2005 Frankfurt Auto Show Index by TCC Team (9/5/2005)
Toyota introduced the third-generation RAV4 on the Frankfurt stand. Although the model is popular in the States, according to Toyota it’s also Europe’s best-selling SUV.
In the European market, the RAV4 will offer Toyota ’s new 2.2-liter D-4D “Clean Power” diesel engine, equipped with a new D-CAT emissions system. A 152-hp, 2.0-liter VVT-I gasoline four-cylinder engine powers other models, paired to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.
The carlike SUV is now slightly larger on the outside, but interior space has been greatly increased, and Toyota says that the new configuration is more versatile. A new Easy Flat seating system allows, as the name suggests, a completely flat cargo surface when desired, without the need to remove cushions or headrests. The system also slides fore and aft to adjust rear seat space as needed.
An Integrated Drive System and VSC+ are now offered. Together, they coordinate the all-wheel-drive system, ABS, the stability control system, Electric Power Steering, and other electronics. The normal torque split with the Active Torque Control all-wheel drive system is 55/45 front/rear, but it can be varied up to 100 percent to the front. Hill-start assist control and down hill assist control are standard. And despite the increased dimensions, the turning circle has been reduced.
The new RAV will go on sale in Europe in February 2006.
Toyota also introduced the next-generation of its Yaris, a hatchback model for the European market. With the design done by Toyota ’s European design studio, called ED2. The Yaris has slightly larger dimensions all around, and the packaging inside has been completely reworked. Easy Flat seating allows a more impressive cargo space with the seats folded, while a rear floor that’s flatter otherwise allows better comfort for the middle rear-seat occupant, Toyota says.
The Yaris is the first car in its segment with a knee airbag. ABS, Brake Assist (BA), and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) are also standard on all models.
Three engines are in the lineup—gasoline four-cylinder engines of 1.0 and 1.3 liters, or a 1.4-liter four-cylinder diesel—each paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. A new Multi-mode Manual Transmission (M-MT), which has either automatic clutch control or a fully automatic mode.
The U.S.-market Scion xA is related to the outgoing Yaris, and the Toyota Echo is built on the same platform. Toyota says the Yaris three-door and another body style will replace the Echo in the U.S.
In Europe, Toyota has seen its market share grow to 5.2 percent, and the automaker hoped to see 250,000 Yaris sales per year.
You might mistake the ENDO in conversation for the Enzo, but we don’t think you’ll get this puny city-car concept confused with the supercar. The ENDO minicar was conceived by Toyota ’s European design studio, ED2, and was designed for space efficiency, low emissions, and typical demands of the city driving environment. The ENDO follows a new “Vibrant Clarity” design concept, and the concept signals a change for Toyota toward “more animated” models. At only 118 inches long, the ENDO is seriously small, yet Toyota claims it can hold four occupants. A large glass roof is used overhead, while a screen-driven interface is the centerpiece inside.