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+1 on the gauges in the middle, I have seen it on a couple different cars over the years and every time I go wtf? It would definitely keep me from buying a car that has that. It is like they gave the designers just a little to much freedom, some things are designed for purpose and necessity and the gauge cluster location is one of them.
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+1 on the gauges in the middle, I have seen it on a couple different cars over the years and every time I go wtf? It would definitely keep me from buying a car that has that. It is like they gave the designers just a little to much freedom, some things are designed for purpose and necessity and the gauge cluster location is one of them.

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O I wouldn't pass up a good deal but when I looked into the couple cars like that I defiantly did not like it.
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I'm on the same page as you with this; the Auris is very viable. If Toyota could sell the Matrix side by side with the Corolla, it makes no sense not to sell and manufacture them here.



if they bring them, they will sell; that is what they did with the first car
Now, that is just U. G. L. Y. Looks like a Chevy HHR humped a Nissan Cube.

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+1 on the gauges in the middle, I have seen it on a couple different cars over the years and every time I go wtf? It would definitely keep me from buying a car that has that. It is like they gave the designers just a little to much freedom, some things are designed for purpose and necessity and the gauge cluster location is one of them.




I thought they weren't much of a hindrance in the first Gen Xb
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When I bought my xB I thought the center mounted cluster would suck. After a few miles you didn't even notice. It wasn't a bother at all... it just became natural. I'm not surprised the Matrix may go away. It doesn't sell well... which is the bottom line for any car.


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I thought they weren't much of a hindrance in the first Gen Xb
Some people really hate it, its really become love or hate which is not ideal for cars that Toyota intends to move with decent volume. Me, I've driven a lot of Yarises and for me it doesn't affect me that much. There are other ergonomic issues I have with certain cars which I feel are more important like the stupid plastic bowl covering under the steering wheel for the Caliber or the awful shape of the 2006-2011 and even 2012 Civic's dash which both damage my knee.

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The 2nd Gen Auris look pretty good (and appears to be the inspiration for the front end design of the RAV4).
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/articles...-expert-review

It can also mean that Toyota can offer a compact hybrid by just tuning the Auris Hybrid for the US market and slot it between the Prius c and Prius liftback.

The interior is a mishmash of designs - Corolla cupholders, Prius shifter (on hybrid models), tC centre vents, Yaris/Prius c passenger side dashboard.


Although this would be perfect:

http://www.carscoops.com/2012/09/new...s-targets.html

though I doubt they'll bring it over.

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Although this would be perfect:

http://www.carscoops.com/2012/09/new...s-targets.html

though I doubt they'll bring it over.
My immediate impression of that was, "Hey, it looks like a mini Venza," and I like the Venza. I think that Auris is a handsome vehicle. Upon looking at some of the other angles, I also see some Jetta Sportwagen in there. I'd test it, for sure.

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Toyota Matrix Announcement Coming, Likely Axed in US

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Sorry Matrix fans, it doesn’t sound like Toyota’s compact hatchback is going to be around much longer.

Past reports suggest the Matrix is headed out to pasture and an internal source familiar with the matter told AutoGuide today that there will be an official announcement coming in five weeks about the car’s future in North America.

This is a natural time for the Matrix to make its exit. It’s based on the Corolla, which is due for a complete redesign previewed by the Furia concept during this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Given the poor overall demand for the hatchback, it would seem unlikely for Toyota to create a new version.

Plans still aren’t official, but that announcement will probably include the Matrix exiting the U.S. market. The same source suggested that demand in Canada could be strong enough to keep it in Canadian dealer showrooms.

Sales have been limping along in the U.S. In fact, Toyota doesn’t even include it as a separate vehicle in charts detailing individual vehicle unit sales.

Toyota first sold the Matrix during the 2003 model year and at the time it was also offered through GM as the Pontiac Vibe, although that car died along with General Motors’ subsidiary.

Last year, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s American Automobile Labeling Act report showed that the Matrix had the highest percentage of American parts: 95 percent. That figure dropped to 65 percent this year.
Bring the Auris and none of us will miss the Matrix.
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"Given the poor overall demand for the hatchback"

total BS excuses. make it better and there will be demands.
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"Given the poor overall demand for the hatchback"

total BS excuses. make it better and there will be demands.
Indeed, if the Ford Focus can sell 40% of them in hatchback form then Toyota's excuse is indeed rubbish. The Fiesta fares even better with roughly 50% being hatchbacks. I remember the previous gen Hyundai Accent was 77% hatchback over sedan.

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