21 March 2005

Toyota’s engineers are well advanced on the replacement for the Yaris supermini – one of the company’s biggest success stories in recent times. These scoop pictures show the new Yaris testing in Europe ahead of a launch in early 2006.

Although Japanese-spec cars have been seen before, this is the first time the new car has been spotted on this continent. The most obvious change is the adoption of the familiar family face seen on the Corolla and Avensis, complete with a stubby nose and a ridge in the bonnet that houses the Toyota badge.

Although details about the UK range are still scarce, the new Yaris should carry over the 1.0- and 1.3-litre petrol units from the current car.

The first Yaris set new standards for interior flexibility when it was launched almost six years ago, and Toyota will be looking for a similar reception when the covers come off the new car at September’s Frankfurt show.

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