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Yaris gets a multimedia makeover

THIS is Toyota's new Yaris supermini, which is due here in January.

It is forecasting 'segment-leading technology' in a big way because it will have the company's Touch & Go 'infotainment' system on 95pc of the cars sold.

The Yaris is Toyota's top-selling car in Europe and the company is claiming it will mark a breakthrough in its segment for 'affordable multimedia connectivity'.

The 6.1-ins display has touchscreen technology, navigation, connected services and mobile apps.

That stuff made its debut on the marque's compact people carrier, the Verso-S, earlier this year and, even from my limited exposure to such gadgetry, it can be a superb piece of work.

But there's a lot more to the third-generation Yaris than Touch & Go.

On sale in Europe from September -- a few months ahead of its arrival here -- and built in Toyota's Valenciennes factory in France, it will be 100mm longer (3890mm) than the current model. There are three engines: a 1-litre and 1.3-litre petrol, and of course a version of the superb 1.4-litre diesel. A petrol-hybrid version is scheduled for the middle of next year.

Irish Independent