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On testthe Toyota Grown Super Saloon and the BMW 2500

On testthe Toyota Grown Super Saloon and the BMW 2500 On test-th e Toyota Grown Super Saloon and the BMW 250Q TWO cars in the upper price bracket and as different both in appearance and function as one of those old fashioned lady's tricycles and a racing bike. The Toyota is memorable for its arm-chair luxury and bewildering array of controls. Not one but two air conditioning units, with the back one having its own rear passenger controls (on the same console as a radio volume button and cigarette lighter). Climatic comfort is heightened by an air purification system. Ideal for avoiding those blinding headaches from rush-hour traffic fumes, but on the open road I preferred the simplicity of an open window. Here again there are more elec­ tronics, with the push-button controls for all four windows located on the arm rest on the driver's door. A look through the instruction manual is, of course, advisable before driving any car for the first time. With the Toyota it's an absolute necessity. Then one learns that the discon­ certing "clunk" when the car's travell­ ing at about 15mph is not caused by the exhaust hitting a bump in the road; it's the automatic door lock mechanism reminding you that all doors should have been locked — again by the press of a button — when the vehicle was stationary. Reading the instruction manual will also avert fruitless attempts to open power demands made by the electronics It can accommodate five passengers the boot by the conventional means of reflect badly both on performance with comfort, has a boot big enough a catch on the boot lid. To foil would- to hold all their luggage, and can still from the 2.5 litre engine and fuel be thieves, the boot has an electronic return anything between 30 to 33 mpg consumption. Heavy use of the throttle locking button below the instrument — necessary if one is to get anything with sensible driving. facia. like the acceleration expected of the The maker claims a 0-60 acceleration power unit — results in a near time of 9.4 seconds, with a top speed Want to switch on the radio? perceptible decline of the fuel gauge. of 120mph. I wouldn't quibble with Again, it's necessary to refer to the manual, for the stereo unit (incorpor­ On a mixture of motorway and in- either claim. Response and smooth­ town travelling, the test car averaged ating a cassette player) has a self- ness from the automatic transmission a fraction over 20 mph. seeking wave-band device. And don't on the test car was superb. puzzle over the absence of a radio Outwardly, the car has a staid, old With these two cars, it seems to be a aerial — it's concealed in the rear fashioned appearance with rather too case of "either/or". window heating element. much chrome at front and rear for my The Crown Super has every con­ With these novelties come the more liking. That, coupled with disappoint­ ceivable interior luxury at the expense ing performance, took the edge of familiar features: automatic trans­ of performance. what is undoubtedly a fine model in mission, power steering, reclining On the BMW, interior finish comes terms of comfort and interior finish. a poor second to performance. Like front seats with adjustable head the new Audi 100 (reviewed last restraints, and lamps for all the In stark contrast, the BMW 2500 is hidden recesses — boot, bonnet and month) I would expect to feel that I notable for its performance and eco­ glove box. nomy. really was sitting in (as opposed to Astonishingly, all these are standard driving) a car costing £8,000 (for the No wonder that a number of police automatic version). fittings on a car costing just over forces in Britain have irked the "Buy For all that, the 2500 consolidates £6,000. British" campaigners by opting for the German reputation for engineering Though comfort is pre-eminent, this particular model for motorway excellence. C.P. the weight of the Crown Super and patrols. 34 INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Management Emerald Publishing

On testthe Toyota Grown Super Saloon and the BMW 2500

Industrial Management , Volume 77 (10): 1 – Oct 1, 1977

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Abstract

On test-th e Toyota Grown Super Saloon and the BMW 250Q TWO cars in the upper price bracket and as different both in appearance and function as one of those old fashioned lady's tricycles and a racing bike. The Toyota is memorable for its arm-chair luxury and bewildering array of controls. Not one but two air conditioning units, with the back one having its own rear passenger controls (on the same console as a radio volume button and cigarette lighter). Climatic comfort is heightened by an air purification system. Ideal for avoiding those blinding headaches from rush-hour traffic fumes, but on the open road I preferred the simplicity of an open window. Here again there are more elec­ tronics, with the push-button controls for all four windows located on the arm rest on the driver's door. A look through the instruction manual is, of course, advisable before driving any car for the first time. With the Toyota it's an absolute necessity. Then one learns that the discon­ certing "clunk" when the car's travell­ ing at about 15mph is not caused by the exhaust hitting a bump in the road; it's the automatic door lock mechanism reminding you that all doors should have been locked — again by the press of a button — when the vehicle was stationary. Reading the instruction manual will also avert fruitless attempts to open power demands made by the electronics It can accommodate five passengers the boot by the conventional means of reflect badly both on performance with comfort, has a boot big enough a catch on the boot lid. To foil would- to hold all their luggage, and can still from the 2.5 litre engine and fuel be thieves, the boot has an electronic return anything between 30 to 33 mpg consumption. Heavy use of the throttle locking button below the instrument — necessary if one is to get anything with sensible driving. facia. like the acceleration expected of the The maker claims a 0-60 acceleration power unit — results in a near time of 9.4 seconds, with a top speed Want to switch on the radio? perceptible decline of the fuel gauge. of 120mph. I wouldn't quibble with Again, it's necessary to refer to the manual, for the stereo unit (incorpor­ On a mixture of motorway and in- either claim. Response and smooth­ town travelling, the test car averaged ating a cassette player) has a self- ness from the automatic transmission a fraction over 20 mph. seeking wave-band device. And don't on the test car was superb. puzzle over the absence of a radio Outwardly, the car has a staid, old With these two cars, it seems to be a aerial — it's concealed in the rear fashioned appearance with rather too case of "either/or". window heating element. much chrome at front and rear for my The Crown Super has every con­ With these novelties come the more liking. That, coupled with disappoint­ ceivable interior luxury at the expense ing performance, took the edge of familiar features: automatic trans­ of performance. what is undoubtedly a fine model in mission, power steering, reclining On the BMW, interior finish comes terms of comfort and interior finish. a poor second to performance. Like front seats with adjustable head the new Audi 100 (reviewed last restraints, and lamps for all the In stark contrast, the BMW 2500 is hidden recesses — boot, bonnet and month) I would expect to feel that I notable for its performance and eco­ glove box. nomy. really was sitting in (as opposed to Astonishingly, all these are standard driving) a car costing £8,000 (for the No wonder that a number of police automatic version). fittings on a car costing just over forces in Britain have irked the "Buy For all that, the 2500 consolidates £6,000. British" campaigners by opting for the German reputation for engineering Though comfort is pre-eminent, this particular model for motorway excellence. C.P. the weight of the Crown Super and patrols. 34 INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT

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Industrial ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 1, 1977

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