Toyota Yaris

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Toyota Yaris
2012 Toyota Yaris LE -- NHTSA.jpg
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 1999–present
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact
Predecessor Toyota Starlet
Toyota Tercel

The Toyota Yaris is a subcompact car produced by Toyota since 1999, replacing the Starlet. Between 1999 and 2005, some markets received the same vehicles under the Toyota Echo name. Toyota has used the "Yaris" and "Echo" names on the export version of several different Japanese-market models.

Origin of the name[edit]

The name "Yaris" is derived from "Charis", the singular form of Charites, the Greek goddesses of charm and beauty.[1]


First generation (XP10; 1999–2005)[edit]

First generation models were marketed between 1999 and 2005 under the "Yaris" and "Echo" names depending on the market. Hatchback, coupe, and sedan body variants were offered.

Second generation (XP90; 2005–2013)[edit]

Second generation models have been marketed since 2005 under the "Yaris" name worldwide. Hatchback and sedan body styles were offered. The hatchback version was discontinued in early 2014 for Asian markets.

Third generation (XP130, XP150; 2011–present)[edit]

Third generation models have been marketed since 2011 under the "Yaris" name worldwide. Originally available only as a hatchback, a sedan body styles arrived in 2013.


Third generation (XP150; 2013–present)[edit]

2014 Toyota Yaris L (China)
2014 Toyota Yaris L (China)

Since 2013, a unique version of the Yaris based on the Toyota Vios (XP150) launched in Asian markets, including China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.

The Chinese market also released the regular Vitz-based Yaris produced locally by the GAC Toyota joint venture. China also sells the Vios-based model as the Yaris L, available in 1.3- 6NR-FE and 1.5-liter 7NR-FE versions.[2]

In Thailand, this Yaris was released in October 2013, using the 1.2-liter 3NR-FE engine, granting the Yaris as part of the "eco-car" program in Thailand. Models offered are as follows: J ECO, J, E, and G.

For the Indonesian market, the XP150 model was revealed in December 2013, and launched on 17 March 2014, with assembly at Karawang, Indonesia. This Indonesian Yaris is similar to the Thai version, thus bigger than the Yarises for other markets, and uses the 1.5-liter 1NZ-FE engine. Trim levels offered are: E, G, and TRD Sportivo with manual or automatic transmission.


  1. ^ "Toyota Traditions". Toyota Global Site. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Yaris L specs in China". Retrieved 2013-11-26.