Ever since the introduction of the Toyota Celica in Australia in 1975 which proved to be quite a seller (3,200 per year), the Japanese carmaker has not been that successful Down Under. However, with the introduction of the Toyota 86 some years ago, sales have hit a new milestone, the company managing to sell no less than 20,000, with annual sales of around 3,300.
To celebrate this new milestone since Celica`s 35-year lifespan, Toyota Australia decided to launch a new variant under its local brand, Apollo.
Speaking of the gorgeous Toyota 86 and its success in Australia, Sean Hanley, Vice President of sale and marketing of Toyota Australia, needed to say a few words:
“The sales success of the Toyota 86 has been impressive, and it is just the start of a new era of excitement within our company. Toyota`s designers and engineers are continuing to display their commitment to mode desirable styling and greater driving enjoyment with cars like the latest Camry, the upcoming Corolla and next year`s RAV4.”
Being a special model, the 2018 Toyota 86 Apollo comes with an exquisite blue paintjob at the exterior, available for both the standard model or the GTS version, which is equipped with the performance package. Speaking of the performance package, this one is equipped with anthracite 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, Sachs sports suspension system or Brembo brakes.
The performance package for the GTS costs an additional $2,200 while for the GTS customers will have to cash out $2,900. The GTS adds extra goodies like blacked-out alloy wheels, updated side mirrors and rear spoiler, as well as black leather inside the cabin.
Under the hood, the new 2018 Toyota 86 Apollo blue comes with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated boxer with flat-four cylinder, developing 152 kW. Toyota Australia has also released a couple of photos with the new model introduced Down Under. Enjoy!