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Toyota is introducing a continuously variable transmission (CVT) into its economical Corolla wagon range, providing greater fuel efficiency and a smooth driving experience.
Up until now, the wagon has only been available with a 5-speed manual transmission.
A continuously variable transmission, or CVT, is a type of automatic transmission that provides more useable power, better fuel economy and a smoother driving experience than a traditional automatic transmission.
The effect of this is better fuel economy reducing its already miserly fuel consumption from 5.8 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (achieved in the manual variant) to 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres in the new CVT model, when tested to the Japanese standard (Japan 05/07).
Its low fuel consumption makes it an ideal choice for around town deliveries and those wanting the versatility of a wagon.
CO2 emissions are 125 grams per kilometre for the new CVT model, and 135 grams per kilometre for the manual transmission.
The Corolla wagon has a 50-litre fuel tank and runs on 91-octane petrol.
Designed and manufactured in Japan, the Corolla wagon is powered by a 1.5 litre 1NZ-FE engine producing 81kW of power at 6000rpm and 140Nm of torque at 4400rpm and features a 5-speed manual transmission or the new CVT transmission.
Toyota New Zealand's General Manager of Sales and Operations Steve Prangnell said that since its introduction, the Corolla wagon has become a smart choice for fleet operators looking for a smaller wagon for around town deliveries.
"With its meagre fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions it is a responsible option worthy of customer consideration."
Safety features include an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).
Driver and passenger front airbags are standard along with front seat side and front and rear curtain shield airbags.
The Corolla wagon with CVT transmission will be available in New Zealand later this year.