The Toyota Auris is a compact hatchback derived from the Toyota Corolla, manufactured and sold by Toyota.
Introduced in 2006, the first generation shared the E150 platform with the Corolla, while the second generation compact five-door hatchback and station wagon called the Touring Sports uses the E180 platform. The name "Auris" is based on the Latin word for "gold", "aurum".
In Europe, Toyota positioned the Auris as the replacement for the Corolla hatchback, while the notchback sedan continued with the Corolla nameplate.
For the first generation only, the more luxurious Auris was named Toyota Blade in Japan. The Auris succeeds the Toyota Allex in Japan and the Corolla RunX. Toyota Australia and Toyota New Zealand resisted suggestions from Toyota Japan to adopt the new European Auris name for the Corolla.
The Japan model went on sale at "Netz" dealers in 2006, while European models went on sale in 2007. It is also available at Toyopet Store dealers as of 18 April 2016.
Toyota Auris (Austria)
|Also called||Toyota Corolla (Australasia)
Scion iM (North America, 2015-2016)
Toyota Corolla iM (North America, 2016-present)
|Body and chassis|
|Predecessor||Toyota Corolla (E120) hatchback|
First generation (E150; 2006–2012)
|Assembly||Japan: Toyota, Aichi (Takaoka plant)
Japan: Kanegasaki, Iwate (KAW)
Turkey: TMMT, Adapazarı
United Kingdom: Burnaston
|Designer||Koichi Suga and Samuel Guinefoleau (2004)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback
|Platform||Toyota New MC platform|
|Related||Toyota Corolla (E150)|
1.33L 101 hp I4
1.4L 97 hp I4
1.6L 132 hp I4
1.8L 147 hp I4
2.4L 158 hp I4
1.4L 90 hp I4
2.0L 126 hp I4
2.2L 177 hp I4
7-speed CVT (Japan)
|Wheelbase||2,600 mm (102.4 in)|
|Length||4,224 mm (166.3 in)|
|Width||1,760 mm (69.3 in)|
|Height||1,516 mm (59.7 in)|
|Curb weight||1,240–1,370 kg (2,734–3,020 lb)|
|Euro NCAP test results|
|Toyota Auris (2006)|
The Toyota Auris space concept is a concept using Vibrant Clarity design philosophy. It included panoramic glass roof, flat rear passenger floor, high window surfaces, 19-inch alloy wheels, free-form geometric lamps, prominent brake callipers, deep rear bumper with integrated chrome exhausts, gold-coloured body.
The vehicle was unveiled at the October 2006 Paris Motor Show. Exterior styling was done by ED², Toyota's European design base located in southern France.
The former Kanto Auto Works produced the Auris and Blade from October 2006 to November 2011.
The Auris received a five star cabin protection rating from Euro NCAP for adults, but four stars for children.
The Auris HSD Full Hybrid Concept was unveiled at the September 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept version included Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, 18-inch alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres, a larger, more efficient rear spoiler, 20 mm lower ride height, seats and upper dashboard with blue Gaucholino leather upholstery, instrument cluster with hybrid blue illumination, solar panel roof with ventilation.
On 17 July 2009, Toyota announced the production of hybrid Auris by Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd (TMUK) beginning in 2010. It will be equipped with engines produced at TMUK's Deeside Plant and be produced at TMUK's Burnaston Plant.
The production version of the Auris Hybrid was presented at the March 2010 Geneva Motor Show.Mass production began in May 2010 at Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) Burnaston plant and became the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle to be built in Europe. Sales in the UK began on 1 July 2010, at a price starting at GB£18,950 (US$27,450), GB£550 (US$800) less than the Toyota Prius.
The Auris Hybrid shares the same powertrain and batteries as the Prius. Combined fuel economy is 74.3 mpg‑imp (3.80 L/100 km; 61.9 mpg‑US).Carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) are 89 g/km on the standard UK test cycle which allows the model to be exempted from paying Vehicle Excise Duty (for cars registered prior to 1 April 2017) and the London congestion charge. On July 2010, the Auris Hybrid was selected as "WhatGreenCar Car of the Year 2010" by What Car? magazine.
In 2010, Toyota sold 15,237 Auris Hybrids in Europe, and 32,725 in 2011.
The upscale sister of the Auris is called the Blade. It replaced the Toyota Allex, which, in turn, was the replacement for the Toyota Sprinter. The Blade was sold at Japanese Toyota dealerships Toyota Store and Toyopet Store locations, while the Auris was exclusive to Toyota Corolla Store and Toyota NETZ Store locations. It has different front and rear sheetmetal, and is powered by Toyota's 2.4-litre 2AZ-FE engine. Recently Toyota released the Blade Master and Blade Master G, an upgraded trim of the Blade which features Toyota's 280 PS (206 kW), 3.5-litre 2GR-FE V6 engine, larger brakes, and an upgraded suspension. Toyota discontinued the Blade in April 2012 ahead of the replacement of the Auris, without a direct successor.
Introduced as a new model in 2006, the Auris replaced the Corolla Runx and Allex. Trim levels were 150X,180G and RS. For model year 2007 on Japanese models only, G-BOOK, a subscription telematics service, was offered as an option. Japanese models were built by Iwate Plant, Kanto Auto Works, Ltd.
- S package TUMI version (2007)
Designed by TUMI, this was a Japanese market limited edition (1000 units) version. It included model specific seat cloth, floor mats, a luggage mat, illuminated scuff plates, shift knob, instrument panel ornament, and badging.
The vehicles were sold through Toyota's Netz dealers. Prices were between ¥2,058,000 and ¥2,499,000.
- Grayge selection (2008)
This version came with a grey interior, dual zone climate control, passenger side under-seat tray. The 150X M package version added rear privacy glass, smart entry and start system, and anti-theft system. The models went on sale in 2008-01-29 through Toyota's Netz dealers.
With the 2008 update, keyless entry, under-seat tray became standard on all models.
- Auris GT Concept
In January 2011, Toyota revealed the Toyota Auris GT at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Based on a 1.8L Auris. All equipment is available for purchase individually except for the supercharger. The concept was shown in Gold metallic paint with a black TRD graphic along the lower side of the car.
|Model||180G 2WD||180G 4WD||150X 2WD||150X 4WD|
|150X 2WD||2006–||1,496 cc (91.3 cu in)/1NZ-FE||110 PS (81 kW; 110 hp)@6000||140 N·m (100 lb·ft)@4400|
|150X 4WD||2006–||1,496 cc (91.3 cu in)/1NZ-FE||105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp)@6000||135 N·m (100 lb·ft)@4400|
|180G 2WD||2006–||1,797 cc (109.7 cu in)/2ZR-FE||136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)@6000||175 N·m (129 lb·ft)@4400|
|180G 4WD||2006–||1,797 cc (109.7 cu in)/2ZR-FE||127 PS (93 kW; 125 hp)@6000||166 N·m (122 lb·ft)@4400|
|Model||Years||Type||Forward ratio||Reverse ratio||Final drive ratio|
|150X 2WD||2006–||Super CVT-i with 6-speed||2.386–0.411||2.505||5.698|
|150X 4WD||2006–||Super CVT-i with 6-speed|
|180G 2WD||2006–||Super CVT-i with 7-speed sequential shiftmatic||5.356|
|180G 4WD||2006–||Super CVT-i with 7-speed sequential shiftmatic||5.698|
In Australia, the Auris is sold as "Corolla" hatchback with "Seca" emblem on the hatch door above the licence plate. Grades are: base-model "Ascent", mid-spec "Conquest", sports "Levin SX" and sports luxury "Levin ZR". All models are powered by the 1.8 Litre 2ZR-FE engine, with either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. All, but the Ascent come with standard alloy wheels and fog lights. The Levin models have sports style body kits. Electric moonroof is only available as an option on Levin ZR. As of January 2009, ESC has been made available as standard on Conquest and Levin ZR – Ascent and Levin SX have ESC as an option.
The Australian Corolla Hatchback received a facelift during the fourth quarter of 2009. The entire body design has been given a sporty makeover. Major changes were made to the front and rear fascia, wheel designs and interior trims. The "Seca" branding has been removed from the hatch door, taillights design has been changed. A newer bumper design has also been adapted with a special "diffuser" fitted at the bottom to give the rear a sportier look and on either side of the diffuser are reflectors which were lacking in any other previous Corolla Hatchback models. The front receives new grille and revised headlamps. Fog lights have been removed from the Conquest model. Ascent continues to receive 15-inch steel wheels while the rest receive 16-inch alloys with Conquest and Levin SX sharing the same alloys. Side mirrors now feature indicators. The trim materials have also been changed along with a new D-shaped sports steering wheel available on Conquest and Levin models. Other changes have also been made to equipment and technology. Moonroof is still only available as an option on Levin ZR alone.
The Auris was released on 1 February 2007 in the United Kingdom, replacing the Toyota Corolla hatchback.
Toyota positioned the Auris at the lower-medium segment to compete with cars such as Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall/Opel Astra and the Ford Focus.
UK levels were T2, T3, and T Spirit – followed by the T180 model in April 2007. European trim levels were Terra, Strata, Luna, and Sol.
In 2007, Toyota announced an investment of £100 million in its Deeside engine factory to build a petrol engine for the Auris.
The Deeside plant would start building 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i engine beginning in 2009–10, and would also produce Auris engines previously built in Japan.
Engines for the European Auris are:
|1.33 Dual VVT-i||2008–||1,329 cc (81.1 cu in) I4 1NR-FE||101 PS (74 kW; 100 hp)@6000||132 N·m (97 lb·ft)@3800|
|1.4 VVT-i||2007–2008||1,398 cc (85.3 cu in) I4||97 PS (71 kW; 96 hp)@6000||130 N·m (96 lb·ft)@4600|
|1.6 Dual VVT-i||2007–2009||1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 1ZR-FE||124 PS (91 kW; 122 hp)@6000||157 N·m (116 lb·ft)@5200|
|1.6 Valvematic||2009–||1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 1ZR-FAE||132 PS (97 kW; 130 hp)@6400||160 N·m (120 lb·ft)@4400|
|1.8 Dual VVT-i||2007–2009||1,797 cc (109.7 cu in) I4 2ZR-FE||136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp)@6000||175 N·m (129 lb·ft)@4400|
|1.8 Valvematic||2009–||1,797 cc (109.7 cu in) I4 2ZR-FAE||147 PS (108 kW; 145 hp)@6400||180 N·m (130 lb·ft)@4000|
|1.4 D-4D||2007–2009||1,364 cc (83.2 cu in) I4 turbo /1ND-TV||90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp)@3800||190 N·m (140 lb·ft)@1800–3000|
|1.4 D-4D||2009–||1,364 cc (83.2 cu in) I4 turbo||90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp)@3800||205 N·m (151 lb·ft)@1800–3000|
|2.0 D-4D||2007–2009||1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 turbo /1AD-FTV||126 PS (93 kW; 124 hp)@3600||300 N·m (220 lb·ft)@1800|
|2.0 D-4D||2009–||1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 turbo||126 PS (93 kW; 124 hp)@3600||310 N·m (230 lb·ft)@1800–2400|
|2.2 D-CAT||2007–2009||2,231 cc (136.1 cu in) I4 turbo /2AD-FHV||177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp)@3600||400 N·m (300 lb·ft)@2000–2600|
|2.2 D-CAT||2009–||2,231 cc (136.1 cu in) I4 turbo||177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp)@3600||400 N·m (300 lb·ft)@2000–2800|
TOD[clarification needed] engines were introduced in 2008. The 1NR-FE 1.33 Dual VVT-i engine featured Toyota's first Stop & Start system sold in Europe, and replaced the 1.4 VVT-i engine. The 2.0 D-4D engine added a diesel particulate filter. A 1.6 Valvematic replaced the 1.6 Dual VVT-i engine.
|1.33 Dual VVT-i||2008–||6-speed manual|
|1.4 VVT-i||2007–2008||5-speed manual|
|1.6 Dual VVT-i||2007–2009||5-speed manual, MultiMode|
|1.6 Valvematic||2009–||6-speed manual, MultiMode|
|1.8 Dual VVT-i||2007–2009||6-speed manual|
|1.8 Valvematic||2009–||6-speed manual|
|1.4 D-4D||2007–2009||5-speed manual|
|1.4 D-4D||2009–||6-speed manual, MultiMode|
|2.0 D-4D||2007–2009||6-speed manual|
|2.0 D-4D||2009–||6-speed manual|
|2.2 D-CAT||2007–2009||6-speed manual|
|2.2 D-CAT||2009–||6-speed manual|
Second generation (E180; 2012–present)
|Also called||Toyota Corolla
Scion iM (November 2014–August 2016)
Toyota Corolla iM (August 2016–)
|Production||August 2012 – present|
|Assembly||Japan: Toyota, Aichi (Takaoka plant)
United Kingdom: Burnaston
|Designer||Koichi Suga (2010)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door hatchback
5-door station wagon
|Platform||Toyota New MC platform|
|Related||Toyota Corolla (E170)|
1.8L VVT-i 1,798 cc (109.7 cu in) petrol with an electric motor
|Wheelbase||2,600 mm (102 in)|
|Length||4,275 mm (168 in)|
|Width||1,760 mm (69 in)|
|Height||1,460 mm (57 in)|
|Curb weight||1,270 kg (2,800 lb)|
|Predecessor||Scion xB (North America)
Toyota Matrix (North America)
The second generation of the Auris was revealed on 20 August 2012. It features a wider, lower stance with a more luxurious interior and resembles the Corolla (E170) in its exterior and interior.
It was first shown at the September 2012 Paris Motor Show, with European sales starting in early 2013. It went on sale in Japan in September 2012, and in Australia and New Zealand in October 2012, as the Corolla Hatchback. In some parts of Asia, the sales of the new Auris was sold from the 2nd quarter of 2013.
For the Japanese market, the Auris is available with either 1.2-litre turbocharged 8NR-FTS, 1.5-litre 1NZ-FE or 1.8-litre 2ZR-FAE engine. The smaller motor is installed in the base model 150X. Front wheel drive and Full-Time 4WD are offered. The more powerful engine is reserved for the more luxurious 180S and sporty RS models. The 180S comes only with CVT, while the sole transmission for the RS is 6-speed manual. All cars with 1.8-litre engine are front wheel drive.
In August 2013, Toyota in Japan launched an advertising campaign for the Auris, featuring Char Aznable from the Mobile Suit Gundam series. As part of the collaboration, Toyota unveiled a one-off "MS-186H-CA" Auris that takes styling cues from the anime.
Hybrid facelift models went on sale in Japan on 18 April 2016.
|120T 2WD||2012–||1,196 cc (73.0 cu in)/8NR-FTS||116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp)@5200-5600||185 N·m (136 lb·ft)@1500-4000|
|150X 2WD||2012–||1,496 cc (91.3 cu in)/1NZ-FE||108 PS (79 kW; 107 hp)@6000||135 N·m (100 lb·ft)@4400|
|150X 4WD||2012–||1,496 cc (91.3 cu in) I4 /1NZ-FE||105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp)@6000||135 N·m (100 lb·ft)@4800|
|180S 2WD||2012–||1,797 cc (109.7 cu in)/2ZR-FAE||143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp)@6200||173 N·m (128 lb·ft)@4000|
|RS 2WD||2012–||1,797 cc (109.7 cu in) I4 /2ZR-FAE||144 PS (106 kW; 142 hp)@6200||180 N·m (130 lb·ft)@3800|
Australia and New Zealand
In Australia, the Auris continued to be called the Corolla Hatchback. Model grades are Ascent, Ascent Sport, Levin SX, and Levin ZR. All models are motored by 1.8-litre engine matched to 6-speed manual or 7-speed CVT gearbox. The Levin sport models have front sports seats, carbon fiber-like interior trim, and 17-inch alloys. Panoramic roof is available for the top-of-the-line Levin ZR.
Meanwhile, for the New Zealand market the GX and GLX are the equivalent of Ascent and Ascent Sport. Manual transmission is only for the base GX. The GLX, as well as the sporty Levin SX and ZR come with CVT only.
Based on the Ascent hatchback, the limited edition Corolla RZ was released in 2014. It has black alloys, special decals, and upgraded interior.The facelift model Corolla hatchback is introduced in mid-2015 with new front fascia and restyled tail lights. The Levin moniker was dropped from the sporty models, which are now simply called Corolla SX and ZR. The SX and ZR have sporty front bumper and lower body kits which distinguish them from the Ascent and Ascent Sport. The ZR is only offered with CVT.
Touring Sports (wagon)
Toyota unveiled a world premiere in 2012 Paris Auto Show of the Auris in a new estate or station wagon variant, which is 285 mm longer than the five-door hatchback. It also represents the first model in its segment to be offered with a full hybrid powertrain. The wheelbase is kept to 2600 mm just like its five-door twin however its profile of the estate version is different, with the steeply raked windscreen flowing into the extended roofline. Its length has been lengthened to be 285 mm longer so it provides more loadspace.
The rear bumper and the tailgate has a different styling, while the sill is set to be 80 mm lower than it is on its hatchback twin. The engine lineup is carried over from the hatchback, including 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i and 1.6-litre Valvematic petrol units, plus a 1.4-litre D-4D diesel. A hybrid is also offered encompassing a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine and an electric motor, providing a maximum output of 136 HP (100 kW), enough for a 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) sprint in 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h (110 mph).
Toyota introduced the Scion iM concept car at the November 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. It is based on the Auris 5-door hatchback with aggressive body kits, lowered suspension, high performance brakes, and 19-inch alloy wheels. The production version for the North American market debuted at the New York Auto Show in April 2015. While the iM will partially fill the void left by the discontinued Scion xB, Toyota states that it is not a direct replacement.
In the United States, the Scion iM sold 5,097 units in 2015. Due to the discontinuation of the Scion marque, the vehicle will be re-branded as the Toyota Corolla iM from August 2016 for model year 2017 in replacement of the discontinued Toyota Matrix.
The Auris-based Corolla hatchback was the winner of 2008 and 2009 Australian Rally Championship. This so-called Corolla S2000 has a modified 2.0-litre normally aspirated 3S-GE engine as used by the Celica SS-III, all-wheel drive system from the Celica GT-Four, and six-speed sequential gearbox. Neal Bates and co-driver Coral Taylor won the 2008 series, while Simon and Sue Evans were the winner in 2009.