Updated Toyota Soluna Vios (and a new funny quote from Toyota!)

Toyota has released an updated Vios. As the Soluna page on the "e-TOYOTACLUB Thailand" website says: "TOYOTA introduces new "Soluna Vios" the sport sedan with abreast of the time for more convenience lifestlye." That's lovely, I'm sure! Oh, and although that page is in "English" the downloadable brochure is in Thai. But the pictures are nice!

New VIOS

Toyota also challenge us to "Aim Higher". That might have something to do with the higher prices. The new car starts at 499,000 baht for the manual speed "J" model, rising to 699,000 for the Vios "Sporty".

Most of the changes are minor, but that said there are a major amount of minor changes. Front bumper, headlights, taillights, front grille, etc. Electric folding mirrors are also included on the higher end models.

This update follows close behind Honda's recent upgrade to the City: the City ZX. Toyota's update doesn't appear as dramatic as Honda's, but the Soluna still looks better than the City. This will probably be the last update for this version of the Soluna with Thai production of the new car scheduled to begin sometime in 2006.

By the way, the lines Toyota uses to "capture the essence" of the new car they are launching are always worth a read. Here are a few of the classics:

  • New TOYOTA VENTURY, multi-purpose vehicle with luxurious 11 seats will reflect your real leader.
  • New Camry 2.0G Leading the way, leading the power. Drive your private world upon your mind.
  • Hilux VIGO 2.7G VVT-i, feel superior with the perfect automobile for trendy lifestyle.

More of the same can be found here.