Toyota Vitz Generation ( Toyota Yaris, Toyota Echo, Toyota Belt, Toyota Hybrid) Origination Japanese

Toyota Vitz 3rd G

Toyota Vitz is also known as the Toyota Yaris.

It is a line of three and five-door subcompact hatchbacks produced by Japanese.

It was manufactured between the years 1999 and 2019.

In its first generation, it first came out as the Toyota Echo.

Toyota Vitz First Generation

It was first designed by Sotiris Kovos at Toyota’s ED2 studio in Europe and first unveiled at the 1998 Paris Motor Show.

It first existed as Toyota Yaris in Japan and European Sales and later named as Toyota Echo in Australian and Canada sales.

Its export version was from the related Japanese market Toyota Platz sedan.

It won the Car of the Year Japan Award in 1999 as it was commonly sold out alongside a hatchback and marketed as a single line of vehicles.


Occupant safety
Organization Rating
ANCAP 3/5 stars
Euro NCAP 4/5 stars
UCSR 2/5 stars
Euro NCAP crash tested the dual-airbag equipped XP10 series in 2000, rating the car 29 out of 37 for adult occupant protection, or four out of five stars. The pedestrian rating pre-2002 is 13 points or two out of four stars.

ANCAP tested the XP10 with only a driver’s airbag fitted, resulting in a 23.64 out of 37 grading, or three out of five stars In July 2004. The 2010 edition of Monash University’s Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR), found that the XP10 provides a “poor” (two out of five stars) level of occupant safety protection in the event of an accident.

In March 2000 the Yaris Cabrio concept car was presented at the Geneva Motor Show. The Yaris Cabrio featured a fabric roof. It never reached the production stage.

In August 2015 a similar concept based on the XP150 series Yaris was showcased at the 23rd Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show, being called Yaris Legian.

Toyota Vitz Second Generation

In 2005, Toyota redesigned the Vitz as Belta and sold on the market, it only differed due to the sheet metal which was different.


Euro NCAP test results
Toyota Yaris 5-door 2005
Test Score Rating
Adult occupant: 35 5 /5 stars
Child occupant: 34 3 /5 stars
Pedestrian: 18 2 /4 stars

Toyota Vitz 2nd G
Toyota Vitz 2nd G

U.S. NHTSA crash test ratings 3-door
Frontal Driver: 5/5 stars
Frontal Passenger: 4/5 stars
Side Driver (no side airbags): 3/5 stars
Side Driver (side airbags): 5/5 stars
Side Rear Passenger (with or without side airbag): 3/5 stars
Rollover: 4/5 stars

It was worldwide sold based on the Yaris platform, such as the Vitz, Belta, and the Ractis which later developed a seat belt defect that, in severe front-end collisions, could cause a foam pad in the vehicle to ignite.

Third Generation

In December 2010 the third generation Vitz was introduced featuring a sportier stance, a redesigned front, and a roomier interior.

Compared to its previous models the new model uses a single windshield wiper instead of a pair of wipers and has its meter cluster positioned back in front of the driver and behind the wheel.


Euro NCAP test results
Toyota Yaris 5-door 2011
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 32 89%
Child occupant: 40 81%
Pedestrian: 21 60%
Safety assist: 6 86%

Toyota Vitz 3rd G
Toyota Vitz 3rd G

It got sold out worldwide as certain Vitz, Toyota Yaris and Corolla models then developed a malfunctioning power windows, In October 10, 2020.


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