Sunday 30 August 2009
The second generation Toyota Avensis (Model T25) was launched in lately 2002 an all-new format; this time it offered more in the way of driver involvement and visual appeal. Like the Toyota Echo and Toyota Corolla, it was penned by the company's design studio in France. The 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines were carried over from the previous Avensis, and the 2.4-litre four-cylinder from the Camry was also added to the range. This was the first Avensis that is exported to Japan. Due to the Camry wagon ending production, the Avensis Wagon is exported to New Zealand, in both 1.8 and 2.0-litre forms. In Britain, there were no 1.6 versions available.
In the 2004 European Car of the Year contest, the Avensis was just edged out of the top three by the Fiat Panda, Volkswagen Golf and Mazda 3.
Following the withdrawal of the Toyota Camry in 2004 (2005 in Switzerland), the Avensis became the largest Toyota saloon sold in Europe.
- engine: 4 cylinders
- capacity: 1998 cc
- horsepower: 147 HP
- gearbox: 5+1
- top speed: 205 km/h