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Toyota Auris gets Stop&Start

The Toyota Auris gains an all-new 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine with Stop&Start technology. This gives 17 per cent lower CO2 emissions (135g/km) and 19 per cent improvement in fuel consumption (48.7mpg combined cycle) compared to previous 1.4-litre VVT-i unit.

The new Auris Stop&Start is the first Toyota to go on sale in the UK with Toyota Optimal Drive. All new Toyota models will benefit from Toyota Optimal Drive, with new iQ, Avensis and Auris 1.33 Stop&Start leading the way.

The all-new 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i engine is a four-cylinder engine that is the same size as a three-cylinder 1.0-litre VVT-i. Piston weight is also significantly reduced, from 280g to 180g – a 36 per cent saving – which means they use less energy. The engine is matched to a newly developed six-speed manual transmission, with ratios designed to deliver the best possible balance of performance and fuel economy.

The Auris is the first model in Europe to benefit from Toyota Stop&Start technology. When the car is stationary, with the transmission in neutral and the driver’s foot off the clutch pedal, the engine automatically stops to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. When the driver re-engages the clutch, the engine automatically restarts. This brings particular benefits in urban traffic, with a potential 15 per cent improvement in the amount of fuel used and CO2 emissions.

The Stop&Start system has a permanently engaged starter gear mechanism: the starter motor is in direct contact with the ring gear on the engine, which means the engine stops and starts quickly and quietly.

From October 2009, the 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i engine will be manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK’s (TMUK) factory at Deeside in North Wales. Almost â‚Ź115 million has been invested in the plant in the past year to prepare for production of the new engine, which comes in addition to the â‚Ź1.12 billion invested in operations since the factory opened in 1992.

The Auris 1.33 Dual VVT-i is on sale now, with prices from £12,705 (for the T2 three-door).