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2010-12-23 09:38

NEW YARIS: The Toyota Vitz launched in Japan is known as Yaris in certain markets, including South Africa. Call the image gallery.

The third-generation Toyota Yaris has just been launched in its home market, Japan.

Toyota says its all-new Yaris has spacious interiors with an upmarket feel, while remaining a car perfectly at home in the compact vehicle segment.

With an overall length just shy of 3.9m, the cabin space is said to have increased by 35mm, crucially, signalling more leg room for passengers, particularly those squeezed on to the rear bench.

A low 0.29Cd drag coefficient is said to aid high-speed stability and to assist in the reduction of fuel consumption.

The Yaris’ 1.3-litre engine with dual VVT-i, for instance, comes with a Smart Stop stop/start function to reduce fuel consumption to around 4.2 litres/100km.

As for dealing with city living, the Yaris’ interior can be arranged in a number of ways to allow the car fulfil various needs. The rear bench splits 60/40 to accommodate bulkier objects and sliding seats create extra leg room or packing space, when needed. 


However, Toyota is especially proud of the new glass technology that will be employed on the Yaris. The front door glass uses technology that is said to reduce ultra-violet penetration by around 99 percent.

“Regular” door windows typically provide about 89 percent UV protection, the manufacturer claims. The new door windows are combined with UV reducing windscreens.

More usual safety systems that Yaris owners have become accustomed to are provided on the new car, too. These include a full range of airbags, ABS, EBD and whiplash protection.

Furthermore, the new Yaris’ body has been designed to be kinder towards pedestrian heads and legs in the case of a collision.

The new Vitz is on sale in Japan, although Wheels24 has been unable to confirm with Toyota SA when it will be launched in South Africa.

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