Vitz (Yaris) (Toyota)

Apr 02, 2019

On April 1, Toyota announced that the all-new 2020 Yaris Hatchback will debut at the New York International Auto Show in mono-spec LE and XLE grades.
At 161.6 inches long, the Yaris Hatchback has a wheelbase nearly 2.4 inches longer than the previous Yaris Liftback model, which enables a 15.9 cubic foot cargo area.
The Yaris Hatchback comes standard with an advanced active safety system that includes a Low-speed Pre-collision Safety System, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control System, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Brake Override System.
The Yaris is equipped with a 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that delivers 106 hp mated to the standard 6-speed automatic transmission.
On all 2020 Yaris Hatchback models, standard 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, body-color side mirrors and door handles, and a chrome tailpipe tip provide a premium tone.
Both the LE and XLE grades are equipped with navigation hardware.
The XLE version includes automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic LED headlamps, and leather-trimmed steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake handle.

(Toyota press release on April 1, 2019)

Mar 14, 2019

U.S. sales in February 2019 of the Celaya-built Honda Fit were down 54.5% to 1,745 units, while those of the HR-V built in Celaya and El Salto, increased 4.4% to 7,093 units.
Built in Pesqueria, U.S. sales of the Hyundai Accent were down 13.9% to 1,790 units in February, while Kia Rio sales increased 18.4% to 1,822 units, and Forte sales decreased 9.2% to 6,953 units.
Salamanca-built Mazda3 sales fell 24.1% to 4,610 units, while Toyota Yaris iA sales increased 2.5% to 2,517 vehicles.
Sales of the Nissan Versa produced at the Aguascalientes 1 plant increased 3.0% to 7,410 units, while sales of the Sentra, built at Aguascalientes 2, decreased 0.4% to 17,072 units in February. Nissan sold 3,563 units of the new Kicks SUV in February.
Infiniti sold 1,122 QX50s, built at the COMPAS plant, in February in the U.S.
Puebla-built Golf sales fell 43.0% to 2,070 units, while Beetle sales increased 45.0% to 1,457 units and Jetta sales increased 55.0% to 7,109 units and Tiguan sales increased 7.9% to 8,079 units in February.
U.S. sales of the Audi Q5, built in San Jose Chiapa, decreased 2.0% to 4,359 units.
Toluca-built Dodge Journey sales increased 73% to 8,258 units, while Jeep Compass sales fell 25.0% to 12,063 units and Fiat 500 sales fell 50.0% to 207 units.
(Mexico-Now article on March 11, 2019)

Feb 27, 2019

Toyota Motor Thailand revealed that after the success of Yaris hatchback and Yaris Ativ sedan, the two eco-cars under the first phase, the company has been working on the project of eco-car phase 2, which is scheduled to be launched in August 2019.
Toyota’s phase 2 eco-cars will be developed under the new platform, Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). The models will come with an average fuel consumption rate of 23 km/L and CO2 emissions at 100 g/km.
The company plans to start the eco-car phase 2 with the upgraded version of Yaris.
According to Toyota, prices of the new models will not be raised highly as the company has already been granted with eco-car phase two’s tax privileges from Thailand Board of Investment (BoI).
(From an article of Prachachart Turakij on February 25, 2019)