Toyota “glad” with its slow-selling Granvia, guidelines out new individuals movers


As soon as upon a time, Toyota dominated the native individuals mover market with its Tarago. These days are lengthy gone, however the firm has no plans to introduce new fashions to attempt to regain that crown.

Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia’s vice chairman of gross sales and advertising, stated there aren’t any plans at this level to introduce the newest technology of Alphard and Vellfire individuals mover to Australia, regardless of these autos having proved standard as gray imports.

As an alternative, Toyota is committing to the gargantuan Granvia.

“We’re fairly pleased with the best way Granvia is promoting within the Australian market, and we’ve no plans to increase on that car,” stated Mr Hanley.

“I’ll give our luxurious model Lexus an excellent promotion right here. Lexus has introduced within the LM, which I consider unbelievably getting sturdy pickup and demand available on the market… It affords what I consider a individuals mover wants to supply within the Australian market.

“However on the Toyota facet, Granvia is doing properly.”

Toyota offered simply 112 examples in 2013, down 28.2 per cent. LDV offered greater than 4 instances as many MIFAs, Hyundai offered round 10 instances as many Starias, and Kia offered greater than 100 instances as many Carnivals.

It has a better base value than any of these, opening at $68,306 earlier than on-road prices, and but the even pricier Mercedes-Benz V-Class outsold it with 377 items.

It’s a far cry from the Tarago, which Toyota persistently offered roughly 900-1000 items of yearly between 2012 and 2017. It was axed in 2019.

The long-running front-wheel drive individuals mover was not directly changed by the rear-wheel drive, HiAce-derived Granvia.

The Granvia is significantly bigger than the Tarago, measuring 5300mm lengthy and 1970mm vast on a 3210mm wheelbase – up 505mm, 170mm and 260mm, respectively.

However whereas the Tarago and its Japanese-market Estima sibling are useless, Toyota has a brand new technology of Alphard and Vellfire in Japan that – in contrast to the North American-market Sienna – are in-built right-hand drive.

Moreover, the Alphard and Vellfire – carefully associated to the Lexus LM lately launched in Australia – are provided with hybrid energy, in contrast to the diesel-only Granvia.

Underpinning the fourth-generation Toyota Alphard and Vellfire is the TNGA-Ok unibody structure, which underpins a variety of autos together with the Toyota Camry, Kluger (Highlander) and RAV4, in addition to the Lexus ES, NX and RX.

Meaning each front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variations can be found in Japan, together with a variety of four-cylinder powertrains comprising 2.5-litre petrol, 2.5-litre hybrid and 2.4-litre turbocharged hybrid choices, relying on the variant.

Solely the Vellfire affords the turbo-hybrid powertrain, befitting its sportier positioning.

Toyota has additionally confirmed it plans to supply plug-in hybrid variations of the Alphard/Vellfire in future.

New options within the duo embrace a brand new ‘Tremendous-Lengthy Overhead Console’ by the centre of the ceiling, which homes varied issues like air-conditioning vents, lighting and diverse switchgear.

Beforehand, these have been positioned alongside each side of the ceiling – Toyota claims this improves “comfort and operability”, and likewise permits occupants in any seat to open home windows and regulate lighting on the alternative facet of the car’s inside.

Toyota has additionally centered on improved accessibility, with the Alphard and Vellfire turning into the primary fashions within the model’s line-up to characteristic ‘Common Steps’ on each side of the car, which the corporate says makes it simpler for babies and the aged to enter and exit the cabin.

The steps emerge roughly 220mm above floor degree when the doorways are open, which lowers the peak of step one for passengers coming into and exiting the car. Lengthy grip handles are positioned on the C-pillars for added comfort.

Whereas the Alphard is primarily produced for the Japanese market, it has additionally been offered in varied different Asian markets like China, in addition to Russia and the Center East.

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