Toyota last week introduced a new compact hatchback called the 'ist' in Japan. The new model shares the Vitz/Yaris/Echo platform and is 3,855mm long, 1,695mm wide and 1,530mm tall on a 2,370mm wheelbase and comes with a 64kW 1.3-litre petrol engine or a 1.5-litre unit developing 80kW with front wheel drive or 77kW with four-wheel drive. The only transmission offered in Japan is a four-speed automatic.