The Toyota Platz is a supermini automobile that was manufactured in Japan by Toyota from 1999 through to 2005, when replaced by the Toyota Belta. Designated by Toyota as the XP10 series, the Platz was sold in export markets as either the Toyota Echo or Toyota Yaris. The "Echo" and "Yaris" names were also given to the export version of the related Japanese market Toyota Vitz hatchback, from which the Platz derives. In Japan, it was only available at the Toyopet Store dealerships.
"Platz" is German for "space" (as defined by "the interior room is spacious"). Only inline-four engines were fitted to the Platz, which was sold in Japan as a four-door sedan only. A coupe was also available in North America where the car was badged "Echo".
The Yiddish word "plotz" is pronounced similarly, but means "burst" or "explode", providing amusement for some.
The Platz was introduced in 1999 as a sedan sold internationally, with a coupe version exclusive to North America following for the 2000 model year. The Platz is heavily related to the Vitz hatchback—with which it shares front doors, a common interior and mechanical componentry. The running gear is also shared to a lesser degree with the ist and Toyota bB, sold in the United States as the Scion xA and xB respectively, and the Japan-only WiLL Vi. The same platform is the base for the Japanese-only Probox and Succeed wagons.
In the United States, the Echo sold almost 50,000 units in its first year, with just half that many in 2003. The Echo was an element of Toyota Project Genesis, a failed effort to bring younger buyers to the marque in the United States. The Echo sold in high volumes in Canada, where Toyota also offered the three- and five-door hatchback versions of the Toyota Vitz badged as the Echo beginning with the 2004 model year to replace the Toyota Echo coupe (which was dropped after 2003). The coupe remained on sale in the United States until the 2005 model year along with the sedan, while the hatchback variants were never sold there. It was the predecessor to the current North American Toyota Yaris, sharing many identical features, such as the odd (and somewhat controversial) center placement of the speedometer and gauges, as opposed to in front of the steering wheel. Power options on the Echo are a rare find; most models are equipped with manual windows and locks, air conditioning, and a six-speaker audio system with a CD and/or a cassette player.
In some parts of Southeast Asia (not including Hong Kong and Japan), a modified version of the Platz with different body panels is sold under the name Toyota Vios.
In China, the Toyota Platz was marketed as the Xiali 2000 from December 2000 to March 2004 then as the Xiali Vela from March 2004 to 2012. It came with a 1.3, 1.5 or a 1.6 liter engine with a five-speed manual gearbox.
The 2010 edition of Monash University's Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR), found that the XP10 provides a "poor" (two out of five stars) level of occupant safety protection in the event of an accident.
|Total sales (Units): 161,459|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Toyota Platz.|
|Subcompact car||Starlet P70||Starlet P80||Vitz XP10||Vitz XP90||Vitz XP130|
|Tercel, Corolla II, Corsa L20||Tercel, Corolla II, Corsa L30||Tercel, Corolla II, Corsa L40||Tercel, Corolla II, Corsa L50||Platz XP10||Belta XP90||Vios XP150|
|FunCargo XP20||Ractis XP100||Ractis Verso-S XP120|
|bB XP30||bB QNC2x|
|ist XP60||ist XP110|
|Aygo AB10||Aygo AB40|
|Compact car||Corolla, Sprinter E80||Corolla, Sprinter E90||Corolla, Sprinter E100||Corolla, Sprinter E110||Corolla E120/130||Corolla E140/150||Corolla E160/170|
|Cynos L40||Cynos L50|
|Compact luxury car||Altezza XE10|
|Compact wagon||Altezza Gita XE10|
|Voltz E130||Voltz E140|
|Carina Surf T150||Carina Surf T170||Caldina T190||Caldina T210||Caldina T240|
|Mid-size car||Corona T150||Corona T170||Corona T190||Corona T210||Premio T240||Premio T260|
|Corona EXIV T180||Corona EXIV T200|
|Avensis T220||Avensis T250||Avensis T270|
|Camry, Vista V10||Camry, Vista V20||Camry, Vista V30||Camry, Vista V40||Camry, Vista V50|
|Scepter, Camry XV10||Camry XV20||Camry XV30||Camry XV40||Camry XV50||Camry XV70|
|Windom XV10||Windom XV20||Windom XV30|
|Aristo S147||Aristo S160|
|Mark II, Cressida, Chaser, Cresta X70||Mark II, Cressida, Chaser, Cresta X80||Mark II, Chaser, Cresta X90||Mark II, Chaser, Cresta X100||Mark II, Verossa X110||Mark X X120||Mark X X130|
|Mid-size wagon||Mark II Qualis XV20||Mark II Blit X110||Mark X Zio AA10|
|Camry Gracia XV20|
|Full-size car||Avalon XX10||Avalon XX20||Avalon XX30||Avalon XX40|
|Crown S120||Crown S130||Crown S130/S140||Crown S150||Crown S170||Crown S180||Crown S200||Crown S210|
|Celsior XF10||Celsior XF20||Celsior XF30|
|Hybrid car||Prius XW10||Prius XW11||Prius XW20||Prius XW30||Prius XW40|
|Limousine||Century G40||Century G50|
|Sport compact car||Celica A60||Celica T160||Celica T180||Celica T200||Celica T230|
|Carina T150||Carina T170||Carina T190||Carina T210||Allion T240||Allion T260|
|Carina ED T160||Carina ED T180||Carina ED T200|
|Sports car||Soarer Z10||Soarer Z20||Soarer Z30||Soarer Z40|
|Celica Supra A60||Supra A70||Supra A80|
|Roadster||MR2 W10/11||MR2 W20||MR-S W30|
|Limited edition||Toyota Sera XY10||Toyota Classic N80||Toyota Origin XG10|