We were laughing with the latest installment of Games Without Borders, Facebook was born only 5 years later, and Steve Jobs was launching wi fi on Apple’s iBook for the first time. It was 1999 when the first Yaris made its debut. Twenty years later, Toyota’s best-selling car in Italy is now in its fourth generation and has a surprising program to improve and make the benefits of Full Hybrid technology adopted since 2012 even more concrete and visible.

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It’s called we-hybrid and a real ecosystem complete with technologies and services, which has the aim of promoting ever more sustainable mobility, the customer who uses the car is the protagonist. And for services we don’t just mean road and workshop assistance: the great revolution, for this compact 5-seater that has already sold 1 million cars only in Italy (in 8 years, going from 7 to 70% of the segment share B), customized insurance. It is an RCA with an unbeatable cost: only 4 euro cents per km traveled; and for the km covered in electric mode only, you do not pay anything.

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The new Toyota Yaris Hybrid
The new Toyota Yaris Hybrid

Traveling in the footsteps of Napoleon

But before talking about it further, it is worth understanding what the Yaris Hybrid MY20 is, which we tested on a circuit of approximately 178 km from Brussels airport on the slopes of Mont-Saint-Jean and back. More compact (less than 4 meters long), without compromising seating comfort; simple to understand, despite the full of advanced connectivity systems and active and passive integrated security; gritty and elastic in driving, thanks both to the synergy between the petrol engine (the 1.5 12 VVT iE 116 HP valve) and the 59 kW electric system (with a maximum torque of 141 Nm), and to the new TNGA – B platform ( the same as the latest Rav 4 and Corolla and that in the coming years we will find on 92% of Toyota vehicles), the Yaris Hybrid really easy to drive. Soft if you choose driving in relaxation, but ready to bite the asphalt when adopting a sporty style.

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The soft correction of cruise control

The stiffer chassis (but the suspension has been improved) and the lower center of gravity: the car’s responsiveness has something sporty about it. While the electronic assistance, using sensors and cameras of the Adas, raises the level of safety: for example, the adaptive cruise control detects the dangers (there is also the night recognition of pedestrians and cyclists) and the path corrector rotates the steering as much as it is enough for the car to return to the roadway.

The new Yaris Hybrid MY20 on the roads of Belgium
The new Yaris Hybrid MY20 on the roads of Belgium

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Simple commands to avoid distractions

The steering wheel controls are simple and familiar to anyone who has already driven a Toyota. Above the dashboard, the road signs, speed limits and actual speed projected on the glass help to avoid distractions. But if you are in control of the vehicle and you can look at the 10-inch display, the energy panel tells you in real time when you use the combustion engine, when the sum of endothermic and electric and when the car instead runs in Ev mode: the electric thrusters (two) attached to the thermal one are now able to bring the vehicle into a sail (when using the kinetic energy of the launched vehicle and a little electric thrust) up to 130 kilometers per hour. Up to now, until the latest CH-R models, the sailing limit had risen from 70 to 90 and therefore 120 km / h. Now on the slightly downhill stretches of the motorway, you can see the consumption needle drop towards the lower Eco area (just above the Charge) when acting with a light foot on the accelerator you can turn off the internal combustion engine.

Odometer and digital power system indicator; 10-inch display; automatic transmission with Eco, Sport and Normal variator: here are the controls of the new Yaris
Odometer and digital power system indicator; 10-inch display; automatic transmission with Eco, Sport and Normal variator: here are the controls of the new Yaris

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Electric motor sprayed with oil

How was such a technological miracle achieved? Acting on the larger of the two electric motors (the one that gives the propulsion, the other recharges the batteries), on which a special pump has been mounted that atomises oil to cool it; only if the electric motor is not too hot can bring and maintain the car at speeds of 130 km / h in EV only, Toyota engineers explain. The average consumption recorded in the first part of our itinerary – which includes a long city section with stop & go in the intense traffic of Brussels, then routes with frequent changes of hourly limit on the provincials that cross the greenest part of the country, towards Watermaal, Hoeilaart and La Hulpe – stood at 4.2 l / km when we stopped for the coffee break at the memorial of the Great Battle of Waterloo, where on 18 June 1815 Napoleon’s troops were defeated by the British and Prussian armies. That is to say almost 24 km / l (we are in the range declared by the house: 20.3-26.6). But on the right foot (and if you are not in a hurry) they say it can also reach 35.5 km / l in combined. With a set of nitrogen oxide emissions reduced by up to 83%. As for those of CO2, the Yaris Hybrid already in the record book: 85/112.

At school to make better use of the hybrid

The improvement in performance leads this compact car to an electrical behavior of almost 50%. But if you do not feel good enough in hybrid driving techniques with sailing, you can always use the MyCoach function on the MyT App or ask for help from an instructor: Toyota Italy has in fact decided to expand the initiative of its Driving Academy dedicated to buyers; a driving school for the future that has already trained thousands of owners with Tobia Cavallini: We not only provide modern technology on the Yaris, we also try to help you learn how to use it to the fullest, explains Andrea Saccone, Toyota Italia’s Communication Manager. Mariano Autuori, Marketing Director, echoes the role of Yaris in such a particular moment as the post-pandemic, linked to the restarting and propensity of motorists to contain emissions: this is demonstrated by the over 2 thousand reservations already registered in Italy since March, when we activated them, and the million and 600 thousand visits to the Toyota website for Yaris only (+ 30% between May and June). There is a great sensitivity on the subject (and there are eco incentives, ed) and in 2020 our share in the segment should reach 14%.

Eight out of ten Yaris will be hybrid

The new Yaris will also be marketed in a petrol version with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder in-line engine, but the Japanese manufacturer’s prediction that the requests will be 80% for the hybrid version and only 20 for the one with only the thermal engine. . In fact, Yaris, the so-called Factor Y, should cover half of all units sold by Toyota in Italy. As for the trump card of the Yaris Hybrid MY20, beyond the hi tech package, it could really be the new insurance. We had mentioned it at the beginning, but it is worth returning to the topic: with the new Yaris, the cost of insurance depends on the real driving behavior of the user. WeHybrid Insurance charges only the kilometers traveled in fact (and only those in which the internal combustion engine starts) rather than charging the driver with his territory of residence, the aggravating circumstance related to age, or other parameters that the companies use to make increase costs. If you do 10,000 km a year and 50% on electricity, you will spend 200 euros.

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Discount maintenance and bus tickets

By often going to Ev, you also save on the wear of many components; that’s why the Toyota Rca policy also provides – compared to 50% of mileage in electric mode in a given period – a basic discount on maintenance (WeHybrid Service) starting from the first coupon. Discount that will further increase if the percentage of travel in EV mode exceeds 60%. Toyota promises to be an RCS policy that will revolutionize the insurance market and at the same time push motorists to use the car more conscientiously: to try to go electric only for as long as possible. With WeHybrid, the Challenge program is also proposed: based on the percentage of electric journey made (which will be monitored, in full respect of privacy, by activating the MyT app), green credits can be accumulated, convertible into a voucher to be spent on Kinto Go , the Toyota Group’s integrated mobility platform. To pay for parking or buy tickets for public transport or for events in one of the 5000 Italian cities covered by the service.

July 31, 2020 (change July 31, 2020 | 12:01)

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