Toyota went the way GM and Ford: the Japanese company will reduce the model line

Toyota went the way GM and Ford: the Japanese company will reduce the model line

January 25, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

We are still talking only about the American market – Toyota will derive from it a compact Yaris hatchback. The model will be dismissed due to weak sales.

Following Ford, General Motors and FCA, who decided to get rid of “cars” in the States, Toyota will also reduce the model line. According to autoblog, so far the Japanese manufacturer has limited itself to one model – the Yaris hatchback. He should leave the US market in the next few months.

The decision to abandon the hatchback Toyota Yaris is likely to be affected by sales results. So, if in 2017 in the American market 8,653 cars were sold, then in 2018 it was only 1,940 units. That is, the fall for the year was 77.6%. For comparison, in Europe in January-November of 2018 202,767 Yaris hatchbacks were sold (10% more than a year earlier).

Under the name Yaris in the United States still sell a sedan. In fact, this is a little turned Mazda2. Note, sedan diverges much better – 35,727 units in the 2017th and 25,269 cars in 2018. Apparently, therefore, the sedan will remain in service. At least for now.

Despite the fact that sales of a sedan are better than those of a hatchback, it’s still far from competitors. The leader of the segment remains sedan Nissan Versa. Its sales in the USA in 2017 amounted to 106,772 cars, and in 2018th – 75,809 copies.

It is expected that all the details about the future of the Toyota Yaris in the US market will be known during the auto show in New York, which will open its doors to journalists on April 17, 2019.

Under the hood of a Toyota Yaris sedan and hatchback is a petrol-and-a-liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine with 106 hp, which is paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Today it is one of the most affordable models of the brand. So, the price tag of the hatchback starts from $ 15,635. The sedan is even cheaper, you can buy it for at least 15 450 dollars.

Earlier it became known about the results of sales of new cars in the USA in 2018. Total dealers sold 17.42 million units. The top three among the models include full-size pickups: Ford F-Series (909,330 cars), Chevrolet Silverado (585,582) and Ram Pickup (536,980). The TOP-5 also includes crossovers – Toyota RAV4 (427 168) and Nissan Rogue (412 110).