Toyota's New Belta Compact for Japan

Everyone who thought Toyota's entry-level Echo was an abomination, raise your clenched fists. We're not sure why Toyota's been given a free pass from uglywatchers on that one, but no matter. The company is replacing it with something in Japan it calls Belta, a derivation of the Italian word for "beautiful," which we had always just assumed was "linguini Bolognese." Set to debut at one of the 2006 shows, either Detroit or LA, it'll replace the ungainly Echo in the US for 2007. Though definitely a dealership beautification project, calling it "beautiful" looks to be a touch presumptuous.

Toyota Launches New Belta Compact Sedan in Japan [Edmunds]