2020 Yaris hatchback will be built in Mexico for the US only; features more equipment as standard
Felix Page Autocar writer
18 April 2019

Toyota has launched a new Yaris hatchback, based on the Mazda 2, for the US market at the New York motor show.

The 2020 US Yaris will be built for Toyota by Mazda’s Mexican arm and is mechanically unrelated to the Yaris models sold elsewhere.

The relationship with Mazda’s supermini can be seen in the model's basic shape, although it has a heavily reworked front fascia featuring the "hunkered-down, bulldog-like stance" that has become integral to Toyota’s global design language. 

Toyota claims that the new Yaris hatchback is designed with urban dwellers in mind and says it has 450 litres of boot space.

As with the 2-based Yaris saloon that was introduced to the US and Canada in 2015, it offers only a 106bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and a six-speed automatic gearbox. A new Sport driving mode enhances acceleration response. 

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Inside, a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system is fitted as standard, incorporating Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition, satellite radio and sat-nav.

The platform sharing agreement between the two Japanese manufacturers stretches back to 2015, when Mazda began production of restyled variants of the 2: the Toyota Yaris for Mexico and the Scion iA for the US. 

Scion, Toyota’s youth-targeted North American brand, was shelved in 2016, so the new Yaris bears Toyota branding.

In Canada, the 2-based Yaris saloon will remain on sale alongside the Yaris hatchback that's sold in Europe, rather than the new Mazda-built model.

Toyota and Mazda have worked together on a number of ventures in recent years, including the creation in 2017 of a joint venture company to develop electric cars.

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18 April 2019

You can see why Mazda don't want their name on it, I can't think of a sadder mainstream small car, deserves the pitiful European sales it gets.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

18 April 2019
xxxx wrote:

You can see why Mazda don't want their name on it, I can't think of a sadder mainstream small car, deserves the pitiful European sales it gets.

Don't quite get what you mean. Mazdas name is on the 2 and this is identical, the european yaris is a good car even if it doesnt meet your lofty standards, didn't it rate really well for customer satisfaction recently in whatcar? Seem to remember reading such in an autocar article. I'd be quite happy with a hybrid one for my daily work bimble. Too expensive though.

This is such basic badge engineering, even the polo, ibiza and fabia look substantially different, though the up, mii and citigo don't, this, aside from the nose cone/bumper is a mazda 2 with an identical interior, no toyota identity at all really. Is the mazda 2 sold in the same markets?

18 April 2019
si73 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

You can see why Mazda don't want their name on it, I can't think of a sadder mainstream small car, deserves the pitiful European sales it gets.

Don't quite get what you mean. ....... this, aside from the nose cone/bumper is a mazda 2 with an identical interior, no toyota identity at all really.

"The 2020 US Yaris will be built for Toyota by Mazda’s Mexican arm"

There's Toyota badges all over it and it's based on the Mazda 2.  It even looks sad in the photo. The Mazda is a poor seller due to looks and it's probably a good way to dump it off on the americans.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

18 April 2019
xxxx wrote:

si73 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

You can see why Mazda don't want their name on it, I can't think of a sadder mainstream small car, deserves the pitiful European sales it gets.

Don't quite get what you mean. ....... this, aside from the nose cone/bumper is a mazda 2 with an identical interior, no toyota identity at all really.

"The 2020 US Yaris will be built for Toyota by Mazda’s Mexican arm"

There's Toyota badges all over it and it's based on the Mazda 2.  It even looks sad in the photo. The Mazda is a poor seller due to looks and it's probably a good way to dump it off on the americans.

Oh, it's the mazda 2 you dislike, again, like the yaris the 2 is a car I do like, it is, in my opinion, one of the better looking super minis out there and according to reviews its a great drive as well. Not what I would call sad. I do think this yaris is a lazy badge swap with next to no toyota identity, But I do like the 2 and the uk's yaris.

4 May 2019
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18 April 2019

dear xxxx, also to me from the photo the car does not give the impression of the car pleasant to judge, I agree with what seems to be unhappy

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18 April 2019
Just helped a friend of mine buy a mazda 2 after looking through all of the similarly priced cars in the segment.

The mazda 2 has a vastly better interior quality and a hearty little 1.5L naturally aspirated 115hp engine that's also found on the MX-5, where it also takes its decent manual gearbox from. 0-60 is 8.9s which really isn't too bad.

The exterior styling is subjective but inside there's leather, soft touch areas all over and a really good perceived quality compared to the bleak interiors of cars like the suzuki swift, and pretty much every car you could compare it to.

Buying the top of the range model you get nearly every optional extra you could ever ask for, but for less than a mid range polo or even micra. Pricing was very competitive too.

You all must be confused from seeing horsepower and 0-60 figures from sports cars on here. The mazda 2 blows pretty much any 'non-hot hatch' car out of the park.

18 April 2019

I agree, the 2 is a great car, I like the yaris as well but see little merit in this US market yaris as it even looks more or less identical to the 2, unless the 2 isn't available in the same market then maybe this yaris makes a bit of sense, but if they're competing it seems daft as they're too similar. In my opinion. My wife has a mii and I don't feel that there is enough to differentiate it from an up, though it does, in my opinion look less like white goods, but having three cars the same almost seems pointless.

18 April 2019

Really cannot understand why Mazda “has jumped” in to bed with Toyota.Mazda has ALWAYS had far better vehicles than Toyota.Toyota is the biggest selling marque in Australia,but hell,they are as boring as hell!Yaris?Complete rubbish in its current form.

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