Final Toyota Aurion rolls down Toyota Australia’s production line
After 11 years and two generations, it’s the end of the road for the Australian-made V6 Toyota Aurion. Throughout that 11-year period the Altona factory churned out 180,000 examples of the Aurion, with 110,000 being sold locally and 70,000 exported overseas.
The Aurion made its debut at the 2006 Melbourne International Motor Show and was an indirect replacement for the ill-fated and unloved Toyota Avalon, and Toyota’s answer to six-cylinder versions of the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon.
When then Aurion debuted, its 3.5 litre V6 produced 200kW of power at 6200rpm and 336Nm of torque at 4700rpm, the most powerful engine in Toyota Australia’s range at the time.
The final Aurion was a top of the range and luxurious white Toyota Aurion Presara, delivered to Chadstone Toyota principal Graeme Ward, who was invited to Altona to take delivery and meet the production team.
The V6 engine fitted to the Aurion will continue under the bonnet of the new Japanese-made Camry when it arrives from November, however in the new Camry it will feature direct fuel injection and it will be mated to an eight-speed automatic.