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1 pointThe new Team Toyota GB with Speedworks Motorsport Corolla made a successful on-track debut on Friday in preparation for its first racing season in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship Driven by Tom Ingram, the reigning BTCC Independent Champion, the Corolla put in a problem-free performance in an official shakedown test at Oulton Park, home circuit for the Cheshire-based team. The racing Corolla’s first outing coincided with the start of sales of the road-going version of the car, built in the UK at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire. Ingram was delighted with the car’s first track laps: “This was a really positive day and it was nice to put everyone’s mind at ease that the Corolla is a good car. Having completed the shake-down we have a really good platform to start chasing the performance and fast lap times. If we had to head to Brands Hatch for the first race now, I wouldn’t feel nervous about it, we’re in a really good place.” The 25-year-old Buckinghamshire driver has appreciated the public’s support in the build-up to the new season: “The response from fans has been remarkable and we’re delighted that people are really getting involved with it. At the same time, there’s tremendous anticipation from me and the team as well for what’s in store,” he said. Team Principal Christian Dick was equally pleased with the car’s performance: “It was a very productive day. We have plenty of testing planned and the Corolla looks good straight out of the box, so fingers crossed we’ll be right on the pace at the first round.” The team were gradually able to increase the number of laps in each stint until the car was completing a full race distance, with the objective of testing the car’s strength and reliability. “We are well aware that the sooner we could get on track with a complete car, the better the package would be for round one of the series,” Dick added. “The early signs are that we are going to be in very good shape, but we’ve still a lot of work to do.” The car was presented at Oulton in a camouflage livery, with a design nod to the appearance of the Toyota GR Supra sports car when it made its world debut at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Straight after completing the Oulton Park test, the team moved to the Calafat circuit in Spain for further pre-season testing this week. The Corolla’s racing debut is just one month away, with the first round of the 2019 BTCC taking place at Brands Hatch on 6/7 April.
1 pointToyota’s hugely popular Aygo city car makes a big style statement with a new x-trend version to launch its 2019 line-up Positioned at the heart of the range and expected to be the most popular model in the range, the x-trend majors on colourful styling accents and useful tech. The standard spec’ includes 15-inch alloy wheels with a machined finish, rear privacy glass, front fog lights and a red decal pack, adding eye-catching detailing to the door mirrors, side sills and the lower section of the front and rear bumpers. Opt for Red Pop, Cyan Splash or Silver Splash for the paint finish and the red decals are changed to black. The equipment specification includes easy smartphone integration with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, plus automatic air conditioning and automatic headlights. Customers can also opt to have an electric, full-length retractable Funroof and the added protection of Toyota Safety Sense, with Pre-collision System with autonomous emergency braking and Lane Departure Alert. The new x-trend is powered by Aygo’s proven 71bhp three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine with a choice of five-speed manual or x-shift automated manual transmission. True to Aygo’s tradition, ownership costs are modest, supported by combined cycle fuel consumption from 53.30 to 57.29mpg, 93g/km CO2 emissions (with manual transmission) and insurance group ratings in the single figures. Peace of mind comes as standard, too, with Toyota’s five-year/100,000-mile new car warranty. The x-trend is on sale now. On-the-road prices are £12,710 for the version with manual transmission and £13,410 with x-shift; specifying Toyota Safety Sense adds £375 to the price. The 2019 Toyota Aygo range opens with the x model (three or five doors, LED rear lights and daytime running lights, power front windows, audio system with USB/Aux-in). Next up is the x-play (five-door only, larger (15-inch) wheels, air conditioning, Bluetooth, DAB, x-touch multimedia system, reversing camera and optional navigation and Toyota Safety Sense). The new x-trend is positioned between x-play and the x-cite model. The x-cite specification includes 15-inch black alloys, Magenta Fizz bi-tone paint finish with toning interior details, smartphone integration, front fog lights, automatic air conditioning, automatic headlights and rear privacy glass, with Toyota Safety Sense optional. The Aygo x-clusiv remains at the top of the range (adding part-leather upholstery, smart entry, bi-tone paint finish and Toyota Safety Sense).