Toyota Australia Launches Safe Driving Campaign

Toyota has launched a new phase of its driver safety program for its 4,700 employees and their family and friends. The Toyota Safe Driving Program: Looking Out For You has been developed to


Toyota Genuine Parts Rewards Offer

Toyota is giving trade customers the opportunity to turn Toyota Genuine parts purchases into Qantas Frequent Flyer points for the authorised representatives they nominate.


Toyota Australia To Build Next Generation Engine

Toyota Australia will begin manufacturing a new fuel efficient and more environmentally sustainable engine for its Camry and Hybrid Camry sedans at its long established engine plant in Altona, Melbourne.
More than 100,000 engines will be produced each year at Altona, commencing in the later half of 2012. Approximately $300 million of project expenditure will be injected into the Australian economy.
Securing the next generation engine provides a foundation for on-going vehicle production at the Altona plant. It also provides Toyota Australia with significant opportunities to export the new engine to other Toyota manufacturing plants in ASEAN countries that produce Camry and Hybrid Camry.
The new leading edge and more environmentally sustainable engine will deliver reduced carbon emissions and improved fuel consumption.
Toyota Australia President and CEO, Mr Max Yasuda, welcomed the decision and praised the efforts of Toyota Australia’s employees, unions and suppliers in ensuring the project proceeded.
“Securing the investment to produce the next generation engine is a huge vote of confidence for our local manufacturing plant and our employees, who have worked tirelessly to improve operational performance to demonstrate our ability to compete with Asia Pacific counterparts.
“Toyota operations around the world are constantly vying for new investment to ensure local manufacturing operations can participate in the global car making industry.”
Toyota Australia acknowledged the strong desire of both the Federal and State Governments to see new, more environmentally friendly technologies introduced to Australia.
“The support provided by the Federal Government’s Green Car Innovation Fund and the Victorian Government was a major factor in this project proceeding. A partnership between local car makers, the government and suppliers is fundamental for ensuring we evolve our industry to deal with the challenges of a carbon constrained world.”
Toyota Australia’s engine production has been the cornerstone of its automotive manufacturing since 1978 and was Toyota’s first engine manufacturing plant built outside Japan. The facility currently produces the AZ 4 cylinder engine for the current generation Camry, and is operated by 320 employees.
Toyota Australia is Australia’s largest car manufacturer and market leader. This year, the company celebrated the launch of Australia’s first locally built hybrid, the Hybrid Camry. In 2010 the company exported 63,345 vehicles to more than 20 countries, mainly to the Middle East.


New Commodore Series II

Living up to Holden’s tagline ‘go better’, Commodore drivers can look forward to a range of performance improvements, with the vehicle running on petrol or bio-ethanol, as well as the clever new Holden-iQ touch-screen infotainment system on every model.
Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux said Holden was making advanced technology and sustainable performance available to Commodore buyers across the range.
“We’re listening and we know Australians want better performance – but better performance doesn’t mean going faster in a straight line,” Mr Devereux said.
“Better performance means driving more efficiently, more sustainably and the addition of simple-to-use technology that makes driving safe and fun at the same time. Series II makes these features available to every buyer across the Commodore range.”
All Commodores now feature Holden-iQ, a 6.5 inch colour LCD touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth®, wireless, cable and USB connectivity for music and mobiles.
In a major step forward, Holden also offers drivers the choice to fill-up on a locally produced alternative fuel. Commodore models powered by the 3.0 litre SIDI V6 and 6.0 litre V8 engines are flex-fuel capable. They can run either on petrol or bio-ethanol, a blend of up to 85 per cent ethanol and 15 per cent petrol, commonly known as E85. The 3.6 litre SIDI V6 engine will also be flex-fuel compatible by 2012.
“Drivers can fill up with petrol as they normally would, or fill-up with bio-ethanol. Giving people this choice is an important and immediate way that Holden can help people reduce their environmental impact when it comes to driving.”
Caltex will sell the new fuel under the name Bio E-Flex at 31 service stations in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide by the end of October and increasing to 100 sites in 2011.
“We estimate 90 per cent of flex-fuel vehicle owners will live within a 10 kilometre radius of a Bio E-Flex pump, making renewable fuel mainstream for the first time Australia. And when they choose Bio E-Flex, they can feel good about reducing their CO2 driving emissions by around 40 per cent,” Devereux said.


Toyota FJ Cruiser Poised For Australia

Toyota Australia confirmed it will add the rugged retro looks and solid off-road performance of the FJ Cruiser to its range early next year. A pre-production version of the sporty off-roader will make its local debut at the Australian International Motor Show in October with local sales expected to kick-off late in the first quarter of 2011.
FJ Cruiser will give Toyota a second brand-enhancing vehicle inside 12 months, following the launch of the eye-catching Rukus from June 1.
With looks like no other SUV, FJ Cruiser comes to Australia with a pedigree that stretches back 50 years to the legendary FJ40 LandCruiser. The modern vehicle captures this heritage with its body-on-frame structure, short wheelbase, stocky appearance and the arrangement of its headlights and grille. FJ Cruiser will be the only Toyota vehicle to use the name Toyota spelled out across the grille, instead of the corporate emblem. The vehicle’s retro-inspired styling is enhanced by the boxy shape, near-vertical windscreen with three wipers, white roof and wrap-around rear windows. Four doors provide access to two rows of seats. The front doors are standard size while the rear doors are smaller and are reverse-opening.
The FJ – equipped with a powerful engine, dual-range 4WD, excellent ground clearance and ample suspension articulation – will deliver the off-road prowess implied by its “Cruiser” badge. Toyota Australia’s senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said FJ Cruiser was all about style and substance.
“FJ Cruiser has loads of character that isn’t found in any other SUV, let alone one that is built for off-road terrain,” Mr Buttner said.
“It will be a lot of fun to own and drive, satisfying those who want a modern vehicle with the boulder-crawling spirit of Toyota’s legendary off-roaders,” he said.
In the United States, the FJ Cruiser has recently been awarded for its quality and its value. In the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Initial Quality Study, it was rated at the top of the Compact Crossover/SUV segment. FJ Cruiser was also named best-in-class for mid-size SUVs in the 2010 Best Overall Values of the Year Awards.
Australian models will be produced in Japan. The Australian International Motor Show will be held in Sydney from October 15.


AAAA Slams Government’s Cleaner Car Rebate Scheme

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has declared the “cash for clunkers” scheme announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard as bad policy made on the run without consultation.


Germany’s best quality car is… a Hyundai

Leading German motoring magazine AutoBild, has awarded Hyundai Motor Company the honour of first-place in its annual AutoBild Quality Report for 2010.

Hyundai edged out local manufacturers BMW and Audi, and eclipsed its rival Toyota to take the prestigious award based on a comprehensive analysis of reliability, long-term quality and customer satisfaction.

AutoBild’s annual list evaluates seven key criteria, each weighted equally, including feedback received from 9278 owners, manufacturer warranty provisioning, recall information, and data from Germany’s Technische Uberwachung Verein report (TÃœV) based on no less than 7.5 million vehicle inspections.

Considered by many to be one of the most respected industry quality surveys, and endorsed by a fastidious German audience, the award further demonstrates the gains Hyundai has made in consistently improving the quality of its products, service and support available to its owners.

“Hyundai is always proud to receive awards for its products, particularly this one from AutoBild, which places the company ahead of brands many have considered to be at the pinnacle of the industry.” said Hyundai Motor Company Marketing Director Oliver Mann.

Hyundai’s star continues to rise elsewhere in Europe with British magazine Motor Trader naming Hyundai as the Car Franchise of the Year in its annual Motor Trader Industry Awards. Also in the UK, the i30 recently took first place in the Driver Power Top 100 survey, a customer satisfaction survey conducted by the best-selling Auto Express magazine – confirming the findings of UK’s Which? consumer guide whose subscribers revealed i30 to be Britain’s most reliable medium-sized car.


New Deal For V8 Supercar Racing At The AGP

Albert Park, Melbourne – A new deal was announced today between the V8 Supercars at the Australian Grand Prix for the next five years.

The deal between the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and V8 Supercars Australia will see:

– A five year extension for racing at the Formula One event at Albert Park
– “Endurance” or longer format racing which will require tyre changes and fuel stops
– New facilities including a pit building with garages and corporate hospitality suites
– $500,000 in prize money provided by V8 Supercars Australia

The new race will be called the ALBERT PARK 500.

The Australian Grand Prix will unveil its new trackside building in 2011 which includes a temporary V8 pit garage facility for re-fuelling and tyre changes previously unseen at Albert Park. The new facility located on pit lane, south of the F1 garages, will include additional corporate hospitality suites positioned above the V8 team garages providing a spectacular new vantage point for motorsport fans.

“Our passion for motorsport is not limited to Formula One,” says Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman, Ron Walker AC CBE. “We are committed to bringing an exhilarating V8 Supercar race to as many Australians as we can, providing them with the best of motorsport action.”

The 2011 race will be the first event as part of a five-year plan with the V8 Supercars changing from the current race format to endurance races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the event. The proposed format includes two 200km races and one 100km race with winners sharing in a total prize pool of $500,000.

“ALBERT PARK 500 will set the stage for thrilling racing especially now there is $500,000 in prize money” says Martin Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer of V8 Supercars Australia. “The new V8 Supercars race format will have event goers and die-hard motorsport fans on the edge of their seats with the nose-to-tail racing of the V8’s around the Albert Park circuit” he says.

Tourism and Major Events Minister Tim Holding said Albert Park 500 at the Australian Grand Prix would be a major attraction for motorsport fans and tourists from around Australia.
“The popularity of V8 Supercars with Australian motorsport fans combined with the international prestige of Formula One is a formidable combination and one that will attract big crowds. The Australian Grand Prix just got even better with V8 Supercar action guaranteed at Albert Park for the next five years,” Holding said.