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    Toyota Yaris retains Best Small Car title at Business Car Awards

    The Toyota Yaris has been awarded Best Small Car for the second year running at the Business Car Awards that took place in London last night, (Thursday 22 September)

    Martyn Collins, Editor, Business Car magazine, said “Nothing launched over the last 12 months could really match the Toyota’s package of efficiency from its hybrid drivetrain, plus its full suite of safety systems. The Yaris also looks good, drives well, and boasts impressive residual values – so it holds on to the crown for a second year.

    Introduced in 2020, the current Yaris Hybrid range is no stranger to awards, with its all-round excellence recognised with the 2021 European Car of the Year title. Efficiency and affordability are key criteria with the self-charging hybrid Yaris and total ownership costs are kept down thanks to real-world fuel efficiency aided by the car’s ability to switch to all-electric EV mode at speeds of up to 80mph and for longer periods in urban traffic. Add to this the proven durability and reliability of Toyota’s hybrid system, an extensive list of active and passive safety systems and Yaris Hybrid is an even more compelling proposition. 

    Neil Broad, General Manager, One Toyota Fleet Services, said, “Understandably, all areas of expenditure are currently under the spotlight and the Toyota Yaris has proven itself again as being perfect for businesses who require a small, affordable cost-efficient means of transport.  Drivers enjoy the many benefits of a battery electric vehicle, aided by the flexibility provided by self-charging hybrid power.”

    Other models highly commended during the evening were Yaris Cross in the Best Compact SUV category and RAV4 in the Best Medium SUV category.

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    Why has the Yaris GR become such a cult car?   

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    I have ordered a Yaris GR Sport in July 2022 and expected delivery is January 2023.   It has been put back once already.  Originally told it would be early December 2022.   

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    We have seen a lot of Yaris hatchbacks, almost all of them hybrids: in Rome, Athens and south of France too, all in 2022. It seems to be very popular.

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    I'm not at all surprised - it's a brilliant car.  I am regularly seeing 75mpg and that's around Cornwall with lots of hills.  When I drive to Belgium I see 80+mpg because it's flatter.  Brilliant car.

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    On 10/10/2022 at 4:38 PM, Judyb said:

    Why has the Yaris GR become such a cult car?   

    The GR Yaris is a unique sports car, nothing like the Yaris Hybrids.  It looks like a Yaris but that's as far as it goes

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    Depends if you mean the Yaris GR or the GR Yaris :laugh: 

    The Yaris GR is just a normal Mk4 Yaris Hybrid with big rims, while the GR Yaris is the front half of a Yaris Mk4 and the rear half of a Corolla, with the world's most powerful production 1.6 litre inline 3 cylinder engine, and one of the lightest AWD drive trains. It was built because Toyota wanted to completely obliterate all the competition in the World Rally, which requires them to actually make and sell the car they're basing their rally car on, but ironically because of the coronavirus they never got to field it!

    It's a damned shame as I would have loved to see how it fared against the competition!

    It's probably one of the best cars you can buy for hooning around back roads and general driving enjoyment without needing a 2nd mortgage, and is likely the last one of it's kind before everything goes EV.

     

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