Attendees could test drive vehicles including the Mirai, Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell vehicle
TORONTO—Toyota Canada held an event in Kleinburg, Ontario October 4, launching the all new re-designed 2018MY Camry and Camry Hybrid while also giving invited guests a peek at what’s in store for 2018. Attendees were also able to test drive some of the vehicles, including the Mirai, Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
Romaric Lartilleux, public relations consultant with Toyota Canada, discussed new technolog
y for 2018. He walked attendees through Entune 3.0, a suit of connectivity services that comes in three versions: Audio, Audio Plus and Premium Audio. Some of the features of Entune 3.0 include automatic collision notification, emergency assistance, improved roadside assistance and stolen vehicle location.
Lartilleux also discussed Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), which is available in either TSS-C (Compact) or TSS-P (Pedestrian) versions. The suite of safety features includes aspects like pre-collision system, lane departure alert, automatic high beams and pedestrian detection.
As well, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) is an approach to developing things like new platforms, chassis, powertrains and transmissions, Lartilleux said. A lower centre of gravity, smoother and quieter ride and high-strength body structure are among the advantages of the approach, he no
ted. TNGA is available in vehicles such as the 2017 Prius Prime, Camry and the all-new Camry.
A look at the Mirai—not currently available in Canada—concluded Lartilleux’s presentation. The Mirai, which means “future” in Japanese, runs on hydrogen and is designed with a side profile mean to emulate the shape of a water droplet. It has 17-in. allow wheels and high-tech Quad-LED headlamps. Its specifications include 151hp, 247lbs-ft tq. and 0.29Cd.
The event concluded with attendees testing several available Toyota vehicles.