Toyota Yaris: Agile And Versatile Town Car

Simon Weston With The Toyota Yaris


"A great little car around town" was the verdict of Falklands war veteran Simon Weston OBE, after trying out the new-style Toyota Yaris 1.0-litre T2 for a week in the run-up to the Mobility Roadshow 2003. The three-day event takes place at Castle Donington, Derbyshire from Thursday 12 June, and for the third year running Simon will be on the Toyota stand to talk to visitors about solutions to mobility problems.

The restyled Toyota Yaris and Yaris Verso models, launched in May, feature enhancements in terms of engine specification, safety features, equipment and handling. The entry-level model Simon drove had also been fitted with a number of special adaptations for disabled drivers, including hand controls, a steering ball and a swivel seat, and will be at the Mobility Roadshow for visitors to inspect.

"Hand controls take a bit of getting used to for someone who has the use of their legs, and the steering ball is brilliant," says Simon, who has some problems with his hands. Simon considers the Yaris ideal for many of the 80 per cent of Motability clients who have disabilities that require no major adaptations, or who are carers.

"It's a great urban runabout," he says. "It has a brilliant turning circle and is very easy to manoeuvre." Front and rear suspension settings have been changed on the new models to enhance manoeuvrability as well as ride comfort. "Parking is great - if you can find a disabled bay that isn't parked in by the uncaring and unthinking, you can pop into it and have a street party in the space left over!"

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Published 10 June 2003 Melanie Carter

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