• Feb 21st 2008 at 3:02PM
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The Euro-spec Toyota Yaris is a well-equipped little car. But things like the nine airbags, chrome exhaust finisher, and remote central double locking are merely gravy for the real show on this new SR model: a fully-integrated portable TomTom navigation system that doubles as a touchscreen interface for the car stereo.

It's a neat little trick, and the unit also offers Bluetooth connectivity and a USB connection for MP3 players. We wonder, though, if this is about simply making life easier and aesthetically cleaner for GPS users, or if people are really clamoring for a portable GPS. This blogger has never seen anyone walking down the street taking direction from a TomTom -- but this blogger also lives in LA where nobody walks anywhere, so maybe I'm not the best judge. If nothing else, certain Euro Yaris takers can finally kiss the suction cups goodbye. Uh, Toyota, how 'bout some of that love over this way, please?

[Source: Toyota]



Take one Yaris. Add highly desirable styling and exclusive equipment features. Price competitively and sell.

It is as simple as that. Toyota has comprehensively upgraded the specification of its 1.3 VVT-i and 1.4 D-4D Yaris SR models to create one of the most impressive supermini prospects on the market.

A unique standard feature of the new Yaris SR is the satellite navigation / audio system which is both built in and fully portable. The system offers handy touch screen operation, Bluetooth connectivity and USB connection for MP3 players.

Taking as its starting point the highly specified T3 model, the SR ramps up its owner-appeal with the addition of:

  • Fully integrated audio system with removable TomTom satellite navigation unit – a first in the B segment, exclusive to Toyota
  • Toyota Motorsport 16-inch Pit Lane alloy wheels
  • Toyota Motorsport lowered sports suspension
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Chrome exhaust finisher
  • Brushed alloy gearshift knob (manual versions)
  • Front scuff plates
In spite of all these extra features, the on-the-road price of the SR models is just £350 greater than the equivalent T3 version and represents £1,100 extra value. And the price tag also covers nine airbags, electric front windows, remote central double locking, air conditioning, front fog lamps and the one-touch Easy Flat folding rear seat system.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't the whole point of this that GPS nav will be cheaper? Because I don't think your average Yaris user is going to spring for the 2k navi package. Plus, at least you won't have to use Toyota's awful navigation interface.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Tyota sucks (not their cars, the company) for not bringing these amazing cars to the US, I am getting my yaris in a few months, and i am going to have to settle for the crappy yaris hatchback s, instead of one of these hot euris coups. TOYOTA NEEDS TO BE PUNISHED!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would DEFINITELY pay for a premium small car. I think the logic is flawed. If something was offered besides the MINI Crapper ( I had one- I can call it that after 9 warranty fixes in 13 months) and the smart fortwo.... I suspect there would be customers for it. The trend is to drive smaller cars and be more efficient -but everybody I know that wants to dump their bigger cars isn't willing to do without seat heaters, sunroofs and leather and obvious safety stuff. Toyota could totally own the premium tiny car market if it wanted to try.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dockable nav unit aside, am I the only one surprised to see a Yaris that actually looks kinda cool?
        • 7 Years Ago
        amazing what a set of rims and tires can do to change the look of a vehicle huh? I had to pull up pics of the US-spec Yaris to see if that one had some kind of body kit on it or something... only real difference I could see was the rims and tires.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry I missed the last email ok the Cable was bought at toyota it will not work the Aux will only play low sound and not charge you Ipod Here is what Toyota emailed me....We apologize for the difficuty you are experiencing in setting up your iPod in your 4Runner.

      In order to control the iPod through the vehicle head unit and steering wheel controls, you will need to purchase an iPod interface kit from your local Toyota dealership. The kit has to be connected to the rear of the audio unit and this may require the removal of the audio unit. The audio unit must be a satellite ready system e.g. JBL/Premium Audio and the vehicle cannot have satellite radio installed.

      Please be aware the USB connection will only allow the iPod to play MP3 format songs. The USB connection will not play files in the Apple format.

      Your email has been documented at our National Headquarters under file #200804170103. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us via email or by calling 800-331-4331. We are available from 5 AM to 6 PM, Pacific Time, Monday through Friday and from 7 AM to 4 PM, Pacific Time, on Saturdays.

      Toyota Customer Experience

      And thats not right after they tried to install I also bought a cable from Amazon that says TOMTOM IPod cable for 20.00 bucks and that does not work. SO I sent toyota a nasty letter hoping they reply with some good info this time : )

      On the good note I love the Urban Runner I got the V6 4x4 also black If the IPod worked the car would be perfect LOL
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      This same Eclipse system has available from Crutchfield for a while now, just without the Toyota logo on it.

      Personally I'd rather have a larger integrated screen/unit as I don't have much use for the removable GPS module (unless it was suitable for offroad/outdoor/in-the-woods use).
      • 7 Years Ago
      You won't get this for the same reason that you won't get nine airbags, leather seats or the C4-D: cost.

      North Americans will not buy a small premium car, Mini excepted. Well, Canadians might, but not in quantities sufficient to make it worth Toyota's while.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Perhaps when Jim Bob and Betty Jo run out of available credit for filling up the Excursion, Americans will rethink the kinds of cars we want. Alas, by then they'll only be able to buy an 8-year-old Accent at Honest John's Used Cars, but once they get used to a car that's a reasonable size maybe the market for nice small cars will pick up. I'm holding onto my Wagon for a while because I like it, but hopefully there'll be interesting choices when I finally get something new.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Genius. This illustrates what GM faces in its struggle for the number 1 spot.

      Think how handy it would be to snag it when using a different vehicle....or when the unit gets upgraded (as long as the dock is the same) you can take advantage of new functionality....

      • 7 Years Ago
      The TomTom is probably removable so it won't get stolen from your parked car, not so you could use it while walking.
        • 7 Years Ago
        In-dash units hurt resale values of automobiles because of their inherent obsolescence. This takes care of that problem elegantly.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Also, if it has similar functionality to my TomTom One, it's removable to allow you to take it inside to your computer to sync up map updates and corrections and buy and load new maps. It may also store MP3s for you and play them through the car stereo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm still waiting for someone to integrate the radio controls and screen with the iPhone/iPod Touch.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Almost every aftermarket multimedia source unit has USB iPod Control - Alpine, Clarion, Pioneer and Kenwood. I think the Alpine might even show album art on the screen.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Installing aftermarket audio components in an SR edition is nothing new. Though I am all for portable navigation, docking it in your radio means that you really have to take your eyes off the road to see it, and I don't think it offers any additional functionality when docked - hence the price of $500.

      Nevertheless, in spite of this websites gadget name, hopped up editions of cars should have hopped up performance, not riced out.

      Hyundai Canada is offering a Clarion audio system in their limited edition Accent SR Hatchback. The system has to be heard to be beleived! Hits hard, goes low and sounds great! There is a picture of the deck at www.hyundaiperformance.ca.

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