New Yaris puts a smile on the face of Toy­ota

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

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.

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