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Toyota Auris concept (2006): first official pictures

Fri, 29 Sep 2006

By Ben Whitworth

First Official Pictures

29 September 2006 08:24

Toyota Auris: the lowdown

Toyota has killed off the Corolla name in Europe and replaced it with the all new Auris, in a move reminiscent of Ford's Escort to Focus switch. Although the Auris is billed as a concept, it's production ready bar a few minor details. What you see here is what you'll get when the three- and five-door hatches arrive in uk showrooms early next year. Expect a slight price rise; the Auris will kick off around £11,500.

Stung by criticism of the utterly forgettable outgoing car Toyota decided on a clean sheet change with the mark eleven - hence the name change. That said, the Corolla name will still continue outside of Europe, and be used for the saloon version sold in the US and Japan.

By Ben Whitworth