You may have read elsewhere that Toyota presented an updated version of the Yaris supermini in Europe. Well, that's not true. What Toyota did do though is reveal a new grade for its European-spec model called the "Yaris 2010". For the record, the facelifted Yaris made its premiere only a year ago at the Bologna motor show in December 2008.
Available with a choice of three powerplants, the 69HP 1.0 litre VVT-i and 100HP 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i petrol units and a 90HP 1.4 litre D-4D, the Yaris 2010 benefits from a few minor exterior styling updates, a refreshed interior and an upgraded standard equipment specification.
Inside, the Yaris 2010 features analogue instrument dials, a perforated leather steering wheel and gearshift knob, and a distinctive upholstery trim while the standard equipment includes automatic air-conditioning and front foglights with Toyota claiming that the model offers a customer benefit of up to 5 per cent.