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Toyota Officially Unveils the US-Spec 2012 Yaris

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Toyota has officially unveiled the U.S.-spec 2012 Toyota Yaris, which goes on sale this fall. We've already seen the European and Australian versions of the Yaris, so there's not really anything surprising here, but we now have the official specs. 2012_Toyota_Yaris_020.jpg

The all-new Yaris will only be offered as a three-door and five-door hatchback. The sedan version will not be returning. According to Toyota, hatchback styles dominate the subcompact segment and are preferred by 70 percent of car buyers in the category. The new Yaris is 2.9 inches longer and its wheelbase has been increased by two inches. The height of the new Yaris has also been reduced by 0.6 inches. Cargo room has reportedly increased by 68 percent.

The 2012 Yaris is powered by the same 1.5L four-cylinder engine that puts out 106 horsepower and 103 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to either a new four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. According to Toyota the 2012 Yaris will get a maximum 38 mpg.

Toyota has alraedy announced the pricing for the Yaris, which starts at $14,115 for the three-door, while the five-door Yaris starts at $15,140.

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