2012 Toyota Yaris: Focus On Infotainment With Touch & Go

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As we're seeing with cars like the 2011 Ford Fiesta, small size no longer means a small specification list.

The 2012 Toyota Yaris will be no different. The car has just been launched in Europe and more details have been revealed about what toys you can expect to have in Toyota's smallest model.

The biggest news is the inclusion of Toyota's Touch & Go infotainment system, marking a significant step up for in-car entertainment. Touch & Go features a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, through which you can control navigation systems, a backup camera for easy parking and mobile apps.

You'll also be able to pair your mobile phone with the car via a Bluetooth link, improving connectivity with services such as Google Local Search and Google Maps functionality. All this should make it more than competitive enough with the Fiesta.

As far as power is concerned, the U.S. is expected to receive four cylinder gasoline engines between 1.3 and 1.5 liters with a manual transmission as standard and an optional automatic. With the Yaris HSD (Hybrid Synergy Drive) concept featured at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show back in March, Toyota hinted that the car may even be available with a hybrid drivetrain.

With compact cars this gadget-laden there are fewer reasons than ever not to downsize!

[Toyota via Green Car Reports]

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