Toyota Australia has issued the following press release:
Toyota has unveiled a host of new models for 2006, including its important new large car, the Aurion, at the Melbourne International Motor Show.
The all-new Australian-built six-cylinder sedan is being previewed a few months out from launch in order to allow potential Australian large car buyers to know the vehicle is soon to be available.
The Aurion was styled to suit Australian tastes.
It is due for release in the second half of 2006, replacing the discontinued Avalon sedan as Toyota’s offering in the large car segment.
Toyota’s stand also features a Sportivo concept vehicle and a partially revealed Aurion Future Performance Concept (FPC). The concept cars provide styling hints about the sports and performance models in the Aurion line-up.
The FPC model is a pointer to a new Aurion-based performance sedan, due for local launch in the first half of 2007.
Styled by Toyota Style Australia and developed by Toyota Australia engineers, the new vehicle will be unique in the Toyota world and will feature styling cues taken from Toyota’s Formula One car.
It will be powered by a sports-tuned supercharged 3.5-litre V6 and will offer a complete package with the accent on excitement and athletic driving dynamics.
The supercharged engine will be displayed on the Toyota stand throughout the show.
The supercharged 2GR-FE engine was developed and tuned in Australia by a team of Toyota engineers working closely with local suppliers
It draws on motorsport engineering principles to deliver a new level of refined power and responsiveness to the performance car market.
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