The 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser: bold, rugged SUV now available with more safety features and a special Off-Road Package

    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Toyota Canada today introduced the 2008 Toyota
FJ Cruiser. The bold, rugged and capable mid-size SUV is now available with
more safety features and a new Off-Road Package to make this already great
Toyota truck even better.
    "Canadians have embraced the FJ Cruiser since it debuted in March 2007,"
said Tony Wearing, Managing Director of Toyota Canada Inc. "This year, we have
an even more exciting line-up of FJ Cruisers. We have included many safety
systems as standard equipment on all models and developed a super Off-Road
Package for those looking for the ultimate adventure vehicle."
    Available with either a six-speed manual or five speed automatic
transmission, the 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser comes in three trim levels: The FJ
Cruiser, the FJ Cruiser Off-Road Package and the FJ Cruiser "C" Package.
    The FJ Cruiser is equipped with a generous suite of performance, comfort
and safety features, tailored to back-country adventure. These include front
seat mounted side airbags and roll-sensing front and rear head/side curtain
airbags, a rear window wiper/washer system, a tire pressure monitoring system,
and front seat side sun visors now offered as standard equipment on all
models. Other standard features on the FJ Cruiser include the following:

    -  AM/FM Stereo/Compact Disc audio system with MP3/WMA player, audio
       auxiliary input jack and six speakers
    -  Air conditioning with cabin air filter and rear seat heater ducts
    -  Unique water repellent fabric on all seat surfaces
    -  A 60/40 split fold down rear seat which, when stowed, creates a
       cargo space of more than 66 cubic feet, with a rubber floor for easy
    -  High-contrast black on white meters including a tachometer, voltmeter,
       water temperature gauge and four-wheel drive indicator
    -  Power door locks and power tailgate lock
    -  Power windows with driver side auto down function
    -  Accessory power outlets
    -  Dual stage driver and passenger airbags
    -  Engine immobilizer
    -  Front tow hook
    -  Full size spare tire
    -  17" aluminum alloy wheels
    -  Flip-up rear hatch glass
    -  Rear differential lock (on manual transmission only)

    The 2008 FJ Cruiser with Off-Road Package adds serious performance
features for times when the road gets rough, or disappears altogether. These

    -  Active traction control system (ATRAC)
    -  Rear differential lock (5 speed automatic only)
    -  Front and rear Bilstein shock absorbers
    -  P265/75R16 BF Goodrich mud and snow tires with raised white lettering,
       mounted on unique 16" alloy wheels
    -  Privacy glass
    -  Cruise control
    -  A back-up sensor
    -  Roof rack
    -  Power remote mirrors with exterior mirror image lamps
    -  Metallic shift knob (5 speed automatic only)
    -  Front passenger armrest
    -  Additional instrumentation including a compass, outside temperature
       gauge and inclinometer

    The 2008 FJ Cruiser with "C" Package includes all options in the Off-Road
Package (excluding Bilstein shock absorbers and P265/75R16 BF Goodrich mud and
snow tires), plus several finishing touches to create a true adventure
machine. These include the following:

    -  FJammer premium audio system with in-dash six-disc CD changer, two
       extra speakers in the headliner and rear subwoofer
    -  Rear window privacy glass
    -  400-watt (115-volt) power outlet
    -  Running boards
    -  Leather-wrapped steering wheel with steering wheel-mounted audio
       system controls
    -  Colour-keyed interior door trim
    -  A cargo area mat.

    The 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser is now available at Toyota dealerships across
Canada. The FJ Cruiser carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price
starting at $30,725. The FJ Cruiser with Off-Road Package starts at $35,820,
while the suggested price for the FJ Cruiser with "C" Package starts at

    Digital images available upon request.


    The rugged SUV

    All 2008 FJ Cruiser models are built around Toyota's powerful 4.0-litre
six-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams, 24 valves, variable valve timing
with intelligence, sequential multiport electronic fuel injection, and an
electronic throttle control system with intelligence. This engine produces up
to 239 HP @ 5,200 RPM and up to 278 lb-ft of torque @ 3,800 RPM.
    The FJ Cruiser is offered with two transmissions. The FJ Cruiser with
six-speed manual is rated at 14.5L/100km city and 11.2L/100km highway. The FJ
Cruiser also may be fitted with an available five-speed automatic super
electronically controlled transmission with overdrive, a gate-type shifter,
and a lock-up torque converter. This transmission is rated at 13.5L/100km city
and 10.2L/100km highway.
    The FJ Cruiser six-speed manual transmission features full-time
four-wheel drive while the five-speed automatic transmission features
part-time four-wheel drive. They both feature vehicle stability control, a
two-speed transfer case and traction control. Automatic transmission models
include a rear differential lock, while Off-Road and "C" Packages add an
Active Traction Control System (ATRAC).

    Handling and braking

    The FJ Cruiser's heavy-duty suspension system is ready to take a pounding
on or off the road, featuring a front double wishbone design and a rear
four-link design with lateral track bar, plus gas shock absorbers, coil
springs and stabilizer bars for front and rear. Bilstein shock absorbers are
available on Off-Road packages.
    All 2008 Toyota FJ Cruisers are fitted with front ventilated disc brakes
and rear disc brakes, plus a full suite of braking technologies, such as:
Toyota's antilock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and
brake assist.

    Personalizing the Cruiser

    A variety of option packages allow Toyota customers to tailor their 2008
FJ Cruiser to suit their lifestyle. Buyers may customize their FJ Cruiser
using the Vehicle Configurator on Toyota Canada's web site ( or
in any Toyota Dealership across Canada.

    Inspired by Toyota's off-road heritage

    The FJ Cruiser is a 21st Century rugged SUV, but its design draws upon
Toyota's decades of building trucks that have been proven in some of the
harshest environments around the globe. The styling cues are not only
reminiscent of Toyota's famous FJ40 Land Cruiser model, but also contribute to
the FJ Cruiser's outstanding capabilities. From upright windshield, white cap
and round rear corner windows to a 245mm ground clearance, a 34-degree
approach and 31-degree departure angle, and extra protective undercover plates
to shield the engine, fuel tank and transfer case, the FJ Cruiser is built to
survive in style when the end of the road is just the start of the adventure.

    Safety and Peace of Mind

    The 2008 FJ Cruiser is generously equipped with safety systems to protect
driver and passengers. Standard systems include dual-stage driver and front
passenger airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, and front and rear
head/side curtain airbags, plus three-point lap and shoulder belts with
pre-tensioners and force limiters in all five seating positions, plus
adjustable front seat shoulder belt anchors on the B pillars. All the while,
the FJ Cruiser keeps younger occupants safe with child restraint seat anchor
    The 2008 FJ Cruiser is provided with Toyota's no deductible, no transfer
fee, comprehensive warranty that covers the entire vehicle for three
years/60,000 kilometres. Power train components are covered for five
years/100,000 kilometres, major emission control components for eight
years/130,000 kilometres and corrosion perforation for 5 years with unlimited
    Toyota also provides 24-hour Roadside Assistance for all models. Help is
just a phone call away at 1-888-TOYOTA-8. Roadside emergency services include
battery boost, lockout service, fuel delivery, tire change, winching, and even
towing. Optional Extra-Care Protection (ECP) is also available, which includes
travel planning and trip interruption assistance, vehicle rental help,
lubrication maintenance, and mechanical protection of 17 major mechanical
component groups for up to six years/200,000 km.

For further information:

For further information: please email or contact:
Kathryn Ruhland, Public Relations Manager, Toyota Canada Inc., (416) 431-8333

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