The new Toyota Verso compact MPV will be introduced early in the New Year, joining the new, British-built Auris to strengthen Toyota’s presence in the family/compact car market.
Toyota is proud of the fact it created the compact SUV market with the launch of the original RAV4 back in 1994.
That pioneering three-door model – its name standing for Recreational Active Vehicle 4-wheel drive – was quite different from traditional 4x4s, being conceived as an “urban” all-wheel drive vehicle with a monocoque chassis rather than body-on-frame construction, and independent suspension. Power came from a relatively small 2.0-litre, transverse mounted petrol engine.
Toyota will enter the new GT86 sports car in the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race. The new coupes will join the Lexus LFA to form a three car team for the race held inGermanyfrom May 17 to 20. The cars will be run by the GAZOO Racing team which has been competing in the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race since 2007.
Toyota continues the expansion its hybrid technology into new areas of the market with the launch this summer of Prius+, Europe’s first full hybrid seven-seat MPV. The ground-breaking new model, which combines traditional people carrier practicality with ultra-efficient performance, is also the first mainstream Toyota hybrid to use a lighter and more compact lithium-ion battery pack.