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Toyota HiLux SR5 Double Cab 4x4

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13th October, 2009

Australia's most popular ute, Toyota's HiLux, now offers even greater safety, comfort and convenience with upgrades announced last week.

The changes are designed to expand the strong appeal of HiLux, which topped the sales charts in June and was number two in March, April and May.

Toyota HiLux is available in 32 variants that include two and four-wheel drive, three cabins, three double overhead-cam engines, manual and automatic transmissions and three equipment grades - Workmate, SR and SR5.

Toyota has substantially improved the value of two key models, chopping $3,100 from the prices of the 4x2 SR turbo-diesel Double Cab and Single Cab-Chassis.

The Single Cab-Chassis is now priced 10.4 per cent lower at $26,590* while the Double Cab price has been reduced by 8.7 per cent to $32,590*.

Along with the upgrades, other models have received price increases ranging from $250 for 4x2 Workmate models to $1,850 for 4x4 SR5 models.

So far this year, Toyota dealers have delivered just over 24,000 HiLux - more than double the sales of the nearest rival.

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HiLux is market leader in both 4x2 and 4x4 utility segments, accounting for one quarter of all sales in these combined segments.

The HiLux nameplate was launched on the Australian market over 30 years ago, with 4x2 models, followed by 4x4 versions from 1980.

Total sales in Australia have exceeded 600,000, including more than 40,000 in each of the past two years.

With the latest upgrades, HiLux SR5 Double Cab 4x4 models - which adopt sports-style front seats - now come standard with a total of six airbags.

These vehicles now have side airbags for the front seats and curtain-shield airbags in addition to the existing driver and front-passenger airbags.

All SR5 models now have cruise control as standard equipment, following the addition of this feature to manual Xtra Cab 4x4 models.

Privacy glass has been adopted on the rear door windows and back window of all Double Cab SR5 models.

Audio systems have been improved across the range.

Entry-level Workmate and volume-selling mid-grade SR now have a single CD player with USB port and Bluetooth™^ mobile telephone compatibility.

SR grade also adopts a four-spoke urethane steering wheel with audio controls.

The new SR5 audio unit has a six-CD multi-changer and colour LCD screen.

It also has USB port and Bluetooth™^ compatibility.


* All prices are manufacturer's list price and do not include statutory or dealer-delivery charges.
^ Bluetooth™ is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.


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