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Toyota Avensis and expanded Prius family revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show

Toyota has used the Frankfurt Motor Show to introduce several new models which will be available in New Zealand next year. The facelift Avensis and the new Prius family marked their world premieres.

Available in wagon form for the New Zealand market, the updated Avensis features a new, more refined exterior design. Its new frontal treatment embodies a new Toyota design language which will be seen in other future models, this is the most significant change to the model since its release in 2009.

Toyota New Zealand Assistant General Manager of Marketing and Product, Neeraj Lala said "The Avensis Tourer wagon brings the best of European design and specification to New Zealand's competitive wagon segment. We're taking this opportunity to remind Kiwi drivers of the impressive safety, functionality and value of Avensis".

Key changes for the New Zealand model are the introduction of daytime running lights and a USB input jack for improved MP3 audio connectivity. All Avensis have Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC) as standard, as well as a nine airbag package for 5-star safety performance.

With more than 2.3 million vehicles sold worldwide, the Prius success story continues in Frankfurt. The full hybrid Prius is being updated and, with the addition of the 7-seater Prius V and a production version of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, will become the first fully hybrid vehicle available as a complete, stand-alone model range. Toyota New Zealand and Massey University are currently participating in a trial of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid which is under study for release in New Zealand.

The 7-seat variant will be known as the Prius V in New Zealand and is set for release in early 2012. It is expected to deliver sub-100g/km CO2 emissions and will be the first vehicle to offer New Zealand customers the versatility of seven seats with a full hybrid powertrain.

"We're excited about building our range of hybrid models in New Zealand with a fresh line-up for the existing Prius, the 7-seat Prius V plus a smaller model yet to be officially revealed", said Mr Lala.

Each new Prius model has been developed to expand the appeal of Prius by catering to specific customer needs.