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Toyota’s Aussie-built, second-generation Aurion large car is a quiet achiever

Toyota logo18 Apr 2012

TOYOTA has stuck to its guns in Australia’s large-car market with its locally built V6-powered Aurion sedan, expanding on the formula it set out with the previous-generation car and aiming to increase its share of a declining segment by offering what it describes as attainable luxury, while cementing its brand hallmarks of quality, durability and reliability.

But is the promise of a whisper-quiet ride and spacious, comfortable interior ambience enough to trouble the locally built large-car establishment?
Model release date: 1 April 2012 to 1 April 2015

Previous model

Aurion

Released: January 2006
Ended: April 2012
Family Tree: Aurion

THE Aurion was Toyota’s most strident attack on locally built large cars including the Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon and Mitsubishi 380, plus Japanese rivals in the Nissan Maxima and Honda Accord V6.

With 200kW from its 3.5-litre V6, the sedan-only Aurion had more power than either of the other two big Aussie sixes while returning better fuel consumption, and came with a six-speed automatic gearbox (with sequential-manual shift control) as standard.

A generous equipment list was offered in what was essentially a renamed, restyled V6-engined sixth-generation Camry, which reverted back to being a four-cylinder-only proposition.

Get the full story: Toyota Australia's first legitimate large sedan is here: the 200kW Aurion V6

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