GOBBLE GOBBLE – TURKISH BUILT TOYOTA C-HR AUSTRALIAN LAUNCH CONFIRMED FOR 2017
It’s interesting to see that Toyota is introducing another hybrid into the Australian market. With the imminent demise of Camry, perhaps Toyota think that an import from Turkey will replace the Australian-built hybrid.
I recently had a drive of a Prius and apart from the ghastly white centre console, it wasn’t a bad car at all. In fact, it was pretty good. Not my kind of car mind you, but if the price was right, then perhaps it’s a car that could gain some traction.
And that is a good lead in for a comment on the attitude of our federal government. Leading nations around the world are subsidising fuel efficient cars that run on either a combination if electricity and petrol or just electricity. Isn’t it about time that we did the same?
“Toyota Australia has confirmed in a product introduction video that the Toyota C-HR will be launched in 2017. The production C-HR debuted at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and will enter production in European specifications at the Adapazari, Sakarya plant in northwestern Turkey later this year. Australia should get its version from this plant.
The Euro-spec Toyota C-HR will be built at the Adapazari, Sakarya in north-western Turkey.
The Toyota C-HR is the second model after the fourth-generation Toyota Prius to be based on the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) global platform. The Japanese automaker’s new sub-compact crossover was benchmarked against several popular cars like the VW Golf andAudi Q3 as well as others like Skoda Yeti during its development. Final changes are still to be made though, and to name one, the NVH levels are being reduced.
Globally, the Toyota C-HR will be available with three powertrains: 1.2-litre petrol, 2.0-litre petrol and 1.8-litre (petrol-electric) hybrid. In European specifications, the 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine makes 72 kW (97 hp) and 142 Nm of torque and will send drive to the front or all four wheels via a 6-speed manual and continuously variable transmission. The 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine churns out 110 kW (148 hp) and 193 Nm of torque and will send power to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. The hybrid powertrain combines a 72 kW (97 hp) 1.8-litre petrol engine with a 53 kW (71 hp) electric motor. Power is sent to the front wheels via an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission”.
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