Merry Christmas from the Toyota blog team

Toyota Auris Hybrid (HSD)

We would like to wish all of our readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. As is customary at this time of year, we can’t help but look back at our favourite moments from 2010. For us, the biggest highlight has to be the UK launch of the new Auris Hybrid.

We were lucky enough to go behind-the-scenes at the car’s British-based manufacturing plant, take an early drive around the challenging roads of Barcelona and, even more importantly, hear all your positive comments about Toyota’s newest hybrid star. Of course, the UK debuts of FT-86 and the FCHV-adv fuel cell concept were also exciting reminders of what lies ahead. Then there was the launch of the lease trial programme for the Prius Plug-in Hybrid (PHV), the announcement about iQ EV, Carpool… it’s difficult to choose!

The best news? 2011 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for Toyota fans – all eyes will be on Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in early January, where we’ll see what our colleagues at Toyota USA are revealing. Back in the UK, we’ll be talking about the all-new Verso-S and a few more announcements that we can’t tell you about just yet.

Until then, we look forward to hearing from you, so be sure to let us know about life with your Toyota. From today, 24 December 2010 to 3 January 2011 inclusive, we’ll be running a ‘reduced service’ on the blog. Please feel free to leave us general comments, however any specific queries should be directed here (Christmas opening hours will apply).

Merry Christmas!

The Today / Tomorrow Team


  1. PLEASE PLEASE can you tell many interested people when we can purchase a new Toyota Previa. My owner friends wish to replace their Previas. Best selling people carrier in Australia but not abvailable here! Why not?? Your comments would be much appreciated.
    T Rayment

    1. Hi Timothy,

      Thanks for your question.

      There are currently no plans to reintroduce the Previa in the UK. Toyota is a global manufacturer, and different cars are available in different markets. The previous Previa was discontinued due to non-compliance with Euro 4 emissions standards and the decline in the demand for full size MPV’s in the UK market.

      However, we do continuously monitor trends in our markets, and will consider introducing new models when we feel there’s a demand for it.

  2. I am planning to replace my 2004 Toyota Avensis hatchback for a newer model but there appears only to be a saloon or estate (“tourer”). Will a proper hatchback be added to the range at some stage?

  3. I wanted to know what’s the difference between the Avensis range compared to the other Toyota makes?

  4. Hi Kwame,

    The easiest way to see the difference between the Avensis and other models in the Toyota range would be to have a look at our range comparison chart on our retail site.
    On it you can see how all the vehicles in the Toyota range compare against each across categories such as price, emissions, tax, insurance grouping and a whole host of other criteria.

    To compare the Toyota range, click here. Of course you could always visit your local Toyota Centre and have a look at the range in person. Click here to find your nearest Centre.


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