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Drive your dream with Bowater Toyota

Let's not beat around the bush. Reputations are earnt the hard way.

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The locals love the Toyota Hilux. It has been the regions top selling new vehicle for a very long time. There is a reason for that. We live in a demanding area, and the vehicles we need to use on the land need to be tough enough to cope. The Toyota Hilux has proved time and time again that it is, that is why the companies that rely on it keep coming back. Click here to learn more about the all new 2016 Toyota Hilux. 

RAV4; your ultimate Top of the South lifestyle enabler

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A new design direction with the new facelift.

RAV4's sophisticated exterior styling is defined by a sporty silhouette and flared front and rear wheel arches. The distinctive RAV4 design features an aggressive, sporty silhouette and a firmly planted stance. The black resin lower door mouldings, arches, and lower front and rear bumper combine to give the exterior a strong, purposeful look.

Strong, purposeful looks, a sporty profile and seamless performance.It is the ultimate lifestyle accessory - just the right size for just about everything, and packed full of features to help you make the most of all that is around us.

No point beating around the bush. We live in a very special place here in Nelson / Tasman. There is just so much to do. What you need is a vehicle to help you do it all.

Heading over to do a spot of fishing on the Motueka River down some secret DOC tracks, not a problem. Hitching up the trailer with the dirt bike to get adventurous on your favourite trail. Easy. Chucking the mountain bike onto a Thule towbar bike rack, simple. Need a bit more space for that roadtrip - Thule roofbox on and you are ready to go in 5 minutes.
But the all new look RAV4 is much more than that. It is compact. Easy to drive around town and park, yet big enough to through the groceries, the kids sports gear and the stroller in the back on the way home from the school run in the afternoon.

It is the kind of vehicle that makes your ultimate lifestyle possible, and makes any adventure possible!

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Feel like you can go anywhere and still have worry free driving!

The clever boffins at Toyota listened very carefully to their customers when it came to designing this next generation of RAV4. They have kept all of the bits that make the RAV the do anything, go anywhere car that it is, but have also taken away some of the niggles. Gone is the rear door mounted spare tyre. Now that is hidden under the floor in the boot, making for a lot better aerodynamic performance, whilst not sacrificing internal space. This also means that the new RAV4 has now got a much more convenient lift type rear door, and in the case of the Limited models this is a Power lift-up door with height memory function and anti-jam prevention! Clever.

The RAV4 Limited power back door lifts open at a touch of the button on the smart key or a click of the switch on the instrument panel just to the left of the steering column, or simply by pressing the switch on the door. Limited models also has adjustable height memory function. This means you can set the max height the door opens too - so it wont hit the roof of the garage!

RAV4 GX and GXL grades feature manual back door lift.

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All the Bells and Whistles.

The 6.1” touchscreen display audio also displays reversing camera image with static backing guide lines (or dynmaic for GXL and Limited models), Bluetooth handsfree phone capability and audio streaming. RAV4 Limited models feature a JBL Audio System and Satellite Navigation with SUNA traffic avoidance system.

All RAV4 models feature integrated steering wheel mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth. GXL and Limited models include additional  Multi-Information Display system controls, meaning that these convenience features are literally at the driver’s finger tips.

Bold, high quality interior sets the mood.

The RAV4's spacious interior has enhanced functionality and rear window visibility, with a soft-touch instrument panel a feature in all models. Its contemporary look and high quality finish create a space which is both practical and functional, comfortable and stylish.
The smarter way to get in:
GXL and Limited models feature smart key entry and push button starting. No need to rummage through your pockets or handbag; the vehicle will detect when you are close by, and unlock the doors as soon as you touch the handle.

Toyota Safety Sense makes total sense.

Rest assured with the new Toyota Safety Sense package. Available for GXL and Limited models, this technology is designed to help support your awareness and decision-making in all types of traffic. Complete with Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with steering control function, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) with automatic brake control and Automatic High Beam (AHB).

RAV4 is proud to have achieved a 5-Star ANCAP Safety Rating, and comes complete with features such as Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) , Traction Control (TRC), 7 piece airbag package, Child car seat ISO fixing points and a reversing camera with park assist sensors.

The all new 4th Generation RAV4 is an entirely awesome machine, but still retains what made the Toyota RAV4 the market leading compact SUV ever since it burst onto the scene, leading the way, in 1989. Before that a compact SUV simply did not exist - the RAV4 was designed for people that wanted the increased cargo space, higher visibility and 4WD capabilities, but did not want a massive 4X4 wagon. Something that could do all of that but still felt more like a "normal car". This is exactly what the RAV4 is - the perfect mix of everything. And now it has all got just a little bit better!

Meet the Bowater Toyota Team

Meet Christie, one of our friendly Service Administrators

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Christie Gerrish joined Bowater Toyota in the winter of 2018, as a part of the NMIT Business Administration Scholarship programme, and was one of the friendly faces in the main reception for the store. She has since moved to the very busy Service Department in the central Nelson store, and is one of the admin team working to keep everything in order.