The new "Premio"
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The new "Allion"
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The sensor unit of the "Toyota Safety Sense C"
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Toyota Motor Corp partially remodeled the "Premio/Allion" midsize sedan and released it June 13, 2016.

The company changed its external design and improved its preventive safety functions by employing the "Toyota Safety Sense C" advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) and "Intelligence Clearance Sonar" as standard features.

Toyota Safety Sense C
The Toyota Safety Sense C uses a sensor unit integrating an infrared laser device and a monocular camera to realize three functions: (1) automatic emergency braking, (2) lane departure warning and (3) automatic switching between low and high beams. This time, Toyota used an ADAS developed for small vehicles in the aim of reducing costs as much as possible.

The automatic emergency braking function works within a speed range of about 10 to 80km/h (approx 6.2-49.7mph) and reduces vehicle speed by about 30km/h. The lane departure warning function uses the monocular camera to detect white and yellow lines on the driving lane and warns the driver with a buzzer and an image shown on the display when there is a possibility of lane departure.

The automatic beam switching function also uses the monocular camera to detect the headlights of oncoming vehicles, the tail lamps of preceding vehicles, etc and automatically switches between low and high beams.

Intelligence Clearance Sonar
The Intelligence Clearance Sonar uses eight ultrasonic sensors attached around the vehicle to avoid a collision caused by mishandling the acceleration pedal or reduce damage. When an obstacle such as a wall is detected ahead of the vehicle by the sensors, it reduces engine output at the time of starting moving the vehicle. Moreover, when the vehicle comes closer to the obstacle, it automatically applies the brakes.

The prices of the new Premio and Allion start from ¥1,908,655 and 1,897,855 (including tax), respectively. And Toyota aims to sell 1,000 units of each of the two vehicles per month.