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New Rav4 and Yaris at Frankfurt 2005

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August 29, 2005 -- Torrance, CA -- Toyota Motor Marketing Europe (TMME) will stage the world premier of the all-new RAV4 sport utility vehicle (SUV) and unveil the all-new Yaris three-door and five-door liftbacks, at a press conference at the Frankfurt International Motor Show. Both vehicles featured at the press conference will have European specifications.

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. will launch the all-new RAV4, its most affordable SUV, this fall for the 2006 model year. The completely restyled and reengineered third generation RAV4 will feature significantly improved performance and a larger, more refined and modern interior when it goes on sale. The all-new Yaris, which replaces the ECHO, will launch next spring for the 2007 model year. As ToyotaⳠmost affordable passenger car, the Yaris will feature contemporary exterior styling and a surprising and upscale interior.

The RAV4 and Yaris will debut in the U.S. at a press conference at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, November 2.


Rav4:

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Talk about bland...

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It doesn't have the distinctive look like it did. This is more to the Toyota Highlander side of things. I think Toyota wants a consistant bland element throughout their lineup.
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The RAV4 greenhouse reminds be of the Tribeca... the Yaris interior is so minimalist to be depressing...
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I will never like the gauges at the centre like that....I actually detest it. I hate that blank piece of plastic directly in front of driver.
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I like the funky look of the Yaris. I don't like what they did to the D-pillar of the RAV4.
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Damn... Talk about ugly. The Rav4 is hideous. :puke: The Yaris isn't that bad, actually. Bland, but unique. Wierd in a way. It also looks like it could pass as a Scion. Especially the Interior. Those wheels are tiny, though.
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Damn... Talk about ugly. The Rav4 is hideous. :puke:

The Yaris isn't that bad, actually. Bland, but unique. Wierd in a way. It also looks like it could pass as a Scion. Especially the Interior. Those wheels are tiny, though.


I suspect the Yaris will be in the US as a Scion or the Echo replacement eventually...the old Yaris 3dr was sold in Canada as an Echo...
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The Yaris is the new Echo, or possibly the replacement (not sure if they'll keep the Echo name):

The all-new Yaris, which replaces the ECHO, will launch next spring for the 2007 model year.

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Hmmm.. I didn't think it was possible to make the Rav4 more bland. Of course, it will be a best seller just because it's a toyota.
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The current Rav4 is a good looking car, but the new one is mangled by the strange desire to put in a third row. The interior seems much improved though.
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Why does the RAV4s steering wheel look so disgusting? I mean the texture of the rubber/placstic is like a 10 year old dry rotted tire. :huh: That stupid huge toyota emblem looks like it was put there by a ricer boy type. But seriously the steering wheel makes this car look like a 1989 Hyundai that someone conditioned with way too much Armorall.
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OMG the Yaris freaking hurts my eyes!

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Get used to it. In about a year this thing will be everywhere in Canada.
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God, subcompacts look ugly.

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:chevy:
I love the way my firebird looks :rolleyes:

but yes toyotas look ugly :Toyota:
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sheesh. both of those interiors are atrocious. the rear end on the new rav doesnt flow the least bit. two terrible products that will still sell
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"Surprising and upscale interior"? Yeah, right, Toyota. That interior is about as "Upscale" as a trailer park. Nothing says "Cheap car" to me like a big, flat expanse of black-grey plastic for me to stare at all day. And when the sun hits it... Arrrgh! You're whole dashboard is one big glare! Besides the dash, there are other atrocities. That stereo faceplate looks like the same one Toyota has been using since, what, 1997 or so? Get with the times! And the faux-aluminum trim screams "Cheezy!!!" to me. Like nobody's gonna know it's spray painted, injection-moulded plastic! In about 20 years, we're going to look back on this crap the same way we look at faux wood trim right now. Also, the HVAC controls are an ergonomic nightmare. Not only do they look wacky, but anybody who buys one of these with a stickshift is going to be constantly plowing their fist into that stupid stack (unless this car has incredibly short throws, but I doubt it). Save the unconventional crap for SCION, Toyota. It will be interesting to see what else Toyota comes up with. The rumor was that Toyota was planning two replacements for the ECHO, one more conventional than the ECHO, the other yet more outlandish. I hope the Yaris is the outlandish one. Edited by Petra
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Get used to it. In about a year this thing will be everywhere in Canada.

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I know, and thats what pisses me off...

I feel like buying a 1998 Avalon or something, arm it with tritanium bumpers and drive around destroying these things...

(I wouldnt use a gm car to do that :P)
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The design of the Yaris interior sucks, the HVAC controls are horrible, though it does look like the plastics are nice. This is what appeals to the Euros, however. The official U.S.-spec Yaris will debut at the SEMA show, along with the new Rav4. I like the exterior design of the Rav4 but its interior is too busy. Apparently it will be available with a V6, I'm guessing the 3.3L.
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I won't be buying either, so I'm not worried. But, people will buy these bland appliances because they stil think Toyota's the cockroach of cars. And 79% of the press will reinforce that and say that Toyota will again triumph over the other automakers, who are just as good and just as impressive as Toy-oder.
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The new RAV4 looks pretty good...my only complaints is the hideous tailights. The Yaris is....too much....but Europeans expect distinctive design. Hey, if Citroen and Peugot can sell millions of cars in Europe, why can't Toyota?
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Canadians love the Echo. the rav4 interior/dash looks like new Eclipse mated with an Accord.
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