August 2017 News

A striking new addition to the Yaris Hybrid range has just landed at Toyota dealers, with its arrival predicted in our Rumour Mill column last month. Finished in Yellow Burst paintwork, it is matched with a bi-tone black roof and front pillar, together with a gloss black front grille and side sills. Completing the distinctive look is rear privacy glass, together with 16-inch alloy wheels finished in black and silver. And the yellow theme is continued inside with the distinctive hue applied to the air vents, gear lever surround and edging to the carpet mats. The fresh look is completed by a two-tone black and dark grey cloth upholstery with ribbed cushion and shoulder sections. Standard equipment is the same as the Yaris Bi-Tone, with LED rear and daytime running lights, cruise control, DAB radio and touchscreen infotainment system. Priced at £19,845, the Yaris Hybrid Yellow Edition is available to order now.

With summer now in full swing, Toyota has announced a new top-ofthe- range Aygo model featuring an electric retracting canvas Funroof. Just 350 examples are being made available, with each model finished in White Flash paintwork. The Funroof comes in a Bordeaux red colour and combines with the burgundy decals fitted to the side of the car, the leading edge of the bonnet, across the width of the front lip and below the number plate surround. The front ‘X’ and rear bumper insert are finished in gloss black to give greater visual impact. Completing the exterior look are white five-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels with burgundy-edged centre caps. On the inside, the instrument panel has a burgundy finish to match the outside, with white air vent surrounds and upper door trim. The burgundy theme continues on the carpet mat edging and inserts in the black leather upholstery. Standard equipment includes a seven-inch touchscreen, climate control, reversing camera, front fog lights and automatic headlights. Prices start at £14,195 for the Aygo x-claim with manual transmission and £14,895 when paired to the x-shift automated manual gearbox.

To commemorate 25 years of building cars in the UK, Toyota has announced a special edition version of the Auris Hybrid, named GB25. Mated to the 1.8-litre hybrid drivetrain, each car comes with a contrasting black roof, front grille and door mirrors. Three colours are on offer, in red, white or grey, with a commemorative badge fitted to the car. Equipment includes black leather upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, DAB radio, a seven-inch touchscreen and a reversing camera. Safety features comprise of autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, a lane departure warning system and automatic high beam for the headlights. The Auris Hybrid GB25 is available to order now and costs £24,045.

April-May 2017 News

Arriving in showrooms in May is Toyota’s facelifted Yaris, with yet another update to the small car. In addition to a revised front and rear, there’s upgrades to the interior materials for a higher quality cabin. Three-door versions have been axed, as have the diesel variants, and Toyota’s Safety Sense package, comprising of a lane departure warning system, automatic high beam and a pre-collision system, is now standard equipment on all versions. The range now consists of six trim levels – Active, Icon, Icon Tech, Design, Bi-Tone and flagship Excel. A new 110bhp 1.5-litre VVT-i petrol engine joins the lineup, replacing the 1.33-litre unit, but that engine doesn’t fall below the 100g/km CO2 emissions barrier, though the existing 67bhp 1.0-litre VVT-i is predicted to, despite official figures not being released so far. Completing the line-up is a 99bhp 1.5-litre Hybrid model that is expected to account for around one third of all sales, like it did in 2016. Prices start at £12,495 for the Active 1.0 VVT-i model – £75 less than before, with the top-of-the-range Excel Hybrid costing £19,295, a hike in price by a hefty £980. All models in the Yaris range come with electric front windows, Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, projector headlights and a rain sensor.