Local input for new Toyota Yaris
5th August, 2011
Input by local Toyota engineers has ensured the chassis
and steering for the next-generation Yaris hatch will suit Australian conditions and driver
The Toyota Technical Centre in Melbourne contributed to the steering calibration, which delivers the
type of feedback and directness appreciated in this market.
The local engineers also confirmed the overall chassis package for Australia which provides sharp
handling - similar to that preferred by European drivers.
Two features in the next-generation Yaris make it highly suited to city driving - a small turning
circle and added power assistance at parking speeds. New Yaris is slightly longer than the previous
model and has an urban-friendly tight turning circle of 9.4 metres.
The adoption of electric power steering across the Yaris range provides greater ease and range of
turning. Yaris needs a relatively small steering input on roads that require frequent turning with
Body rigidity has been improved to reduce twisting as well as excess suspension movements,
particularly at the rear. The result is greater driving enjoyment, better rear-wheel grip, sharper
steering response and improved driving stability during turning.
New Yaris will build on the current car's strengths - efficient engines and easy-to-drive
characterists, especially around town - by offering even greater agility.
Engineering and design technologies, combined with weight-saving measures and aerodynamic
improvements, help cut fuel consumption and emissions without harming power and torque levels.
The interior of the new Toyota Yaris is focused on the cockpit, with the speedometer and other
meters now directly in the driver's eyeline. The steering wheel has a more upright angle for a more
engaging driving position.
Front seats are new, with increased vertical adjustment and better body holding and comfort to help
combat driver fatigue on long journeys.
The new Toyota Yaris will be released throughout Australia in October.