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More quality, more style, and more efficiency is what the new Toyota Yaris is all about, and we’ll see it here in Australian showrooms in the final quarter of 2011.

Yaris has been a huge success for the Toyota Motor Corporation with global sales topping 3.5 million sales in over 70 countries. Australia has been well and truly part of that success with combined sales of Echo and Yaris of over 200,000 units and was the light car segment leader from 2003 to 2008.

The new Yaris is a third generation model and it seems Toyota have gone to considerable effort to produce another class leading car with plenty of noticeable improvements over the outgoing model.

The 2012 Toyota Yaris with sharper styling and a step up when it comes to quality, materials and entertainment technology, such as their ‘Touch and Go’ affordable multimedia system.

Standard fit in all but the entry level Yaris (at least in the UK) will be the Toyota Touch audio system, which provides touchscreen controls, Bluetooth, a USB port and a rear parking camera. Buyers will then be able to upgrade to the full Toyota Touch and Go system, which adds full map satellite navigation, as well as a range of information services that can be accessed via mobile phones via a customer portal.

Again, in the UK, the Yaris is being offered with three engines, depending on your choice of trim. There is a Euro 5 – compliant 1.0 litre petrol, 1.33 litre petrol and 1.4D – 4D diesel engine.

Transmissions include a five-speed manual for the three-cylinder 1.0 litre VVT-i, which makes 51 kW and 93 Nm; same goes for the 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i generating 73 kW and 125
Nm of torque although, the optional Multidrive S Continuously variable Transmission (CVT) is available as an option with this more powerful engine. The added benefit of this unit is that it will allow the driver to engage a manual override and shift using the gear-shift lever or steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

For those wanting the ultimate frugality the 1.4-litre D-4D diesel powerplant with particulate filter, standard transmission is a six-speed manual transmission. The outputs are 66 kW and a not too shabby 205 Nm between 1800 and 2800 rpm. The combined cycle fuel usage is a highly efficient 3.2L/100km, while CO2 emissions are 104g/km.

Acceleration times for the 0-100km/h sprint are as follows: 1.0 litre VVT-i with 5-speed manual in 15.3 seconds; 1.33 Dual VVT-i with six-speed manual in 11.7 seconds; 1.33 Dual VVT-i with MDS in 11.7 seconds and the 1.4D-4D diesel with six-speed manual in 10.8 seconds.

The latest Yaris is just 100mm longer than the pervious model, but the overall width remains unchanged at 1695mm. Height has been reduced by 20mm, meaning a lower centre of gravity and a sportier overall stance.

Suspension up front across the new Yaris range is care of MacPherson struts with anti-roll bar and Torsion beam down back. Brakes are a combination of ventilated discs and drums on the rear (that’s a little disappointing) , while 15 and 16-inch alloys are available. Steering is Rack and pinion with electric power assisted.

The interior design is a big step up with new soft touch sections and an overall clean, stylish layout. The three-spoked sports leather stitched steering wheel looks the part, as does the sports trim on the seats. There is also plenty of metal look trim accents, which no doubt make the new Yaris a nice place to be.

It’s roomy too, with loadspace growing to 347 litres and extending to 768 litres when the split fold rear seats are lowered flat. Rear access through the tailgate will also be better for large boxes etc, as the aperture has increased in width by 20mm.

The top of the range ‘T Spirit’ models feature a new all-glass panoramic roof (similar to that which Peugeot use in the 308 Touring) as standard equipment along with Dual-zone climate control, front fog lamps, Automatic headlights and wipers, Auto-dimming rear view mirror and Smart entry and start, and all Yaris variants come with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).

Let’s just hope Australia gets the diesel option as well. Which engine would you go for in the new Toyota Yaris?

  • bold

    “Standard fit in all but the entry level Yaris (at least in the UK) will be the Toyota Touch audio system”

    Now wait and see what australian branch will put in entry level Yaris …

    • CRS200

      You will be lucky if it comes with more than 2 Airbags and Traction Control Assist.

  • fishman

    Don’t be ridiculous – of course we won’t get the diesel. Why would Toyota actually give Oz buyers what they want.

    The diesel version has been around for ages already – I drove a rental one from Paris to the South of France and back, and it was a super little engine. Of course you have to know how to change gears to drive one of these.

    Otherwise, this actually looks like a decent update to this car…

    • Yonny

      Yes, no way will Toyota bring in the diesel model. You can practically guarantee it.

      With no discernible point of difference, why would anyone look at the Yaris if they’re in the market for a small hatch (apart from a fading reputation for Toyota reliability).

    • Aussie bender

      The diesel variant is the only model I’d consider in the small Toyota line-up. The same could be said for the Corolla. For a small car it’s fuel consumption is ridiculous.

      After suffering with a few of these rental cars, you cannot even fit a full size suitcase in the old model’s boot. I see they came to their senses and made it a little bigger.

  • Jim Sim

    Only the 1.33 petrol will be coming to Australia and no Toyota Touch audio system for Australia aswell..
    This is confirmed.

  • A

    Every review I’ve read has said the same unsurprising thing – the existing competition is already ahead. I’m not a Toyota hater, but I look at the facts and I got on what they’ve been like to drive when I’ve driven them and they’re always just behind when the bring a new model out and I think they rely too much on blind customer loyalty.

    • A

      Actually, just to add, in contrast to what I’ve read about the Yaris I’m hearing excellent things about the new Rio. And it will doubtless be cheaper and better equipped. Not to mention it looks great.

  • Toyota Guru

    What’s the bet Toyota just carry over the 1.3 and 1.5 litre engines from the current Yaris, same goes with the old 5 speed manual and 4 speed auto boxes. Those NZ engines are at least 12 years old now, they were in the first Echos.


    Toyota Australia please wake up!

  • Jake Williams

    Wow, 66kW/205Nm and a six-speed manual equalling 3.2l/100km. That sounds pretty good, but of course they wont bring it here! For the second time in my life, I’m almost impressed by a Toyota product!

    • Naughtyius Maximus

      Hey Jake…..what town you live at????????? I know someone with your name!

  • Alexander

    I actually really like the look of the new Yaris, it’s less over done and deliberately over designed than the Fiesta/Mazda 2 etc, yet not totally boring like the Polo. I bet anything the ridiculously annoying/conservative Toyota Oz will pair it up to the current engine/trans combos, although it will probably still sell well anyway. I hope it is true that they’ll pair it to the 1.33 with the manual and CVT…

    CA, from other press releases i’ve read the 1.4D gets 3.9l/100km (103g/km divided by 26.1 = 3.9l/100km)

    • Alexander

      *meant to type 104g/km

  • Eric V

    Toyota Australia have put all their pennies into the hybrid basket and I wonder how much of this decision was forced upon them by the left-wing socialist mob that are currently in power in Canberra.
    The reality is that the diesel option is the here and now of greater fuel efficiency and if the Yaris comes with a diesel in Australia it will sell, and sell very well.
    The current Yaris is a good thing, if a bit long in the tooth, but this update looks good and would probably be a class leader if it has the diesel.
    Over to you Toyota if you want a serious shot at next years Car Of The Year awards.

    • Alexander

      I’m not disagreeing or disagreeing with you, but do you seriously think the government influences the decisions of car companies right down to what engines they offer in Australia on a car that isn’t even produced here? That’s a real push. the Diesel would probably be too expensive in Australia and wouldn’t sell as well as you’d think, the majority of Fiestas are petrols despite it being available in diesels, most VW Polos are still petrols and the Fiat Punto used to sell a majority of petrol models.

      Diesel being an option of greater efficiency?. There’s a Hybrid Yaris coming thats confirmed to offer better economy than an Auris(Corolla) hybrid (3.8l/100km), which is already lower than the combined 3.9l/100km of the Yaris 1.4D, and will emmit a minimum of 15g less c02 than the diesel (burning 3.9l/100km of diesel will emmit 104 g/km, 3.8l/100km of petrol will emmit 89g/km. This is relevant in Europe where cars under 99g/km get exemption from some taxes and congestion charges etc.

      • Eric V

        Alexander, the Federal Government has given a lot of money over the past few years to Toyota for ‘green’ initiatives. If it was not for this money the Camry Hybrid wouldn’t be built in Altona. It would not surprise me if the decision to stop a diesel Toyota being sold in Australia is part of the deal.
        It seems to be a mantra in Canberra, ‘Never let common sense get in the way of ideology’
        Diesel = dirty, hybrid = blue skies and fluffy white clouds.
        If you are a private buyer looking to decide between a hybrid and a diesel you would have to seriously doubt the hybrid as a long-term proposition with it’s added complexity and unknown expenses towards the end of the battery life
        If we see the Swift, the 2 and the Yaris being offered with diesels in the coming years buyers would be offered some seriously efficient vehicles at realistic prices. In the next decade that is going to be more important than ever before.

        • Alexander

          Simply, burning diesel will never be as clean as petrol. When AdBlue filters etc are applied to diesels it actually drives fuel economy upwards and makes them loose power, litre for litre a Diesel will emmit more c02 than petrol, while contributing far more to air pollution (more N0x, carcinogenics etc). If not hybrids, more resources should be put into efficient petrol engines. I did ridiculous amounts of research on hybrids and diesels before choosing which to buy, historically there are very few issues that Prius’ face, on PriusChat.com there are plenty of Prius’ still going very strong with well over 200,000km and 300,00km, all with original batteries and engines. Prius batteries are known to be good for over 500,000km, easily. Servicing wise i’ve never had to pay more than $250, Toyota’s latest hybrids are beltless engines and generally never need any attention to brakes as the friction brakes are only used to slow the car in emergencies and under 15km/h. Think what you want about a Prius, but they are great long term propositions, there is VERY little that goes wrong on them, if the battery WERE to go wrong (less than 5 batteries have gone wrong in OZ – all of them high mileage taxis or water damaged cars), they’re about $3,000 to replace, or $2,000 if you want a refurbished one.

          I personally dislike Brown, Gillard and Abbott relatively equally, Toyota is like Honda, they don’t sell Diesels in OZ because they sell hybrids, they build an image behind the hybrids. Plus, their diesels (from what i’ve read) are nowhere near as good as euro diesels.

          If everyone switched to a diesel car, air quality would deteriorate greatly, diesels are causing some great problems in European cities air quality wise. Diesel will also run out one day, switching from petrols to diesels would just shift the problem, Hybrids atleast force battery development which will cheapen them at the same time.

          • mrxandthexfactor

            Finally!! A man that talks sense! Car company use diesels only to achieve lower fuel consumption figures. The government is really stupid. They give a higher ‘green’ rating for diesel vehicles because they have lower carbon emissions; they don’t consider the particulates that come out of the exhaust. Daft!

          • Alexander

            @ mrxandthexfactor if you check out the Green Vehicle Guide website, it’s actually diesel cars that are very lowly rated, EVs, Hybrids and Petrols dominate the top 20. Fiesta Econetic isn’t even in the top 20 (no diesels are) nor does it score air pollution wise. The most i’ve seen is a diesel rated at 4 stars and 5/10 for air pollutants.

        • maple leaf

          My Prius hybrid has over 300,000 kms on clock. No problem whatsoever. Replaced the tyres, paid the rego, CTP and routine maintenance. No timing belt changes (no belt), no engine reconditioning (as its a hybrid), no transmission repairs (as there is no gearbox). So I do not know what “expensive” maintenance you are talking about.

          If the battery starts to wear down, I can get one from the US for $500 or so.

          Yes, its boring transportation but its bloody reliable. I have traded my other cars but this Prius still stands in my 3 car garage.

  • F1

    There is no big market for diesel in Australia, in the UK and EU diesel engines are like 80% of the cars.. Australia/USA/Canada petrol is the dominant..

    Even cars like fiesta or polo petrol Is more popular despite a diesel variant available..

    So why will Oyota bother bringing a variant if the Yaris which will not sell..

    • nickdl

      To catch on to an ever-expanding market. With sub 4L/100km fuel efficiency and more pace than the petrol equivalents, the Yaris diesel would sell like hotcakes here in a few years time when the price of fuel goes up. Australia is moving towards smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles and Toyota would be mad not to offer the Yaris diesel here. Since Toyota Aus are mad, the most probably won’t offer it, but I hope to be proven wrong.

  • O

    100 bucks they don’t bring the diesel , they won’t bring touch and go but rather shove there ugly system in that’s in all there cars rather than a nice flush fitting item, o and f1 diesel sales are picking up, BMW and vw now have a large number of diesel sales as do most of the euro brands, it’s only the locals getting left behind

  • David

    Rather get the Kia Rio.

    • Forsz

      Kia isn’t as cheap as you would think.. The top end rio will be no less then 26k..

      The current Kia cerato is not doing well anyway..

      • JK

        I think David is entitled to his own opinion, as you are to yours, but i think it’s wrong to criticize someone for their taste.

      • J

        Pricing for the Yaris or Rio hasn’t been announced yet so let’s not jump to conclusions as to who costs more.

    • Samr

      That is TWO comments here for a Rio from obviously industry sprukers.

      I would not be caught dead in a Kia, especially a Rio.

  • http://caradvice craigMM

    Toyota needs to stop dragging out their model runs beyond each models use by date. By the time the next generation arrives it’s already behind. Also this practice of carrying over their already outdated engines and transmissions compounds the problem.
    I admire VW because of their way of continually updating engines at almost every update. Why can’t Toyota? can’t afford it?

    • QAZ

      Maybe. Since VW charges a lot more.

  • bangel

    Am i seeing little speakers on the floor , if so how long will they last when i kick em with me 11 doc’s .

  • MeestaNob!

    It’s still crap and will still sell in inexplicably large quantities.


  • mrxandthexfactor

    Tell David Buttner we want all those equipment so they can be brought Down Under!

  • Ng0

    Yeah diesel is much more harmful to the environment then gasoline..

    A gram of diesel would do much more damage then say a gram of gasoline CO2

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

      Tell me you’ve heard of a particulate filter!

      • Alexander

        It still doesn’t totally filter out everything…

        • Model T

          With a particulate filter there is no smoke coming out of the exhaust. Long gone are the days of smoky diesels.

          • Alexander

            You still have far more N0x and other pollutants than a petrol, more C02 litre for litre and they add to the cost of a diesel over a petrol.

          • Weegee

            Yeah but gram for gram how much further do you get from diesel compared to petrol? So all this talk of diesels being dirty and more polluting is a moot point the petrol engine has to run for longer further to get the same distance and range! So probably is all the same in the end also the electric people saying how great Hybrids are forget to mention how polluting the batteries are to produce for starters and secondly to by a hybrid prius is about 10-15K more expensive than a diesel, diesels sell in Europe for a reason we are just slow on the pick up here.

  • JD

    the interior is just depressing 😐

  • Mr Gaspo

    Diesel with a CVT would sell like mad at the right price… I don’t want another petrol 4 speed auto. Are the numskulls at Toyota listening?

  • Tony

    Is the AWD yaris coming to Oz? If it does i’m getting it!

  • Byron


  • Bum

    Looks like a Pug 207

  • Paul

    I have a 2009 Yaris now I will be getting the new model when it arrives
    The old model will be going to my daughter

    Diesel would be good however I only purchase automatic models and most small car diesels only come in manual gearbox configuration, but I wont have to worry about it as I don’t believe Australia will be getting any

    I have read all the preceding posts and I am also keen on the hybrid model
    Anyone have updates on pricing

  • Tumelo

    i just want to know if this new Yaris 2012 is already reache South Africa, and ifit is,is the diesel model one will be available.