Toyota Previews 2015 Avensis Ahead of Geneva Debut

toyota-avensis-facelift-geneva-3Who couldn’t be more excited about an amazing Toyota remodel!? Universal Toyota, that’s who! With all new innovative styles and the constant strive to create the perfect vehicle for you, Toyota keep raising the bar – especially with it’s 2015 Avensis!

Toyota has officially revealed images of its 2015 AvensisD-Segment family car, featuring a new front end design and a couple of new engines. Curiously, this marks the second time this third-generation Avensis has received a facelift.


The current generation Avensis was revealed back in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show, followed by a successful press launch in Milan where journalists raved about its ultra-modern styling, its spacious cabin and high quality interior.

Three years later it had already received its first facelift, which compared to what we’re looking at here, was a rather minor one. For 2015, the Avensis will take on front end features similar to those found on models such as the Auris and the Aygo – with all the design lines meeting towards the middle of the bonnet where the badge is.

The thin grille, large air intakes and dynamic looking headlights make this a more aggressive design than before – whether that’s a good thing or not, is hard to say. Some felt that the 2009 Avensis was the best looking of them all.

Still no word on what the back of the car looks like, or the interior for that matter, but inside we can expect better looking materials, a few new gadgets (such as Safety Sense active safety technology) and maybe even a new layout.

The 2015 Avensis will also come with EU6 compliant engines and possibly even a hybrid unit – similar to what the Auris and Yaris have up their sleeves. Whether all this will be enough to even slightly challenge the might of the all-new Passat and Mondeo, remains to be seen.

The full reveal will take place in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

Toyota Spices Up Camry and Corolla with New Special Edition Models

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The Camry and Corolla are arguably some of the best-selling sedans on the market for a reason! With their shiny, sleek exteriors and insanely comfortable interiors, the Camry and Corolla are designed to make your life that much better.

Stop by Universal Toyota today and have a look at our bubbling inventory of amazing vehicles!

Toyota will debut Special Edition versions of the Camry and Corolla at the Chicago Auto Show next week, with both limited edition models featuring a sportier look both inside and out.

One year after its major refresh, the Toyota Camry gets a Special Edition model for the 2016 model year, which brings a more dynamic appearance. Based on the Camry SE, the limited production 2016 Camry Special Edition’s exterior gets unique 18-inch alloy wheels with gloss black painted accents, smoked taillights, unique badge and two colors – Blizzard Pearl and new Blue Streak Metallic.

Inside, the limited edition model features high contrast blue stitching on the seats, shift boot, and dash, sport appearance seats trimmed with black SofTex bolsters and blue patterned inserts, sport meter cluster with blue details and white background as well as floor mats with logo.

Other standard features include a power tilt/slide moonroof, Entune Audio Plus system, Smart Key System with pushbutton start and Qi wireless charging. Camry Special Edition models are powered by the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

As for the Toyota Corolla Special Edition, it gets similar styling features to the Camry, as well as an improved driving experience thanks to the addition of steering wheel paddle shifters, rear disc brakes and Sport Driving Mode.

Based on the sporty Corolla S Plus grade, the 2016 Corolla Special Edition features unique 17-inch alloy wheels with gloss black finish, Special Edition badging, and three colors – exclusive Absolutely Red, Black Sand Pearl and Super White.

The Corolla Special Edition features a black interior with red contrast stitching, red accents on the dash and door trim and Special Edition floor mats with logo. Standard equipment also includes a Smart Key System with pushbutton start, while optional features include Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite, as well as power tilt/slide moonroof.

The Camry Special Edition will be produced in a “limited” run of about 12,000 units from August 2015 to January 2016, while the Corolla Special Edition will see 8,000 units being built between August and December 2015.

Toyota Announces WRC Return in 2017 with the Yaris, Akio Toyoda Test Drives it

Toyota-Yaris-WRC-0The futuristic Yaris WRC will be making a magnificent spectacle in 2017! Stop by Universal Toyota today and find out why the Yaris is the perfect choice for you!

Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has announced its return to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2017 with the Yaris WRC, a car developed and built entirely at its technical center in Cologne, Germany.

The Toyota Yaris WRC has already completed a preliminary test program on tarmac and gravel stages across Europe, with TMG to continue testing over the next two years to prepare for a return to the series in which it won four drivers’ and three manufacturers’ world titles in the 1990s.

Toyota president Akio Toyoda himself made the announcement at a news conference where the Yaris WRC made its public debut in its new launch livery. He proved he remains probably the coolest CEO in the automotive industry by test driving the car in Tahara, Japan, a week before the announcement. As stipulated by WRC regulations, the car is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct injection engine producing more than 300 hp.

Toyota says the Yaris WRC’s chassis has been developed using advanced simulation, testing and production techniques. The automaker has also announced that it has chosen Frenchman Eric Camilli as the first member of a junior driver development scheme, designed to nurture the Toyota rally stars of the future.

Camilli will be joined by Stéphane Sarrazin, winner of last year’s Tour de Corse and a racer in Toyota’s FIA World Endurance Championship team, and Sebastian Lindholm. Toyota’s development program will include several European WRC events, with different surfaces. However, the driver lineup for the 2017 season hasn’t been announced yet.

Toyota’s 2017 WRC return will come 18 years after its final WRC rally in 1999. That season marked the end of more than 25 years’ continuous rally activity at TMG, which began life as Andersson Motorsport, named after the company’s founder, the late Ove Andersson, and which competed in the WRC as Toyota Team Europe.

During that time the team achieved 43 wins, with iconic cars such as the Celica Twin-cam Turbo and GT-Four and the Corolla WRC. The line-up of legendary drivers included Carlos Sainz, Juha Kankkunen and Didier Auriol.

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