The all-new Toyota Yaris has collected its first major UK honour, winning the Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year title in the Auto Express New Car Awards, announced today.
Steve Fowler, Auto Express Editor-in-Chief, said: “The Yaris has come of age, with hybrid power aligning perfectly with the political climate. But the latest Yaris shows that Toyota has continued its development; the twin-motor set-up offers performance, efficiency and refinement. Keen pricing, and the car’s ability to deliver exceptional real-world fuel economy are the icing on a very appealing cake.”
The all-new, fourth generation Yaris was launched in August with an all-hybrid line-up. It’s distinguished by compact, urban-friendly styling, exceptional safety features and high specifications for comfort, convenience and connectivity.
The powertrain is also new, featuring a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine and a powerful electric motor. The full hybrid system produces 114bhp and returns fuel economy from 65.69 to 68.9mpg with 92 to 98 g/km CO2 emissions (WLTP combined cycle data). Toyota’s latest generation hybrid technology has transformed Yaris Hybrid’s all-electric driving capabilities, with EV driving possible at speeds up to 80mph and for longer periods in urban traffic.
New Yaris is the first model to be produced on Toyota’s GA-B platform, which gives the car a highly rigid structure, a low centre of gravity, a well-balanced chassis and an improved position at the wheel for the driver. The car’s inherent strength also secures better safety performance, while the new platform also opened up opportunities for more distinctive styling, inside and out.
The affordability of the new Yaris is founded on its low day-to-day running costs and high residual values, helping Toyota offer competitive PCP vehicle purchase opportunities for retail customers, currently with zero per cent APR representative (terms and conditions apply, full details are available here).
Accepting the award, Agustín Martín, Toyota (GB) President and Managing Director, said: “Our thanks go to Auto Express for this award for the new Yaris. Yaris is our best-selling car, so it is very important to us and I am delighted that this award recognises the power and appeal our new model offers to our customers.”