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Toyota PH reveals the cars it’s launching in 2021

We got a hold of the automaker’s product plan for the year

For 2021, Toyota is bent on selling more cars in the Philippines. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Because Toyota Motor Philippines owns 40% of the market, its product launches are always the most awaited by Filipino car buyers. Wouldn’t it be nice to know at the start of the year what the Japanese automaker intends to unleash on our territory in the next 12 months? This way, we can better proceed with our car-shopping plans as opposed to settling for a bland vehicle choice only to discover that a more attractive model is arriving soon.

Unfortunately, like other car brands in the market, Toyota will usually never divulge its forthcoming products. It avoids doing this, we presume, because it does not want to disrupt its sales flow. Better to keep buyers in suspense, we suppose, instead of encouraging them to hold off the purchase while waiting for a new car. Thankfully, we have loyal readers within Toyota’s dealership network, and they’re more than happy to share with us their brand’s tightly guarded product information.

Below, then, is Toyota’s product schedule for 2021:

1ST QUARTER

Toyota

  • Vios GR
  • Innova
  • Yaris

Competitors

  • Nissan Patrol
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Hyundai Elantra

2ND QUARTER

Toyota

  • GR Yaris

Competitors

  • Honda Civic
  • Mitsubishi Xpander
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Suzuki Swift
  • Suzuki Dzire

3RD QUARTER

Toyota

  • Hilux GR
  • Fortuner GR
  • 86
  • Land Cruiser

Lexus

  • NX/NX Hybrid
  • ES/ES Hybrid

Competitors

  • Ford EcoSport
  • Isuzu D-Max
  • Nissan Navara

4TH QUARTER

Toyota

  • Camry
  • RAV4

Lexus

  • LX
  • LS/LS Hybrid

Competitors

  • Ford Explorer
  • Ford Ranger
  • Hyundai Accent

In case you’re wondering, these are the color legends of the above list:

  • BLUE – additional variant
  • GREEN – new model
  • ORANGE – midlife-cycle change
  • PURPLE – full-model change

We are especially excited for the GR Yaris. But so are we for the all-new 86 and the new-generation Land Cruiser. Equally worth mentioning are the new versions of the Lexus NX and LX.

And since we’re on the topic, it seems Toyota is wary of the imminent releases of the Nissan Patrol, the Hyundai Tucson and Elantra, the Honda Civic, the Isuzu D-Max, and the Ford EcoSport, Explorer and Ranger (although some models are not 100% certain).

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle this year, it looks like you’ll have a fun experience making up your mind. Good luck.

NOTE: The initial version of this article included a screenshot of Toyota Motor Philippines’ online presentation. The company politely requested that said image be taken down. The substitute list is exactly the same as the content of the table from the presentation.



Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 25 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.



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