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Toyota Verso-S – Click above for high-res image gallery

Small MPVs might not be the hottest commodities here in the United States, but these little functional wonders sell like hotcakes in other markets, especially Europe. To keep up with the growing segment, Toyota has given its Verso hatch a rather substantial makeover, and we'll see the all-new Verso-S debut at the Paris Motor Show in just a few weeks.

Upon its launch in the UK in early 2011, the Verso-S will be the shortest B-segment MPV in Europe – the car is less than four meters (157 inches) long. It's a sharp little hatch, too, looking like the lovechild of a Honda Fit and a Toyota iQ, the latter of which supplies many of the visual cues seen here on the new Verso-S.

Toyota is still keeping quiet about the full specifications, but expect the floodgates to open at the end of September closer to the little MPV's official debut. Read more in Toyota's press release, after the jump.



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TOYOTA AT THE PARIS MOTOR SHOW

KEYPOINTS


- World premiere of Verso-S, Toyota's new B-segment MPV
- Verso-S expected for UK launch in early 2011
- 10 years of Toyota full hybrid technology
- Prius Plug-in Hybrid and the future development of Hybrid Synergy Drive
- Announcement of new iQ interior and multimedia system for Aygo

Toyota will signal its return to the mini-MPV segment at this year's Paris motor show with the world debut of the new Verso-S. It will also celebrate 10 years of full hybrid technology and look to its future development with Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

Introducing Verso-S

Toyota is set to re-enter the B-MPV segment with the Verso-S, an all-new model that will make its world debut at the Paris motor show, prior to anticipated launch in the UK early in 2011.

Small, spacious and smart, Verso-S is an object lesson in space management. Although it has the shortest overall length of any B-segment MPV in Europe - less than four metres - careful attention to detail and a practical, flexible interior design have maximised usable space, comfort and perceived quality.

Further details and specifications will be announced on the Paris motor show press day on 30 September.

Toyota leadership in full hybrid technology


Toyota is making its Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) technology the focus of its stand, reflecting the recent launch of the British-built Auris HSD – the first full hybrid in the C-segment – and European Prius sales passing the 200,000 mark.

The modularity of HSD makes it readily adaptable to make use of different power sources. This is reflected in Prius Plug-in Hybrid, 200 of which are now on the road around the world in selective lease programmes – including 20 in London – paving the way for being marketed globally in 2012.

Toyota's presentation at Paris will include the Hybrid Synergy Drive Gallery, an interactive exhibition which charts the company's drive towards sustainable mobility through its development of HSD for use in Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHV), Electric Vehicles (EV) and fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles (FCHV).

The future expansion of HSD technology into other market segments will be represented by the FT-CH Concept, which makes its European debut at the show, Toyota's first proposal for a full hybrid for the small compact car segment.

Upgrades for iQ and Aygo

Paris will also see the announcement of a new interior finish for iQ, increasing the level of perceived quality and introducing a new colour scheme, and a new, easy-to-use multimedia system for Aygo.

Toyota will host a press conference on its stand in Hall 4 of the show at 8.45am on Thursday, 30 September.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      For many, many years, the Yaris Verso has always been a good looking MPV, and this latest incarnation is no different. It promises to give the latest Meriva a run for its money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      even the rims look like the ones from honda fit
      • 4 Years Ago
      Quite nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Best looking Toyota. Ever. Nice and clean like the original fit, before they bungled it up.

      It's a shame they probably wont bring it to the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Could easily replace the Matrix. Actually, isn't the Matrix the same as a Corolla Verso already?

        Say hello to the new Toyota Matrix then.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks great for being a shameless ripoff of the Honda Jazz/Fit. What's next, a Corolla that looks like the current Civic?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Please.... no. Especially the interior. I have sat in a the most current civic and that interior needs to change. Period. Otherwise, I can live with a similar exterior to that of the Civic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's taller than the Jazz and has greater versatility.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Honda Fit looks nice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't be silly -- it's the Jazz.

        The Fit has a longer nose to meet US crash standards...

        Am I kidding?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Look closely at the nose; the front end is MUCH shorter than either the Versa or the Fit, but especially the Versa, by over a foot or so.

        If it is 157" long, the Verso-S will be a foot shorter than the Versa, but about 3" longer than a Scion xD.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally agree, I read the heading and the first look I thought "why did they post a picture of a fit?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought it was a Versa
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously what.

        Fit meets Toyota hybrid design language meets iQ.

        Even the interior has several hints of Honda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is a good looking vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Stingers

        Indeed. This would make a much better Scion than that god-awful-looking xD.
        • 4 Years Ago
        its the Priuversafit (Prius, Versa, Fit)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really is! Why don't we get it?
      • 4 Years Ago
      my first reaction was that this looks like a photoshop..
        • 4 Years Ago
        They've most likely shopped it into location (Stockholm, Riddarholmen), the exterior is a panorama of Riddarfjärden.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a sexy looking Toyota.

      Toyota used to be a leader of revolutionary designs (Soarer, Altezza), and I'm really hoping that they will return to their roots.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's interesting to see how many compared this to the Honda Fit. While the Fit isn't exactly an MPV, these comments should be of particular interest to Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. and specifically to the Scion division. IMHO Scion could use an MPV especially as the price of fuel slowly starts to increase north of $3.00 (an inevitability in the next few years).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wrong, wrong, wrong...!!! The Verso-S is NOT a makeover of the Verso. The Verso itself got a substantial makeover in 2009, the new Verso-S is in fact a smaller car - based on the Yaris. The Yaris had an MPV-sibling in its younger years, the Yaris Verso (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaris_Verso).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. This model replaces the Toyota Ractis in Japan, clearly Toyota is regretting cancelling bringing that car to Europe. The Verso is longer, uglier and has 7 seats.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WHOA. Passenger gets control of all the windows too. That's pretty neat.
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