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• 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. 


2020 Toyota Yaris
2020 Toyota Yaris. Image: Toyota Global
2020 Toyota Yaris
2020 Toyota Yaris. Image: Toyota Global

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.

Toyota GR Yaris
Image: Motorpress
Toyota GR Yaris
2021 Toyota GR Yaris

Sales success

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.

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