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Toyota eyes light-car leadership as new Yaris adds value, space, safety for no extra

Toyota logo25 Oct 2011

SIX YEARS ON, the third instalment in Toyota’s European light-car story surfaces in the form of the 130 Series Yaris, a hatch designed and engineered to take on the Ford Fiesta, Mazda2 and Volkswagen Polo. While the styling might be a little derivative to some, there has been real progress made underneath and inside, so don’t be surprised if the latest Yaris takes over the previous version as the most complete Toyota on the market today.
Model release date: 1 October 2011 to 1 August 2014

Previous model

90 Series Yaris

Released: October 2005
Ended: October 2011
Family Tree: Yaris

BASICALLY a thorough reskin of the popular Echo, the second-generation Yaris proved to be a smash hit in Australia, offering European styling and proven Japanese reliability. By far the most popular model was the base YR, powered by a 63kW/121Nm 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual or four-speed auto. The YR, YRS and YRX models used an 80kW/141Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit. Three and five-door models were produced, as well as a less-popular four-door sedan variant.

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