Toyota Aurion

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Toyota Aurion
2007 Toyota Aurion Prodigy 06 (edit 5).jpg
Pre-facelift Toyota Aurion (GSV40R) Prodigy
Overview
Manufacturer Toyota
Also called Toyota Camry
Production 2006–2017
Designer Nick Hogios and Hiroyuki Metsugi (2004; XV40 model)
Anthony Cheung (2007; facelift XV40 model)
Hirofumi Fukui and Kazumi Kowaki (2009; XV50 model)
Naohiko Suzuki (2009; Sportivo XV50 model)
Keisuke Matsuno (2009; facelift XV50 model)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Related Toyota Camry
Lexus ES
Chronology
Predecessor Toyota Avalon (XX10)
Toyota Camry (XV30)

The Toyota Aurion /ˈɔːriən/ is a mid-size car produced by Toyota in Australia and parts of Asia since 2006. Now in its second generation, the Aurion has in both cases been derived from the equivalent Toyota Camry. Changes were mainly limited to revised front- and rear-end treatment, along with changes to the interior. The Camry-based Aurion is also sold in the majority of East and Southeast Asia as the Toyota Camry, with the original version of the Camry sold alongside the Aurion in Australasia and the Middle East. In the previous two markets, the car replaces the Avalon model, which can trace its roots back to the early 1990s.

First generation (XV40; 2006–2012)[edit]

The first generation Aurion was on sale from 2006 to 2012. In Australia and New Zealand, it replaced the Toyota Avalon (XX10). In some markets this car is referred to as the "prestige" Camry. The Aurion shares most of its tooling, drivetrain, and centre body work, with restyled front and rear ends and interior fittings.

In 2006, Toyota Australia released a heavily enhanced version known as the TRD Aurion, with a supercharged engine and full bodykit.[1]

Second generation (XV50; 2011–2017)[edit]

After production started in February 2012, April 2012 saw the release of the second generation Aurion in Australia and New Zealand. This nameplate is again based on the Camry. The all new model has been available for some Asian and European markets as a Camry since 2011. The same, separate model designations of the Camry and Aurion are on sale in Australia and New Zealand. For the first time, with the XV50, the Japanese market Camry is now based on the same design as the "prestige" Camry or Aurion, rather than the "regular" Camry. The "prestige" Camry was designed in Japan by Hirofumi Fukui, Kazumi Kowaki and Keisuke Matsuno in 2009.

The same model designations apply in Australia in tie with the first generation model, those being: AT-X, Sportivo SX6, Sportivo ZR6, Prodigy, and Presara. The New Zealand model designations are: AT-X, Touring, and Sportivo SX6.

The Aurion-based Camry, sold in Japan and other Asian markets, received a large facelift in 2014. However, the Aurion itself in Australia received a much smaller facelift. The Prodigy trim was deleted from the range, and the Sportivo SX6 and ZR6 were merged together to form a single Sportivo trim. The revised trim for the Australian market were: AT-X, Sportivo and Presara. [2] In 2012, the Aurion in Australia released the Touring SE variant. Only 1500 were built, all of which were based on the AT-X. It added a rear spoiler, front fog lamps, sports grille on the exterior. The interior features contained a similar interior as the AT-X, except it included steering wheel with audio controls and sport pedals. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TRD Aurion : News & Reports : Motoring". Web Wombat. 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2015-06-24. 
  2. ^ "Toyota XV50 Aurion Review (2012-17)". Australian Car Reviews. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Beismann, Tim (25 October 2012). "Toyota Aurion Touring SE on sale in Australia". Retrieved 26 May 2017.