Glossary

Glossary

ABS (Anti-Skid Braking System)

Modern electronics and a hydraulic actuator compares and adjusts wheel speeds when braking to prevent wheel lock-up and hence a potential skid.

Active All-Wheel Drive (Active AWD)

System developed to provide enhanced control and improved fuel economy. Toyota Active AWD is a compact system that controls torque distribution between the front and rear axles - using a newly developed electromagnetic coupling in the rear differential housing. Electronically controlled Active AWD system saves engine power and fuel by only driving the front wheels. It switches automatically to all-wheel drive when needed, for example if a loss of front-wheel traction is anticipated.

Active Braking with intelligence (AB-i)

Active Braking with intelligence (AB-i) is a system designed to help stop quickly and safely in an emergency. The AB-i system uses continuous feedback from sensors in the wheels to ensure that brakeforce is applied as effectively as possible whatever the driving conditions.

Active Height Control (AHC)

Allows the driver to vary the ride height to suit off-road driving (increased height) and ease of entry (decreased height).

Active Traction Control (ATRC)

This system dynamically distributes the torque to each wheel as well as regulates brake pressure, eliminating wheel-spin and ensuring that the tyres with the best grip always help the driver to keep the vehicle in motion. The system automatically adjusts to the transfer range selected no matter what sort of driving conditions you tackle.

Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)

Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) changes the headlamp beam direction in response to steering movements, helping with better visibility at intersections or on bends. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Advanced Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS)

Electrically powered system to provide increased steering assistance and a quicker steering gear ratio at low speeds, as well as optimum driving feel. A boon when parking, its benefits also include reducing understeer and enhanced steering adjustment when cornering, and reducing the steering wheel angle required to make a lane change.

Anti-intrusion beams

Beams placed in the side doors to protect the occupants in the event of a side impact to the vehicle.

Artificial Intelligence Shift Control (AI Shift Control)

One of the modern ECT features, it provides the ability to "read" the driver's intentions and to "read" hills, AI Shift Control is a transmission algorithm designed to manage the shift regime according to road conditions and driver behaviour. It uses data on accelerator pedal angle and rate of change, throttle angle and engine speed.

Audio Visual Navigation (AVN)[N1]

Audio Visual Navigation[N1] unit (AVN) is a satellite navigation system using GPS to track your position and destination. It will mark out the best route with on-screen maps and spoken directions. Image shown for illustration purposes only. Specification may vary across models.

[N1] Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks as well as offering some coverage in regional areas.

Batch number

Your vehicle's Batch number can be found on the Retail Delivery Card, which may be in your vehicle's Service & Warranty booklet.

Your Batch number is 10 digits in length. However, your Retail Delivery Card may show less than this. Where appropriate, please insert the relevant number of zeros before your Batch number.

Example: 0001234567

Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)[B4]

Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)[B4] uses radar to monitor the car's blind spots. It indicates if there is another vehicle hidden by a blind spot and creates a warning indication in the appropriate side mirror. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

[B4] Reversing Camera, Park Assist, Sonar Parking and Blind Spot Monitor are designed as driver assist devices only and should not be used as substitutes for skilled driving and/or safe parking practices. The area into which the vehicle is to be driven must be visually monitored by the driver.

Bluetooth™

Bluetooth™ is a short-range wireless communication system ideally suited to hands-free use of mobile telephones in cars[B5].

[B5] The Bluetooth™ word mark is owned by The Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality will vary depending on the device.

Brake Assist (BA)

A system designed to assist the driver in emergency braking, where the driver cannot apply the high pedal force required to obtain the shortest possible braking distance. It supplements the braking power applied if the driver has not pushed hard enough on the brake pedal in an emergency braking situation - working in conjunction with ABS.

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is a highly efficient transmission which has infinite gear ratios. It uses cones and pulleys to make continuous, seamless adjustments so that the ideal gear ratio is used at all times. Further benefits are a smoother and more efficient transmission.

Cruise Control

Cruise control is a system that automatically assists to maintain the vehicle at a set, pre-determined speed. Mostly used for driving on open roads, it is easily disengaged by touching the brake pedal. Image shown for illustration purposes only. Specification may vary across models.

Digital Radio (DAB+)[B3]

Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB+)[B3]benefits from more channels and clearer sound than conventional radio. Information such as station name and music track can also be shown on the audio system display. Image shown for illustration purposes only. Specification may vary across models.

[B3] Digital radio station coverage dependent on vehicle location.

DivX™[B1]

DivX™[B1] is a video file format that allows you to watch pre-recorded video from a USB memory stick[B1] Operational when vehicle is stationary.

[B1] Connectivity via USB only, not all devices will be compatible and functionality will vary depending on the device. This product supports the DivX® format which can only be viewed when the vehicle is parked.

Double Overhead Camshafts (DOHC)

Double overhead cams (DOHC) operate the engine's valves in a precise and controlled way. This helps increase power and efficiency.

Downhill Assist Control (DAC)

Electronically controlled system designed to help prevent the vehicle slipping sideways during steep off-road hill descents. It provides "feet off" driving down a steep incline.

Driver Assist Technology (DAT)

DAT encapsulates Toyota's 4WD technology - to in effect do the thinking for you. This technology is designed to suit on and off-road applications. The DAT features can include Active 4WD, Downhill Assist Control, Hill-start Assist Control, Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension (TEMS), electronically controlled rear air suspension Active Traction Control (A-TRC), Vehicle Stability Control, Torsen limited slip centre differential with locking function, ABS anti-skid brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist.

Dual-stage SRS airbags

Toyota's dual-stage SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) front airbag system can deploy the driver and front passenger airbags at different rates according to the intensity of a frontal collision and the proximity of the seat occupant to the steering wheel/dashboard. The airbag SRS electronic control unit uses information from seat slide position sensors and impact sensors to determine the inflation rate and pressure of the airbags.

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control[B9]

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control[B9] is an advanced cruise control system that uses radar to detect when the vehicle is closing in on a slower vehicle in front. It then slows the car to maintain a safe gap and only accelerates back to the pre-set speed when the vehicle in front either speeds up or moves out of the way. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

[B9] Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is a driver assist technology and should not be used in place of safe driving practices. Driver should continue to monitor road ahead.

Electric Power-assisted Steering (EPS)

System in which an electric motor attached to the steering rack or shaft provides power assistance - in place of the conventional hydraulic assist system. The electric motor only consumes energy when power assistance is required (i.e. when the steering wheel is turned), thereby saving energy and fuel. The more straight-road driving, the greater the fuel saving. EPS eliminates the need for a hydraulic pump, hydraulic pipes, pulleys and belt, and power-steering fluid in the steering system. It therefore offers reduced service costs and environmental benefits, as well as saving fuel.

Electro Multi-Vision (EMV)

Electro Multi-Vision screen (EMV) gives the driver control over many of the car's features. These may include the audio system and, where equipped, the DVD-based Satellite Navigation systems, hands-free phone and feeds from cameras.

Electro-chromatic Mirror

An electrochromatic rear view mirror automatically adjusts to reduce glare from headights on cars that are following you at night.

Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is a system that maximises braking efficiency. It senses the weight distribution of the vehicle and redistributes the braking to each wheel so that the wheels with most weight on them receive the most brakeforce.

Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission System (e-CVT)

Electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (e-CVT) is a highly efficient transmission system. The electronically controlled system makes continuous, seamless adjustments so that the ideal gear ratio is used at all times.

Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT)

Electronic control of the automatic transmissions has created a raft of breakthroughs in driving comfort and vehicle efficiency. ECT helps to ensures optimal gear change timing according to throttle position with vehicle load and judges the most suitable time to initiate torque converter lock-up for increased fuel economy, and networks with the engine's computer.

Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR)

Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seatbelts are sensitive to the motion of the vehicle and automatically lock on sudden stop or collision, helping to keep driver and passengers safe.

Energy Absorbing Steering Column

Toyota steering columns have special sections that can compress, to absorb impact energy in a frontal collision. Current Toyota designs include features to absorb the energy of a secondary impact.

Global Outstanding Assessment (GOA)

Global Outstanding Assessment (GOA) is a stringent Toyota safety program. It incorporates extensive crash testing to help develop vehicles with safety features well above mandatory requirements.

Head Impact Protection (HIP)

A package of features designed to lessen the chance of head injury in an accident. Includes energy absorbing materials in the door trims, pillars, roof side-member, roof inner and roof side rails.

Head Up Display (HUD)

Head Up Display (HUD) is a system that may project information such as vehicle speed onto the windscreen where it can be seen at a glance, enabling the driver to stay as focussed on the road as possible. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lights

High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights use an electrical arc rather than a conventional glowing incandescant bulb. They create a daylight-like beam of light which is brighter, allowing you to see further.

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

Automatic function that prevents the vehicle rolling downhill when starting off. It is particularly helpful on low-traction surfaces and when driving off road. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD)

The Hybrid Synergy Drive developed by Toyota integrates the desirable elements of a petrol engine and an electric motor. It uses the spontaneous high torque from the electric motor from rest for starting. For cruising in the high-speed range, it utilizes the efficient power of the petrol engine. The management system carefully selects the optimum combination of the petrol engine and electric motor in order to maximise fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Intelligent Park Assist (IPA)[B7]

Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA)[B7] is a system to automatically parallel or reverse park. All the driver has to do is monitor the car and manage the brake.

[B7] Intelligent Park Assist is designed as a driver assist device only and should not be used as a substitute for skilled driving and safe parking practices. The driver should watch the area into which the vehicle is to be reversed, react appropriately and ensure compliance with all road rules. Intelligent Park Assist requires brake control.

Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lights

Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights are brighter, more energy efficient and last longer than conventional incandesent lights.

Limited Slip Differential (LSD)

A differential that limits the difference in rotation speed between the two wheels on the same axle to optimise traction. It prevents a wheel that has no grip from spinning excessively.

Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD)

Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD) are versatile and easy to read displays. They have bright clear images to show many car functions.

MP3[G5]

MP3[G5] is a digital sound format often used for music. MP3[G5] capable players in vehicles may play a huge variety of material from a number of media, including CDs and USB sticks.

[G5] Not all devices will be compatible and functionality will vary depending on the device.

Minimal Intrusion Cabin System (MICS)

Toyota's Minimal Intrusion Cabin System (MICS) technology effectively disperses the energy of frontal or side impacts through the body in order to divert it away from the passenger cell and minimise cabin deformation.

Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)

High levels of Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) in a car can make driving stressful and tiring. New Toyota vehicles have multiple layers of sound insulation and sound barriers to help create a quiet, calm interior.

Park Assist[B4]

Park Assist[B4] is a system using parking sensors to provide audible warnings as the driver gets close to an obstacle. The speed of audio beeps increases as you get closer to the obstacle.

[B4] Reversing Camera, Park Assist, Sonar Parking and Blind Spot Monitor are designed as driver assist devices only and should not be used as substitutes for skilled driving and/or safe parking practices. The area into which the vehicle is to be driven must be visually monitored by the driver.

Rack & Pinion Item

A rack and pinion is a type of linear actuator that comprises a pair of gears which convert rotational motion into linear motion. A circular gear called "the pinion" engages teeth on a linear "gear" bar called "the rack"; rotational motion applied to the pinion causes the rack to move, thereby translating the rotational motion of the pinion into the linear motion of the rack.

Reverse Camera[B4]

Reverse camera[B4] displays the area at the rear of the vehicle on a screen, when the vehicle is in reverse. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

[B4] Reversing Camera, Park Assist, Sonar Parking and Blind Spot Monitor are designed as driver assist devices only and should not be used as substitutes for skilled driving and/or safe parking practices. The area into which the vehicle is to be driven must be visually monitored by the driver.

Road Condition Support Control

Judges the driver's intention based on accelerator usage and vehicle condition to provide gearshift patterns that suit individual driving styles and conditions.

SUNA™Traffic Channel[G7]

SUNA™ Traffic Channel[G7] broadcasts real-time traffic information directly to compatible navigation systems, keeping you informed of adverse traffic conditions ahead and suggesting alternative routes to avoid congestion. Image shown for illustration purposes only. Specification may vary across models.

[G7] SUNA™ GPS Traffic Updates are only available in metropolitan Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney; it operates from information provided by Intelematics Australia and may not cover all road incidents and congestion. Please see www.sunatraffic.com.au for details.

Safe-T-Cell

Toyota's body design with crumple zones front and rear, and a high-integrity cabin section. The crumple zones are designed to progressively absorb impact energy. The cabin is designed to provide survival space for the occupants, including head and foot space. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Satellite Navigation (Sat Nav)[N1]

Sat Nav or Satellite Navigation[N1] is a system which displays the location of the vehicle on a "map" screen, and can be programmed to provide information such as directions to a destination both visually, and with spoken messages. Image shown for illustration purposes only. Specification may vary across models.

[N1] Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks as well as offering some coverage in regional areas.

Smart Start Button

Smart Start (or Push Button Start) provides push-button engine start and stop. It operates when the fob is within range of the internal antennae. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Solar Ventilation System

Solar Ventilation System uses roof solar panels to power fans, helping to keep the vehicle cool inside in hot sunny weather. It can be operated using a remote control. (Available on Prius i-tech only). Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)

The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) is composed of multiple systems within a vehicle such as airbags and seatbelt pretensioners, which help restrain the occupants in the event of a collision in turn helping to minimise the chance of injury. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Torque-Sensing Centre Differential

A feature in the all-wheel drive system that automatically distributes power to the axles with the best traction.

Touch Tracer Technology

Touch Tracer allows easy control of many of the vehicle's functions, such as air-con, audio system etc. Buttons on the steering wheel allow the driver to touch step through various options and then select one by pressing firmly, with that function then displayed directly in front of the driver. Specifications may vary across models. Image shown for illustration purposes only. Overseas model shown.

Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension (TEMS)

A semi-active system to improve ride and handling and enhance driving dynamics both on and off road. TEMS allows the driver to select a suspension setting for optimum ride comfort and handling depending on the road surface and driving conditions.

Toyota Entertainment Communications Hub (T.E.C.H.)™ System

Toyota Entertainment Communications Hub (T.E.C.H.™) is an advanced suite of features based around a touch screen. It may include where applicable, Satellite Navigation[N1] with 3D graphics, Bluetooth™[B5] music streaming, and DivX™[B1] video and audio playback from a USB[G5] memory stick. It may also feature an SD card slot[G5]. A split screen function also allows control of audio devices and receiving hands-free mobile calls whilst viewing Satellite Navigation[N1]. (A split screen function only available on some Satellite Navigation[N1] Audio models). Image shown for illustration purposes only.

[N1]Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks as well as offering some coverage in regional areas.

[B5]The Bluetooth™ word mark is owned by The Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality will vary depending on the device.

[B1]Connectivity via USB only, not all devices will be compatible and functionality will vary depending on the device. This product supports the DivX format which can only be viewed when the vehicle is parked.

[G5]Not all devices will be compatible and functionality will vary depending on the device.

Traction Control (TRC)

System designed to maximise safety when accelerating on slippery road surfaces or when the available grip differs from one side of the vehicle to the other (such as when two wheels are on a gravel or grass verge). Operated by controlling the throttle and/or applying the brakes to any wheel that is slipping. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i)

Toyota engine system that provides continual variations of the intake valve timing to provide optimal valve timing for the full range of driving conditions. It improves driveability, performance and fuel efficiency, and reduces emissions. Dual VVT-i provides even greater improvement, by independently varying exhaust valve timing as well as intake timing. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) can be found on your vehicle's compliance label, registration certificate or printed on the Retail Delivery Card, which may be in your vehicle's Service & Warranty booklet.

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

System that ensures control in cornering situations the way ABS does under braking and TRC does under acceleration. The VSC system utilises electronic sensors in conjunction with the ABS and TRC hardware to help control any potential understeer or oversteer situations. Understeer is when the vehicle loses front-wheel traction and wants to push forward nose first. Oversteer is when the rear wheels lose traction and the tail begins to slide.

Vehicle VIN and Batch numbers

Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) can be found on your vehicle's compliance label, registration certificate or printed on the Retail Delivery Card, which may be in your vehicle's Service & Warranty booklet. Your vehicle's Batch number may also be found on the Retail Delivery Card.

Voice Control Technology

Voice control technology uses speech recognition technology to enable the driver to control the audio system.

Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL)

Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) seats are designed to reduce the likelihood of whiplash injury to occupants in the event of a collision. Image shown for illustration purposes only.

Windows Media Audio (WMA)

Windows Media Audio (WMA) is an audio format commonly used on CDs.