In North American and Australian markets, Toyota Belta is commonly known as Toyota Yaris while in South Asian markets it sells under the name of Toyota Vios. It is Toyota’s another subcompact vehicle and is considered as the redesigned version of the Toyota Platz whose production has already been ceased. Toyota Belta offered for sale in 2006. It is offered with two engine versions in Japan that is: 1.0-L and 1.3-L engines. However, a 1.5-L variant is also offered in certain export markets.
The Belta which are supplied to Asian markets is designed and produced in Thailand. However, for the Japanese domestic market, American market and Arab countries (except for Israel and Morocco), Belta is manufactured in Japan.
First Generation (2006–Present)
The Belta (XP90) and the Vitz (XP90) shares with each other a lot of features, despite the fact that the Vitz s designed at Toyota’s French design studios while the Belta is designed at Toyota’s Japanese design studios and both the cars target the different group of customers. Where Vitz and Platz shows more resemblance with each other, the latest Vitz hatchback and Belta sedans also display some sharp similarities. They both almost have a same but different dashboard, i.e. it appears the same but carry different components. Other things that are shared by both the models include a frame and drivetrain options. The sheet metal used in both models is entirely different.
Over the past few years, Belta has received a lot of restyling and redesigning over the previous models, for instance, it has increased in size, interior is much more spacious now compared to the models produced between 2001 and 2008 (Corolla). The Belta has the reputation of being designed, manufactured and marketed in Japan without having any prominent competitors because no sedan versions are offered by Vitz competitors.
Toyota has introduced all the standardize controls and displays in the Belta so as to make it a standard vehicle for all types of markets, i.e. left or right hand drive.
The Belta is powered by three different engines: a 53 kW (71 hp) 1.0-L 1KR-FE inline-three cylinder engine; a 1.3-L 2NZ-FE/2SZ-FE engine, generating 63 kW (84 hp); a 1.5-L 1NZ-FE 81 kW (109 hp); and a 1.6-L engine capable of generating 91 kW (122 hp).
Toyota has also introduced some standard safety features in its Belta such as airbags, front seatbelt pretensions, head restraints for all seating positions, side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and anti-braking system (ABS). Last three are optional on 2007–2008 models. However, the front and rear row side curtain airbags as well as front seat-mounted torso side airbags and ABS offered as standard from 2009 onwards.
The Belta received an overall ‘Good’ score in frontal crash test by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Similarly, it also received an overall ‘Good’ score in the side impact test for the models having side airbags. However, it received ‘Poor’ score for the models lacking side airbags. With strength-to-weight ratio of 3.78, the Belta got an ‘Acceptable’ rating for roof strength evaluation.