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2006 Yaris Sedan Press Kit



Toyota has launched Yaris sedan, a four-door small car with advanced packaging efficiency and high levels of active and passive safety.

It is Toyota’s first small sedan in Australia to combine front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain shield airbag availability as part of an optional Enhanced Safety Pack.

Yaris sedan has all-new exterior and interior styling and high levels of standard equipment.

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.

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

Yaris sedan has an improved 1.5-litre VVT-i engine that can be matched to a five-speed manual transmission or an electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with a gated shift.

It is highly specified, with standard equipment that includes factory-fitted air conditioning, electronic throttle, dual SRS airbags, fuel-saving Electric Power-assisted Steering (EPS), a 14-inch brake package that includes ABS anti-skid brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), 15-inch wheels and a full-sized spare wheel.

Yaris sedan’s Enhanced Safety Pack consists of front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain shield airbags.

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

It has 905mm of couple distance (the distance from the front seat to the rear seat hip point) and an impressive 475 litres of boot capacity.

Its all-new interior includes wireless power door locks, power windows, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering column and three-spoke steering wheel, MP3-compatible single-disc CD player and four-speaker audio unit, analogue instruments with LCD display, digital clock, rotary-dial heater and air conditioning controls, illuminated entry system, body-coloured powered exterior mirrors and door handles, a versatile 60:40 split-fold rear seat with retractable head restraints, three rear-seat lap-sash seatbelts, driver’s and passenger’s vanity mirror with cover, and numerous storage locations.


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Toyota now offers Australia’s most comprehensive and best specified Light Car range.

The full Yaris range has 14 model variants: 12 hatchback and two sedan models.

The range is made up of three-door and five-door hatchback models and four-door sedan, all with the choice of manual or electronically controlled automatic transmission.

Two VVT-i engines are offered.

Yaris has new styling inside and out, and high levels of packaging efficiency, cabin versatility and safety.

It was designed to meet tough crash-test safety standards.

It has the added design features of a pedestrian-safety design package and engineering that assists reparability in the event of a low-speed front or rear-end collision.

Leading-edge package efficiency has maximised interior space within Yaris’ compact exterior dimensions.

Both the hatch and sedan models have a turning circle of less than 10 metres.


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Toyota’s Yaris YRS sedan integrates logically into the Yaris range priced between the YRS three- and five-door hatch models.

Yaris YRS sedan comes to market at a recommended retail price of $17,690*.

Automatic transmission is an additional $1500 at $19,190*, consistent with Yaris hatch pricing differences.

Yaris sedan is priced $300 below the equivalent five-door hatch version in both manual and automatic transmissions.

Significantly it is more than $2160 beneath the entry-level Corolla sedan.

"The price position is sensational," Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said.

“In the Corolla range the recommended retail prices of the three most popular grades of five-door hatch and sedan are identical.

“We believe Yaris sedan to be outstanding value-for-money sedan in the light car segment.

“It is a strong sign of how importantly Toyota regards the growth potential in the light sedan market.”

The Yaris range now starts at $14,990* for the 1.3-litre VVT-i three-door manual hatch and extends to the 1.5-litre YRX auto at $22,090*.

Yaris sedan, like the hatch variants, offers a $750 Enhanced Safety Pack with a range of supplementary airbags.

“The light car market is extremely price-sensitive,” Mr Buttner said.

“It’s fair to say the value-for-money story is one of the most advantageous in the network and it is an important cornerstone of our number one position in this country.”


*Recommended retail prices exclude dealer delivery, government and statutory charges and optional extras.


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Toyota’s Yaris sedan will bridge the gap between light and small cars as the two segments merge into an automotive super-market.

Last year the combination of light and small car sales in Australia exceeded 300,000 for the first time.

Total light and small car sales of 306,055 were almost exactly double those of the traditional large car market (153,244).

The new Yaris, which is larger and more stylish than its Echo replacement, will offer Toyota quality to many people in the small car segment market.

The small car market is dominated by Toyota’s Corolla, which last year achieved a record 46,415 deliveries for 21.6 per cent of the segment.

The positioning of the Yaris sedan as a high-quality lower-cost alternative provides Toyota with blanket coverage of the combined segment.

"Toyota has always sought to offer its customers choice both by size and price and the relative positions of Yaris and Corolla achieve just that position," Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said.

“The linear progression of Yaris to Corolla and onto Camry, and the similar situation in the SUV market with RAV4 leading to Kluger and Prado provides logical overlap without disadvantaging any model.

“In effect Toyota has a model to suit all its customers – and it surrounds its opposition in a classic pincer movement.”

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ VFACTS analysis now classifies light cars as being either under or over $25,000 with all but six falling beneath that level.

But 15 of the 21 VFACTS small car competitors also have vehicles in the under-$25,000 price range.

“The line, when classified only by price, becomes very blurred,” Mr Buttner said.

“Affordability and value for money measured by features and benefits are the more likely buying criteria.”

Toyota now has 35 vehicles in the light/small super-market: 14 Yaris variants and 21 Corollas.

Yaris is available as a three-door hatch and a five-door hatch – both in three grades – and now as a sedan.

Corolla is available as a five-door hatch, a four-door wagon and as a four-door sedan in up to five grades.

“Toyota’s hybrid-engined Prius also falls within the broad category, so Toyota offers in excess of 37 model variants,” Mr Buttner said.


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Increased demand for light sedans is likely to take the total 2006 light car market beyond 100,000 for the first time, according to Toyota Australia’s executive director, sales and marketing, David Buttner.

Sales of light cars in the first month of 2006 exceeded 9000 – 35 per cent up on January the previous year, according to industry statistician VFACTS.

Based on VFACTS figures, light car demand in 2005 was an all-time record 90,731 and Toyota’s Echo and new Yaris led the segment with 18,832 deliveries for 20.8 per cent of the highly competitive segment.

Sixteen brands and 23 different models participated in the light car segment last year.

Four-door sedans made up 8.6 per cent of total light demand.

Some 7788 sedans were delivered from four manufacturers. Most manufacturers concentrate on hatch variants alone and do not have sedans.

Toyota Echo dominated the light sedan market with 4867 deliveries for 62.5 per cent of the segment.

The launch of the new Yaris sedan is expected to increase overall demand in the light car segment.

In 2005 Toyota Echo sedan comprised 32 per cent of all Echo sales.

"In the record January we were without our new Yaris sedan, and only a few Echo sedans were left to fulfil customers’ needs," Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said.

“Yet Toyota still achieved a January record of 1997 light car sales.

“With the inclusion of Yaris sedan into the model mix, the outlook for Yaris in 2006 is very strong.”

Light cars are playing an increasingly important role in meeting changing customer demand.

Last year’s record made up 14.9 per cent of the passenger market.

Toyota Echo has led the light car segment for the past three years and its four-door version has dominated the sedan section with an increasingly growing proportion of approximately half of all sales (48.6 per cent in 2003, 52.8 per cent in 2004 and 62.5 per cent in 2005).

“Echo sedan has been an important contributor to fleet and government needs,” Mr Buttner said.

“Its combination of space, safety and strong resale has built it a well-deserved reputation for corporate and government activity.

“The style and specification of Yaris will build on those strengths and will open new areas of demand amongst private and quasi-private customers, the user-choosers.”


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More than 500 Toyota Yaris owners have already specified the Enhanced Safety Pack option launched with the hatch model just three months ago.

Three times as many customers have ordered the optional Enhanced Safety Pack on Yaris than they did on the superseded Toyota Echo.

"Take-up is running at better than 10 per cent across the range, and up to 23 per cent on certain grades," Toyota Australia executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said.

“It is a very promising start.

“Customers are definitely recognising the benefit of installing the safety option in what is already a very sound car.”

Toyota expects a high take-up rate for the Enhanced Safety Pack on Yaris sedan in response to the vehicle’s appeal to business and fleet customers.

“Occupational health and safety considerations are of increasing importance in the business markets and the Enhanced Safety Pack provides an excellent solution,” Mr Buttner said.

The Enhanced Safety Pack gives the Yaris hatch a total of seven airbags, and the sedan a total of six.

Yaris sedan and hatch are the first Toyota small cars to combine SRS side airbags and side curtain shield airbags.

The hatch also has a revolutionary knee airbag.

Toyota had delivered more than 5400 Yaris hatch models by the end of the third full month of sale.

The Yaris YR three-door hatch has been the top-selling model, marginally ahead of the YR five-door and the YRS five-door.

YRX buyers recorded the greatest take-up of the Enhanced Safety Pack.

“While the majority of demand across the board has been from private customers, there has been an increased interest from businesses, indicating a strong movement to light vehicles amongst user-choosers,” Mr Buttner said.

“The launch of Yaris sedan has the potential to swing the pendulum even more towards business users – and that would be quite unusual in the light car market.”


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The new Yaris sedan can be personalised to owners’ tastes with Toyota Genuine Accessories.

The attractive new sedan can be fitted with a choice of three optional Sportivo 15-inch wheel designs – the eight-spoke incisor wheel is available in silver, while the six-spoke Talon design is available in either silver or tungsten colours.

As with Yaris hatchback, Toyota light car customers, for the first time, will be able to opt for the Toyota Genuine Satellite Navigation Audio System.

This system sees destinations entered via a touch-screen, and 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 integrated into this system.

Alternatively, there is an additional Toyota Genuine Audio Upgrade available that provides a sound system featuring a six-in-dash MP3-compatible CD changer and radio.

Toyota Genuine’s user-friendly ParkAssist Reverse Parking Sensor system is also available on Yaris sedan.

ParkAssist Reverse Parking Sensors are discreet and colour-coded, and are mounted in the rear bumper. They activate a repeating beep in the cabin, which increases in frequency as the vehicle edges closer to objects behind it.

Yaris sedan also features funky-design and hard-wearing Yaris-branded Carpet Floor Mats to help protect the floor’s carpet and that may help maintain the car’s resale value. The mats feature a clever clip design to ensure that they do not slide around unsafely in the driver’s footwell.

The durable and UV-resistant acrylic Headlamp Covers – specifically contoured to complement the car’s striking design – help protect Yaris sedan’s headlamps from stone chips and breakages and are easy to remove for cleaning.

Front Weathershields give Yaris sedan occupants access to fresh air without being exposed to the elements. The shields feature a lightly tinted and UV-resistant acrylic to reduce glare and help deflect wind and rain. They are mechanically fastened, yet require no drilling.

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

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.

All Toyota Genuine Accessories purchased and fitted at the time of new vehicle purchase are warranted for three years or 100,000 kilometres from the time of new vehicle purchase, 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 new Yaris sedan offers optimum interior space, higher safety levels, improved ride, improved fuel economy, more advanced electronics and higher feature levels than the vehicle it supersedes.

Overall length has increased by 120mm.

Yaris sedan’s wheelbase is 180mm longer than Echo.

However, Echo sedan’s turning circle of 9.8 metres has been maintained.

Track has been increased by 30mm front and 40mm rear, for increased stability.

Overall vehicle width has been increased by 30mm, to further increase interior room.

Boot capacity has been increased from 464 to 475 litres.

Yaris sedan has significant specification advantages over Echo sedan.

The new vehicle has a couple distance (the distance from front seat hip point to rear seat hip point) of 905mm, which has increased over Echo, and hence impressive rear seat legroom.

Yaris’ driving position can be easily tailored to the individual driver.

Yaris sedan 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 lift mechanism that raises and lowers the entire seat.
Yaris sedan has telescopic as well as tilt steering column adjustment.

The rear seat has a 60:40 split-fold, a centre armrest with cup holder and three height-adjustable 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 down.

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 4300mm – an increase of 120mm over Echo – for ease of parking.

The new design – with its 2550mm wheelbase that is longer by 180mm than that of Echo – also provides a large footprint on the road to maximise stability.

New steering hardware maintains the 9.8-metre turning circle of Echo.

Yaris sedan has an overall width of 1690mm (30mm more than Echo) to maximise interior width and overall height of 1460mm (50mm less than Echo) emphasising a sleek refined appearance.


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Toyota’s new Yaris sedan has low interior noise levels for increased comfort and the feeling of riding in a large car.

Toyota has minimised its interior noise levels 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, fully balanced crankshaft and aerodynamic design.

Toyota has also minimised road and wind noise for increased comfort and to reduce driver fatigue.

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

Yaris sedan has a drag coefficient of 0.29.

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 sedan 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.

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 designed the new Yaris sedan for maximum interior versatility and convenience.

Versatility and convenience features include a 60:40-split-fold rear seat with retractable head restraints, a 475-litre boot and a host of interior storage locations.

A flat rear floor adds to rear-seat foot space.

Yaris sedan’s multiple storage areas include:
• front passenger glove box
• driver’s dashboard under tray
• retractable driver and front passenger cup holders
• front console storage bins
• front door pockets
• centre console tray
• rear console with lid and retractable cup holder for the rear seat passengers
• cup holder in rear centre armrest.


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Toyota’s new Yaris sedan 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 cooling efficiency.

Special features of the Yaris sedan heater and air conditioner system include a super-slim-type evaporator, straight-flow aluminium heater core, multi-flow condenser, and plastic compressor pulley with damper and limiter mechanism (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 and for finer control of cabin ventilation.


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Yaris sedan’s chic, aerodynamic exterior and interior were styled at Toyota Design in Japan.

Toyota Yaris sedan has all-new styling.

It complements Yaris hatchback and represents a complete departure from the tall form of Toyota’s previous light sedan.

Yaris’ clean aerodynamics, with a coefficient of drag of 0.29, minimises fuel consumption and wind noise.

Yaris sedan chief engineer Mr Junichi Furuyama said the vehicle’s exterior represents a step forward from the normal design of a compact sedan, with an energetic and sophisticated design theme.

Mr Furuyama set his design team (half of whom were under 30 years-old) the goal of taking design to a higher level, in line with Toyota’s design criteria of quality.

His target was the highest-quality vehicle in class – both inside and out – with a balance of length and height in the exterior styling.

Yaris sedan 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.

Detail touches in the exterior design include prestige grip-type door handles and frosted glass-like treatment in inner lens of headlamps and tail lamps.

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.

There are six new exterior colours.

Yaris sedan has 15-inch steel wheels with full wheel caps.


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Toyota Yaris sedan has a range of nine exterior colours, including six new colours.

Three colours are shared with Yaris hatchback.

One of the new exterior colours, Wildfire, is also newly available on Prius and new RAV4.

The new sedan colours are Storm Grey, Wildfire, Oyster, Aqua Marine, Dynamic Blue and Storm Blue.

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

Yaris sedan has two interior colours, depending on exterior colour choice. The interior colours are Dark Grey and Grege, a combination of Grey and Beige.


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

The new four-door sedan body also offers a flat rear floor for extra space, protection for the radiator in a low-speed front-end collision and bolt-on structures for ease of repair following low-speed accidents.

Toyota introduced the bolt-on structure strategy in last quarter 2005 in Yaris hatchback.

Yaris sedan’s 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 vehicle crash-testing program.

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

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

The anti-intrusion beams in the doors are also manufactured from high-strength steel sheet.

Designers of Yaris sedan have paid particular attention to creating a rigid structure around the suspension mounting points and the rear cabin area – 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 sedan 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 sedan’s 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 structure 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.

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.

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 sedan has an open cross-section bumper reinforcement, pressed from high-strength steel.

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

The rear of the vehicle has a high-tensile steel bumper reinforcement, attached by a bolt-on structure.

It also has a reinforced rear side-member and a new rear bumper arm.


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

It is built at Toyota’s Iwate Plant in Japan and has 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 boot 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.

A foam-type undercoat 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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Toyota’s new Yaris sedan has high levels of passive safety, including the availability of six SRS airbags.

It has dual front SRS airbags as standard equipment and an Enhanced Safety Pack option of front-seat side and full-length side curtain-shield airbags.

The new Yaris sedan has been subjected to an exhaustive series of crash tests. Toyota has an extensive crash test program, averaging more than one test per working day in Japan.

Yaris sedan has omni-directional 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 with pre-tensioners 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.

Toyota designed Yaris’ WIL (Whiplash Injury Lessening) front seats 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.

The rear seat has three adjustable head restraints and three lap-sash seatbelts.

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

MICS body:

Yaris sedan 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.

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 and pillars;
• 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 pads on the cabin’s 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 a 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.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) 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 international requirements, as well as Toyota’s strict in-house goal of having the highest passive safety in the vehicle’s class.

Toyota has also subjected the new sedan to a full frontal collision barrier test at 55km/h, a 40 per cent offset deformable barrier test at 64km/h, and a side impact collision test with a 50km/h impact speed.

It has also tested Yaris sedan for rollover and rear moving barrier.

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Toyota designed Yaris sedan to reduce the chance of accident injury to pedestrians.

The pedestrian safety strategy behind the vehicle’s design includes special attention to the front bumper reinforcement, the bonnet, the front fenders and the cowl panel.

Yaris sedan’s front bumper has an impact-protection structure designed 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, a new energy-absorbing bonnet hinge bracket, and 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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The new Yaris sedan engine is tuned for maximum driveability and fuel economy.

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

Yaris sedan’s Toyota 1NZ-FE engine delivers 80kW of power at 6000rpm and 141Nm of torque at 4200rpm.

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

Yaris sedan delivers this performance while achieving ADR 81/01 fuel economy of 6.1 litres/100km in manual form and 6.7 litres/100km with automatic transmission.

The 1.5-litre VVT-i Yaris has an official carbon dioxide emission figure of 145 grams per kilometre travelled for manual transmission and 160g/km for auto.

It meets Euro IV emission levels.

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

Yaris sedan’s 1NZ-FE engine shares 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 a VVT-i technology offset crankshaft and the squish-type combustion chamber design.

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

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 sedan engine is 35 degrees and minimum overlap is minus five degrees.

The 1NZ-FE engine’s crankshaft is offset to the thrust side of the cylinder bore centre line.

This reduces the side force generated at maximum compression, for reduced friction and increased torque.

Yaris sedan’s engine has an aluminium-alloy block for maximum thermal efficiency.

The cylinder head has two overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. The twin cam design provides for direct valve actuation, which minimises valve train inertia and allows for optimum cam profiles.

It results in more positive actuation and less free play.

The combustion chambers in the 1NZ-FE sedan engine employ a slanted (oblique) squish design, to improve thermal efficiency and reduce the chance of engine knock (pre-ignition).

The squish angle has been shaped obliquely along the wall surface of the combustion chamber, to improve airflow, promote swirl and speed flame travel.

Yaris sedan’s refined engine adopts 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 system of the 1NZ-FE engine 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 sedan’s exhaust system has been designed to minimise interior noise while maximising packaging efficiency.

The 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.

The electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission has 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 transmission can use driver input and adapt the change regime to better suit the driver’s driving style.


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Yaris sedan 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 3.722:1 final drive ratio.

Yaris’ automatic transmission has 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 transmission can read driver input and adapt its change regime to better suit the driver’s driving style.

The U340E transmission 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 sedan has high levels of active safety, with four-channel, four-sensor ABS anti-skid brakes as standard equipment.

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

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.

It 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.

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.

EBD is a sophisticated replacement for the conventional load sensing and proportioning bypass valve.

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

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

Yaris sedan 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 sedan also has the active safety features of a large footprint on the road for its overall dimensions and its advanced, flat-ride, all-coil suspension, multi-valve linear control valve 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.

In addition, Yaris sedan 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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Yaris sedan has a new chassis package that offers the chassis dynamics of a larger-class vehicle.

The Yaris chassis package is all-new compared with superseded Echo sedan.

Toyota designed Yaris sedan for high levels of safety, ride, handling, stability and low noise.

Its chassis package includes 15-inch wheels with 185/60R15 tyres, 255x22 mm front disc brakes, Electric Power-assisted Steering (EPS) and ABS anti-skid brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) as standard equipment.

Yaris sedan’s electric power-assisted rack and pinion steering has new geometry – for a balance of steering feel, steering effort, crisp turn-in and stability.

Yaris sedan’s 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 2550mm, a front track of 1470mm and a rear track of 1460mm.

Yaris sedan’s wheelbase is 90mm longer than Yaris hatchback.

Its sophisticated suspension calibration is similar to the hatchback, with high levels of handling and stability, and crisp turn-in.

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

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 barrel-shaped coil springs are used to improve ride comfort.

The barrel-shaped 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 sedan 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 sedan does not require a separate stabiliser bar.


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Yaris sedan has enjoyed the benefits of a 21st Century Toyota ‘whole of life’ environmental assessment program.

The new sedan is one of the first vehicles to be developed from concept to volume production under Toyota’s Eco-Vehicle Assessment System (EcoVAS).

EcoVAS is a comprehensive system that measures a vehicle’s life-cycle development process, including the environmental impact it will have as a result of its production, use and disposal.

Environmentally friendly features in Yaris sedan include its fuel-efficient engine, power-saving air conditioning technology, Electric Power-assisted Steering (EPS) and ease of recycling.

The engine meets Euro IV emission levels.

Toyota paints new Yaris sedan using water-based paint technology, to significantly reduced harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the manufacturing process.

Elimination of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) from the manufacturing process further contributes to a more environmentally efficient vehicle on ‘well-to-wheel’ analysis.

The new sedan is easier to dismantle and makes greater use of recyclable materials, including fully recyclable Toyota Super Olefin Polymer for the bumpers and lower radiator grille.

Yaris bears dismantling marks on key components, including the front and rear door trim.

Toyota has reduced the number of fastening screws in the vehicle, by adopting clip fastenings.

Life-cycle targets:

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 during 2005 began 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 whether 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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