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    Toyota Yaris Bids Farewell To U.S. After 2020

      We hardly knew you Yaris and Yaris Hatchback

    The Toyota Yaris and Yaris Hatchback will be no more in the U.S. come the end of June. That's according to a leaked memo posted to Reddit and found by CarBuzz. Sent to "All Southeast Toyota Dealers and General Managers" by Toyota, the memo says the Yaris will "cease production" at the end of June.

    "The Yaris sedan and Yaris Hatchback will not be available for model year 2021. Model year 2020 will be the last year for Yaris. June 2020 will be the last month of production for the Yaris sedan and Yaris Hatchback for the US," wrote Christine N. Henley, Toyota North America's Western Communications Manager in the memo.

    Toyota confirmed the memo, and gave Car and Driver this statement;

    "The entry-subcompact segment has new regulations that require additional homologation. Those regulations, coupled with declining sales in the segment, are some of the reasons behind the decision."

    (Author's Note: We're wondering what Toyota means by the statement we bolded here, and we'll update if we get some sort of clarification. -WM).

    The declining sales makes sense as Toyota only moved 21,917 Yaris models in 2019, down 5,293 units when compared to 2018. To give more perspective, the Corolla moved 304,850 units last year.

    So if you're interested an affordable Toyota, we would hurry down to your nearest dealer ASAP.

    Source: CarBuzz, Car and Driver



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    Toyota should bring out the Eco Cross Sport, which would be a 2 door version of the Yaris Cross with a center mounted speedometer.  And then the Solara CC (convertible crossover).  

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    12 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    Toyota should bring out the Eco Cross Sport, which would be a 2 door version of the Yaris Cross with a center mounted speedometer.  And then the Solara CC (convertible crossover).  

    Toyota Echo rather.

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    4 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    Toyota Echo rather.

    Toyota Echo failed here too.  I have not seen one since the '90s.

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    100% need a Corolla Cross and a Camry Cross, and a Sienna Cross Coupe.  If they had a crossover coupe van with a fastback roofline, they could sell them out at $80k per unit.  They should do a Supra Cross too, there are a lack of 2-seat SUVs on market right now.

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    Corolla cross isn’t a so-called ‘crossover  coupe’, and good thing; they sell terribly compared to the regular CUVs. Look at BMW...

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    59 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    Corolla cross isn’t a so-called ‘crossover  coupe’, and good thing; they sell terribly compared to the regular CUVs. Look at BMW...

    Exactly.  Crossover coupes really suck.

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    12 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    100% need a Corolla Cross and a Camry Cross, and a Sienna Cross Coupe.  If they had a crossover coupe van with a fastback roofline, they could sell them out at $80k per unit.  They should do a Supra Cross too, there are a lack of 2-seat SUVs on market right now.

    Chevy really needs a good crossover coupe--I think they need to be bold and do a Corvette crossover coupe....a rugged mid-engined 2 seat SUV--that would be bold.  Something that would make the Lambo Urus look weak.

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    1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

    There are already renderings of a Corolla Cross pickup similar to the Subaru Baja.

    What I am seeing is more mini Elcamino / Australia knock off. I fins corolla crossovers and pickups but nothing baja related. Please post the drawings / pictures.

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    15 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    There are already renderings of a Corolla Cross pickup similar to the Subaru Baja.

    That's fake, though...looks like the actual Corolla Cross will be a CH-R sized CUV with normalized styling.

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      The RDX has always found itself with a different powertrain throughout its various generations. The first version used a turbo-four engine, while the second-generation moved to a V6. For the third-generation, Acura went back to the RDX’s roots and settled on another turbo-four engine. The 2.0L engine punches out 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a 10-speed automatic and either front or my tester’s Super-Handling all-wheel drive system.
      The turbo-four is quite a potent engine with little turbo lag when leaving a stop and a seemingly endless amount of power for any situation. The ten-speed automatic is very smooth and quick when upshifting. But it does stumble somewhat when you need a quick shot of speed. 
      I did notice that the 2.0L turbo isn’t a quiet engine when traveling on the expressway, going above 2,000 rpm when traveling at 70 mph. This may explain the slightly disappointing 21.7 mpg average I got during the week. EPA fuel economy figures for the A-Spec SH-AWD are 21 City/26 Highway/23 Combined. The standard RDX models see a small bump in their EPA fuel economy figures.
      Capable Driver
      Acura is no stranger to building a crossover that is good to drive, the larger MDX crossover is a prime example. But the RDX A-Spec takes that a step further. This version gets a slightly stiffer suspension setup which negates a fair amount of body roll on a winding road. The steering firms up nicely when pushed through corners. When going through the daily grind, the RDX A-Spec will let in a few more bumps and road imperfections due to its suspension tuning. Road and wind noise are kept to very minimal levels.
      Welcome Back Acura
      The 2020 RDX shows that Acura is starting to figure out what it wants to be; a brand that offers something playful in the class. The RDX certainly has the qualities with a bold exterior, punchy turbo-four, and a surprising chassis that offers sporty handling and a mostly-comfortable ride. The slightly-confounding infotainment system and poor fuel economy figures do sour it a bit. But the RDX is a very compelling alternative to many compact luxury crossovers.
      It does give me hope that Acura is figuring out who it wants to be and excited to see what comes down the road such as the new TLX.
      How I Would Configure An RDX: For me, I would basically take the exact RDX tester seen here. That will set me back $47,195 after adding destination and $400.00 paint option. Everyone else should look at the Technology package that will get you most of the safety equipment that is part of Acurawatch, along with a 12-speaker ELS audio system, navigation, and parking sensors. It will not break the bank at $41,000 for FWD or $43,000 for AWD.
      Disclaimer: Acura Provided the RDX, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2020
      Make: Acura
      Model: RDX
      Trim: A-Spec
      Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L DOHC 16-Valve VTEC Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: 10-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 272 @ 6,500
      Torque @ RPM: 280 @ 1,600 - 4,500
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 21/26/23
      Curb Weight: 4,015 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: East Liberty, Ohio
      Base Price: $45,800
      As Tested Price: $47,195 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Premium Exterior Color - $400.00

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