Toyota Yaris Undergoes Global Redesign
With so many small hatches on the market now, Toyota Yaris has fallen behind the curve in terms of features and technology. Now, Toyota is starting to roll out a new Yaris to global markets.For Europe, the Yaris is set to improve in three key areas, Toyota says. It will feature a more spacious interior, higher quality materials, and more choices in terms of colors and equipment. The new Yaris set for Europe will also reduce cabin noise and come with a new suspension that improves handling and ride comfort. Engine choices will remain the same in this market: 1.0-liter and 1.3-liter gas engines, a 1.4-liter diesel, and a hybrid powertrain. The Yaris is the tenth best-selling name plate in Europe, so all the changes should only improve the new Yaris' prospects when it debuts this summer. In Japan, the model is quite different. In this market, it is called the Vitz, and it will receive key changes for the new model year. In the new video below, Toyota revealed the car has a new grille that resembles the one on the all-new Camry. It also has a long body and sloping roofline. The new Vitz gets a 1.3-liter engine and fuel-sipping stop start system.But the big question is what can we expect to see for the U.S. market? Rumor has it that Toyota is building a replacement for the Yaris that will get a Mazda Skyactiv engine. While it may not be exactly as same as the Euro-spec and Japanese versions, we do think the U.S. subcompact will adopt some of the same style and interior quality improvements as its global siblings. Production of the Toyota subcompact could begin as early as April 2015. Source: Toyota, The Japan Times, Motor Trend
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