Toyota Australia has extended fixed-price servicing to its new Corolla (Auris) line.

Under the so-called Toyota Advantage Service Plan customers will pay $A120 ($US102; GBP51) for standard scheduled services at authorised service centres.

"The advantage plan is an extra feature benefit which gives customers clarity on the total costs they will pay under the Corolla warranty period for standard scheduled servicing, any potential exclusions that may apply and the knowledge that there are no hidden costs involved," Toyota said.

The offer is available for up to the first six services within the first three years or 60,000 kilometres (about 35,000 miles), whichever occurs first. The Corolla's recommended service intervals are 10,000km (6,000 miles).

Similar service plans were also introduced for the Aurion (Camry V6) and Camry in 2006.

Here in the UK, a recent trend has been to offer new-car customers a fixed period of servicing for a one-off advance payment. Fixed-price offers are more common for older models, in an attempt to keep owners of out-of-warranty cars loyal to the maker's dealer network.

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