Four years after the arrival of the Toyota Yaris sedan based on the Mazda2, Toyota unveils the new Toyota Yaris hatchback. The fun coefficient to drive has increased.

The Mazda-Toyota arrangement on the Mazda2 has been interesting, if not slightly complex, in North America.

The old and original 4-door Yaris was an absolute bother but did its job. The injection of Mazda DNA into the sedan has turned it into the best driving segment.

At about the same time, Mazda Canada was planning the introduction of the second generation (for our market) of the new Mazda2 hatchback. After a launch party, the sail was lifted and there would be no new Mazda2 hatchback. In hindsight, we suspect that Mazda had already made decisions that are now clear.

Just a few weeks ago, we attended the launch of the new 2019 Mazda3 and learned that Mazda was considering upgrading. A Mazda2 would not fit in this scenario.

The other decision was that Mazda knew it would soon provide Toyota with the hatchback version of the Mazda2.

And here it is. The new Toyota Yaris hatchback 2020 is a visibly modified Mazda2 hatchback with a 1.5-liter, 106-horsepower, 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. We are concerned about the total lack of manual transmission in the press release …

As for features, the new Yaris will be well equipped. Standard features include a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, and many security features, such as a low-speed pre-crash security system.

Physically, the new Toyota Yaris hatchback 2020 has a slightly longer wheelbase that optimizes the interior space. The outer shell is sportier than the outgoing Yaris 2019 sedan and will include 16-inch alloy wheels on the base versions.

Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86: The second generation is underway

These days, the builder makes a lot of ink with the fifth generation of the Supra who will be with us after the good weather. While it is clear that this sport developed in collaboration with BMW is the envy of many, we must admit, it is unfortunately not part of the category of affordable vehicles. The good news is that Toyota – let’s not forget Subaru in this equation – is already offering the Coupe 86, since the 2013 model year. And if we rely on an article published by the British magazine Autocar, the second generation of the model is on the way. According to the article, this second generation of the model will once again be designed in collaboration with Subaru, ensuring at the same time a sports range within both brands, with the 86 and Supra on the Toyota side and the BRZ coupe and the WRX at Subaru.

Asked by the publication, Toyota’s marketing director for Europe, Matt Harrison, said: “The Supra is not going to replace this car. Both address two distinct audiences in addition to being two different products.

It is still early to comment on the details surrounding this second generation of the affordable coupe, but it’s a safe bet that the new version will still use a 4-cylinder flatbed engine mated to an original gearbox Subaru. However, we must hope for a slight gain in power and torque, even if the raison d’être of the Coupe 86 / BRZ is not to break speed records.

The Toyota Supra 2020 costs $ 64,990

It lacked simple information since the Canadian unveiling of the new Toyota Supra 2020 at the Montreal Auto Show in mid-January. But that detail has just been corrected at the other major exhibition in the country, the Toronto Auto Show.

Indeed, the manufacturer has unveiled the base price of the new sports group, the Supra 2020 which starts at $ 64 990, a sum slightly higher than the roadster BMW Z4 which also saw its base price be unveiled at the same show . The Z4 roadster will order $ 62,450, slightly more affordable than the Supra coupe. The fact that the Z4 is less expensive is explained in particular by the difference under the hood.

The BMW Z4 will rely on a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine, while the Supra will instead be offered with a 3.0-liter 6-in-line turbo developing 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft. of couple. The German manufacturer will also line up a M40i version of its Z4 roadster, more muscular with its 6-in-line 385 horsepower. Let’s bet that this one will be much more expensive to acquire.

Moreover, the Toyota Supra 2020 remains faithful to what has already been announced. The only gearbox available is an eight-speed automatic, with paddles mounted behind the steering wheel, while the weight distribution is perfectly balanced between the two axles. The first copies of the Toyota coupe are expected early this summer, in a few weeks.

Volkswagen ID.R sets another record

The Volkswagen manufacturer has just proved once again that the electrical energy onboard a well-prepared racing car can turn into a record. On board the Volkswagen ID.R, the French driver Romain Dumas has just broken the previous record set by Peter Dumbreck, established in 2017 at the wheel of the NIO EP9, by an impressive margin of 40,564 seconds.

The new brand for an electric vehicle on the famous 20.8 km course in a final time of 6: 05.336 minutes, with an average speed of 204.96 km / h! Recall that the Volkswagen ID.R is powered by two electric motors with a combined power of 670 horsepower, the car covers which has however been adjusted for the demanding circuit to be more aerodynamic for the very long straight of the circuit. Last year, the same car won, again with Romain Dumas behind the wheel, at the Pikes Peak Colorado Rally, just before eclipsing the mark for an electric vehicle at the Speed ​​Festival. of Goodwood, England.

“The Nürburgring is not only the most demanding track in the world, it is also the ultimate test for production vehicles […] ID.R took up this challenge with great distinction and completed the fastest lap. of all time for a zero emission vehicle […] I congratulate the Volkswagen Motorsport team and driver Romain Dumas for this third ID.R record, “said Herbert Diess, chairman of the group’s board of directors. Volkswagen.

“Having a Nürburgring record makes me incredibly proud … For me, it’s the toughest race track in the world. I want to thank the Volkswagen Motorsport team, who once again did a fantastic job. The ID.R was perfectly prepared for the circuit and it was really fun to experience the tremendous acceleration and speed around corners, “said driver Romain Dumas.

The Volkswagen Tarek to support the Tiguan?

A quick glance at Volkswagen’s North American roster reveals that the brand needs a small utility vehicle to rival other vehicles in this hot segment.

And if we rely on what launched Autoblog Argentina site a few days ago, the model used by the manufacturer’s senior management to fulfill this role would be the Tarek, the small SUV that is already marketed in North America. South and even China under the name Tharu. Like most of the brand’s current products, the Tarek is based on the MQB platform, which suggests a relatively simple adaptation (!) To the North American continent.

For now, the pocket utility is available with 4-cylinder turbo engines of 1.2, 1.4 and 2.0, all connected to a front-wheel drive architecture. What’s more, all these machines are connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. If it crosses the border, could the Tarek be optionally equipped with the 4Motion all-wheel drive? The question needs to be asked.

For now, the smallest SUV marketed by Volkswagen at home is the Tiguan, a model that has taken the lead in the complete redesign for the 2018 model year. The North American wing therefore needs a a more compact model and above all, more affordable to meet the demand of consumers who are gradually abandoning the car niche.

The Volkswagen Tarek should theoretically be assembled at the Mexican factory of the group, unlike the South American model whose assembly is provided by the Argentine establishment. Of course, you have to take this rumor with a grain of salt, but even if the Tarek never reaches our borders, Volkswagen will have to enlarge its alignment downwards.

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