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    2019 12th Gen Toyota Corolla Sedan

    "this boring front end" is also the sedan variant in Europe. Not 3rd world the last I checked haha
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    2019 12th Gen Toyota Corolla Sedan

    In other news, new Yaris launched in Japan. Images here. TLDR: The Yaris debuts a new 1.5 3 cylinder, a TNGA Dynamic Force engine like the new Camry 2.5 and Corolla 2.0. It also debuts the TNGA GA-B compact platform (50kg lighter, 15mm lower, 30% more rigid) and new compact class hybrid system of 1.5 3cyl and li-ion battery, with 15% more power and 20% more fuel economy than the Prius C 1.5 4cyl nimh hybrid system. A 6-speed rev-matching manual or Direct Shift CVT with physical first gear is offered for the 1.5 nonhybrid, while a improved 1.0 3cyl + standard CVT will be offered in some markets. The 4WD and Efour get wishbone rear suspension, the rest get a torsion beam. The US likely continues with a rebadged Mazda 2. Some features for Japan's variant, unconfirmed for EU/Asia etc: 1500w accessory power outlet for hybrids Turn tilt seats rotating outwards for easier entry/exit of front driver/passenger (simpler version of Toyota's welcab variants) Advanced parking support with fully automated steering/throttle/brake, white lines not needed Heads up display, hoodless twin digital TFT meters in gauge cluster Secondary Collision Brake to mitigate damage from collisions after the first one World's first "centre airbag" The EU press release is more concise, global press release has more details. Japan's showroom units will arrive end October, deliveries from February 2020. Lazy to start a new thread 😂
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    2019 12th Gen Toyota Corolla Sedan

    Good catch on the wheelbase, I thought they are the same! Too much information in the press release: https://global.toyota/en/newsroom/toyota/29375766.html I couldn't tell from the materials whether there is rear aircon for the JDM models. I saw a picture of charging ports but not the rear aircon like the US/EU models.
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    MAZDA 6

    Unlikely as it's a newer gen with hardware and other changes (for e.g. the new m3 interface no longer supports touch). Expect to see it when M6 gets a full model change, or at the very earliest if M6 has another facelift with entire infotainment changed (unlikely, and current M6 just got a FL recently)
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    2019 12th Gen Toyota Corolla Sedan

    More press photos from Europe have appeared
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    2017 Toyota Corolla Altis new Facelift

    If interested about just in time, there's another very detailed article here: https://www.thedrive.com/tech/26955/inside-toyotas-takaoka-2-line-the-most-flexible-line-in-the-world On this production line, they can switch new models in to produce without stopping the line at all! The production philosophy for defects is also very different. This is from Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/cars/comments/aogxgg/magical_mystery_plant_tour_genchi_genbutsu_in/eg1fk0f/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=usertext&utm_name=Justrolledintotheshop&utm_content=t1_ekfzxj0 "The biggest example I can think of is that every Toyota vehicle is built 100% correctly from start to finish. As an example, if you're a Toyota line assembly worker and you discover a mistake that was made earlier in the assembly process, you hit a button on your station and it brings the entire assembly line to a halt. A special team of workers responds to your location and they attempt to fix whatever the mistake may have been. If they can fix it on the spot, great, the line is restarted and the car continues to be assembled to be sold. If they cannot fix it right there, the entire car assembly is taken off the line by a giant robot and moved to another area for analysis on "why/how" the mistake was made so its root cause can be fixed so that going forward no car they build ever has that problem again. They then rebuild what was supposed to be that car completely and correctly. It is awe inspiring. GM on the other hand, same scenario, you're a line assembly worker and find a mistake from before your station. The proper action with GM is to simply hang a paper tag on the mistake section and continue your work. Then when the car gets to the end of the line, a special team is there to inspect the car and fix any tags on the car. But the thing is, the car could have twenty separate little tags on it and every car built that day could have the same problem and therefore tag that needs fixed. So a top of the line Corvette ZR1 could be built with tons of errors but a Camry will be built with none. TL;DR: GM builds broken cars that need to be fixed before they can be sold. Toyota builds as close to perfect cars, the first time."
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    2019 All new Mazda 3

    The number plate placement is likely to be here:
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    2019 12th Gen Toyota Corolla Sedan

    Sharing something spotted on Reddit: "The biggest example I can think of is that every Toyota vehicle is built 100% correctly from start to finish. As an example, if you're a Toyota line assembly worker and you discover a mistake that was made earlier in the assembly process, you hit a button on your station and it brings the entire assembly line to a halt. A special team of workers responds to your location and they attempt to fix whatever the mistake may have been. If they can fix it on the spot, great, the line is restarted and the car continues to be assembled to be sold. If they cannot fix it right there, the entire car assembly is taken off the line by a giant robot and moved to another area for analysis on "why/how" the mistake was made so its root cause can be fixed so that going forward no car they build ever has that problem again. They then rebuild what was supposed to be that car completely and correctly. It is awe inspiring. GM on the other hand, same scenario, you're a line assembly worker and find a mistake from before your station. The proper action with GM is to simply hang a paper tag on the mistake section and continue your work. Then when the car gets to the end of the line, a special team is there to inspect the car and fix any tags on the car. But the thing is, the car could have twenty separate little tags on it and every car built that day could have the same problem and therefore tag that needs fixed. So a top of the line Corvette ZR1 could be built with tons of errors but a Camry will be built with none. TL;DR: GM builds broken cars that need to be fixed before they can be sold. Toyota builds as close to perfect cars, the first time." https://www.reddit.com/r/cars/comments/aogxgg/magical_mystery_plant_tour_genchi_genbutsu_in/eg1fk0f/ Some reading on one of Toyota's most modern factories: https://www.thedrive.com/tech/26955/inside-toyotas-takaoka-2-line-the-most-flexible-line-in-the-world
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    2019 All new Mazda 3

    Note that US spec is different from SG, for example they get the 2.5 that you see in the 6. However good points to note on what to expect from dynamics and interior etc. According to this guy, the torsion beam suspension is tuned well and still enjoys low body role like previous gen. Also the steering is a bit slower but more natural overall. This reviewer owned the prev Mazda 3 so he has a lot of perspective and detail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taQDqwecojc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taQDqwecojc Further video discussion on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/cars/comments/b9r67a/2019_mazda3_review_why_so_serious_savagegeese/ A more lighthearted video by another awesome channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM9bSydiwcc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM9bSydiwcc Further reddit discussion on: https://www.reddit.com/r/cars/comments/b4le8k/2019_mazda_3_awd_review_is_it_finally_best_in/ And a Doug review! https://www.reddit.com/r/cars/comments/b9dubd/heres_why_the_2019_mazda3_is_my_favorite_compact/
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    2019 12th Gen Toyota Corolla Sedan

    Taiwan's version is also the same as Europe, and very likely the SG one. Btw US spec manual hatch youtube review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LysQSY2P02o I like the quality of their drone/gopro shots and style. Their mazda 3 2019 review looks great too.
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    2019 12th Gen Toyota Corolla Sedan

    The Europe and US versions are coming out between March to April if I'm not wrong. Not too sure how fast PI can bring them in, or how fast Thailand factory is tooling for BM.
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    2019 12th Gen Toyota Corolla Sedan

    The Hatch has gotten a GR SPORT version, which is similar to the Hyundai N-line and BMW M-sport, cosmetic tweaks only. Full fat Corolla GR is rumoured to land with a turbo engine "halfway through the model's life cycle". A new style for the Corolla station wagon was announced too. https://newsroom.toyota.eu/new-corolla-gr-sport-and-corolla-trek/
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    2019 All new Mazda 3

    I was also quite interested in this, cos I expected the Corolla to get a better VES initially (the fl engine is a different unit with better tech). Fingers crossed Mazda can get a decent VES banding, as previously they have been quite on the ball in hitting emissions targets in other countries (particularly diesel EUR 6 in europe. FYI all, for some reason the rated fuel consumption is poorer for the new model: https://www.caradvice.com.au/728549/2019-mazda3-hatch-review-quick-drive-australia/ Article did not state whether the increase in FC is due to WLTP standards (which is expected) or an actual deprovement from prev gen so take with a pinch of salt :)
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    10th Generation Honda Civic (2016)

    Hahahaha! Just sharing a bit of info the Prius is not a CVT but an eCVT: a planetary gearset to connect the different sources together: https://www.autoevolution.com/news/this-is-how-toyota-prius-gearbox-works-video-63918.html More info on the fixed first gear plus CVT: https://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/powertrain2018/cvt/ It's a new CVT gb that kena recall recently, but it'll be interesting to see what local drivers think of it.
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    2018 / 2019 7th Generation Lexus ES

    Less popular due to lack of charging points, but we may see more since SG is also poised to see more pure electric vehicles (Ioniq, Leaf etc). Some buyers of the prev gen E class hybrid may also stay away as I've heard anecdotal stories about crazy battery replacement prices outside of warranty (the prev gen batt warranty is not as long as Toyota/Lexus). If they can settle warranty and cost concerns it might work in SG this time. There are a few BMW ActiveHybrid 5s since prev gen.
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