The rear view monitor function is activated automatically when the driver selects reverse gear and operates in two modes. A miniature rear-facing camera transmits a full colour image from behind the vehicle to the display screen. In the Manual Assist Mode, the image is overlaid with fixed guidelines which indicate the correct path to follow into a parking space or garage. The guidelines can be removed from the screen at the touch of a switch.

In the Reverse Parking Assist Mode, the guidelines move in line with the vehicle, showing the driver the correct steering angle required to park neatly and efficiently in a chosen space.

The Full Map Navigation and Rear View Monitor System with Park Assist are available now as an option on the Previa T Spirit models, priced £750.

Advanced Technology Features For 2004 Land Cruiser Amazon

The Land Cruiser Amazon, the ultimate Toyota 4x4, now benefits from a series of new advanced technology features for improved performance and convenience.

On sale now, the 2004 model year Amazon comes as standard with BluetoothTM telephone interface, integrated into the vehicle’s multi-information display. This allows compatible mobile telephones to be operated hands-free, without the need for a cradle or cable connection. Up to four separate on-board telephones can be registered with the on-board system.

The Amazon’s DVD-based satellite navigation system has been upgraded to provide a number of useful additional functions. These include a "whole route" display option, the ability to programme the intersection of two streets as your destination and a telephone number search function. A "compass mode" screen can also be activated, showing the direction of travel and data on the vehicle’s current location.

The Amazon is also now equipped with a rear view monitor system. On selecting reverse gear, a full colour image from behind the vehicle is transmitted to the display screen.

The 4.2-litre turbodiesel manual and automatic versions now benefit from the trip computer system already installed in the 4.7-litre V8 petrol model and the diesel auto transmission is now five-speed, in line with the V8. By adopting the new gearbox, acceleration, fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions are all improved.

UK-Built Avensis Is Big In Japan

Exports of the British-built Avensis to Japan have quickly proved a success with first month sales way above official targets. The car, designed and built as Toyota’s European flagship, went on sale in Japan on 6 October. By 5 November around 4,500 units had been sold, two-and-a-half times more than Toyota Motor Corporation anticipated.

TMC attributes the strong performance to the car’s special appeal, blending the best aspects of European and Japanese quality and performance. It is also competitively priced, compared to other imported models.

Here in Britain the new Avensis continues to perform strongly with more than 16,400 sales since launch at the beginning of March.

Published : 11/11/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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