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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 18th 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Corolla morphs into new hybrid Apetrol-electric Corolla could take over as Toyota’s hybrid spearhead in Australia. PaulGoverreports T HE greener new Co- rolla is set for an unveiling in Europe later this year, and is more than just a dream machine for Australia. It could easily take one of the eight places confirmed for new hybrids inside the next four years, giving Toyota the starting-price rival to the up- coming Honda Insight being set for a $30,000 price point next year. Toyota has just confirmed plans for the eight new cars, from the new Prius and local- ly made Camry hybrid that will hit the road in 2010, to replacements for the existing Lexus RX, GS and LS hybrids. It refuses tocommentonthe blank spaces in its product plan, but the chief of the Prius program confirms Toyota is looking for a Corolla-sized contender. He even gave a green light to sharing Corolla components with the all-new Prius to increase thecommon- ality between the cars. ‘‘We are now studying. I’m sorry, but I cannot give the exact name of the car, whether it is Corolla-class,’’ says the chief engineer of the Prius, Akihiko Otsuka. ‘‘That is the biggest reason why we adopted the platform, as it is easy to utilise for other hybrid models.’’ The Corolla hybrid will star for Toyota at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, where it will be displayed with Auris badges. But it is also being readied for full-scale production as the Corolla, and for amuchbroad- er range of countries. Toyota refuses to comment on the potential for a Corolla hybrid, but admits it needs to get a better price than the $39,900 tag for thenewPrius to get younger buyers into petrol-electric cars. ‘‘We have to expand the customer range. At the mo- ment the Prius is still the hybrid entry model, so we have tomakea smaller hybrid also,’’ Otsuka says. ‘‘The biggest challenge is the cost itself, because the cost of a small car is quite limited.’’ In Australia, the focus now is on the locally made Camry with hybrid synergy drive. The sales forecast is 10,000 cars a year, and it will be in showrooms early next year. ‘‘Camry hybrid is in pro- duction in December,’’ says Toyota Australia’s chief of sales and marketing, Dave Buttner. And other hybrid models? ‘‘Three will be revealed as we get closer to each launch,’’ Buttner says. ‘‘Our expectation is that one will be completely new and two will be offered on existing models in our range.’’ He is keen to get the cars coming, but also looking for- ward to other carmakers land- ing new hybrids in Australia. ‘‘As other manufacturers start to see the benefit of the technology, we need to devel- op it,’’ Buttner says. ‘‘As you get more people releasing more products, you get to critical mass. ‘‘The snowball has already started rolling down the hill. ‘‘Toyota welcomes that be- cause it puts hybrids more to the forefront and more into consumers’ minds.’’ CUTTING-EDGE: The Corolla hybrid will star for Toyota at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Lexus hybrid won’t see Aussie shores The revolutionary Lexus HS250h hybrid will not make it to Australia. The compact, affordable, sporty hybrid wasunveiled at the Detroit MotorShowat the start the year as part of a plan to bring petrol- electric power to younger, keener drivers. It was originally only set for the USA, but talk at Detroit included a right-hand drive model and sales in Australia. Now, sadly, the plan is dead. ‘‘We won’t get it,’’ Toyota Australia chief of sales and marketing Dave Buttner says simply. The HS plan copped the chop because it could not be certified for sales in Europe and there was insufficient demand from other right-hand drive countries. ‘‘Europe is not taking it so we won’t get it — it’s going to be USA only,’’ Buttner says. Farewell Grant, welcome Adam! After 25 years with Motors, Grant Absolom has resigned and will be moving to Queensland with his wife on July 31. Taking up Grant’s position is Adam Dobbie, with plenty of vehicle sales experience in Hobart. 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