New Yaris puts a smile on the face of Toyota
HELLO, smiley face. This is the third generation of Toyota’s popular Yaris, the deftly packaged superhatch which dates from 1999.
It currently sells from £10,730 for the three-door and £11,230 as a five-door.
There had once been hopes to build it in Britain, at Toyota’s factory near Derby, but the factory in Valenciennes, northern France, has been building it for Western Europe since 2001, helping drop unemployment below the national average.
The new Yaris has one-litre or 1.33-litre petrol motors and a 1.4 diesel, all with low emissions.
It brings to the segment the touch-screen Touch and Go multimedia system introduced this year on the Toyota Verso S.
Features include Google connection, where to buy the cheapest fuel, weather forecasts or parking availability, plus navigation, traffic conditions and so on.
It can plan the fastest or the most economical routes, and warn of speed cameras.
The system, with a 6.1-inchwide screen, will be standard fit on the majority of Versos bought, says Didier Leroy, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe.
“New Yaris represents Toyota’s strongest offer yet in the important supermini segment.
“With its new levels of ingenuity, efficiency and quality, we are confident it can build upon Yaris’s previous success and help Toyota rejuvenate its presence in Europe and move towards one million annual sales in the region in the medium term.”
Sales begin this summer.
ALL SMILES: The latest Toyota Yaris.