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A year after the C-HR first made its debut at the 2015 L.A. auto show, Toyota’s new crossover has finally gone into production at their Sakarya plant in Turkey.

With the C-HR, Toyota’s Sakarya plant is now producing Turkey’s first hybrid model alongside the Corolla and Verso.

At the line-off ceremony at the factory, Dr Van Zyl, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) President and CEO, said “the Toyota C-HR is a hugely important product for the whole of Toyota, not just for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey. The crossover segment is growing fast. This car is Toyota’s very strong entry to this segment.”

Sitting on top of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) is either a turbocharged 114hp 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 120hp petrol-electric powertrain. Some markets will even get an additional 142hp 2.0-litre petrol engine paired with a CVT automatic transmission.

In preparation for the new crossover’s release, Toyota’s Sakarya plant increased production from 150,000 vehicles per year to 280,000. Currently, around 80% of vehicles produce in this plant are exported to Europe, but they plan to expand that very short list to include the USA, Canada, Taiwan, Mauritius and South Africa.

For those of you worried about build quality, Dr Van Zyl assures us that “TMMT has been one of our best plants globally for many years when it comes to build quality, and I am very confident our members there will exceed our North American customers’ expectations.”
 

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I'm guessing those are just optioned out models that dealerships order to put on showroom floors and not customized models.
 

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I don't think there's many options you can get aside from what I was seeing on the UK configurator. There's just three packages aside from icon, excel, and dynamic. You can choose Tech Pack (conventional), Tech Pack (hybrid), and Premium Pack. All interior features.
 

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Quality control or not, I'm still waiting a year after the initial production date to purchase a C-HR. The first year is when a factory works out the production kinks and this is going to be the first hybrid produced in the plant, there's going to be a learning curve.
 

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Quality control or not, I'm still waiting a year after the initial production date to purchase a C-HR. The first year is when a factory works out the production kinks and this is going to be the first hybrid produced in the plant, there's going to be a learning curve.
Even still there are bad apples but at least at that point we have enough confirmation to proceed and to be willing to take on whatever risk at that point on.

Fortunately the Rav4 is still a very good and very relevant vehicle to have so I won't mind going that route if the CH-R ends up taking a dive during these initial years.
 

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I actually thought the C-HR was going to replace the Rav.

There will always be bad apples but at least after a year, we'll have TSBs and all of that good stuff out.
 

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I mean you can buy one now, used or new since buying used you can still pick up something just as good probably better depending where you go.
Just all depends on what you want to do.

But anyone still set on going for the CHR should really do research on the dealers around them, last thing you want is a bad dealer to be handling your issues. Won't be a smooth process.
 
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