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2006-08-03 13:59

Popular Yaris is to get a 1.0-litre sibling

It has taken only eight months for Toyota to sell 20 000 units of the Yaris ? the shortest time in South African automotive history for a new nameplate to reach this milestone.

Now Toyota is preparing to introduce an even more affordable, smaller-engined version of the Yaris hatchback as one of the models that Toyota will offer as an alternative to the recently discontinued Tazz.

The additional Yaris T1 models will offer a choice of five- or three-door bodies with power coming from a modern three-cylinder petrol engine of 1 000-cm3 capacity that provides performance similar to that of previous generation engines up to 1.3-litres in capacity.

The T1 range will be launched in the South Africa in September.

Toyota launched the Yaris hatch here in November 2005, followed by the sedan model in March. Since then the Yaris dominated the sales charts.

A 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine powers all these variants.

The previous quickest ramp up in sales by a new nameplate was the Toyota Tazz, which was launched in August 1996 and took 11 months to sell 20 000 units.

Another fairly fast start up came from the Volkswagen Polo, which was introduced in January 1998 and reached 20 000 sales 17 months later.

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