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Its a great day when even Toyota is offering its family cars with 18-inch alloy wheels! It is the first time Toyota has offered 18s as an option on any of its cars in Australia. Seems like with the next Toyota Supra in the works, and Toyota working hard on the Supercharged Aurion/Camry, the need for a sportier images is at the top of the agenda!

Toyota’s image isn’t the best, obviously they’ve never looked through a Bob Jane T-mart magazine, but nonetheless, the 18s combined with low-profile tyres help make the aurion look just a little more sporty, and of course you can always impress your mates!

Other styling accessories include a rear spoiler, which further enhances the sporting appearance of the Aurion, in addition to the Aurion-branded scuff plates (already available on the Camry Sportivo). Toyota says all these extra genuine accessories will help preserve potential resale value.

Toyota Genuine Accessories are tailored to fit Toyota models,” said Gary Nettle, Corporate Manager, Sales and Marketing, Toyota Customer Services Division.

“When creating accessories our designers give strong consideration to the specific engineering of the Toyota models concerned.”

Aurion owners can also now add ParkAssist reverse-parking sensors, these sensors emit audible warning tones to help drivers reverse safely and to minimise damage, ensuring greater confidence when manoeuvring into tight spaces. A great little toy even for the most skillful driver.

Of course, there is nothing like an optional upgrade than a stereo system, and Toyota has brought out two upgrade kits:

  • a Satellite Navigation Audio System featuring four-in-dash MP3-compatible CD Changer and Radio,
  • or a six-in-dash MP3-compatible CD Changer and Radio.

I have to admit, with the Aurion looking more and more like another Avalon, the resell value of these cars isn’t going to be affected too much by the addition of 18″ wheels and a spoiler. Infact if anything, I would recommend sticking with the standard wheels till the tyres are ready for replacement and then buying a set of aftermarket 18″ wheels (with tyres) for a much more reasonable price!




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