In 1997, the Japanese automaker Toyota created the Toyota Avensis, which is a large family car that is assembled in Burnaston, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. This model was created as a successor of the Toyota Carina E in Europe and of Toyota Vista in Japan.
Among the body styles available for Avensis include a four door saloon, a five door estate, and a five door liftback. Among its competitors in the market include the Ford Modeo, Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, Mazda 6, Citroën C5, Volkswagen Passat, and Peugeot 508.
The first generation series of the Avensis remained in the market from 1997 until 2003, whereas the second generation series stayed in the market from 2003 until 2008. The model code for this second generation is T250, and it competes against the Fiat Panda, Volkswagen Golf, and Mazda 3. Avensis has been known as the Semperit Irish Car of the Year in 2004 and it was also called the Best Family Car for 2004 and 2005.
The current version is the third generation series or T270, which was released in the market in the year 2008. This was displayed at the Paris Motor Show in 2008 and was finally made available in the market by January 2009. It received a five star rating from Euro NCAP for adult occupant safety.