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The new Yaris Hybrid: Environmental performance without compromise on comfort or convenience

— Two grade line-up: Active and Style

— Comprehensive standard equipped from Active grade for no comprise on comfort or convenience

— 2011 Yaris 5-Star Euro NCAP rating safety features fitted as standard

— Toyota Touch fitted as standard, optional Toyota Touch & Go advanced navigation system

Priced to be strongly competitive against rival B segment diesel vehicles, the new Yaris Hybrid will be available in a choice of two grades — Active and Style.

The new Yaris Hybrid range offers customers outstanding value for money, even without the low-CO2 incentives and tax benefits that are available in many markets. It combines an extremely generous standard equipment specification with the added value of Toyota's unique, full hybrid powertrain driving experience.

The Active grade is fitted, as standard, with a smooth E-CVT transmission ideal for the urban environment. An all-electric EV driving mode, a Stop and Start system and a Hill Hold Assist function further reinforce the ease, simplicity and relaxation of the full hybrid powertrain driving style.

Steering wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth switchgear, front power windows, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), driver's seat height adjustment, hybrid-blue stitching to the upholstery, dual zone automatic air conditioning and the Toyota Touch on-board multimedia system are also fitted as standard from the Active grade.

Toyota Touch is a 6.1 inch, full colour, touch screen interface which represents an affordable approach to on-board multimedia systems. It incorporates an AM/FM radio, a CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with a music streaming facility and automatic phonebook synchronisation at each connection.

A USB port allows for the connection of portable music players, with the facility to display iTunes album cover art. In addition, the system incorporates a rear view camera. The image is displayed on the full-colour screen when reverse gear is engaged, to assist with parking manoeuvres.

Specific to the Yaris Hybrid, Toyota Touch also incorporates a Hybrid Energy Monitor which displays the real-time energy flow within the Hybrid Synergy Drive system. Vehicle information displays include remaining fuel range, instant fuel consumption, average fuel consumption per minute over the last 15 minutes and time elapsed since last engine start. The system is available in seven languages - French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Russian.

To the comprehensive standard equipment of the Active grade, the Style grade adds front fog lamps with chrome ring surrounds, smart entry with push start, front armrest and 16'' alloy wheels.

Optional equipment for both Active and Style grades includes privacy glass, an 8-speaker premium sound system, cruise control and a full length panoramic sunroof.

The Yaris Hybrid is equipped, as standard, with seven airbags, an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Corner Stability Control, (CSC), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), offering customers the highest levels of safety. In 2011, the Yaris was awarded the maximum 5-star Euro NCAP rating.


Toyota Touch & Go

Building on Toyota Touch, Toyota Touch & Go equips the new Yaris Hybrid with the best value for money navigation system on the market.

The system includes all the most popular navigation functions, such as advanced traffic coverage, customisable speed limits, speed camera warnings and motorway signposting. It not only offers drivers a choice of the fastest or shortest route to their destination, but also the one with the smallest environmental impact - an 'Ecological' route option.

Using a compatible mobile phone, via Bluetooth, the system offers on-board connectivity to a Google Local Search function —the largest and most up-to-date search database in the world. Via Google Maps, destinations may be input remotely from home or office, and Points of Interest may be downloaded for entry as destinations.

The installation of Touch & Go also upgrades the multimedia base unit with the addition of an SMS on-screen send/receive function incorporating a contact person image display, and a USB-based photo viewing function.

Several Touch & Go Apps are available for download such as Park &Go, fuel price information, weather details and parking space information.