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Toyota Increase Model Range


There once was a time when buyers of new cars felt they could trust Toyota, but in the last three years or so they have experienced a mighty fall from grace. Problems with accelerator and brake pedals, amongst other things, seriously damaged the company’s reputation.

In July 2012, the Japanese company sold 5700 new cars in the UK. That’s an impressive twenty five per cent up on the same period last year, which appears to indicate that motorists have, by and large, forgiven them their transgressions and headed back to the showrooms. These improved figures are better than for the industry as a whole, suggesting that Toyota has re-established its reputation.

The bad news for Toyota is that, just in time for the summer release of no less than four new models, they now have a problem with nearly 800,000 RAV4 and Lexus models. It seems that lock nuts on the rear tie-rods were not tightened properly at assembly and this has allowed rust to develop, causing corrosion and possible failure of the part. It is suggested that this could cause handling problems. Toyota are sorting it out.

This is a shame as the company has started delivering the new Prius+ and Prius Plug-in models (of which more elsewhere on Motor Blogger) and the new Yaris Hybrid. This is a first for Toyota as the new Yaris is Europe’s first full hybrid supermini. The beauty of this car is that the dimensions and space of the original car have not been compromised by the new power train and batteries.

The jewel in the crown of these latest introductions has got be to be the GT86 (previously introduced on these pages) a brilliant back-to-basics sports car that subsequent reviews have deemed to be a triumph. It’s powered by a 2.0L Boxer engine, has good old fashioned rear-wheel drive and sensible wheels which all adds up to a package that’s about good old fashioned driving pleasure rather than brute power.

Customers are returning to Toyota and strong demand for a mix of the 17 model range is being seen in the showrooms. Toyota should have learned their lesson about build quality from the issues of the last few years.

The latest tie-rod problem only apparently affects RAV4 models built between 2006 and 2010 (accounting for the bulk of the recall) and some 18000 Lexus 250h vehicles from 2010 at a time when the other difficulties occurred, so hopefully things are back to where they should be and motorists can buy a Toyota with confidence.

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