Archive for June, 2011

Toyota is coming up with a production version of its sports hybrid GRMN convertible concept.

The model was first unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2011, and Toyota are plannign to reveal a revised version of the same car at Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race this weekend.

Much like the old car, power is fed to all four wheels via a mid-mounted V6 petrol engine for rear drive, whilst an electric motor borrowed from the Lexus RX450 drives the front. It can drive in silent EV mode in the city, with the V6 firing up when called upon.

Engine displacement has been increased by 200cc to 3.5-litres, with power up from 208bhp to 246bhp. When combined with the electric motor, the revised roadster produces a maximum output of 295bhp, up from 268bhp. Weight has also increased by 200kgs to 1500kgs.

Externally, the ‘Ring car features ‘advanced styling,’ according to Toyota. Gone are the heavily influenced MR2 details – the platform on which it’s based. The front nose is far more rounded – almost shark-like – and the headlights are no longer enclosed. The front bumper, too, is completely redesigned with a more aggressive front splitter.

At 4350mm long, 1890mm wide and 1200 tall, the GRMN is 270mm longer, 150mm wider and 195mm lower than the Honda CR-Z, the closest comparative model as a sports hybrid car.


Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. on 16th June announced the launch of the Stunning New Corolla Altis in India. The New Corolla Altis has been distinctively designed to give it a advanced and dynamic look. The petrol variant comes with an all new powerful 2ZR Dual VVT-I engine and super CVT-i with 7 speed sequential shiftmatic enhancing the output and torque. The new contemporary styling and enhanced performance makes the New Corolla Altis a perfect combination of dynamism and performance

The petrol variant will come with an all new powerful engine – 2ZR Dual VVT-i Engine 1798 CC, producing an increased output of 140 PS @ 6400 rpm and an improved torque of 173 Nm @ 4000 rpm. The new engine is designed to provide excellent driving performance, best in class fuel economy and environmental performance with lower emission.

The petrol variant is available in both super CVT-i with 7 speed sequential shiftmatic or 6 speed manual transmission. The 4 speed AT in the petrol variant has now given way to the super CVT-i with 7 speed sequential shiftmatic. The 5 speed manual transmission (MT) has also been upgraded to a 6 speed MT. This will enable a smooth change in gears and a better control over the car with more gear options, excellent driveability, and class leading fuel economy. The enhanced low to mid speed range torque and high speed range output will provide smoother acceleration in high traffic and greater acceleration on highways.

The Diesel variant retains its 1ND D-4D Diesel Engine with Variable Nozzle Turbo & Intercooler with 6 speed manual transmission. It continues to provide, best in class fuel economy of 21.45 kmpl.

The diesel and petrol variants get advanced and dynamic exteriors and the latest in luxury features. The new advanced interior creates an advanced and refined atmosphere. The new plush leather perforated seats, darker grey upper interior colour and the dark wood finish adorns the interiors giving a richer feel. The New Corolla Altis is equipped with an array of the latest luxury features – push start/stop button, smart entry, new DVD touch screen audio with bluetooth, new design optitron meter with eco diving indicator, remote boot opener and reverse sensor.
The New Corolla Altis incorporates an elegant and sporty design in an advanced and dynamic form and embodies class above overall quality. With its sleek front headlamps, dynamic grille and stylish rear design, the New Corolla Altis exudes a bold, strong and commanding presence. The diesel variant gets new design grill with bar and mesh. This new attention grabbing presence brings joy and pride of ownership.

The New Corolla Altis is available in array of 7 exciting colours.

Present at the launch Mr. Michihiko Sato, Chief Engineer – Corolla Altis , Toyota Motor Corporation said “Following half a century of continuous evolution, responding to the needs of the times, the New Corolla Altis design and driving performance has been further refined to continue being a leader in its class. The contemporary styling and intelligent performance takes the experience of owning a Corolla Altis to an all new high. The New Corolla Altis represents the best of global motoring experience and also further strengthens Toyota’s commitment to the Indian market”

Mr. Hiroshi Nakagawa, Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) said, “The Toyota Corolla Altis has constantly been a leader in its class. We are delighted to now introduce the New Corolla Altis that will offer an exclusive blend of contemporary styling, luxurious features and intelligent performance, in response to the latest customer demands of the times.We hope to take customer delight to an all new level with the Stunning New Corolla Altis.”

Mr. Sandeep Singh, Deputy Managing Director, Marketing, TKM, added, “The New Corolla Altis is aimed at providing newness to the product and offers the latest in technology and design.The Stunning New Corolla Altis is Genius inside and Gorgeous outside. With an all new engine and transmission and contemporary styling the New Corolla Altis is a perfect blend of genius performance and gorgeous style. The New Corolla Altis is intended to appeal to the customer who seeks the ultimate combination of style, power and driving comfort. The New Corolla Altis will be available in the price range of 10,53,300 and 14,77,400 ( petrol variant ) and 11,46,500 and 14,55,000 (diesel variant), ex-showroom Delhi and will be available at all Toyota dealerships from today.”

The New Features are as follows:

Exterior features: The New Corolla Altis’s gorgeous look is the perfect amalgamation of elegance and sportiness. Some of the advanced features include:
Distinctive front grille for a dynamic new look (also available in diesel)
Pronounced rear bumper, sleek rear combination LED tail lamps and rear chrome garnish for a sporty appearance
Front angular headlamps for a sharp and refined look
Luxury features:

Push Start/Stop button
Smart Entry
Thoughtfully designed backlit Optitron meter with eco driving indicator (also available in diesel)
6.1″ DVD Touchscreen Audio with bluetooth (also available in diesel)
Reverse sensor
Remote boot opener
Darker wood finish (also available in diesel)
Perforated leather seats (also available in diesel)
Rear arm rest with wood finish and lid for cup holder (also available in diesel)
The genius new Dual VVT- i petrol engine, provides the perfect blend of power, fuel efficiency and low emissions
New generation super CVT- i with 7 speed sequential shiftmatic or the 6-speed manual transmission