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The Toyota Platz is a subcompact car that was manufactured in Japan by Toyota from 1999 through to 2005, when replaced by the Belta. Designated by Toyota as the XP10 series, the Platz was also sold in export markets as either the Toyota Echo or Toyota Yaris. The "Echo" and "Yaris" names were also given to the export version of the related Japanese market Vitz hatchback, from which the Platz derives. In Japan, it was only available at the Toyopet Store dealerships.

Toyota Platz (XP10)
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Overview
ManufacturerToyota
Also calledToyota Echo
Toyota Yaris
Xiali 2000/Yaku//Vela (China)
Production1999–2005
2000–2012 (China)
Model years2000–2005
AssemblyJapan: Toyota, Aichi
China: Tianjin (Tianjin FAW)
DesignerYoshiharu Nakajima
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact car
Body style2-door coupé
4-door sedan
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformToyota NBC platform
RelatedToyota Vitz (XP10)
Toyota Yaris Verso/Fun Cargo (XP20)
Toyota Vios (XP40)
Powertrain
Engine1.0 L 1SZ-FE I4
1.3 L 8A-FE I4 (China)[1]
1.3 L 2NZ-FE I4
1.5 L 1NZ-FE I4
1.5 L 5A-FE I4 (China)[1]
1.6 L CA4GB2 I4 (China)[2]
Transmission4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,370 mm (93.3 in)
Length1999–2002: 4,145 mm (163.2 in)
2002–2005: 4,180 mm (164.6 in)
Width1,660 mm (65.4 in)
Height1,510 mm (59.4 in)
Curb weightCoupe: 2,035 lb (923 kg)[3]
Sedan: 2,055 lb (932 kg)[4]
Chronology
PredecessorToyota Tercel
Toyota Paseo
SuccessorToyota Belta/Vios (XP90)
Toyota Etios (indirect)

"Platz" is German for "space" (as defined by "the interior room is spacious"). Only inline-four engines were fitted to the Platz, which was sold in Japan as a four-door sedan only. A coupé version was also available in North America where the car was badged "Echo".

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HistoryEdit

Pre-facelift: Toyota Platz sedan (Japan)
Facelift: Toyota Echo sedan (Australia)
Facelift: Toyota Echo sedan (Australia)
Interior

The Platz was introduced in 1999 as a sedan sold internationally, with a coupe version exclusive to North America following for the 2000 model year. The Platz is heavily related to the Vitz hatchback—with which it shares front doors, a common interior and mechanical componentry. The running gear is also shared to a lesser degree with the ist and Toyota bB, sold in the United States as the Scion xA and xB respectively, and the Japan-only WiLL Vi. The same platform is the base for the Japanese-only Probox and Succeed wagons.

In the United States, the Echo sold almost 50,000 units in its first year, with just half that many in 2003. The Echo was an element of Toyota Project Genesis, a failed effort to bring younger buyers to the marque in the United States. The Echo sold in high volumes in Canada, where Toyota also offered the three- and five-door hatchback versions of the Toyota Vitz badged as the Echo beginning with the 2004 model year to replace the Toyota Echo coupe (which was dropped after 2003). The coupe remained on sale in the United States until the 2005 model year along with the sedan, while the hatchback variants were never sold there. It was the predecessor to the current North American Toyota Yaris, sharing many identical features, such as the odd (and somewhat controversial) center placement of the speedometer and gauges, as opposed to in front of the steering wheel. Power options on the Echo are a rare find; most models are equipped with manual windows and locks, air conditioning, and a six-speaker audio system with a CD and/or a cassette player.

In some parts of Southeast Asia (not including East Asia countries such as South Korea,Hong Kong and Japan), a modified version of the Platz with different body panels is sold under the name Toyota Vios.

SalesEdit

Year
United States
1999 10,490
2000 48,876
2001 42,464
2002 27,985
2003 26,167
2004 3,899
2005 1,544
2006 27
2007 7
Total sales (Units): 161,459


Xiali 2000 / Xiali VelaEdit

 
Xiali 2000
 
Xiali Vela

In China, the Toyota Platz was marketed as the Xiali 2000 from December 2000 to March 2004 then as the Xiali Vela from March 2004 to 2012. It came with the 1.3 litre 8A-FE, 1.5 litre 5A-FE or 1.6 litre Chinese made engine known as the CA4GB2. A five-speed manual gearbox was standard on all models. From 2002 to 2003, a limited edition model was sold the Xiali Yaku and was available with a 4 speed automatic gearbox.

The 2010 edition of Monash University's Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR), found that the XP10 provides a "poor" (two out of five stars) level of occupant safety protection in the event of an accident.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "【威乐 2004款 1.3L 自动参数配置表】价格单_一汽_汽车之家" [[Ville 2004 1.3L automatic parameter configuration table] price list]. FAW Auto Home (in Chinese). China. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  2. ^ "【威乐 2006款 1.6L 手动参数配置表】价格单_一汽_汽车之家" [[Ville 2006 1.6L manual parameter configuration table] price list]. FAW Auto Home (in Chinese). China. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Edmund's 2002 Toyota ECHO Features & Specs". Edmunds.com. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Edmund's 2002 Toyota ECHO Features & Specs". Edmunds.com. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Used Car Safety Ratings 2010" (PDF). Monash University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)