Own a Prius, Camry or ...? Now you can own your very own Toyota BOAT too - huh?

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TMC Launches New Leisure Boat Model in Japan

Toyota City, Japan, September 6, 2011-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC)
announces the launch in Japan today of its newly developed leisure
boat, the "Ponam-35" 1.

The Ponam-35-first of a new class in the Ponam series-is a premium
cruiser ideal for pleasure cruising and fishing that also offers
comfortable accommodation. It features a rigid hull of a
high-strength aluminum alloy-a popular Ponam feature, a new 4.5-liter
engine derived from the Toyota "Land Cruiser"2 SUV, as well
as excellent operability achieved with technology adapted from Toyota
automotive technology.

Annual sales target: 15 units
Manufacturer's suggested retail price3: 59,010,000 yen (56,200,000 yen
excluding consumption tax).

Main Features

Dynamic and flowing exterior

Reflecting the form-modeling expertise acquired by years of handling
the complex curved surfaces used in vehicle design, the Ponam-35
features elegant curves. The gunwale line flows backward from the bow
and the unique design of the windows contributes to an elegant
exterior design characteristic of the Ponam-35.

The expansive cabin-door eaves provide a shield against the sun and
rain, while also creating an attractive rear view.

Interior combines function with elegance

The cabin features a layout designed to facilitate ease of passenger
movement, and is characterized by an overall theme of contrasting
white and black with effective additions of deep blue and silver to
create a refined and relaxed atmosphere.

The cabin interior is fitted with a relaxing five-seat sofa and ample
storage space, while the owner's private room features a spacious bed
and storage area.

The galley at the rear of the cabin emphasizes functionality with
placement of the sink, storage shelves, refrigerator, microwave oven
and work surfaces aimed at ease of use and access.

Refined basics for exemplary seaworthiness

The hull is made with high-strength A5083 aluminum alloy, which
ensures higher rigidity, strength, durability and fracture resistance
than fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP). The aluminum-alloy structure also
serves to reduce the effects of stress and vibrations caused by wave
impacts as well as reducing sound reverberations.

The Ponam-35 is equipped with two V8-cylinder engines with common rail
systems that perform computer-controlled fuel injection-a first4 for a
Japan-made leisure boat. The engines are a version of the Land Cruiser
4.5-liter V8 diesel engine modified for boat use, which combine high
output and low emissions while achieving low levels of vibration and
noise for greatly improved quietness.

Highly reliable control technology and cutting-edge equipment

The boat is fitted with an auto-flap function that uses proprietary
Toyota control technology to automate list-correcting flap operation,
difficult even for experienced operators. When sensors detect listing,
flaps are operated automatically to adjust the boat to the optimal
position, thereby lessening stress from wave impacts.

Toyota Drive Assist allows computer control of the auxiliary propeller
in the bow thruster and the two main propellers, so that mooring and
casting off can be carried out using just a single joystick. This
user-friendly interface enables inexperienced operators to carry out
docking and other complicated maneuvers difficult even for veteran

Other standard, cutting-edge features include an intercom system that
ensures smooth communication between cabin and fly bridge, and
windshield wipers that automatically activate when they detect spray
or rainfall.

Going forward, TMC will continue to promote its marine business by
developing attractive products designed to provide rewarding leisure
time and support lifestyles.

Main Specifications
Length/width - 11.95 m/3.94 m
Weight - 8,400 kg
Total tonnage - 10 tons

Model - M1VD-V
Displacement - 4,461 cc 2
Output - 272 kW (370 PS) 2

Hull - Aluminum alloy

Fuel tank - 850 liters
Freshwater tank - 170 liters

Capacity - 12 persons
Fly bridge - 5 persons

Navigable sea areas - Inshore

1"Ponam" is taken from Waipounamu, which in Maori mythology
means whale
2Non-domestic version
3Does not include optional features and legally required safety
equipment, launch costs, delivery costs, and others
4As of August 31, 2011, according to TMC
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