Toyota Yaris

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Toyota Yaris
2015 Toyota Yaris (NCP130R) Ascent 5-door hatchback (2015-07-14) 01.jpg
Manufacturer Toyota
Production 1999–present
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact car
Predecessor Toyota Starlet
Toyota Tercel

The Toyota Yaris (Japanese: トヨタ ・ヤリス Toyota Yarisu?) 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 style arrived in 2013.


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

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Toyota Yaris (XP150)
Production 2013–present
Assembly China: Guangzhou
Indonesia: Karawang
Malaysia: Shah Alam
Philippines: Santa Rosa, Laguna
Taiwan: Zhongli
Thailand: Chachoengsao
Body and chassis
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Platform Toyota B platform
Related Toyota Vios
Wheelbase 2,550 mm (100.4 in)
Length 4,115 mm (162.0 in)
Width 1,700 mm (66.9 in)
Height 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Curb weight 1,010–1,040 kg (2,227–2,293 lb)

Since 2013, a different version of the Yaris based on the Toyota Vios (XP150) was launched for the Asian market, including China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Toyota Yaris L (China)

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, G and TRD Sportivo.[3]

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 Yaris in 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.

For the Philippines market, the XP150 Yaris was launched in late 2013 sold in two trim levels: the 1.3 E and the 1.5 G.

The same model is marketed as the Yaris Sport in Chile since 2014 and Argentina from 2016, where it comes imported from Thailand.[4][5]

North America[edit]

Main article: Mazda2 (DJ)
2016 Scion iA sedan

As announced at the April 2015 New York Auto Show, the sedan version of the Toyota Yaris sedan sold in Canada and Mexico (Toyota Yaris R in Mexico) from mid-2015 will be a rebadged version of the Mazda2 (DJ). Toyota de México announced production R Yaris model in Mexico, on the ground of Salamanca, Guanajuato, where the company has a partnership with Mazda. The same vehicle is sold in the United States as the Scion iA.[6]

For the Mexican market, the car is named Toyota Yaris R because it is marketed alongside the Yaris sedan (based on the Belta and later the Vios).[7]

Due to Scion's phase out, the iA will take the Toyota badge in the United States as well being renamed as the Toyota Yaris iA from October 2016 for the 2017 model year.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Toyota Traditions". Toyota Global Site (Press release). Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Yaris L specs in China". ChinaAutoWeb. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  3. ^ "Toyota Yaris". Thailand: Toyota. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  4. ^ "Yaris Sport". Toyota Chile. Archived from the original on 2014-06-08. 
  5. ^ "Tu voto fue positivo: el Toyota Yaris llegará a la Argentina en 2016" [Your vote was positive: the Toyota Yaris will arrive in Argentina in 2016] (in Spanish). Argentina Autoblog. 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  6. ^ Elmer, Stephen (2015-03-15). "Scion iA Announced as Brand's First Sedan". AutoGuide. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  7. ^ Mañón, Héctor (2015-04-01). "Scion iA 2016, el nuevo sedán subcompacto que Toyota venderá en México" (in Spanish). Autocosmos. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  8. ^ Capparella, Joseph (2016-03-17). "Scion, Living On: Scion iM, iA To Be Renamed Toyota Corolla iM, Yaris iA". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2016-03-17. 
  9. ^ "Scion Brand to Transition to Toyota" (Press release). USA: Toyota. 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2016-02-03.