Toyota’s best-selling Corolla was deemed as not appropriate for the hatch-enamored Europeans. To correct this shortcoming, Toyota’s Nice-based design center came up with the Auris. It is, well, a hatched Corolla. The car is not available in trunk-fascinated America. The Auris is a Toyota mainstay in Europe. It is also available in Japan, where it adds to the army of Toyota models, sometimes also under the name Blade. Today, a new Auris was announced in Japan.
In Japan, the new Auris wants to set “a new standard for sports hatchbacks.” Its height has been reduced by 55 mm for a lower center of gravity, the seats were also lowered by 40 mm. It is available with either a 1.5 liter or 1.8 liter engine, mated to a CVT. The 1.8 liter engine version can be ordered with a stick. Toyota plans to sell a modest 2,000 units per month in Japan.
In Europe, the new Auris is expected to be announced at the upcoming Paris motor show. The EU-spec Auris will be built at Toyota’s factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire. It should go on sale in early 2013, just in time to duke it out with the new Volkswagen Golf Mk7.