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2008 Toyota Corolla Altis - detailed preview

2008 Altis

The Toyota Corolla is a legendary car. Since the introduction of the first car sporting the Corolla name in 1966, over 30 million units have been sold. Everybody who knows what a car is has heard of the name Corolla. If, like me, you live in Bangkok, or have visited the Thai capital, you have probably sat in one since the vast majority of Taxis in Bangkok are Corollas.

But while the Corolla has been synonymous with dependability, it has never been an exciting car. Toyota have played it safe with each successive generation of Corolla and while this has been a successful strategy, it seems that Toyota are keen to shake off the conservative image and the stigma that has begun to attach itself to the Corolla nameplate.

With the 10th generation Corolla due for a Thai release sometime this year, let's take the time to have a look at what we can expect from the 2008 Corolla Altis. How will it differ from the current model, and how well will it stack up against the Honda Civic?

Old Vios ad

While I was writing the last story about the brand new Toyota Vios, I hit upon this ad for the outgoing model and thought I'd share it. Enjoy:


3rd Gen Vios is here!

Well ahead of the Bangkok International Motor Show, Toyota have released the brand new 2007 Vios. Based on the Yaris, the Vios shares the same engine and underpinnings, but interior design is unique for the Vios having been designed in Japan, and the Yaris in Europe.

Still they are similar, with the instruments mounted in the center and similar functionality maintained. Personally I prefer the interior of the Yaris, and feel that the quality of the Yaris materials are a touch better. Still you can't fault this ad:


Well... other than the fact that they guy clearly breaks the speed limit near the end!

How important is safety to you? - Small cars

Over the next few weeks I plan to post a series of short articles focusing on safety. We'll take a look at groups of cars that are available on the Thai market. This time we'll have a look at the budget market.

Cheap and cheerful though they might be, are budget cars going to end up costing you an arm and a leg if you have an accident? Is there really much difference between the safety of a Yaris and Jazz? Let's try to find out.

Toyota Soluna (Year 2000)

Hi,

I am living and working in Bangkok. Recently I bought a second-hand Toyota Soluna (Year 2000). I am pretty happy with my new purchase.

But I am looking for an User's Manual (in ENGLISH), for the Toyota Soluna of year 2000. Does anyone know how I can get one or from where can I get one.

I already wrote an e-mail to Toyota Thailand, but to no avail.

The car has the original User's Manual with it but unfortunately it is in Thai.

I wonder if anyone in this Forum would be of help to me ~ Would really appreciate anyone forthcoming with the Manual/Ideas/Suggestions on how I could get one.

Toyota's sales in Thailand, over the last 5 years

One of my term projects is to forecast what Toyota's sales [in Thailand] will be for 2007 based on their sales since 2002. Can anybody direct me to a site that contains this information? I've found several articles that report contraditing figures.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Toyota accepting bookings on new Vios - Interior

Toyota accepting bookings on new Vios - Interior

Vertical space and clever packaging will allow the Vios cabin to feel spacious despite the dinky external dimensions. Fifth passenger will thank Toyota for the flat floor in the back.

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Toyota accepting bookings on new Vios - Front 2

Toyota accepting bookings on new Vios - Front 2

The Belta was unveiled in Japan a few years ago! Name will change to Vios for the Thai market.

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Toyota accepting bookings on new Vios - Interior 2

Toyota accepting bookings on new Vios - Interior 2

This is the high-end Belta interior. Lesser models will not have automatic climate control, GPS or steering-wheel mounted controls.

The interior styling is very tidy though, but appears to be less clever than the Yaris. Cup holders under the air vents are missing, as are the stowage compartments on the top of the dash. Toyota need to keep the price low to compete with Chevrolet Aveo and Honda City.

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Toyota accepting bookings on new Vios - Back

Toyota accepting bookings on new Vios - Back

Based on the Yaris platform the Vios will have tidy external proportions, but retain practical passenger space.

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Toyota accepting bookings on new Vios - Front

Toyota accepting bookings on new Vios - Front

The new Altis will have similar grille and lines to this new Vios. (This image is of the Belta, but the Vios will be virtually identical.)

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Toyota accepting bookings on new Vios - Boot

Toyota accepting bookings on new Vios - Boot

This image was lifted from the Toyota Japan website. The caption pointed out that the boot could easily accommodate 4 sets of golf clubs! Not bad.

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Toyota accepting bookings on new Vios

It would seem that the Toyota Vios will be replaced very soon and Toyota are accepting bookings on the new model. In January we reported that the new Vios had been spotted testing in Bangkok, and this suggested that a launch at or before the Bangkok International Motor Show.

The Vios has been a massive success for Toyota, largely because there is so little competition in the sub-compact sedan market. Until the launch of the Chevrolet Aveo last year, the Toyota Vios and Honda City were sharing the market, with the Vios easily trumping the City in terms of sales.

Now there are three vehicles in this segment, and Toyota will be hoping that the new Vios will be as successful as the model it replaces. Based on the new Yaris platform the Vios has been on sale in Japan for some time with the "Belta" badge. The images below are of the Belta, but we can expect the Vios to be virtually identical to the Japanese model.

Toyota opening "green factory" in Ban Po

Toyota continued to work for the environment by injecting 15 billion Baht opening up its "green factory" using the most advanced energy conserving techniques, hoping to be the center for further study on environmental-friendly technology.

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