Toyota cars at the 2011 Surat Auto Expo covered by Indiandrives team

The world’s largest car manufacturer, Toyota were present with their range of cars. However the Toyota stall didn’t have the eco star of their range, the Toyota Prius. The other vehicles in their range that were displayed were the Toyota Fortuner, Toyota Camry and the new Toyota Etios. The Toyota Corolla Altis was missed as also the Innova.

Toyota’s flagship, the Toyota Camry was also showcased at this show and the cabin was truly luxurious. However Toyota’s use of plastic for the dashboard detracts one from the feeling of luxury, a bit. The all aluminum central console and the wooden inserts near the gear shifter lever were a sharp contrast though. The 4 spoked steering wheel had the audio, cruise and Bluetooth controls whereas the instrument cluster also looked futuristic. It is said that Toyota would be bringing in a new Camry only by 2012. Hope that it gets a diesel engine under the hood. Rear seat as they say is a sofa but a bit hard one at that. Boot space is cavernous though and can swallow an airport trip worth of luggage.

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The Toyota Fortuner was one car where I had to clamber into the cabin and believe me when I tried getting out of the passenger cabin, it was more like I am climbing down a mountain. The interiors have been changed now and they don’t look too much like the Innova. Infact, not at all. The exterior appearance though remains the same. The generous exterior dimensions however don’t translate into good space inside the cabin. It is not generous but just right. The road presence thing however is mighty in this SUV and one wouldn’t even think of arguing with it. Moreover, the hood was also popped up of this car and hence the visitors could have a glimpse of the chunky 3.0 liter D-4D engine.

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Toyota Etios, the current darling of the masses was also present. One of our company’s Managing Directors was so impressed by the Etios that he immediately decided to book it for his son. But he was in for a disappointment when the Toyota salesperson said that it would be only until November 2011 that he can lay his hands on this car. I would mirror his thoughts, not on the waiting list but on the overall comfort that this car exudes. Nothing is like what you would call as bad plastic or build quality. Traditional Toyota qualities abound in plenty around the cabin and the 500 plus liters boot space is a bonus.

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