The next-generation Toyota Yaris will not only be built by Mazda, it will feature one of the brand’s SkyActiv engines.
The successor to the Yaris will come from Mazda’s new assembly plant in Salamanca, Mexico, which will allocate about 50,000 vehicles for Toyota out of its overall capacity of 230,000 units. The sheet metal and interior will be designed and produced by Toyota, but everything else about the car will be based on the new Mazda2 subcompact.
Exactly which engine will end up in both the Mazda2 and the Yaris is unknown, but seeing as it is SkyActiv, you can expect it to be small displacement with a high-compression ratio direct-injection system. Lightweight chassis components also make up the SkyActive suite of technologies, and exactly how much of that will transfer over to the Toyota is also unclear.
The new Mazda2 is expected to begin production before the end of 2014, while the new Yaris won’t begin production until at least April 1, 2015.
[Source: Automotive News]
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