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Toyota Introduces Continuously Variable Transmission for Corolla Wagon

Toyota has expanded the Corolla Wagon line-up, adding a continuously variable transmission (CVT) version to the range.

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said, "With outstanding fuel economy and seamless automatic gear changes, we're confident that the CVT wagon will be a valuable addition to the Corolla family".

Corolla Wagon's continuously variable transmission offers an advantage over conventional automatic transmissions by changing seamlessly through an infinite number of effective gear ratios.

The CVT operates more smoothly than an automatic transmission as there are no gear changes to interrupt the smooth delivery of power while accelerating.

This allows the transmission to compensate for changing vehicle speeds, and allows the engine to remain at its peak rpm efficiency level for longer. This improves fuel economy and CO2 exhaust emissions.

Fuel consumption for the CVT model is only 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions are just 125 grams per kilometre (when tested to the Japanese 05/07 combined standard).

The existing manual transmission model delivers fuel economy of 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres with CO2 emissions of 135 grams per kilometre.

The Corolla Wagon is powered by a 1.5 litre 81kW, 140Nm petrol engine with variable valve timing - intelligent (VVT-i).

Both Corolla Wagon models offer driver and passenger front, side and front/rear curtain shield airbags, as well as an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

The recommended retail price for the Corolla Wagon CVT is $31,190.