Toyota Yaris History

Toyota Yaris History

Toyota Yaris History


The Toyota Yaris was first introduced to the market way back in 1999 under the name of the Toyota Echo. Meant to supplement the rush towards creating more compact and fuel-efficient cars, the Yaris quickly became popular throughout the years, establishing itself as one of the top choices in the subcompact car segment.

Early History

The Toyota Yaris is a subcompact car that began production in 1999. It was sometimes marketed under the Toyota Echo name, officially becoming the Toyota Yaris globally back in 2005. When it was first introduced, the Yaris was a replacement for the Toyota Starlet and was based on the previous Toyota Platz and Vitz.

Recent History

When the Yaris first entered the marketplace, the subcompact was offered in three different body style options: a two-door hatchback, a two-door sedan, and a four-door sedan. Now in its third generation, it is offered as only a two- or four-door hatchback.

Toyota Yaris Fun Facts

  • Available in a Hybrid-R sport variant
  • Toyota increased production for the Yaris this past year
  • Saw a significant refresh for the 2012 model year
  • Comes standard with nine airbags

2014 Toyota Yaris Overview