Monday, 27 December 2010


Toyota is preparing to launch the new all-new Yaris globally. The 2012 model year Yaris should be revealed at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. As a sales success story it is a very hard act to beat, having shifted over 3.5 million units in over 70 countries.

The new car will sport a compact 1.3-litre engine with stop/start technology. Power figures were not released but Toyota says it will achieve a fuel economy of around 3.8 litres per 100km. I expect transmissions of 5-speed manual to be standard, with perhaps a 6-speed manual and an automatic thrown in.

Taking a look at the exterior design language one can clearly see that Toyota is hard at work trying to shed its conservative image. The lines are sharp and convex, with a mildly aggressive front end and wide rear wheel arches. To be honest, at first glance it reminded me of the Honda Jazz.

In Japan sales exceeding 10 000 units per month are expected. In South Africa where the Yaris is a top-five seller, it should move well over 1 000 examples monthly.

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