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Toyota C-HR
Toyota Proace Verso
Toyota Hilux 2016

TOYOTA went to town at the Geneva Motor Show with new or revised models gracing their stand including an all-new crossover, the C-HR, making its world debut.

The C-HR was first seen as a concept in Paris in 2014 and Frankfurt in 2015 and it has stuck very much to the original styling with its coupe-like lines, which Toyota say will establish a new direction amongst mid-sized crossovers.

The C-HR also brings innovation to its segment through the introduction of a hybrid powertrain, using Toyota's very latest 1.8-litre hybrid system which will be produced in Britain at Toyota's engine plant in Deeside, North Wales.

With COemissions of less than 90 g/km Toyota claim it is unrivalled within its segment. Alternatively, the Toyota C-HR is available with a new 115 bhp 1.2 litre turbo engine.

Also on show is the latest version of the Toyota Hilux, Europe's biggest-selling pick-up.

It's longer, wider and taller than the previous model and has increased towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes for the UK market.

It comes with a new 2.4-litre D-4D Global Diesel (GD) engine featuring stop/ttart and combines vastly improved torque delivery in the low and medium speed ranges with claimed class-leading fuel economy. The 16v DOHC four-cylinder 2,393cc unit generates 148 bhp.

Also making its debut on the Toyota stand is a new people carrier, the Proace Verso which has the flexibility of carrying up to nine people.

Available in three grades, Proace Verso will offer customers a choice of three body lengths across the entire model range, from the compact to the VIP version.

There will be a choice of five diesel powertrains varying in output from 94 to 177bhp. With a choice of manual, robotised manual and automatic transmissions, they target best-in-class COemissions.

High specification levels include user-friendly equipment such as rail-mounted sliding seats, opening rear tailgate glass, foot-operated automatic sliding side doors and a panoramic roof.

Safety standards are on a par with Toyota passenger cars and the Proace Verso has recently been awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test programme.

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