Toyota’s new Urban Cruiser is designed to meet a growing demand for vehicles that are cut out for life on urban roads, yet are equally at home off the beaten track. It is compact for easy town driving and parking and, thanks to new Toyota technology, has a small carbon footprint – key requirements for today’s urban motorists.
The timing is perfect for the world premiere of the Urban Cruiser 1.4 D-4D with all-wheel drive at the Salon de l’Automobile in Paris, following on from the design preview revealed in Geneva earlier this year.
Urban Cruiser Chief Engineer Kosuke Shibahara explains: “With class-leading low emissions, Urban Cruiser provides an ideal solution to the growing customer demand for flexible, yet socially responsible vehicles. It represents a new form of recreation vehicle, with a distinctive personality and responsible all-wheel drive performance. With many countries starting to introduce CO2-based taxation on vehicles, there has never been a better time to launch an urban car that’s enjoyable to drive, both in and out of the city, with exceptionally low CO2 emissions.”
Urban Cruiser will go on sale in the UK in May 2009 in two versions: a 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol model with two-wheel drive and a 1.4 D-4D diesel with all-wheel drive. The sales mix in the UK is expected to be 70 per cent petrol, 30 per cent diesel.
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