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2006-08-21 19:21

Janine-Lee Gordon

It's an awesome entry-level car for the young at heart, and for a 1-litre car, it sure can move.

Four 1-litre derivatives are added to the Yaris hatch range that will now comprise eight models. With more models to choose from, it means there's something for everyone.

Along with the new 1-litre, three-cylinder all aluminium engine comes the introduction of a three-door hatch model that extends Yaris pricing down to well below R100 000 for the entry level model.

Production for the popular Tazz came to an end in July because the international components supply had become uneconomic and could no longer be sustained.

A long term replacement strategy was then formulated to fill that void. The downward extension of the Yaris range class represents one element to replacing the favourable Tazz.

In a revised range that sees the introduction of four 1-litre models the specification levels are T1, T3 AC, T3+ and T3 Spirit.

The Yaris range now starts with the trendy three-door Yaris T1 powered by one of Toyota?s latest generation all aluminium engines, a three cylinder unit with a capacity of 996cm3.

Ensuring a high level of efficiency, the car is equipped with double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing ? intelligent), as well as electronic fuel injection.

Power output for this small wonder is 51kW at 6000 r/min and torque of 93Nm at 3600 r/min.

The 1.3 litre engine fitted to the T3 variants produces 63kW at 6000 r/min and has maximum torque of 121Nm at 4400 r/min.

Most people are a bit sceptical about the 1-litre engine, but there really is no need. The 1.3 Tazz produces 55kW of power, so the T1's 51kW is quite close.

The car is deal for city traffic and it's compact, funky and sporty enough for first-time buyers and those who feel young at heart.

Fuel consumption is rather efficient, and consumes about 19km/ litre with 5.5 litres/100kms.

The T1 is available in either 3-door or 5-door hatch bodies. Air conditioning is available on both as a factory fitted option with the T1 AC variants listed as distinct derivatives in the range.

The base line T1 specification offers an expansive feature list on which the other derivatives build. This specification level replaces the 1,3 litre Yaris T3 model in the range.

The T3 AC model is the base line model in the Yaris 1.3 litre line up. This model shares the majority of the Yaris T1 features and includes an integrated RDS radio with four speaker system and front loading CD player.

As with the T3 models, the safety specification level is very high. Dual stage airbags for driver and front passenger are standard as are ABS brakes with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution) and BAS (Brake Assist). Manual headlamp levelling is also provided.


The interior trim is identical to the T3 models and there is a long list of features including colour coded bumpers; electric side mirrors; key operated central locking; transponder key immobiliser; illuminated entry system; storage tray under the front passenger seat; multi-information display - including outside temperature indication; steering column tilt adjustment; and rear fog lamps.

As with all other Toyota passenger vehicles, the T1 package includes a 3 year/100 000 kilometre warranty with available roadside assistance. Service intervals are at 15 000 kilometres.


T1 3-door R 89 990
T1 3-door with AC R 99 400
T1 5-door R 97 900
T1 5-door with AC R105 400

T3 with AC R117 100
T3+ R124 700
T3 Spirit R138 700
T3 Spirit Auto R147 320

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