End of an An­glo-asian era

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Dealer's Diary -

One of the most faith­ful cars ever to grace this coun­try’s roads moved qui­etly into ‘from avail­able stock only’ sta­tus this sum­mer. Shed a tear as Toy­ota’s Bur­nas­ton plant in Der­byshire as­sem­bled the last Aven­sis.

Af­ter about 27 years of pro­duc­ing this dull, but wor­thy, fam­ily hatch/saloon/es­tate, Toy­ota has called time on the lin­eage that started in 1991 with the Ca­rina E – that’s E for ex­cel­lent in Eu­rope, re­mem­ber? I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to have owned, sold and been on the pro­duc­tion line of this unas­sum­ing yet qual­ity car, so I’m fairly fa­mil­iar with it. It was Toy­ota’s last ‘tra­di­tional car’, built with a diesel op­tion and no hy­brid plat­form. There will be no re­place­ment.

Just re­cently, I watched a petrol man­ual es­tate fin­ished in metal­lic grey from a main dealer pass through a part-ex sale fol­low­ing Septem­ber’s plate change. Reg­is­tered in 2010, it had cov­ered 64,000 miles in the hands of just two keep­ers. In that time, it had re­ceived six stamps in the ser­vice book and both the SD card and spare key was present. It was en­tered un­valeted, which is the way I like them, and was still very pre­sentable.

It sold out­right for £4650 +fees. This was as­ton­ish­ing, inas­much as top book was £4325 and it had an MOT that could be mea­sured in min­utes, al­though I could see no rea­son why it wouldn’t dance through a test.

If you want a mid-range Toy­ota built by a bloke called Bob in Bur­nas­ton then you need to hurry – deal­ers are heav­ily dis­count­ing re­main­ing stock at the mo­ment. Uniquely, Toy­ota con­tin­ued to add qual­ity to this car as time went on. The in­dus­try norm is to de-con­tent as a model ages, so you’ll be get­ting a prop­erly sorted car.

It’s also worth men­tion­ing (as no­body else will) that the diesel op­tion is a BMW unit in both 1.6 and 2.0 ca­pac­i­ties; the civilised petrol en­gine is true Toy­ota and made in Wales. Fi­nally, the au­to­box is a CVT unit, which some peo­ple don’t like, but they’d be wrong – it’s great!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.