Toyota Aurion

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Toyota Aurion
2007 Toyota Aurion Prodigy 06 (edit 5).jpg
Pre-facelift Toyota Aurion (GSV40R) Prodigy
Overview
ManufacturerToyota
Also calledToyota Camry (outside of Australia and New Zealand), Toyota Camry Classical (China)
Production2006–2017
DesignerNick Hogios and Hiroyuki Metsugi (2004; XV40 model)
Anthony Cheung (2007; facelift XV40 model)
Hirofumi Fukui and Kazumi Kowaki (2009; XV50 model)
Naohiko Suzuki (2010; Sportivo XV50 model)
Keisuke Matsuno (2009; facelift XV50 model)
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size car
Body style4-door sedan
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel drive
RelatedToyota Camry
Lexus ES
Chronology
PredecessorToyota Avalon (XX10)
Toyota Camry (XV30)
SuccessorToyota Camry (XV70)

The Toyota Aurion /ˈɔːriən/ is a mid-size car produced by Toyota in Australia and parts of Asia from 2006 to 2017. In the two generations it was produced, the Aurion was 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 was 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 replaced the Avalon model, which can trace its roots back to the early 1990s. A total of 111,140 Aurion's were sold over the 10 year Australian production span.

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]

Year Units sold
2006 (November–December) 3,037
2007 22,036
2008 19,562
2009 13,910[2]
2010 11,764
2011 8,915
2012 (January) 989
Total 80,213

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

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 model, 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 and was unveiled in Ukraine on 25 August 2011.

Facelift[edit]

The Aurion-based Camry, sold in Japan and other Asian markets, received a large facelift in 2014. It was discontinued in Japan in July 2017 and in Southeast Asia in late 2018, and it was replaced by the TNGA-based XV70 Camry.

In Australia, however, the Aurion itself received a much smaller facelift, with little exterior changes. The Prodigy trim was deleted from the range, and the Sportivo SX6 and ZR6 were merged to form a single Sportivo trim. The revised trim for the Australian market were: AT-X, Sportivo and Presara.[3]

Special Editions[edit]

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, as well as a 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.[4]

Sales[edit]

Sales of the second generation Aurion commenced in Australia in April 2012. Whilst having a slow start, the end of the year saw the car achieve sales in excess of 1,000 units in both November & December 2012. However, with this, the Aurion's sales progressively got less as time went on, leaving some months with as little as 100-200 units.

The following table lists the Australia Sales made throughout it's tenure.

Sedan
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year Total
2012 (Apr-Dec) N/A 629 995 830 536 564 721 931 1,011 1,255 7,472 30,458
2013 227 370 498 469 632 565 604 655 537 599 607 1,046 6,839
2014 175 321 263 310 390 798 468 406 424 405 336 867 5,163
2015 241 206 268 241 326 563 325 261 276 268 502 829 4,306
2016 69 145 226 219 305 459 365 398 310 336 360 641 3,833
2017 95 176 282 312 334 358 261 295 214 132 147 95 2,701
2018 58 26 17 16 14 5 6 1 1 144

Replacement/Successor[edit]

Production of the second generation Aurion in Australia ended in August 2017, ending Aurion production after almost 11 years. With this, Toyota re-introduced, for the first time since 2006, the V6 Camry. Like the Aurion, the Camry also ceased production at the Altona factory, with an imported model from Japan coming to replace it.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TRD Aurion : News & Reports : Motoring". Web Wombat. 2007-08-21. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  2. ^ Hammerton, Ron (8 January 2010). "VFACTS: Cars lose more ground to SUVs, LCVs". GoAuto. John Mellor. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Toyota XV50 Aurion Review (2012-17)". Australian Car Reviews. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  4. ^ Beismann, Tim (25 October 2012). "Toyota Aurion Touring SE on sale in Australia". Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Toyota Camry V6 to replace Aurion after Australian manufacturing ends". carsguide. Retrieved 2 September 2018.