NEW HILUX WILL BOAST AUSTRALIAN ENGINEERING
Toyota Australia’s Technical Design Centre, part of the Japanese company’s Asia Pacific development facilities, is working on the global suspension and handling systems of the next Toyota HiLux.
Having been given “the base product”, Toyota Australia’s engineering team led by engineer Paul Diamandis, is making it work the way it should.
“We’re working on how it goes, turns and stops,” Mr Diamandis told TMR. He said that the Australian market and the challenging conditions here puts unique demands on a vehicle.
Australia is now a key part of Toyota’s global R&D activities.
Speaking at the launch of the updated 2014 Prado, the chief engineer of the Landcruiser range, Sadayoshi Koyari, said that there is a motto in (Toyota) Japan: “If it can survive in Australia it a can survive anywhere.”
The revised Prado was put through 450,000km of testing here, evaluating and refining its KDSS system (a West Australian invention), and the suspension settings, traction control and other systems.
The next HiLux is getting an even more thorough Australian workover in its suspension-engineering and development.
FOOTNOTE: KDSS, or Kinetic Dynamic Suspension Setting, was an invention of a small WA engineering and design company, Kinetic Pty Ltd.
It works by adjusting and disengaging front and rear stabiliser bars to increase articulation when traversing challenging off-road terrain.