Leaked images of the all-new Yaris for Europe were splattered all around the Internet. In early 2011, the model debuted in Japan while wearing the ‘Vitz ‘ badge. It appears like there isn’t much difference from the European version.
The new Yaris features more angular headlights and its creases in the body are more prominent but its overall lines aren’t that different from the older model. There are slight differences with the exterior dimensions too.
It is longer by 100mm longer and lower by 20mm. Its wheelbase was raised by 50mm. It saved about 30 kilos, improving the car’s performance and fuel efficiency. Its rear legroom is bigger by 35mm.
The most significant changes are insider the car. Its instrument cluster is positioned in front of the driver.
The digital instruments were replaced with conventional gauges. The double glove box was also dropped. The all-new Yaris has two gasoline options.
The 1.0-liter develops 68hp while the 1.3-liter delivers 93hp, which uses start-stop function. It’s likely that a diesel and a hybrid version will be offered too, beginning with 2012. All European-spec models will have a five-speed manual transmission as standard equipment.
The Yaris continues to be an incredible success story for Toyota. From humble beginnings, the model has achieved more than a 5% segment share throughout Europe just in the last decade. Successfully pushing the brand across the region, the Yaris has single-handedly become an icon and key to Toyota's manufacturing operations.
Pushing this success even further, Toyota aims to move the new Yaris into the B-segment which encompasses 26% of the market. This segment is the equivalent of about 4 million sales a year and is overly represented by petrol engined vehicles.
The B-segment market has changed over the last few years with a diversification in the types of cars being chosen amid SUVs and B-MPVs becoming much more prevalent. In spite of this, with 50% of the sales, hatchbacks remain to be the best-selling vehicles.
Forecasts for the B-segment market continue to look good with the rising cost of fuel and tax on CO2 levels contributing to many families wishing to downsize their automobile. This is where the second generation Toyota Yaris comes in. Roomy, versatile, excellent handling, the Yaris adds durable and ease of use in an urban environment to these trademark qualities. With all the strengths of the previous models to hand, the team behind the new Yaris has been able to develop a much more sophisticated vehicle, one which is dynamic -- a first in terms of its affordability in multimedia connectivity, and a marked improvement in sensory quality, efficiency, and an agility you would not suspect in a hatchback.
Toyota's build quality has never been in doubt, receiving effusive praise in the German 2011 TüV report. This can be attributed to Toyota Motor Manufacturing France's insistence on having hands-on involvement from the beginning of manufacture and the belief that the quality of every vehicle right down to each individual component is sacrosanct.
With their target market clearly in mind, the development team at Toyota Yaris has been able to create a number of benefits for their customers from those which are aimed at the more technically minded individual to those interested in price and whether it meets their demands.
“Piccolo Genio” or little genius is how the Toyota Yaris has been remembered ever since its launch in 1999 and with each model, the team continues to improve and yet keep their key concept in mind “compact outside while roomy inside.” With the third generation of the model available now, the Yaris is closer in look and design to what a European car traditionally looks like.
The team at Toyota has kept the length of the car to a minimum coming in at under 4 meters unlike many cars in the B-segment market. It also has a turning circle of only 4.7 meters which is a boon for urban living.