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The second State of the Motor Industry (SOMI) event hosted by Toyota South Africa Motors in Johannesburg last week provided a preview of the car maker’s busy 2019 product campaign. First up in Toyota’s vehicle onslaught is the all-new Corolla Hatch, which is being launched this week to replace the Auris in SA as the brand’s C-segment hatchback. The new-generation car has a more eye-catching design and introduces a 1.2l turbo engine, as used in the C-HR crossover. Customers will have the option of a six-speed manual transmission or continuously variable transmission (CVT) with 10 pre-programmed shift steps. The Corolla Hatch is underpinned by Toyota’s TNGA platform, which promises to deliver an engaging drive along with improved ride comfort. Three derivatives will be on offer — 1.2T XS Manual, 1.2T XS CVT and the flagship 1.2T XR CVT, priced respectively at R336,800, R347,400 and R367,100. All models offer a generous specification level including LED headlamps and DRLs, smart entry,...

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