The 2008 Toyota Solara: Breathtaking style, performance and refinement

    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - Toyota Canada today introduced the 2008 Toyota
Solara in well-equipped coupe and convertible models, giving Canadians two
stylish options for safe and sporty two-door driving performance.
    "Drivers looking for a great combination of quality and fun can end their
search by sliding behind the wheel of a stylish and sporty Toyota Solara,"
said Tony Wearing, Managing Director of Toyota Canada Inc. "For the 2008 model
year, Toyota Canada is delivering a full-featured and powerful Solara in two
models - coupe and convertible. Regardless of one's preference, the 2008
Solara is a perfect blend of breathtaking style, performance and refinement."
    For 2008, the Toyota Solara comes in two trim levels: The Solara Coupe
SLE V6 and the Solara SLE V6 Convertible. Both highlight the Solara style that
makes this coupe stand out from the crowd, updated for 2008 with several style
and performance enhancements that make the Solara as distinctive at the curb
as it is in motion.

    All models are generously appointed with comfort, convenience, safety and
stylistic features. These include:

    -  Premium JBL Audio system featuring AM/FM stereo/Compact Disc player
       with MP3/WMA player, In-dash six-CD changer, audio auxiliary input
       jack, auto sound levelizer (ASL) technology, Bluetooth capability, and
       steering wheel audio controls;
    -  Climate control system featuring air conditioning, front auto climate
       control, soft-touch heater controls, cabin air filter and rear seat
       heater ducts;
    -  Leather seats, including six-way adjustable driver's seat and heated
       front occupant seats;
    -  Tilting/telescoping steering column;
    -  Power auto door locks with keyless entry; shifter activation and key
       lockout protection;
    -  Optitron gauges, a multi-information display, digital compass,
       tachometer, water temperature gauge, outside temperature gauge and
       dual trip odometer;
    -  Electrochromic rear view mirror and dual illuminated vanity mirrors;
    -  Dual heated power remote exterior mirrors;
    -  Power windows with window jam protection;
    -  Luxurious interior accents, including leather wrapped steering wheel
       and shift knob, chrome inner door handles, and illuminated entry with
    -  Sporty exterior details, including colour-matched bumpers, mirrors,
       door handles and rear spoiler and a chrome tail pipe;
    -  Cruise control;
    -  Integrated garage door opener;
    -  Flexible storage, including lidded console box, map pockets, front
       seat back pockets, and cargo net.

    The Solara convertible seats four, and marries many of the same style and
convenience features available on the coupe with a power retractable roof to
redefine summer fun.
    The 2008 Toyota Solara is on sale in Canada now. The Solara Coupe SLE V6
carries a manufacturer's suggested retail price starting at $36,975, while the
suggested price for the Solara SLE V6 Convertible starts at $39,900.

    Digital images available upon request.



    All 2008 Toyota Solara models feature a light, powerful and efficient
3.3-litre V6 aluminium alloy block engine with dual overhead cams, 24 valves
and Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). This engine produces up
to 210 HP @ 5,600 rpm and up to 220 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm, while
sequential multiport electronic fuel injection and a variable induction system
contribute to Solara's Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions rating.
    This engine is mated to a five-speed automatic electronically controlled
transmission (ECT) featuring overdrive, a sequential multi-mode shifter,
lock-up torque converter and transmission cooler. The Solara Coupe SLE V6 is
rated at 11.5L/100km in the city and 7.3L/100km on the highway, while the
Solara SLE V6 Convertible's city and highway fuel efficiency ratings are
11.6L/100km and 7.6L/100km respectively.


    Both trim levels of the 2008 Solara features front wheel drive and are
fitted with P215/55R17 all-season radials and a full-size spare tire, mounted
on 17" aluminum alloy wheels with wheel locks.
    Handling confidence is enhanced with progressive rate rack and pinion
power steering, Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control. The
independent front suspension features Macpherson gas struts, front strut tower
bars, coil springs, and stabilizer bar, while the independent rear suspension
is a dual link configuration with coil springs and stabilizer bar.
    Stopping power is plentiful, thanks to front ventilated discs and rear
disc brakes featuring Toyota's Antilock Braking System, Electronic Brake Force
Distribution and Brake Assist technologies.


    Standard safety systems include dual-stage driver and front passenger
airbags, front seat mounted side airbags and - on the Solara Coupe SLE V6 -
front head/side curtain airbags. All seating positions are equipped with
three-point lap and shoulder belts, with front belt pre-tensioners and force
limiters. Younger occupants are kept safe with child restraint seat anchor


    The Solara is provided with Toyota's no deductible, no transfer fee,
comprehensive warranty that covers the entire vehicle for 3 years/60,000
kilometres. Power train components are covered for 5 years/100,000 kilometres,
major emission control components for 8 years/130,000 kilometres and corrosion
perforation for 5 years with unlimited distance.
    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 Extended 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 6 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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