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Maseru Toyota celebrates golden jubilee


Front View of the Toyota C-HR

. . . launches Toyota C-HR, Corolla Facelift models

Mohalenyane Phakela

MASERU Toyota on Friday held a cocktail party to celebrate the golden jubilee of Toyota Corolla production and to introduce the Toyota C-HR and Corolla facelift models.

The new Toyota C-HR combines the agility of a hatchback with the power of a full-size SUV. The five seater vehicle is boosted by a 1.2 litre four cylinder turbo engine to deliver a powerful performance with the clock speed of 220 kilometres. Both the 6-speed manual transmission and the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which is the automatic transmission, ensure fuel efficiency.

The front design asserts its power with its strong bi-halogen headlamps led daytime running lights, combined with a wing-like motif that starts from the Toyota logo and wraps around the sides. At the rear, boomerang-shaped lamps emphasise the C-HR’s build and the LED high-mount stop lamps highlight the aggressively pointed tailgate and bumper.

Maseru Toyota’s Sales Manager, Nthatisi Lelimo said the C-HR was the first of its kind in the Toyota family.

“The manufacturers study the market before releasing any vehicle so this time they came up with a cross-over between a sedan and SUV which is a first for Toyota,” Ms Lelimo said.

“It is slightly priced below a Rav-4 and its prices vary based on accessories such as megrims and transition (ranges from M318 000 to 349 000).

“The car also has a good ground clearance therefore can travel anywhere in the country. It is also reliable and durable with high security features. Its target market is the middle class between the ages of 28 and 40 but that does not mean it cannot accommodate older people,” she said.

Meanwhile, the advanced 2017 Corolla Facelift is economical with fuel efficiency starting at 4.5l/100km, while new technology means noise, vibration and harshness have been reduced.

The Anti–lock Braking System (ABS) monitors the speed of each wheel to detect locking, releases braking pressure and provides optimum braking pressure to each wheel, improving steering control during sudden stops.

The Brake Assist System (BAS) is also an active feature of the car designed to help drivers stop more quickly during emergencies. The 6-speed car has ranges 1.3, 1.6 and 1.8 for petrol while the diesel one is only a 1.4. Its clock speed is 240KM/Hr.

Maseru Toyota’s Sales Executive, Mahlompho Mohasi said that Corolla models are the top sellers in their sedan range.

“2017 marks the 50 years since the first edition of Corolla which is locally produced (manufactured in South Africa). It remains one of the best sellers in Toyota’s range of sedans,” Mohasi told the Sunday Express on the sidelines of Friday event.

“The facelift which was released in February has enhanced lights, megrims, grill and radio which are some of the things that can easily be noticed to be different from the previous edition. It is also reliable, durable and comes with enhanced safety features,” she said.


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