of Japan - armed with global production facilities
including multiple engine and assembly plants
in the United States and Canada - for 2004 delivers
nine different nameplates to the North American
market with sedans in four variations, a pair
of sporty two-door coupes, plus a car-based crossover
wagon, racy two-seat roadster and a hybrid gas-electric
vehicle that earns high fuel economy figures.
hybrid is called Prius and it morphs into a new generational size for 2004 bearing
Toyota's new high-voltage and high-powered Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) powertrain.
The HSD can operate in either gas or electric mode, or one with both the gas engine
and electric motor contributing power simultaneously.
generational change occurs with the slinky Solara coupe. It shows stunning new
styling and a fresh cabin design with more features, plus more power flowing from
an optional new V6.
Toyota sedans continue with Camry and Avalon, Toyota's mid-size and large-size
cars assembled at a Kentucky plant, and the compact-size Corolla, which comes
together in California and at Toyota's Canadian factory in Ontario. The California
plant in Freemont also constructs Toyota's Matrix crossover vehicle with its unusual
canted roofline disguising boxy lines of a wagon. Other Toyota cars ship from
Japan, like the rakish Celica compact coupe, a two-seat MR2 Spyder roadster, plus
the eensy-weensy Echo sedan.
Prius scored as the world's first electric-gas hybrid vehicle in mass production
when it debuted in 1997. For 2004 it appears in a new format that's bigger than
before but also more powerful.
rides on a new platform with wheelbase extended six inches. The stretch elevates
it in size from compact to mid-size with more room in the five-seat cabin. A bold
design for the body features sleek styling that ranks as one of the most aerodynamic
production vehicles on the market.
uses Toyota's new high-voltage and high-powered
HSD powertrain that runs on the gas engine or
electric motor or in a mode that combines the
two. The system generates 50 percent more electric
power than the previous motor and also provides
more low-end torque to enhance acceleration. Despite
the power boost, it achieves even higher fuel
economy figures - with anticipated combined ratings
reaching the mid-50 mpg range.
has a new drive-by-wire throttle and shift controller, replacing a traditional
shifter lever with a finger-tapping joystick on the dashboard. Also, it operates
with a keyless entry system.
mid-size sports coupe, spinning off the Camry sedan, rolls out in new style for
2004. The cockpit increases in size with more room for riders and the exterior
adopts a sportier stance marked by an aggressive face yet sensuous lines swirling
around the body.
of the coupe moves to Toyota's Kentucky plant where Camry is built. Solara's powertrains
come directly from Camry. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder plant pegs at 157 hp for Solara
SE, while Solara SE V6 and deluxe SLE V6 draw from Camry's 3.0-liter V6 raked
up to 198 hp. With the V6, Solara adds a new five-speed automatic sequential transmission.
safety items range from side-impact air bags to an anti-lock brake system (ABS)
and independent rear seat headrests. Curtain-style side air bags for front and
back seats are also available.
optional sports kit for Solara SE installs a five-piece body kit, sport gauges
in the instrument cluster, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter cap plus
aluminum pedals and sport tires mounted on cool 17-inch wheels.
of Camry sedans have been issued since the 1983 inception of this mid-size model,
which accounts for a fifth of all Toyotas sold in North America. The third design
of 1992 established a new benchmark for aerodynamic styling and performance, while
revisions in 1997 produced a larger sedan with more interior room to reflect a
Toyota goal to Americanize Camry. A new platform for Camry occurred in 2002 and
expanded the structure substantially in every direction.
2004, the Toyota best-seller gets a powertrain upgrade with a new 3.3-liter V6
for XLE and SE trims. It generates 225 hp through a new five speed electronically-controlled
new Limited Edition Camry also appears in the lineup dressed in white with champagne-tinged
badging and a cabin trimmed in wood with leather-wrapped steering wheel and deluxe
JBL audio system.
tiers run from LE and XLE to SE, each with four-cylinder or V6 engine. Camry's
2.4-liter four-in-line base engine reaches 157 hp yet qualifies for ULEV (Ultra
Low Emission Vehicle) status and has high economy numbers.
expansion idea drawn from mid-size Camry, the full-size Avalon sedan provides
more of every asset inherent in Camry -- more room, more comforts, more security,
even more power.
seats for as many as six riders inside and a big back seat with plenty of legroom,
the Kentucky-built sedan expands the structure of Camry and shares some components,
including a V6 engine. In Avalon the 3.0-liter V6 rises to 210 hp.
small sedan, revamped in 2002 on a larger platform, continues in 2004 with only
a new color option called Desert Sand Mica. Despite compact-class dimensions,
Corolla looks larger and feels big inside the passenger compartment with space
for as many as five.
styling appears shapely and contemporary but also athletic, even muscular. For
action, a 1.8-liter in-line-four engine with dual cams generates 130 hp. It drops
into all three of the trims: Entry-level CE, sporty S and deluxe LE.
include the standard five-speed manual for all trims, an optional automatic three-speed
for Corolla CE and a four-speed automatic on S and LE. Even the base CE Corolla
provides significant content. Corolla S applies more goods, but Corolla LE has
it all, from power windows and door locks to a remote keyless entry and wood-like
pitches this five-door hatchback as a crossover utility vehicle that blends the
sleek lines and nimble manners of a sporty car with the practicality of a boxy
sport-utility wagon and the budget-minded affordability of a subcompact sedan.
wild and feels fun to drive but also offers lots of room in a cabin that adapts
to active lifestyles. A wagon-style layout contains two rows of seats for five,
plus the bay in back for cargo. That bay, accessible from the hatchback-style
rear door, has a flat floor and, with both rear seatbacks folded down, provides
up to 53 cubic feet of storage space.
track system in the floor adapts to various accessory kits to mount sports paraphernalia
such as mountain bikes, snowboards or water skis.
exterior is different with wheels planted at perimeters of the platform and fenders
bulging to cover them, setting up the sturdy stance of a bulldog. The body is
then decorated with rakish lines marked by an aggressive face with angular corner
headlamp clusters, a windshield canted severely and the sweeping roofline that
crimps rear edges and curls low into blackened back pillars.
price-leading Standard edition and XR grade come with either front-wheel-drive
(FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) traction and a thrifty four-cylinder engine. Front-drive
Matrix XRS gets a high-performance 1.8-liter engine good for 180 hp with a sporty
six-speed manual stick.
at Toyota's California design studio, Toyota's compact coupe in a daring design
features a cab-forward format with distinctive angular character lines and curt
overhangs that convey a muscular tone.
high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps are on the options list for Celica GT
grade to mark the only change for 2004.
optional Action Package installs more gear, like front aero bumpers, side rocker
panels and a rear wing. Inside, Celica's 2+2 cockpit stocks sporty front bucket
seats supported by bold side bolsters. Faces of gauges in the instrument panel
are dark, while the dash in a dark gray tint.
twin-cam four-pack engine fires the GT-S to 180 hp and links to a six-speed manual
or four-speed automatic. The GT has another version rated at 140 hp, with five-speed
manual or the automatic.
two-seat roadster with mid-engine placement frames the excitement of a sports
car in the context of masterful Japanese mechanical technology.
simple in design, direct in function -- and fun to drive. Spyder's four-cylinder
engine, displacing 1.8 liters and with twin cams on top, nets 138 hp. A manual
five-speed stick is standard, but a sequential manual transmission is optional
with shift buttons on the steering wheel.
2004 editions also offer limited slip differential
at the rear.
leather seats are available and tie to a black top, as tan leather seats go with
the tan top, but this year the tan leather interior is also offered with a body
color called Absolutely Red.
Two-door coupe and four-door sedan variations
are available for the smallest Toyota. Each carves
out surprising space for riders in a five-seat
cabin, accommodates a load of luggage in back,
then delivers a kick from a juicy little aluminum
engine and somehow still manages to rack up high
fuel economy figures - more than forty miles down
the road for every gallon of the regular-grade
ECHO dresses in a design that looks progressive,
even daring. Rather than the typical long, low
and slinky shape of a conventional car, it stands
tall in the aerodynamic format of a vertical bubble
on wheels that seems to tip forward due to a high
tail and low nose united by an arched roofline
inset with a boldly raked windshield.
the cabin floor droops low so you can step aboard easily, and the ceiling bows
high to fit tall chair-like seats. Passengers in the two front buckets sit upright,
with their heads positioned higher than normal for better visibility though an
expansive wrap of windows.
of subcompact-size vehicles are the first to carry this name, which represents
a new line from Toyota as a brand within a brand pointed at the youth market.
xA is a five-door hatchback, while the xB Scion looks like a box on wheels as
contemporary homage to the tried-and-trusty American panel van in abbreviated
version. Both use a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine borrowed from Toyota's Echo.
It puts up 108 hp through a manual five-speed or optional automatic four-speed
transmission and earns notable fuel economy numbers above 30 mpg.
The hatch and wagon ride on a platform used for two vehicles sold exclusively
in Japan -- Toyota's ist hatchback and the bB wagon. Affordable price points for
well-equipped models is the big idea behind the Scion badge, and these initial
products fit that descriptive with standard gear like air conditioning, power
for windows and door locks and mirrors, anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic
brake force distribution (EBD) and a CD player that works with MP3 files.
the xB wagon adds vehicle stability control (VSC) to the list of standards and
offers side-impact air bags as an option.
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