Released date : 1999/ 1/13

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Grade 5door_U 5door_F 3door_U
Model type
Curb mass(kg) 880 840 870
Dimensions Length(mm) 3610 3610 3610
Width(mm) 1660 1660 1660
Height(mm) 1500 1500 1500
Wheelbase(mm) 2370 2370 2370
Engine Engine code 1SZ-FE 1SZ-FE 1SZ-FE
Engine type In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC
Displacement(cm3) 997 997 997
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/70/6000 -/70/6000 -/70/6000
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are SCP10(1000).
The Vitz was developed as a minimum-sized compact car for global use in the 21st century, and for this purpose its platform and major components were designed anew. Classified in the A Segment (a category for smallest cars) in Europe, the car debuted as the Yaris in 1998 at the Paris Motor Show, and was released in Japan as the Vitz in January 1999.

The Vitz came in either a 3- or 5-door hatchback body. The standard front-engine, front-wheel-drive model had a 1-liter 4-cylinder engine, while the 4-wheel-drive model that was added in August 1999 came with a 1.3-liter engine. The transmission was either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic (Super ECT). The Vitz had a spacious cabin enabled by its relatively tall body, and featured excellent safety and environmental performance for its class.

The Vitz was also manufactured in France under the Yaris name, and proved very popular in the European market, too. In 2000, it became the second Japanese car ever to win the European Car of the Year title, and won the double honor of being chosen the Japanese Car of the Year as well.

In terms of lineage, the Vitz is the successor to the Starlet.
Plant Takaoka plant, Toyota Industries Corporation
Derived from "Witz," a German word meaning "wit" or "witticism."

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