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2008 Toyota Yaris Facelift, Added Safety and Comfort - (Australia)

October 21st, 2008
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Toyota has increased the active safety, comfort and convenience of its Yaris hatch and sedan range as part of an overall model facelift.

At the same time, manual versions of the Yaris have been awarded the maximum five-star rating on the Federal Government's Green Vehicle Guide.

Fuel consumption for 1.3-litre Yaris manual models is 6.0 litres/100km with CO2 of just 141grams/km based on the official combined cycle. Figures for the 1.5-litre manuals are 6.1 litres/100km and 145 g/km.

Only petrol models attract five stars. Toyota, with Yaris and Prius, is the only manufacturer to achieve the maximum rating with cars using regular unleaded petrol.

The new Yaris hatch has improved headlamps with increased reflector area for a longer and increased spread of light.

Comfort improvements include the adoption of telescopic steering column adjustment on entry-level YR hatch.

New convenience features include illumination for the steering wheel-mounted audio switches on Yaris YRS and YRX hatch.

Toyota has also increased the number of assist grips in all Yaris models, and supplies two remote keys with each vehicle.

An automatic gear shift position indicator has been added to the dashboard of all automatic sedan models.

All new Yaris models have improved Jacquard-weave seat trim, with individual Dark Grey patterns for YR and YRS hatch, YRX hatch, and both YRS and YRX sedan.

The exterior body kits for both YRX hatch and sedan have been refreshed, and a new body-coloured radiator grille insert has been adopted with the hatchback body kit.

Exterior facelift changes for Yaris hatch also include its new headlamps, as well as new front and rear bumpers, new front grille and new tail lamps.

The new tail lamps have light emitting diode (LED) stop lamps - for increased visibility and reliability.

In addition, Yaris hatch has a new wheel cover design on YR and a new eight-spoke 15-inch alloy wheel design on YRX.

There are three new Yaris hatch exterior colours - Graphite, Lustre (Silky Gold Mica Metallic) and Sting (Yellow).

Inside, Yaris hatch now has a "warm silver" look on the centre cluster of all models, and chrome rings on the air conditioning registers of YRS and YRX grade.

Yaris sedan has a new block-pattern radiator grille, and newly adopted side turn indicators in the exterior mirrors.

YRS has a new wheel cap design and YRX has new eight-spoke alloy wheels.

There are two new Yaris sedan exterior colours - Santorini and Tidal Blue.

Toyota offers 16 Yaris models: 12 hatchback and four sedan models.

The range is made up of three-door and five-door hatchback models, and four-door sedan, all with the choice of manual or electronically controlled automatic transmission.

Two VVT-i engines are offered.

There three equipment grades in hatch (YR, YRS and YRX), and two sedan grades - YRS and YRX.

All Yaris grades have an optional Enhanced Safety Pack, with additional SRS airbags.

Entry prices for Yaris remain at $15,190 for the 3-door YR and $16,390 for the 5-door YR, both with manual transmission.

Prices on all YRS and YRX hatch models have been reduced between $50 and $250.

Sedan variants have had price increases of $200-$400.


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