30
June
2010
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18:00
Europe/Amsterdam

Auris 2010 petrol, diesel, full hybrid: improved driving experience

— Revised suspension for improved ride comfort with high speed stability and secure handling

— Refined steering response for improved agility and driver feedbackThrough close collaboration between Toyota's European and Japanese Research and Development teams, the implementation of regional customer feedback and extensive European testing the Auris' suspension system has been fine-tuned specifically for the customers and roads of the European market. It combines stable high speed driving performance with secure handling and superior ride comfort.

The Auris' speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS) has also been revised and refined to provide better feedback and improved vehicle agility.

Suspension

The Auris 2010 suspension has been fine-tuned to improve overall ride comfort without compromising the vehicle's agility and secure handling.

The front suspension features a variation of the highly effective MacPherson strut, known as an L-arm MacPherson strut. This compact and highly rigid design brings the strut in-board from the wheel hub, which allows for a wider track with superior stability, and excellent noise and vibration suppression. The Auris 2010's front damper settings have been adjusted to achieve a smoother ride quality.

Two different, highly efficient rear suspension systems are available, matched to the performance characteristics of specific Auris models. Versions powered by the 2.2 litre D-4D 180 are equipped with a double wishbone design, best able to handle the high specific forces and torque generated inside the suspension system by this powerful unit. All other models in the Auris 2010 range benefit from a highly effective and super-compact torsion beam rear suspension.

Both multi-link and torsion beam suspension systems feature a separate spring and damper layout, creating a compact design which does not intrude into the vehicle's spacious, flat-floored loadspace. As with the front suspension, the Auris 2010's rear dampers have been re-tuned for optimum ride quality.

Steering

With a quick ratio of 14.44:1 and just 2.9 turns lock-to-lock, the Auris 2010's speed-sensitive Electric Power Steering (EPS) has also been revised and refined to provide better feedback and improved vehicle agility.

The EPS' compact, high output motor and torque sensor are built into the steering column, optimising steering assistance for more precise control of the vehicle. EPS improves fuel economy by consuming power only when steering force assistance is needed.

It is highly durable and requires no hydraulic fluid.

Brakes and tyres

Incorporating Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC) the Auris is equipped with the latest Bosch ABS 8.1 and ESP 8 braking and stability systems.

Petrol engine, 1.4 and 2.0 D-4D versions are fitted with

273 x 26 mm ventilated front discs, whilst 2.2 D-CAT versions are fitted with 295 x 26 mm ventilated discs. All versions feature 270 x 10 mm solid rear discs.

All petrol and 1.4 D-4D 90 Auris models are equipped with 15" steel wheels fitted with 195/65R 15 tyres. 2.0 and 2.2 D-4D versions are equipped with 16" alloy wheels fitted with 205/55R 16 tyres. And 17" alloys with 225/45R 17 tyres are fitted, as standard, on S Pack and Premium Active grade models.