Toyota goes bolder and sleeker with new Auris
Toyota has sent its British-built family car to boot camp. The result is a toned-up, better performing model.
The new Auris will be unveiled at next month’s Paris Motor Show in a bid to challenge rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.
The hatchback has bolder styling and sleeker looks — including a more distinctive grille — to counter criticisms that the current model lacks character.
It’s longer and sits lower than its predecessor, is 40kg lighter and 10 per cent ‘stiffer’ to improve performance and economy. There’s more room in the boot, too.
The new Auris will be unveiled at next month’s Paris Motor Show in a bid to challenge rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus
Cabin quality has been upgraded with tactile surfaces, a satin silver finish on air vents and trim, a leather-trimmed dash, baseball-stitched nappa leather on the steering wheel, and a soft-touch instrument panel.
All variants — petrol, diesel and petrolelectric hybrid — will be built at Toyota’s factory at Burnaston, Derbys, where £100 million will be invested.
Rolls-Royce isn’t giving up the Ghost — it is expanding the range with up to two more designs.
The baby ghost smaller sibling to the range-topping Phantom — is set to produce a rakish high-performance twodoor coupe version at next spring’s Geneva Motor Show.
And you can bet a soft-top drophead coupe will follow out of the BMW-owned Goodwood factory, near Chichester, West Sussex. The firm also expects to top last year’s record sales of 3,538 cars with am figure closer to 4,000.
Mercedes-Benz has pulled the plug on its flagship luxury limousine six months earlier than planned. The brand began in 1909 as an aircraft and Zeppelin engine-maker, diversified into cars, switched to tanks and died out in the Forties.
Mercedes revived it in 1997 as a super-luxury rival to Britain’s revamped Bentley and Rolls-Royce (owned respectively by Volkswagen and BMW). A new super-luxury S-Class will take over MB’s top spot.
Britain’s poshest motor show gets under way at Syon Park, West London, next month. The Salon Prive, in the grounds of the Duke of Northumberland’s Thameside retreat, runs from September 5 to 7 with the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari and McLaren showing their wares Tickets start at £195 plus VAT, rising to £295 plus VAT for the Diamond Jubilee Ball. Details: salonprivelondon.com.