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There was lots of hubub about the Yaris four-door that Toyota announced for the US market. Rapidly turning Japanese, Bumbeck expressed desire for a spec Yaris racing series. We weren't smitten with the car, but 40mpg on the highway with Toyota quality in the low teens could finally spell success for 'Yota, who've not had a compelling small car since the Corolla moved up a notch. And it's not as fugly as the Echo!

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US Debut of Toyota Yaris Set for Spring 2006 [Internal]