China has become a major market for nearly all automakers, and although the middle kingdom has hosted its fair share of luxury model debuts, it is an important market for all vehicle segments, something not forgotten by Toyota. The automaker unveiled its new Chinese-market Yaris hatchback and Vios four-door sedan at this year’s Shanghai show, as well as showing two concepts aimed specifically at the China market.
The Yaris is what you’d expect it is, a B-series hatchback, and its Vios counterpart is a three-box notchback sedan version, a style favored by many car buyers in China. The styling on the new Yaris and Vios models is unique to the Chinese market, with a more aggressive grille design with a satin silver type “mustache” type accent that bisects the grille, and turns down onto the front and lower bumper. The current Chinese-market Yaris has the choice of a 1.0-liter three-cylinder or 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine.
Toyota also showed the Yundong Shuangqing II concept, a C/D-segment sedan powered by a hybrid powertrain, described only as a concept hybrid vehicle that would be exclusive to the China market. The literal translation of Yundong Shuangqing is “Movement Upon Clouds Dual Support” which we interpret as “smooth-riding hybrid.” Accompanying the Yundong Shuangqing II is the FT-HT Yuejia, a six-passenger concept designed for “the younger generation,” whatever that means. “Yuejia” translates to “happy family,” highlighting the concept’s six-passenger, family-friendly capacity.