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Toyota's limited edition Yaris RF

2008-04-01 08:06
Toyota Yaris
Toyota South Africa has announced two limited edition RF models of the popular Yaris - a regular contender for a top three position in overall vehicle sales - based on the T3+ specification for the hatchback and sedan models. Both feature the 1,3 litre 4-cylinder all aluminium VVT-i engine as fitted to the Yaris T3+.

This engine produces 63 kW at 6000 r/min with maximum torque of 121 Nm at 4400 r/min.

"The success of the Yaris derives from the fact that it is tailored around a youthful attitude and lifestyle with the hatch catering mainly for young singles and the sedan young families," says Andrew Kirby, Toyota's Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

"Yaris owners describe their vehicles as cute, funky, and sporty with sedan owners adding style and space utility to that list. The Yaris competes in a dynamic and ultra competitive segment of the market that is very receptive to unique points of difference. The Yaris RF Edition addresses this by adding visual cues and a premium audio system to the already comprehensive T3+ specification."

Exterior styling cues that differentiate the Yaris RF Edition from the T3+ are: rear spoiler; chrome tailpipe finisher; and RF badging. Wheels are upgraded to 15" alloy rims fitted with 185/60 R15 radial tyres. RF embroidered carpet set and leather seat trim (black and grey for the hatch and black with grey stitching for the sedan) are added to the interior trim package.

The audio system on both derivatives gains a major upgrade with a high quality Rockford Fosgate Sound system - hence the RF nomenclature - in place of the standard system. This package includes an amplifier and speaker upgrade for both hatch and sedan.

The Yaris RF hatch features a two speaker upgrade plus subwoofer while the sedan version has a four-speaker upgrade.

Major features:

  • ABS brakes with EBD
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Dual stage driver and passenger airbags
  • Electric power steering
  • Remote control central locking
  • Factory fitted air conditioner
  • Power adjustment for side mirrors
  • Power windows front and rear
  • Prices:

    Yaris RF Edition Hatchback - R149 532 Yaris RF Edition Sedan - R155 448

    Prices include VAT and a four year 60 000km service plan. Warranty cover is 3 years/100 000km with AA Roadside Assistance for the duration of the warranty.


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