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Toyota Has Plans for a Performance Yaris

January 19, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

The Toyota Yaris is a highly compact little car known for being efficient and low-cost, but never fast. It’s one of the slower vehicles out on the road today with around 106 HP as standard. That’s all about to change though with the introduction of a Yaris hot hatch. This little powerhouse will feature a very similar body style with nearly twice the power at 207 HP overall.

High Power Yaris

Shown at the Geneva Auto Show

Later this year Volkswagen will unveil the high powered Yaris model. It’s sure to have a high fit and finish and sporty accents that are present on all show cars, but what we’ll be most interested in is the overall mechanical setup of the vehicle and the major features that can’t change for the production model.

May Not Make it to the US

Toyota hasn’t released any plans about bringing the hot hatch to the United States, which means that we might never be able to get our hands on the improved version of the Yaris. If Toyota does decide to bring the car to the states, would you buy one? We know that a hot hatch appeals to plenty of buyers, but it’s tough to say how it will fare with some of the other options already sold throughout the US, such as the Volkswagen Golf R.

Technical Improvements to Full Yaris Lineup

This high-performance Yaris is based on the rallycross version of the vehicle, though it will be lower powered than the racing vehicle. Toyota claims that improvements to the Yaris won’t just go to the hot hatch variation though, and that sporty improvements will come to every model of the Yaris making the car more desirable to all buyers. The next generation Yaris is likely to come with both comfort and handling improvements as well as sporty accents that make the car stand out nicely. These are improvements that even buyers in the United States will enjoy, even if the high powered Yaris is never sold there.

If hot hatch vehicles appeal to you, the performance Yaris is one to watch out for. It’s bold and exciting and should be a pretty fun ride.

 

 

3 Vehicles that Might Improve from the Mazda Partnership

May 24, 2015 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , , , ,

The new Mazda-Toyota partnership has some people completely perplexed. After all Toyota is much larger and more powerful than Mazda, what could Mazda possibly bring to the table? As it turns out Mazda has a lot to offer Toyota, despite the company’s compact size. Mazda excels at making fun-to-drive and efficient compact cars, something Toyota could learn a thing or two about still. Here’s a list of three different Toyota cars that are likely to improve in the future with help from Mazda.

Toyota Motor Corp President Akio Toyoda (L) and Mazda Motor Corp President and CEO Masamichi Kogai shake hands during their joint news conference in Tokyo May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Toyota Motor Corp President Akio Toyoda (L) and Mazda Motor Corp President and CEO Masamichi Kogai shake hands during their joint news conference in Tokyo May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato

The Corolla

The highly popular Toyota Corolla is built like a tank and holds value better than most, but it lacks the personality had by the Mazda3. By adapting some of the performance qualities and fun styling cues of the 3 the Corolla could be even more exceptional. As long as Toyota figures out a way to add to the Corolla without taking away it will become even more popular while growing a larger fan-base than it already has.

The Camry

The Toyota Camry is one of the most reliable appliances on the market today. It’s not particularly exciting but it has impressive resale values and consumers expect this vehicle to stand the test of time. The Mazda 6, though while not nearly as reliable takes a similar price point as the Camry and injects it with upscale styling and improved handling mechanics making it feel higher quality. These are elements that Toyota could bring to the Camry to make it an even stronger offering.

The Yaris

In recent years the iconic Yaris has been taking over the roadways. It’s tiny, it’s cute and it’s an exceptional value. Unfortunately the Yaris feels a bit underpowered and Spartan on the interior. The Mazda2 is another vehicle that may not offer as much in the way of reliability or value as the Yaris, but offers superior handling and styling while residing in the same price range. It’s exciting to think about what Toyota and Mazda can do together and Mazda is already working with the automaker to help them develop a more lively compact.

With a bit of guidance from Mazda Toyota can take each of these three highly reliable vehicles and make them even more enjoyable to drive around. Toyota owners confidently pick up new models each year for reliability and safety reasons, but in the future perhaps they will pick them up for entertainment as well.

 

Toyota, Lexus and Scion Dominate J.D. Power 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study

February 16, 2012 lacarguy Lexus, Scion, Toyota Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Eight Lexus, Toyota, and Scion models captured segment awards in the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study, a performance equal to all other vehicle brands combined and more than twice as many as the runner-up nameplate.

The study also found:
  • Lexus is the number one nameplate improving by 23 fewer problems/100;
  • Toyota is the highest ranked non-premium nameplate and tied for third place overall, improving by 18 fewer problems/100; and
  • Scion achieves its highest ever position at fifth place, jumping up 17 positions and improving by 55 fewer problems/100.
“We are extremely pleased that not only did we win awards in eight of the 14 model segments, but that in two segments we finished one-two and made the podium in 12 segments overall”, said Jim Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
2012 Vehicle Dependability Study performers by segment
Segment
Ranking
Model
Problems/100
Sub-Compact Car
1
Toyota Yaris
97
2
Scion xD
113
Compact Car
1
Toyota Prius
80
2
Toyota Corolla
93
Compact Crossover SUV
3
Toyota RAV4
121
Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle
1
Scion xB
100
Compact Sporty Car
1
Scion tC
123
Entry Premium Car
1
Lexus ES350
81
Midsize Car
3
Toyota Camry
105
Midsize Crossover SUV
3
Toyota Highlander
111
Midsize Van
1
Toyota Sienna
123
Midsize Premium Crossover SUV
1
Lexus RX350
85
Large Premium Car*
1
Lexus LS460
72
Large Car
2
Toyota Avalon
100
Large Pick Up
1
Toyota Tundra
108
Lexus Nameplate
1
 
86
Toyota Nameplate
3 (tie)
 
104
Scion
5
 
111
Premium Brands Industry Average
129
Non-Premium Brands Industry Average
144

Additional examples of Toyota’s commitment to the highest standards for quality, safety, reliability and retained value include: