The all-new Toyota Yaris has been named European Car of the Year for 2021!
Selected by a jury of 59 automotive journalists from across Europe, the fourth-generation Yaris received the award 21 years after the innovative first generation was named European Car of the Year in 2000, the first Toyota to be crowned with the prestigious title. The Yaris is also constantly recognized by the European jury, with each generation of models, shortlisted for the award.
The jury particularly praised Yaris’ hybrid technology, smooth driving, low emissions, and affordable price – illustrating why more than 80% of Yaris customers choose a hybrid powertrain.
The Yaris is also recognized for its design, dynamic properties, and class-leading safety.
Furthermore, the European Car of the Year jury particularly praised Toyota’s success in rekindling passion for the racing sports car market across Europe, with the launch of the GR Yaris.
The European Car of the Year award in 2021 comes just days after the new Yaris was first named the best-selling car in Europe, a clear sign that European buyers are agreeing with the jury of choice for a car of the year!
Matt Harrison, Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Europe: “This is a great honor for Toyota and I would like to thank the jury for their attention and recognition. I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight the passion of our development teams in Europe and Japan. This is the best Yaris ever, and just as Akio Toyoda imagined, it is already bringing a smile to the faces of our customers. ”
Toyota has been awarded the European Car of the Year title three times so far. The first-generation Yaris won in 2000, the Prius took the most honors in 2005, and now the Yaris has lifted the trophy again in 2021.