Toy­ota’s five-step path to a brighter fu­ture

Car India - - FEATURE -

1 Make more pow­er­ful hy­brids

If you thought Toy­ota had been go­ing big on hy­brids, you ain’t seen noth­ing yet. Half their pas­sen­ger car range has a hy­brid pow­er­train vari­ant and more than 40 per cent of Toy­otas sold in Europe are hy­brids. The fa­mil­iar 1.8 is be­ing joined by a more pow­er­ful 2.0-litre op­tion in the new Auris.

2 Shun diesel

Toy­ota’s in­vest­ment in hy­brids looks spook­ily pre­scient, al­low­ing them to ditch diesel from their cars by the end of the year. The fuel ac­counts for just six per cent of UK sales from just two mod­els, the out­go­ing Auris and anony­mous Verso MPV. Vans, the Hilux pick-up, and Land Cruiser re­main diesel-pow­ered for now.

3 Go wild with the style

The next Auris and RAV4, like the cur­rent C-HR, may not be to every­one’s taste, but Toy­ota’s de­sign­ers are turn­ing heads not just with marginal mod­els but with main­stream big sell­ers.

4 Breathe new life into the leg­end

We’re ex­pect­ing a Supra with sub­stance. De­vel­oped with BMW, the rear-wheel-drive coupé will be of­fered with four-pot and straight-six en­gines. It’s not badge-en­gi­neered like the GT86 and its Sub­aru BRZ twin; Z4 is a road­ster, Supra is coupé-only and hard­core. ‘There are only about eight com­mon parts,’ claims a source.

5 Go rac­ing

The mo­tor sport team has been tak­ing on the Dakar, the World Rally Cham­pi­onship, and the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship, with Fer­nando Alonso among the driver line-up at Le Mans. And there’s now a di­rect road car link; the hot Yaris GRMN.

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