Avanza gets more leg and knee-room

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THE Toy­ota Avanza has come a long way since its ini­tial in­tro­duc­tion as a com­fort­able and af­ford­able multi-pur­pose ve­hi­cle (MPV) that moved many peo­ple from one place to another. True to its name (Avanza is de­rived from an Ital­ian word “avan­zata”, which means ad­vance), the Avanza has — over the years — evolved into a more so­phis­ti­cated MPV that boasts a lot of pas­sen­ger car­like qual­i­ties.

Toy­ota South Africa Mo­tors (TSAM) is proud to an­nounce the ad­di­tion of Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (VSC) — in­clud­ing Brake As­sist Sys­tem and Trac­tion Con­trol — as a stan­dard safety fea­ture on all Avanza mod­els. ABS is stan­dard across the range.

The lat­est safety en­hance­ments come ex­actly a year af­ter the ad­di­tion of Elec­tronic Brake Force Dis­tri­bu­tion (EBD), three-point cen­tre seat­belt, driver and pas­sen­ger airbags, Isofix re­straint points and cen­tre head­rests for the sec­ond seat­ing row.

“The cur­rent gen­er­a­tion Avanza has been re­mod­elled con­tin­u­ously, with a va­ri­ety of im­prove­ments in style and ca­pa­bil­i­ties, since its launch in 2012. While it has be­come smarter on the in­side, its ex­te­rior looks have not been ne­glected. The Avanza is def­i­nitely more re­fined, but it’s still the multi-faceted and mul­ti­func­tional MPV that our cus­tomers fell in love with a decade ago,” said Kerry Roodt, gen­eral man­ager of mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Toy­ota South Africa Mo­tors.

The Avanza fea­tures a low­ered in­stru­ment panel which has im­proved driver vis­i­bil­ity, and a cen­trally lo­cated clus­ter.

Oc­cu­pant lug­gage space was also ad­dressed and all three rows have am­ple legroom and knee-room. The ex­tra space was cre­ated by ad­just­ing the shape and place­ment of the seat­backs and door trim.

De­spite these im­prove­ments, the Avanza has al­ways main­tained its sta­tus as a value-for-money propo­si­tion.

The peace of mind that comes with own­ing any model in the Toy­ota range can­not be un­der­stated.

The Avanza came sec­ond in this year’s Kin­sey Re­port, which is pro­duced by Pine­town-based vet­eran jour­nal­ist Mal­colm Kin­sey to pro­vide mo­torists with real market costs to ser­vice, main­tain and re­pair a ve­hi­cle based on prices quoted by parts re­tail­ers in the KZN area. Avanza 1.3 S 5MT: R219 100 Avanza 1.3 SX 5MT: R235 900 Avanza 1.5 SX 5MT: R243 100 Avanza 1.5 SX 4AT: R261 600 Avanza 1.5 TX 5MT: R277 100 Avanza 1.3 S Panel Van 5MT R224 400

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