Sunday June 19th, 2011 13:45 New Yaris unveiled by Toyota

Toyota have released the first details of the latest incarnation of its widely successful Yaris model. Described by Toyota as “compact outside, spacious inside,” the third generation Yaris is expected to be launched in the UK some time this summer. Construction of the Yaris, just as was the case with the previous model, will take place at Toyota’s factory in Valenciennes, France. It has been designed with engineered there to deliver the highest possible build quality.

Buyers of the Yaris will be able to choose from three different engines. Two of these are petrol – a 1.0-litre and a 1.33-litre engine – while the third option is a 1.4-litre D-4D diesel engine. However, Toyota will make the Yaris one of the first small cars to adopt battery technology when a petrol-electric hybrid model joins the Yaris range in 2012.

Toyota are confident that the hybrid version of the Yaris will be able to deliver “truly remarkable” economy and CO2 emissions.

One of the new features that marks the Yaris apart from the previous model is the introduction of Toyota’s “Touch and Go” media system. This system, first debuted on the Verso-S, combines a 6.1-inch touch screen, along with Bluetooth connectivity. A sat-nav system is also optional. Toyota anticipates that 95% of Yaris models will feature the 6.1-inch touch screen.

The President and CEO of Toyota Europe, Didier Leroy, has high hopes for the new Yaris: “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.”

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