The AutoIndustrie Blog: 2009 Toyota Wish – Leaked Brochure

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2009 Toyota Wish – Leaked Brochure

Sales in Japan is expected to begin by middle of 2009. There will be 4 variants to choose from – starting from the base model 1.8X, moving up to 1.8S, 2.0G and the range topping 2.0Z. Like many Japanese domestic models, 4 WD is optional (more like AWD as it is a reactive system rather than one of those permanent / full-time type).

The 1.8S and 2.0Z models have a different body width compared to the 1.8X and 2.0G models (presumably only available in 2 WD ). Both 1.8S and 2.0Z are wider, with flared wheel arches (due to larger 16 and 17 wheels respectively, 1.8X and 2.0S gets 15 wheels), with the 2.0Z getting an additional bodykit with wheel arch extensions.

On the specifications, all 2.0-litre models gets Push-start engine ignition button and cruise control while the range topping 2.0Z gets a unique steering wheel with steering wheel mounted audio and climate control buttons.

Power comes from either a 1.8-litre 2ZR-FAE four cylinder with Dual VVT -i and Valvematic or from a 2.0-litre 3ZR-FAE with Dual VVT -i and Valvematic. Both will be mated to either a CVT or 5-speed automatic transmission. This is a departure from the current 1AZ-FE 2.0-litre and 1 ZZ -FE 1.8-litre VVT -i engines fitted on the current generation Wish.

VDIM will also be featured in the higher range models.

Note. Specifications above are speculated based on best available information at the time of writing. They could be wrong and may differ from market to market.

In ASEAN markets, the Wish is sold officially Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The Malaysian and Thailand models are of the 2.0-litre variant, assembled in Toyota Motor Thailand’s plant in Gateway, while Singaporean models are 1.8-litre versions imported from Japan.

There has been many disputes in the blogosphere about the origin of Singapore specs Toyota Wish Aero Tourer, imported by Borneo Motors Singapore, mainly due to presence of Thai language stickers on the car but BMS have officially mentioned the car is imported from Japan and TMT have never assembled any 1.8-litre Wish in Thailand. The presence of Thai and English language caution stickers is merely a company policy based the vehicle’s export destination.

The missing tinted rear windows is merely due to S ingapore’s Land Transport Authority regulation compliance. Owners need to understand that a grey-imported vehicle is different from an officially imported model in many internal aspects.

I remember reading in a print issue of Bangkok Post stating that Toyota Motor Thailand will cease production of the Wish by end of 2009, citing high tooling cost and low market potential in Thailand, which favours trucks and SUVs. Can’t find the article online though. Also, the Thai government tax regulation is slowly heading towards the direction of promoting small fuel efficient cars via its Eco-Car project.

Thus there is very little strategic value in investing further to assemble the second generation Wish in Thailand.

This will not have any impact on Singapore, whose government have no domestic car industry to protect and BMS will simply continue its practice to import Wish from Japan. Malaysia will clearly be impacted by this development as the Malaysian government’s notorious policy of using a so-called AP Permits to limit importation of cars outside of ASEAN region countries.

To import the Wish officially from Japan will grossly inflate its selling price that does not justify the image positioning of the vehicle. The Wish is not exactly a premium car. Market interest in the Wish have also waned considerably. On average, less than 50 units are registered every month now.

The Wish however remains very popular in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong. So these markets will continue to carry the second generation Wish.

More higher resolution images at WCF .

However, we do hear rumours that the luxurious Alphard will be introduced officially. We have read of confirmation by Toyota Motor Thailand that Alphard will be introduced officially in Thailand, as a premium product. It is not too unreasonable to expect Malaysia and Singapore to follow suit as these countries share a very similar Toyota product line-up.

The same however cannot be said for every car brand. Nissan for example carries two very different product line-up in Singapore and Malaysia.

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