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POPULAR TOYOTA FORTUNER RANGE EXPANDED AND FURTHER REFINED
The Fortuner, South Africa’s most popular sport utility vehicle (SUV), has been further refined for the 2011 model year. The new model boasts a major upgrade and follows similar mid-life activity on the Toyota Hilux, with which the Fortuner shares a platform as part of Toyota’s much lauded International Innovative Multipurpose Vehicle (IMV) programme.
Manufactured in South Africa at Toyota South Africa Motors’ world class Prospecton manufacturing plant the Fortuner has exceeded all sales expectations since it was first introduced in South Africa in 2006.
“The Fortuner has been one of our greatest success stories,” says Calvyn Hamman, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Toyota South Africa Motors. “The combination of luxury, no-fuss reliability and proven off road capabilities has made it a popular choice as family vehicle and overlander alike. The Fortuner is in many respects a unique product in the South African market.”
New engine introduced to the range
The new Fortuner range also boasts with the first introduction of the new high power 2.5 D-4D VNT engine. This engine has been fitted with an electrically actuated variable nozzle turbo charger, intercooler and direct fuel injection system similar to that of the 3.0 D-4D engine.
“The 2.5 D-4D VNT Fortuner was designed in response to changes in market demands and requests from customers who wanted a less luxurious entry into the Fortuner range. We believe that the new engine, coupled with changes to the list of specifications, has answered all these questions and offers extremely good value,” says Hamman.
The new Fortuner 2.5 D-4D VNT will only be available in 4×2 configuration and the engine will be mated to Toyota’s popular 5 speed manual gearbox.