Toyota has retained its number one spot as the world’s biggest manufacturer beating its closest
rival GM by 270,000 units. Toyota sold 9.98 million vehicles during 2013 up 2% from the year before as Toyota also announced plans to sell 10.32 million vehicles in 2014. Toyota has still managed to revive its fate after the damages it faced in the 2011 tsunami. The tsunami and earthquake in 2011 caused extensive widespread devastation which affected car suppliers and production.
Toyota has also been facing reputational issues after a series of recalls and safety issues as more than 14 million vehicles have been recalled since 2009. However, at the end of 2013, Japan’s exports saw their biggest annual rise for three years. Car exports also rose to 31.3% year-on-year, as the Japanese yen saw big falls in value against the dollar. Toyota has been the top manufacturer in the world for more than 70 years. Toyota was the king of automakers till 2011. However, it regained the number one position in 2012.
GM sold 9.71 million vehicles last year, while Germany’s Volkswagen came in third with sales of 9.5 million vehicles. Toyota’s leading models have been Lexus and Prius hybrid models. Toyota’s sales target for 2014 is 10.32 million which is significant as no carmaker has gone beyond the 10 million mark. The three largest carmakers all had a strong 2013, and the figures are an indication of a healthy global automotive sector.
There are more people carriers to choose from than ever before, but as well as practicality and space – style is now a key requirement for many buyers. That may explain why the first Corolla Verso was only sold for two years before being replaced. The original model looked bulky, didn’t drive well and lacked the practicality of rivals. Thankfully its replacement was a much better offering with a well appointed cabin, stylish looks and clever seven-seat flexibility. The third row of seats is a little cramped and difficult to access but the Corolla Verso is comfortable on the move and feels refined and well built.
A top five-star Euro NCAP rating makes the Corolla Verso one of the safest MPVs around. Nine airbags are fitted as standard – two front, four side, two curtain and a knee bag to prevent the driver’s legs hitting the dashboard while Isofix child seat mounts are fitted to the rear seats. All models get anti-lock brakes and stability control is available on top-spec T3, T-Spirit and T180 cars.
Like any Toyota the Corolla Verso will be superbly reliable, The interior is robust and well finished and reported problems with Toyota’s are rare while the dealer service is excellent.
The Toyota Avensis Verso is a well equipped and reasonably practical MPV that is totally reliable. The Avensis Verso may have seven seats, but it’s closer in size to compact MPVs than fully-fledged people carriers. As a result, the rear two seats are only really suited to children.
Power comes from two 2.0-litre engines – a 115bhp D4-D diesel or a 147bhp VVT-i petrol. Both are only just up to the job of hauling around what is a fairly heavy car and can feel breathless on the motorway or when there is maximum luggage on aboard. Neither engine is especially refined, either. While the petrol delivers its power smoothly and is civilised around town, it becomes boomy at higher speeds.
Two trims are offered, and even the cheaper T3 cars have climate control, a CD player, remote central locking, all-round electric windows and six airbags. T-Spirit adds alloy wheels, roof rails and a DVD player with two headrest-mounted screens, but you’ll pay a hefty premium for these.
Toyota Avensis received a facelift, and along came the whole new standard kit, now known as Toyota Avensis Verso. As per using ‘Verso’ with its name, the new Avensis will actually be full of surprises, vividly styled and outstandingly pleasurable. It is designed to pamper the needs of most of the families for being a seven seater that is spacious enough to lodge the usual groceries. It is believed that Avensis Verso will soon find its way to the top list of buyers who prefer mini or a maxi MPV.
A 2.0-litre D-4D engine is fitted in the Toyota Avensis Verso. This engine for Toyota Avensis Verso provides a combined economy of 43.5mpg. The mechanical parts are left unchanged but some major changes are made to the exterior instead. Headlamps are given a sleeker look and the rear lamps are also been redesigned to give a smooth effect. It comprises wonderful on-road characteristics and Toyota Avensis Verso engine problems have not been recorded yet. This family car is indeed very cozy but the luggage space is somewhat wasted by the fixed rear seat which does not fold flat into the floor. All of these cars come with High spec CD play and automatic air conditioning, alloy wheels, satellite navigation, airbags and ABS.
The new 2013 Toyota Avensis enhances the spaciousness, practicality and fuel efficiency of the current, third generation model. It has a bolder and more refined exterior design, and the interior has been improved too. The finish quality has been improved along with comfort. The (NVH) Noise, Vibration and Harshness has been made better too. The new enhanced driving dynamics offer even greater value for money. Toyota is also introducing the Touch and Go plus which is a further advancement of its existing affordable multimedia system.
The best selling Toyota Avensis engine for sale is the 2.0 litre D-4D turbodiesel has been revised as well to give significant improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The 2.0 litre D-4D has 119g/km of CO2 emissions which brings generous benefits to both private and fleet buyers. The Toyota Avensis has been tailor made for the European market with a choice of two body styles, three diesel and three petrol engines.
The Toyota Avensis 2.0 litre D-4D has been equipped with a Diesel Particulate Filer (DPF), which improves fuel efficiency and cuts down on CO2 emissions. It does so without sacrificing ride comfort, handling performance, noise or braking distance.