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Toyota has launched the second generation Aurion in New Zealand.
The 2012 model is available in three grades - AT-X, Touring and Sportivo SX6 - each with a 3.5 litre V6 engine and six speed automatic transmission.
Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell said "We've tailored our Aurion line-up to suit the New Zealand market. The Aurion AT-X is a great solution for fleet user choosers - it's a great looking premium sedan with impressive features. The Touring model adds luxury trims and a sportier look, while the Sportivo SX6 goes all out to attract drivers looking for assertive styling and performance."
"This second generation model makes a real statement and deserves its place as our flagship sedan. It offers customers premium specification, design and performance without the luxury vehicle price tag. Aurion has the edge over its competitors with bold styling and class-leading fuel economy."
Aurion's 3.5 litre all-alloy quad cam V6 engine produces 200kW at 6,200 rpm and torque of 336Nm at 4,700 rpm.
Fuel economy across the Aurion range has reduced to just 9.3 litres per 100 kilometres (ADR81/02 combined cycle) - an improvement of 6 per cent over the outgoing model. CO2 emissions are just 215 grams per kilometre.
"This 2012 Aurion has the lowest fuel consumption and emissions of any 3.5 litre V6 in its class, without sacrificing performance. This is a 200kW performance sedan with 0-100km/h acceleration of 7.1 seconds," said Mr Prangnell.
All models are well specified, with seven airbags (including a driver's knee airbag for the first time), seatbelt warning for all five seats, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC).
Mr Prangnell said, "Aurion has all of the safety features that the market requires, plus a few extras such as the driver's knee airbag. We're confident of achieving a five star result when ANCAP test results are released later this month."
All models have a high specification level, with many enhancements over the outgoing model. The AT-X adds dual zone climate controlled air conditioning, driver's knee airbag, alloy spare wheel, 60/40 split folding rear seats and a comprehensive multi-information display. AT-X's new audio system has a 6.1 inch touch screen with USB input and iPod connectivity, plus a reversing camera.
The Touring model builds on the AT-X specification with additional premium specifications: 17 inch alloy wheels, leather seats and trims, a premium four spoke steering wheel, rear wing spoiler, sports mesh grille and front fog lights.
The new Aurion Sportivo SX6 has additional sports features over the AT-X. Outside there are 17 inch sport alloy wheels, sports mesh grille, front and rear spoilers, side skirts, sports diffuser and front fog lights. Inside, it has a quick response paddle shift system for the transmission, sports pedals, premium three spoke steering wheel, sports front seats, power front passenger's seat adjustment, sports Optitron meters and a smart key system.
A range of Toyota Genuine and 'T Custom' accessories, including a 1,600kg capable towbar, are available to customise the Aurion.
The recommended retail price for the AT-X model is $49,690, while the Touring and Sportivo SX6 are priced at $52,090 and $51,790 respectively.