Toyota Platz

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Toyota Platz
00-02 Toyota Echo coupe.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Toyota
Also called Toyota Echo
Toyota Yaris
Xiali 2000
Xiali Vela
Production 1999–2005
2000–2012 (China)
Model years 2000–2005
Assembly Japan: Toyota, Aichi
China: Tianjin (Tianjin FAW)
Designer Yoshiharu Nakajima
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact
Body style 2-door coupé
4-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Platform Toyota NBC platform
Related Toyota Vitz (XP10)
Toyota Vios (XP40)
Powertrain
Engine 1.0 L 1SZ-FE I4
1.3 L 8A-FE I4 (China)[1]
1.3 L 2NZ-FE I4
1.5 L 1NZ-FE I4
1.5 L 5A-FE I4 (China)[1]
1.6 L CA4GB2 I4 (China)[2]
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,370 mm (93.3 in)
Length 1999–2002: 4,145 mm (163.2 in)
2002–2005: 4,180 mm (164.6 in)
Width 1,660 mm (65.4 in)
Height 1,510 mm (59.4 in)
Curb weight Coupe: 2,035 lb (923 kg)[3]
Sedan: 2,055 lb (932 kg)[4]
Chronology
Predecessor Toyota Tercel
Toyota Paseo
Successor Toyota Belta (XP90)
Toyota Etios

The Toyota Platz is a supermini automobile that was manufactured in Japan by Toyota from 1999 through to 2005, when replaced by the Toyota Belta. Designated by Toyota as the XP10 series, the Platz was sold in export markets as either the Toyota Echo or Toyota Yaris. The "Echo" and "Yaris" names were also given to the export version of the related Japanese market Toyota Vitz hatchback, from which the Platz derives. In Japan, it was only available at the Toyopet Store dealerships.

"Platz" is German for "space" (as defined by "the interior room is spacious"). Only inline-four engines were fitted to the Platz, which was sold in Japan as a four-door sedan only. A coupe was also available in North America where the car was badged "Echo".

The Yiddish word "plotz" is pronounced similarly, but means "burst" or "explode", providing amusement for some.

History[edit]

Pre-facelift: Toyota Platz sedan (Japan)
Facelift: Toyota Echo sedan (Australia)
Facelift: Toyota Echo sedan (Australia)
Interior

The Platz was introduced in 1999 as a sedan sold internationally, with a coupe version exclusive to North America following for the 2000 model year. The Platz is heavily related to the Vitz hatchback—with which it shares front doors, a common interior and mechanical componentry. The running gear is also shared to a lesser degree with the ist and Toyota bB, sold in the United States as the Scion xA and xB respectively, and the Japan-only WiLL Vi. The same platform is the base for the Japanese-only Probox and Succeed wagons.

In the United States, the Echo sold almost 50,000 units in its first year, with just half that many in 2003. The Echo was an element of Toyota Project Genesis, a failed effort to bring younger buyers to the marque in the United States. The Echo sold in high volumes in Canada, where Toyota also offered the three- and five-door hatchback versions of the Toyota Vitz badged as the Echo beginning with the 2004 model year to replace the Toyota Echo coupe (which was dropped after 2003). The coupe remained on sale in the United States until the 2005 model year along with the sedan, while the hatchback variants were never sold there. It was the predecessor to the current North American Toyota Yaris, sharing many identical features, such as the odd (and somewhat controversial) center placement of the speedometer and gauges, as opposed to in front of the steering wheel. Power options on the Echo are a rare find; most models are equipped with manual windows and locks, air conditioning, and a six-speaker audio system with a CD and/or a cassette player.

In some parts of Southeast Asia (not including East Asia countries such as South Korea,Hong Kong and Japan), a modified version of the Platz with different body panels is sold under the name Toyota Vios.

Xiali 2000 / Xiali Vela[edit]

Xiali 2000
Xiali Vela

In China, the Toyota Platz was marketed as the Xiali 2000 from December 2000 to March 2004 then as the Xiali Vela from March 2004 to 2012. It came with a 1.3, 1.5 or a 1.6 liter engine with a five-speed manual gearbox.

The 2010 edition of Monash University's Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR), found that the XP10 provides a "poor" (two out of five stars) level of occupant safety protection in the event of an accident.[5]

Sales[edit]

Year
United States
1999 10,490
2000 48,876
2001 42,464
2002 27,985
2003 26,167
2004 3,899
2005 1,544
2006 27
2007 7
Total sales (Units): 161,459

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "【威乐 2004款 1.3L 自动参数配置表】价格单_一汽_汽车之家" [[Ville 2004 1.3L automatic parameter configuration table] price list]. FAW Auto Home (in Chinese). China. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  2. ^ "【威乐 2006款 1.6L 手动参数配置表】价格单_一汽_汽车之家" [[Ville 2006 1.6L manual parameter configuration table] price list]. FAW Auto Home (in Chinese). China. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  3. ^ "Edmund's 2002 Toyota ECHO Features & Specs". Edmunds.com. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  4. ^ "Edmund's 2002 Toyota ECHO Features & Specs". Edmunds.com. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  5. ^ "Used Car Safety Ratings 2010" (PDF). Monash University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2010-12-24.