Why you're so much safer choosing
Toyota Genuine & Sportivo Accessories
OF GENUINE PARTS
MAINTAINING YOUR TOYOTA
A car costs a lot of money, so you want to get the most
out of it both in terms of long life and economy.
While we’re quite attentive to our car when it’s new or
near new, unfortunately as time goes on, our interest
wanes and servicing the car (just like washing it),
becomes more of a chore. Most of us tend to cut
corners – either neglecting the service schedules, or
simply turning to the local mechanic rather than the
manufacturer’s dealership. This method of care may
save a few dollars initially, but in the long run your car
could suffer from sub-standard parts and servicing.
Read on, and discover just how much difference there
is between genuine and non-genuine. The examples
apply to Toyotas, but in reality the same applies across
most car manufacturers.
WHY IT MAKES SENSE TO INSIST ON
TOYOTA GENUINE SERVICE
Gone are the days when maintaining a car’s engine
meant an amateur ‘tinkering’ under the bonnet.
A Toyota Genuine service or repair is a highly specialised
task, requiring expert technicians and sophisticated
computerised equipment. This is why we recommend
you insist on Toyota Genuine Service.
See below *
WHY IT MAKES SENSE TO INSIST ON
TOYOTA GENUINE PARTS
Genuine Parts are designed and constructed to original
manufacturer’s specifications for maximum performance,
longevity and fit. Toyota Genuine Parts carry a 12 month
unlimited kilometre warranty, so you have extra peace of
mind on their quality and reliability.
Have a look at the differences between the Toyota
Genuine and non-genuine versions of these common
service replacement parts and you’ll soon appreciate
why Genuine Parts are a better choice.
NON-GENUINE PARTS CAN VOID
YOUR TOYOTA WARRANTY
It is important to note that if a non-genuine part
is fitted to your Toyota and that part’s failure
damages your vehicle, then that damage will not be
covered by your Toyota Warranty.
* Prado GXL Model accessorised with: Sovereign Bullbar, Superwinch and Cradle, Driving Lights, Headlight
Covers, Bonnet Protector, Style Visors, Phoenix Alloy Wheels, Aero Roof Racks (2 bar) and Cargo Barrier. 2
GENUINE FACT: TOYOTA GENUINE OIL
FILTERS TRAP THE TINIEST PARTICLES
The Oil Filter is a low cost part that needs regular
replacement. Essentially its role is as the name suggests
– to filter and remove dirt particles from the oil as it
flows through the engine. This filtration process must
pick up even the most minute particles, because even the
tiniest foreign matter can create excess friction and
potentially cause engine damage.
Only Toyota Genuine Oil Filters feature a dual-textured
element to capture the minutest particles for efficient
lubrication and long life engine performance. Cheaper,
single textured elements filters can let small particles in
and slowly cause wear on moving parts.
GENUINE FACT: USING THE CORRECT
OIL IS AS IMPORTANT AS REGULARLY
CHECKING YOUR OIL LEVELS
The car’s engine is made up of hundreds of moving
parts which perform thousands of revolutions every
minute. To achieve this performance for hundreds of
thousands of kilometres, every moving part needs to be
very well lubricated. This is the role of your engine oil.
Therefore, you should regularly check your engine oil
levels, and just as importantly, always use the exact type
of oil specified for your particular engine. Toyota
Genuine Oils offer excellent anti-wear performance
and engine protection, outstanding engine cleanliness,
and better high/low temperature and extreme
GENUINE FACT: THE RIGHT BRAKE PAD
IS CRUCIAL TO YOUR SAFETY
Perhaps the most important safety feature of any car is the
brakes. Yet it is surprising how many people will risk the
performance of their brake system to save a few dollars.
(It’s soon a false economy when you run up the back of
the car because you couldn’t stop quickly enough). It is
imperative to keep your car’s brakes in top condition.
At the centre of a car’s stopping power are the actual
brake pads which grip the wheel to slow it down. These
are also the brake parts that require regular replacement
because every single time you stop – you use them.
Toyota Genuine brake pads are designed as a perfect fit for
each model Toyota, helping to ensure balanced braking
and durability in the widest range of conditions – and that
means excellent stopping power when you need it most.
GENUINE FACT: AN ILL-FITTING
FUEL FILTER IS A FIRE HAZARD
The longevity of your engine, and smooth performance
of your vehicle relies on a clean flow of fuel. It is the role
of the Fuel Filter to capture any impurities which may
travel from the petrol pump and into your fuel tank.
Toyota Genuine Fuel Filters are designed specifically for
each Toyota model, to fit fuel lines precisely and therefore
trap the tiniest of impurities. Unlike some non-genuine
fuel filters, Toyota Genuine Fuel Filters are constructed of
high quality resin plastic which is both airtight and highly
heat resistant – an important feature when you’re talking
petrol in the hot environment of an engine bay!
GENUINE FACT: THE RIGHT SPARK PLUG WILL
MAKE YOUR CAR MORE FUEL EFFICIENT
The spark plug is one of the smallest and cheapest
components in an engine, yet it is responsible for actually
making the engine operate. Thousands of times every
minute, the spark plug ignites the fuel and air mixture
which propels the engine’s cylinders to drive the car. At
first glance all spark plugs look the same. However, there
are many differences between spark plugs which make
enormous differences to the way your engine performs.
Toyota Genuine Spark Plugs feature a unique U-groove
ground electrode which means it creates a bigger and
brighter spark for better fuel efficiency, faster response
and lower gas emissions. Some non-genuine spark plugs
can not only reduce performance, they can also increase
the chances of damage to your engine by failing to
provide an optimal fuel firing environment.
GENUINE FACT: LIKE YOU, YOUR CAR PERFORMS
BEST WHEN BREATHING PURE, CLEAN AIR
It is the combination of fuel and air ignited in the cylinder
chamber which drives the internal combustion engine. The
air entering this chamber must be filtered for impurities to
provide clean air intake, smooth engine performance and
longer engine life. Toyota Genuine Air Filters feature a triple
layer filtering element which helps to ensure that your
engine stays free of any dust or contaminants. The Toyota
Genuine Filter Element is needle-punched to allow for a
smooth, efficient flow of filtered air to the combustion
chamber for clean ignition of fuel.
GENUINE FACT: TOYOTA GENUINE
CLUTCHES ARE DESIGNED FOR PERFECT
FIT WITH EACH MODEL
The clutch provides a smooth transfer of power from the
engine to the transmission to propel your vehicle. In
manual transmissions, the clutch engages and disengages
each gear as you change up and down or into reverse.
This constant use when driving means clutches are
prone to wear, and eventually need replacement. But
before replacing your clutch, check the difference
between genuine and non-genuine models.
For example, Toyota Genuine Clutches feature rubber
torsion springs which reduce vibration significantly more
than traditional springs. The Toyota Genuine Clutch Disc
also features superior shock absorption for easy half-
clutch gear engagement... and easier driving.
THE IMPORTANCE OF
AUSTRALIAN DESIGN RULE (ADR)
TOYOTA PASSES EVERY TEST
As a major vehicle manufacturer, every single Toyota
component and accessory when fitted, must maintain
vehicle compliance with the regulations and standards of
the Government’s ‘Australian Design Rules’ (ADRs).
Surprisingly, many parts and accessories which are
imported or made by small businesses (e.g. the local
towbar maker) are not tested to prove vehicle
compliance with ADRs when fitted.
This, together with the lack of regulatory policing for
non-genuine products means ADR compliance, and
therefore safety, are complete unknowns.
IS THAT A RISK YOU’RE WILLING TO TAKE
WITH YOUR SAFETY?
TEST + TEST + TEST = THE BEST
Toyota invests millions upon millions of dollars in crash
and performance testing to ensure global benchmark
safety and quality.
For example, for major new vehicle bullbar development
programs, Toyota conducts multiple vehicle collision
tests to ensure Genuine Accessory Bullbars trigger
airbags at precisely the right millisecond in a full range
of crash situations.
Aftermarket bullbar manufacturers typically cannot afford
to crash test 4WD after 4WD so there is no way of
precisely knowing whether they are safe or dangerous
when it comes to airbag deployment timings.
Therefore, you have to ask the question, ‘What’s the
point of fitting any brand of bullbar if it may actually
decrease your safety?’
GENUINE FACT: SOME NON-GENUINE
BULLBARS MAY ACTUALLY REDUCE
YOUR LEVELS OF SAFETY
MULTIPLE CRASH TESTS FOR SAFETY AND
PRECISE AIRBAG COMPATIBILTY
Only the Toyota Genuine range of Airbag Compatible
Bullbars are designed to work in conjunction with your
Toyota’s SRS airbag and other safety systems in the
event of a frontal collision.
Fit any non-genuine bullbar to a Toyota with airbags and
you could run the major risk of incorrect airbag
deployment. Remember airbags are designed for
millisecond responses – a fraction of a second too soon
or too late and the consequences can be disastrous.
That’s exactly the reason why Toyota has invested
heavily in the development of a unique Responder
Mounting System for Toyota Genuine Bullbars.
Many of the bullbars sold by the local 4WD store can
render your vehicle Non-ADR compliant when fitted,
and many are not airbag compatible.
If you want a bullbar to help preserve your levels of
safety and peace of mind rather than potentially
decrease them, insist on Toyota Genuine.
THE BEST DESIGN
THE BEST ENGINEERING
THE WORST PUNISHMENT
TOYOTA GENUINE TESTING
& TOYOTA GENUINE
GENUINE FACT: SOME ALLOYS MAY
AFFECT YOUR INSURANCE
CUSTOM DESIGNED TO FIT PERFECTLY
There’s a lot more to Sportivo and Toyota Genuine Alloy
Wheels than sporty good looks.
For starters, every Toyota Genuine Alloy Wheel is
developed and tested to maintain vehicle ADR
compliance when fitted and meet the stringent global
Toyota safety and performance standards. Put simply,
this means Toyota Genuine Alloy Wheels are
engineered to levels of safety and performance far
above many other alloys.
Just as importantly, Toyota Genuine Alloys are
comprehensively tested to ensure precision fit,
performance and durability for each individual model.
Toyota conducts ‘wheelhouse clearance tests’ to ensure
the wheel and tyre combination fits within the vehicle’s
wheel arch at all loading and full-lock conditions – even
when you inadvertently run up a gutter!
On the other hand, the ‘one size fits all’ alloy wheels
you can buy from tyre centres can introduce all sorts of
safety and performance problems.
In some cases, they can rub against wheel arches
when cornering and going over bumps, damage
suspension and cause noise, vibration and harshness.
And they can be downright dangerous – putting your
safety at risk by reducing the handling, stability and
steering ability of your vehicle.
Fitting different size alloy wheels and tyres to those
specified by the manufacturer (check the Tyre Placard
on your car which specifies wheel sizes and approved
tyre sizes, speed ratings etc) can cause problems with
both vehicle registration and the validity of your motor
insurance. That’s because these after-market wheel/
tyre combinations are considered to be significant
modifications – and unless they are pre-approved for
fitting they could be a very expensive choice in the event
of an insurance claim.
Toyota is absolutely thorough with compliance issues
beyond the wheels themselves – providing model-
specific Alloy Wheel Fitting Kits that include items such
as Tyre Placards, correctly sized Wheel Braces, Spare
Wheel Tie-down Bolts and more.
If larger size wheels/tyres are fitted to your car, you can
actually increase the circumference of the wheel. As your
car’s speedo reads from the ‘normal’ size of your car’s
tyres, a larger wheel and tyre combination may mean
you are travelling faster than you think.
So while you may think you’re doing 100kph according
to your speedo, you may well be booked at a
substantially higher speed. A couple of mistakes like
that, and the subsequent demerit points may see your
licence in jeopardy.
Another major issue with non-genuine alloy wheels is
that many imported styles are not heat-treated during
manufacture, making them more prone to damage.
Toyota’s latest genuine alloys are heat treated so they can
cope with Australia’s poor road conditions.
With Sportivo and Toyota Genuine wheels even the
wheel nuts are tested for maximum performance and
longevity. And of course, any problems caused by
non-genuine alloy wheels will not be covered by the
Toyota new vehicle warranty.
GENUINE FACT: DIFFERENT SIZE TYRES COULD
COST YOU YOUR DRIVER’S LICENCE
Camry Ateva accessorised with:
Sportivo Body Kit (includes Front, Side and Rear Skirts and Sports Grille),
High Mount Rear Spoiler and 17'' Vortex Alloy Wheels. 10
BODY SYSTEMS & SPOILERS
GENUINE FACT: SPORTIVO BODY SYSTEMS
ARE IMPACT RESISTANT TO
MINOR BUMPS AND SCRAPES
BUILT FOR STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY
Sportivo body systems, skirts and spoilers are
constructed from high tech materials which are
lightweight, flexible and impact resistant. They are
comprehensively tested by Toyota, and maintain
vehicle compliance with relevant ADRs.
Naturally, the precision manufacturing processes
ensure a perfect fit, and they come with a 3 year Toyota
Warranty when fitted at new car purchase.
Non-genuine body kits and spoilers are often made
from hand-laid fibreglass which is less precise, heavier
and easily damaged by even minor bumps and
scrapes. They are less likely to be verified for vehicle
ADR compliance when fitted, and usually require
plenty of drilling for fitting.
Even the brake lights in Sportivo spoilers are tested for
brightness, vehicle ADR compliance and performance –
proving that attention to every detail is compulsory
with Toyota Genuine.
Non-genuine spoilers rarely, if ever go through the
comprehensive high speed road testing that Sportivo
spoilers are subjected to. So while those extra wide,
high mounted spoilers may look impressive, they may
actually push down too heavily on the rear of the car,
lightening the steering and reducing front wheel grip.
The result can be a loss of control when you most
need it – at high speed.
GENUINE FACT: NON-GENUINE SPOILERS
CAN ACTUALLY DEGRADE HANDLING
GENUINE FACT: EXTRA STIFF SUSPENSIONS
CAN DRAMATICALLY DEGRADE
HANDLING IN WET CONDITIONS
SAFER HANDLING & SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE
Sportivo Sports Suspensions are engineered to improve
handling, and make your car sportier and more fun to drive.
Fully tested to Toyota Standards, they are subjected to a
large variety of conditions (including high speed racetrack
driving) and every component is precisely matched for
optimum performance. Non-genuine springs and
suspension modifications are often not ADR compliant,
and generic ‘one size fits all’ type components can
adversely affect body durability, braking, ride, handling,
steering and safety, particularly at high speeds and over poor
or wet road surfaces. The craze for extra low suspensions
is potentially dangerous and can result in vehicle damage,
poor handling, and non-compliance with ADRs.
A NOTEWORTHY NECESSITY FOR MOTORSPORT
Sportivo Sports Mufflers are designed and tested to
not only produce an exciting, throatier note, they
also improve muffler flow-through for additional
performance over particular rev ranges. With police
crackdowns on noisy vehicles, it’s also reassuring to
know Sportivo mufflers (unlike many non-genuine
styles) maintain vehicle compliance with the Australian
Design Rules for noise and emissions. Importantly,
Genuine Accessory Sportivo Mufflers are tuned to
prevent droning at highway speeds which is an
annoying trait with many non-genuine sports mufflers.
GENUINE FACT: SHEEPSKIN SEATCOVERS
ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS
WITH SIDE AIRBAGS
AIRBAG COMPATIBLITY IS VITAL TO YOUR SAFETY.
If your Toyota has side seat-mounted SRS airbags, it is
vital that the ONLY seatcovers you fit are Toyota
Genuine Airbag Compatible Seatcovers. This is because
non-genuine seat covers (cloth or sheepskin) are not
designed or tested by Toyota for airbag compatibility.
Toyota seat airbag testing has shown that non-genuine
seat covers can force the airbag to deploy behind the
occupant, rather than to the side, propelling them
forward, and inflicting possibly serious injuries.
Toyota Genuine Airbag Compatible Seatcovers feature a
unique side stitching design, materials and construction
that are comprehensively tested by Toyota to instantly
burst apart and not affect correct, safe airbag deployment.
Naturally, all Toyota Genuine seatcovers are designed for
perfect fit, easy cleaning and excellent durability.
Non genuine seatcovers have no such construction
integrity, and in fact, the stronger the stitching, the more
dangerous they are in the event of an accident.
Particularly dangerous are sheepskin seatcovers because
they are typically sewn together using extra strong thread
to hold the heavy hide in place.
AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR FUTURE
Remember ‘you only get what you pay for’ with car
accessories. While you may save a few dollars on a set of
third-world imported alloys from the local tyre store, or
a simple bulbar from a local fabricator, you are sacrificing
the benefit from millions of dollars worth of design
performance and safety testing. A few kilometres down
the road, those few dollars you’ve saved could buy you a
whole lot of motoring trouble. If you’ve invested in a
new Toyota, keep it 100% Toyota Genuine for your
future safety and to protect your Toyota warranty.
A GENUINELY SAFER WAY TO TOW
It’s reassuring when you’re towing a boat or van
down the highway or in the outback to know that
your Toyota Genuine Tow Bar has been tested to
comply with vehicle ADRs as well as Toyota’s stringent
These tests include a punishing dynamic testing
schedule that simulates years of maximum capacity
usage. The result is a tow bar range that is stronger and
safer for the substantial loads they are designed to carry.
Choose from a number of styles and capacities
including the visually discrete Shadow Mount style or
the larger capacity Square Hitchbox version for larger
boats or vans.
Toyota’s range of Genuine Trailer Harnesses include
versions that simply plug into existing vehicle wiring so
messy and time consuming soldering is avoided or
minimised. Choose from 3 plug configurations to suit
your state’s road regulations.
AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR FUTURE.
The old adage of ‘you only get what you pay for’ is never
more true than in the car industry. While you may save a few
dollars on a set of third-world imported alloys from the local
tyre store, or a simple bullbar from a local fabricator, you
are sacrificing the benefits from millions of dollars worth of
design performance and safety testing. A few kilometres
down the road, those few dollars you’ve saved could buy
you a whole lot of motoring trouble. If you’ve invested in a
new Toyota, then keep it 100% Toyota Genuine for your
future safety and to protect your Toyota warranty.
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*All Toyota Genuine accessories purchased and fitted at the point of new vehicle purchase
are warranted for 3 years, or 100,000 km, whichever occurs first. *All Toyota Genuine Parts
carry a 12 month/unlimited kilometre Toyota Warranty. *IMPORTANT NOTICE – Please
Read – Toyota Australia has used its best endeavours to ensure that the information in this
brochure is correct at the time of publication. When ordering accessories, you must check
with your authorised Toyota Dealer to ensure the accessory's design, features and colours
are available. Toyota Dealers will provide up to date pricing and availability on request.
Colours shown in this brochure may vary from actual colours due to the printing process.
Toyota Australia may alter any details contained in this brochure at any time. To the extent
allowed by law, Toyota Australia will not be liable for any reliance you place on this brochure.
All Toyota Genuine Accessories fitted at the time of new car purchase carry the same 3 year,
100,000km warranty as the car. If you decide to fit a Toyota Genuine Accessory sometime
after purchase (e.g. a towbar), then that accessory is warrantied for the remainder of your
new car warranty or for 12 months, whichever is the longer. All Toyota Genuine Parts carry
a 12 month/unlimited kilometre Toyota Warranty.Maintenance, service or expendable parts,
such as brake pads, clutch linings etc, are covered for manufacturer's defects, but are not
covered for wear as they are a normal maintenance item. All warranties are additional to
implied warranties under the Trade Practices Act. Distributed nationally by Toyota Motor
Corporation Australia Limited ACN 009 686 097 ABN 64 008 686 097, Cnr Gannons Road
& Captain Cook Drive, Caringbah, NSW 2229. PART NUMBER: GENVNONGENDL0902,
VALID NUMBER: P0650, PRINTED SEPTEMBER 2002.
TOYOTA GENUINE ACCESSORIES COME WITH UP TO A 3 YEAR 100,000 KM WARRANTY.