The 3rd generation Toyota Vitz/Yaris was introduced in mid-2010 featuring a sportier stance, a redesigned front and a roomier interior. The new Vitz/Yaris uses a single windshield wiper instead of a pair of wipers and has its meter cluster positioned back in front of the driver and behind the wheel compared to its previous models. In European countries, the Yaris is also offered in 6-speed manual transmission for the 1.33L engine, or a CVT transmission often marketed as “7-speed MultiDrive” or “MultiDrive S”. The 7-speed refers to the possibility given to the driver to select a predefined gear ratio among 7 available, emulating a 7-speed sequential gearbox, with steering wheel levers.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing France started to build Toyota Yaris for export to the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico markets.
On 10 October 2012, Toyota recalled 7.4 million vehicles worldwide, including certain Vitz, Toyota Yaris and Corolla models, due to malfunctioning power windows. They include: 2.47 million in the United States, 1.4 million in China and 1.39 million in Europe.