Mike J.

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  1. I have just noticed that headlight beams are tested in the US. Whilst the Yaris has not been tested for headlights, the new CH-R has and it also uses the HIR2 bulbs. Check out the details here: https://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/toyota/c-hr-4-door-suv Low beams On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests. The low beams created excessive glare. High beams On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.
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    Yaris review by Carwow

    Carwow have reviewed the new Yaris here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq7YgpnJ_FY. How do you use the dashboard cubby holes???
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    hooray! - yaris gr-sport now on toyota uk configurator

    A silly video from James May regarding the GRMN: GRMN unboxing Also, if you want the real thing, some are available for around £22K with minimal mileage - check out autotrader.
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    Yaris Hybrid winter tyres.

    I have just had fitted 4 Goodyear Ultragrip 9 tyres. Immediate first impressions are lighter steering and quietness. No downsides so far.
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    Poor headlights using HIR2 bulbs confirmed?

    Okaaaayyy, you referred to an article that refers to 'smart headlights', this thread is for non-smart headlights.
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    Poor headlights using HIR2 bulbs confirmed?

    You refer to 'smart headlights', this thread is for non-smart headlights, so you can compare. The smart headlights info is interesting, but I wonder if they cater for the over the hill situation where even dipped lights dazzle. Regarding lighting software, the whole thing (for me) started here: Tesla updates Model 3’s headlights. I wonder if it was a software upgrade?
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    Poor headlights using HIR2 bulbs confirmed?

    Our Yaris hybrids use the HIR2 in the projector headlights, just like the CH-R. My lights are the worst I have had in a car and this info seems to map out to my car's beam spreads.
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    Yaris review by Carwow

    The figures are around 8p per mile battery rental plus electricity at around 2p per mile (cheap rate) which is the same as the Yaris Hybrid at 10p per mile for petrol. Then again, you can buy a Zoe with battery included.
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    Yaris review by Carwow

    If it is just for commuting, a Renault Zoe might be an option, you can also pre-heat the interior!
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    Yaris review by Carwow

    A good point but it seems that some places are still asking nearly £20000 for a non-hybrid Yaris (not the GRMN which you can still get 'new' if Autotrader is to be trusted).
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    Yaris review by Carwow

    Paint 🙂
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    Yaris review by Carwow

    Here you go:
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    Yaris review by Carwow

    Nope I got £18500 on the road price from the Audi configurator. Active trim is not a good trim level.
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    Yaris review by Carwow

    I think Toyota could use its strengths (CVT, hybrid, 4WD) to better affect before EVs take over. They have the GRMN, so are interested in that area but it was so 20th century. Think of it as catering for all areas while you can - look at Colgate and toothpaste versions - they fill up the shelving with so many versions, it takes over 🙂 . Regards PHEVs, don't feel you need the usual 9kWh batteries now that the government have dropped the £2500 hand out. A 2kWh battery is fine for the average daily use of just 7 miles and this could fit under the rear seat, with the other gubbins in the spare wheel well. You also get the pre-conditioning ability.
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    Yaris review by Carwow

    The thing is that the A1 has the digital cockpit with the lowest price around £18500, which is the Yaris Hybrid sector.
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    Yaris review by Carwow

    I suggest you re-read my post for the answers.
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    Yaris review by Carwow

    I agree. On the same carwow channel the Audi A1 is reviewed. It shows up the similar sized Yaris in the dashboard area. The next generation must have a virtual display in the normal dial area, with variants - petrol, hybrid, PHEV, performance hybrid, 4WD. If Toyota still want to use their patented CVT while small competitor EVs start shipping, it has to have a small PHEV as a stopgap - most EVs at moment have long lead times due to battery source problems and you can ship out 10 PHEVs for 1 full EV battery-wise.
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    Full Traction Battery - still charging?

    The 80% figure is the sweet spot for batteries. My laptop's bios has a 80% max charge feature which I use - 10 year's life perhaps 😉
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    Full Traction Battery - still charging?

    I have just checked my car with 'the app'. The car had only one blank segment and this corresponded to 67% battery (probably flips from 2 to 1 segment clear at 65%). Starting the car, and engine, gave a charging rate of around 5kW and the charging stopped at 74% - probably means that no blank segments is 80%. All done at 8 degrees C.
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    Full Traction Battery - still charging?

    The problem is that with the updated display system, you cannot tell when you have a full battery - the last segment being lit for battery levels between 70 and 80%, for example. On my car you can. Only an app can help you further, as mentioned before.
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    Hybrid battery costs

    Not sure this is new, but battery costs are mentioned here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/hybrid/hybrid-maintenance - around £1000 for our car. Does the price include fitting!!!???
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    Full Traction Battery - still charging?

    We do have different software - I guess Toyota thought it wrong to have it showing one clear segment when normally maxed out even though it more closely followed reality - batteries last longer if the max charge is 80% and are never fully discharged. Good to see that your car does stop charging when the battery is full.
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    Full Traction Battery - still charging?

    I do see a full battery (one clear segment for me) and this is via the (now regular) heating scenario.
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    Full Traction Battery - still charging?

    On my car it never has all segments green - one exception mentioned. Normal driving - 2 (or more) clear. Parked up with heater on the battery reaches its max. of one clear segment. I know it is the max because no energy flows from the engine to the battery as shown by the display. Your car may have different display software. You could park up with a full battery and run the engine for heat to see if it ever stops charging - it must. As mentioned, use the hybrid app to see if you are overcharging (above 80%) as this will cause battery longevity problems.
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    Full Traction Battery - still charging?

    It doesn't for me, so back to first principles - what is your definition of fully charged via the display? On mine, nominal (let's treat the battery nicely for longevity) fully charged has 2 clear segments, lots of regen. or engine running for heat rather than charging, but may as well do it any way, has one clear segment. "Oh my god it is cold and I was left overnight fully charged" - no clear segments. So, if you are in regen mode with 2 clear segments, you are not fully charged until you have been in the one clear segment for a while - you won't go into no clear segments when driving. This info seen in the first gen. Yaris hybrid.