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Toyota's new small car wins on maintenance costs.

TOYOTA claims the Yaris, its new small car for Europe, will be easy to own and cost-effective to run thanks to a host of innovative new servicing initiatives announced ahead of the car's public launch on April 8, 1999.

Early research conducted by Toyota on potential Yaris customers delivered a clear message: they wanted "complete peace of mind at the most competitive price."

Toyota has responded with the following servicing programmes that make Yaris easy and cost effective to own and live with.

Yaris Servicing Schedule: Major service intervals at 20,000 miles/2 years. 30-minute safety, oil and filter health checks at one-year/10,000 miles.

Simpler, cheaper servicing for Yaris customers has been a primary consideration in the European designed Yaris from day one of its inception. Yaris requires 45 per cent less labour time (over three years/60,000 miles) than the current Starlet model, which it supersedes.

Overall maintenance costs (including tyres and brakes) are reduced by 25-30 per cent.

Technological advances and improved maintenance processes on Yaris have enabled major services to be set at a lengthy two years or 20,000 miles.

The advanced 1.0-litre 16v engine features maintenance free valve lifters, maintenance free direct ignition (no distributor), 40,000 mile spark plug changes using normal plugs and a maintenance free timing chain (no cam belt change needed).

In between major services, Yaris customers are only required to have an oil and oil filter change at 10,000 miles, when their dealer will also give the car a free health check for safety items.
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Date:Mar 7, 1999
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