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2016 Toyota Yaris news, pictures, specifications, and information

2016 Toyota Yaris Has That Suave European Look, and the Value Looks Great, Too

•European design wîth wind-cheating aerodynamics
•Roomy, quiet cabin wîth soft-touch materials
•Nine airbags, including front seat cushion airbags
•Only car in §egmènt wîth choice of 3- and 5-door models
•Yaris Entune® Audio standard; navigation available

Toyota introduced extensive updates to Yaris for model-year 2015, bringing distinctive European design to the entry-level §egmènt. The European touch continues for 2016 wîth the introduction of two new color combos, pairing Barcelona Red or Crushed Ice wîth a Black Sand Pearl roof.

The Euro look is the real deal: the Yaris was designed in Toyota's ED2 design studio in the South of France. Toyota also builds the new Yaris in France, giving this little car a bit of international intrigue. With its low windshield angle, short overhangs and wheels pushed out to the corners, the Yaris looks ready to pounce on the road, but beneath the crisp lines is a smooth-riding machine. The horizontal chrome grille trim and large grille opening create a sporty face and a line to other Toyota cars.

European cities are known for some narrow streets, where, when you see a home that's got 'old world charm,' it might mean it was built 400 years ago! The considerably more modern Yaris easily navigates such historic paths and those closer to home quite adroitly thanks to a class-leading 31.5-ft. turning circle (3-door model).

The bold look of the Yaris also brings a new, more vibrant attitude in tune wîth the car's customers. The choice of 3-door and 5-door body styles remains an exclusive in the §egmènt. Behind the rear seats, there's up to 15.6 cu. ft. of carrying space (in the five-door model), which increases significantly when the seatbacks are lowered.

Silence is Golden – but Affordable
The rigid body structure and sporty suspension tuning endow the Yaris wîth sporty agility and a smooth, quiet ride that customers of all ages can appreciate. The quietness comes also from an acoustic glass windshield and strategically placed sound -absorbing and sound-insulating materials throughout the car. Wind-cheating aerodynamics, including the car's 0.30 coefficient of drag (Cd), and specially shaped side mirrors help to cut both drag and wind noise.

Vital Stats
Engine : 1.5 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 106 hp
Torque: 103 ft-lbs

5-speed Manual, 4-speed Automatic
Rocker panel protectors, asphalt sheets for the floor panel and silencers for the floor tunnel help cut road noise, and under-hood insulators block engine noise from entering the cabin. Foam-type sound insulation material injected into hollow structural spaces blocks outside noise.

Fun Yet Frugal
Fun, functionality and frugality come together in the Toyota Yaris. The smooth-revving 1.5-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder DOHC engine equipped wîth variable valve timing wîth intelligence (VVT-i) produces 106 hp at 6,000 rpm and 103 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. The broad torque curve makes those numbers seem even bigger when you're driving the Yaris, which offers snappy response wîth either transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)


A smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission, made smoother by a hydraulic clutch, is standard on the L grade. An available four-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission features a compact, lightweight design and low friction for high fuel efficiency. EPA estimated city/highway/combined mpg wîth a manual transmission is 30/37/33 and 30/36/32 for models equipped wîth the automatic.

The more rigid body structure, together wîth retuned suspension, provide for a smoother, more confident ride. The Yaris rides on front MacPherson-strut and rear torsion-beam suspension systems. Sport-tuned electric power §teering helps make the Yaris nimble and easy to park on crowded city streets, and there's no hydraulic fluid to ever check or replace. The Yaris L rides on 15-inch steel wheels and the LE comes wîth 15-inch alloy wheels as standard.

Get Sporty: Yaris SE
The SE grade gives the Yaris an especially sporty look wîth its black front grille wîth piano black accent, rear spoiler, rear diffuser, black exterior trim, black headlight trim and machined spoke 16-inch alloy wheels wîth 195/50R16 tires. Also, on the SE grade other drivers see you more easily thanks to new LED daytime running lights, a touch inherited from luxury models. The SE adds performance function, too wîth four-wheel disc brakes.

Inside, the leather-trimmed tilt three-spoke §teering wheel includes audio controls and standard cruise control.

Nine Airbags
The Yaris packs big safety into a small package. Protection in a collision starts wîth an impact-absorbing body structure that makes wide use of high-tensile strength steel to effectively absorb and distribute collision forces. The 2016 Yaris models have nine SRS airbags, including: •Driver and front-passenger dual-stage airbags
•Front seat side airbags
•Front seat cushion airbags
•Side curtain shield airbags
•Driver's knee airbag
Like all Toyota vehicles, the 2016 Yaris features the Star Safety System™, which includes:
•Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
•Traction Control (TRAC)
•Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
•Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
•Smart Stop Technology (Toyota's brake-override system)
The Advanced Whiplash Injury-Lessening (WIL) front-seat structure helps to ensure that the region from the head to the lower back are equally supported, helping to reduce whiplash-type injuries during certain types of rear end collisions.

Firm Where Needed, Soft Where It Counts
Toyota imbued the new-generation Yaris wîth a feeling of solidity and quality throughout. That feeling carries through to even small details that make for a pleasant ownership experience. The glovebox damper, for example, lets the compartment open wîth a smoothness seen on luxury models. Dual extendable sun visors wîth vanity mirrors are a convenience some entry cars leave out.

The Yaris cabin design clearly defines the driver and front passenger spaces, and the instrument gauge cluster conveys a sporty intent. Below the large speedometer, an LCD multi-information display includes functions for odometer, trip meter, clock, outside temperature, fuel economy, and average speed.

High-quality materials throughout the Yaris cabin set the tone for an overall premium feel that feels a 'class above.' Soft-touch trim for the instrument panel and front doors feature a leather-like grain to give their surfaces a high-quality look and feel. The LE grade features bright trim around the instrument gauges and shifter bezel. The sporty SE adds piano black interior trim accents, a leather-trimmed §teering wheel and shift lever and contrast white stitching to the seats.

The seats themselves were made a bit larger last year, wîth a higher front-of-cushion, to ensure comfort for longer drives. The side bolsters were extended higher, too, for a more body-hugging feel. Storage compartments around the cabin, including numerous small pockets around the driver's seat, keep digital devices and other items secure.

Toyota Value: The Gold Standard
The Yaris comes in L, LE and SE grades, each a mono-spec trim that eliminates option packages. Standard features include air conditioning, sport-tuned electric power §teering, 3-spoke tilt §teering wheel, power door locks wîth illuminated entry, cargo area cover and lamp, power windows wîth driver's side auto up/down, and color-keyed folding outside mirrors. The Yaris LE adds the convenience of power mirrors, cruise control, §teering wheel audio controls, and a remote keyless entry system wîth engine immobilizer.

In all Yaris models, the standard Entune Audio includes a 6.1-inch touch screen, an AM/FM CD player wîth MP3/WMA playback capability, six speakers, HD Radio™ wîth iTunes® Tagging, auxiliary audio jack, ÚSB port wîth iPod® connectivity and control, hands-free phone capability, voice recognition, and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology. A navigation system is an available port, or dealer-installed, option.

Clever details add convenience and value in the Yaris. The wide-sweeping single windshield wiper design uses an innovative wet-arm washer system that sprays washer fluid from the base of the wiper arm directly into the blade's path for improved cleaning. All models come wîth a standard rear window wiper.

Anyone who's ever felt the annoyance and embarrassment of leaving a dome light on overnight, only to find a dead battery the next day, will appreciate that it won't happen in a 2016 Yaris; an automatic cut-off system will turn off any interior lights after 20 minutes if the ignition is switched off.

Combine all that wîth big fuel economy estimates and the brand's penchant for high QDR (Quality, Dependability and Reliability), and you've got a stellar small car in the 2016 Toyota Yaris.

Toyota Quality, Warranty and Care
Toyota's 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-car warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and against corrosion wîth no mileage limitation.

The Yaris also comes standard wîth Toyota Care, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Source - Toyota
Seeking car enthusiasts that wanted more style and innovation, the Yaris was popular with buyers who also wanted an economical and practical small car. Introduced in 1999 the Toyota Yaris was a huge sensation. Well built, economical and fun to drive, the Yaris was considered to be a great value for the price. A new compact car from Toyota, the Yaris is available in two-door hatchback form and 4-door sedans. According to the manufacturer, the Yaris offers very good fuel mileage, up to forty miles per gallon.

The baby of the Toyota range, the Toyota Yaris has been tagged as the ‘Clever Car'. Economical with its 1.3 liter engine, the Yaris utilizes the same engine as the Scion xA and xB. Toyota was aiming for the older customer base rather than the youth-oriented xA model. While the youth was focused on the Scion with their disposable income on dealer customization options, thrifty consumers concerned about gas price's of today will buy the economical Yaris.

The Yaris has a lighter curbside weight in comparison to the Scion xA

Designed by Sotiris Kovos, the Toyota Vitz, Toyota Yaris liftback and the Toyota Echo hatchbacks are all models of a small subcompact vehicle originally launched by Toyota in 1999. The Vitz is a 3 and 5 door hatchback automobile that is sold in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa as the Yaris. In Canada, the US, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and Canada the vehicle is known as the Echo hatchback up until 2005.

Assembled in Toyota City, Japan, the Toyota Yaris debuted in Europe in early 1999. Following the launch of the European Yaris hatchback a slightly updated version was introduced in Canada for the 2005 model year as the Echo hatchback. The Toyota Echo that was released in the U.S. was the sedan model only. In 2000 the Toyota Yaris was voted as European Car of the Year, beating the impressive Fiat Multipla.

Rather than utilizing conventional instruments, both the Echo and Yaris hatchbacks used digital instruments mounted in a ‘pod' located in the center of the dashboard. Both the Yaris T Sport and the Canadian Echo hatchback had a conventional speedometer that was mounted in the center of the dashboard.

Originally available with gasoline-powered 4-cylinder 1.0 L or 1.3 L engines with Toyota's VVT-I technology, the European Yaris came with the ‘warm hatch' 1.5 L T Sport that followed in 2001. In 2003 the Yaris underwent a facelift that featured the 1.4 L D4-D diesel engine that offered 75 hp. This same diesel engine was licensed to BMW for use in their MINI One D model. Still maintaining low fuel consumption and emissions, the engine management systems gave the equivalent of 1.4 liter performance from a 1.0 liter engine.

The European Yaris T-Sport; the Japanese Vitz RS 3-door hatchback debuted in 2001 powered b y a 1.5 L engine. With a sportier suspension along with extra power compared to the 1.3 L model, the 1.5 L T Sport was considered to be ‘more fun to drive' than the base models. Fitted with a turbo-charger, the Vitz RS was eventually modified by TRD, Toyota Racing Developments. With a power output of almost 120 kW, a limited run was produced and 1-60 was achieved in only seven seconds.

Looking almost identical to the European Yaris, the Echo was very popular in Canada, a place where smaller vehicles are much more popular that in the U.S. The 3 and 5-door hatchback models were introduced in 2004 to the Canadian Toyota lineup due to the extremely high sales. Larger bumpers were added to meet Canadian safety requirements.

Introduced late in the year 1999, the Echo was introduced in Australia and was also very popular. The Echo was produced to replace the Starlet, and was sold as either a 3 or 5 door hatchback and was available with only the 1.31 VVT-I engine. Available for a limited time in Australia was an Echo Sportivo variant that was fitted with the 1.51 VVT-I engine. The European Yaris T-Sport and the Sportivo were very similar.

In 2000 the Yaris Verso debuted. An exciting and interesting addition to the range, the Verso utilized the same running gear as the hatchback, but featured a more practical interior. The model was sold as the ‘Fun Cargo' in Japan. In 2004 the Verso was replaced by the Ractis.

Early on in 2005, the Vitz was redesigned by Toyota and went on sale immediately in Japan. By the end of 2005 the second generation Vitz was released to the European, Canadian, Mexican, Australian and Puerto Rican markets. The vehicle was sold as the ‘Yaris' for the first time in both the North American and Australian markets. On January of 2006 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the USA 2007 Toyota Yaris was introduced for the first time. To this day the Yaris continues to be a popular sell in Europe, especially Britain. The Yaris is produced in Japan, Thailand and France.

The 3-cylinder engine was replaced with the 4-cylinder 1.0 VVT-i engine that is also found in the Toyota Aygo and Daihatsu Sirion. Offering a bit more power, the 1.4 D-4D received a 15 PS boost to 90 PS. Nine airbags were offered for the first time in a car of its class.

Utilizing the Toyota NZ engine, the Canadian Yaris hatchback is featured in both 3 and 5-door models and features a 1.5 L 4-cylinder VVT-i engine that is rated at 106 hp an 103 ft·lbf of torque. Rated at 40 miles per gallon; highway and 34 mpg; city, the '06 Yaris with the 1.5 liter engine is quite impressive. 14 inch wheels came on the 3-door CE and 5-door LE versions and the RS models are equipped with 15-inch alloys with standard anti-lock braking system and Electronic Brake force Distribution.

Sharing much with the Canadian model, the US Yaris comes standard with the 1.5 liter VVT-i engine and five speed manual transmission while the four speed automatic ECT is optional. The 3-door Vitz shares the Yaris name with the Toyota Belta sedan. The ‘Yaris Liftback' name is used on the 3-door model while the 5-door model is not sold in the U.S. The Scion xD is too similar to the 5-door and thus makes it ridiculous to compete. Optional ABS and optional side and head airbags are available on the US model. All-weather guard packages are offered in the US models rather that the CE, LE and RS packages for the Canadian hatchback

Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show, the Toyota Yaris T-Sport was unveiled in 2007 and was powered by the new 130 bhp 1.8 2ZR-FE DOHC L dual VVT-i I4 petrol engine, which reached 100 km/h in less than 10 seconds. 17 inch alloy wheels, a newly redesigned bumper at the rear, a tail spoiler, deep side skirts and a mesh grille at the front were featured on the T-Sport.

By Jessica Donaldson
 
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