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Toyota and Lexus raise stakes

TOYOTA and Lexus will unveil a host of new fleet sector cars at this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new Yaris supermini and RAV4 SUV will make their debut, alongside the next generation Hilux pick-up.

The ‘more grown-up’ Yaris is expected to go on sale in January 2006, while the next generation RAV4 will be launched next spring.

Lexus will be pitching the IS into the executive sector later in the year. The BMW 3-series rival will have a diesel option for the first time – a four-cylinder common rail unit offering 175bhp and 295lb-ft of torque.

It will be equipped with 10 airbags, adaptive cruise control and a surround-sound DVD entertainment system.

Also on the Frankfurt stand will be the GS450h petrol/electric hybrid saloon and a revised SC430 coupe with styling changes, interior improvements and a higher level of standard specification.

Toyota is to offer two new diesel-engined Yaris Verso variants – the 175bhp 2.2-litre diesel with ‘ultra clean’ D-CAT exhaust catalyst technology and the 134bhp 2.2-litre D-4D. Both variants will be available from November.

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