Mike J.

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    None - previously Yaris Hybrid T Spirit
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    2013
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  1. From the manual: Air from the air conditioning system can be distributed into the glove box by opening and closing the vent. The air is conditioned the same as the air for the passenger side vent. Perishable items should not be put in the box.
  2. Our generation of Yaris had a coolable glovebox. Flip the flap open and cool air flows in (maybe hot for winter?) - there is the air duct behind the flap when glovebox closed. I guess newer Yaris could retrofit the glovebox to get the same affect.
  3. I should have said more clearly that I bought 15" alloys because 16" was too harsh for me.
  4. 03. The ride is deemed harsh - my take on it when I bought a set of 15" Yaris alloys off ebay.
  5. My 2013 Yaris Hybrid with panaroof went like a rocket to 30 mph. Figures are 0-32mph in 4 seconds, which will see off most vehicles during a traffic light GP. In the damp, the wheels would spin from zero and when the petrol engine came on power.
  6. The government figures say yes - the Yaris Hybrid on 15" got congestion charge exemption, IIRC. Also 15" tyres are more comfortable that 16" for a given circumference.
  7. I would only consider a Toyota hybrid due to its unique powertrain (CVT, etc.). If you are considering an Ionic, isn't the Corolla a better comparison - get one with a panoramic roof??
  8. You don't know enough about the hybrid. The hybrid engine has no belts to snap, the water pump is electric (so heating works with engine off), the air conditioning pump is electric (so cooling works with engine off), the alternator is part of the CVT, the power steering is electric and the brake boost is via an electric pump - thus reliability is very high. The hybrid stop start system is the best in the world and it treats the engine especially well - the starter motor (also acts as the alternator/generator within the CVT, so a big weight saving) spins the petrol motor to around 1000 rpm and then gently adds fuel and spark so that: oil pressure is up before engine 'starts', no horrible starter motor whine, no vibration starting, quiet starting. All other stop/start systems are an embarrassment. In summary, the Yaris hybrid is the best and nippiest small city car in the world, EVs excepted - check out the 0-30 mph time of just 4 seconds.
  9. An observation: the new engine might be a bit tight and, if so, the mpg should improve over time. Even if the mpg ends up similar to the 1.33, consider the merits you now have: the stop/start system is the best you will ever get this side of an EV, it is a small automatic car, it is quiet and its performance off the mark is better than most cars. You basically have a car that drives like an EV, but is noisier under full power. As mentioned, leave aircon on all the time, set it to auto and just dial the temp.
  10. No, I think the engine is powered by petrol to get to certain revs. as this allows the MG1 rotation to be kept below the limits set by Toyota (6500 rpm software limit) - there would be little power used and so mpg is easily over 100.
  11. I would imagine that it is powered so appropriate rpms are reached, but no real power added to the system.
  12. The engine has to rotate when the electric motor (MG1) reaches a certain rpm - this is a characteristic of the hybrid's CVT design. More info here: Power Split Device animation but you need Adobe Flash to view the animation. As mentioned on the website "Rotation speeds of MG1, MG2, and ICE are inter-dependent, and the speed of MG1 will always change when you vary the speed of either of the other 2. MG1 has a maximum rate of 10,000rpm in either direction (positive or negative) with a software limit of 6500 RPM if ICE is off. Using the model below, you can see for yourself why this software limit means the ICE will always spin if you're travelling above 42mph. And in case you were curious, yes MG1 can and often does change spin directions under normal driving conditions". Note that newer generations of PSD have differing rpm limits and speeds, but the theory is similar.
  13. There is a proper kit for this, sold by Toyota. Note that you are only allowed to use it for bike rack type things - not for towing!
  14. If you read the manual, it shows where you can connect jump leads - connections are under the bonnet. This might be an option to use when connecting a trickle charger.
  15. Some good info and downloadable pictures - looks like a HUD option is available - probably not for the UK, same as the 1.5kW output that the Japanese find useful during (frequent?) electricity blackouts. Nice 4WD axle picture - no spare wheel space with this option? Will there be a pre-heat option ….???