Toyota releases third-generation Yaris in Europe

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The third generation of the popular Toyota Yaris subcompact car debuted recently in Europe and it is expected that the new Yaris will make its way to North America as a 2012 model. With a design philosophy of "compact outside, spacious inside," the new Yaris benefits from improved exterior styling, a more substantial looking interior and also new improvements to the powertrain.

The exterior styling of the new Yaris is more sculpted than the current car and is reminiscent of the more recent additions to Toyota's vehicle lineup like the Venza, or recently redesigned Corolla. Toyota says the new shape of the Yaris is good for a drag coefficient of just 0.285. By comparison, a Lexus LFA supercar has a drag coefficient of 0.31. So, in theory, if the little Yaris had the same tires and mechanical bits as the LFA, it's increased aerodynamics would give it a faster top speed! In any case, the low drag coefficient of the new Yaris should contribute to good fuel efficiency and stability at high cruising speeds.

The interior of the new car features more comfortable seats, more legroom, front-door glass that reduces ultraviolet light by 99-percent and also Toyota Touch & Go. That last feature includes a 6.1-inch touch screen display for multimedia connectivity.

In Europe, three different engines will be available including a 1.0-litre gasoline unit, a 1.33-litre gasoline unit and a 1.4-litre diesel option as well. There's no word yet as to what type of engine will power North America's version of the Yaris.

Safety equipment includes Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Whiplash-injury Lessening (WIL) headrests.

"New Yaris represents Toyota's strongest offer yet in the important supermini segment," said President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe Didier Leroy. "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."

There's no word yet on exactly when the third-generation Toyota Yaris will arrive in North America.
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Topics: Hatchback, Toyota, 2012, Yaris, $10,000 - $19,999, New Vehicle Preview News, Subcompact,

Organizations: Toyota

Geographic location: Europe

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