spacious, with room for up to 484L (17.1 cubic feet) of cargo when the 60/40 split folding second row seat is stowed. Cabin features include adjustable front seats, power windows with driver’s side auto up/down function, power door locks with keyless entry, a 12v DC power outlet for personal electronics, a digital clock, dual vanity mirrors, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and plenty of thoughtful in-cabin storage boxes and pockets.Every Prius c features plenty of technology, too – including a touchscreen 6.1” Display Audio system with advanced voice recognition, USB audio input, Bluetooth® connectivity for personal electronics and steering wheel-mounted controls, cruise control, a 4.2” multi-information display, air conditioning with automatic temperature control, and outside temperature gauge.Modern technology also defines Prius c’s safety package, starting with Toyota Safety Sense C. This comprehensive array of active safety systems includes the Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams and is designed to extend driver abilities to help avoid accident situations. New for 2019, the TSS C package on the Prius c has been upgraded with the addition of Pedestrian Detection to the Pre-Collision System. Other safety technologies include the Toyota Star Safety System, a suite of nine airbags, child seat anchors and rear door locks, and a back-up camera. And because a Prius c driving in electric-only mode can be whisper quiet, a Vehicle Approach Notice system warns pedestrians and cyclists of its presence.For 2019, the Toyota Prius c is offered in three well-equipped models, as follows:The 2019 Toyota Prius c (Starting MSRP: $22,260) is offered with Toyota’s Upgrade Package as standard equipment. This model features a four-speaker audio system, premium fabric seats and 15” styled steel wheels.The 2019 Toyota Prius c with Technology and Moonroof Package (Starting MSRP: $27,090) takes the hybrid hatch to the max, with enhanced technologies including a six-speaker audio system adding integrated Sirius XM satellite radio, navigation, phonebook and streaming audio via Bluetooth® and other features, plus Toyota’s Touch Tracer steering wheel-mounted controls and the Toyota Smart Key System with Push Button Start. Style and comfort get an upgrade too, with Softex-clad seats and synthetic leather instrument panel, heated front seats, 15” alloy wheels, black side rocker and wheel arch moldings, front and rear lower silver-accented body guards, LED fog lamps and (naturally) a power moonroof.The 2019 Toyota Prius c with Technology Package (Starting MSRP: $26,170) is an all-new offering for the 2019 model year. It features all the great features of the Technology with Moonroof Package, minus the moonroof – at a lower price.The 2019 Toyota Prius c is on sale at Toyota Dealers across Canada. For complete and up to date details and specifications, visit www.toyota.ca/priusc.
Adventure Starts Here: The 2019 Toyota Sienna
Sienna SE grade is now available with all-wheel drive, while all models now include Apple CarPlay as standard equipment
TORONTO, ON – August 22, 2018 – What are you waiting for? The 2019 Toyota Sienna – the official van of family fun – is ready to go. Sienna offers a choice of power-trains – including the only all-wheel drive minivan models in Canada – plus the advanced safety technologies of Toyota Safety Sense P as standard equipment, and a long list of convenience and comfort features that make every road trip a welcome adventure. New for 2019, the sporty and stylish SE grade is now also available with all-wheel drive. In addition, Apple CarPlay joins Entune as standard gear on all models, making the Sienna a rolling connectivity centre.
“Minivans have a reputation for being boring – but the Sienna is anything but,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. “From its bold styling and impressive comfort, to its surprising performance, the Sienna is ready for road trips, luggage, sports gear, carpooling, small business cargo, and anything else Canadians can imagine. And as Canada’s only minivan with available all-wheel-drive, Sienna delivers tremendous safety, too.”
The difference is immediately apparent, at curbside. Sienna’s styling includes a bold front fascia, a profile defined by sharp character lines, sliding doors on both sides, alloy wheels, power adjustable and heated exterior mirrors and a rear spoiler.
Inside, the cabin is spacious and comfortable, with plenty of glass to let in the light and make Sienna feel airy and open. There’s room for seven or eight adults – depending on model – and four anchors for child safety seats. Even with every seat in use, there’s still plenty of space for everybody’s suitcases, too. A long list of comfort and convenience features standard to all models includes three-zone independent climate control, front row captain’s seats, one-touch 60/40 split and stow third-row seat, ECO indicator, outside temperature gauge, power door locks with keyless entry, a conversation mirror, power windows with auto up/down on all windows, rear privacy glass, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and voice recognition controls, tilting/telescoping steering column, plenty of thoughtful in-cabin storage, three 12v power outlets for personal electronics and retained accessory power, cruise control, cargo area tie-down rings and shopping bag hooks.
Eight person models feature a 40/20/40 split second-row seat with removable centre stow seat/console, while seven person models are fitted with a pair of captain’s seats in the second row.
New for 2019, all Sienna models are standard equipped with Apple CarPlay, which seamlessly connects an iPhone to the car’s built-in display. This feature joins Entune 3.0 Audio to create a minivan that’s also an impressive connectivity centre – with access to traffic information, weather, Slacker, Yelp, sports and stock market results, fuel prices and more, plus Scout GPS Link smartphone-based navigation tools. LE and SE grades include Entune 3.0 Plus: In addition to Scout GPS Link and Entune App Suite Connect, this adds Entune Safety Connect with automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle locator, emergency assistance button and enhanced roadside assistance. XLE and Limited grades feature Entune 3.0 Premium Audio: This includes all the features found in Entune 3.0 Plus, but replaces Scout GPS Link with Embedded Navigation and adds Entune Destination Assist.
Under the hood, all Sienna models are built around a 296 horsepower 3.5L six-cylinder engine enhanced with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and other systems to boost power across a broad range of engine speeds. This is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with lock-up torque converter for smooth, confident acceleration and optimized fuel efficiency. Electric power steering is responsive and efficient, while an independent front suspension and torsion beam type rear suspension provide a smooth ride and engaging road feedback. All-wheel-drive models ride on run-flat tires. For 2019, XLE AWD and Limited AWD models have been upgraded to include a towing package with a 1,585 kg (3,500 lb) rating.
As popular people haulers, safety is often top of mind when buying a minivan – and with the 2019 Sienna, peace of mind is built in. Every Sienna is standard equipped with Toyota Safety Sense P. This bundle of active safety technologies – including the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control – enhances driver capabilities to mitigate collisions, stay in lane, and see at night. Other safety technologies standard on all Sienna models include the Toyota Star Safety System, eight airbags, active front headrests with whiplash protection, a back-up camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, and more.
The Toyota Sienna is offered in a range of models and trim levels, as follows:
The 2019 Toyota Sienna 7-Passenger (Starting MSRP: $35,145) provides impressive value in a minivan, with an extensive list of features as standard – including Entune 3.0 Audio, a 3.5” LCD display, all-season floor mats, 17” five-spoke alloy wheels, roof rails, and projector style halogen headlamps.
The 2019 Toyota Sienna LE 8-Passenger (Starting MSRP: $38,550) is a popular passenger hauler. Standard features include an 8” Display Audio system, Entune 3.0 Plus, easy-clean fabric seats, heated front seats, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a 3.5” LCD display, electrochromatic rear view mirror with integrated compass, a 120v accessory power outlet, sunshade on rear door, scuff plates, a front centre console box and integrated garage door opener. This model’s bold exterior styling includes power dual rear sliding doors, rear bumper protector and chrome grille surround.
The 2019 Toyota Sienna SE 8-Passenger (Starting MSRP: $42,545) gives the Sienna a touch of sporty style – and performance, with sport-tuned front and rear suspension systems, sport-tuned electric power steering, sport gauges, unique grille and unique 19” six-spoke alloy wheels. New for 2019, this model now includes the Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety systems – previously only offered with the Technology Package upgrade. This model’s feature list includes an 8” Display Audio system, Entune 3.0 Plus, leather seating, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, four-way power adjustable front passenger’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 4.2” multi-information display, chrome outer and inner door handles, illuminated front cup-holder, a 120v accessory power outlet, front windshield acoustic glass, power rear door with jam protection, fog lamps, LED rear tail lamps and LED daytime running lights.
This model may also be ordered with the available Technology Package (Starting MSRP: $48,360). New for 2019, this package now includes a JBL Premium Audio system with 10 speakers featuring Clarifi technology. This joins Entune 3.0 Premium, plus a dual-screen rear seat BluRay entertainment system with two sets of wireless headphones. Other upgrades in this package include the Smart Key System with power back door button and Push Button Start, a power moonroof, and an anti-theft system.
The 2019 Toyota Sienna LE AWD 7-Passenger (Starting MSRP: $41,350) boosts all-weather driving confidence as Canada’s only minivan with all-wheel-drive. Features include an 8” Display Audio system, Entune 3.0 Plus, easy-clean fabric seats, heated front seats, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a 3.5” LCD display, a 120v accessory power outlet, electrochromatic rear view mirror with integrated compass, sunshade on rear door, scuff plates, a front centre console box and integrated garage door opener. Exterior styling includes power dual rear sliding doors, 18” 10-spoke alloy wheels, rear bumper protector and chrome grille surround.
New for this year, the 2019 Toyota Sienna SE AWD 7-Passenger (Starting MSRP: $51,220) combines sporty style and all-wheel-drive confidence, then adds a healthy dose of in-cabin technology. Performance upgrades include a sport-tuned front and rear suspension systems and sport-tuned electric power steering. These are matched with sport gauges, a unique grille, smoked headlamp surround and unique 18” alloy wheels. This model’s feature list includes an 8” Display Audio system, Entune 3.0 Plus, leather seating, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, four-way power adjustable front passenger’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 4.2” multi-information display, chrome outer and inner door handles, illuminated front cup-holder, a 120v accessory power outlet, front windshield acoustic glass, power rear door with jam protection, fog lamps, LED rear tail lamps, and LED daytime running lights.
The 2019 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD 7-Passenger (Starting MSRP: $46,785) combines the confidence of all-wheel-drive with impressive comfort and premium features. This model features an 8” Display Audio system with Entune 3.0 Premium, leather seating, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, four-way power adjustable front passenger’s seat, power flip-out side rear windows, wood grain trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, the Smart Key System with power back door button and Push Button Start, a 120v accessory power outlet, the Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety systems, rear parking assist sonar, anti-theft system, 18” 10-spoke alloy wheels, power moon roof, projector style halogen headlamps, fog lamps, and LED daytime running lights.
This model may also be ordered with the available Limited Package (Starting MSRP: $53,985) for the ultimate in luxury and comfort. This package includes a JBL Synthesis Audio system, dual-screen rear seat BluRay entertainment system with two sets of wireless headphones, premium leather seating, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory system, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, the Birds Eye View Monitor system, front and rear parking assist sonar, 18” 10-spoke alloy wheels, exterior mirrors linked to seat memory with integrated signal lamps, puddle lamps and reverse auto-tilting function, dual power moon roof, rain-sensing wipers and high-intensity discharge headlamps with automatic high beam function.
The 2019 Toyota Sienna is also available in two mobility models – at the LE and XLE trim levels – featuring Entune and Toyota Safety Sense P and loaded with standard convenience features such as power dual sliding side doors and a power rear door with jam protection. Through the Toyota Mobility Program, Toyota Canada works with several mobility specialists to provide a conversion allowance and additional accessibility conversion options – including a lift-up power mobility seat or fully accessible ramp conversions including automatic suspension kneeling, automatic ramp, lowered floor and removable seating. See www.toyota.ca/sienna for details and links to partners.
The 2019 Toyota Sienna is now on sale at Toyota Dealers across Canada. For complete and up to date details and specifications, visit www.toyota.ca/sienna.
Built To Stand Out From The Crowd: Meet The 2019 Toyota C-HR
For 2019, Toyota’s Compact High-Rider is offered in four trim levels – all with additional convenience and technology as standard
TORONTO, ON – August 13, 2018 – Get in and get noticed, in the 2019 Toyota C-HR. This year, this eye-catching vehicle is offered in new trim levels with more standard features – including Entune 3.0 and Apple CarPlay, as well as new colours at a starting MSRP of $23,675.
“There’s nothing quite like the C-HR for its blend of distinct styling, amenities, and technology – plus incredible driving fun,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. “In just its second year of production, we’re already enhancing our unique coupe/crossover with additional features and a selection of trim levels to make it even easier to find your perfect C-HR.”
New for 2019:
All models are equipped with a windshield deicing system, a larger 8-inch display screen featuring a backup camera, Entune 3.0 and Apple CarPlay.
New “LE” trim level is a value-priced entry point.
“XLE” and “XLE Premium” trim levels are enhanced with Entune Audio 3.0 Plus.
New “Limited” trim level introduces leather seating, ambient lighting and rain-sensing wipers to C-HR, plus all features from the XLE Premium grade.
The C-HR defies convention, and is unlike anything Toyota has ever created. Curbside, it’s distinctive from every angle, with sculpted, athletic styling. The C-HR features a raised ride height and angled rear window that combine to create a sporty yet passenger friendly cabin, as well as a unique silhouette. Modern touches include slim projector-style headlamps that wrap deep into the body’s character lines, LED daytime running lights, colour-keyed mirrors, a cantilevered rear spoiler and sculpted taillights.
The excitement continues inside the C-HR, where there’s no need to sacrifice comfort for style. The interior features room for five, or up to 1,031 liters (36.4 cubic feet) of cargo behind the front sport seats. The 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, slim seatbacks, generous foot wells and headliner design maximize C-HR’s ability to accommodate people and gear, while still offering plenty of comfort for rear-seat passengers. Style-wise, the interior functions as well as it looks and feels – with precise placement of instruments and controls to create a driver-centric environment. The leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob provides a premium appearance and confident grip, while the instrument panel features a piano black trim accent, soft-touch materials, and diamond-pattern accents. There’s plenty of thoughtful in-cabin storage, too.
The C-HR delivers pure pleasure performance, with deep bolstered front seats designed to keep occupants connected to the road and securely in place when burning through tight corners. Under the hood, C-HR’s 2.0L four-cylinder engine sends up to 144 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission with intelligent shift. Sequential shift mode provides manual-like shifting between seven virtual gears, while Sport Driving Mode amps up the throttle response to fully unleash C-HR’s spirited personality.
The C-HR is big on amenities. New for 2019, all models feature Entune 3.0, Apple CarPlay and Smart Device Link. They join the C-HR’s new 8-inch Display Audio system with six speakers and steering wheel-mounted controls plus Bluetooth connectivity, the Aha Audio System Internet Radio and Gracenote Database to create a complete, modern information and entertainment system. Comfort is assured with dual-zone air conditioning, while a 4.2” multi-information display with steering wheel-mounted controls provides important information to the driver at a glance.
The C-HR is also big on safety. All C-HR models come standard equipped with Toyota Safety Sense P. This bundle of advanced safety systems (now standard on 95% of Toyota vehicles) includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function that provides forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking… Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function… Automatic High Beams… and full speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Other standard safety features include the six active technologies of the Toyota Star Safety System, 10 airbags, a backup camera, direct tire pressure monitoring system, and more.
The Toyota C-HR is offered as a single model, in a number of trim levels:
The 2019 Toyota C-HR LE (starting MSRP $23,675) is an all-new trim level for 2019. It features 17” steel wheels, power windows with auto up/down function, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 12v accessory power outlet, digital clock, keyless entry, power-adjustable heated mirrors with integrated signal lamps, a rear window wiper/washer, and more.
The 2019 Toyota C-HR XLE (starting MSRP $25,725) adds 17” alloy wheels, Entune 3.0 Audio Plus, heated front seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and a two-way powered lumbar support adjustment on the driver’s seat.
The 2019 Toyota C-HR XLE Premium (starting MSRP $27,325) builds on the XLE, adding 18” alloy wheels, Smart Key System and Push Button Start, and power folding heated exterior mirrors with puddle lamps. It also includes Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and is offered with new for 2019 two-tone colours with a black roof (Flame Blue, Ruby Flare Red and Silver Knockout).
The 2019 Toyota C-HR Limited (starting MSRP $28,775) is also an all-new trim level for 2019. It includes all features in the XLE Premium package, plus full leather seating throughout (black or brown), ambient lighting and rain-sensing wipers.
The 2019 Toyota C-HR is now on sale at Toyota Dealers across Canada. For complete and up to date details and specifications, visit www.toyota.ca/chr.
Life is waiting: Get to it in the All-New 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
All-new bold and dynamic design based on a new TNGA platform
New 2.0L TNGA engine offering more power and better fuel efficiency
Standard Entune 3.0 Audio and Apple CarPlay
First application of standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0
Lower starting price than the 2018 Corolla iM at only $20,980
TORONTO, ON – August 9, 2018 – What are you waiting for? It’s time to embrace a life of style and fun, in the Toyota Corolla Hatchback. This Corolla – all-new for the 2019 model year – takes advantage of Toyota’s latest performance, handling, connected, and safety technologies, plus styling that grabs everyone’s attention. And, this hatch starts at just $20,980, that’s $1,770 less than the 2018 Corolla iM.
“Corolla is an icon, and Canadians love hatchbacks, so what could be better than combining the two?” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. “Drive it and discover the thrill of fun-to-drive performance that lives up to this hatchback’s striking design, plus advanced yet user-friendly technologies that keep you connected with the things that matter, no matter where life takes you.”
The newest addition to the Corolla family starts with an all-new way of thinking about automotive design. This is the first compact hatch to be conceived and built using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) – a platform that enables many desirable features.
TNGA allowed designers to give Corolla Hatchback a low, wide stance to create a poised, athletic vehicle with a performance-enhancing low centre of gravity. The body is evocatively styled and exceptionally sporty, with a rear spoiler and standard features such as LED headlamps and rear combination lamps to impart a premium appearance.
Get inside and even before the drive begins, the Corolla Hatchback engages the senses. For the cabin, designers adopted a modern concept of sensuous minimalism to create an interior that is simple, yet warm and inviting, with a premium look and feel. TNGA optimizes the seating positions even as it helps lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity.
Under the hood, engineers created an all-new two-litre, four-cylinder Dynamic Force engine that gives Corolla Hatchback a competitive 168 peak horsepower plus excellent fuel efficiency.
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This spirited engine is paired with a choice of two all-new transmissions. On the automatic side, a Direct Shift CVT has 10 sequential shiftmatic speed steps, a sport mode, and available paddle shifters. It’s also the first passenger vehicle CVT in the world with a launch gear. This improves transmission efficiency and responsiveness in lower gear ratios. For drivers who prefer a manual gearbox, there’s an all-new six speed intelligent manual transmission with downshift rev-matching control to ensure smoother gear shifting.
TNGA also improves the Corolla Hatchback’s dynamic performance. The body is a remarkable 60 percent more rigid than Toyota’s previous compact hatch offering. This maximizes handling and helps reduce noise and vibration. Meantime, suspensions have been carefully tuned to optimize ride comfort and stability, while the many design choices that have lowered the centre of gravity ensure the vehicle stays firmly planted on the road.
Of course, the Corolla Hatchback wouldn’t be a Toyota without delivering impressive safety performance: Toyota is committed to making the road safer for all users and to lead the industry with innovative safety technology that’s available to all. To that end, the Corolla Hatchback is the first Toyota to be equipped with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. This updated safety package adds new active-safety technologies and capabilities that enhance protection such as a Pre-Collision System that can detect a pedestrian under low light conditions or a bicyclist during daytime, a Lane Departure Alert able to detect the road’s edge and a new Lane Trace Assist (LTA) system that reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion or long highway trips, when Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is engaged. This is a significant update to the bundle of active safety technologies Toyota introduced to Canadians in 2016, and which is now included as standard equipment on 95 percent of all new Toyota vehicles sold in the country. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 joins the Star Safety System, a standard backup camera, seven air bags, electronic parking brake, and other technologies to help drivers avoid accidents or minimize their consequences.
To express its upscale, sophisticated character, every 2019 Corolla Hatchback comes standard equipped with an impressive package of amenities. Easy-to-use technologies include Apple CarPlay and the Entune 3.0 Audio multimedia system, featuring the Entune App Suite and navigation provided by Scout GPS Link. These join an 8” Display Audio system with USB audio input and voice recognition, automatic air conditioning, push button start, and more.
To cater to a wide variety of preferences and budgets, the Corolla Hatchback is offered in a range of models as follows:
The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback S is offered with a choice of the manual (starting MSRP: $20,980) or CVT (starting MSRP: $21,980) transmission. This model features power windows with up/down function on all windows, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, sport fabric seat material and 15” steel wheels.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE (starting MSRP: $22,580 manual, $23, 580 CVT) adds 16” alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, an anti-theft system, unique badging, and more. CVT-equipped models also receive steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE Upgrade (starting MSRP: $23,980 manual, $24,980 CVT) builds on the SE trim level with a heated steering wheel, 18” alloy wheels, the Blind Spot Monitor safety system, and the Qi wireless charging system for personal electronics.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE (starting MSRP: $27,980 CVT only) starts with the SE Upgrade model, adding integrated Sirius XM Satellite Radio and the enhanced Entune 3.0 Premium Audio system with Safety Connect and embedded navigation. Other upgrades include dual auto air conditioning, sport fabric seating material with leatherette trim, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 7” multi-information display, and LED fog lamps.
The all-new Corolla Hatchback can be enhanced by accessorizing to your personality and lifestyle. Accentuate the sporty nature of this hot hatch with an available Rear Spoiler accessory and record your adventures behind the wheel with the Toyota Genuine Dash Camera. Accessories like Roof Rack, START+ Remote Engine Starter and Block Heater will add to practicality and convenience, while available Body Side Mouldings, Hood Deflector and Cargo Liner will help protect the exterior and interior of your new Corolla Hatchback.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback goes on sale on August 15 at Toyota Dealers across Canada. For complete and up to date details and specifications, visit: https://www.toyota.ca/corollahatchback.
Toyota Canada takes a more attention-grabbing approach to Takata airbag inflator recalls
Aug 7, 2018
TORONTO, Ontario, August 7, 2018 – Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is taking a more assertive approach to persuading thousands of Toyota owners across the country to have their Takata airbag inflators replaced.
Worldwide recalls related to defective Takata airbag inflators have affected nearly every automaker. Using first class mail and, wherever possible, follow-up phone calls, TCI started reaching out to the owners Toyota vehicles in Canada impacted by the Takata recalls as early as 2013. To date, however, more than half of all owners have yet to respond to the company’s requests to have the inflators replaced.
Along with long term exposure to fluctuating high temperatures and environmental moisture, the risk of a defective Takata airbag inflator rupture increases with the amount of time a vehicle is in service. Since the involved vehicles may now be 10-15 years old, Toyota is taking more emphatic steps to get the attention of the vehicle owners and persuade them to bring their vehicles in for the free remedy.
The multi-channel campaign will include phone calls, e-mail and three increasingly insistent postcards to be sent to the known owners of the Toyota vehicles in Canada impacted by the Takata recalls. The company hopes the bright colours, blunt language and powerful images in the postcards will present a rationale that is too compelling to ignore.
“Canadians have not responded as quickly as we had hoped, so we’re looking to grab their attention,” says Stephen Beatty, Vice President, Corporate at TCI. “The greater the effectiveness of our campaign, the lower the risk of injury, so we’re working hard to have an impact.”
The age of the vehicles has also made it difficult for TCI to connect with current owners. Toyota vehicles typically hold their value longer than most other brands, so there is a very strong secondary market for them. For this reason, an involved vehicle may have had several ownership changes over the past 10 or 15 years. Since new owners of pre-owned vehicles don’t always register the change of ownership, it has proven difficult to connect with them. Toyota hopes this new campaign will reach them.
“We’re taking every step possible to identify the current owners of the vehicles,” Beatty added. “Once we know who they are, we can urge them to bring their vehicle in, so we’re using new methods to try to identify and engage them.”
Toyota is also reminding Canadians that they should always do two things when buying a pre-owned vehicle:
No matter who they purchase a pre-owned vehicle from, buyers should be sure to ask about its recall status.
New owners should register their name and contact information with the automaker’s Canadian customer relations department. This way, they’ll be connected to the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and will receive important advisories about the vehicle.
For more information about Toyota vehicles impacted by the Takata airbag inflator recalls, customers can go to https://www.toyota.ca/toyota/en/my-toyota/recalls. Owners of impacted vehicles with additional questions are encouraged to call 1-888-570-1675.
Discover The True Sports Car: The 2019 Toyota 86
Aug 1, 2018
TORONTO, ON – August 1st, 2018 – The Toyota 86 is the authentic sports coupe – packing a spirited Flat 4 Boxer engine, rear wheel drive plus incredible balance and handling to make every drive feel like a day at the track, all in a stylish package that’s loaded with features. And for 2019, Toyota Canada is offering the 86 in a TRD Special Edition that injects more aggressive performance and style.
“From its aggressive styling to its well-balanced performance, to the quality and safety that are part of Toyota’s DNA, the Toyota 86 is the unique sports car that Canadians have been waiting for,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. “With a five-model line-up topped by an exclusive TRD Special Edition, the 2019 Toyota 86 is always ready for drifting, slaloming, and spirited driving.”
The Toyota 86 is offered with a choice of six-speed transmissions. With the manual gearbox, the engine delivers a peak 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque, and the driver enjoys precise shifts with a short throw. With the automatic transmission, peak horsepower and torque figures are 200 and 151, respectively, with the driver experiencing aggressive upshifts and sporty rev-matched downshifts, initiated by steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
Coupes are about more than sporty performers – they’re also beautiful machines. The 86 presents its performance credentials through bold, aggressive styling. The 86’s Boxer engine – with its horizontally-opposed cylinders – is compact and flat, set further back in the chassis to enable a lower, more aggressive front hood. The vehicle’s low stance is enhanced by a powerful front end featuring sharp lines, a wide grille and angular LED headlights. The roofline contributes to its low, sleek profile and aggressive curbside manner. More than just good looking, the body is built from highly rigid yet lightweight components, aluminum hood, and resin fuel tank – all with the goal of keeping the total vehicle weight under 1,300 kg for an agile and responsive driving experience.
The 2018 Toyota 86 also provides driver and passengers with the benefits of state of the art safety technologies, including the Toyota Star Safety System, six airbags, LED headlamps featuring the automatic headlamp system plus a high-mount LED stop lamp, a tire pressure monitoring system, back-up camera, and more.
The 2019 Toyota 86 is offered in five well-equipped models, as follows:
The 2019 Toyota 86 is a track-tested and proven model offered with either the manual (Starting MSRP: $29,990) or automatic (Starting MSRP: $31,190) transmission. This model features 17” alloy wheels, and driver-focussed instrumentation including a multi-information display and digital/analogue speedometer. An eight-speaker 7” Display Audio system with USB input, Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls provides the soundtrack, while an impressive list of comfort and convenience amenities include auto air conditioning, variable intermittent wipers, dual power-adjustable and heated mirrors, and more.
The 2019 Toyota 86 GT is offered with either the manual (Starting MSRP: $33,260) or automatic (Starting MSRP: $34,460) transmission. Upgrades include dual zone automatic air conditioning, seats enhanced with suede-like inserts and leather side bolstering, a 4.2” multi-information display, the Smart Key System with Push Button Start, an anti-theft system, rear spoiler and LED fog lamps.
New for this year and available in limited quantities, the 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition (Starting MSRP: $38,220) is built off the manual transmission GT trim level. It sports Brembo brakes, SACHS Dampers, a TRD performance dual exhaust and aero kit, plus unique 18” alloy wheels clad in P215/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. This edition’s more aggressive performance is highlighted by unique styling cues too – including a red-stitched interior with red seat belts plus TRD interior trim and badges, and an exclusive “Raven” black body colour. Production will be limited to only 50 units in Canada.
The 2019 Toyota 86 is now on sale at Toyota Dealers across Canada. For complete and up to date details and specifications, visit www.toyota.ca/86.
All-New Toyota Avalon Wins Highest Safety Award From IIHS
Jul 30, 2018
TORONTO, ONTARIO, July 30, 2018 — The completely refreshed 2019 Toyota Avalon has been recognized with the highest safety award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The ‘Limited’ grade of the vehicle, (equipped with LED projector headlights), won the 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award after undergoing a series of safety tests to evaluate the strength of the vehicle’s crashworthiness and crash avoidance and mitigation ability.
Built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, the all-new Toyota Avalon offers a stronger chassis, allowing it to perform even better during crash testing. The new TNGA sedan platform also offers enhanced handling and a comfortable driving experience without compromising the vehicles’ sleek design.
Standard on the new Avalon is the Toyota Safety Sense™ P package – a suite of advanced safety features designed to assist the driver and help mitigate collisions. These active safety technologies include: Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Automatic High Beams.
The standard Pre-Collision System helped prevent frontal collisions in IIHS track tests at about 19 and 40 km/h. Its forward collision warning component also met National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
The LED projector headlights with laser ablation helped the Limited grade 2019 Avalon earn the top rating as they provide good visibility in most driving conditions.
To earn the 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, vehicles were required to earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, and an “acceptable” or “good” rating in the passenger side small overlap test. It also required available front crash prevention to earn an “advanced” or “superior” rating and available “good” rated headlights.
Toyota to bring latest technologies, Toyota Production System to support mobility at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
Jul 23, 2018
July 23, 2018 – TOKYO, Japan – With two years to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Toyota today outlined the mobility concept that will become the basis for its Tokyo 2020 Games activities, organized around three main pillars : (1) Mobility for all; (2) Sustainability, centering on the realization of a hydrogen society, with the environment and safety as core principles; and (3) Transportation support of staff, media and athletes between Games venues using a Toyota Production System (TPS)-based system.
Toyota believes that giving unprecedented access to people including those with impairments brings the notion of mobility back to its most fundamental meaning: the freedom to move.
In collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the company would like to help make Tokyo, the first host city to welcome both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games for the second time, a global showcase for “Mobility for All,” contributing to making those Games the most innovative in history.
“The freedom of being mobile is at the heart of being able to participate in society,” said Toyota President Akio Toyoda. “If someone wants to take on a challenge and moving is what is preventing them from doing so, Toyota would like to help tackle that problem. We want mobility to be a possibility, not an obstacle. By being involved with the Olympics, the Paralympics and the Special Olympics Games, I hope that Toyota will come to respect everyone’s uniqueness and embrace diversity. Once that is realized, we will finally be able to take a step closer to our goal of “mobility for all” and ensure, like athletes show us every day, that being mobile equals having a chance to make one’s dreams come true.”
Toyota became the first worldwide mobility partner of the IOC and the IPC in 2015 with the aim to contribute to “creating a peaceful society without discrimination through sports” and “a commitment to creating a sustainable society through mobility”. Additionally, from last year, Toyota launched its first global corporate initiative, “Start Your Impossible,” to bring people together and contribute to a society where all people can challenge what is possible. The product categories covered by the Toyota sponsorship are: vehicles, mobility services and certain transportation and mobility support products (including robots). At Tokyo 2020, Toyota’s support will be deployed in three main areas: 1) “Mobility for All”
Taking on the challenge to provide the freedom to move to everyone including those with impairments through the Tokyo 2020 games, Toyota will:
Showcase the future of automated driving as the ultimate “mobility for all”, demonstrating how automated vehicles could one day offer the freedom to move everyone. Verification testing and demonstrations using SAE Level 4* automation, where all driving functions are performed by the vehicle in certain well-defined areas of operation, will take place in the Tokyo Water Front City and Haneda areas in Tokyo;
Introduce a new type of moving experience through a demonstration of “TOYOTA Concept-i,” a car that recognizes drivers’ emotions and preferences and can make conversation using artificial intelligence (AI);
Support transportation services for athletes and affiliated guests around the Athlete’s Village with e-Palette, the next generation battery electric vehicle specially designed for Mobility as a Service (MaaS);
Provide its existing assistive vehicles lineup, WelCab, as well as new personal mobility devices and support for last-mile mobility needs. Toyota also hopes its new JPN Taxi, introduced in October 2017, will be popular around Tokyo to welcome visitors from around the world, including people using wheelchairs.
Provide personal mobility solutions such as the Toyota i-ROAD as well as a standing-riding device to support working staff at the Games, such as security officers.
2) Sustainability, with the environment and safety as core principles, centered on the realization of a hydrogen society
Toyota plans to contribute to sustainable Games by providing a fleet of over 3,000 passenger vehicles for official use and others, equipped with the latest environmental and safety technologies to minimize environmental burden and traffic accidents.
In order to make Tokyo 2020 a turning point in realizing a hydrogen society, Toyota will support the Games and their legacy with a large number of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) such as the Mirai sedan for official use. In addition, the Fuel Cell Bus “Sora,” as well as Fuel Cell forklifts made and sold by Toyota Industries Corporation, will help support the Games.
In addition to FCEV, the latest Hybrid Electric/Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV/PHEV) from the Toyota and Lexus line-ups, as well as new Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), will mainly compose the rest of the fleet. In total, the company and the Games’ organisers aim to achieve the lowest emissions target level of any official vehicle fleet used at the Olympic and Paralympic Games with the use of these official vehicles.
Vehicles for official use will be equipped with the latest active safety technology packages such as Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) and Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+), as well as Parking Support Brake (PKSB), a technology to help prevent collisions that primarily occur in parking lots and garages.
In addition to official vehicles above, some vehicles will feature Highway Teammate, an automated driving safety function that allows hands-off driving on highways (SAE Level 2* automation).
3) Games official transportation support using the Toyota Production System
It is estimated that 15 million visitors will join Tokyo’s 15 million citizens during the Games period. While the Tokyo Metropolitan Area will surely live up to its reputation as one of the most efficient cities for urban mobility, Toyota will support the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee to help ensure a safe and effective transportation between venues for those using the official fleet. To do this, the company will provide the knowledge it has garnered over years of experience applying the Toyota Production System.
Toyota will also support the movement of official staff and athletes to and from events with the latest information and connected technologies, such as vehicle Data Communication Modules connected to its Mobility Service Platform, to provide safe, secure, and smooth transportation of people and freight during the games.
Toyota will also support on-the-ground vehicle dispatching and transportation operations from an efficiency standpoint.
Cities around the world currently face challenges surrounding mobility, having to solve issues ranging from traffic congestion to air pollution, traffic accidents, and access for people with impairments. Starting from Tokyo 2020 and through Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024, Toyota is hoping to help tackle these challenges in collaboration with stakeholders around the world, and contribute to creating legacy to realize a sustainable mobility society.
Toyota will disclose more of its plans and contributions, including those related to new mobility products and solutions, moving forward between now and Tokyo 2020.
About Toyota’s Top Olympic Partnership and Worldwide Paralympic Partnership
Toyota became the official worldwide mobility partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Committees in 2015 for the 2017-2024 period, covering the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 (Korea) and Beijing 2022 (China) and the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020 (Japan) and Paris 2024 (France). As a partner, Toyota aims to encourage creating a peaceful society without discrimination through sports and a commitment to creating a sustainable society through mobility. In this spirit, Toyota also became the Global Partner of the Special Olympics International in 2017. Toyota’s values of continuous improvement and respect for people are shared by The Olympic and Paralympic Games, which brings together the entire world in friendship and solidarity to celebrate the highest realization of human potential. Toyota believes that mobility goes beyond cars; it is about overcoming challenges and making dreams come true, which is encapsulated in the company’s “Start Your Impossible” corporate initiative and is the basis for its transformation from a car company to a mobility company. When you are free to move, anything is possible.
Hybrid Vehicle Sales Growth Trend Continues, Toyota Canada Reports
TORONTO, ONTARIO, July 4, 2018 – Canadians are continuing to turn to electrified vehicles, according to Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI). The company continued to experience record hybrid vehicle sales in June, with 2,496 units sold last month, up 5.5% compared to 2017.
Strong sales of Prius (up 28.3%), including Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (413 units), contributed to a best June ever for TCI electrified vehicle sales.
Overall, TCI sold a total of 23,289 vehicles, down 0.6% compared to 2017, with the Toyota division reporting a total of 20,833 units, down 1.1% compared to last year.
THE REVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: TOYOTA SUPRA GETS BACK TO AMERICAN RACING IN NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
Jul 6, 2018
TORONTO, ONTARIO, July 6, 2018 – Toyota Supra is back at the track! Beginning in 2019, the globally-recognized iconic sports car will prove its championship mettle in the hotly contested NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). Supra will make its on-track debut in the NXS race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
“When you talk Toyota and cool cars, Supra is the first thing that comes to mind for many auto enthusiasts,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president of Toyota Division Marketing. “Supra’s return in production form is huge news, but now we’re also going to see this iconic sports car return to American motorsport. From a marketing perspective, it’s important to have a race car that evokes the dynamism and character of its showroom counterpart. We’re confident we’ve accomplished that with Supra, and we hope racing fans the world over will proudly cheer its success on track.”
Toyota worked with its subsidiaries, TRD (Toyota Racing Development) in Costa Mesa, California, and Calty Design Research, Inc. (Calty) in Newport Beach, California, to develop a Supra for the NASCAR competition. The two teams applied key learnings from their prior collaborative efforts in NASCAR, which included the 2018 Toyota Camry that clinched the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.
To build the Supra for NASCAR, TRD and Calty scaled Supra to fit within NASCAR’s specifications for race vehicle entries in the NXS.
“We’ve had tremendous success working with Calty to develop race cars that match the look, feel and excitement of their showroom counterparts,” said David Wilson, president of TRD. “We’re confident Calty and TRD have developed another race car, Supra, that is capable of winning races and championships. For Supra to be racing in NASCAR just speaks to how important this vehicle is to us, and that we believe Supra can be a bona fide championship winner.”
Toyota has fielded Camry in NXS competitions since 2007, tallying four manufacturer championships while Camry has earned two driver championships and 142 wins. The 2019 season marks the first year Toyota will field a different model in all three of NASCAR’s national series – Camry at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) level, Supra in the NXS, and Tundra in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).
Supra previously raced in both America and Japan, where it was a dominant force in Super GT competition and a contender in the IMSA Camel GT Series in the 1980s. It also made two appearances in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in the 1990s.
TRD and Calty previously worked together to design:
2013: Sixth-generation Camry for MENCS
2014: Tundra for NCWTS
2015: Seventh-generation Camry for NXS
2016: Eighth-generation Camry for MENCS
2017: Eighth-generation Camry for NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Calty has worked hand-in-hand with TRD, Toyota’s North American race engineer arm, to ensure consistency between production models and on-track Toyota race cars, while also improving on-track performance with each new build. The groups began work on the NASCAR Supra in 2017.
“When Ed (Laukes) told me they were bringing Supra back, I almost didn’t believe him. I figured he was messing with me, but Toyota did it and this is a big deal for the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” said Kyle Busch, who won the 2009 NXS championship in Camry. “Supra is an iconic cool car, and to have it racing in NASCAR to highlight Supra’s return speaks to how important this is. I’m hoping to be the first guy to get Supra to victory lane, but I’m sure there’s a few other Toyota drivers thinking the same thing.”
Reflecting Toyota’s commitment to motorsports, the manufacturer now showcases six models across eight series in America. Toyota Racing Development’s lineup includes: Camry, Supra, and Tundra in the NASCAR national series; Camry in the NHRA Funny Car competition; Camry in the ARCA Racing Series and regional touring series; 86 and Corolla Hatchback in Formula Drift; as well as engines for dirt midget racing and other series.
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sold over 5 million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 287 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability in the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is located in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver. Toyota operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than eight million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota Corolla, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid.
Could Canadian Seniors Lead the Semi-Automated Vehicle Revolution?
Jun 28, 2018
Ottawa, ON – June 28, 2018 A new study by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) suggests senior drivers in Canada could play a leadership role in the safe adoption of semi-automated vehicles as Canadian roadways transition from traditional vehicles to increasingly automated vehicles. The study, funded by the Toyota Canada Foundation, analyzed data regarding the knowledge, attitudes and practices of senior drivers collected from focus groups, as well as an online survey of 2,662 Canadians.
The TIRF study was conducted to better understand the perceptions and attitudes of older drivers towards semi-automated vehicles, and to understand how their knowledge and beliefs about such vehicles can influence the likelihood they will rely on this technology to improve their safety on the road and increase their mobility.
“Our findings were quite surprising and showed that older drivers are very receptive to using semi-automated vehicles,” said Robyn Robertson, President and CEO of TIRF. “This is counter-intuitive as the adoption of new technologies is typically associated with a young demographic.”
Results of the study showed that older drivers recognize the potential of semi-automated technology to increase their safety on the road and instill greater confidence in their ability to drive under challenging conditions that are typically avoided.
They also recognize that this technology can enhance mobility among older drivers, helping them to safely prolong their driving years and mitigate errors associated with age-related factors such as perceptual, cognitive and physical declines that can degrade their ability to perform common driving maneuvers.
The study concluded that this cohort of drivers is very receptive to strategies and tools that help them learn to use semi-automated vehicles in ways that maximize safety and mobility benefits.
Canadians aged 65 years and older currently represent one in seven Canadians. In the next two decades, the population of seniors will grow to more than 10 million and will account for one in four Canadians. As one of the largest age cohorts, older adults will represent a significant segment of the driving population.
Senior drivers are also among the safest drivers because of their accumulated years of driving experience and exposure to all types of road environments and conditions.
“It appears that senior drivers are poised to take on a leadership role in the transformation of our country’s vehicle fleet given their safe driving behaviour and their openness to learning about new technologies that might help them,” Robertson added. “Senior drivers seem to possess important characteristics that make them ideal candidates for safe early adoption.”
Perhaps most importantly, what we learn from our seniors’ transition to increasingly automated vehicles will let us develop important educational tools to help the other population segments in their transition.
Robertson concluded: “Seniors’ ability to adapt to a new vehicle and road environment, as some of the safest drivers on the road, could help to set standards regarding the level of education and skills that drivers of all ages must possess before using semi-automated vehicles.”
An interesting dichotomy. An important challenge. Are we doing enough to enable them?
If Canada’s largest population segment and safest drivers are a) most aware of the potential benefits of increasingly automated vehicles, b) most cognizant of the inherent risks and limitations, and c) most open to learning how to use the technology safely… what’s stopping us from putting them in the driver’s seat?
The in-depth understanding of seniors’ attitudes and behaviours vis-à-vis semi-automated vehicles gained in the study will help develop education and training tailored to the needs and expectations of senior drivers.
In developing this education and training, there are two important barriers that need to be considered.
Seniors will face a steeper learning curve than the younger segments of the population: They have been driving for a longer period of time, mainly in vehicles that lack advanced driver assistance systems.
They also learn differently: The study showed that Canadian seniors overwhelmingly prefer hands-on learning and formal classroom settings with opportunities to practice before getting behind the wheel.
These two hurdles point to the need for educational strategies tailored to this demographic, as well as appropriate learning environments and resources.
“TIRF’s research shows us our older drivers could actually be best poised to lead society’s transition into increasingly automated vehicles,” says Toyota Canada Foundation board member, Larry Hutchinson. “But they’d also have a steeper learning curve and would require a different learning environment. This interesting dichotomy poses an important challenge for all of us. We’ll need to upgrade the education of drivers if we want this transition to be a smooth one.”
About TIRF. Established in 1964, TIRF’s mission is to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries. As a national, independent, charitable road safety research institute, TIRF designs, promotes, and implements effective programs and policies, based on sound research. TIRF is a registered Canadian charity and depends on grants, contracts, and donations to provide services to the public. Visit us online at www.tirf.ca, Twitter and Facebook.
About the Toyota Canada Foundation. The Toyota Canada Foundation is a private charitable foundation focused on supporting registered charitable organizations dedicated to STEM education outreach and teaching Canadians how to use the advanced safety technology in their vehicles.
TORONTO, ON – June 20, 2018 – Canadian drivers in the market for a fun to drive, boldly styled and remarkably efficient gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle will want to check out the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid – making its first appearance in the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s annual EcoRun event. The Camry Hybrid will be joined by Toyota’s Prius Prime plug-in hybrid-electric at the 2018 EcoRun, taking place June 20-23 between Moncton and Fredericton in New Brunswick.
“At Toyota, we recognize that environmental excellence must go hand in hand with vehicles that work for today’s drivers under real world conditions,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. “The Camry Hybrid and the Prius Prime are great examples of how Toyota makes it easy for drivers in Canada – and around the world – to manage their environmental footprint while still enjoying all of the benefits of a fun-to-drive, stylish, comfortable and well-equipped vehicle. We look forward to demonstrating both models at this year’s EcoRun.”
When it was introduced more than a decade ago, the Camry Hybrid quickly established itself as Toyota’s best-selling hybrid-electric model – and with good reason, as it benefits from all of the qualities that have made the conventional gasoline Camry so successful. For the 2018 model year, engineers fitted the Camry Hybrid with the next generation of the Toyota Hybrid System. The THS II boosts net system power, even as it improves efficiency by 17 percent compared to the previous year’s model. What’s more, the 2018 Camry Hybrid positively sips fuel, with an appetite of less than five liters per 100 kilometers (city/highway combined). Built using Toyota New Global Architecture – a state of the art approach to platform and powertrain design that helps deliver superior handling, the 2018 Camry Hybrid is more fun than ever to drive, too.
Now available in across Canada, the Prius Prime features room for four adults and is built around an ultra-efficient power train. This plug-in hybrid-electric model is Toyota’s most fuel-efficient hybrid to date. With Prius Prime, drivers can travel more than 40 kilometers in pure electric mode – more than enough for most daily commutes – without using a drop of gasoline. What’s more, drivers can relax knowing that if they run out of electric charge, the Prius Prime’s ultra-efficient gasoline-electric hybrid will seamlessly take over. With a range of more than 1,000 kilometers on a single tank of gas and full battery charge, Prius Prime gets drivers to their destinations, every time.
Beyond their advanced power trains, both the Camry Hybrid and the Prius Prime offer drivers stylish vehicles that are fun to drive and loaded with comfort, convenience and safety features.
Together, the Camry Hybrid and Prius Prime demonstrate two of Toyota’s many approaches to decarbonize the automobile as part of the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050. This is a global initiative to address climate change, natural resource consumption, and recycling issues. It includes the New Vehicle Zero Emissions Challenge, which employs advanced power train technologies and other strategies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new vehicles by 90 percent compared to 2010 levels.
Toyota is the number one seller of electrified vehicles in Canada. Since the launch of the Toyota Prius in 2000, Toyota Canada has sold more than 160,000 hybrid electric vehicles in Canada.
For complete and up to date details and specifications on the Camry Hybrid, the Prius Prime, and other advanced technology vehicles – including the world’s most popular and proven selection of hybrid-electric cars and SUVs – visit www.toyota.ca
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sold over 5 million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 287 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability in the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is located in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver. Toyota operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than seven million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota Corolla, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid.
TORONTO, ON – June 11, 2018 – It’s hard to resist an all-inclusive package – like the 2019 Toyota Corolla. With its winning blend of style, technology and advanced safety features – headlined by Toyota Safety Sense on all models – there are plenty of reasons to embrace the legendary Corolla.
“Corolla has been part of millions of Canadian lives for more than 50 years,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. “It’s sporty styling and equally sporty handling make it fun-to-drive, while its state-of-the-art safety and legendary dependability and efficiency make it a pleasure to own. Corolla is our all-time best-selling model – and the 2019 Corolla is ready to demonstrate why to even more Canadian drivers.”
Feel right at home in the 2019 Toyota Corolla, thanks to its comfortable interior with room for five adults, plus a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat to maximize versatility for carrying cargo. All models include a Display Audio system with SIRI Eyes-Free, Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls. Other standard features include LED headlamps and dual power adjustable, heated exterior mirrors, power doors and windows, piano black centre cluster accents, map lamps, and 12v power outlets for personal electronics.
Under the hood, the 1.8L four-cylinder engine delivers a peak 132 horsepower for plenty of driving fun. This is coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission with intelligent shift (CVTi-S), depending on model.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla is the compact sedan with full-size safety features, headlined by Toyota Safety Sense P. This bundle of advanced safety systems includes the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function, featuring forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking… Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function… Automatic High Beams… and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Other standard safety features include the six active technologies of the Toyota Star Safety System, eight airbags, a backup camera, and front seats with whiplash injury-lessening headrests.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla is offered in a broad selection of models and trim levels, as follows:
The 2019 Toyota Corolla CE is offered with a choice of manual transmission (Starting MSRP: $16,790) or CVTi-S (Starting MSRP: $20,375). This model features a 6.1” touchscreen Display Audio system, fabric seats, an ECO Indicator, 15” steel wheels, intermittent wipers, LED Daytime Running Lights, and more. The CVT-equipped model is also standard equipped with Air Conditioning.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla LE (Starting MSRP: $21,210) is offered with the CVTi-S. The LE builds on the CE model, adding features including heated front seats, premium fabric seat surfaces, auto air conditioning, fabric door trim, chrome inner door handles, soft touch console box lid, 16” steel wheels, and a windshield wiper de-icer. This model may be upgraded with the following available packages:
The 2019 Toyota Corolla LE Upgrade Package (starting MSRP $22,710) adds a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16” aluminum alloy wheels, and a power slide/tilt moon roof.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla XLE (starting MSRP $25,900) builds on the upgrade package with additional amenities, including integrated Sirius XM Satellite Radio, a navigation system, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, Softex Leather seat surfaces, the Smart Key System and Push Button Start, auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink and compass, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla SE is offered with a choice of manual transmission (Starting MSRP: $21,025) or CVTi-S with sport mode, sequential shift mode, and paddle shifters (Starting MSRP: $22,010). This model includes auto air conditioning, heated front sport seats, sport fabric seat surfaces with leatherette trim, a 4.2” multi-information display, sport speedometer, piano black instrument panel trim accent, synthetic leather door trim, chrome inner door handles, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16” steel wheels, exterior mirrors with integrated signal lamps, LED reverse lights, bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights, multi-LED headlamps, and more. This model may be upgraded with the following available packages:
The 2019 Toyota Corolla SE with Upgrade Package is offered with a choice of manual transmission (Starting MSRP: $22,525) or CVTi-S with sport mode, sequential shift mode, and paddle shifters (Starting MSRP: $23,510). It adds a heated steering wheel, 17” aluminum alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, and a power slide/tilt moon roof.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla XSE (Starting MSRP: $26,090) – available only as a CVTi-S equipped model – includes all the features of the Corolla SE with Upgrade Package, plus amenities including Integrated Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Navigation system with 7” display screen, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, Softex Leather seat surfaces, the Smart Key System and Push Button Start, Auto-dimming rear view mirror with homelink and compass, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla LE ECO (Starting MSRP: $21,710) is offered with the CVTi-S. This model features a VALVEMATIC 1.8L four-cylinder engine that produces 140 peak horsepower and even better fuel efficiency. This model includes heated front seats, premium fabric seat surfaces, auto air conditioning, fabric door trim, chrome inner door handles, soft touch console box lid, 15” steel wheels clad in low-rolling-resistance tires, a direct tire pressure monitoring system, rear lip spoiler, and a windshield wiper de-icer.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla is on sale at Toyota Dealers across Canada. For complete and up to date details and specifications, visit www.toyota.ca/corolla.
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sold over 5 million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 287 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability in the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is located in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver. Toyota operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than seven million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota Corolla, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid.
Toyota Canada Inc. Sees Sales Increase to start the Second Half of 2017
• Strong car sales, up 5.3% from 2016, lead to another good month for TCI
• Hybrid vehicle sales also continue to climb with a record July, up 11.7% from 2016
(TORONTO, ON – August 1, 2017) Motoring into the second half of 2017, Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) recorded an increase in overall sales in July, with 18,961 units sold, up 3.8% compared to 2016.
The Toyota division (including Scion) sold a total of 16,943 units, up 3.4% from 2016, and the Lexus division reported a 13th consecutive monthly sales record, with 2,018 luxury vehicles sold, up 7.2% compared to last year. Strong car sales lead the way, with the all-new Toyota Camry yet to come
Strong overall sales for TCI were led by car sales, with 7,507 units sold this month, up 5.3% compared to 2016. This bodes well for the company as it prepares to introduce its all-new Toyota Camry to the Canadian market in August.
With a bold new exterior, improved fuel efficiency and sportier feel, the completely re-designed and re-engineered 2018 Toyota Camry is expected to help continue the car sales trend at TCI. Sales of hybrid vehicles also continue to climb
Hybrid vehicle sales also continued to climb for TCI, setting another monthly record with 1,904 units sold, up 11.7% compared to 2016.
Additional July Sales Highlights
• Toyota Yaris sales of 838 units, up 34.9%
• Toyota Corolla sales of 4,173 units, up 8.5%
• Toyota Highlander sales of 1,322 units, up 24.7% (new July record)
• Lexus RX sales of 740, up 19.4%
• Lexus NX sales of 624 units, up 22.4% (new July record)