Jun 20, 2011

Toyota unveils third-generation Yaris hatchback for Europe

Toyota’s European arm has officially unveiled the third-generation of its Yaris small car. Toyota teased the updated version of its Yaris at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show with the Yaris HSD concept.

Developed around the concept of “compact outside, spacious inside,” Toyota says the new Yaris offers better packaging than its predecessor. Dimensions of the new car were not released, but don’t expect the Yaris’ overall footprint to change much. Hit read more for details.

Toyota says 95 percent of all new Yaris models will come equipped with the company’s new Toyota Touch & Go multimedia system. The affordable infotainment system will offer buyers a 6.1 inch display with touch-screen technology.
Yaris buyers will be able to choose from three powerplants – a 1.0L gas engine, a 1.33L gas engine a 1.4L diesel unit. No official announcement was made on transmissions, but a six-speed automatic and manual is expected. A hybrid option will eventually join the mix.
Toyota the new Yaris features an improved interior, thanks to the use of “high quality materials and surface finishes.” Toyota describes the Yaris’ interior as more driver-focused, with the car’s gauge cluster moving from the middle of the dash to its typical location behind the steering wheel.
The Euro-spec Yaris will be built at Toyota’s Valenciennes, France factory, with deliveries to begin later this year. No word when an updated Yaris might make it to U.S. dealerships.

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