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Old 12-22-2010, 12:18 PM   #1
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TMC Launches Redesigned 'Vitz'
Models with Idling-stop Boast Fuel Efficiency of 26.5 km/L


Toyota City, Japan, December 22, 2010-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces the launch in Japan today of the redesigned "Vitz" compact car.

Since the launch of the first-generation in 1999, the Vitz has achieved cumulative sales in more than 70 countries and regions around the world-including many European countries-exceeding 3.5 million units*1. With more than 1.4 million of those units*2 having been sold in Japan, the Vitz is truly a core model of the Toyota brand.

The new, third-generation Vitz, developed based on a new definition of the ideal compact car to meet consumers' diversifying compact-car needs, features sharper styling as well as a compact exterior but roomy, refined interior; abundant utility; and outstanding fuel efficiency of 26.5 km/L-made possible by the Toyota Stop & Start idling-stop system-in the 10-15 test cycle of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). The result is a distinctive compact car that achieves performance equivalent to a vehicle one class higher in terms of quality, comfort, ease of use and affordability.

With four grades that emphasize unique individuality, 17 body colors and four interior colors available, the Vitz is a highly appealing next-generation compact that enhances the enjoyment of choosing the perfect car and the pride of ownership.

Monthly sales target for Japan: 10,000 units

Assembly Plant: Nagakusa Plant, Toyota Industries Corporation


Vehicle Outline

Exterior symbolizes innovation united with a high-quality interior


The exterior has been completely redesigned under the key design concept words of agility and sophistication. The result is a dynamism conveying the car's brisk and responsive handling as well as a sophistication expressing compact-car elegance and presence.

The exterior design achieves high aerodynamic performance (coefficient drag value of 0.285), contributing to high fuel efficiency and stable high-speed cruising.

The interior strives to create a form both sporty and comfortable. For example, padding that extends horizontally from the instrument panel to the door trim conveys roominess and creates a sophisticated feel.


New package provides both easy driving and a roomy interior

The compact length, just 3,885 mm, enables a turning radius of 4.5 m.

The interior length has been extended by 35 mm to 1,915 mm, creating a roomier space.

The front seats use a new frame that enhances seating comfort, and the rear seats have 35 mm more legroom to create a comfortable and relaxing space in the rear.

The rear seats fold in a 6:4 split, enabling flexible arrangement.

The vertical adjustment range of the driver's seat is now 60 mm (15 mm more than the previous model) and the seat slide adjustment range is 10 mm with 24 steps (8 steps more than the previous model), allowing the driver to achieve an optimal driving position.

Utility and enhanced performance ideal for a range of driving situations

The cargo space has been made 145 mm deeper, providing ample storage capacity. Also, a new adjustable deck board can be set at two heights: When set in the upper position small objects can be placed below, and folding down the rear seats can create an almost-flat luggage space.

A discreet sub compartment for storing the owner's manual is located at the top of the glove compartment, expanding storage space.

The passenger seat has a special plastic barrier that can be used to prevent handbags or other items from falling forward off the seat. Shopping bags and such can be hooked to the top of the barrier, which can also be used to keep an umbrella in place.

The new Vitz is the first vehicle in the world to use UV-reducing glass in the front-door glass that reduces 99%*3 of ultraviolet light, providing the same level of UV protection as wearing gloves*4.

The single windshield wiper works with an integrated washer nozzle that improves wiping performance.

The headlights automatically turn on and off according to exterior brightness.

The new Vitz is equipped with a color, rearview monitor that enhances visibility when parking, as well as an HDD navigation system that incorporates steering-wheel-mounted audio-system-control switches.


Comfortable cruising, due consideration to safety and the environment


The Smart Stop package, featuring a new idling-stop function, mounts a 1.3-liter engine on a two-wheel drive model to achieve class-leading*5 fuel efficiency of 26.5 km/L. The engine restarts in just 0.35 seconds to ensure smooth and immediate acceleration from a stop.

The 1.3-liter models are now equipped with a 1NR-FE engine with Dual VVT-i (Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent). Pairing with a Super CVT-i (Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent) transmission achieves outstanding fuel efficiency of 24.0 km/L (two-wheel drive models) and powerful cruising. The four-wheel drive models are also equipped with Super CVT-i for smooth cruising and higher fuel efficiency.

The front-wheel-drive models (with CVT) surpass the existing Japanese 2010 fuel efficiency standards by 25% and the four-wheel-drive models surpass the standards by 15%. All models in the series achieve emission levels 75% lower than the 2005 standards under MLIT's Approval System for Low-emission Vehicles, qualifying for incentives under the Japanese government's taxation system for environment friendly vehicles. As a result, the front-wheel-drive models (with CVT) qualify for a 75% reduction in the automobile acquisition tax and automobile weight tax, while the four-wheel-drive models qualify for 50% reductions.

A multi-information display located within the instrument cluster shows information including fuel efficiency, average fuel efficiency and possible cruising distance. Further, an Eco Driving Indicator that turns on when the accelerator is operated in an environmentally friendly manner supports eco-driving.

EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) and ABS are standard on all models.

The Vitz features an omni-directional compatibility structure to provide outstanding collision safety performance in the event of a collision from the front, side or rear.

All vehicles come equipped with SRS airbags for both the driver and front-passenger seats. SRS side airbags also provide chest protection, while SRS curtain-shield airbags aim to reduce head injuries.

The WIL (Whiplash-injury Lessening) concept has been adopted for the front seats, adding backrest-give and head and back support for more protection in the event of a rear-end collision.

A pedestrian-injury-lessening body has been adopted to minimize impact to the head and legs of pedestrians in the unfortunate event of a collision.


Four grades emphasize individuality and boost the joy of selection

The new and distinctive Jewela grade features exclusive body and interior colors and interior and exterior ornamentation with a plated finish to convey vibrancy. The Jewela also offers a selectable sophisticated silver-finish for the door mirrors and door handles.

The F grade has specifications designed to meet a wide range of needs including price, fuel efficiency, and comfort.

On the U grade, a leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob and heated seats that warm the shoulders and back are standard equipment to enhance comfort and sophistication.

The sporty RS grade has exclusive designs on the front and rear, including the bumpers and a roof spoiler. Various other equipment, including exclusive sports car style seats, a steering wheel wrapped in leather with dimple stitching, and a fun-to-drive five-speed manual transmission or seven-speed Sports Sequential Shiftmatic transmission with a paddle shift-type shift lever that provides manual-transmission feel.


Welcabs: Vehicles with factory-installed features for the disabled

The Lift-up Front Passenger Seat model is equipped with a front passenger seat that rotates and slides down and to the outside of the vehicle. The B type comes with a motorized device for loading and unloading a wheelchair as standard equipment.

A Welcab Friendmatic model allowing for the installation of a specialized driver's seat and devices is also available. This vehicle has special power steering as a standard feature that reduces the force needed for operation compared to the base vehicle, making the steering wheel easier to turn during initial acceleration and low-speed driving.


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Old 01-16-2011, 06:18 AM   #2
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I wish it weren't so busy looking. Looks like I'll be keeping mine for a long long time.
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:24 AM   #3
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i really really like how well my yaris flows, how round it is, with this there are too many lines, like he said i wish it wasnt so "buisy". still a nice car, but i think ill keep mine :)
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:34 AM   #4
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Looks a little bit like a Nissan Versa to me, and I for one think that is one fugly car!!!
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Old 02-19-2011, 07:46 AM   #5
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Somebody 'shopped some horrid pics of what the new Vios/Yaris Sedan MIGHT look like. Please leave the "boo, it's ugly, you suck Toyota comments out. . . these are speculative and 'shopped pics that resulted from somebody's self-pleasuring and lotion session. No need to get bent out of shape. . . yet.


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Old 02-23-2011, 06:03 PM   #6
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Looks kind of like the Ford Fiesta. I'm glad the 3rd gen is uglier than mine because I can be satisfied with my car longer. ^^
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:22 AM   #7
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this is better than ours period
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:01 PM   #8
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IMHO the 3rd gen does not have the 'cute character' look of the 2nd gen. No way.

The so-called 3rd gen is so bland, generic looking, almost nothing like the earlier Yaris.

The 3rd gen is the sort of result achieved when you set up a computer or android to come up with most of the design.

LOL: when will we see the first ever completely AID [Artificial Intelligence Designed] badge on a car?
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:56 PM   #9
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go 1st gen!
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:49 PM   #10
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:58 AM   #11
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Correction ours is actually gen 2 kids
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:25 AM   #12
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^ hey hey, I'm sure some people have echo's/gen1's here. But yeah, I still prefer the gen2... My biggest gripe was the course and unrefined engine/tranny. I yearn for a modern Toyota equivalent of a B16. 1.6 gets the job done, and with a nice high-revving motor, it can be efficient and fun. I'm not a fan of the Toyota 1.8 zz zr zzzzzzzz mills, and 1.8+ isn't necessary for a small car. If Honda EG's or CRX's were still built new, I'd buy one in a heartbeat. The Jazz/Fit? Not interested!
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:54 PM   #13
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Front end reminds me of a Versa. Which is a bad thing. I saw this thread and had high hopes. First glimpse and i was disappointed. Oh well. Glad i bought an '07!
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:56 PM   #14
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Edit: The WHOLE thing reminds me of a versa. Which is a really bad thing...
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:23 AM   #15
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2nd gen. still the best looking yaris...
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:05 PM   #16
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I thought tercel is the 1st gen and echo the second then ours is 3rd so in 2012 its gonna be 4th gen.
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Old 04-22-2011, 01:59 PM   #17
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The tercel was actually called the Toyota Corsa in Japan, and the Soluna in South East Asia. The Echo was known as the Platz in JDM land. Finally, the Yaris Sedan/Vios (S.E. Asia)/Belta (JDM) was the third model. You could say that they were technically three different product lines that replaced each other, rather than generations of the same car.
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:12 PM   #18
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the only thing that is interesting is the start/stop. they can keep the rest.
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