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Toyota Launches Fully Redesigned 'Land Cruiser' in Japan

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Toyota Launches Fully Redesigned 'Land Cruiser' in Japan

Tokyo, Japan, Sept 18, 2007; Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced today the launch in Japan of the completely redesigned "Land Cruiser" full-size, top-of-the-line SUV.

The new Land Cruiser, designed under the theme "The King of Four-Wheel Drives", features a new platform and suspension, 4.7-liter V8 engine with VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) and new technologies that enhance all-around driving performance. As a result, the Land Cruiser's traditional durability, reliability, off-road performance and other basic functions have been raised to a new level.

In addition, VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) side and curtain shield airbags and a newly developed Active Headrest - all standard - combine with an optional advanced Pre-crash Safety System to achieve safety performance at the highest levels in its class.*

Sales Outline --

Sales channels: "Toyota" dealers nationwide in Japan ("Osaka Toyopet"
dealers in the Osaka area) 
Monthly sales targets in Japan: 700 units 

Assembly Plant --

Tahara Plant, Toyota Motor Corporation
Yoshiwara Plant, Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (Prices in Hokkaido and Okinawa
differ; in yen) --

Grade                    AX                         "G Selection" 
Engine                           2UZ-FE (4.7 liter)
Transmission                       5 Super ECT[1]
Powertrain                        Four-wheel drive
Price[2]**            4,700,000                       5,400,000
1. Super Intelligent, Electronically-controlled, 
   Five-speed Automatic Transmission.
2. Prices listed do not include recycling fees.
* Compared to four-wheel drive SUVs of similar engine displacement
** Including consumption tax

Vehicle Outline

Advanced Basic Performance

- The Land Cruiser's completely redesigned platform retains a full frame
structure ensuring strength and durability with approximately 1.4 times
greater torsional rigidity and approximately 1.2 times greater flexural
rigidity. This also serves to increase collision safety while reducing
on-road noise and vibration, contributing to enhanced interior comfort. 
- The suspension provides outstanding handling and cruising stability
both on-road and off-road, making for a comfortable ride. A newly
developed coil spring, high-mounted, double wishbone suspension in front
replaces the previous torsion bar type, while the rear suspension
retains the acclaimed four-link type, with optimized control arm
placement and tuning. 
- The 4.7-liter 2UZ-FE V8 gasoline engine features VVT-I, raising the
compression ratio (from 9.6:1 to 10.0:1) and maximum engine speed (from
4,800rpm to 5,400rpm), substantially increasing output (up 39kW [53PS])
to provide driving performance with power to spare. 
- The 5 Super ECT (Super Intelligent, Electronically-controlled,
Five-speed Automatic Transmission) Sequential Shiftmatic transmission
allows the driver to enjoy a manual-transmission-like sensation. 
- To match the substantial increase in engine output, the front and rear
ventilated-disc brakes are a larger 17 inches (compared to a previous 16
inches) and feature outstanding anti-fading performance. 

New Technologies and Equipment that Enhance All-around Driving

'Crawl Control' System
- The world's first* "crawl control" system is standard on all models.
When driving on surfaces that require delicate speed adjustments such as
on rocks or sand and on steep hills, the engine and brakes are
automatically controlled to maintain a very low speed, minimize wheel
spinning and locking, and provide outstanding vehicle stability. The
system maintains vehicle speed at approximately 1km/h to 5km/h, and
three speed settings can be selected by the simple turn of a dial. This
allows the driver to focus on steering and is also effective at helping
the driver get the vehicle out when it becomes stuck. 
* As of August 2007, as surveyed by TMC

Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS)
- Japan's first* kinetic dynamic suspension system - standard on the "G
Selection" model - uses hydraulics to optimally control the front and
rear stabilizers depending on the driving conditions, providing
excellent vehicle stability for on-road driving through the use of the
stabilizers and outstanding off-road performance by disabling the
stabilizers off-road for greater suspension stroke. 
* As of August 2007, as surveyed by TMC

Torsen(R) LSD*
- The center differential built into the transfer unit of the full-time
all-wheel drive system is a newly developed Torsen(R) LSD (standard on
all models). During normal cruising, the Torsen(R) LSD distributes drive
power to the front and rear based on a 40/60 split that favors the rear
wheels, but can also instantaneously change a 50/50 split to a 30/70
split in drive power distribution to match road conditions. This
delivers outstanding vehicle stability as well as smooth starting,
acceleration and cornering on all road surfaces. 
* "Torsen" is a registered trademark of JTEKT Corporation; Torsen LSD
stands for "torque sensing limited slip differential."

Multi-terrain ABS
- A newly adopted multi-terrain ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) - standard
on all models - provides excellent braking performance even on dirt
roads, gravel and sand. 

- The newly adopted HAC (Hill-start Assist Control) - standard on all
models - minimizes vehicle roll-back when starting on steep hills or
climbing slippery surfaces by controlling brake fluid pressure as the
driver's foot is removed from the brake to the accelerator. 

Class-leading Safety Performance 

- The Land Cruiser adopts an advanced GOA (Global Outstanding
Assessment) collision-safety body that has been improved to meet
stricter-than-normal conditions by incorporating the concept of
omni-directional compatibility. Through the use of a body that
effectively absorbs collision impact by diffusing it throughout its
structure, Toyota satisfied all independent targets for survival space
and occupant injury. 
- Improvements in the body structure further reduce the likelihood of
pedestrian head injuries in an effort to achieve one of the highest
levels of injury prevention in this vehicle class. 
- In addition to VSC, dual-stage SRS airbags for the driver and front
passenger seat, SRS knee airbags for the driver and front passenger
seat, SRS side airbags for the driver, front passenger and second-row
seats and SRS curtain shield airbags that cover the front through to the
third-row seats, are standard on all models. 
- Also adopted as standard equipment is an Active Headrest for the
driver and front passenger seat, which shifts to an appropriate position
in order to lessen the stress on the neck and reduce the risk of
whiplash injury sustained during a rear-end collision. 
- The advanced Pre-crash Safety System employs near simultaneous
responses to sudden braking (standard on the "G Selection" model) and
millimeter wave radar (optional on the "G Selection" model). 

Outstanding Environmental Performance

- With engine output significantly increased, efforts were made to
improve fuel efficiency to reduce CO2 emissions. The new Land Cruiser
boasts a fuel efficiency of 6.6km/l in the 10-15 test cycle outlined by
the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) with
CO2 emissions under the test cycle just 352g/km, achieving the level
called for by the Japanese 2010 standards*. Both NOx (nitrogen oxides)
and NMHC (non-methane hydrocarbons) have also been reduced, meaning all
vehicles have emissions levels 50% lower than the 2005 standards under
MLIT's Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles. 
- Toyota employed Eco-VAS (Eco-Vehicle Assessment System) - its original
comprehensive environmental impact assessment system - to efficiently
achieve overall reduction of environmental impact throughout the
vehicle's entire lifecycle. 
- A review of the materials, processing methods and adhesives used for
interior parts resulted in a reduction in the amount of VOCs (volatile
organic compounds) used, thereby also reducing the unpleasant odors
emitted from such compounds and achieving the Japanese automobile
industry's voluntary goals. 
* Specified by the Japanese Law Concerning the Rational Use of Energy

New Equipment that Enhances Comfort and Security

- In anticipation of operation under extreme weather conditions, air
conditioning performance has been enhanced by adopting fully automatic
independent temperature controls for four areas (the driver and
passenger side and the front and rear) as standard on all models and a
pollen removal mode that filters out pollen, dust and other impurities
from the air. 
- An optional 30GB high-capacity HDD navigation system with a
high-resolution 8-inch wide display is compatible with the advanced
"G-BOOK ALPHA Pro" telematics service and offers Bluetooth-compatible
hands-free telephone communication1 and numerous other multimedia
functions. The audio/visual system includes an integrated AM/FM radio
with an in-dash, six-disc DVD/CD changer with MD player and nine
speakers. The NAVI-AI2 Shift Control System uses road information from
the navigation system for optimal gear shift control. 
- The Smart Entry & Start System is standard on all models and uses a
key that does not need to be removed from the driver's pocket to lock
and unlock the doors, as well as a push button for starting the engine. 
- The redesigned total package increases the interior length by 175mm. 
- The redesigned seats achieve greater comfort as well as functionality.
The heated front seats feature free temperature control (standard on the
"G Selection" model) compared to two temperature settings previously.
The second-row seats (6:4 split) have a 105mm slide function and new
reclining backrests that fold in a 4:2:4 split. The authentic leather
("G Selection" model) second-row left and right seats are heated. The
third-row seats (5:5 split) offering an "extra space" function that
lifts the seats up and folds them away with just a single touch. 
- An antitheft system with enhanced security functions - standard on all
models - features an engine immobilizer system and an auto alarm
function fitted with an intrusion sensor and tilt sensor. 
1. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth Sig, Inc.
2. Navigation/Artificial Intelligence Shift Control System

Interior and Exterior Designs that Convey the Reliability of the Land

- The interior and exterior designs were created based on the Toyota
brand design philosophy "Vibrant Clarity". The Land Cruiser identity is
maintained with an exterior design that seeks to combine reliability
with a sense of advancement, while the interior boasts the advanced
features of a full-scale four-wheel drive vehicle and a sense of quality
and precision to express dependability. 
- The front view is a modern expression of the traditional Land Cruiser
look. The increased vertical thickness expresses the powerful structure
and character of a high-end SUV. 
- The side view emphasizes solidity with a strong horizontal axis, while
a new form that merges the front and rear fenders into the body
emphasizes the presence of the wheels and expresses dynamism and
- The rear view features combination taillights that project from the
body and a bumper integrated with the body to convey a wide feel and
sense of stability. 
- The largely horizontal instrument panel creates a sense of
expansiveness in the cockpit and allows the driver to easily determine
any tilting of the vehicle. 
- The center cluster expresses strength with holding bars on its sides
that have the quality of sculpted metal. 
- The steering wheel features a stability-exuding design characterized
by its large pad, while large switches embedded in metallic bezels
achieve both functionality and a sense of quality. 
- Two new body colors - a dynamic and glossy Gold Mica Metallic and a
high-gloss Green Mica Metallic - have been added for a total of seven

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