Toyota's just dropped what we should expect to see from them at next month's 2008 Paris Motor Show. We're told the super number one best awesome automaker from the land of the rising sun plans to reveal the new third-generation of the Toyota Avensis (the car's platform is the same as that of the Scion tC), the production version of the iQ concept first shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year and lastly, the AWD Toyota Urban Cruiser. More details in the press release below the jump.
Three world premieres for Toyota in Paris No fewer than three new Toyota models will make their world premiere at this year’s Paris Motor Show. Firstly, Toyota will unveil the third generation Avensis, its European flagship model. The all-new Avensis will project an athletic and sleek design, giving a strong and dynamic character to the car. Featuring more powerful and cleaner engines that emit less C02, improved quality and enhanced equipment levels, the all-new Avensis is set to push the boundaries of the D-segment in Europe. Also on stage for the first time is the eagerly-awaited iQ production model, that was showcased in design form earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. Measuring less than 3 metres in length, the iQ is not just the world’s smallest premium 4-seater ever built, it is also a serious driving machine with CO2 emissions levels starting at a mere 99 g/km. Important for a car of this size, the iQ will offer 360° protection to all occupants with high levels of active and passive safety, including the world’s first rear window curtain shield airbags. Another show highlight will be the 1.4-litre D-4D diesel All Wheel Drive (AWD) Urban Cruiser – Toyota’s new urban all-roader. With its unique rugged exterior design, high level of safety equipment and CO2 emissions level of only 133 g/km for the AWD version, the Urban Cruiser is set to become a powerful challenger in the urban all-roader market for tomorrow’s low carbon society. More importantly, these three world premieres mark just the beginning of a whole raft of new Toyota models and innovative technologies on the horizon. The Toyota stand is located in Hall 4 of the Paris Motor Show exhibition centre. The Toyota press conference will take place on Thursday, 2 October at 14h30.