2012 Toyota Vitz/Yaris - Click above for high-res image gallery

After years of uninterrupted success, Toyota finds itself in a peculiar position. The automaker has struggled to regain its stride after the March 11 earthquake that disrupted the supply chain for months and at the same time the automaker is stuck with a quickly aging lineup.

But while the first half of 2011 has been rough, it appears that Toyota is climbing out of its funk. Factories are springing back to life, and new models are primed and ready to go. Auto Observer reports that a new Yaris will be ready for U.S. customers by the end of the year. The re-tooled Yaris should look an awful lot like the attractive JDM Vitz/Yaris that was unveiled in Japan back in December. Auto Observer claims that the new Yaris will feature all new sheet metal and an updated interior design, but the underpinnings and powertrains will remain largely intact.

When the refreshed Yaris bows, it will join a new Camry that couldn't appear fast enough.We can't think of a better way for Toyota to turn the corner than with fresh product, and it appears we will get just that by the end of the year.


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      CD
      • 3 Years Ago
      The interior is definitely an improvement over the current model: guages in front of the driver and far slicker overall dashboard design.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      um, fresh product is fresh product. warmed over muk is warmed over muk. Neither this Yaris or the leaked images of the "new" Camry really constitute new product to me. I can't see how Toyota can put away their current dodgy image with just slightly restyled cars like these. They're gonna need a lot more than that.
        • 3 Years Ago
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      hlavco
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still think Vitz is a cooler name than Yaris.
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      "..but the underpinnings and powertrains will remain largely intact"? Meaning the same outdated 4 speed auto and 107hp engine will be used when every other competitor is putting out more and more power (all new Sonic and new Accent - case in point!) and the 6 speed auto quickly becoming the standard in this segment will leave this Yaris floundering.
      KaBoomBOX
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks alot like a previous model Versa, but with Toyota's "awkward angles" styling language slathered on to it. FAIL.
      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yawn. Fiesta over this anyday.
      K Gav
      • 3 Years Ago
      That... thing in the picture is an atrocity.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @K Gav
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      starryknight936
      • 3 Years Ago
      This new Yaris has REALLY lost its edge. Instead of improving the current models the stylists bring this to the table. I'm afraid Toyota, instead of developing a really interesting Yaris, has lost its way again with this version. The competition from Korea will slaughter this machine's sales, IMHO. Peace!<-AladdinSane<-
      Seph
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they get back soon in normal production level...
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      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      It lost it's stride quite a bit before the Earthquake/Tsunami. I would expect they'll get their act together soon, but the Yaris is still ugly compared to it's competition.
        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @johnb
        Like what, the Versa? The Aveo? Give me a break. The current Yaris is just fine compared to those. The new Accent, Sonic and Versa are just coming out along with the new Yaris. It will be just fine.
      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Same powertrains? Really? So a middling mid-30s highway rating when the competition is pushing 40 in much larger packages? Toyota needs to 40-45mpg this thing in order to stay competitive.
        Seph
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        No worries.. I'm sure they'll achieve that.. I've even rumors that a Lexus RX hybrid with 200hp got 40mpg...
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