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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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Weird, I would love to know what they mean by new regulations as like many I have not seen any new regulations about the subcompact market.

I think due to the price difference, most people can easily justify the extra couple dollars a month for the bigger Corolla over the Yaris.

I do think due to the safety equipment required on all auto's, it makes less sense in the US and Europe where this safety gear is required to build subcompact auto's or smaller.

I would not be surprised to see old horse and buggy type streets become pedestrian / bike only roads in the future. Here in  Seattle they have changed the few remaining old roads like this to just pedestrian / Bike roads only and we have been told they will not go back to allowing auto's of any size on them.

Yaris was an Fugly subcompact that to me failed in way too many ways. Makes sense to kill it off.

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Yaris sales fell off a cliff, compared to Corolla and especially the RAV-4 and the CH-R.  Nobody buys new subcompact cars because they can buy a used compact for the same price.  I doubt there will be any subcompacts in the US market after a couple of years.  NOBODY will miss the Yaris at all.

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7 minutes ago, loki said:

is the "mazda 2" still to be sold?

Well Mazda hasn't sold the 2 in the US for several years, it didn't survive the model changeover.  I am sure the 2 will still be sold worldwide.

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Yaris is a well known Toyota nameplate in Europe.  For their purposes - compactness, efficiency, economy - they seem to work.  They were really ugly when they got introduced to the U.S.  They've become less so over the years.  However, they're on their way out.

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3 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

Yaris is a well known Toyota nameplate in Europe.  For their purposes - compactness, efficiency, economy - they seem to work.  They were really ugly when they got introduced to the U.S.  They've become less so over the years.  However, they're on their way out.

 

3 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

The most recent US-market Yaris was a rebadged Mazda 2, probably drove better than previous Yarii. 

I honestly have not seen a Yaris on the road in a long time (like, several years).  Too many RAV-4s and CR-Vs instead.  Only in the USA is a subcompact treated as a penalty box, especially in light of the used car market.  Nobody wants a subcompact car. 

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12 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

 

I honestly have not seen a Yaris on the road in a long time (like, several years).  Too many RAV-4s and CR-Vs instead.  Only in the USA is a subcompact treated as a penalty box, especially in light of the used car market.  Nobody wants a subcompact car. 

The problem in the US is subcompacts tend to be cheap, nasty and vile inside--gray plastic, and noisy, slow and unpleasant to drive.  A larger used car at the same price is always a better buy, IMO.  

The only ones I can think of on the market that have nice interiors and might be pleasant to drive are the Mini and Fiat 500, but they have a lot of other quality/reliability issues. 

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30 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

The problem in the US is subcompacts tend to be cheap, nasty and vile inside--gray plastic, and noisy, slow and unpleasant to drive.  A larger used car at the same price is always a better buy, IMO.  

The only ones I can think of on the market that have nice interiors and might be pleasant to drive are the Mini and Fiat 500, but they have a lot of other quality/reliability issues. 

Might is the key and so far the Fiat's that new out of college coworkers bought, they quickly traded in within the same year of buying as the interiors sucked due to cheapness and quality problems. Mini, has a fan base, but unless your part of that hard core fan base, they really are over rated attempts by BMW to sell a cheap subcompact at luxury prices with nothing but garbage interiors to small people. The Seattle area has seen the independent Mini dealers all go away as they were sold and merged into the BMW dealerships and are now just a side foot note for that small crowd of people who have European Fantasy about their summer trip with a rental Mini in Europe.

Honestly, I think Mini as well as Fiat will be gone by 2030 if not 2025 in the US.

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The Fiesta ST is supposed to drive quite nicely from what I've read..  this trim looks decent..though regular Fiestas seem to be the usual subcompact gray plastic despair hell inside.   I really don't like small cars, but this looks like it could be fun..manual, zippy.

 

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There is actually a Yaris Crossover coming, I forgot I had scene a picture of it.  It would slot below the CH-R I think.  So Toyota will have:

Yaris Cross

CH-R

Rav4

Venza

Highlander

4Runner

Sequoia

Land Cruiser

8 SUVs and they aren’t even into crossover coupes yet.

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3 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

The Fiesta ST is supposed to drive quite nicely from what I've read..  this trim looks decent..though regular Fiestas seem to be the usual subcompact gray plastic despair hell inside.   I really don't like small cars, but this looks like it could be fun..manual, zippy.

 

2019-ford-fiesta-st-infotainment-system-carbuzz-473189.jpg

That's the old Fiesta

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13 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

There is actually a Yaris Crossover coming, I forgot I had scene a picture of it.  It would slot below the CH-R I think.  So Toyota will have:

Yaris Cross

CH-R

Rav4

Venza

Highlander

4Runner

Sequoia

Land Cruiser

8 SUVs and they aren’t even into crossover coupes yet.

So a Movie Scene is where you saw this Yaris? 🤔

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19 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

 2019 US spec.  The US never got the 'new' Fiesta.

The new one is really nice.  Would love to have a 3-door ST if I could simultaneously keep my truck.

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1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

There is actually a Yaris Crossover coming, I forgot that I had seen a picture of it.  It would slot below the CH-R I think.  

Yaris Cross

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1 hour ago, Robert Hall said:

Yaris Cross

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Yes, that's it.  Look how off road and rugged it is.  They could sell those for double the price of a Yaris because it has plastic cladding and a black roof.

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1 hour ago, ocnblu said:

You know what *brainstorm* maybe the Yaris is leaving, but the Yaris Cross is replacing it in the USA!

That Yaris Cross here in this market makes a lot more sense than the current Yaris.  Arguably for the same reason Ford and GM have largely abandoned cars for CUVs and SUVs.

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      Unlike most performance wagons that grab a bullhorn and shout for attention, the V60 Polestar goes for a more sedate approach. From afar, it looks like your standard V60. Get closer and you begin to see the small changes such as the lowered ride height, 20-inch grey wheels that cover up the massive gold brake calipers, and the two Polestar badges. Only changes for the interior are the Polestar logo embossed on the front headrests and gold seatbelts. Under the hood is Volvo's T8 powertrain. This is the 2.0L twin-charged four-cylinder paired with an electric motor on the rear axle to produce a total output of 415 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque. This setup also provides all-wheel drive. It is quite shocking (pardon the pun) as to how fast the V60 Polestar goes. Step on the accelerator and it feels like you have engaged warp drive as the two powertrains work together.  But there were times where the gas engine and electric motor didn't seem to be on the same page. There would be the odd delay or surging of the gas engine when driving around town in the hybrid mode. Hopefully, this is something that could be addressed with an update to the engine software. The other party trick of the V60 Polestar is the ability to run on electric power alone. This comes from an 11.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack underneath the cargo floor. Volvo claims a range of 22 miles on electric power alone, but I was able to stretch it out to around 23 to 25 miles throughout the week. Recharging took around eight to eleven hours if the battery was near or fully depleted.  For the week, I saw an MPGe average of 52.1. With the battery drained, I saw the average fall to around 29.1 MPG.  Volvo turned to suspension supplier Öhlins to develop something bespoke for the V60 Polestar. What was delivered is a special set of dampers that are manually adjusted by gold-colored aluminum knobs. You'll easily find the ones in the front by opening the hood - sitting on top of the shock towers. The ones in the back are slightly harder to find as they're located above the wheels in the wheel housing. This is something that feels like more of a talking point when showing off the wagon, not something you want to mess with unless you are knowledgeable on damper tuning. The V60 Polestar may be the best handling Volvo I have driven in quite some time. The Öhlins dampers do make a difference as they minimize body roll. But the dampers cannot fully hide the massive weight of the Polestar - tipping the scales at 4,522 pounds. This makes the wagon not feel as nimble. In terms of ride quality, the V60 Polestar does well on smooth roads. Take it on a road with a litany of bumps and potholes and the ride becomes very choppy. This is where I wished Volvo had gone for a computer-controlled damper system to make the ride slightly smoother. A price tag of over $68,000 is a bit much for a Volvo, but you need to take into consideration that you're getting everything as standard. That includes the premium B&O audio system, full LED headlights, Nappa leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, Pilot Assist, and more. The only option on our tester is the metallic paint. Despite the price tag and rough ride, I'm happy to see Volvo venturing out and doing some wild as the V60 Polestar. This vehicle is a prime example of having your cake and eating it by delivering excellent performance and efficiency in one package. The fact that this package is in a wagon shows this for someone who doesn't want to follow the Joneses and get a performance crossover. Would this be the 60 Series model I would buy? No, that honor falls to the V60 Cross Country I drove in the early spring. But the Polestar runs a close second. Disclaimer: Volvo Provided the V60 Polestar, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2020
      Make: Volvo
      Model: V60
      Trim: T8 Polestar Engineered 
      Engine: 2.0L Twincharged DOHC 16-Valve Four-Cylinder, Two AC Electric Motors
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 328 (gas), 46 (electric motor front), 87 (electric motor rear), 415 (combined)
      Torque @ RPM: 317 (gas), 111 (electric motor front), 177 (electric motor rear), 494 (combined)
      Fuel Economy: Combined MPGe/Gas - 69/30
      Curb Weight: 4,522 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Gothenburg, Sweden
      Base Price: $67,300
      As Tested Price: $68,940 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Metallic Paint - $645.00

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