Toyota in New Zealand

 

 

History of Toyota in New Zealand

Toyota cars have a rich history in New Zealand, spanning over six decades. In this blog, we will discuss the evolution of Toyota in New Zealand, from its early days to its current position as one of the leading car brands in the country.

The Toyota brand first arrived in New Zealand in 1965, when a small range of Toyopet models were introduced by the New Zealand Motor Corporation (NZMC). These models were initially imported from Japan, and while they were well-built, they struggled to gain a foothold in the local market due to their high price and the dominance of European and American brands at the time.

However, Toyota persevered and began to make inroads in the New Zealand market in the 1970s, with the introduction of the Corolla and Corona models. These cars were well-received by New Zealanders, thanks to their reliability, affordability, and fuel efficiency. Toyota began to expand its operations in New Zealand, establishing a local manufacturing plant in Thames in 1983, which produced the popular Corolla model.

Toyota continued to expand its range of models in New Zealand throughout the 1980s and 1990s, introducing the Camry, Celica, and MR2 models, among others. These models were well-regarded for their quality, reliability, and value for money, and Toyota began to establish itself as one of the leading car brands in New Zealand.

In the early 2000s, Toyota faced increased competition from other Asian brands, such as Hyundai and Kia, as well as European brands like Volkswagen and BMW. However, Toyota remained a popular choice for New Zealanders, thanks to its reputation for quality and reliability.

In recent years, Toyota has continued to innovate and adapt to the changing needs of the New Zealand market. The brand has introduced a range of hybrid and electric models, such as the Prius and the Corolla Hybrid, in response to growing concerns about climate change and fuel efficiency. These models have been well-received by New Zealanders, and Toyota has maintained its position as one of the top-selling car brands in the country.

In conclusion, the history of Toyota cars in New Zealand is a story of perseverance and adaptation. Despite facing initial challenges in the market, Toyota has established itself as a leading car brand in New Zealand, thanks to its reputation for quality, reliability, and innovation. Today, Toyota remains a popular choice for New Zealanders, and the brand's commitment to sustainability and innovation suggests that it will continue to thrive in the years to come. 

List of current Toyota models sold in New Zealand, along with some of their key features and specifications:

Toyota 86

·       2.0L 4-cylinder engine

·       6-speed manual or automatic transmission

·       Rear-wheel drive

·       7" touchscreen display

·       Bluetooth connectivity

·       Cruise control

·       Smart key and push-button start

 

Toyota Yaris

·       1.5L 4-cylinder engine

·       6-speed manual or automatic transmission

·       Front-wheel drive

·       Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

·       Lane departure alert with steering assist

·       Pre-collision safety system with pedestrian and cyclist detection

·       Adaptive cruise control

·       Toyota Corolla

·       1.8L or 2.0L 4-cylinder engine

·       6-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission

·       Front-wheel drive

·       Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (includes pre-collision safety system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, and dynamic radar cruise control)

·       Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

·       LED headlights and taillights

·       Blind spot monitoring

 

Toyota Prius

·       1.8L 4-cylinder engine with electric motor

·       Continuously variable transmission (CVT)

·       Front-wheel drive

·       Toyota Safety Sense (includes pre-collision safety system, lane departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high beams)

·       Smart key and push-button start

·       7" touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

·       Hybrid Synergy Drive system

 

Toyota Camry

·       2.5L 4-cylinder engine with electric motor

·       Continuously variable transmission (CVT)

·       Front-wheel drive

·       Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (includes pre-collision safety system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control, and road sign assist)

·       Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

·       Smart key and push-button start

·       9" touchscreen display

·       Toyota C-HR

·       1.2L or 1.8L 4-cylinder engine

·       Continuously variable transmission (CVT)

·       Front-wheel drive

·       Toyota Safety Sense (includes pre-collision safety system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high beams)

·       Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

·       Smart key and push-button start

·       8" touchscreen display

 

Toyota RAV4

·       2.0L or 2.5L 4-cylinder engine

·       Continuously variable transmission (CVT) or 8-speed automatic transmission

·       Front-wheel or all-wheel drive

·       Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (includes pre-collision safety system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control, and road sign assist)

·       Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

·       Smart key and push-button start

·       7" or 8" touchscreen display

 

Toyota Highlander

·       3.5L V6 engine with electric motor

·       Continuously variable transmission (CVT)

·       Front-wheel or all-wheel drive

·       Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (includes pre-collision safety system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control, and road sign assist)

·       Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

·       Smart key and push-button start

·       8" touchscreen display

 

Toyota Hilux

·       Engine: 2.8L 4-cylinder diesel or 3.0L 4-cylinder diesel

·       Horsepower: 201 hp (2.8L) or 164 hp (3.0L)

·       Torque: 369 lb-ft (2.8L) or 295 lb-ft (3.0L)

·       Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic

·       Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive

·       Towing capacity: up to 3,500 kg

·       Fuel economy: 8.0 L/100 km (combined) for 2.8L, 8.3 L/100 km (combined) for 3.0L

 

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

·       Engine: 2.8L 4-cylinder diesel

·       Horsepower: 201 hp

·       Torque: 369 lb-ft

·       Transmission: 6-speed automatic

·       Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive

·       Towing capacity: up to 3,000 kg

·       Fuel economy: 7.9 L/100 km (combined)

 

Please note that this list may not be exhaustive and the specifications provided may vary depending on the model year and trim level of the vehicle. It's always best to check with an authorized Toyota dealer or visit the official Toyota New Zealand website for the most up-to-date and accurate information on Toyota models and their specifications.

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