( www.autonews24h.com ) - Toyota announced today the nationwide launch in Japan of the completely redesigned Alphard as two different vehicle series, the "Alphard" and the "Vellfire". Taking as their theme "stately presence-the ultimate minivan", the new models represent a further decisive evolution in all aspects of product performance. The exterior of the Alphard emphasizes "elegance" and "refinement", while that of the Vellfire accentuates "power" and "innovation," thus creating two vehicles with individual identities.
A new platform allows for an innovative package, providing further expansion of the interior space and improved ingress and egress. Additionally, an extensive range of equipment-including Executive Power Seats for the second row and indirect LED interior lighting-is aimed at creating a supremely welcoming environment.
A revamped powertrain, along with enhanced aerodynamics and lightweight technology, allows the new models to achieve ample dynamic performance together with high levels of environmental performance, including, in particular, substantially improved fuel efficiency. The new models also offer outstanding handling and cruising stability, as well as class-leading levels of safety performance, contributing to their status as Toyota flagship minivans.