2017 Toyota Yaris Wins First World Rally Championship Race Since 1999

Feb 13, 2017 03:39 PM EST | Leian N.

Since 1999, Toyota hasn't won a World Rally Championship title. However, at the Monte Carlo race track, the 2017 Toyota Yaris took home the gold for the team - the brand'sit's first win for more than a decade.

The 2017 Toyota Yaris only took two events for the brand to get to the top after years of absence in the World Rally Championship races. Driven by Jari-Matti Latvala, paved the way for the brand to get back Toyota's racing reputation after it bowed out from races. It announced that the team would focus on developing future technologies for their upcoming models instead of winning races, reported Jalopnik.

The Race. Car enthusiasts are always looking forward to the World Rally Championship held in Sweden annually. This year, the 2017 Toyota Yaris and other competitors endured an icy race track that made the race even more challenging for the drivers. As reported by Motor Sport, Sebastian Ogier nearly beat Latvala overnight. However, he took a spin and stalled on the first corner of the first stage by the morning of the race. As a result, The Finn led by 7.1 sec. and 9.1 sec .out of Ott Tanak and extended the Toyota lead by 20 sec.

The Car - Basic Versions. Since the WRC win, Toyota has high hopes that sales for the model would also surge. Per Auto Week, the 2017 Toyota Yaris can be purchased at € 14,495 for the VVT-i basic version. The latest development, however, has the new 11 bhp 1.5 VVT-i three-door model which can be purchased for € 17,495.

The aspiration equipment level-ups the price to € 18,795 and is installed with a vending machine. On the other hand, the 2017 Toyota Yaris 1.5 Hybrid Aspiration equipment level may be purchased at € 20,495. Do you think the first win of the brand would inspire an increase in sales for the model this year? Do you think the vehicle is worth the purchase after its notorious win at 2017 WRC Sweden? 

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