replacement early 2007
the recent Paris Auto Show, Toyota has shown the
anticipation of what would be the new compact model
to be launched in the European market early 2007.
After a few weeks, the official presentation shows
the first pictures of the new AURIS, the substitute
of the actual Corolla.
This Toyota Auris here shown, is know at Simoldes
Tooling Division since July 2004. It was know at the
time by the code names 130L or 345W, 3 doors (build
in Turkey) or 5 door versions (build in Turkey and
Since the early stage, Simoldes Tooling Division has
participated jointly with his 4 costumers for this
Project, during the development stage of the inner
parts, product for which would latter on build the
Several studies, results, presentations, discussions
and revisions, took place in Bruxells, UK and Turkey.
Then the final shape of the project happened, and in
a definite stage, Simoldes Tolling Division in
Portugal took the responsibility of building 63
moulds for the Inside Trims and IP components, as
well as some under bonnet components.
These 63 moulds were split among 4 of Simoldes
Tooling Division mould shops, according to specific
skills of each one of them.
The moulds are now delivered to the OEM supplier
since mid 2006, and the preproduction run and
validation in the serial resources, is being done
and fine tuning of processes is being validated.
This vehicle will be available in the market in