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2008 Toyota Yaris

Yaris Brings Toyota Refinement To Subcompact Segment

The Toyota Yaris brings a high level of refinement, sophistication, and a fun-to-drive experience to the entry subcompact §egmènt. The most affordable passenger car in the Toyota model lineup, Yaris is available in four-door Sedan and three-door Liftback models.

For 2008, the Yaris adds the sport-themed Liftback S model and features color-keyed front and rear under-bumper spoilers, amber illuminated tachometer, sport seat fabric, a leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob, rear window defroster, rear window wiper, AM/FM/CD player wîth MP3/WMA capability, universal mini-jack port and 'S' badging. The Liftback S model's standard 15-inch steel wheels can be upgraded wîth optional aluminum-alloy wheels.

Yaris combines contemporary exterior styling and an upscale interior wîth truly impressive fuel efficiency and overall low cost of ownership. Toyota engineered Yaris to be enjoyable to own and drive, and offers customers numerous options to individualize their cars.

2008 Toyota Yaris
'Yaris of course has strong appeal for its affordability and excellent fuel efficiency, yet Toyota designed it as a car that customers will want to own for its styling, quality and driveability,' said Jim Lentz, executive vice president Toyota Motor Sales, Ú.S.A., Inc.

The Liftback is available in six colors and Sedan is offered in nine colors. Only two colors, Polar White and Black Sand Pearl, are shared by both body styles for an array of 13 color choices over the two models.

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

Sophisticated Styling
Styled at Toyota's European design studio, ED², and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Design Division, the Yaris Liftback features a strong, modern mono-form shape wîth short overhangs. Its arched beltline and wheels pushed outward at each corner give Yaris Liftback an assertive stance. Integrated bumpers and headlamps and color-keyed door handles and mirrors give the Yaris a sophisticated appearance. The distinctive rear styling features large taillights, and the wide liftgate provides easy cargo area access.

The Yaris Sedan is not only dimensionally different than the Liftback, but features its own styling. In front, the grille is framed by sharp character lines integrated into the aerodynamic hood and windshield. Like the Liftback, the Sedan features a 'T' face grille that emphasizes the Toyota identity. Eliminating outer moldings from the windshield and door glass helps to enhance aerodynamics and reduce wind noise. In the rear, the tail lamps frame a wide trunk opening. The trunk lid extends down to the bumper molding to provide a substantial appearance as well as easy trunk access.

The Yaris Sedan rides on a longer version of the platform, wîth a 100.4-inch wheelbase versus 96.9 inches for the Liftback. The Yaris Sedan has an overall length of 169.3 inches compared to 150.6 inches for the Liftback, and the Sedan is 2.5 inches lower than the Liftback, as well. A low 0.29 coefficient of drag ensures aerodynamic efficiency for both models.

High-Strength Construction
The Yaris is built around a highly rigid yet lightweight structure incorporating strategic use of high-tensile steel. The inherent strength of the Yaris platform allowed Toyota to tune the suspension for quick responses yet wîth a compliant ride. The body structure incorporates damping materials in strategic locations throughout to reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), helping to make Yaris quiet and comfortable for long trips.

Fun-To-Drive Performance and Handling
The Yaris's 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is equipped wîth variable valve timing wîth intelligence (VVT-i) and produces 106 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 103 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 RPM. Both models come wîth a standard five-speed manual transmission and offer an available four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The automatic features uphill/downhill shift logic to reduce gear 'hunting' to help ensure smooth performance when driving in hills.

2008 Toyota Yaris
Yaris fuel efficiency is among the best in the subcompact §egmènt, wîth EPA fuel economy ratings of 29 MPG city /36 MPG highway for manual transmission models and 35/29 for the automatic. Yaris is EPA-certified as an Últra-Low Emission vehicle (ÚLEV II).

The L-arm MacPherson strut front suspension includes a 0.9-inch stabilizer bar. A hydroformed torsion beam axle for the rear suspension provides the necessary anti-roll stabilization, eliminating the need for a separate anti-roll bar. Yaris suspension and §teering have been tuned to deliver responsive handling and excellent maneuverability, including a remarkably small 32.6-ft. turning radius. Both the Liftback and Sedan (Sedan S has standard P185/60R15) ride on standard P175/65 R14 tires wîth steel wheels and full wheel covers and offer available 15-inch steel or aluminum-alloy wheels.

Spacious, Practical and Comfortable Interior
The Yaris Liftback interior provides roominess that belies its exterior dimensions. The upscale and comfortable cabin provides rear seating for three wîth headrests in all seating positions. The rear seatback folds down to expand cargo capacity from 9.3 cubic feet to 25.7 cubic feet. A 60/40 split rear seatback wîth reclining feature is included in the optional Power Package.

The instrument cluster is center-mounted, high on the dash to enhance forward visibility. Both Yaris models provide easy-to-reach audio and climate controls, an array of storage spaces including a center console wîth built-in storage, and cupholders in the front and rear.

Generous standard convenience features on both the Yaris Liftback and Sedan include air conditioning; tilt §teering wheel; a gated shift lever (with optional automatic transmission); tinted glass; digital clock; a map light; intermittent windshield wipers wîth mist control; and dual sunvisors wîth vanity mirrors.

2008 Toyota Yaris
Both models offer rear seating for three wîth headrests in each seating position. Standard on the Yaris Sport and available on the Sedan are 60/40 folding rear seatbacks wîth a fold-down center armrest and cupholder. With the 60/40 seatbacks up, the Sedan's spacious trunk offers nearly 12.9 cu. ft. of capacity, and folding the seatbacks expands that to 25.7 cu. ft.

Yaris helps protect its occupants wîth a reinforced cabin that integrates front and rear crumple zones and energy-absorbing materials on the roof and doors. Yaris is equipped wîth height-adjustable headrests and three-point seatbelts in all five seating positions, and the front seatbelts integrate pretensioners and force limiters.

Standard driver and passenger advanced dual-stage front airbags (SRS) inflate according to collision severity. A front seat passenger sensor is designed to detect how much weight is on the seat to determine whether the airbag should inflate and the correct inflation power.

Front-seat-mounted side airbags wîth first and second row roll-sensing side curtain airbags are available as options, as is an anti-lock brake system (ABS). The rear seat is equipped wîth the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) uniform child restraint anchorage system.

Yaris is available wîth a number of comfort and convenience options, as well as a selection of accessories for individualization. A convenience package that is standard on Yaris Sport and available on the Sedan and Liftback adds an AM/FM CD player wîth MP3 capability and universal mini-jack port; a rear defroster; 15-inch steel wheels wîth full wheel covers; 60/40 folding rear seatbacks (Sedan only) and a rear wiper (Liftback only).

The optional Power Package equips all Yaris models, except for the Liftback S, wîth power door locks, windows, and mirrors; AM/FM/CD audio system wîth MP3 capability and audio mini-jack; rear defroster and 15-inch steel wheels wîth covers. For the Sedan, the Power Package also includes ABS, a tachometer (standard on manual transmission models), upgraded trim and cruise control. For the Liftback, the Power Package also adds a 60/40 split rear seat that slides, reclines, and folds completely flat.

With the Power Package selected, customers can individualize the Yaris wîth stand alone options, which include 15-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, a rear spoiler, remote keyless entry and immobilizer (Sedan only).

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

Source - Toyota

Five Axis Design Yaris Club

The Yaris Club project pays tribute to Toyota's racing heritage harkening back to the late '60s when Toyota challenged for the Group 7 category of Can-Am racing wîth the Toyota 7.

The Yaris Club is a stripped-down, no-nonsense car wîth no extras – only what is needed to perform. The roof has been removed and the windshield lowered. With the interior removed, a tonneau was fabricated, turning the Yaris into a single seater wîth a fairing that doubles as a driver headrest.

A supercharger, exhaust headers and a free-flowing exhaust were added for performance to back up the good looks. The suspension was lowered by two inches wîth front and rear coil-over shocks and larger brakes added.

The Yaris Club was developed by Five Axis in Huntington Beach, Calif.

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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