2012 Paris Motor Show: Toyota introduces the Auris Touring Sports

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 27, 2012

This is the 2013 Toyota Auris Touring Sports, a wagon variant of the popular Auris that promises to be the first wagon in the segment available with a full hybrid powertrain. Unveiled today at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the new Auris Touring Sports combines the versatility and dynamic design without compromising loadspace or luggage capacity.

According to the official press release, the new Auris Touring Sports shares the same 2,600 mm wheelbase with the standard Auris but as expected it is 285 mm longer than the hatchback. This space is dedicated to the extended loadspace of the new wagon.

The new Auris Touring Sports share the hatchback’s steeply raked windscreen, while the three-panel side glazing features blacked-out pillars, including a piano black finish to the B pillar. The rear end is completely new and fea tures a new bumper and tailgate, with the loadspace sill set 80 mm lower than that of the hatchback.

Press Release

Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Combining stylish design with segment-best loadspace and functionality, the new Toyota Auris Touring Sports is the segment's first wagon bodystyle available with a full hybrid powertrain in addition to a range of petrol and diesel alternatives. With CO2 emissions of just 85 g/km, the Auris Hybrid Touring Sports has the most efficient powertrain in the segment. And because its battery is located beneath the rear seats, the installation of Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive technology delivers no compromise to either loadspace (up to 2,047 mm length) or luggage capacity (up to 1,658 litres).

Moreover, the new Toyota Auris Touring Sports is the only C-segment wagon to offer customers the combined benefits of Toyota's Easy Flat, one-touch foldable rear seats, a double level loadspace floor, a roller-type luggage net and a two-way tonneau cover.

Wagon body-style variants currently represent 25% of the C-segment market, with 75% of those sales attributed to the fleet market. The new Auris Touring Sports will further broaden the appeal of the Auris range, helping to increase the model's segment share to over 5.0% in 2014, its first full year of European sales. At launch, the new Toyota Auris Touring Sports' anticipated pan-European hybrid mix will be approximately 45%. This demonstrates that, far from a niche solution, full hybrid is a mainstream proposition, accessible to the largest possible audience.

Designed for Europe, the new Auris Touring Sports will be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK alongside the Avensis, reinforcing the company's commitment to its European operations.

Superior loadspace and segment-best functionality

Sharing its 2,600 mm wheelbase and 10.4 metre turning circle, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports is 285 mm longer than the hatchback - all of which is dedicated to the extended loadspace.

With the rear seats in place, the loadspace is 1,115 mm long and 1,452 mm wide with a superior capacity of 530 litres. With the 60:40 split/folding rear seats folded flat, the loadspace length increases to a maximum length of 2,047 mm and a maximum height of 890 mm (760 mm with double floor deckboard in place) to give a class-leading total capacity of 1,658 litres.

The hybrid models benefit from a packaging of the battery pack under the rear seat, and luggage capacity is equivalent to that of conventional models in the range.

This superior luggage capacity is matched by segment-best functionality. The Toyota Auris Touring Sports is the only C-segment wagon to offer customers the combined benefits of Toyota's Easy Flat, one-touch foldable rear seats, a double level loadspace floor, a two-way tonneau cover, a roller-type luggage net, shopping bag hooks, aluminium roof rails, three 12-Volt accessory sockets (including one in the luggage compartment) and a deck lamp.

The practicality of these functional features is further bolstered by a generous range of storage spaces, including a glove box, a sunglasses holder, coat hooks, a coin box, 4 cup and 4 bottle holders, a sliding centre console armrest with document holder, and dashboard and rear centre console storage space for small items.

The luggage area also benefits from several ancillary storage spaces, in the form of left and right compartment side wall boxes, and secondary front and side boxes beneath the loadspace deckboard.

The sill height is just 624 mm thanks to the new bumper and tailgate design - 100 mm lower than the hatchback version.

A new, optional Towing Pack allows the Auris Hybrid Touring Sports to tow loads of up to 345 kg.

Stylish exterior design

As with the new hatchback, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports' bold, dynamic exterior design maximises the aerodynamic benefits of the model's reduction in overall height, and the dynamic improvements offered by its lower centre of gravity.

The new exterior design has an excellent aerodynamic performance. The Auris Touring Sports' drag coefficient of just Cd 0.28 contributes to reducing fuel consumption.

The new Toyota Auris Touring Sports shares the hatchback's new frontal design, which combines Toyota's Under Priority design language with Keen Look headlamp and LED Daytime Running Light (DRL) detailing to give the new wagon a powerful yet elegant road presence.

The Under Priority design features a large, trapezoidal lower grille set within the front bumper, and a smaller upper grille running full width between the new headlamps.

Beneath a low sweeping bonnet line, the upper grille features a central, chrome-plated horizontal trim bar which is visually extended into the narrow, purposefully styled headlamp clusters to accentuate the width of the vehicle.

Within the headlamp clusters, the trim bar flows into an 'eyebrow' form which accentuates the exceptionally narrow clearance between the bonnet and the Bi-HID (High Intensity Discharge) or halogen lamp projector unit. This highly innovative headlamp packaging also incorporates LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). Fitted as standard on all grades, they give the new Auris Touring Sports a unique visual signature.

Flanked by integral foglamp housings with chrome surround detailing, the large lower grille combines a piano black finish with a floating, lower chrome accent to the lip spoiler, once again accentuating the width of the new wagon and emphasising its planted, solid stance.

In profile, the Auris Touring Sports also shares the hatchback's steeply raked windscreen, which flows into an extended roofline featuring aluminium roof rails and an integral rear spoiler. At 1,553 mm long by 960 mm wide, the optional Skyview panoramic sunroof is one of the largest in the segment and further strengthens the impression of roominess created by the all-new interior.

The extended, three-panel side glazing features blacked-out pillars, including a piano black finish to the B pillar, and is underscored by chrome-accented trim above the bodywork's powerful, rising beltline crease.

To the rear, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports features a new bumper and tailgate design, with the loadspace sill set 100 mm lower than that of the hatchback, above a chrome floating rear spoiler. As with the rest of the Auris range, a distinctive, wraparound rear combination lamp design reinforces the shape of the rear wing, new D pillar design and rear screen.

The new Auris Touring Sports will be available in a choice of ten exterior colours, of which three - Granite Grey, Avantgarde Bronze and Horizon Blue - are new. Pearl White is exclusive to full hybrid models. A choice of wheels includes a new 15" and 16" wheelcap design and 16" and 17" alloys.

The Auris Hybrid Touring Sports incorporates unique detailing to identify it as the flagship of the model range. The lower grille and lower rear bumper diffuser are finished in a hybrid-exclusive graphite gloss paint colour, and the Toyota bonnet and tailgate logos are in hybrid blue. There are hybrid logos on the front wings and a hybrid mark on the tailgate. Both 15" silver and 17" dark metallic alloy wheels are of a new design unique to the full hybrid model.

Spacious and comfortable interior design

Offering space and comfort for occupants, the new interior features bold forms and high quality materials. The dashboard combines a strong sense of horizontality to reinforce front cabin width and spaciousness with an ergonomic, driver-focused layout of instrumentation and switchgear.

The driver-oriented nature of the design is reinforced by the strong curve of the instrument binnacle hood flowing down the side of the centre console to give a visual focus to the driver's cockpit area.

Incorporating a long travel and good height adjustment, the front seat design offers excellent comfort. The seat height has been reduced by 40 mm and the steering wheel tilt angle lowered by 2 degrees, creating a more engaging driving position. Standard on Style grade, a newly developed sports seat offers a high level of additional lateral support.

For rear passengers, the new front seat design also increases rear seat knee room by 20 mm.

Within the new instrument binnacle, a clear, simple two or three dial design features white needles and numerals. All switchgear uses the same font, and both instrument binnacle and centre console are backlit in clear blue for a premium look and complete visual consistency.

Bringing a strong sense of visual coordination to the new interior, the meter surrounds, centre stack, transmission tunnel trim, air conditioning and audio controls, and door handles are all finished in a matching, high quality, satin silver finish. The air vents, audio panel, transmission tunnel, steering wheel and gear lever are trimmed with a silver paint finish.

The new interior's sensory quality and visual harmony is further enhanced by the improved tactility of finishes through the cabin, with careful consideration given to every surface texture with which the occupants will come into contact.

The instrument panel upper surface and door trim shoulder areas are finished in soft touch materials, and the cockpit pillars are trimmed with fabric. On higher grades, the dashboard itself is finished in leather.

The gearshift knob is of a new design, and the steering wheel is clad in the highest quality Nappa leather with single baseball stitching. Both assist grips and door grips are finished in a soft texture grain, and the door armrests are padded.

Live and Active grade seats are finished in a high quality fabric; Style grade seats adding red panels. Lounge grade seats are finished in black velour with genuine leather seat bolsters. Black, full leather upholstery is available as an option on Lounge grade models, with an Ice Grey leather option exclusive to Hybrid models.

The new Toyota Auris Touring Sports will be available with a new black interior colour scheme featuring matt textures. A matt grain with the appearance of real leather is created by combining a geometrical pattern of dots with leather grain texture.

The Auris Hybrid Touring Sports has an exclusive meter and Eco Drive Support monitor design within the driver's instrument binnacle, a hybrid blue shift-by-wire gear lever and hybrid-exclusive instrument panel ornamentation.

Active grade versions feature a hybrid blue brushed aluminium instrument panel finish, whilst high grade models offer a choice of Ice Blue leather or Black leather inserts.

Enhanced driving dynamics and safety

Reinforcing Toyota's commitment to improving the dynamic abilities of its vehicles, the Auris Touring Sports benefits from all the improvements made to the new Auris Hatchback. Enhancements to its bodyshell rigidity, suspension, steering, driving position and NVH characteristics offer drivers a more comfortable and engaging driving experience.

New bracing and reinforcements to the underbody, and front and rear structures have increased body rigidity. The extensive use of high tensile steel in the bodyshell construction has helped to minimise the vehicle's overall weight.

Especially for the Toyota Auris Touring Sports, the rear opening frame rigidity has been designed to deliver a torsional rigidity comparable with hatchback - through reinforcing the body around the tail gate opening as an example - even though the body is longer and the tail gate opening is wider.

In addition, reducing the Auris model range's overall height by 55 mm, ground clearance by 10 mm and the height of the new front seats by 40 mm has lowered the vehicle's centre of gravity, benefitting the Auris Touring Sports' high speed stability and cornering agility. The lowered centre of gravity also allows for a reduction in spring rates for greater ride comfort.

Numerous components of the front MacPherson strut suspension have been revised, including the design of the upper support, bound stopper, coil spring and shock absorber. The spring rate has been reduced and the shock absorbers fine-tuned to combine ride comfort with superior stability and excellent steering response.

1.33 litre petrol and 1.4 litre diesel engine models feature torsion beam rear suspension, whilst 1.6 litre petrol, 2.0 litre diesel and full hybrid models are fitted with a double wishbone system to the rear.

The Electric Power Steering (EPS) itself has been tuned in order to enhance feeling and driving precision. The steering column benefits from a more rigid attachment to ensure a linear steering feel, a new EPS control suppresses changes in steering force for improved linearity and a high gear ratio provides greater steering response. In all, these revisions equip the EPS with more directness, better feedback and quicker turn for greater vehicle agility.

Extensive NVH measures ensure that the new Auris Touring Sports not only offers a comfortable ride, but is also quiet. Comprehensive soundproofing within the engine bay, front wheel arches and dashboard has minimised both engine and road noise within the cabin.

Illustrating Toyota's continued commitment to develop new cars to the highest safety standards, the new Toyota Auris Touring Sports has been awarded the maximum 5-star safety rating under the new, tougher Euro NCAP programme for 2013.

Equipped with ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and an emergency brake signal function, the new Auris is also equipped with driver and front passenger, knee, side and curtain shield SRS airbags.

The use of a variety of energy absorbing components including a bumper support and a lower tray that helps to minimise collision energy has allowed the optimisation of pedestrian impact performance and also meets the designer's intention to deliver sleek side silhouette.

Full hybrid - a compelling proposition

The launch of the Auris Hybrid in 2010 made Toyota the first manufacturer to offer a choice of three powertrains in the C-segment. Since its launch, some 80,000 full hybrid versions of the Auris have been sold, making it the second most popular full hybrid in Europe, after the Prius.

The new Auris Hybrid Touring Sports' HSD powertrain features improvements to further enhance Toyota's unique, full hybrid driving experience. Especially important for those who drive daily for professional reasons, the hybrid system delivers a relaxing and stress-free driving experience helping to create a good sense of well-being.

The control logic of the Hybrid Synergy Drive system's seamless, planetary gear transmission has been modified to give a smoother, more natural feeling to vehicle acceleration, with a closer relationship between vehicle speed and engine revs.

Capable of operating both independently and in combination, the HSD system's 1.8 litre VVT-i petrol engine and electric motor generate a maximum power output of 136 DIN hp (100 kW), equipping the Auris Hybrid Touring Sports with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 11.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 180 km/h.

Conversely, the Auris Hybrid Touring Sports returns class-leading, highly tax-efficient CO2 emissions of just 85 g/km. In addition, it generates significantly lower NOx and NO particulate (PM) emissions than diesel engined cars of comparable performance.

Moreover, when operating in a unique, switchable EV mode not available to mild hybrid vehicles, the new full hybrid generates zero CO2, NOx and PM emissions.

The Auris Hybrid Touring Sports powertrain is designed to eliminate the need for the petrol engine as often as possible during city driving. Toyota's own data show that the cumulative effect of full hybrid operation leads to high proportions of zero-emissions, EV driving.

The new Auris Hybrid Touring Sports represents outstanding value for money. CO2 emissions of 85 g/km offer customers significant, pan-European tax incentives, inner city congestion charge exemption and exceptionally low running costs. Service, maintenance and repair can be more than 50% lower than those of Diesel competitors.

Efficient petrol and diesel powertrains

Complementing the first full hybrid powertrain in the C-segment wagon market, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports will be available with the same petrol and diesel engine range as the Auris hatchback; a choice of 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i and 1.6 litre Valvematic petrol engines, and improved 1.4 litre and 2.0 litre D-4D diesel engines.

In conjunction with Toyota's Stop & Start technology and an advanced Multidrive S transmission, CO2 emissions are highly competitive across the entire Auris Touring Sports engine range. The 1.33 and 1.6 litre petrol engines generate 127 and 139 g/km respectively, the 2.0 litre diesel 115 g/km, and the 1.4 litre diesel just 109 g/km.

1.33l Dual VVT-i

Featuring Toyota Stop & Start system, the 1.33 litre petrol engine is equipped with Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent (VVT-i) technology and a high compression ratio of 11.5:1, which increases the thermal efficiency of the engine. It generates 73 kW/ 99 DIN hp and maximum torque of 128 Nm at 3,800 rpm.

This excellent dynamic performance is combined with fuel consumption from 5.5 l/100 km and CO2 emissions from 127 g/km.

The small bore, long stroke unit is exceptionally lightweight and compact, improving the vehicle's power-to-weight ratio. It features a resin-type cylinder head cover and intake manifold, and the intake channel has been streamlined to optimise airflow for improved combustion efficiency.

Dual VVT-i helps boost response levels across the entire rev range by varying the air-fuel intake and exhaust valve timing to suit the conditions at any given time. In addition to improving torque at low and medium engine speeds, the system also reduces emissions and enhances fuel efficiency.

1.6l Valvematic petrol engine

Offering class-leading efficiency, power and torque, Valvematic is a further development of Toyota's highly successful Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent (Dual VVT-i) system.

Valvematic takes VVT-i technology a step forward by adding lift and duration control to the inlet valve variable timing. This improves intake airflow volume and speed management - and, subsequently, combustion process management - to deliver more power for less fuel consumption, with reduced CO2 emissions. The adoption of Valvematic further reduces pumping losses under light engine loads, further lowering fuel consumption.

Valvematic efficiency is further improved through the adoption of a variable length inlet manifold. This acts as an accelerator at low to medium engine speeds, maximising inlet air speed for optimum combustion efficiency.

Available with either a six-speed manual or MultiDrive S automatic transmission, the 1.6-litre Valvematic engine develops 97 kW / 132 DIN hp and a maximum torque of 160 Nm at only 4,400 rpm. When equipped with the manual transmission the unit returns a combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.1 l/100 km and generates CO2 emissions of only 140 g/km.

MultiDrive S transmission reduces both fuel consumption and emissions, to 6.0 l/100 km and 139 g/km respectively.

1.4l D-4D diesel engine

Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the 1.4 litre D-4D engine develops 66kW / 90 DIN hp and maximum torque of 205 Nm at only 1,800 to 2,800 rpm.

The 1.4 D-4D 90 turbodiesel unit also features the Stop & Start system as standard and benefits from Toyota Optimal Drive technology, maximising performance and driveability whilst minimising fuel consumption, and CO2 and particulate emissions.

Engine warm-up time is minimised through the installation of a new coolant by-pass system that helps to reduce heat losses in engine coolant during start-up.

Latest generation piezoelectric injectors control the fuel volume and the timing of the injection more accurately. The high speed reaction time of Piezo injectors makes multi-phase high speed injection possible. This has the effect of both lowering the rate of combustion expansion and effecting a more thorough burn within the combustion chamber, thus further reducing particulate, NOx and CO2 emissions.

This, allied to higher common rail injection pressures of 160 Mpa, results in shorter injection times, combining a faster engine response with improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.

2.0l D-4D diesel engine

Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the 91kW/124 DIN hp 2.0 litre D-4D turbodiesel engine has been extensively revised and now features the Stop & Start system as standard.

The unit features a new variable turbocharger with a lower friction bearing system and an electric actuator. CO2 emission-reducing lubrication and cooling circuit improvements include a 2-stage pressure oil pump with improved oil jet, an optimised water pump with a reduced flow rate, and a twin-chamber oil pan to improve engine warming speeds.

Exhaust emissions are further lowered through a new glow plug control strategy and improvements to the construction and coating of the DPF.

The use of a resin cylinder head cover, oil cooler bracket and water pipe reduce engine weight by 3kg. The reduction of friction through the adoption of a low friction vacuum pump, a low friction timing chain and low viscosity oil further enhance fuel efficiency. And combustion improvement through a new piston bowl shape and the new glow strategy has perceptibly lowered engine NVH.

As a result, the engine is quieter, torque delivery has improved and CO2 emissions have been lowered to 115 g/km. Fuel consumption has also fallen, to 4.4 l/100km over the combined cycle.

MultiDrive S

Available on the 1.6 Valvematic petrol version of the new Auris Touring Sports, MultiDrive S is a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) with a fully automatic seamless shift mode or a sequential, stepped 7-speed Sport mode.

In automatic mode, the system is optimised for quietness and fuel economy, precisely matching the transmission to the engine at all times by monitoring accelerator pedal angle, vehicle speed and braking force.

In 7-speed sport sequential shiftmatic mode, the step position can be selected by the selector lever or shift paddle switch. In Sport mode, the system is optimised for response and direct engine control.

Sport mode also features precise cornering control. Upon detecting deceleration, the system downshifts and applies engine braking to assist the braking force. On corner exits, predictive downshift logic controls the system to ensure the optimal gear ratio is selected for required level of acceleration.

Grade strategy and equipment

The new Toyota Auris Touring Sports will be available in four grades: Live, Active, Style and Lounge. Each grade is clearly differentiated through both equipment specification and exterior and interior styling.

For instance, the high quality dashboard ornament panel is available in a range of six finishes to clearly differentiate between grades; metallic black for the Live grade, metallic silver for the Active grade, carbon black for the Style grade and genuine black leather for Lounge grade models. The Auris Hybrid Touring Sports models feature a Metallic ice grey finish for the Active grade and genuine ice grey or black leather for Lounge grade models.

Comprehensive Equipment Specification

Even at Live level, the new Toyota Auris Touring Sports' standard equipment specification has been carefully considered to simplify and enhance life on board, with the inclusion of a Follow Me Home headlamp function and Hill Start Assist.

Active grade builds on the Live specification, enhancing the exterior design with a front-grille-mounted chrome bar, painted black aluminium roof rails and front foglights. Standard equipment includes automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, a height adjustable front passenger seat, a rear centre armrest and the Toyota Touch advanced multimedia system with USB/iPod connectivity and a rear camera.

To the already comprehensive Active specification, the Style grade adds a unique sports seat design and trim, a carbon finish instrument panel, rear privacy glass, scuff plates and 17" alloy wheels.

To the Active standard specification, the Lounge grade adds leather upholstery and trim, rear electric windows, dual-mode air conditioning, dusk, rain and anti-dazzle rear view mirror sensors, cruise control and an adjustable speed limiter (for CVT models), Simple Intelligent Park Assist (SIPA), Smart Entry and Start System and 16" alloy wheels.

A hybrid-specific Active standard specification further includes 15" ECO alloy wheels, LED rear combination lights, a graphite lower front grille, push start, and a unique instrument panel design featuring high grade meters and an LCD multi-information display. To this standard specification, the hybrid-specific Lounge grade adds 17" alloy wheels.

Depending on grade, a comprehensive list of advanced, comfort and convenience-enhancing options for the new Auris range will include Bi-HID headlamps, an Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), Automatic High Beam (AHB), folding door mirrors, Smart Entry and Start System, cruise control, a 1,553 mm long by 960 mm wide Skyview panoramic sunroof (one of the largest in the segment), the Toyota Touch and Go, and Touch & Go Plus, navigation systems, a JBL Premium audio system and Simple Intelligent Park Assist (SIPA).

Simple Intelligent Park Assist (SIPA)

Fitted as standard on Lounge grade and an option on Active grade models, the new Auris Touring Sports features Simple Intelligent Park Assist (SIPA); an Easy Set function making it easier and significantly quicker to use.

The system uses a rear camera, and ultrasonic sensors on the front side and rear bumper to identify viable parallel parking spaces. It will then automatically apply the correct sequence of steering angles for the parking manoeuvre into the target space; all the driver needs do is control the vehicle's speed.

Toyota Touch

Available from Active grade in the new Auris Touring Sports, Toyota Touch is a 6.1 inch, full colour, touch-screen interface which represents a new approach to affordable, on-board multimedia systems.

It incorporates AM/FM radio with an optional DAB+ receiver, a CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with a music streaming facility, and an AUX jack and a USB port for the connection of portable music players, with the facility to display iPod album cover art.

Both the hybrid drive system Energy Monitor and fuel consumption information can be displayed, and a rear view camera is fitted as standard.

Upgraded Toyota Touch & Go

Building on the Toyota Touch multimedia base unit, an upgraded Toyota Touch & Go system offers customers a full map navigation system which represents the best value for money on the market, a connectivity booster, and access to online content and apps, including a new Twitter App.

Including all the most popular navigation functions, such as an advanced traffic function with premium information in 10 European countries, and speed and safety camera warnings (where legal), the upgraded navigation system now also features junction view images at intersections, tunnel view images, an automatic zoom function and improved speed camera and speed limit warnings.

The system has been improved to provide a more accurate ETA (estimated time of arrival) and better route selection, using a traffic patterns database (based on collected historical data) that allows it to consider average speeds on road segments en route depending on time, day and month.

In conjunction, the system now includes new traffic functions which provide more relevant feedback and access information useful to the driver regarding the traffic ahead.

Using a compatible mobile phone, via Bluetooth, Toyota Touch & Go also offers on-board connectivity to Google Local Search -the largest and most up-to-date search database in the world.

In addition to the five million points of interests stored in the map database, Toyota Touch & Go also offers, as standard, on-board access to Google Local Search, Yandex and other TBD search engines, using a compatible mobile phone, via Bluetooth.

The installation of Touch & Go also upgrades the multimedia base unit with the addition of an SMS on-screen send and receive function incorporating the contact person image display from the compatible Bluetooth smartphone.

Several Apps are already available to download, including fuel prices, weather and parking space information, and a new Twitter App has been developed to allow Toyota owners to stay in touch with the 500 million Twitter users over the course of their journey.

Unique in the mainstream C-segment, the Twitter App will be available to all vehicles equipped with the Toyota Touch & Go system, from later this year. Users can tweet a range of both personal and system generated templates whilst driving (free text input and URL links are blocked for safety reasons). Because the App is fully integrated into the navigation system, the templates can include destination and ETA information.

Toyota Touch & Go has been designed specifically to be both affordable and flexible. The system can be easily upgraded with the newest functions, updated maps and the latest Apps, as they become available.

Upgraded Toyota Touch & Go Plus

Available on Lounge grade models, Touch & Go Plus adds numerous new, advanced technology features to Toyota's remarkable touch-screen multimedia system.

It features advanced voice recognition for navigation address input, one-shot destination entry, music search and play, and phone contact search and call.

Synchronised with a compatible Bluetooth mobile phone the system can send and receive emails, and display your calendar. It also has a text-to-speech message readout facility for SMS, Emails and traffic messages. The Go Plus further includes a Gracenote database that allows for the precise selection by voice of the various audio files stored on the portable device, as well as a convenient 'Play More Like This' music function. And the upgraded system will now support the multi-tasking of apps.

Enhanced satellite navigation mapping incorporates 3D modelling of major cities and landmarks, where the database is available.

The system includes three years free map and software upgrades, and users can receive the updates either via their local retailer or by visiting my.toyota.eu.

JBL GreenEdge Premium Sound System

The new Toyota Auris Touring Sports may be equipped with a 9-speaker JBL Premium Sound System which features GreenEdge technology. GreenEdge technologies are engineered holistically to ensure that the speakers, amplifier, equalization and even component placement work together as a cohesive and efficient system, combining low electricity consumption with high sound quality.

At the heart of the system is a compact, powerful JBL GreenEdge amplifier. Because the amplifier's Tracking Power Technology measures audio input in real time, only the necessary electricity is provided to the amplification circuit. This greatly reduces heat loss, and effects a 50% reduction in current drawn from the vehicle's alternator.

High-efficiency JBL GreenEdge speakers generate twice the sound output levels of conventional speakers for the same power consumption. They feature custom designed acoustic lenses to spread a more powerful sound across an even wider frequency range.

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