The Toyota Yaris L has been launched on the Guangzhou Auto Show in China, and this one actually doesn’t look as bad as we thought it would look, and that is a good thing. It still ain’t pretty though. The Yaris L is the sedan version of the Chinese-market Yaris L hatchback.
Toyota seems to be caught in a design language that is not appealing, to put it mildly. Their cars are not selling well. But instead of changing course they keep adding ugliness to their lineup. Case in point: the upcoming Yaris L sedan. The front is a horrible mess and the rest of the car is a bland as a plastic bag.
Toyota launched the new Yaris in Europe earlier this week. China however will have to wait until next year, Toyota will list the Yaris sometime in the first half of 2012. Price will start around 85.000 yuan and end around 107.000 yuan. The Yaris is made in China by the Guangzhou-Toyota joint venture. Via: Autohome.
Toyota makes the Yaris in China under a joint venture with Guangzhou Auto. The old one didn’t sell well so Toyota brought in a new car. The Yaris got a new front, some small changes at the back and a new dashboard. Engine-wise no changes: 1.3 with 86hp and a 1.6 with 118.
Toyota did however surprise with the 1.6 GS, pictured, a sporty Yaris, yeah, bring it to me now. The 1.6 GS got a full bodykit and a huge spoiler at the back for downforce. Unfortunately the GS has the same power as the normal 1.6E so it will be slower due to the extra weight of plastic.
The Guangzhou-Toyota Yaris has been going for a while and not very strong. Competition from local Chinese brand is fierce and the Yaris was loosing out. Time so, for a new one. But it ain’t too new, it got a new front with a strange looking grille and some changes on the dashboard. This might be not good enough to get sales up, and even worse: no new engines. Toyota will offer exactly the same 1.3 and 1.6 as in the current car.