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Toyota Yaris

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Toyota logo1 Nov 2005

TOYOTA’S Yaris replaced the six-year old Echo as the Japanese giant’s light-car contender.

Released in early November 2005, it opened with a 12-strong model range, which comprises three- and five-door hatchbacks.

From March 2006 a four-door Yaris sedan was also added to the fleet.

Although it cost more than the ever-popular Echo, the Yaris added an MP3/CD audio, and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist as standard.

Dual front airbags, air-conditioning, power windows, electric mirrors, remote central locking, power steering and 14-inch wheels are also included.

About the only Echo carryover items are the two twin-cam 16-valve VVT-i four-cylinder engines offered in either a revised five-speed manual or a driver-adaptive four-speed automatic gearbox.

The 1.3-litre 2NZ-FE unit is reserved for the YR. It produces 63kW of power at 6000rpm while maximum torque tops out at 121Nm from 4200rpm.

Meanwhile the larger 1.5-litre 1NZ-FE engine musters 80kW at 6000rpm and 141Nm from 4200rpm. It is the sole engine in the YRS and YRX.

Size-wise, Toyota’s goal was to maintain the Echo hatch’s 3750mm overall length for the Yaris but with a cabin that could comfortably accommodate four 192cm adults.

So a significantly larger interior had to be devised – achieved by stretching the wheelbase and shortening the engine bay.

Compared to Echo, more rear-seat room and luggage capacity is a welcome upshot.

Toyota launched a facelifted Yaris in October 2008, bringing minor safety and convenience improvements.

It would take a keen eye to pick the differences, with slightly reshaped headlights, a smaller grille, new tail-light lenses, fresh interior seat trim, and revised bumpers giving the game away.

The headlights now spread light better, the base YR receives telescopic-adjustment steering, and the up-spec YRS and YRS hatch gained illumination for the steering-wheel mounted controls.

In total, the Yaris range extended to 16 models: 12 hatchback and four sedans.

In August 2009 Toyota upgraded its entry-level Yaris hatchback by adding Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard.

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