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Toyota Belta
Toyota Yaris sedan (US)
Automotive industryToyota
Also calledToyota Vios
Toyota Yaris
Production2006–present
AssemblyKanegasaki, Iwate, Isawa, Japan
Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan
PredecessorToyota Platz
Car classificationSubcompact car
Car body style4-door Sedan (car)
Automobile layoutFF layout
Internal combustion engine1.3 Liter 84 Horsepower Straight-4 acceleration 0/100 13 seconds

1.5 Liter 106 Horsepower Straight-4

1.6 Liter 122 Horsepower Straight-4
Transmission (mechanics)4-speed Automatic transmission
5-speed Manual transmission
Wheelbase2550 mm (100.4 in)
Length4300 mm (169.3 in)
Width1695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1460 mm (57.5 in)
Fuel capacity11.1 US gallons (42 L; 9 imp gal)
RelatedToyota Vitz
Toyota Vios
Scion xD
Scion xB (2006)

The Toyota Belta (referred to in North American and Australian markets as the Toyota Yaris sedan or Toyota Vios in South Asian markets) is a Subcompact Sedan (car) manufactured by the Toyota Motor Corporation. It is basically a redesigned and sportier version of the discontinued Toyota Platz, and is similar to the Toyota Vitz. The Belta went on sale in 2006 equipped with 1.0 to 1.3 Liter engines (in Japan), and in 2007 in North America equipped with a 1.5 L Straight-4.[1] In an effort to boost sales and gain popularity among youths, Toyota has created a MySpace profile of its North American Yaris/Belta vehicle as part of its advertising campaign.[2]

The Vitz and the Belta share underpinnings with each other. However, while the Vitz was designed at Toyota's Europe design studios, the Belta was designed at Toyota's Japanese design studios – two completely different design projects for similar cars marketed toward different demographics. While the outgoing Vitz and Platz models look and feel virtually alike (the only things the cars do not share is the front clip, lights, rear doors, and bodies from behind the B-pillar), the new Vitz and Belta are much more subtly related. Sharing a similar but different dashboard, they do not employ the same components. The cars only share a frame and the drivetrain options. The sheetmetal is completely different. The Belta has increased in size over the previous generation, its interior volume larger than the 2001-2008 generation Toyota Corolla.

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First Generation (2006–present)


The Canadian version of the Yaris sedan, which is simply called the Yaris, is based on the American Yaris S with power and all-weather guard packages, but with standard 14 inch wheels. Option packages comes in one of B, C, D, or Aero packages. The B adds 15 inch all-season tires, chrome trim on the decklid, front and rear splash guards, colour-keyed door handles, blacked-out side window frames, keyless entry and power door locks; the C adds Anti-lock braking system, air conditioning, power windows, colour-keyed mirrors and power mirrors; the D adds both side and side-curtain airbags; the Aero adds aluminum alloy wheels, wheel locks, a rear spoiler, and a body kit. The Aero, however, has neither air conditioning nor side airbags. The Canadian model lacks the two-tone interior, pseudo-metallic trim on the door panels, and the new audio system controls (instead it uses an old design) found on the Japanese and American models.

The American Yaris is similar to the version sold in Canada, but differs in trim and equipment details. The CE, LE, and RS packages in the Canadian hatchback cars are replaced by the more modular convenience, power, and all-weather guard packages. The Yaris Sedan is also available as the Yaris S, which has standard convenience and appearance packages. The power package on the Yaris Sedan offers alloy wheels as an option. Curtain airbags are optional.

The 2007 Yaris received EPA Fuel economy ratings of 6 L/100 km (40 Miles per gallon) on the Highway and 7 L/100 km (34 Miles per gallon) in the City, with a Fuel capacity of 42 litres (11.1 gallons).

However, because the EPA changed the way they calculate fuel economy, ratings were revised for the 2008 model year and the Yaris is now rated at 29 city/36 mpg highway for the Manual transmission, and 29 city/35 mpg highway for the Automatic transmission version.[3]

2009 Toyota Yaris sedan (US)

For the 2009 model year, all Yaris sedans will get updated styling with a new grill, new wheel cover/alloy designs/ new interior fabric, available leather wrapped steering wheel/shift knob, satellite radio, and standard side/sude curtain airbags & Anti-Lock Brakes

Safety


Standard safety features include airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, and head restraints for all seating positions. Side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and ABS are optional on 2007-2008 models. Beginning in 2009, front and rear row side curtain airbags along with front seat-mounted torso side airbags and ABS became standard.[4] Electronic stability control is unavailable on all models.

According to the IIHS (IIHS) the Yaris received a Good overall score in the frontal crash test and a Good overall score in the side impact test on models equipped with side airbags but a Poor overall score on models without side airbags.[5][6]

2009 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Crash Test Ratings (4dr)[7]:

Frontal Driver: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Frontal Passenger: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Side Driver: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Side Rear Passenger: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Rollover: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

2009 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Crash Test Ratings (2dr)[8]:

Frontal Driver: 5/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg

Frontal Passenger: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Side Driver: 5/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg

Side Rear Passenger: 3/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg

Rollover: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

2009 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Crash Test Ratings (5dr)[9]:

Frontal Driver: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Frontal Passenger: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Side Driver: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Side Rear Passenger: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Rollover: 4/5 starsStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Awards


  • Car of the Year 2007, "Mil Autos" Magazine, Chile.

US sales

Calendar Year Sales
2006 70,308
2007 84,799
2008 102,328

Second Generation 2011-

Toyota has announced that the Yaris will be redesigned for the 2011 model year on the Toyota iQ's platform.

References

  1. "2007 Toyota Yaris Review and Specs". JB car pages. http://www.jbcarpages.com/toyota/yaris/2007/. Retrieved on 2008-08-13. 
  2. "Toyota Yaris at MySpace". http://profile.myspace.com/yaris. 
  3. "2008 Toyota Yaris Review and Specs". JB car pages. http://www.jbcarpages.com/toyota/yaris/2008/. Retrieved on 2008-08-13. 
  4. http://pressroom.toyota.com/pr/tms/toyota/TYT2008072262692.aspx?ncid=12079
  5. http://www.iihs.org/ratings/rating.aspx?id=716
  6. http://www.iihs.org/ratings/rating.aspx?id=719
  7. http://www.safercar.gov/portal/search?model=7877
  8. http://www.safercar.gov/portal/search?model=7878
  9. http://www.safercar.gov/portal/search?model=7879

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