• The Toyota Yaris is 2021 European Car of the Year.
• The competition's jury highlighted the Yaris's attractive design and class-leading safety.
• It's the second win for the Yaris since it last picked up the coveted awards in 2000.
• Toyota says the win coincides with the Yaris becoming the best-selling car in Europe for the first time.
The all-new Toyota Yaris has been named the 2021 European Car of Year.
The Japanese hatchback was selected by a jury of 59 motoring journalists from across Europe. The fourth generation Yaris receives the award 21 years after the innovative first-generation model was given the honour in 2000.
The Yaris's hybrid-electric technology, low emissions and accessible price point impressed the journalists, organisers said.
The hatchback was also recognised for its design, dynamic performance and class-leading safety.
While the fourth generation (European) Yaris is not currently available in South Africa, the GR Yaris will join the local line-up in June this year.
The GR-variant builds upon this award-winning hatchback's core competencies and offers a nostalgic throwback to the adrenaline-infused turbo AWD cars of the '90s.
The 2021 European Car of the Year award comes just a few days after the new Yaris became the best-selling car in Europe for the first time.
This is the third time Toyota has won the European Car of the Year award. The first-generation Yaris in 2000; the second-generation Prius in 2005; and now the fourth generation Yaris in 2021.