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2005 Toyota Yaris Press Kit



Toyota has launched Yaris, a new small hatchback with advanced packaging efficiency and breakthrough safety features.

Yaris’ exterior was styled at Toyota’s European Design studio, ED2, in Nice, France.

It is the first Toyota vehicle in Australia with the optional availability of a breakthrough driver's knee airbag and the first Toyota small car in Australia to combine front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain shield airbag availability.

Yaris hatch has all-new exterior and interior styling.

A new, highly rigid body design has boosted passive safety and vehicle durability, while providing a stable platform for the new suspension and reducing interior noise levels.

Design optimises pedestrian safety, ease of repair in the event of a low-speed collision and recyclability.

Twelve hatchback models are offered, with the choice of two body styles, two engines, two transmissions and three equipment grade levels.

Eight models share an improved 1.5-litre VVT-i engine, and four models have an improved 1.3-litre VVT-i engine.

Both engines can be matched to a five-speed manual transmission or an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with a gated shift.
All Yaris models have fuel-saving electric power-assisted steering, factory-fitted air conditioning, dual SRS airbags, and ABS anti-skid brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

All models can also offer an optional Enhanced Safety Pack that combines front-seat side airbags, side curtain-shield airbags and driver’s seat knee airbags.

Yaris’ ride and handling, interior comfort and interior appointments have the feel of a larger vehicle.

The all-new interior includes MP3-compatible audio units, digital instruments, rotary-dial heater and air conditioning controls, a versatile 60:40 split and fold-flat rear seat and up to 25 storage locations including a driver’s glove box.

The majority of models have telescopic as well as tilt steering column adjustment and audio controls on the steering wheel.

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Toyota has begun the launch of a new range of light cars purpose-built for current market demand.

The Japanese-built and European-styled Toyota Yaris hatchback will enter the market at a recommended retail price of $14,990*.

It is equipped as standard with a fuel-efficient and ecologically-sound VVT-i (variable valve timing with intelligence) engine, dual front SRS airbags, ABS, front power windows, power mirrors, remote central locking and air conditioning.
Yaris will take over from Toyota Echo, which is already market leader in the small car segment.

Yaris heralds a turnaround in the flow of technology, according to Toyota Australia executive chairman John Conomos.

"In the past, we have made much of the flow-down technology from our luxury brand and our Toyota top-end vehicles," Mr Conomos said.

“Yaris has introduced flow-up technology to the rest of the Toyota range.

“Innovations in Yaris will ultimately find their way into other vehicles in our range.”
Package and feature efficiency creates new standards for Toyota and arguably for the light car segment.

Yaris’s exterior has been styled at Toyota’s ED2 studio at Nice, France, and it is built in two factories, one in France and the other in Japan.

Australian buyers will source the Japanese-built car.

The Toyota Yaris hatchback range is expected to be available to Australian buyers in the first week of November.

The totally restyled Yaris four-door sedan is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2006.

Yaris was designed to be one of the safest light vehicles yet launched, especially for the price.

It can be equipped with an additional five airbags in an option pack called Enhanced Safety Pack, including the first ever driver’s knee airbag fitted to a vehicle outside the luxury segment.

Yaris has made much more use of package efficiency introducing no fewer than 21 and up to 25 storage spaces.

It is available with two engines, both with intelligent variable valve timing (VVT-i) to maximise fuel use and deliver peak power, in either 1.3-litre or 1.5-litre form.

Its completely new chassis incorporates a new safety cell construction.

Unexpected in an affordable light car, Yaris features include telescopic (YRS and YRX grades) and height-adjustable steering, an electric power-assisted steering regime and a gated automatic transmission that reacts intuitively to hill variations to apply power in the most economic manner.

All Yaris grades have anti-skid brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) and dual front SRS airbags.

Design and engineering developments deliver low levels of noise.

Yaris introduces a package of features to reduce damage and potential repair costs.

A new radiator support slide structure protects the radiator from damage in a low-speed frontal collision.

Ergonomics have been further improved.

Audio controls are now on the steering wheel (on YRS and YRX grades) for ease of use and ancillary controls such as power windows and power mirrors are within easy driver reach.

The new air conditioning system is smaller, lighter and reduces load on the car’s engine while still delivering Toyota quality cooling.

The innovative design of the heater control panel’s vertical layout has also led to increased driver and front passenger legroom.

“Yaris creates a new value-for-money proposition in the light car category,” Mr Conomos said.

“In a market that is particularly price-reactive, the sum of Yaris’ parts far exceeds its recommended retail price.”

However, Toyota, fully aware of the price-point sensitivity in the market, has launched a breakthrough purpose-built finance package, which will deliver Yaris to a customer for payments starting from only $62 per week.

“Yaris is breaking new ground in many respects,” Mr Conomos said.

“It’s reasonable to expect that every feature of Yaris, including its financial package concept, will flow up into the Toyota range.”

*Recommended prices exclude dealer delivery costs and statutory charges.

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Demand for light cars has increased by almost 31 per cent in three years, but demand for Yaris’ predecessor has more than doubled.

More than 90,000 light cars are expected to be delivered this year and market leaders Yaris and Echo are expected to comprise almost 21,000 of them.

Three years ago 63,821 light cars were delivered and Echo was third in the market with 8812 sales.

Light and small cars now account for just over half of all conventional passenger motor vehicles sold in Australia.

YTD to September 2005, light cars made up 16.0 per cent of the passenger motor vehicle market and small cars made up 34.5 per cent.

Toyota led both categories.

Corolla holds 22.3 per cent of the small car market ahead of its nearest rival, Holden Astra with 17.4 per cent.

Echo leads the tightly contested light segment with 18.8 per cent share from its nearest rival (Hyundai Getz) on 18.3 per cent.

"Demand for inexpensive, fuel-economic and space-efficient vehicles is likely to increase, especially as petrol prices escalate," Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said.

“Private buyers especially are seeking alternative solutions to conventional family and personal transport needs.”

The light car market substantially serves private buyers.

Seventy-three point two per cent of all light sales are to private buyers, slightly below Toyota’s private fulfilment of 75.1 per cent.

Toyota’s Echo sedan accounts for better than 66.6 per cent of the total light sedan market and Toyota is budgeting for Yaris to increase that share when the sedan version is launched early next year.

Sedans make up around eight per cent of all light car demand while three-door and five-door hatches each comprise around 45 per cent.

Toyota expects Yaris to increase its sales in the hatch markets by around 10 per cent, or approximately 1200 vehicles.

“Ten years ago there were 10 competitors in the light car market and some were little more than lip service entrants,” Mr Buttner said.

“Now there are 22 competitors in the sector and each fights hard for market share.

“Gains are made in small increments and Toyota needs a vehicle of the style and quality of Yaris to retain its market competitiveness.”

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Toyota is predicting major growth for its new Yaris.

Demand is expected to more than double to 798,000 by 2007. Global sales this year will be around 350,000.

They are expected to climb above 500,000 by the end of next year.

Toyota is significantly increasing the market for its new car. Countries taking new Yaris will increase from the current 139 to 156.

Major markets in North and South America will, for the first time, have both the hatch and sedan available. Yaris will also be sold for the first time in Africa, and across many Asian countries.

Toyota Yaris has already become the largest-selling Toyota in Europe. It outsells both Corolla and Avensis.

For the past two years, Europeans have bought more than 200,000 Yaris each year and this year the company is on track to deliver more than 240,000.

European Yaris comes from a purpose-built plant at Valenciennes in Northern France, commissioned only in 2001.

Toyota currently produces 60 per cent of all Yaris in France and the rest in Japan.

Customers in Italy, France and Germany have adopted Yaris beyond expectation.
In Australia, Toyota’s superseded Echo moved to leadership in the light car market in 2003 following price realignment in what Toyota terms a "value-sensitive market".
It has led the highly competitive segment for the past two years and in 2005 remains ahead of its nearest rival despite its runout status.

“Price and value are never more on display than in the light car segment,” Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said.

“Price is hugely important to buyers in the sector, but the superseded Echo has proved that value is the determining factor.

“Our customers can clearly see the value in our well-engineered, Japanese-built light car, and that is why, with keen pricing, we lead the segment.”

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Toyota has introduced the all-new Yaris at an exceptional price, even more so for a well-equipped Japanese-built vehicle.

Yaris will come to market at a recommended retail price of $14,990* for the
VVT-i 1.3-litre, five-speed manual, three-door hatchback, complete with ABS, dual front SRS airbags, front power windows and mirrors, and air conditioning.

The optional Enhanced Safety Pack, comprising of front seat side airbags, full curtain shield airbags and driver’s knee airbag is expected to be much in demand, and is available across all grades for only $750.

The VVT-i 1.3-litre five-door Yaris manual, expected to be the most popular model, carries a recommended retail price of just $16,190*.

The launch recommended retail prices constitute only a marginal increase on the models they replace, yet each vehicle has substantially more specification and buyer appeal.

The three-door YR has a recommended retail price of just $500 more than the model it replaces, and the five-door model is only $200 more.

"The light car market is extremely price-sensitive and we must meet our customers’ expectations," Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said.

“But price alone is not the determinant. People are also seeking real value measured in things like build quality, features, safety and resale value.
“Toyota has built a position of leadership on the basis of those features and it intends to maintain its advantage.”

Mr Buttner said the pricing policy was the result of intense negotiations with Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.

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Consumers will be able to buy Toyota Australia’s Yaris for as little as $62 a week, thanks to a finance package from Toyota Financial Services (TFS).

The finance offer is based on no deposit, an interest rate of 7.79 per cent annually, payable over four years and a final balloon payment of 40 per cent.

Toyota Australia and Toyota Financial Services have cooperated to develop the financial package with the specific intention of making the car accessible within the financial capacity of younger motorists.

"Yaris is a car we believe will have huge appeal to young motorists and they should have the opportunity to enjoy its advanced technology and safety," says TFS managing director Ross Springer.

Repayments of $62 a week will purchase a three-door 1.3-litre YR-grade Yaris with manual transmission.

A five-door 1.3-litre YR can be financed from $66 per week, a five-door 1.5-litre YRS for $74 a week and five-door 1.5-litre YRX for $80 a week.

“We believe retailing the new Yaris on the basis of indicative weekly repayments is as relevant to the majority of consumers as the very attractive recommended retail price,” said Toyota Australia executive director of sales and marketing David Buttner.

“Most consumers first budget how much they can afford to pay for a vehicle each week or month and then draw up a short list to choose from,” said Mr Buttner.

Yaris Clever Finance can be tailored to individual consumer’s needs with the addition of Toyota Extra Care insurances, extended warranty and roadside assistance incorporated in the finance package.

“We know consumers are increasingly time-challenged, so it’s important to offer them the convenience of a one-stop shop,” says TFS Senior Manager, Marketing & Product, Christina Tindall.

“With TFS there is no need for the customer to leave the dealership and search for finance and insurance elsewhere – it can all be done at the dealership.”

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Toyota has made a near global decision to name its light car Yaris.

Until now the car has been sold throughout the world under several different names including Yaris, Echo and Vitz.

But Yaris has emerged as the most universally popular, especially in Europe where the car has been a runaway sales success.

"Owners love their Echoes and they’ll love their Yaris just as much," Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said.

“The European connotation of the name Yaris carries a certain cachet that will increase the car’s chic appeal.

“With such a strong European connection and heritage, it is the logical name to adopt.”

Yaris is to become the name of choice in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

The sedan version to be launched early next year will also become a Yaris.

The current-generation Echo was styled at Toyota’s ED2 studios, formerly located in Brussels.

A young Greek designer, Sotiris Kovos, was assigned the task. He was one of the first European designers to be employed by Toyota.

The current-generation hatchback won the European Car of the Year Award at launch. It was only the second Japanese car to win the title in its 36-year history.

Fifty-five journalists from 20 European countries voted and 19 made the vehicle their first choice.

Kovos, a graduate of the London Royal School of Art, designed the car to appeal on an emotional level.

“We wanted people to either love it or hate it. That’s better than being indifferent,” he said.

The styling allowed for comfortable seating for up to five people, with substantial cabin storage.

It is said the company’s chief engineer demanded seating for occupants 190cm tall after he watched four very large people emerge from a mini-car on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

The Toyota vehicle was an instant success.

Toyota delivered a record 100,000 in Japan and another 95,000 in Europe in the car’s first six months of availability.

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A range of Toyota Genuine Accessories has been developed specifically for the new Yaris.

For the first time, Toyota light car customers will not have to worry about reading street directories whilst driving, thanks to the technological guidance of the Toyota Genuine Satellite Navigation Audio System available on Yaris.

Destinations can be entered via an easy-to-use touch-screen, and Satellite Navigation provides directions with various display configurations such as full screen, split screen and voice options.

A four-in-dash MP3-compatible CD changer and radio is also integrated into the system.

Yaris owners can opt for a Toyota Genuine Audio Upgrade that provides an even more advanced sound system featuring a six-in-dash MP3-compatible CD changer and radio.

ParkAssist’s reverse parking sensor makes easy work of even the tightest parking spots.

Two discreet colour-coded sensors mounted in the rear bumper activate a repeating beep in the cabin, which increases in frequency as Yaris edges closer to objects behind it.

A wide range of Toyota Genuine Sportivo alloy wheels is available to suit Yaris.
The 15-inch, six-spoke Sportivo Talon alloy wheels are available in silver and tungsten colours, while the unique 15-inch Sportivo Incisor alloy wheels feature eight spokes.

The 14-inch Sportivo Entice alloy wheels feature a centre cap that conceals the wheel nuts, making them much easier to clean.

The Sportivo Body Enhancement Kit is specially designed for Yaris.

It includes sporty front, rear and side body enhancements that are moulded and colour-coded for seamless integration with the car’s design.

A Sportivo rear roof spoiler can add the finishing touch.

Front weather shields give Yaris occupants access to fresh air without being exposed to the elements. A lightly tinted and UV-resistant acrylic reduces glare. It is fastened to the car, hence requiring no drilling.

Funky, hard-wearing Yaris-branded carpet floor mats protect the floor’s carpet and will help maintain the car’s resale value.

The floor mats’ clever clip design ensures they do not slide around unsafely in the driver’s footwell.

Two first aid kits designed by St John Ambulance are available for Yaris.

The Personal Motorist First Aid Kit also features the essential First Aid Quick Reference Guide. The Family Motorist First Aid Kit contains family-sized quantities of each item and a more detailed Staying Alive Reference Guide.

The handy Dashlite, which plugs into the cigarette lighter for charging, acts as a bright torch that can be used to cast light under the car’s bonnet or seats and even to the immediate vicinity of the car in a dark environment.

Yaris’ durable and UV-resistant acrylic headlights covers – specifically contoured to complement the car’s striking design – help protect headlights from stone chips and breakages, and are securely fastened yet easy to remove for cleaning.

All Toyota Genuine Accessories purchased and fitted at the time of new vehicle purchase are warranted for three years or 100,000 kilometres, whichever occurs first*.

If sold and fitted after the Toyota new vehicle delivery and during the New Vehicle Warranty period, accessory warranty expires with the New Vehicle Warranty, or 12 months from the date of fitting, whichever occurs last.

*Subject to warranty terms and conditions. All warranties are additional to implied warranties under the Trade Practices Act.

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Toyota’s Yaris hatchback range offers a wide choice of model variants.

There are 12 models, with the choice of two body styles, two engines, two transmissions and three equipment grade levels.

All models have dual SRS airbags as standard equipment and the availability of the Enhanced Safety Pack option.

Enhanced Safety Pack consists of front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain shield airbags and breakthrough driver’s knee airbags.

Yaris has the choice of three-door and five-door bodies, and manual or electronically controlled automatic transmission.

There are three model grades: YR, YRS and YRX in ascending order of equipment levels.

Engine capacity is linked to model grade.

YR has an improved 1.3-litre VVT-i engine, while YRS and YRX have an improved 1.5-litre VVT-i engine.

All models are highly specified, with factory-fitted air conditioning, electronic throttle, electric power-assisted steering, and 14-inch brake package with ABS anti-skid brakes, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

Standard equipment in Yaris YR also includes wireless power door locks, power windows, tilt-adjustable steering column and three-spoke steering wheel, MP3-compatible single-disc CD player, digital instruments and clock, illuminated entry system, driver’s glove box, body-coloured powered exterior mirrors and door handles, 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel caps, integrated rear foglamps, a full-sized spare tyre, and driver’s vanity mirror and cover.

Mid-grade YRS has the additional features over YR of 1.5-litre engine, 15-inch wheels with full wheel caps, telescopic steering column adjustment, leather-bound steering wheel with audio controls, leather-bound shift lever and knob, and front passenger’s vanity mirrors with covers.

High-grade YRX has 15-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment.

Additional features (above YRS grade) include MP3-compatible six-disc in-dash CD changer, driver and front passenger seatback map pockets, front passenger’s seat storage under tray, front foglamps and unique interior trim.

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Toyota’s new Yaris offers more interior space, higher safety levels, improved ride and higher feature levels than the vehicle it supersedes – while remaining a true compact vehicle.

The chief engineer of Yaris hatch, Mr Kosuke Shibahara, established the maximum length for the vehicle at 3750mm.

"Compact vehicles have been growing longer," Mr Shibahara said.

“However, my very strong aim with Yaris hatchback was to keep the vehicle to a compact length of 3750mm and condense all the performance, quality and functions into that package.”

Overall length has increased by 110mm.

Yaris’ wheelbase is 90mm longer than Echo.

However, the turning circle has been reduced from 9.8 to 9.4 metres.

Track has been increased by 40mm (30mm on YRS and YRX grades) front and 50mm (40mm on YRS and YRX grades) rear, for increased stability.

Overall vehicle width has been increased by 35mm and overall height by 20mm, to further increase interior room.

Luggage space has been increased from 205 litres to 272 litres – with the rear seats in their rearmost position.

Maximum luggage space (with the rear seats folded flat) has been increased to 737 litres.

Yaris has the advantages of three model grades versus two in Echo and the availability of up to seven airbags.

Entry-level YR has significant specification advantages over superseded Echo – including dual front SRS airbags, electric power-assisted steering, ABS anti-skid brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), power windows and power mirrors as standard equipment.
It also has larger brakes.

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Toyota Yaris combines optimum interior space with impressive manoeuvrability.
The new vehicle has a couple distance (the distance from front seat hip point to rear seat hip point) of 880mm, 30mm over Echo, and hence impressive rear seat legroom.

Toyota has further optimised rear seat space by designing the body with a flat floor – there is no central tunnel.

The design has maximised the wheelbase and hence the interior length of the vehicle within an overall length of 3750mm – an increase of 110mm over Echo – for ease of parking.

The new design, with its 2460mm wheelbase that is longer by 90mm than that of Echo, also provides a large footprint on the road to maximise stability.
New steering hardware provides a 9.4-metre turning circle.

Yaris has an overall width of 1695mm (35mm more than Echo) and overall height of 1530mm (20mm more than Echo) to optimise interior space.

The driver’s seat hip point is 590mm above the road, for ease of entry and exit.
Yaris’ driving position can be easily tailored to the individual driver. It has 240mm of driver’s and front passenger’s seat slide adjustment and 45mm of driver’s seat height adjustment.

The driver’s seat has a newly developed lift mechanism that raises and lowers the entire seat.

YRS and YRX equipment grades have telescopic (as well as tilt) steering column adjustment.

The 60:40 split-fold rear seats fold flat to maximise luggage capacity and luggage-carrying flexibility.

Yaris has easy-to-use one-touch seat slide and recline levers on the shoulder of the seat back.

The rear seat has three height-adjustable and retractable head restraints. The head restraints retract fully into the seat back when not required, to maximise rear visibility, and retract to allow the rear seat to fold flat.
Interior storage locations include a driver’s seat glove box.

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Yaris’ state-of-the-art body design optimises body rigidity, while meeting strict weight targets and providing high levels of pedestrian safety.

The new three-door and five-door hatchback body designs also offer a flat rear floor for extra space, protection for the radiator in a low-speed front-end collision and ease of repair following low-speed accidents.

Yaris’ highly rigid body has four key benefits: it creates a strong central safety cell; it improves ride, handling and stability by providing a stable platform for the suspension; it reduces noise, vibration and harshness (NVH); and it increases vehicle durability.

Toyota is an acknowledged world leader in body design, based on its massive computer aided design (CAD) capability and knowledge acquired from an extensive crash-testing program.

Yaris’ body makes extensive use of high-strength steel sheet to maximise rigidity.

Components pressed from high-strength steel sheet include the doors, hatchback door, bonnet, front fenders, front side-members and front suspension members, front bumper reinforcement, entire front door surround and majority of rear door surround (on five-door models), engine under cover, rocker panels and rear chassis rails, main floor cross-members and entire centre section of the floor – to the leading edge of the rear seat.

Yaris designers have paid particular attention to creating a rigid structure around the suspension mounting points and the rear door aperture – to optimise handling and stability, and reduce NVH.

Body-reinforcing features include bolting the front suspension members to the front side-members, braces where the rear suspension mounts to the body, a top cover and a lower-side strengthening panel on the rear side-member, joining the rear cross-member and the spare tyre storage area, and creating a series of reinforcing panels and gussets around the rear door aperture and the rear damper upper mounting positions.

In addition, Yaris has a substantial front cross-member to optimise body and front suspension rigidity.

It is part of Toyota’s chassis design philosophy to maximise body and suspension integrity, chassis performance, crashworthiness and NVH control.
The use of a substantial front cross-member also helps concentrate weight low down in the vehicle.

Yaris’ body design includes special features to reduce the chance of injury to pedestrians.

It also has a package of features to reduce damage (and hence potential repair costs) in a frontal accident, and make the vehicle easier to repair in the event of a front or rear-end collision.

In a double first for Toyota, Yaris has a bolt-on structure for the side, upper and lower radiator support, bumper reinforcement and bumper arm.

The radiator support structure features a slide structure designed to protect the radiator from damage in a low-speed frontal collision.

The rear of the vehicle has a reinforced rear side-member, and a bolt-on structure for the high-tensile steel bumper reinforcement and the new bumper arm. A hook-type retainer mounts the rear bumper to the outer side panel.

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Yaris hatchback’s exterior was styled at Toyota’s European Design studio, ED2, in Nice, France.

It has a chic, aerodynamic and integrated exterior.

Yaris’ clean aerodynamics minimise fuel consumption and wind noise.

Yaris’ exterior represents a step forward from the normal design of a compact car, with an energetic and sophisticated design theme.

It has strong styling from front to rear, with integrated bumpers, a flowing shoulder line and a blacked-out B-pillar for a mono-panoramic look.

The front has a V-styling, strong character lines to the A-pillar and a T-form grille and front mask.

The T-form radiator grille design is similar to that of Corolla and Avensis Verso.

Special features include newly designed multi-reflector headlamps with frosted-glass detail area and new resin bumpers.

The resin bumpers save weight, while having a large surface area.

The front windows have a separate fixed pane, to improve vision of the exterior mirrors.

There are five cool new exterior colours: Silver Lining, Tuscan Sunset, Green Aspen, Caribbean Blue and Shadow.

Entry-level Yaris YR has 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel caps.

YRS has 15-inch wheels with full wheel caps and YRX has 15-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.

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Toyota Yaris hatchback’s all-new loop-style interior design combines chic with ergonomic comfort.

The vehicle has a new Dark Grey interior colour treatment – to create a more unified design and more roomy appearance.

Continuity features include a new geometrical texture pattern on the instrument panel, pillar garnish and door armrests.

Yaris’ interior also features an ergonomic instrument layout in new open-design instrument panel, with centrally located digital instruments, including a digital clock.

Air conditioning is factory-fitted as standard equipment.

A new facia provides a more integrated appearance to the dashboard and the heater control panel has a new vertical layout, providing an innovative look while cleverly increasing front occupant legroom.

Added features include a leather-bound steering wheel with audio controls on YRS and YRX models.

Yaris’ seats are all-new and combine the benefits of efficient packaging, optimum safety and maximum comfort.

The front seats are designed for comfort and support, and to limit occupant displacement in a frontal accident, while maximising rear legroom.

The new 60:40 split-fold rear seats offer more flexibility in configuration (including new 60:40 split and slide seat base), greater ease of use and greater cargo storage space – by folding flat.

Interior storage locations include driver’s and front passenger’s retractable cup holders, rear-seat cup holder, driver’s upper glove box, dual front passenger’s glove boxes, and front passenger’s under-seat tray (YRX only).

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Toyota’s new Yaris hatch was designed for maximum interior versatility and convenience.

Versatility and convenience features include a 60:40-split, tilt-and-slide rear seat that can be folded flat when not in use.

Yaris hatch has 272 litres of luggage space (sufficient for a full-size golf bag) when the rear seats are in their rearmost position, 363 litres of luggage space with the rear seats are in their front-most position and 737 litres of luggage space with the rear seats folded flat.

Yaris’ storage areas include:

· front passenger’s dual glove boxes

· driver’s upper glove box with coin holder and card holder

· driver’s dashboard under tray

· retractable driver and front passenger cup holders

· front console storage bins

· front door pockets

· centre console tray

· rear console

· rear cup holder

YRX has the additional storage feature of driver and passenger seat-back map pockets, and front passenger’s underseat tray.

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Toyota’s new Yaris hatch is highly specified, with many features that were once exclusive to medium and large cars.
The vehicle’s interior is all-new, with more comfort, more features and more storage space.

The design philosophy was to maintain ergonomics while creating a sense of space.

Key features include:

· telescopic steering adjustment on YRS and YRX

· multiple storage locations including a driver-side upper glove box, retractable front cup holders, dual front passenger’s glove boxes, and front passenger’s underseat storage tray (YRX only)

· audio controls on the leather-bound steering wheel for YRS and YRX

· digital clock

· new seat design for improved comfort and safety (seats are designed to increase grip and hence prevent spinal injury in a frontal collision)

· one-touch tilt and slide levers for rear seat – the rear seat folds flat, for increased versatility and cargo space

· new facia to provide a more integrated appearance to the dashboard

· and new vertical layout heater control panel for increased front occupant legroom

In addition, Yaris has a full-sized spare wheel.

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Toyota’s new Yaris hatchback has low interior noise levels for increased comfort.

Interior noise levels have been minimised by reducing noise at the source and through a comprehensive package of sound-reduction measures.

Sound-reduction measures at the source include Yaris’ highly rigid body, aluminium cylinder block and fully balanced crankshaft.

Road noise and wind noise have been minimised for increased comfort and to reduce driver fatigue.

The vehicle’s all-new suspension provides optimum isolation for road shock and road noise.

Yaris hatch has a drag coefficient of 0.30.

Wind noise reduction measures include raising the upper surface of the cowl to ensure the wind flows above the (parked) windscreen wipers.

It also includes windscreen glass devoid of moulding and a door glass run on the B-pillar, to ensure minimum level differences with the windows.

Yaris has a highly rigid body and underbody for reduced noise and vibration.

The body design includes reinforcement in the front tunnel section and two bulkheads inside each rocker panel – to minimise noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

The dash panel has a large yet lightweight silencer, consisting of a low-density and high-density layer of sound-absorbing material.

Yaris also has a dash outer silencer.

Toyota has made extensive use of sound absorption and sound insulation material on the vehicle floor, roof, doors and luggage compartment sides.

Sound-dampening material is used in the doors and foamed sound insulation material is used in the frame cross-sections.

The rear floor has an undercoat, to reduce water splash noise.

A foam-type undercoat material is used in the rear wheel housing sections, with the undercoat thickness doubled in the rear half of the wheel housing, to maximise sound insulation.

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Toyota Yaris hatchback has a range of 10 exterior colours, including five new colours.

The new colours are Silver Lining, Tuscan Sunset, Green Aspen, Caribbean Blue and Shadow.

In addition, Yaris hatch is offered in Snow Cap White, Quicksilver, Ink, Cherry and Cascade Blue.

Yaris hatch has one interior colour, Dark Grey, and two seat trim fabrics (YRX has unique trim).

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Toyota’s new Yaris hatchback was designed and built for longevity.

Yaris three-door is built at the Nagakusu plant while the five-door is built at both Nagasuku and Takaoka plants in Japan, and all Yaris models have a comprehensive package of anti-corrosion measures.

Virtually the entire body, except the roof and some internal panels, is pressed from anti-corrosion galvanealed steel sheet.

Anti-corrosion wax is applied to the leading edge of the bonnet, the bottom edge of the hatchback and the bottoms of all the doors to prevent water from accumulating.

Body sealers are used at the hems and panel edges to prevent water penetration.

Anti-chip coating is used on the rocker panels to protect against stone chipping.

Polyvinyl chloride has been applied to the underside of Yaris’ body, inside the wheel housings and other parts susceptible to stone chipping to ensure optimum corrosion resistance in those areas.

Underbody protection measures also include edge seals and foamed acrylic material coating.

Thick foamed acrylic material coating is used in the rear half of the rear wheel housing.

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Yaris is the first Toyota vehicle in Australia with the availability of a revolutionary knee airbag.

It is also the first Toyota small car in Australia to combine SRS side airbags and side curtain shield airbag availability.

It is offered with an Enhanced Safety Pack option of knee, front seat side and full-length curtain-shield airbags.

Enhanced Safety Pack option is available for all hatchback models and gives the optioned vehicle a total of seven SRS airbags.

Knee airbags are only available in Australia at present on Lexus LS430, RX330 and GS models.

Yaris was designed to meet the world’s toughest crash safety standards.
It has omnidirectional crash compatibility to protect occupants in front, rear and side-impact collisions.

Its passive safety package begins with a highly rigid body, reinforced cabin, dual SRS airbags, force-limiting front seatbelt pretensioners and a comprehensive package of head impact protection measures.

The head impact protection package includes energy absorption in the door trims, pillars, roof side-member, roof inner and roof side rails.

Side-impact protection measures include energy-absorbing pads in the front and rear door trim, and a crushable structure in the armrest section of the door trim.

Yaris’ WIL (Whiplash Injury Lessening) front seats were designed with careful positioning of the head restraint in relation to the seat back to lessen possible whiplash injury.

The front seats are also designed to limit occupant displacement in a frontal accident.

Yaris has two International Standards Organisation (ISO-FIX)-compatible child restraint anchorage lower brackets and automatic locking retractor seatbelts on the outboard rear seats.

The front of the vehicle has design features to reduce pedestrian injury.

MICS body:

Yaris hatchback employs Toyota’s latest Minimum Intrusion Cabin System (MICS) body design.

The body has crumple zones front and rear and a high-integrity cabin section.

The crumple zones are designed to progressively absorb impact energy. The cabin is designed to provide survival space for the occupants, including head and foot space.

The Yaris body makes extensive use of high-strength steel sheet.

All the major longitudinal members in the vehicle, as well as the door skins, the entire front door surround and the majority of the rear door surround, are pressed from hot-stamp, high-strength steel or super-high-strength steel sheet.

Passive safety features in Yaris’ body include:

· extensive use of reinforcing panels and gussets throughout the body

· a design strategy to disperse front-impact crash energy through the periphery of the dash panel and into the floor panel

· a reinforced front bumper

· varying metal thickness joining the front side-members, to control deformation of the members during impact

· extensive reinforcements of dash panel, floor tunnel, rear floor, rocker panels, pillars and rear hatchback door aperture

· strengthened cowl side and door belt lines, to disperse impact energy and minimise cabin deformation

· reinforced door inners to dissipate frontal crash energy

· newly introduced lower front members, and addition to reinforcements on the upper and lower sections of the front side-member, creating a structure that transmits and absorbs impact energy through the front side-member

· energy-absorbing tibia pads on the cabin front footwells, to minimise injury to the lower body in the event of a collision, as well as reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

Yaris’ side-impact collision protection measures include a reinforced centre pillar, a roof reinforcement and an newly introduced number two floor cross-member.

High-strength steel is used to optimise the centre pillar outer reinforcement and the two main floor cross-members.

The floor cross-members work in concert with a bulkhead on the outer side of the rocker panel, to absorb side-impact energy and also to reduce NVH.

Yaris’ side-impact strategy also employs optimum placement of side-impact beams and belt-line reinforcements.

It has two anti-intrusion beams in each door.

Finite Element Method analysis and numerous on-vehicle tests were used to achieve maximum side-impact integrity.

GOA Safety Body:

Yaris’ body was developed using Toyota's Global Outstanding Assessment (GOA) process.

In the GOA process, Toyota reviews current and anticipated safety standards and designs the vehicle to exceed those standards. Toyota also has its own strict in-house standards.

Yaris has been tested to new European standards, and Japanese and US requirements, as well as Toyota’s strict in-house goal of having the highest passive safety in the vehicle’s class.

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Yaris hatch has high levels of active safety throughout the range.

All models have four-channel, four-sensor ABS anti-skid brakes as standard equipment.

The ABS package includes Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

Brake assist interprets a quick, hard push on the brake pedal as emergency braking and supplements the braking power applied if the driver has not pushed hard enough on the brake pedal.

Yaris has a 14-inch brake package.

Its brake hardware includes 255mm x 22mm front ventilated discs, 200mm leading and trailing shoe rear drums and a nine-inch vacuum booster.

Yaris also has the active safety features of its wheel-at-each-corner design and its advanced, flat-ride, all-coil suspension, multi-valve linear dampers and ball-jointed front stabiliser bar.

Inside, Yaris has the active safety feature of a centrally mounted instrument cluster, to reduce the time required for refocus between the road and the speedometer.

All Yaris models have a rear washer/wiper and integrated rear foglamps.
High-grade Yaris YRX has front foglamps.

YRX and YRS grades have audio controls on the steering wheel.

In addition, Yaris has a range of features to counter the chance of driver fatigue: air conditioning as standard equipment, low interior noise and vibration levels, and a wide range of driver’s seat and steering column adjustment.

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Toyota’s new Yaris hatchback has the active safety features of Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).

BA is designed to assist the driver in an emergency braking situation – where the driver cannot apply the high pedal force required to obtain the shortest possible braking distance.

BA interprets a quick, hard push of the brake pedal as emergency braking.
It supplements the braking power applied if the driver has not pushed hard enough on the brake pedal.

The Toyota system measures the speed and the force with which the pedal is pushed to determine whether the driver is attempting to brake rapidly.

The system then applies additional hydraulic pressure, to maximise braking performance.

The timing and degree of braking assistance are designed to ensure the driver does not discern anything unusual in the braking operation.

The system reduces the amount of assistance it provides when the driver intentionally eases the pressure on the pedal, allowing the driver to modulate braking forces.

The Toyota system means the driver can tailor the duration and severity of hard braking to avoid a potential accident situation.

Electronic Brakeforce Distribution:

Electronic Brakeforce Distribution is a sophisticated replacement for the conventional load sensing and proportioning by-pass valve.

The system functions electronically rather than mechanically, via an algorithm in the brake system’s electronic control unit.

The EBD system in Yaris can adjust the fore/aft brake balance according to vehicle load and the right/left brake balance if the brakes are applied during cornering.

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Toyota’s Yaris was designed to reduce the chance of accident injury to pedestrians.

The pedestrian safety strategy includes special attention to the front bumper reinforcement, the bonnet, the front fenders and the cowl panel.

Yaris’ front bumper has an impact-protection structure, to lessen the force of any impact on a pedestrian’s body.

Pedestrian head injury countermeasures include an impact-protection structure around the bonnet lock reinforcement, an impact-absorbing bracket between the front fender and the bonnet, designing a new energy-absorbing bonnet hinge bracket, and creating an energy-absorbing structure for the cowl panel.

In addition, Toyota has optimised the space between the top of the engine and the bonnet and set the front suspension strut towers lower, to allow the bonnet to deflect.

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In a double first for Toyota, Yaris has bolt-on structures to minimise repair time for low-speed accident damage.
The body design includes a bolt-on structure for the radiator support side, radiator support upper, and radiator support lower.

The radiator support structure features a slide function designed to protect the radiator from damage in a low-speed frontal collision.

The structure is designed to protect the cooling unit (air conditioning condenser and radiator) in a collision.

It is designed to move backwards to reduce damage.

Yaris’ body was designed to minimise the number of parts susceptible to damage.

The front side-members have a crash box (fastened using bolts) that will be crushed during collisions – to reduce damage to the side-members and hence reduce the scope of repairs.

In addition, Yaris has an open cross-section bumper reinforcement, pressed from high-strength steel.

A tab joint is used to install the front bumper to its retainers, thereby reducing the damage to the front mudguards in low-speed collisions.

A hook-type retainer mounts the rear bumper to the outer side panel.

The rear of the vehicle has a reinforced rear side-member, a bolt-on structure for the bumper reinforcement and the new bumper arm.

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Toyota’s new Yaris has intelligent variable valve timing (VVT-i) for optimum driveability and fuel efficiency.

VVT-i gives Yaris’ 1.3-litre 2NZ-FE and 1.5-litre 1NZ-FE engines a combination of driveability, fuel efficiency, low emissions and strong performance.

VVT-i is standard on the petrol engines of all Toyota imported passenger vehicles, as well as 2.4-litre Camry, LandCruiser Prado, HiLux and RAV4.

It provides continual variations of the intake valve timing, to provide ideal valve timing (and hence ideal engine characteristics) for the full range of driving conditions.

Inlet camshaft timing is varied according to engine revolutions, throttle position, inlet camshaft angle, engine coolant temperature and intake air volume.

Yaris’ VVT-i system can vary inlet camshaft timing (and hence valve overlap) over a range of 40 degrees, relative to crankshaft angle.

Maximum valve overlap for the Yaris engines is 35 degrees and minimum overlap is minus five degrees.

Variable Timing Activation:

Toyota Yaris’ VVT-i is a computer-controlled and oil-pressure-activated push-push type system, using the engine oil.

The engine ECU can command the system to advance or retard the inlet camshaft timing, thereby providing for faster response.

The hardware is a camshaft timing oil control valve (mounted adjacent to the inlet camshaft gear wheel) and a VVT-i controller mechanism built onto the inlet camshaft timing gear.

The camshaft timing oil control valve is a spool valve, controlled via a coil and plunger by the engine ECU.

It can signal ‘advance’, ‘hold’ or ‘retard’.

The VVT-i controller consists of a housing on the front of the timing wheel, driven from the timing chain, and a four-bladed vane coupled with the intake camshaft.

When the engine ECU requires a change in inlet timing, it signals the oil control valve to provide oil pressure to either the advance or retard side of the four vane chambers.

Inlet cam timing is set to the maximum retard position for engine start-up, operation at low engine temperature, idle and engine shutdown.

A locking pin in the controller locks the camshaft timing in the maximum retard position for engine start-up and immediately after start-up (until oil pressure is established) to prevent any knocking noise.

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Toyota has tuned the two Yaris engines for maximum driveability and fuel economy.

Yaris’ 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre engines have variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) for an optimum balance of performance, driveability, fuel efficiency and low emissions.

Yaris YR has the 1.3-litre Toyota 2NZ-FE engine, while YRS and YRX have the 1.5-litre 1NZ-FE.

The 1.3-litre 2NZ-FE engine delivers 63kW of power at 6000rpm and 121Nm of torque at 4400rpm.

Yaris YRS and YRX’s 1.5-litre 1NZ-FE engine delivers 80kW of power at 6000rpm and 141Nm of torque at 4200rpm.

Both engines can be matched to the choice of five-speed overdrive manual or the optional electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmissions.

The 2NZ-FE and 1NZ-FE engines share many design and fuel-saving features with the Atkinson-cycle 1NZ-FXE engine in the petrol-electric Prius hybrid vehicle.

These shared fuel-saving features include an offset crankshaft, VVT-i technology and the squish-type combustion chamber design.

Yaris’ refined engines adopt electronic throttle technology for smoother throttle response, higher performance and reliability, cleaner emission and fuel economy.

New fuel injectors with 12 ultra-fine holes improve fuel atomisation, thereby increasing combustion efficiency and reducing emissions.

Toyota has redesigned the induction systems of the 2NZ-FE and 1NZ-FE engines to boost low-to-mid-range torque, and hence improve driveability.

It has optimised the volumes of the intake surge tank and resonator, and the intake manifold port diameter, to improve engine breathing at low-to-medium engine revolutions.

Yaris’ exhaust systems have been designed to minimise interior noise while maximising packaging efficiency and hence rear-seat space.

Yaris’ manual transmission has double-cone synchromesh on second gear for improved shifting and durability.

A new shift mechanism and shift gate improve shift feel and reduce shift effort.
There are two electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmissions, to suit the 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre engines.

Both have an easy-to-use, prestige-look gate shift and semi-adaptive shift control software – the uphill/downhill shift control can read hills.

The transmission automatically holds a lower gear for improved uphill acceleration and less downhill braking.

Yaris’ auto transmissions can use driver input and adapt their change regime to better suit the driver’s driving style.

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Toyota’s new Yaris has official ADR 81/01 fuel economy of 6.0 litres/100km or 47.1mpg.

The 1.3-litre VVT-i Yaris YR manual (three-door and five-door) has an official carbon dioxide emission figure of 141 grams per kilometre travelled.

The 1.5-litre VVT-i Yaris YRS and YRX manual models have fuel economy of 6.1L/100km.

The entry-level 1.3-litre YR automatic model has official fuel economy of 6.5L/100km.

YRS and YRX automatic models have official fuel economy of 6.7L/100km.

The new Yaris offers this impressive economy while providing higher levels of safety, comfort and feature levels, as well as lower noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) over the vehicle it supersedes.

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Yaris hatchback is offered with the choice of five-speed manual or electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission.

The manual transmission has double-cone synchromesh on second gear for improved shifting and durability.

A new shift mechanism improves shift feel and reduces shift effort.

Yaris’ Toyota C54 manual transmission has ratios of: first, 3.545; second, 1.904; third, 1.310; fourth, 1.031; fifth, 0.864 and reverse, 3.250.

It is matched to a 3.941:1 final drive in Yaris YR and a 3.722:1 final drive in YRS and YRX.

Yaris has automatic transmissions to suit the 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre engines.

Both have an easy-to-use, prestige-look gate shift and semi-adaptive shift control software – the uphill/downhill shift control can read hills.

The transmission automatically holds a lower gear for improved acceleration up hills and less braking down hills.

Yaris’ auto transmissions can use driver input and adapt their change regime to better suit the driver’s driving style.

Yaris YR automatic’s U441E transmission has ratios of: first, 2.875; second, 1.568; third, 1.000; fourth, 0.696 and reverse, 2.300.

It is matched to a 4.375:1 final drive ratio.

The U340E transmission in YRS and YRX automatic models has ratios of: first, 2.847; second, 1.552; third, 1.000; fourth, 0.700 and reverse, 2.343, and a final drive ratio of 4.237:1.

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Yaris hatchback has a new chassis package, compared to superseded Echo, and it offers the chassis dynamics of a larger-class vehicle.

The new hatchback was designed for high levels of safety, ride, handling, stability and low noise.

Its chassis package includes electric power-assisted steering and ABS anti-skid brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) on all models.

Adopting electric-power steering across the range has allowed chassis engineers to optimise Yaris’ steering geometry – for a balance of steering feel, steering effort, crisp turn-in and stability.

Yaris’ chassis dynamics are based on the vehicle’s highly rigid body and large footprint on the road for its overall dimensions.

Yaris has a substantial front cross-member to maximise front suspension rigidity and a series of body braces and reinforcing panels to ensure rear suspension rigidity.

The vehicle has a wheelbase of 2460mm, a front track of 1480mm (1470mm for YRS and YRX) and a rear track of 1470mm (1460mm for YRS and YRX).

Yaris has a long-travel, all-coil suspension package with MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam with toe-correcting bushes at the rear.

The torsion beam is pressed from a steel tube into a V profile, to provide additional rigidity.

Front suspension:
Yaris’ front suspension features a range of new features, including multi-leaf linear control valve dampers first developed for Toyota’s sports car program.

These damper units provide linear (more consistent) damping force characteristics across the full range of piston velocities.

Linear low-speed damping characteristics improve body control and hence ride comfort, while providing a flat ride posture.

It also improves response to driving manoeuvres by smoothing the vehicle’s response to steering input.

Increased medium-to-high-speed damping force has improved the ability of the suspension to absorb road shock.

Yaris’ front dampers are low-pressure gas-filled (nitrogen) to reduce the chance of fluid cavitation and hence provide more consistent damper performance.

The front suspension consists of MacPherson struts, with wide-based L-shaped lower arms to maximise suspension rigidity and provide crisp steering response.

Ball joints attach the stabiliser bar directly to the strut body, to reduce uncontrolled body roll.

Newly adopted pigtail-type coil springs are used to improve ride comfort.

The pigtail springs vary in diameter from top to bottom, to reduce lateral force on the damper unit and hence reduce stiction (sticking friction).

In addition, the front suspension units have a bound stopper, to improve ride comfort.

The upper suspension support includes a ball bearing.

The suspension upper support mounts to the body with a single large-diameter bolt, to save space and weight.

Rear suspension:

Yaris’ rear suspension provides crisp turn-in and impressive straight-line stability, while also delivering package efficiency and minimising vehicle weight.

Crisp turn-in and straight-line stability are often mutually exclusive, or require a complex and less space-efficient multi-link system.

Yaris has torsion-beam rear suspension with toe-correcting bushes.

This semi-independent rear suspension is a compact system that saves on weight and intrusion into the passenger and luggage compartments.

It has the advantage of minimal camber change during cornering, for optimum stability, controllability and ride comfort.

It has anti-lift geometry.

The system consists of a V-shaped cross-section axle beam and two long trailing arms – controlled by two coil springs and low-pressure gas-filled dampers.

The rigidity of the new V-shaped cross-section beam system means Yaris does not require a separate stabiliser bar.

Yaris YR has 14-inchx5J steel wheels with 175/65R14 tyres.

The YRS model has 15-inchx5.5J steel wheels with 185/60R15 tyres and YRX has 15-inchx5.5J alloy wheels with 185/60R15 tyres.

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Toyota’s new Yaris hatchback has vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering as standard equipment.

Electric power steering has been proven on Prius and Lexus GS Line.

The system – powered by an efficient direct-current electric motor – reduces engine load and hence fuel consumption, compared to hydraulic power assistance.

The electric motor only consumes energy when power assistance is required.
Electric power steering also reduces service costs and improves reliability and environmental friendliness by eliminating the need for a hydraulic pump, hydraulic pipes, vane pump, pulleys and belt, and power-steering fluid.

Electronic control of the power-assisted steering allows the chassis engineers to tune the steering feel to individual market tastes.

Yaris has three turns lock-to-lock and a steering-gear ratio of 14.2:1 for a combination of crisp response and excellent steering feel.

The steering rack is mounted forward of the axle line to maximise wheel articulation.

A large wheel articulation angle optimises turning radius for its 2460mm wheelbase.

Yaris hatch has a turning circle of 9.4 metres.

Yaris’ steering column has tilt adjustment over a 30mm range on all models.

It has telescopic adjustment over a 40mm range on YRS and YRX models.

The steering column can absorb impact from collisions.

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Toyota’s new Yaris hatch has a state-of-the-art air conditioning system as standard equipment and rotary-dial controls for the ventilation system.

The new-generation air conditioning system optimises performance and interior comfort levels, while creating high levels of package and thermal efficiency.

The vertical layout of the control maximises interior space by offering more legroom, reduces vehicle weight, and reduces load on the engine compared to a conventional system.

The decreased fuel use has a direct environmental benefit in reducing CO2 emissions.

Special features of the new Yaris heater and air conditioner system include a super-slim-type evaporator, straight-flow aluminium heater core, multi-flow condenser, and plastic damper limiter compressor pulley (alleviating the need for a magnetic clutch).

The variable-capacity rotary-valve refrigerant pump provides increased cooling performance when driving at low speeds.

The compressor’s capacity varies according to the cooling load, thereby minimising engine load and hence fuel use.

The air conditioner is matched to a system of five cool-air ventilation outlet modes, to ensure optimum airflow and direction throughout the vehicle.

Yaris has five outlet models on the control panel, for finer control of cabin ventilation.

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Yaris is one of the first vehicles to benefit from a new Toyota "whole of life" environmental assessment program.

The Eco-Vehicle Assessment System (EcoVAS) is a comprehensive system that measures a vehicle’s life-cycle development process, including the environmental impact a vehicle will have as a result of its production, use, and disposal.

EcoVAS establishes life-cycle environmental impact reduction targets for each vehicle.

Toyota began implementing life-cycle assessment for major vehicle series with the Estima (Tarago) Hybrid launched in June 2001 and has this year begun full EcoVAS implementation.

The life-cycle assessment covers a wide range of items, including fuel efficiency, emissions and noise during vehicle use. It also covers the disposal recovery rate and the reduction of pollutants throughout the life-cycle of the vehicle.

A computer network allows other project leaders to check if targets are being achieved, to confirm results and to obtain feedback during the development process.

Any necessary measures to reduce the environmental impact of the vehicle can be devised in the early stages of development.

This ensures targets are achieved and helps raise the vehicle’s overall environmental performance.

Toyota’s in-house research and development facilities acquired ISO14001 certification in 1998 – allowing the company to accurately monitor its progress toward achieving environmental impact reduction targets.

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2005 Toyota Yaris YRX.
2005 Toyota Yaris YRX (foreground), YRS (middle) and YR (background).
Toyota has launched a new marketing campaign designed to attract Chinese-speaking buyers to its best-selling Yaris hatch. Pictured: 2005 Toyota Yaris YRS.
2005 Toyota Yaris YRS.
2005 Toyota Yaris YRX.
2005 Toyota Yaris YRX interior.