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Round-Up: New Toyota Yaris; Kia – EV delivery times still long; More RDE2 BMWs in March

First pictures: New Toyota Yaris

Toyota has released the first pictures of its new Yaris, claiming the supermini will be more efficient and benefit from “significant advances” in design and engineering, as well as being the safest car in its class.

First Pictures - New Toyota Yaris - Image 2A new 1.5-litre “self-charging” hybrid system features a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine that Toyota claims delivers even greater efficiency than the current class-leading hybrid system, though the brand is not revealing actual figures at this stage, as the car doesn’t arrive in the UK until the second half of 2020. It does though claim a 15% increase in power but 20% better fuel economy.

The car is shorter, wider and lower than the current model, with the newly developed platform allowing for a 40mm drop in height without impacting headroom, according to Toyota.

The claims regarding becoming the safest car in its class are backed up by a new center airbag, as well as lane trace assist and adaptive cruise control being fitted to every car as standard.


Kia boss: EV delivery times still long

Kia’s UK boss, Paul Philpott, has promised that all 2500 orders for the brand’s electric vehicles that have been taken so far will be delivered in the first half of 2020.

Paul Philpott, Kia UKHowever, Philpott also admitted that any orders taken by the brand from this month onward would take around a year to arrive.

Speaking to Company Car Today, Philpott (pictured right) said: “We’ll sell 700 EVs this year, and all of the 2500 orders that we already have will be delivered by the end of the first half of next year.

“The supply of our EVs will definitely improve next year, but I can confirm that all new orders will be fulfilled after Q3 2020.”

Philpott added that Kia was looking to significantly improve supply of low- or zero-CO2 vehicles next year.


More RDE2 BMWs in March

BMW 1-Series - new RDE2 Engines confirmed for 2020BMW has confirmed RDE2-compliant versions of its 18d and 20d engines will be introduced to the new 1-Series range from March.

The updates will join the 116d launch engine that is the only one in the company’s range currently benefiting from the four-band reduction in BiK. RDE2 compliance will also be rolled out across the brand’s other models during 2020.