As a follow up to the story a few posts below, according to a post on Yarisworld.com, a Toyota representative has apparently confirmed that the U.S. Toyota Yaris five-door will NOT be available with a manual transmission; only an automatic.
According to the rep, it's because of "slow take rates" on manual versions.
Although I understand, it's disappointing for anyone that wanted a five-door and wanted to shift their own gears.
EDIT: I should've noted to begin with: The supposed "confirmation" of this info depends on whether the poster on Yarisworld.com is a bona-fide Toyota representative. Although I brought this point up on Yarisworld, I did not here. I guess it's one of those Internet things: You just never know who's who. Thanks to D2M for bringing this point up.
Additionally, Toyota has released a couple of new colors for the 2009 Liftback including "Yellow Jolt," "Zephyr Blue Metallic," and "Blue Streak Metallic."
The 2009 refresh includes several other chagnes including a revised front fascia, restyled S-trim body kit, and a few interior revisions.
Yarisworld.com 2009 Yaris Thread
Toyota Flicker Account