New Toyota Yaris rolls inRevised Yaris has lowest-ever emissions

10 February 2009

Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris: lean and green

At first glance, it’s hard to see what’s different about the 2009 Toyota Yaris. That’s because the big news is under the bonnet. All variants have lower emissions and fuel consumption, as well as better performance.

New 1.33 model

Joining revised versions of the existing 1.0-litre petrol and 1.4-litre turbodiesel models, is a new 1.33-litre petrol engine, first seen in the hatchback.

Complete with Stop & Start technology and new six-speed manual gearbox, the 1.33-litre engine produces an impressive 100bhp and useful 97lb ft of pulling power. Despite this, it is extremely 'green' emitting just 119g/km CO2 and has an official combined fuel economy figure of 55.4mpg.

Not only is this significantly better than the old Toyota 1.3 – which managed 47.1mpg – the Yaris' new 1.33 also outclasses 1.2- and 1.4-litre engines from mainstream rivals on power.

More frugal turbodiesel

The new six-speed gearbox makes its way into the 1.4 turbodiesel, too, helping it return 109g/km CO2 and 68.9mpg. That's a 6.1mpg improvement, despite an increase in power.

Changes to the 1.0-litre petrol engine also result in better efficiency: 56.5mpg combined comes with 118g/km CO2 – nearly 10 per cent lower emissions.

Styling enhancements

On the outside, subtle tweaks have been made to the front and rear of Yaris, giving it a more sculpted appearance and adding 35mm to its length.

There are also detail changes to the interior, plus a revised selection of equipment grades ranging from T2 to T Spirit. All 2009 Yaris models come with four airbags, remote locking and an aux-in socket. TR adds air conditioning and three more airbags, SR offers sporty styling inside and out, while T Spirit includes automatic air con and Bluetooth.

Prices start at £8,585, stability control is optional at £345, and the Toyota Yaris is on sale now.


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