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by George Skentzos

Toyota Australia has introduced two new passive safety features across the best-selling Corolla hatch and sedan range.

 

From today, 2009 model Corollas will now be offered with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC) as standard on most models.

On Corolla Conquest hatch and sedan, Levin ZR hatch and Ultima sedan the new safety features will be included at no extra cost, although remaining models in the range will attract an optional $1500 premium.

“The addition of VSC and TRC makes Toyota’s best-selling passenger car a significantly safer vehicle for drivers and others on the road.” said senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner.

This additional safety package also includes front-side and full curtain shield, and driver’s knee airbag – making it a must-tick option especially for new drivers.

As one of only a handful of markets in the world to offer the Corolla with a 1.8-litre dual VVT-i engine, Toyota engineers had to specifically calibrate the system to suit Australian roads.

“The VSC system for our 1.8-litre Corolla required special calibration for the unique engine/road surface combination in Australia,”

These new systems are a welcome and responsible inclusion by Toyota with the Corolla finishing 2008 as Australia’s second highest-selling vehicle.




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