2012 AT TOY­OTA

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ELEVEN new mod­els are locked and loaded for 2012 as Toy­ota Aus­tralia shoots for a big boost Down Un­der.

Every­thing from a tweaked Hilux to the all-new 86 sports car are con­firmed for one of the big­gest prod­uct makeovers in Brand T’s re­cent his­tory, in a show­room re­vamp that prom­ises some­thing for al­most any­one.

The lo­cally made Camry is al­ready swing­ing back into full-scale pro­duc­tion — with the hy­brid next and then the

Camry Hy­brid V6 Au­rion, Prius C, Prius V, 86 sports car, Corolla, Lexus GS; Land­cruiser, Prius, Hilux, Lexus RX V6 Au­rion — and an over­hauled Corolla will end the ac­tion late in the year.

‘‘We have now em­barked on a dra­matic pe­riod of prod­uct re­newal. For the year ahead, Toy­ota sees plenty of pos­i­tives,’’ Toy­ota Aus­tralia’s ex­ec­u­tive vice- pres­i­dent of sales and mar­ket­ing Dave But­tner said.

Fol­low­ing a quiet 2011 on the model front, apart from the late ar­rival of the new Camry, shop­pers will see plenty of ac­tion from now un­til Novem­ber, with a pre­dictable em­pha­sis on the ex­pan­sion of the Prius line-up to in­clude the new V and C mod­els, as well as a facelift for the reg­u­lar Prius hatch.

But it’s the 86 coupe that will be the head­liner.

‘‘We’ve see­ing an in­cred­i­ble amount of in­ter­est in that car,’’ But­tner says.

At Lexus shops, the all­new GS is the hero car, with the RX SUV also com­ing in for an over­haul.

The new-model push comes af­ter what was, for Toy­ota, a dis­ap­point­ing re­sult in 2011. It might have been Aus­tralia’s favourite brand for the ninth straight year, with a string of suc­cesses, in­clud­ing class wins for the Camry and Hilux, but sales were down by 15.4 per cent on 2010.

The re­sult looked even worse when nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in Ja­pan and Thai­land emp­tied the sup­ply chain. A fi­nal-quar­ter re­cov­ery — when the Corolla even led the Mazda3 that be­came Aus­tralia’s No. 1— only just got things back on track.

‘‘I think it’s mar­vel­lous, com­pared to what it could have been. Things looked pretty bad there for a while. It was ac­tu­ally a good re­sult in the end,’’ But­tner said.

He is pre­dict­ing a sales re­sult of about 250,000 ve­hi­cles in 2012, up from 181,624 last year, and be­lieves the new mod­els will pro­vide the drive.

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