20 October 2011 / Vehicles
Toyota's new Yaris hatchback offers New Zealand drivers a winning combination of lively driving performance, agility, fuel economy and safety for fun, stress free city driving.
Toyota New Zealand's Neeraj Lala said "Our goal with the third generation Yaris was to create a car that's fun to drive with nimble handling, easy manoeuvrability and well balanced engine performance. Add to that improvements in fuel economy and Toyota's renowned safety performance and you've got money saving driving at its best."
Yaris is offered with the choice of 1.3 litre and 1.5 litre engines, and five-speed manual or four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.
Toyota has refined Yaris' two VVT-i equipped engines and its automatic transmission on the 1.5 litre model for improved driveability and increased fuel efficiency.
Yaris' 1.3 litre engine delivers 63kW of power at 6000rpm and 121Nm of torque at 4400rpm. The 1.5 litre engine gives 80kW at 6000rpm and 141Nm at 4200rpm.
There are significant fuel economy gains and CO2 reduction for all models.
Fuel efficiency has been improved by up to six per cent (or 0.4 litres/100km) across the range, based on the ADR 81/02 combined cycle.
CO2 emissions have been reduced by up to eight per cent, with all models under the 150g/km mark.
Tight car spaces and narrow roads are the natural environment for a compact car, and it's here that Yaris exceeds expectations. The tight 9.6 metre turning circle, short overhangs and well-tuned steering are perfectly suited to the urban jungle.
Toyota used input from European and Australasian engineers to ensure Yaris' ride and handling suit local tastes.
The new chassis package builds on the stable platform supplied by Yaris' increased body rigidity and larger footprint on the road. The wheelbase has been increased by 50mm.
The suspension hardware has been refined, with weight-saving innovations and special engineering to improve agility and ride comfort.
Steering calibration has been honed to deliver the type of feedback and directness that New Zealand drivers appreciate. Increasing power output from the Electric Power Steering (EPS) motor and the faster steering rack gear ratios improve manoeuvrability.
Yaris's brakes have also been upgraded to improve braking confidence. The pedal travel is shorter and the pedal stroke has been optimised.
The new Yaris hatchback has a full suite of active safety equipment on all models, with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC) now available across the range.
Yaris also has ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and the latest-generation pump-up type Brake Assist.
Brake Assist reduces emergency stopping distances by up to 20 per cent by ensuring the maximum required braking force is applied.
As a new safety feature, Yaris has a buzzer that will sound if the vehicle starts moving while any of the doors is partly open.
All models have driver and passenger front, side, driver's knee and front/rear curtain shield airbags as standard equipment.
Yaris' new front seats also have the latest design technology for whiplash injury reduction.
Pedestrian injury mitigation structures have been adopted throughout the vehicle's front end. The bonnet, upper section of the front guards, front cowl and the front bumper were all been designed to minimise injury to pedestrians.
Yaris' energy absorbing body structure and high strength body frame help to secure the cabin area in a collision, helping to protect occupants.
Toyota has engineered a world-first, wet arm style windscreen wiper system with washer fluid sprayed along the single wiper blade instead of into the driver's field of vision. This improves driver visibility, contributing to Yaris' impressive list of safety features.
Toyota's new generation Yaris hatch is expected to achieve a five-star ANCAP safety rating.