Article By Steven Eagell Toyota
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New Avensis - making life easy for Business Motorists

The new Toyota Avensis has been designed around the longer-distance driver, providing comfort and on-board technologies that strike the right balance between quality, performance and cost-efficiency, making life that much easier for the business motorist.

Comfort

It was the real-world needs and preferences of business motorists, spending long periods of time at the wheel, that were Toyota's foremost concern in the development of the new Avensis. Surveying the opinions of many motorists, the Avensis Business Edition has been specifically designed to appeal to the heart of the fleet market. It comes equipped with Toyota Touch 2 with Go, a fast and intuitive eight-inch touchscreen-controlled multimedia package that includes navigation, DAB, Bluetooth and online access to various services for local information and planning your journey.

The stress of a long journey is further eased with a redesigned driver's seat, giving extra support and comfort, and improved NVH measures making the cabin a quieter, calmer place. Cruise control, automatic air conditioning and automatic headlights/wipers complete the package, while the Business Edition Plus models benefit even further from additional combination leather and Alcantara upholstery, daytime running lights/LED headlights, rear privacy glass and smart entry with push-button start.

Insurance

The new Avensis is now cheaper than ever to insure, the introduction of the Toyota Safety Sense package of features having a significant impact on its insurance ratings, with improvements of up to five groups in comparison to the previous model. The new Avensis now equals the best in its class in terms of insurance costs, all while benefiting from Toyota's pioneering safety technologies.

Toyota Safety Sense provides a laser-controlled Pre-Crash Safety system, with Autonomous Emergency Braking on all Avensis models. On all grades, apart from the entry level Active, it also equips the car with Automatic High Beam headlights, Road Sign Assist and Lane Departure Alert, helping to prevent accidents happening.

Tax Rates

The new Avensis's performance adds to its competitiveness in the fleet arena, with two fleet-friendly D-4D diesel engines at the heart of its range: a 110bhp 1.6 unit and a new 141bhp 2.0-litre, making its Toyota debut.

This is supported by great savings on fuel costs, thanks to combined cycle consumption figures from 67.3mpg for the 1.6 and 62.8mpg for the 2.0-litre. The 1.6 has an official CO2 emissions rating of 131g/km, helping secure a first-year 19% benefit-in-kind company car tax rating; producing 148g/km, the 2.0-litre has an initial 21% BiK rate.

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