Over the past few months the topic of the next-generation Toyota Yaris, which debuted in Japan early this year, has filtered into a deafening silence. Don't worry! It's still in the works.
See, the problem isn't with the Yaris itself. It's simply that Toyota has been so busy playing catch up after the record-breaking earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that they've had their priorities focused elsewhere... specifically with resuming normal production levels.
Happily, Toyota is getting their feet back under them, eyeing the return to normal operations in the near future. And, feeling less like they're running on a treadmill, they've once again resumed talk of the new Toyota Yaris.
According to Don Esmond, Senior VP Auto Operations, Toyota the next-generation Toyota Yaris will hit dealerships (i.e., West Herr Toyota by the end of 2011. Toyota's ultimate plan for the new Yaris is, of course, to put it on level playing ground with the most popular subcompacts available... a very savvy move, considering U.S. consumers are more frequently opting for smaller more eco-friendly, fuel-efficient cars.
Toyota has released few specs surrounding the forthcoming Yaris at this time. But, we expect more details soon and promise you'll be among the first we tell as soon as we learn more.
We can tell you that the next-generation Toyota Yaris will likely be based on the same platform, and hold the same engine, as its predecessor. Areas targeted for change are the subcompact's aesthetics (interior and exterior) and technological comfort and convenience features.
There is the slight possibility that Toyota might introduce a hybrid-electric variant of the Yaris as well. That's the plan for Japanese markets at least, where the Yaris is known as the Vitz. But, don't hold your breath. No Yaris electric-hybrid variant has been confirmed for the states yet. But, we're certainly keeping our fingers crossed.
Stay tuned for more details surrounding the next-generation Toyota Yaris, coming soon. To learn more about the 2011 Toyota Yaris currently available at West Herr Toyota Scion of Williamsville. We're happy to share specs, compare models, and arrange test drives.