Remember the bright yellow Toyota Yaris that was spotted on a transporter along NKVE last November? Well, this piece of news came straight from the horse’s mouth – UMW Toyota Motor has confirmed that the “Vios hatchback” will in fact be introduced for the Malaysian market, and it will arrive within the second quarter of the year.

The big news is that it will be locally assembled at the newly-built Assembly Services Sdn Bhd (ASSB) plant in Bukit Raja, Klang, where the Vios facelift is also made. The Yaris is currently sold in Thailand and Indonesia, and the latter market gets the 2NR 1.5 litre four-cylinder engine, which is the same unit used by the Perodua Myvi.

Fitted with DOHC and Dual VVT-i, the engine produces 107 PS and 140 Nm of torque. In Indonesia, it’s available with a five-speed manual or CVT, although it’s very likely that we’ll only get the latter. Other than that, not much else is known, save for the fact that it’s coming. There’s no mention of pricing, either.

The new ASSB plant is a 670,000 square metre factory that will be producing new passenger cars, including Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEVs). The existing factory in Shah Alam will solely be producing commercial vehicles like the Hilux. So, what do you think of the Yaris vs the Myvi and Honda Jazz?

GALLERY: Indonesia-spec Toyota Yaris


GALLERY: Thai-spec Toyota Yaris