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Old 12-19-2008, 07:21 AM
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Default TRD dead in Australia

http://www.carpoint.com.au/news/2008...wn-under-11189

Dead, gone, dusted. Production will stop the 31st of March 2009. They say they are killing the TRD Aurion and TRD Hilux because they want to focus on the main Toyota models, but no doubt it's because of the frumpy image TRD has, and the tardy sales. Let's hope next time around they call it something better, TuRD never had a good ring to it?
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:41 AM
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Maybe they finally realized that the thought of a performance-oriented Toyota was about as incongruous as a Sport model refrigerator.
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Old 12-19-2008, 09:59 AM
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There are two things that make a Domestic Sports Car in Australia.

1) Rear Wheel Drive.

2) Manual Transmission.

Toyota could offer neither. The Aurion is just a tarted up Camry, the same as a Vienta in the 90's. With the TuRD Hilux looking like a F6X Tempest (Territory), they couldn't stand a chance. I still giggle when I see an old Corolla/Corona with TuRD Badges on them. They have about as much TuRD in them as my Falcon does HSV.

So, good riddance. The only TuRDs I saw belonged to Toyota anyway. I live in the same suburb as their Australian head office.
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Old 12-19-2008, 02:53 PM
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Let's hope TuRD dies everywhere.
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Old 12-19-2008, 03:49 PM
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The TRD Aurion3500 was a decent car - at $40,000. At over $60,000 and in the same price bracket as an FPV F6, FPV GT, HSV GTS, Subaru Liberty, etc, it was beyond a joke. It was compared to the BFII Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo, at $45,000 and it comprehensively walked all over the TRD. That was the old car...

Naming jokes aside, TRD really had nothing to be taken seriously on. Lame cars, lame upgrades, very lame prices, no heritage, no technical specs to stand up against opposition of half its price. Good riddance.
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Old 12-19-2008, 04:09 PM
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Let's hope TuRD dies everywhere.
Exactly what I think of every time I see "TRD", and 2nd that!
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:35 PM
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Wow what a surprise. /sarcasm.

I don't say this often, but they deserved to fail pumping out uninspiring, boring, overpriced crap, pretending to be sporty.
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:52 PM
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As Domino said...sporty refrigerators
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:08 PM
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TRD is rarely used in the US for actual models and the TRD parts are quality stuff... can't speak for overseas though.
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Old 12-20-2008, 11:12 PM
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I like Toyota but im glad that TRD is no more. They were good engines but bad cars to do with.

I would like to see Toyota use some of the upgrades that these TRDs had for their regular cars. Like use the suspension etc upgrades of the TRD Aurion for the normal Aurion Sportivo range. Maybe even put a similar bodykit of the Sportivo (expect the front bumper, give the sportivo a new one) With is alot better then what they are doing atm with the add on skirting to the standard Aurion front and rear bumpers. Maybe even upgrade the Sportivo wheels to 18inch (same or similar design to the TRD 19s). Basically make the Sportivos more sporty then the regular Aurions then they are atm.

Same goes for the TRD Hilux. Use those upgrades on the Hilux SR5 or introduce a new variety to sit above the SR5 (like the Euro SR-X)
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