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#7 of 16 Re: Yaris in Australia & Europe [backy]
Jun 10, 2006 (4:40 pm)
This just proves that the Yaris was the best purchase option on the market. Just wanted to give you all a glimpse of what is to come in the US! Keep in mind most folks in AU earn in AUD what you would expect to earn in USD -- So think of this as an even comparison.
Daniel Dasey and Matthew Benns (smh.com.au)">
June 11, 2006
THE cost of filling the average family sedan yesterday topped $100 as motorists braced for a new charge being levied by service stations.
With the average Sydney price for fuel hitting 139.1 cents a litre, the Service Station Association revealed operators in NSW had begun charging a fee as high as $2.50 a tank for customers who paid by credit or charge card.
The move has prompted anger from motoring groups who claim it is a rip-off.
"This is gouging," said NRMA president Alan Evans.
"They could teach Ned Kelly a thing or two."
Calculations show drivers of the country's top-selling car, the Holden Commodore, were now paying, on average, $104.33 for a full tank.
Falcon and Camry drivers were slugged just under the $100 mark to fill their tanks.
Making matters worse was the news from the SSA that an increasing number of petrol stations across the state were charging an administration fee of between 1 and 2.6 per cent when customers payed by card.
#8 of 16 Re: Yaris in Australia & Europe [globalbanker]
Jun 10, 2006 (5:09 pm)
This just proves that the Yaris was the best purchase option on the market
how does that chart prove that?? it shows the yaris as being the cheapest to fill up, but that is because it has the smallest gas tank. i mean i wouldnt mind paying $300 usd to fill up if i could drive 4500 miles on that tank. of course most of those vehicles with water tower sized gas tanks likely get poor mileage.
#9 of 16 Re: Yaris in Australia & Europe [ctyankee1]
Jun 11, 2006 (5:00 am)
I still don't get it -- why can CT Yank drive up to Canada and get a fully loaded Yaris 5 door hatch -- but Toyota's strategy continues to hold these models back from the US market? The reality in most parts of the world is that Petrol is going up -- bigger is not better -- fuel efficient is the key. It is almost as if the automakers and the oil companies are working together to prevent a greener US auto market.
#10 of 16 Re: Yaris in Australia & Europe [globalbanker]
Jun 11, 2006 (5:53 am)
I think I found the answer to your question yesterday: it is called the Scion xA. When I went to my local Toyota dealer to drive a Yaris hatch, they didn't have any so I drove for the 2nd time an AT sedan (they didn't have any 5-speed sedans, either). When I mentioned that I was considering the Fit, the sales rep encouraged me to look at the xA. Another thing that was interesting is the sales rep said that they would not be getting many Yaris sedans with the power package, ABS, or side bags. However, he made a point of noting the xA has those features standard or readily available. So to me it looks like Toyota doesn't want to compete with their own xA.
#11 of 16 Re: Yaris in Australia & Europe [ctyankee1]
Jun 12, 2006 (6:23 pm)
I live in Ohio about an hour south of Detroit/Windsor and have been thinking very seriously about doing the same thing. Could you elaborate on any import issues that are involved?
I've also been thinking about picking up a preowned Echo. Did you happen to notice whether they have very many up there?
Thank you for your time.
#12 of 16 Re: Yaris in Australia & Europe [robertkn]
Jun 13, 2006 (11:22 am)
As far as new, there are many issues. First, Toyota won't supply export certification paperwork to customs unless car has been registered in Canada for six months. Not to mention the fact that dealers won't sell one to a non-citizen. Second, you may have to change the speedo. Not sure if there is a U.S. spec speedo with tach (sedan?...doubtful fit). Third, 2.5% duty (not made in N.A.) Fourth, lousy exchange rate. Right now a 5-door RS would cost you about $18,500-19,000 U.S. In addition there is the ~$400 exporter fee. Add to that any excise tax in your state when licensing, and it's too damned expensive for what it is. Other than that, it's no problem.
Used ones are starting to hit the market in Canada, so some of the issues are moot, but the exchange rate is still a killer. I would have already pursued it if we were still at 65%.
Hope that helps
#13 of 16 Re: Yaris in Australia & Europe [globalbanker]
Jun 14, 2006 (9:33 am)
I was born and have lived most of my life in the USA but have never understood the reasoning behind the general American driving choice. Toyota is not really thinking of the type of buyer that would normally purchase the Yaris hatch. They are listening to their dealer network. All of whom would rather be selling high profit large SUV/trucks or cars. When you read reviews of small cars here, journalists and the auto industry have the mind set that people that buy this type of car are poor and unable to afford what they really want. That is a misconception. I can afford a Camry with out blinking an eye. I do not WANT one. I drive a Toyota Matrix, basically a Corolla hatchback. The biggest car I have ever owned (Santa Fe and not my choice! Not my choice I tell you ) is also in the drive way right now and it will be headed for the used car lot this autumn. Would I buy a Yaris 5 door? Yes. An Scion xA? maybe. I like the look of the Yaris hatch much better.
#14 of 16 Re: Yaris in Australia & Europe [chrisducati]
Jun 14, 2006 (1:22 pm)
Agree!!! I just like small four door cars with a little outside distinction. The Yaris fits that bill.
Jun 21, 2009 (12:26 pm)
I have a 2007 Yaris 3 door hatchback for a year. Best designed automoblie I have owned. Why a person would buy the 4 door Yaris sadan is beyond me. If you need 4 doors the Honda Fit is a better choice. Love how Toyota moved the speedometer to the center of the dash and slopped the dash down behind the steering wheel. I was able to mount a aftermarket navigation system right behind the steering wheel. Plus the Yaris has the option of a automatic, a must for a disabled person like myself.
#16 of 16 Re: Yaris in the US [ellenbetty]
Jun 21, 2009 (7:27 pm)
Although the 3 door is cuter, that was the only advantage over the sedan for me. The sedan had more available options to include standard cruise with the power package in 2007. The hatch portion in the Yaris is useless when compared to the Fit hatch. I have a person in the back seat most of the time so I can't put down the rear seat and need 4 doors. If you want a hatch with space, get the Fit. If you want a sedan, get the Yaris Sedan. The Yaris was about $2000 less than a Fit so another factor in the easy choice for 2007 Sedan. The newer Fit is nicer, but the fuel economy is further below the Yaris.
Good thing there is a lot of choices for different tastes. Although an automatic is a requirement for you, I would never buy a Yaris or a Fit with an auto. The manual is perfect for a small car with limited power like either of these. If I had to get an auto, I would move up to the Civic, Accord, or Camry where the engine is much better suited to an automatic.