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  • AUSTRALIA’S NO.1 AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY JOURNAL EDITION 1036 – AUG 26, 2020

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    Urban warfare Toyota sticks to its guns as Yaris city car pricing pushes up past $22K at entry level with advanced new generation now on sale

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    By CALLUM HUNTER

    TOYOTA Australia has officially left the sub-$20,000 price bracket by setting an opening gambit of $22,130 plus on-road costs for its all-new fourth-generation Yaris city car – an increase of almost $7000 compared to the outgoing series.

    Miles away from the $12,990 driveaway battlelines waged between the major brands with their most affordable models a decade ago, Toyota’s push upmarket with the 2020 Yaris places it close to the one-size- larger Corolla (from $23,895) and sees the light hatchback push up as high as $32,100 for the flagship ZR, which is $9430 more than before.

    Indeed, the outgoing $22,670 ZR is on par, in pricing terms at least, with the new Ascent Sport range opener when either premium or two-tone paint are factored in.

    But Toyota is unrepentant, pointing to the all-new nature of

    this latest generation, its advanced TNGA platform, significantly higher levels of safety equipment and new powertrains, including a hybrid system.

    The hybrid carries a $2000 premium over the combustion- engined equivalent and is offered on the mid-spec SX (from $29,020) and top-flight ZR (from $32,100). Automatic transmission is standard on these two model grades, but adds $1500 onto the Ascent Sport.

    Toyota Australia vice-president of sales and marketing Sean Hanley said Toyota never set out to radically reposition the city car.

    “That really isn’t our intention,” he said. “Our goal is to produce ever-better cars and price them fairly to represent strong value for money.

    “For Yaris, it started with our considerable investment in research and development – an all- new model, not a facelift.”

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    Power comes from a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that in the non-hybrid models produces 88kW of power at 6600rpm and 145Nm of torque from 4800-5200rpm, driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual in the Ascent Sport or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) elsewhere.

    Fuel economy for the new powerplant is rated at 5.4 litres per 100km for the manual on the official combined cycle, down to 4.9L/100km with the auto. CO2 emissions come in at 126/114 grams per kilometre respectively.

    The hybrid, meanwhile, is based on the same petrol engine running the Atkinson cycle and producing 67kW at 5500rpm and 120Nm at 3800-4800rpm.

    With a 59kW/141Nm AC synchronous/permanent magnet electric motor, and drawing from a 178-volt/4.3Ah lithium-ion battery, the hybrid system produces a combined 85kW and delivers miserly fuel economy and emissions

    of just 3.3L/100km and 76g/km. Toyota claims this is the world’s

    most fuel-efficient traditional series/ parallel hybrid car.

    To capitalise on the flexibility of the electrified drivetrain, the hybrid variants come with three driver modes – eco, power and full-electric power – which largely perform as their names suggest.

    Eco mode is about conserving fuel, power mode sharpens things up for maximum performance and response while full-electric mode allows for “almost silent” emissions- free driving, however Toyota has not released the all-electric driving range.

    As well as claiming the new Yaris is the most fuel-efficient car of its kind, Toyota also proclaims it to be the “world’s safest compact car” with even the base model coming as standard with front-row centre airbags, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, secondary collision braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam, speed-sign recognition, lane-keep and cornering

    assist and a reversing camera. The ZR also scores blind-spot

    monitoring, intelligent clearance sonar, front and rear parking sensors and a new parking support brake system.

    Cabin accommodation and amenities in the Yaris also go up a notch, with Toyota executives saying

    the interior was designed around a “hands on the wheel, eyes on the road” concept with an emphasis on ergonomics and practicality.

    A fully adjustable multifunction steering wheel heads things up here, behind which sits a 4.2-inch multi-information display as seen

    on other Toyota models. A standard-fit 7.0-inch touchscreen

    infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is also mounted high on the dashboard for ease of use and visibility.

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    Cloth seats are standard across the range, with the Ascent Sport interior swathed in piano-black trim and also including electric windows, automatic-folding mirrors, air- conditioning and six-speaker audio with digital radio, Bluetooth, voice recognition and the aforementioned smartphone mirroring.

    All variants have a 60/40 split- fold rear seat, extending the standard cargo space which is rated at 270L.

    The SX ups the ante with satellite navigation, a digital speedo and tacho, automatic air-con, keyless entry/start, a soft-touch instrument panel, silver interior trim and leather-

    accented steering wheel trim. It also has 15-inch alloy wheels,

    LED head- and tail-lights as well as privacy glass.

    At the top of the range, the sporty ZR – in addition to the previously mentioned extra safety kit – features a 10-inch colour head-up display, sports front seats (embossed and Y-printed), red dash and door trim inserts, and paddle shifters on the non-hybrid variant.

    It also has 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.

    As GoAuto has reported, the fourth- generation hatch measures in 5mm shorter and lower than the outgoing model while sitting on a wheelbase that has been stretched by 40mm.

    When all is said and done, the new model boasts a centre of gravity 15mm lower than its predecessor, aiding dynamics and handling ability.

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    PRICING: Ascent Sport $22,130 Ascent Sport (a) $23,630 SX (a) $27,020 SX Hybrid (a) $29,020 ZR (a) $30,100 ZR Hybrid (a) $32,100

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    PUSHING the new fourth- generation Yaris to well beyond $20,000 has prompted Toyota Australia to elevate its Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles program as the new entry point to the brand.

    Describing the program as already being a quiet performer, Toyota Australia sales and marketing vice- president Sean Hanley said the used-car division had this month notched up its 100,000th sale since its launch in 2012, with almost a third of the vehicles priced from under $20,000.

    “What we know is that at least one out of every seven people who buy a Toyota Certified Pre- Owned Vehicle come back and they buy a new car within five years,” he said.

    “So this is not only an important entry point to our brand, it’s often the first step in becoming a Toyota customer for life.”

    According to Mr Hanley, three quarters of the vehicles for sale through the program are less than five years old and 41 per cent are less than three years old.

    “Over time, that means that more and more people will be buying a Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle that is still covered by the original factory warranty,” he said.

    “We anticipate certified pre- owned sales to continue growing beyond 25,000 a year as these cars offer the choice and quality expected of a Toyota.”

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    UPMARKET NEW YARIS SEES TOYOTA PUSH USED CARS AS BRAND ENTRY LEVEL

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