The Toyota Ractis is a subcompact car produced by the Japanese automakers Toyota and Kanto Auto Works. It is a five-seated vehicle based on the Vitz, and was introduced in October 2005 as the successor of the Yaris Verso. The name "Ractis" derives from "Run", "Activity" and "Space". Although the car offered a lot of space and practicality, it did not sell that well. The first generation was originally only sold in Japan. Sales in Hong Kong started from October 2009.
The second generation Ractis was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show as the Toyota Verso-S.The introduction of the Verso-S will mark the re-entry of Toyota into the European B-MPV segment. When it hits the market, the Verso-S will have the shortest overall length of any MPV in its class in Europe. The Verso-S will be available with a choice of two engines, a 1.33-liter gasoline unit or a 1.4-liter D-4D turbo diesel, both mated to a standard 6-speed manual gearbox. The gasoline engine may also be equipped with an optional, Multidrive S, continuously variable transmission, which features a 7-speed, sequential paddle shift mode.
The petrol model delivers a combined fuel economy of 5.5 lt/100 km [42.8 mpg US] and CO2 emissions of 127 g/km, and the diesel model, 4.3 lt/100 km [54.7 mpg US] and 113 g/km respectively.Top Gear, the car magazine, reviewed the car and criticized it for its whiny engine and for unoriginality.