• Sep 25, 2006

Hatchback, Toyota hath named thee, and thy name is Auris. Based on the Corolla sedan and placed up-market from the sprightly Yaris, the Auris five-door hatch features design elements similar to its kid brother, particularly around the front end with its the bulbous hood, oversized headlamps and grille with prominent emblem.

With the popularity of hatchbacks over sedans a fact in overseas markets, the Auris will be sold in Europe. There are many variations of the Corolla sold around the world, and the one sold in the U.S. is not the same as the hatchback that Europeans are offered, so it's unlikely we'll ever see the Auris this side of the pond. There likely will never by an Aygo sold here, as well.

Auris is the Latin word for "good taste". Think it's fitting, or is it a misnomer?

[Source: paultan.org]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice new bubbly Mazda, uh I mean Toyota. And the name is way too close to Yaris, Aura, Aurora, and Aries. Who thinks of these things? And when am I going to read how one car company is suing another for copying their design? How bad will this habit become?
      • 8 Years Ago
      cutie pie with its cloud-rain-drop eyes. Girl car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      no, darknight...auris is for your ass...or is that your face? sorry, its so easy to confuse the two.
      • 8 Years Ago
      HEllo Next Gen Matrix...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here we can see an example that not all cars should be pretty. It's terrible like all Toyota's. Strange that Lexus which is cool is Toyota too. Hmmm...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess I'm too stupid to make out the pronunciation. Aurius, to me anyway, seems way too close to Yaris...and both will appear in the same showroom in some markets.

      And AR, probably won't read this, either. How is this a nail in Ford's and GM's coffin? Toyota has been selling a Corolla hatch in other markets for years, hell, probably DECADES. Now this model will get it's own name...and that will somehow kill sales for it's competition?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh, I get it. "Auris" for our ass is on the line because this thing is so fugly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh, Rob, that was so funny I forgot to laugh. Of course, it takes a dumbass to come up with something that stupid.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I ran my red Yaris hatch at Calgary's Race City, compliments S Alberta BMW Club and under the tutelage of Porsche North America's Chief Performance Driving Instructor.

      They liked it. Said it was a stiffy; not at all embarrassing in the corners and willing. Also, because it is stiff, it is quiet and with a long wheelbase, runs smoothly. One British autowriter called it the Lexus of small cars. I agree. Good value.

      It's a driver-ed car, running on Nokian I-3s for 7 months (think a California winter) and Nokian WRs for 5 (think the only true all-season radial in the world, according to Canadian Driver Magazine.

      As to design, the Yaris come out of France's design studios (Nice) while the Matrix is Californian. Yaris is haute couture to the Matrix' gee whiz.

      The other car? A 5dr '99 Saab 9-3 HATCHBACK on Kumho Ecsta Supras.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Is this the next gen Scion xA, or will it be a Yaris derivative as the current xA based on the Echo?
      • 8 Years Ago
      From the front fenders back looks like an old Plymouth Horizon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota had to grow another set of balls to let this thing out. They need a rude-awakening with all the problems with all the quality and design issues of late. Ask my neighbor about 'Toyota Quality'. He can't keep is 05 Corolla out of the shop.
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