Toyota PH to launch all-new Yaris subcompact hatchback in April

Now with 1.3-liter engine
by Vernon B. Sarne | Feb 25, 2014
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All-new Toyota Yaris

Toyota Motor Philippines, fresh from launching the Wigo very recently, is introducing the all-new Yaris subcompact hatchback in April, a source has shared with TopGear.com.ph. The new model was released in Thailand in October last year, and is available in that market with a small 1.2-liter engine to qualify it for the Thai government's tax holiday given to economy cars.

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Filipino buyers who don't like paltry engines need not worry, however, as TMP will be equipping the Philippine-market Yaris with the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder VVT-i engine from the current model and--more important--a new 1.3-liter motor. The current Yaris is only available in our market with a 1.5-liter engine, practically killing its chances with small-car buyers who prefer smaller engine displacement for fuel efficiency.

The new Yaris is visibly longer than the current one--4,115mm versus 3,800mm. That's 315mm more sheet metal from bumper to bumper, which should result in improved legroom for all passengers. It also makes the car look like a small minivan from certain angles.

Toyota is obviously on a roll. It should have no trouble selling 90,000 units this year, a target company president Michinobu Sugata announced in January.

 

All-new Toyota Yaris

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