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The new yaris - consolidating toyota's presence in europe

  • Yaris contributes to increased Toyota sales throughout Europe
  • New Yaris builds on key model strengths with a more sophisticated design, improved sensory quality and affordable multimedia connectivity
  • Efficient powertrains, innovative transmission and greater agility
  • Further raised built-in quality from Toyota Motor Manufacturing France

The New Yaris

Consolidating Toyota's Presence in Europe

— Yaris contributes to increased Toyota sales throughout Europe

— New Yaris builds on key model strengths with a more sophisticated design, improved sensory quality and affordable multimedia connectivity

— Efficient powertrains, innovative transmission and greater agility

— Further raised built-in quality from Toyota Motor Manufacturing France

The launch of this third generation Yaris adds a new chapter to the model's ongoing European success story.

Over the last decade, the Yaris has consistently been a strong contributor to the increase in Toyota sales throughout Europe, boosting the brand image and becoming a key pillar of the company's European manufacturing operations.

The new Yaris will compete in the B-segment which -with a 26% share of the total market, equating to some 4 million sales per annum- remains the most important sales arena of the European automotive market. This segment is currently dominated by petrol-engined vehicles, which represent more than two thirds of the mix.

Over the last few years, fragmentation has accelerated within the B-segment, due to the introduction of an increasing diversity of new model types such as the SUV and MPV. Nonetheless, representing 50% of total sales, the hatchback remains the segment's most important bodystyle.

With the continued increase in fuel costs and CO2 taxation levels instigating downsizing by customers from other segments, B-segment sales are expected to remain stable in the immediate future.

Praised for its interior roominess, durability, versatility, engine efficiency and ease of driving in the urban environment, the second generation Yaris has played a significant role in Toyota's overall European performance, with sales peaking at 270,000 units per annum.

The new Yaris will consolidate all the strengths of the previous generation vehicle, while offering a more dynamic and sophisticated design execution. It builds on the clever packaging DNA of its predecessors with an even more spacious and practical interior, a clear step-up in sensory quality and a segment breakthrough in affordable multimedia connectivity.

Its fuel-efficient, low emission powertrains and innovative transmissions combine with revised suspension and Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems to offer customers the ideal balance of comfort and the greater agility essential to urban driving.

Quality will remain a key Yaris attribute. Further increasing the built-in quality recently praised in the German 2011 TüV* report, Toyota Motor Manufacturing France's close involvement with suppliers from the very earliest stages of production will ensure that every component contributes to the overall quality of the vehicle.

Positioned at the heart of the B-segment, the new Yaris delivers an ingenious combination of benefits. It meets the demands of both progressive, technology-focused customers and more conventional users who place an emphasis on quality, practicality and, of course, value for money.

* Published by German automotive trade magazine Auto Bild, the annual TüV Report provides a comprehensive, long-term overview of vehicle quality and durability. It serves as an important guide for buyers of both new and used cars.

All the Clever Yaris DNA in a More Dynamic Package

— Third generation Yaris maintains segment-best packaging ingenuity

— Minimum size increase for maximum manoeuvrability — class-leading 4.7m turning circle

— Bold frontal treatment — the distinctive new face of the next generation Toyota family

— Comprehensive aerodynamic measures for a class—leading drag coefficient of only Cd 0.287

Since the European launch of the first Yaris in 1999, each successive generation of the car has been developed in accordance with the key concept: "compact outside while roomy inside". The Yaris quickly became nicknamed Piccolo Genio (Little Genius) — a testament to the first two generations of a car which, despite an increasingly crowded segment, has consistently set new standards in packaging ingenuity.

The third generation Yaris inherits all the clever packaging DNA of these previous generations, while the exterior showcases the greater appeal of a bolder, more dynamic and elegant design execution befitting a European compact car.

Packaging — minimal increase in bodyshell size

Overall vehicle length is now 3,885 mm, a limited increase of just 100 mm. With an average car length of 4 meters in the B-segment, the new Yaris remains one of the most compact vehicles in its class. This is reflected in a class-leading turning circle of just 4.7* metres, which makes Toyota's new compact hatchback particularly manoeuvrable in the urban environment.

The width of the new Yaris remains the same, while the wheelbase has been extended by 50 mm. Its height has decreased by 20 mm, giving the car a lower centre of gravity and a more sporting stance. Within its well proportioned form, the design's short front and rear overhangs — increased by only 35 mm and 15 mm respectively- and prominent wheel arches express stability, agility and dynamism.

* 14'' steel wheels

Styling — the new face of the next generation Toyota family

The bold frontal treatment identifies the Yaris as the first vehicle to feature the distinctive new face of the next generation Toyota family. Key to the new frontal styling is a change in the proportions of the upper and lower grilles, with the emphasis now placed on enlarging the latter for a more assertive, masculine look.

Elegantly sculpted to highlight the Toyota badge, a full-width concave shaped upper grille is flanked by new, 'keen'-look headlights. Their slim design incorporates dual lamps and, on some grades, smoke-plated 'eyebrows' to emphasise the new Yaris' bolder, more horizontal front styling.

Within the lower bumper, a strong, protruding centre section houses a large air intake to focus attention on the bottom half of the vehicle, reinforcing the Yaris' low centre of gravity and giving it a more ground-hugging appearance.

Whilst maintaining the model's classic 'Y' pattern graphic, these new frontal styling elements give the Yaris a bolder, more masculine appearance.

In profile, the dynamism of the vehicle is reinforced by the more prominent design of the steeply sloped beltline which has been a key styling cue for each generation of Yaris. The base of the A pillar has also been moved forwards to strengthen the Yaris' stylish, cab-forward silhouette.

Both front and rear three-quarter visibility has been improved through a larger front quarterlight and the elimination of the rear glazing division bar, the latter giving a more dynamic look to the rear glazing. Three-door models feature a thinner, forward-slanting C pillar, further increasing the rear glazing area while awarding the car an even more dynamic stance. A flowing, door cill character line and front and rear aero corner treatments further emphasise the new Yaris' low centre of gravity and elegant, long wheelbase profile.

To the rear, the detailing of the lamp clusters, top-hinged tailgate inset into the bumper and lower bumper treatment are visually interlinked, once again maintaining the model's classic, "Y" pattern graphic.

The smooth flow of the beltline round the rear shoulders, the extended lower bumper and the Coke bottle silhouette combine to give the vehicle a wider more stable stance. And the higher relocation of the license plate beneath a chrome bar garnish within the tailgate brings a more premium quality image to the design execution.

The third generation Yaris features new 15" and 16" alloy wheel designs, and will be available in a choice of 10 exterior colours. Bringing a more colourful palette to the Yaris, five colours are newly adopted by the model range, and two — Gin Buck Silver and Turquoise- are newly developed.

Aerodynamics — class-leading drag coefficient of Cd 0.287

Aerodynamic efficiency is fundamental to fuel efficiency, vehicle stability and quiet running, and every element of the new Yaris' bodywork has been styled to optimise airflow and minimise drag.

Sized to optimise powertrain cooling, both upper and lower front grilles have been carefully shaped to smooth the intake of air into the engine bay. The profiles of the front bumper aero corners, bonnet, steeply raked A pillar, door mirrors, roofline, rear spoiler, rear bumper aero corners, and even the rear combination lamps have all been designed to maximise the Yaris' aerodynamic efficiency.

In addition, numerous underbody airflow rectification components have been adopted to create a flat surface, smoothing the flow of air under the new Yaris. These include a front spoiler a full engine undercover front, centre and rear spats and a rear undercover which incorporates National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics-style vertical fins, creating a laminar flow effect to enhance ride stability.

Together, these comprehensive air flow optimisation measures significantly improve the vehicle's aerodynamic efficiency, awarding the Yaris a class-leading drag coefficient of only Cd 0.287.

Increased Interior Roominess, Greater Comfort and Improved Sensory Quality

— All new interior with improved sensory quality

— More driver-focused cockpit with a new emphasis on ergonomic excellence

— Improved driving position with new, steering wheel-centred instrument binnacle

— Roominess maximised throughout to give class-leading rear seat knee room and loadspace length

— Large, all-glass panoramic sunroof with front and rear roller shades

— Extensive Noise Vibration and Harshness (NHV) measures for quietness under urban driving conditions

The key interior design goal for the new Yaris was to create a more driver-focused cockpit with an intuitive layout. The driver's and front passenger's spaces are clearly divided, emphasising a new focus on the driver ergonomics. And perceptions of sensory quality throughout are enhanced through highly tactile, premium quality detailing new to the B-segment.

The incremental saving of space through careful detailing throughout the interior, makes the new Yaris one of the roomiest vehicles in its segment, with class-leading rear seat knee and headroom, as well as segment-best loadspace length and width.

All-new Interior — enhanced spaciousness and improved sensory quality

Emphasising the breadth of the cabin, the new dashboard design is 125mm wider and 40 mm lower than that of the previous model. Incorporating strong horizontal lines to create a feeling of width, the dashboard is dominated by a sculpted, soft-padded section which flows away from the driver's space into matching, upper door panel pads, heightening the sense of interior spaciousness.

Dashboard and door pad colour is matched to seat upholstery inserts according to the grade structure, reinforcing the high-quality feel of the interior. An overall feeling of spaciousness and light is enhanced by larger front quarterlight glazing.

Perceptions of sensory quality are improved through highly tactile, premium quality detailing. The driver's instruments, Multimedia touch screen and air vents are trimmed with gun metal finish, concave cross-sectioned rings. And all controls and switchgear feature chrome plated convex cross-sections.

Adding a sense of fun, the grain texture of the dashboard and door panels decreases in density from left to right, giving an impression of lateral expansion. And the speaker grilles are finished in a unique bubble motif.

The spaciousness and high sensory quality of the all-new interior is further reinforced through the Yaris' large, all-glass panoramic sunroof. The structure is separated into front and rear sections allowing more flexibility for front and rear occupant to open or close, each fitted with a 20% light transmittance roller shade.

Driver-focused cockpit — improved adjustability and ergonomic excellence

Unlike previous Yaris generations, the instrument binnacle is now positioned central to the steering wheel. A new, easy-to-read, amber/red backlit combination meter features a large, 120 mm diameter central speedometer. All driver-focused controls and adjacent centre console switchgear are ergonomically located for high visibility with minimum eye movement, and ease of use.

The front seats feature an entirely new framework offering improved body-holding performance and excellent ride comfort. The seat back offers improved lateral hold at waist level, with a more open, relaxed fit at shoulder height. The width of the seat cushion has been increased and the side sections raised for improved holding. The seating surface area has been increased and the front edge of the seat cushion raised to help reduce long-distance fatigue.

In the interests of improved comfort, driver's seat vertical adjustability has been increased by 15 mm to a maximum 60 mm. The seat's 240 mm sliding range remains the same, but the 16, 15 mm adjustment steps have been divided into 24 smaller, 10 mm increments to help secure an ideal driving position. A driver's seat armrest is also available for greater comfort.

Further enhancing driver comfort, the three-spoke, stitched leather steering wheel has a new, more comfortable grip cross-section, enlarged finger rests for a more natural grip, and protrusions on the back of the rim where it connects to the spoke for enhanced grip feel. The steering column rake has been lowered by 3 degrees to 25 degrees to deliver a more engaging driving position. The wheel itself offers 30 mm rake and 40 mm reach adjustment, and features a flat bottom rim section for better knee clearance.

Interior packaging - class-leading passenger and loadspace roominess

Despite its compact exterior dimensions, passenger accommodation aboard the new Yaris has not been compromised. Wheelbase length has been increased by 50 mm and interior width by 30 mm. As a result, though the passenger space length within the bodyshell remains at 1,810 mm, the percentage of interior space available within the overall length of new Yaris has increased by 2% to 65%.

Without compromise to either comfort or safety, both front and rear seatbacks, as well as the tailgate, have been thinned to maximise roominess throughout. The Yaris' front to rear hip point couple distance of 865 mm remains one of the longest in the B-segment. These attributes increase rear passenger legroom by 35 mm to 645 mm, and rear seat knee-room by 30 mm to a class-leading 120 mm. Though the ceiling is 5 mm lower than before, there is no change in the new Yaris' segment-best rear seat headroom.

The front seats of three-door Yaris versions feature an easy entry, walk-in mechanism operated by a lever located on the seat shoulder. The passenger seat simultaneously tilts and slides forwards to allow ease of entry to, and egress from, the rear seats, a full memory function returning the seat to its previous position. The driver's seat mechanism incorporates a recliner memory to return the seat back to its previous angle of recline.

With the tailgate lock and striker mechanism significantly reduced in both size and weight to gain 96 mm in loadspace length, the overall length of the luggage compartment has been increased by 145 mm to a class-leading 710 mm. With the 60:40 split rear seats folded flat, the loadspace length has been increased by 85 mm to 1,500 mm. The loadspace width has also been increased by up to 55 mm, resulting in a segment-best maximum of 1,365 mm.

Overall luggage capacity within the two-tier loadspace has been increased to 286 litres, rising to 768 litres with the split rear seats folded flat. Locating the dual-position deck board on the upper level creates a 633 mm long, 1,006 mm wide and 120 mm deep concealed storage compartment. For ease of loading, the tailgate cill has been lowered by 7 mm to just 660 mm easily the lowest cill height in this class. The tailgate opening has also been widened by 20 mm for greater convenience.

Focus on detail — for greater comfort and convenience

Every aspect of cabin function detailing has been carefully considered to ensure ease of use and optimised occupant comfort.

The new Yaris features an improved door closing operation. Essential in the urban environment, a new, three step door opening mechanism incorporates 25 and 37 degree intermediate holding positions, whilst the door itself has been made easier to close, with less effort required. High grade model, keyless entry door handles now replace a black push switch with a fully integrated touch sensor mechanism.

A pantograph-type, single front windscreen wiper replaces the twin wipers of the outgoing model. This system improves wiping performance at high vehicle speeds, generates lower wind noise and, through a lower blade height and the use of a fin cover, improves vehicle aerodynamics. Screen-wash is dispensed along the entire length of the blade itself, reducing view obstruction during application.

Fully described in the Grade Structure chapter, the new Yaris may be equipped with Toyota Touch -a new approach to affordable touch screen multimedia systems, and -Toyota Touch & Go —the best value satellite navigation system on the market.

For the first time, the new Yaris may be equipped with dual-zone automatic air conditioning, and a ventilated glove box mirrors the climate control system settings. Cruise control is available as an option, and a Follow-Me-Home headlight function keeps the low beam lamps illuminated for between 30 and 120 seconds after the vehicle has been locked.

The new Yaris offers occupants the full range of storage compartments essential to everyday family use. There are six drinks holders spaced throughout the cabin (including a 1 litre bottle holder), and 13 other storage spaces, such as a ventilated glove box, secret in-dash document storage, dashboard and centre console bins and trays, front and rear door pockets and a concealed storage compartment beneath the loadspace deck board.

NVH measures — for a quieter, stress-free interior

The new Yaris benefits from a variety of measures designed to minimise wind, road and engine noise, resulting in a quiet cabin environment.

A Yaris first, a sound insulating acoustic glass windscreen featuring an inner layer of film helps reduce wind, road and engine noise. The optimal placement of air spats, the aerodynamic efficiency of new door mirrors and the new, single wiper blade further reduce wind noise.

Sound-insulating and sound-absorbing materials have been extensively used throughout the bodyshell and interior construction. The transmission of engine compartment noise has been reduced through the application of a high-density insulator to the bonnet, a high-density engine undercover silencer, front wing insulation and, another Yaris first, a cowl insulator.

A front wing protector has been fitted between the wing and the front pillar to further reduce noise transmission to the cabin. Both wheel arch insulation and a lower rocker protector reduce the sound of loose material kicked up from the road surface.

A sound absorbing/insulating dashboard inner silencer further diminishes engine noise within the cabin. Comprehensive cabin noise-inhibiting measures include the use of damping sheets throughout the bodyshell floor, and the application of sound-insulating and —absorbing materials to the instrument panel, centre console, transmission tunnel, door and luggage compartment trims, headlining, carpeting and loadspace floor.

In addition, the introduction of foam and fixed foam sound insulation materials within the A, B and C pillars as well as the door cill and head sections minimises the transmission of noise through the bodyshell.

Efficient engines and innovative transmission

— Choice of Euro V compliant, 1.0 and 1.33 litre petrol and 1.4 litre D-4D diesel engines

— Toyota Optimal Drive measures for improved fuel consumption and CO2 emissions without compromise to power and torque levels

— Optional Multidrive S with 7-step manual sequential override and MultiMode automated clutchless transmissions

— Multidrive S, most fuel efficient automatic transmissions in the B-segment petrol

— Improved Stop & Start system with longer engine shut off and broader operating temperature band

Continuing the successful mix of powertrains featured in the previous generation model range, the new Yaris will be available with a choice of three engines 1.0 and 1.33 litre VVT-i petrol engines and a 1.4 litre D-4D turbodiesel.

The 1.33 litre petrol unit may be mated to Toyota's latest Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), Multidrive S, while an automated manual transmission, MultiMode, is available as an option on 1.4 D-4D diesel versions of the new Yaris.

All three engines benefit from the application of Toyota Optimal Drive, a range of engineering measures designed to maximise performance and driving enjoyment while minimising fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Toyota Optimal Drive focuses on several key aspects of powertrain development such as lightweight, compact design, enhanced combustion efficiency, low friction components and environmentally friendly technologies. This, combined with weight saving measures and aerodynamic improvements, helps lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions without compromising power and torque levels.

Combining light weight and compact design with the power and torque delivery essential to urban driving, all three engines return highly competitive fuel consumption figures, generate low, tax-efficient CO2 emissions and are Euro V compliant.

1.0 Litre VVT-i petrol engine

A marvel of miniaturisation, Toyota's 3-cylinder, 1.0 litre VVT-i petrol engine led the trend for powertrain downsizing. To this day, it remains a reference for compact, efficient engineering. The lightest unit in its class, it has won successive Engine of the Year awards in the sub-1.0 litre category.

Mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, the latest version of the 998 cc unit generates 51 kW/ 69 DIN hp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 93 Nm at 3,600 rpm. Fuel consumption has been lowered by 4% to a class-leading 4.8 l/100 km, and CO2 emissions have fallen by 7% to 110 g/km.

The 1.0 litre petrol engine is produced in Europe, at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland.

1.33 Litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine

The 1.33 litre petrol engine is equipped with dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent), Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and a remarkably high compression ratio of 11.5:1. Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, it generates 73 kW/ 99 DIN hp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 125 Nm at 4,000 rpm. With a smoothened torque curve, the unit combines strong dynamic performance with fuel economy of just 5.1 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of only 118 g/km, when combined with the Multidrive S transmission.

The engine unit is lightweight and compact, with a small bore and long stroke, resulting in a very high power-to-weight ratio. It features a resin-type cylinder head cover and intake manifold, and the intake channel has been streamlined to optimise airflow for improved combustion efficiency.

The adoption of camshaft roller rocker arms, a highly compact oil pump and a reduction in the number of ribs on the auxiliary belt helps minimise engine friction losses, hence improving fuel economy. And control of the Dual VVT-i and EGR systems has been integrated to further enhance combustion efficiency.

Dual VVT-i helps boost response levels across the entire rev range by varying the air-fuel intake and exhaust valve timing to suit the conditions at any given time. In addition to improving torque at low and medium engine speeds, the system also reduces emissions.

EGR reintroduces precise amounts of cooled exhaust gas into the intake system. This not only reduces engine pumping loses through a reduction in intake vacuum pressure, but also lowers engine operating temperatures by 40˚C to minimise the situations where fuel enrichment is necessary to protect the catalytic converter from overheating damage.

Multidrive S transmission

The 1.33 litre petrol engine's optional Multidrive S transmission showcases Toyota's latest Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) technology. It features a manual override, sequential, 7-step mode operable by either the gearshift lever or steering wheel-mounted paddles.

This compact, lightweight CVT system is one of the most fuel efficient automatic transmission in the B-segment petrol, returning 5.1 l/100km.

Multidrive S operates within a wider band of gear ratios than a conventional transmission, allowing for both better acceleration from a standstill and improved fuel efficiency at cruising speeds. Its advanced control systems incorporate Flex Lock-up Control, Flex Start Control, Lock-up Slip Control and Speed Ratio Control to maximise fuel efficiency, minimise noise and enhance the driving experience.

Flex Lock-up Control continuously adjusts the degree of lock-up within the torque converter. This control function optimises the transmission's balance of torque delivery and fuel economy. It allows the engine to deliver the greatest fuel efficiency, whilst minimising vibration at even low vehicle speeds.

When pulling away from a standstill, Flex Start Control lowers the vehicle speed at which torque converter lock-up is possible from 15 to just 10 kilometres per hour. This minimizes torque waste, producing optimum acceleration from lower engine revs for improved fuel economy.

When coasting and under deceleration, Lock-up Slip Control enhances freewheeling efficiency through an expansion of fuel shut off duration. When the vehicle is stationary in D-mode, a neutral control will temporally disengage the transmission from the engine to minimise idling fuel consumption.

The CVT's Speed Ratio Control incorporates a number of systems to not only further improve fuel efficiency but also enhance the driving experience. Uphill/downhill shift control uses information from various vehicle sensors to determine whether the Yaris is travelling up- or downhill. When travelling uphill, speed ratio changes are restricted to achieve smooth operation. If brake pedal use is detected when travelling downhill, the speed ratio is automatically changed to provide appropriate engine braking force.

Engaging the Multidrive S Sport mode brings a closer alignment of engine and vehicle speeds, giving a more linear feel to acceleration in the manner of a conventional manual transmission. The Sport mode enhances acceleration performance and awards the driver a more dynamic driving experience.

Stop & Start system

Yaris models fitted with the 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine may be equipped with an improved version of Toyota's Stop & Start system. The system may be used in conjunction with the optional Multidrive S transmission, delivering fuel consumption of 5.0 l/100km and CO2 emissions of only 114 g/km.

Featuring an immediate restart with virtually no engine sound or vibration, the system delivers significant reductions on CO2 emissions during urban driving, and can lower fuel consumption by up to 10%, depending on driving conditions.

Stop & Start automatically stops the engine when the car is stationary, and the clutch pedal —or brake pedal in the case of Multidrive S- is pressed. The engine will automatically restart, within less than half a second, when the same pedal is released.

The system's rapid restart is made possible through the use of the world's first permanently engaged gear mechanism in which the starter motor and flywheel are linked, via a ring gear, by a one way clutch. This high power, maintenance-free system reduces engine start noise levels within the cabin, and seat vibration levels.

A back-up boost converter is incorporated to protect the audio system, meters and ECUs (Electronic Control Units) from a voltage drop caused by the electrical load of the starter motor. The converter boosts the voltage supplied to accessories in compensation for the power consumed by the starter motor.

Now able to function in outside temperatures as low as -15˚C, Toyota's Stop & Start technology also allows for the continued operation of the air-conditioning system. With the air-conditioning in use, the engine will not stop if the desired cabin temperature has not been reached. When that temperature has been reached, the air-conditioner will switch to 'ECO-run', allowing the engine to stop.

The Yaris' improved Stop & Start system has been optimised to allow the engine to remain off for up to half a minute longer than that of its predecessor, even with the air conditioning running.

The engine will automatically restart in the event of low battery charge, or if the vehicle begins to move, in the interests of safety.

1.4 Litre D-4D diesel engine

The 1.4-litre D-4D common rail, intercooled turbodiesel employs the latest piezo-electric technology and is equipped, as standard, with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). Equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, it generates 66 kW / 90 DIN hp at 3,800 rpm and maximum torque of 205 Nm at 1,800-2,800 rpm.

Benefiting from high injection pressure of 160 MPa, the piezo-electric injectors can supply larger, more precise volumes of diesel at twice the speed of conventional fuel injectors. Because of their high operating speed, they can deliver multiple injections per combustion cycle, optimising the combustion process for responsive performance, enhanced fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

The latest version of this durable, reliable diesel engine is equipped with a two-stage oil pressure control system and an LLC (Long-Life Coolant) by-pass system to reduce circulation flow rate under cold conditions, improving warm-up performance and, hence, fuel efficiency. As a result, fuel economy has been lowered by 7% to only 3.9 l/100 km, and CO2 emissions have reduced by 6% to just 103 g/km.

MultiMode transmission

Available as an option on 1.4 D-4D diesel versions of the new Yaris, MultiMode is an automated manual transmission with a fully automatic shift mode and no clutch pedal. It offers the driver a choice of two, fully automatic gear change modes or a manual, sequential gear change with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. When equipped with MultiMode transmission, the 1.4 D-4D Yaris returns fuel consumption of 4.0 l/100km and generates CO2 emissions of 105 g/km.

Selecting E (Easy), M (Manual) or R (Reverse) allows the car to 'creep' in the manner of a conventional automatic. In E mode, the car makes automatic gear shifts that will maximise fuel economy. Selecting ES (Easy Sport) mode will delay changing up to a higher rpm, giving a more sporting style of drive.

Eco Driving and Gear Shift Indicators

An Eco Driving Indicator is included in the instrument binnacle of Yaris models equipped with Multidrive S transmission, helping drivers to realise an eco-friendly, low emission-style of motoring. Under Eco driving, the Eco Driving Indicator light will illuminate during accelerator operation in the most fuel efficient zone. When the use of the accelerator exceeds this zone, the Eco light goes out.

On manual models, a Gear Shift Indicator prompts the Yaris driver to shift up or down a gear for maximum fuel efficiency. Monitoring driving conditions, vehicle speed and throttle inputs, the system can help reduce fuel consumption by 0.5-3.0%, depending on driving styles.

Greater agility, improved steering feel and enhanced ride comfort

— High rigidity bodyshell with 20 kg weight saving for improved agility and handling precision

— Revised McPherson front struts and torsion beam rear suspension

— Improved Electric Power Steering (EPS) for enhanced steering feel and faster response

— Increased servo assistance for more powerful braking and better pedal feel

— Lower rolling resistance tyres

The new Yaris has been engineered to enhance every aspect of the driving experience, with a particular focus on urban agility and safe, predictable handling.

A new body structure offers improvements in both rigidity and aerodynamic efficiency. The new Yaris features a 15 mm wider front track than its predecessor, and particular focus on weight-saving measures have reduced the unsprung mass of the vehicle to promote greater agility.

The proven combination of MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension has been modified, the Electric Power Steering revised, and both the throttle characteristics and the transmission and differential gear ratios optimised.

In combination, these measures equip the new Yaris with sharper acceleration, greater agility and handling precision, improved stability and yaw response, and enhanced ride comfort.

Body structure — increased rigidity and enhanced aerodynamics

The extensive use of high-tensile steel within the new Yaris' construction not only saves weight, but also offers greater bodyshell rigidity for handling stability. Some 50% by weight of the new body is formed in high-tensile steel, allowing for a 5kg weight reduction with no loss of torsional stiffness.

Enhancements to the inherent aerodynamic efficiency of the new bodyshell include numerous underbody airflow rectification components which create a flat surface, smoothing the flow of air under the new Yaris. These include a front spoiler a full engine undercover front, centre and rear spats and a rear undercover which incorporates NACA-style vertical fins, creating a laminar flow effect to enhance stability.

Weight saving — lower unsprung mass to promote greater agility

Despite a small increase in length and an improved safety specification, the new Yaris is, in fact, 20 kg lighter than its predecessor.

The extensive use of high-tensile steel accounts for a 5 kg saving in bodyshell weight, and a new, lightweight rear seat design accounts for another 5 kg. The replacement of numerous steel suspension components with aluminium lowers vehicle weight by a further 3 kg.

Additional weight saving measures include the replacement of copper wiring with aluminium in 53 electrical circuits -effecting a 38% reduction in wiring loom mass, a 30% lighter starter motor, a smaller, lighter tailgate lock and striker mechanism, the adoption of a plastic fuel filler pipe, a plastic turbo air tube on the 1.4 D-4D turbodiesel engine, and a thinner instrument panel construction.

The reduced unsprung mass of the new Yaris promotes greater agility for ease of use in the urban environment.

Suspension — proven systems tuned for optimum performance

The new Yaris' front suspension is the independent, MacPherson strut system, which delivers high levels of ride comfort, driving safety, agility and grip, and a class-leading turning circle of just 4.7 metres.

In the interests of mass reduction, the revised system replaces the solid anti-roll bar, and steel strut bearing and stabiliser link of the current model with a hollow anti-roll bar, a plastic strut bearing and an aluminium stabiliser link. These weigh reduction measures improve the suspension's road tracking performance.

System performance has been enhanced through the adoption of a shock absorber 'initial valve' to improve damping force response, a rebound spring to reduce roll (in Sport grade models) and a change in lower arm bush characteristics. These revisions combine to reduce vibration and enhance ride smoothness while improving steering feel and yaw response.

To the rear, suspension mass reduction measures include a change of torsion beam inner tube from steel to aluminium and the adoption of a high-tensile material for the coil spring. A change in the torsion beam bush characteristics allied to an increase in spring rate lateral direction has improved the performance of the system, once again reducing vibration and enhancing ride comfort, while improving vehicle agility.

Improved steering feel and response

The new Yaris' Electric Power Steering (EPS) offers variable assistance for maximum urban manoeuvrability combined with optimum weight and feel during high speed driving.

For increased driver involvement, the steering column rake has been lowered by 3 degrees to 25 degrees to deliver a more engaging driving position. To improve steering feel and vehicle response, a quicker steering gear ratio has been adopted, increasing from 50 mm/rev to 56 mm/rev. The bearing rigidity of the rack and pinion gearing has also been improved to reduce friction and system play, further enhancing accuracy and feel.

To maintain ease of steering despite the adoption of a quicker gear ratio, the EPS motor power output has been increased from 55 A to 70 A.

Brakes and tyres

Incorporating Electronic Brakeforce distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), the new Yaris is equipped with the latest braking and stability systems.

The vehicle is fitted with 258 mm x 22 mm ventilated disc brakes to the front, and solid 278 mm x 9 mm discs or 203 mm drums to the rear. The braking system benefits from the latest generation actuator, a 9" brake booster, stronger servo assistance and a lightweight, highly rigid brake pedal constructed from thin, plasma welded plates, giving an improvement in pedal feel.

Newly developed, fuel efficient tyres offer ultra-low rolling resistance and excellent levels of grip with no impact on stopping distance, while their reduced vertical stiffness further improves ride comfort.

14" wheels are fitted with 175/70R 14 tyres and 15" wheels with and 175/65R 15 tyres. The rolling resistance coefficient of both the 14" and 15" tyres has been reduced, contributing to lower fuel consumption, while the dry mu of the 14" tyre has been increased to improve grip.

Designed to meet the highest active, passive and pedestrian impact safety standards

— Targeting 5-star Euro NCAP safety assessment rating

— Impact absorbing body and improved pedestrian protection performance

— Seven SRS airbags fitted as standard, with new twin-chamber front passenger side airbag

— Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats to reduce whiplash injuries during rear end collisions

— ABS, EBD, BA, TRC and VSC active safety systems fitted as standard

As with its predecessors, the new Yaris had been designed to offer the highest levels of active, passive and pedestrian impact safety performance, with the aim of achieving a maximum, 5-star Euro NCAP 2011 safety assessment rating.

The new Yaris has a lightweight yet high rigidity, impact-absorbing body shell of which some 50% by weight is fabricated in high tensile steel. The body has been designed to efficiently disperse front, side and rear collision energy, helping to reduce cabin deformation.

In cases of frontal collision, cabin deformation is suppressed by the absorption and dispersion of impact loads from the front bumper through the front side members, A pillars, rocker panel and underbody structure.

Three specific measures have been adopted to improve side impact performance: High-tensile steel is used for the outer side of the B pillars, roof rails and rockers, and for the upper B pillar door hinges. Bulkheads have been installed inside the rockers to ensure efficient impact load transfer and suppress rocker breakage. And impact energy-absorbing beams have been located within the door structure to mitigate impact force.

To the rear, bumper reinforcements and a crash box absorb the collision energy of a rear impact.

Pedestrian protection performance

The Yaris incorporates numerous features to maximise its pedestrian protection performance. Energy absorbing materials located on the leading edge of the front bumper reinforcement and the bottom end of the bumper help reduce impact energy directed at a pedestrian's legs.

An energy absorbing, pantograph bonnet structure incorporates a crushable cowl louver at its rear edge. The front wings incorporate an impact absorbing installation bracket structure. A low-impact bonnet hinge structure prevents the hinge arm from impacting the body in a collision, and the wiper pivot is mounted on a detachable structure.

Seven SRS airbags

The new Yaris may be equipped with up to seven SRS airbags driver and front passenger airbags, a driver's knee airbag, front side airbags and full-length side curtain shield airbags.

The front passenger side airbag is now fitted with two chambers to offer improved protection. It features larger volume cushions (thorax/abdomen 8 litres, pelvis 4.5 litres) and staggered deployment timing.

The pelvis bag inflates to a higher peak pressure to move the seat occupant out of the impact zone, applying force where body strength is highest. The thorax/abdomen bag inflates fractionally earlier and at a lower speed, tailoring force characteristics to the occupant's thorax and abdomen.

All front and rear seats feature three-point, ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) seatbelts. The ELR is designed to lock up the seatbelt when excessive load is applied over a preset value. Driver and front passenger seatbelts further benefit from a pre-tensioner and force limiter function. During a collision, the force limiter fractionally reduces seatbelt tension to lower occupant chest impact forces.

The new Yaris is fitted with ISOFIX mountings to ensure the easy and safe installation of child seats. The attachments take the form of two pairs of brackets located at the base of the rear seat squabs. In addition, CRS top tether anchor bars have been fitted to the rear seatback frames for the securing of child seats.

WIL seats

The Yaris is fitted with Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats to reduce whiplash injuries during rear end collisions. The revised WIL system features stronger seat frames to absorb higher impact velocities, and a refined head restraint shape to offer a better balance of comfort and protection.

Should a rear impact of sufficient velocity occur, the seat structure allows the occupant's upper body to sink backwards, matching the movement of the upper body to that of the head to reduce the risk of a whiplash injury.

ABS, EBD, BA, TRC and VSC Active Safety Systems

The new Yaris may be fitted with a comprehensive range of active safety systems, including an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).

EBD works with ABS to ensure that the most effective brake force is applied to each wheel, according to road conditions. By preventing the wheels from locking, EBD helps to maintain sure-footed stability during cornering and braking.

BA identifies the need for, and applies, additional braking force if the driver fails to apply sufficient force during emergency braking, or releases brake pressure too soon.

TRC monitors and controls the amount of power that is applied to the road through the car's wheels. If the system detects that one or more wheels is about to lose traction it instantly determines the best way to restore traction to that wheel, either by decreasing the power being sent to the wheel that is about to spin or, in more extreme cases, momentarily braking the wheel until it regains traction.

VSC is designed to prevent loss of car control when entering a corner too fast or in slippery conditions which might lead to a skid. Via sensors monitoring car body rotation, wheel speed and brake pressure, the system assesses vehicle stability and the proximity of either an understeer or oversteer slide.

The system restores stability by automatically adjusting engine output and applying smoothly modulated braking to the appropriate wheel individually, helping the driver to restore vehicle stability.

Greater Value, Improved Standard Equipment

— Simple four grade strategy offering comprehensive standard equipment at even Entry level

— Toyota Touch — a new approach to affordable touch screen multimedia systems

— Touch & Go — the best value satellite navigation system on the market

— Downloadable apps available from launch — new Facebook app puts Yaris drivers in touch with 180 million users

The new Yaris model range will be available in a choice of four grades —Entry, Active, Style and Lounge. Tailored to offer a stronger differentiation between them, each grade will offer customers a unique style and character, with dedicated interior zones for personalisation.

Active grade

Offering outstanding value for money, with a high level of interior refinement and an extremely generous standard equipment specification, the Active grade will attract new customers to the Toyota brand and is expected to represent the largest percentage of new Yaris sales.

It features soft touch dashboard and door panel trim, gun metal inserts, steering wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth switchgear, driver's seat height adjustment, and silver stitching to the leather steering wheel and gear lever surround. A full audio multimedia 6.1'' display interface with Bluetooth and USB/Aux connectivity incorporates a rear view camera, and manual air-conditioning is fitted as standard. With seven airbags, ABS and VSC, the Active grade also offers customers the highest levels of safety.

Style grade

The Style grade targets younger customers, offering the highest levels of standard equipment and the most dynamic, sporting, interior trim. Externally, it features a stiffer suspension set-up, 16" alloy wheels, front fog lamps with chrome surrounds and an integral rear spoiler. The interior includes grade-exclusive colour, trim and driver's instruments, driver and front passenger's seat height adjustment and armrest, and orange stitching for the steering wheel and hand break.

Lounge grade

The Lounge grade has been tailored to appeal to both existing Yaris owners and those downsizing from the C-segment. It features a grade-specific light grey finish for the soft touch dashboard pad and door panels, an exclusive seat trim, driver and front passenger's seat height adjustment and armrest, a newly introduced dual-zone automatic climate control system with ventilated glove box, electric rear windows, alloy wheels and front fog lamps.

Toyota Touch

Reflecting today's highly connected society, on-board multimedia systems are in increasing demand by customers of every automotive segment, regardless of vehicle price or model grade.

These customers require a system which gives centralized, touch screen control of the widest possible range of vehicle functions, as well as connectivity to external devices such as mobile phones and portable music players.

Toyota Touch is a 6.1 inch, full colour, touch screen interface which represents a new approach to affordable, on-board multimedia systems. Fitted, as standard, on the new Yaris from the Active grade, it incorporates 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.

On-screen 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 the French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Russian languages.

In addition, the system incorporates a rear view camera, fitted as standard. The image is displayed on the Toyota Touch screen when reverse gear is engaged, to assist with parking manoeuvres.

Toyota Touch & Go

Building on the Toyota Touch multimedia base unit, Toyota Touch & Go equips the new Yaris with a navigation system representing the best value for money 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.

In addition, 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 Toyota Touch & Go Apps will be available for download from launch, such as fuel price, weather and parking space information. In addition, A specific Facebook App has been developed to allow Yaris owners to stay in touch with the 180 million European Facebook users over the course of their journey.

Toyota Touch & Go has been designed specifically to be both flexible and affordable. The system can be up-dated with the newest functions or latest maps, as they become available.

Tailored specification packs

Carefully tailored to enhance on-board comfort and convenience, a number of upgrade Option Packs offer Yaris customers exceptional value for money.

A VIP pack features partial leather upholstery, privacy glass, and driver and front passenger footwell lighting.

A Sound pack incorporates a dual, 280 watt amplifier and 8 premium speakers. A Vision pack offers customers front foglamps and a panoramic sunroof with independent, front and rear opening sunshades.

A Senso pack features automatic wipers and headlamps, and an electro-chromatic rear view mirror. A Senso Smart pack adds smart entry to the Senso pack content. And a Design pack features 15" alloy wheels and front foglamps.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) — Maintaining the Highest Levels of Built-in Quality in the B-segment

— Further improvements in built-in quality sustain Yaris' reputation for Quality, Durability and Reliability

— Project development at TMMF began nearly twice as early as on any previous project

— Part quality ensured through early supplier involvement and extensive collaboration

Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) has been building the Yaris for a decade. It remains committed to delivering vehicles with the highest levels of built-in quality in the B-segment.

The Yaris has already established a reputation for outstanding levels of Quality, Durability and Reliability. Such quality can only be assured through its comprehensive integration into every facet of the Toyota manufacturing process.

Development of the new Yaris project at TMMF was based on three key pillars:

> First, the identification of improvement points from each of the current Yaris production areas, and the very early incorporation of these requirements into the development of the new vehicle structure.

> Second, the guarantee of a smooth transfer of the new Yaris assembly operation to plant members through proper training and a review of fundamental skills.

> Third, the continued improvement of built-in quality in the company's manufacturing processes, based on Toyota production System principles.

TMMF engineers were involved in the development of the new Yaris for three years before the start of production — a year and a half longer than on the previous generation vehicle.

All manufacturing and quality departments sent several engineers to Japan for between 6 to 18 months, to study and further improve the vehicle design. The feedback generated has proved highly beneficial in minimising potential production quality issues.

Key to maintaining built-in quality in the long term, TMMF also focused on ensuring that every part has been designed for more consistent quality over the course of repeated manufacture, allowing for greater control of both fitting accuracy and build quality.

Cross functional Business Reform working groups focusing on design, quality, suppliers and production were also established. Their aim is to review critical process characteristics to guarantee the built-in quality of five critical functions -braking, acceleration, turning, fuel leaks and potential fire starting points. This also further improves quality consciousness from team members, as well as strengthening warranty management and the critical process audit.

The direct involvement of suppliers in the vehicle production preparation process was also essential to ensure the highest possible quality.

This involvement takes the form of numerous diverse activities: Within an intensive supplier development programme, Toyota engineers are based at strategic supplier factories to share knowledge and assist in the achievement of the expected quality standards.

For new parts, Toyota uses Simultaneous Engineering —the early exchange of part design ideas and manufacturing techniques between the company and the supplier- as well as supplier parts tracking teams -multiple visits to the supplier to ensure quality milestones are achieved- to solve problems well before the start of production.

Immediately prior to the start of new Yaris mass production, every supplier visited TMMF on a regular basis, both before and during assembly trial periods. This allow for extensive discussion, design reviews and trial parts fitting, with the aim of identifying all potential problems.

Overall, a longer project development lead time within the Toyota plant and the early involvement of suppliers in the design process combine to guarantee the earliest possible identification of problems. Such measures are fundamental to the Toyota culture of continuous improvement, and will ensure that the new Yaris offers customers the highest levels of built-in quality in the B-segment.