2012 Toyota Yaris was the best in its class at the 2011 MPG Marathon

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 11, 2011

The new Toyota Yaris recorded an overall 72.29mpg at the ALD Automotive/Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon, giving it the No. 1 spot in its class for petrol cars that emit less than 120g/km of CO2. This average consumption figure is nearly 23% higher than the model’s official combined figure of 58.9mpg.

In this event that took place on Oct. 5-6, 38 cars and vans competed in five classes through a combination of A and B roads and motorways. When the debut test of the Yaris ended upon completing the 350-mile route, it only had 23.2 litres.

This is slightly higher than five gallons and it is less than half a tank. For this event, Toyota entered a TR model powered by the automaker’s 1.0-litre VVT-i engine, a three-cylinder unit that is known to have high efficiency and is a multiple winner in the International Engine of the Year awards.

It has been equipped with Toyota Optimal Drive technology and when combined with the overall light weight of the new Yaris, it has the level of economy that is often attached to more compact and costlier diesel-powered cars.

The Toyota Prius also won in this marathon with 70mpg in the class for hybrids and electric vehicles. This is despite the fact that only a few miles in the marathon route were spent in urban traffic.

The annual marathon is meant to display how smarter driving techniques could improve fuel economy. James Sutherland and Richard Hill from Peak Performance had driven the Toyota Yaris. Meanwhile, the Prius was driven by Steve Johnson and Steve Heyworth.

It was back in 1999 when Toyota first released the Yaris to the European market. For every generation after that, the company made sure that it was in line with its main principle which was to have a compact exterior but a roomy interior. No wonder the Yaris was later given the nickname of Piccolo Genio or little genius. This nickname was particularly apt for the first two generations of the Yaris. For the third generation model, it continues to have the design DNA observed in the previous generations.

What is different this time is that the exterior displays higher appeal as the design is more elegant, more dynamic, and bolder as well. These qualities mean that it is indeed apt to be called as a European compact car. The front end and its strong treatment mean that this new Yaris is the first model to show the new face of the brand for its next generation models. One of the important style changes in the front are the proportions of the grilles, both the upper portion and the lower one.

This time, the focus is on how to make the lower portion larger. Total length of the new Yaris is 100 mm longer at 3,885 mm though height is lower by 20 mm at 1,510 mm. Width meanwhile is the same at 1,695 mm. In terms of length, vehicles in the B-segment typically average at 4 meters. This means that the new Yaris is clearly the most compact in its segment. Even with this, the turning circle of the new Yaris is at 4.7 meters, the best in its class.

The implication is that this gives the Yaris the agility it needs especially in urban driving. For its wheelbase, length has been extended by as much as 50 mm. By making the overhangs in the front and the rear shorter and ensuring that the wheel arches are more pronounced, it exhibits the agility, dynamism, and stability of the third-generation Yaris.

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