It was always going to be a tough act to follow. The 2nd generation Yaris was introduced to South Africa way back in 2006 -- coming on the heels of the discontinuation of an all-time favourite - the Toyota Tazz.
When the plug was finally pulled on the Tazz, it had racked up a total of 200,000 units in South Africa at an average of 1,700 per month.
The Yaris though hit the floor running -- In its first 8 months on the market, it broke the South African record for the fastest new nameplate to reach 20,000 units. Today the sub-B segment is a fiercely contested arena. Automakers have in some cases several models competing for a piece of the pie.
To stand out - it takes something a little extra special. And the latest edition of the Yaris (labelled as PULSE in South Africa) certainly has that oozing from every joint!
Here's 6 reasons you'll instantly fall in love with our new Yaris
1) All-New Front & Rear Design With a Captivating "Catamaran" Yacht Effect
The Yaris has a sporty, striking new face. In official circles it's referred to as "Catamaran". What's "Catamaran"? Directly from Wikipedia --The word "catamaran" is derived from the Tamil word, kattumaram, which means "logs bound together.
Referring to the vessel pioneered by the fishing community of Tamil Nadu (India) around the 17th century.
Today the design is mostly found on luxury and racing yachts.
The effect is evident from the rear too. Just don't try taking your new Yaris Pulse for a cruise on the ocean!
2) Refined Interior
Illuminated entry, follow-me-home lights, 6-speaker infotainment system and luxury glossy finishes give the New Yaris Pulse a distinctive European feel.
3) New Colour TFT Multi-information Display
Available on the Pulse PLUS models, the colour TFT information display will keep you updated on the status of your Yaris
4) New More Powerful 1.5-litre Engine
The new Yaris is the first model to adopt Toyota’s new 1.5-litre petrol engine. Due to improved engine thermal efficiency - the new engine is 10% more powerful than the outgoing 1.3 motor, yet 12% lighter on fuel. CO2 emissions are also lower, meeting the latest Euro 6C requirements.
5) Advanced Safety Features Come Standard
The new Yaris will keep you safer on the roads with the following safety features:
- Vehicle stability control
- Hill start control
- Anti-lock brake system (ABS)
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
- Brake Assist System
- Cruise Control (Pulse PLUS)
- Driver + Passenger +Side + Curtain + Driver - Knee Airbags (Pulse PLUS)
6) Only Car in its Segment to Come in Hybrid
The fuel price is on the rise once again.
We can complain all we want - or we can do something to lighten the load on our wallet (or purse!)
At an average of 4.0L/100 kms - you're gonna get a whole lot more mileage for your money - should you choose the Yaris Pulse Hybrid.
Not only that - you'll also be doing our Earth a favour by doing your bit to keep our air clean.
So what else is holding you back? Give Durban South Toyota a call or email when you're ready to step into the driving seat of the pulsating new Yaris Pulse!