Commenting on the award win, Takatomo Suzuki, Chief Engineer of the Toyota Compact Car Company at Toyota Motor Corporation, said: “We are honoured to be awarded ‘World Urban Car’. Our foundation has always been to make good compact cars, and this philosophy guided us to develop the Yaris Cross as a compact car with a spacious cargo area and utility, as well as sufficient power and fuel economy. Moving forward, we will use this award as motivation as we continue to develop high-quality cars that can meet our customers’ needs and promote environmentally-friendly vehicles that can help reduce CO2 emissions.”
Launched in 2021, the Toyota Yaris Cross brings together Toyota’s rich experience and know-how in small car and SUV design and engineering, developed for Europe and specifically with European customers in mind.
The Yaris Cross follows in the footsteps of the Yaris, named The Car of the Year in Europe in 2021, carrying the key qualities of the urban hatchback such as the “Big-Small” packaging that maximises interior space and practicality, fourth generation hybrid electric power, the highest safety standards with second generation Toyota Safety Sense and a genuine Fun to Drive character.
These unique attributes are combined with authentic SUV features, founded on a Toyota heritage of innovation that includes originating the now core market segment for recreational SUVs with the first RAV4 more than 25 years ago.
Developed under the theme of “Always on the Move”, the Yaris Cross is perfectly suited to day-to-day use, but with an adventurous aspect that’s fundamental to a successful SUV. The design presents a stylish, urban look for a car that owners can feel proud to be seen in, blending the robust qualities of an SUV with more advanced dynamic driving appeal, thanks to the GA-B small car platform which gives it the basic strengths that have been so successfully delivered in the Yaris.
The Yaris Cross proudly joins its multiple-award winning and highly acclaimed siblings in the Yaris family: the Yaris and GR Yaris.