The all-new Yaris self-charging hybrid has arrived in Ireland and is available from €23,055 or €143/ month with Toyota Financial Services.
This follows the launch of the new Yaris petrol earlier on this year.
The new Yaris features the same hybrid technology as the Corolla hybrid, making it more efficient and powerful. 0-100 km/h is 9.7 seconds.
Toyota says the all-new Yaris spends most of the time in EV mode, 80 per cent in fact. This gives drivers the benefits of a battery electric vehicle, but at a lower price and with no concerns about when or where the battery can be recharged.
CO2 emissions have dropped to 88 g/km and the WLTP combined cycle fuel economy figure is 3.9 l/100/km, a 20 per cent improvement, the car maker says.
The new Yaris has been redesigned both inside and out. Toyota describes the car’s exterior design concept as “condensed and agile”.
Inside, high-quality materials include a felt trim finish for the door panels and, for the first time in a Yaris, a soft-touch instrument panel.
The new Yaris is the first application of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) philosophy to a small car through the new GA-B platform. The GA-B platform is central to the Yaris’ improved dynamic performance, giving a lower centre of gravity and much greater body rigidity, along with lower noise and vibration levels.
The new hatchback features Toyota Safety Sense active systems as standard, which includes Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), such as Lane Trace Assist, Emergency Steering Assist and Intersection Turn Assistance.
The functionality of the Pre-Collision System has been increased so that it can detect pedestrians by day and night and cyclists in daytime driving.
It also offers segment-first Intersection Turn Assistance to recognise collision risks with oncoming traffic and pedestrians when making a turn at a crossroads, and is the first Toyota to be equipped with centre airbags.
An eight inch touchscreen display, wireless smartphone integration, Smart Entry and special ambient cabin lighting around the driver’s cockpit feature. The steering wheel size has also been reduced for better visibility.
Steve Tormey, CEO of Toyota Ireland commented: “The Yaris is a much loved and iconic model in the Toyota range and we’re delighted to introduce the new self-charging hybrid to Ireland. The Yaris will be our most efficient hybrid to date and is in EV mode up to 80 per cent of the time.
“Along with this we have introduced a range of safety equipment, aiming to make the Yaris the safest compact car. As the Yaris is our most affordable hybrid, we’re democratising safety so everyone has access to it to the most up-to-date safety technology.
“With its ‘ready to go’ style and unrivalled combination of engaging performance and outstanding economy this car will be perfect for customers with an eye for design, a desire to make sustainable choices.”
211 offers including up to €3,000 finance contribution
Toyota has also announced a range of offers to help drivers on their way to affordable electrified motoring.
New Toyota hybrid buyers can avail of finance contributions of up to €3,000, APRs from 2.9 per cent, trade-in boosters up to €2,500 for non-finance customers, and enjoy three years free servicing as standard.
With these new offers, customers who purchase a new Toyota before February 28, 2021, will benefit from a two per cent VAT reduction.
From an environmental point of view, Toyota claims it has the lowest CO2 output of any mass market car brand.
Steve Tormey added: “At Toyota we live by our brand promise ‘Built for a Better World’. By giving Irish motorists affordable access to electrified motoring through low prices and the deals we are announcing today, we believe all drivers can play a part in creating a better world for our and future generations.
“As a nation, the time to start individually doing our part to help save planet Earth is now. Because they can drive in zero emissions mode over 50 per cent of the time on average and never need to be plugged in, we believe that self-charging hybrids present the best solution today to creating an immediate and long-lasting positive environmental impact, without any compromise.
“We were pleased to see the Irish government take strong measures against high emissions diesels in the recent budget, and reward people who choose lower emissions cars with lower VRT payments. I would encourage anyone interesting in finding out more about our hybrids to speak to their local Toyota dealer today.”