The Yaris name originated from a compound of two words: "yes", a well known and positively intended speaks several European languages and countries, "charis", the name of the Greek goddess of beauty and elegance. The fact that the chief designer was a Greek, is no coincidence.
The Yaris came in 1999 in the European market and after the hatchback in February 2003 had a facelift a slightly modified version in Canada was put on the market. At that time the United States experienced only the Toyota Echo sedan.
Instead of conventional instruments to make chose Toyota Yaris and Echo to provide digital tools that were placed in the middle of the dashboard. The Canadian Echo hatchback incidentally had a conventional speedometer, but who was also centrally located.
The European Yaris was delivered in the first instance with two gasoline engines, four-cylinder 1.0L and 1.3L, with Toyota's VVT-i technology. In 2001 followed the 1.5L Sport version. After the facelift of 2003 they brought also a 1.4L D4-D diesel engine with 75hp. In 2000 Yaris Verso was introduced, a small MPV with the same specifications as the regular hatchback but with more space and a practical interior. In Japan, this model under the name Fun Cargo put on the market.
The Yaris was produced at that time in Japan and France.
In Europe, Australia, Canada and Mexico launched the second generation in 2005, which in the United States and Australia for the first time, the name Yaris was used. The introduction of US Yaris took place at the Los Angeles Auto Show in February 2006.
The four-cylinder 1.0 VVT-i engine was replaced by a three-cylinder version, as used in the Toyota Aygo. De1.3 L engine has been increased somewhat more powerful and the power of the 1.4 D-4D. The Yaris was the first car in its segment with the option of nine airbags. The Yaris was from that moment comes in two designs: the hatchback and the sedan.
These new models of the Yaris were designed in France and manufactured in France and Japan.
In 2010, mass production of the third generation Yaris began, and since then only the hatchback version was offered. During the Geneva Motor Show of 2012 the first Yaris was shown with Hybrid Synergy Drive technology. The Yaris now comes with a standard 1.0L engine, with three-cylinders and 68pk, a 1.3L with 6-speed automatic transmission and a 1.4L turbodiesel with six gears.
The Hybrid version is at least until 2014 road tax free, has a 14% addition and lower maintenance costs and attractive leasing rates. He is also fuel-efficient and relatively friendly to the environment.
The overall impression of the new Yaris may be summarized as follows:
- A young, dynamic look
- Slightly longer than its predecessor
- What more present than usual nose party
- The instruments are now simply placed behind the wheel
- A spacious feeling
- New frame construction more light and visibility
Space and comfort
- There is 286 liters of trunk space, more than a VW Polo
- This can be increased with folded rear seats to 768 liters
- More legroom than you'd expect
- Good seat height and headroom
- A turning circle of 4.7 meters
Driving dynamics & safety
- A little stiff on bumpy roads
- Light steering characteristics
- At high speeds, steering a little less quiet than it should
- A five-star review of the NCAP
- Standard seven airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, vsc
Depending on the model, inter alia, with:
- Toyota Touch audio system
- USB connection
- Reversing camera
- Panoramic roof