5-Star For Polo, 4-Star For Camry Hybrid & GWM SUV

While the new VW Polo scored the top ranking 5-star ANCAP rating in new results released yesterday, Australia’s newest hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, scored a 4-star safety rating as did the Great Wall Motors (GWM) X240 SUV.
ANCAP Chair, Lauchlan McIntosh, said “the 4-star result for Camry – which is the first of the environmentally-friendly vehicles to come off Toyota’s Australian production line – was the same result as the Camry tested by ANCAP in 2007”.

 

Rukus By Name, Rukus By Nature

Toyota Australia today announced it will launch an all-new model for Australia, to be known as “Rukus”, before the middle of the year.

New Toyota Rukus is an urban utility vehicle with head-turning styling that projects an aggressive appearance.

Toyota Australia’s marketing manager Scott Thompson said Rukus is designed to bring young, urban trend-setters to the Toyota family – especially those who have never previously considered a Toyota.

“It will be a case of ‘Rukus’ by name and ruckus by nature,” Thompson said.

“This is a car that’s designed to be different, with a boxy shape that has become iconic,” he said.

“When it’s launched late in the first half of this year, it will certainly stir up the small-car market – creating a ‘ruckus’, if you will.”

Thompson said Toyota Rukus will be offered to urban dwellers as a blank slate.

“It will be loaded with great standard features, but we expect many owners to express their individuality by making their car stand out from the pack.

“That might involve wild paint jobs, funky wheels or other ideas, limited only by the imagination of owners – and what’s legal.

“Potential customers have told us they want this style of car. We’ve listened and we’re responding.

“Rukus is designed to be different: it’s not for everyone. It’s a bit like Vegemite: it’s an acquired taste,” Thompson said.

 

 

The 80th Geneva Motor Show Opened Its Doors Today

The 80th Geneva Motor Show opened its doors to the public today, with a promise of green cars to come and plenty of optimism in a market battered by a couple of years of trifling sales boosted only by cash for clunker programmes.