1. Sustainability
  2. Carbon Neutrality
  3. Vehicle life cycle assessments
  4. LCA: The 4th generation Yaris

Featuring our latest hybrid technology

The 4th generation Yaris
The 4th generation Toyota Yaris clearly shows the efforts we have made to produce a car that is right for modern urban life and driving conditions and which respects the environment. 

Life cycle thinking

In order to measure the overall environmental impact of the New Yaris, a detailed LCA was carried out in accordance with ISO 14040/44. The new Yaris was developed in such ways that it delivers the best environmental performance than its predecessors. Comparing the new Yaris Hybrid Model with the petrol-powered model, an overall CO2 reduction of 25% and an NOx reduction of 7% can be achieved compared to the previous petrol-powered model.  

A cleaner, greener drive

There are key features in the new Yaris designed to address this aspect of environmental performance. For example, we use lightweight components to help improve fuel efficiency. Design details that reduce the car’s air resistance also support better fuel economy when travelling at higher speeds. The 4th generation Yaris is powered by the 4th generation of the Toyota Hybrid System, achieving the lowest fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in its market segment. This new-generation compact car surpasses its class with the provision of outstanding driving pleasure, WLTC test cycle fuel efficiency of 36.0 kilometers per liter for the New Hybrid Model and the latest safety and security technologies. 

It starts at the plant

At Toyota Motor Manufacturing France, where the Yaris is produced, 100% renewable electricity is used, like in all our European production sites since 2019. In a recent innovation, the plant introduced a system to heat the air in the plastic painting process without carbon emissions. Open mindset and deep investigation of our TME & TMMF engineers effected in reducing the freshair supplied to the paint ovens, which are the main CO2 sources in the plant. Applying this solution has reduced energy consumption in the process by 84% and CO2 emissions by 100% and achieved a drastic 66% saving in annual costs. 

Water optimization 

TMMF was one of the first Toyota facilities in the world to adopt wastewater recycling and rainwater harvesting methods. Thanks to these activities, it set a record of going 330 days without having to buy water from the supply network. After use, the water is treated to ensure high cleanliness levels before it is discharged into a local river. Since the start of production at the site, the amount of water used in the making of each car has been reduced by almost half (46%). 

Optimizing resources 

The new Yaris has been designed so that it is 85% recyclable, with 95% of its parts being recoverable.  Raw materials are a finite resource, so Toyota is constantly researching ways to help build a more resource-efficient economy. At the Yaris factory, 100% of the waste produced is re-used and/or recycled, with no waste going to landfill since 2007. The amount of waste produced per car has been reduced by more than two thirds (68%) since production began.

In harmony with nature 

The Yaris production centre is one of our “Harmony with Nature” sites where events take place throughout the year focusing on ways of enhancing the natural world. These include tree-planting projects, green classes for children and partnerships on environmental initiatives with local groups and organisations. There are more than 250 plant species on site, with biodiversity encouraged with the planting of a flower meadow that’s allowed to bloom and seed before cutting.