After conquering the Southeast Asia and the United States of America, the Toyota Corolla Cross has finally been launched in its homeland, Japan.
However, the Japan-spec Toyota Corolla Cross here looks quite different compared to what we get in this part of the world, with the most obvious difference being the front fascia.
Exterior of the Toyota Corolla Cross in Japan
Available in a total of eight colours in Japan, the headlights, grille, and the front bumper of the Japan-spec Corolla Cross feature a new design and look much more exciting than our Corolla Cross. The rear end however, looks just like the model sold here.
Built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform, the JDM Corolla Cross is powered by a 1.8 litre four-cylinder Dual VVT-i naturally-aspirated petrol engine making 140 PS 170 Nm of torque.
Hybrid Corolla Cross
There is also a Hybrid variant for sale in Japan which delivers class-leading fuel efficiency of 26.2 km/L, and comes with an their E-Four electric 4WD system. Paired to the engines of all variants is the same Super CVT-I transmission.
As for suspension, MacPherson struts are used for the front on all Corolla Cross grades. 2WD grades feature newly developed torsion beams and large rubber bushings in the rear, while the E-Four grades are fitted with a double wishbone setup in the rear.
As for the interior, things are looking quite similar to what we get here. LEDs are used for all cabin illumination, helping to achieve an interior that is somewhat luxurious and sophisticated, but casual at the same time.
All grades of the all-new Corolla Cross in Japan come equipped as standard with the latest edition of Toyota Safety Sense, providing driving support in all aspects of everyday usage scenarios.
Parking Support Brake and Back Guide Monitor are also fitted as standard to all grades, enabling users to drive with peace of mind even in narrow spaces such as car parks.
Plus Support is also available, to control sudden acceleration due to misapplication of the accelerator pedal, whether or not there are obstacles nearby.
The all-new Corolla Cross offers some of the best luggage capacity in its class, with 487 litres available even when seating five.
The large luggage door is set at a height of 720 mm above-ground, to make it easier even for shorter users to load and unload luggage.
And then we have the Hands-free Power Back Door which is operated simply by carrying a key and placing one’s foot under the rear bumper.
With the resumption of business activities in the auto sector as well as other industries, UMW Toyota Motor is looking forward to the return to normalcy.
The closure of retail outlets nationwide had an impact on the business, particularly in terms of new vehicle bookings and sales during the months of June, July and part of August.
“It has certainly been challenging for us, but we understand the necessity of the actions taken by the government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. On our part, we have made sure that our workforce has been vaccinated so that we can safely resume and continue our activities at our facilities around the country,” said President of UMW Toyota Motor, Ravindran. K.
Ravindran said that the total sales volume of new Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the month of August was 2,524 units, 56% lower than for the same month in 2020.
However, when comparing the first 8 months of 2021 with the same period in 2020, the total sale volume of Toyota and Lexus vehicles was 38,085 units in 2021 and 31,734 units in 2020.
This was due to the continued strong sales momentum that started last year, especially with the exemption of SST (Sales & Service Tax).
“We will be having sales promotions in the coming months so if you are shopping for a new vehicle, look out for them as you will get great deals and of course, save on sales tax until the end of the year,” he said.
“Our loyal customers are also not forgotten and we will soon announce a new program that will reward them for their loyalty to the brand over more than five decades.”
For the month of September, customers can enjoy the lowest instalment for the Toyota Yaris from RM493 a month with EZ Beli, while those who buy a Toyota RAV4 can get a cash rebate of up to RM10,000.
All models have exemption of sales tax until the end of 2021, and customers can save up to RM17,391 for the popular Toyota Alphard MPV with this exemption.
Meanwhile, production activities have resumed at the two assembly plants in Selangor. While there is a small backlog of orders to meet due to the shutdown, UMW Toyota Motor expects to be able to deliver new vehicles to customers within a reasonable time-frame.
While the Toyota Prius has become a thing of the past in Malaysia, the model is still doing extremely well in some parts of the world, such the United States of America.
The model is so popular there that it became the first dedicated hybrid model to join Toyota’s growing family of Nightshade special editions for 2022.
FWD and AWD-e versions
Available in either front-wheel drive or AWD-e versions, the new Prius Nightshade brings an unexpectedly bold style to the car that made “hybrid” a household word.
Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, the fourth-generation Prius adds a Nightshade Special Edition alongside the L Eco, LE, LE AWD-e, XLE, XLE AWD-e and Limited grades.
New for 2022, all Prius grades add a standard Rear Seat Reminder. This vital safety feature, which is designed to activate based on door sequencing logic, can alert the driver that a child or pet remains in the back seat when the car is stopped, the transmission is shifted into park and the car is turned off.
In addition, both the XLE and Limited grades add new integrated fog lights with LED accent lights.
Service Connect trial, now available for all Prius grades, provides a vehicle health report and maintenance alerts to the car, and can also send maintenance reminders via email, the Toyota App or a Toyota Owner’s online account.
The 2022 Prius Nightshade special edition is available in Midnight Black Metallic, Super White and Silver Metallic.
A slew of special exterior accent features include black headlight accents, mirror caps, door handles and a shark fin antenna.
This extroverted Prius rides on black 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels on the FWD model, and 15-inch alloy wheels on the AWD-e version, paired with black lug nuts.
More than a cosmetic makeover, the Prius Nightshade adds features from the XLE grade, including 3-door Smart Key system, standard SofTex-trimmed, heated, adjustable front seats and SofTex-trimmed heated tilt/telescopic steering wheel.
Additional interior features include SofTex-trimmed door armrest area and seatback pockets, chrome accent interior door handles, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats with center armrest and a retractable tonneau cargo area cover.
Introduced to the world in 1997, the Toyota Prius was the world’s first mass-production hybrid car.
The folks at UMW Toyota Motor have announced that the Toyota GR Supra has gone through a minor update in an effort to give owners a bit more convenience.
The 3.0-litre variant of the improved Toyota GR Supra now comes with Apple CarPlay (wired) as standard, making sure that all the Apple-using rich owners stay connected and entertained throughout their journey in their GR Supras.
The GR Supra is also equipped with a 12- speaker JBL HiFi Surround Sound System, an 8.8-inch touchscreen display with touch pad remote, built-in navigation, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The new enhancement is the second update to have been executed on the GR Supra following a performance upgrade that was introduced in July 2020.
The performance upgrade centred on the turbocharged inline-six engine which now delivers 388 PS of power at between 5,800 and 6,500 rpm, representing a 14% increase.
Maximum torque remains at 500 Nm, but peaks through a slightly wider range of between 1,800 rpm and 5,000 rpm instead of 1,600 rpm to 4,500 rpm.
Toyota engineers had also increased power output by tuning and adding a new dual-branch exhaust manifold with 6 ports (instead of two), which improves heat management. A new piston design meanwhile reduced the engine’s compression ratio from 11:1 to 10.2:1.
These improvements allow the GR Supra which is equipped with the standard 8-speed automatic transmission to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, a clear 0.2 second quicker compared to the previous 4.3 seconds.
The GR Supra’s chassis was further tuned with the addition of a Performance Rod to increase lateral rigidity and greater cornering stability.
Just to recap, the safety features that come with the GR Supra includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (All-Speed), Adaptive High Beam System, and Road Sign Assist.
Other features include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) & Traction Control (TRC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert, front and rear Parking Sensors, Reverse Camera, and Rear End Collision Warning.
Available in seven distinct colours (White Metallic, Silver Metallic, Ice Grey Metallic, Black Metallic, Prominence Red, Lightning Yellow and Matte Storme Grey Metallic), the Toyota GR Supra is priced from RM589,987 (with 50% sales tax exemption until 31 Dec 2021 and without insurance).
The enhanced GR Supra is now available for booking from selected authorized Toyota GR Garage showrooms nationwide.
After the Corolla GR Sport, GR Supra, and the GR Yaris, Toyota has launched its fourth Gazoo Racing (GR) model in Thailand – the Toyota Hilux Revo GR Sport.
The Hilux Revo-GR Sport comes with a sporty design both on the exterior and interior with special aero packages to enhance its aerodynamics.
More than just cosmetics
Besides the aesthetic enhancements, the Hilux-Revo GR also comes fitted with the “Monotube suspension”, offering owners with good amount of grip and improved handling over the regular Hilux.
There will be two versions available in Thailand, which are the Hilux Revo GR Sport 4WD, and the lowered Hilux Revo GR-Sport 2WD Lo-Floor, which come with features as listed below:
Unique GR front grille
Front bumper equipped with accessories kit
Metallic black rear bumper
Metallic black fender flares accessories kit
Metallic black powered side mirrors
Shark fin antenna
GR and GR Sport emblems imprinted on the side door and trunk area
Metallic black sport bar with LED light
18-inches GR design alloy wheels (17-inch for the Lo-Floor)
GR Side and trunk stickers
Smart key with GR Remote
Smoke silver interior trim with GR emblems
Perforated suede upholstery with red stitching
Smoke silver and metallic black accents
Black door panels upholstered with artificial leather
Sporty-style steering wheel
Sports car accelerator and brake pedals
Double Wishbone front suspension
Under-slung rear suspension
Monotube Shock Absorber
Red brake caliper and the GR emblem
Lane Departure Alert
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Panoramic View Monitor
Blind Spot Monitor
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Power comes courtesy of Toyota’s 2.8-liter “GD Super Power” turbo diesel engine making 204 PS and 500 Nm of torque. Paired to the engine is a 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential Shift and Paddle Shift.
Complementing the powertrain package are the ventilated brake discs, and a suspension setup that is 23 mm lower than the regular Hilux.
That being said, Thailand is the first country in the Asian continent to welcome the Hilux Revo GR-Sport.
Coming to Malaysia?
While we expect this version of the Hilux to be sold in other markets as well, whether it will come to Malaysia remains unknown as there has not been any official announcement by UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd.
So, watch this space for mode updates on the Hilux Revo GR-Sport.
With effect from 16 August 2021, the government will allow a number of economic activities and businesses to resume operations after nationwide suspension since 1 June 2021 under the Movement Control Order (MCO).
Among these activities are the removal of restrictions on operations of sales and service in the automobile industry, as well as resumption of manufacturing operations such as assembly of motor vehicles and related parts and systems.
“We welcome the easing of the restrictions which have posed an increasing challenge to our business over the past two months. Resuming our business activities, especially at Toyota and Lexus retail outlets, will enable a return to some form of normalcy so we can move forward and do our part to help in the economic recovery of the country,” said Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor.
Ravindran K. said that the company understands the seriousness of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and will follow all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), conditions and guidelines provided by the Health Ministry and the National Security Council. These will be implemented throughout the company and be strictly followed to ensure the safety of the public as well as its employees.
“In fact, after the MCO last year, we already implemented many of the SOPs at our showrooms and service centres, and these have been maintained even until now. These include temperature scanning of everyone, registration with MySejahtera, use of hand sanitisers and facemasks, and regular sanitisation of premises,” he said.
Vehicle owners visiting service centres are also requested to make appointments in advance. As far as possible, contactless payments are encouraged and social distancing is to be observed at all times.
“We assure our customers that we have made sure that our premises have a safe environment for them to visit,” Ravindran K. added.
On the resumption of manufacturing activities, Ravindran K. said that this will enable the company to start to fulfil the backlog of orders that have built up.
The two assembly plants and related factories in the UMW Toyota Motor group will be able to operate at specified capacities depending on the percentage of workers who are already vaccinated, with full capacity permitted if more than 80% are vaccinated.
“The company has been carrying out a vaccination programme and all our employees have already been vaccinated or will be vaccinated very soon,” he said.
Today, the Toyota Corolla celebrates a spectacular global sales milestone of 50 million cars. This milestone underscores the robust confidence and belief in the Corolla’s build quality, reliability, safety and durability.
Now in its 12th generation, it is Toyota’s most recognised model, and one of the world’s top-selling cars.
Debut in November 1966
The Toyota Corolla made its debut in November 1966 in Japan as a 1-litre compact 5-seater sedan, and within two years, doubled its annual production from 480,000 to 1.1 million vehicles.
The introduction of the Toyota Corolla was a catalyst for mass car ownership in Japan, and the rest of Asia.
There was no looking back ever since, and its sales grew from strength to strength over the past 55 years.
Sold in more than 150 countries
Available in more than 150 countries around the world, the Corolla is regarded as a ‘well-loved member of the family’.
It continues to serve faithfully and dependably for different purposes – from reliable family car; to covering long commute distances and as a fun, sporty choice customised to changing customer lifestyles.
About one out of every five Toyotas made was a Corolla. This model has evolved, and its various iterations the world over have exceeded expectations in terms of driving pleasure and performance, safety, aesthetics, technology, reliability and durability.
With each generation, Corolla engineers and designers at Toyota Motor Corporation have strived to incorporate cutting edge features, like improving interior cabin ergonomics, connectivity features.
This included the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) in the 12th generation in 2019 that has further optimised the performance and marketability of every model and Toyota Safety Sense Toyota’s proprietary suite of advanced safety and driver assistance features like Lane Tracing Assist.
Corolla in Malaysia
As for Malaysia, the Toyota Corolla was first introduced in 1968, when the model began to account for an ever increasing percentage of vehicles coming out from the brand’s assembly plant.
As the years went by, the popularity of Toyota among Malaysians made it the No.1 brand by the 1970s, with the Corolla as the best-selling model in the country.
To date, some 300,000 units of the Corolla have been sold in the Malaysian market out of the 50 million sold worldwide.
No thanks to the ongoing Movement Control Order, many business sectors have no choice but to remain closed.
Of course, this has also affected the automotive sector with new vehicles sales dropping tremendously in the past couple of months.
Showrooms and plants closed
Responding to this issue, the folks at UMW Toyota Motor confirmed the continued closure of all Toyota and Lexus showrooms nationwide, meaning that no business can be conducted for time being.
Besides that, the company also announced that manufacturing of vehicles including the supply chain and logistic efforts have also come to a halt.
While the showrooms remain closed, the public can still obtain detailed information about Toyota and Lexus vehicles at their respective websites where you can find out about the models available in Malaysia and the financing schemes for different requirements. Bookings can also be made online.
SST exemption remains till end of 2021
Ravindran also reminded customers of the exemption of Sales & Service Tax (SST) which is extended until the end of 2021. The exemption covers both locally-assembled and imported Toyota and Lexus models.
“We encourage customers to make their bookings online as we can then plan production at our two assembly plants to minimize waiting time when the restrictions are lifted, to enable customers to enjoy the current financial incentives,” he added.
Service centres how?
As for after sales services, selected UMW Toyota Motor Service Centres continue to operate according to the provisions by the State and local authorities, to ensure that vehicle owners can obtain assistance in emergencies. 24/7 assistance is available by calling the Toyota and Lexus Helplines at 1-800-888-247 and 1800-225-3987, respectively.
While advising customers to contact the service centres to make an appointment first, UMWT assures customers that all the necessary measures are in place for their protection as well as the protection of the employees serving them.
“While the government has formulated a National Recovery Plan (NRP) in four phases, we are still in Phase 1, which is the most restrictive. The current situation also makes planning for recovery difficult,” said Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor.
Takeyama said that prolonged restrictions on vehicle production can have an impact not just on passenger vehicles but also commercial vehicles, which are essential for transportation of goods around the country.
“Furthermore, export business will be affected as well as our subsidiaries export a substantial amount of automotive components as part of Toyota’s global supply chain. If this situation continues for long, we are concerned that our overseas customers may look for new suppliers as they cannot have their own production delayed due to shortage of parts from Malaysia. This could have an impact on Malaysia’s economy as a whole if export business declines,” he added.
Meanwhile, the company who had earlier this month announce its investment to further the initiatives for carbon neutrality through the manufacturing of Hybrid Electric Vehicles, indicated that the prolonged shut down of its manufacturing plant could also impact such plans.
UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) recently announced that it will invest RM270 million locally into expanding its current manufacturing operations and facility.
This amount includes, amongst others, the introduction of a new and technologically-advanced generation of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV). Yes, you read that right – the brand is planning to locally produce Hybrid Electric Vehicles at its plant in Klang.
Carbon neutrality in Malaysia
With its sights firmly set on championing carbon neutrality in Malaysia, UMW Toyota Motor’s new investment is on top of an earlier RM2 billion that went into the construction and commissioning of its new plant in Bukit Raja.
Regarded as one of the most modern, most advanced and most efficient Toyota plants in Asia, the Bukit Raja facility is already well positioned at the forefront of Malaysia’s aspiration to becoming a regional automotive hub in Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV).
State of the art facility
The plant’s environmental footprint includes the installation of 2MW of solar panels and in its ability to collect and recycle 156 cubic metres of rainwater. It also holds the distinction of featuring the lowest Volatile Organic Compound emissions in Asia with the installation of a Regenerative Thermal Oxidiser.
“We are in an ideal position to drive this ambition forward in making it a reality, and it is our hope that the Government will understand and support our endeavour for the local mass manufacturing of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) as an important cornerstone in the pursuit of wider electrification.” said Ravindran K, President of UMW Toyota Motor.
Introduction of Hybrid Electric technology
“The introduction of Hybrid Electric technology will quickly transform the automotive landscape in Malaysia for Malaysians. We hope that our endeavours to popularise tomorrow’s technology today through the mass inroduction of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) will receive due support from the Government in the pursuit of a full scale realisation of vehicle electrification.”
“We hope that the Government will also consider UMW Toyota Motor’s efforts to be included in the National Low Carbon Mobility Blueprint alongside Battery Electric Vehicle which is in line with the Government’s plans,” he added.
Many initiatives in the pipeline
Apart from Electrified Vehicles, there are many initiatives in the pipe-line to reduce carbon emissions and ‘offset’ the impact of carbon dioxide (CO2) emission in all its processes throughout the lifecycle of manufacturing, transporting, operating, fuel and/or charging, and recycling and disposal of vehicles.
In total, Toyota is committed to have 70 electrified vehicle models by 2025, including vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel-cell electric, battery-electric, and hybrid electric, towards offering a range of “diverse choices” for its customers.
One of the biggest challenges when it comes to owning an old car, especially rare ones and performance oriented ones, is finding spare parts.
Even if you can find the parts, most of them are either reconditioned ones, aftermarket parts, or just not genuine.
Finding genuine parts
If it is a “rakyat” car, many of us won’t mind fitting non-genuine parts as long as the car is running smoothly without giving any problems.
However, what if you’re a collector, your car is a collector’s item, and you’re very particular about the authenticity of the parts that are going into your car?
To be more specific, what if you own a car like a Nissan Skyline or Toyota Supra? Would you simply sumbat non-genuine spare parts into your car?
Realising the demand these JDM sports cars from the 90s have and how much money people are willing to throw on them, manufacturers have started reproducing parts for their iconic cars from the past, much to the delight of collectors and potential owners.
While Nissan was one of the first among the Japanese manufacturers to establish a Heritage Project and make spare parts for their legendary cars from the 1990s like the Skyline R32, Toyota has also decided to jumped on the bandwagon and reproduce spare parts for the Supra.
Toyota Supra A70, A80
In an announcement made earlier today, Toyota Gazoo Racing announced that it will be reproducing additional spare parts for the A70 and A80 Supra under its GR Heritage Parts Project.
These parts will be sold in Japan, North America, Europe, and other overseas countries as well.
In support of customers who wish to continue driving the old Supra, the project will reproduce spare parts that have been discontinued, and sell them as genuine parts.
From the 1st of July
For the A70 and A80 Supra, this will be the first addition since spare parts were announced in 2020.
From the 1st of July, as and when preparations are complete, Toyota will gradually make reproduced parts available for purchase at Toyota dealers, in the same way as normal genuine parts.
While stocks last only
However, the reproduced parts will be limited production with the special cooperation of Toyota’s suppliers.
For this reason, after their production periods have ended, each reproduced part will only be available for purchase for as long as stocks last.
Details such as part numbers and production periods will be published on the Toyota Gazoo Racing website from July 1, beginning with the parts that ready.