Toyota is killing off its Yaris hatchback after sales slow to a trickle
The compact’s decade-and-a-half run in North America is coming to an end
Toyota’s small hatchback is getting the axe, ending a 15-year run in North America for the peppy vehicle.
The Mazda2-based hatchback will leave U.S. markets at the end of 2020, according to a post on Reddit spotted by Tire Meets Road. Although the thread has been deleted, the memo revealing the details was saved. “Toyota would like to thank the Yaris family for fifteen years on the market and nearly half a million vehicles sold in the U.S.,” it read.
“Yaris Sedan and Yaris Hatchback production for the U.S. (including Hawaii) will end at the end of June 2020. Puerto Rico will have minimal production through November 2020.”
That memo was then ecCompacthoed by an official statement a few days later from Toyota.
“The Yaris sedan and Yaris Hatchback will not be available for model year 2021. Model year 2020 will be the last year for Yaris. June 2020 will be the last month of production for the Yaris sedan and Yaris Hatchback for the U.S.,” according to Toyota Motor North America’s Western Communications Manager, Christine N. Henley.
While sales were strong initially, the small hatch eventually lost favour with buyers as they transitioned toward compact crossovers and SUVs. 2019 was the worst sales year yet, with only 6,256 units sold in Canada. In the U.S., July 2019 was the last time Toyota sold more than 1,000 per month.
While the Toyota Canada has yet to confirm the vehicle has been discontinued here, too, we’re fairly certain that if the U.S. isn’t getting it, we aren’t either. We will, however, update you with an official response when we get it.
Driving.CA – Alex Reid