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2020 Toyota GR Yaris Sold Out?

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UMW Toyota Motor has announced that the recently launched 2020 Toyota GR Yaris, one of the most highly anticipated cars of last year, has received overwhelming response, resulting in “not many units left” as we were told.

Out of the 25,000 units that were produced by Toyota, only less than 200 came to Malaysia, and out of the 200, a majority of the units have already been snapped up. The exact number of units sold was not disclosed, though.

 “When we were informed of the new Toyota GR Yaris by Toyota Motor Corporation, we knew it would have great potential in the Malaysian market, especially with the increasing motorsport and motorsport-related activities organized by UMW Toyota Motor,” said Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor.

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“The enthusiastic fans were eagerly awaiting the launch of the model and wasted no time booking one right after we launched the car on December 17, 2020. And now, just over a month since its launch, we have been receiving such overwhelming response. We thank customers for their enthusiastic support,” he said.

“Although the GR Yaris has been fast taken up, we encourage keen parties to continue to register their interest with our GR Garage Dealers nationwide,” he added.

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The extraordinary demand for the GR Yaris has also been evident in some other countries. In Australia, for example, 1,000 units were sold within just one week. A united chorus of media praise for its all-round performance has helped ignite interest as well.

Priced from RM286,896 (excluding insurance, roadtax and SST exemption), the GR Yaris has been offered only through a limited number of dealerships with the GR Garage. This is a dedicated sales channel for GR (GAZOO Racing) products such as the GR Supra, GR Yaris and Vios GR-Sport as well as performance items.

The Toyota GR Yaris

The Toyota GR Yaris, which is essentially a rally car that has been tweaked for the road, is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre 3-cylinder engine that produces 261 PS and 360 Nm of torque.

Paired to the engine is a 6-speed manual gearbox with i-MT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) function that detects the driver’s shifting operation and matches the engine speed to provide a smooth and comfortable shift feel.

toyota gr yaris

Another highlight is that the Toyota GR Yaris is fitted with an all-new full-time four-wheel drive system (GR-Four), which is the first to be developed since the four-wheel drive system in the Toyota GT-4 some 20 years ago.

The GR-Four system distributes power between the front and rear axle via a high response coupling and an electronically controlled multi-plate type clutch that manages the power split between the front and rear wheels.

toyota gr yaris

There are three driving modes to choose from – Normal, Sport, and Track modes. While torque is split 60:40 front to rear in Normal mode, Sport mode sees the torque being split 30:70. Meanwhile in Track mode, torque is distributed 50:50.

Since the version offered in Malaysia is the top of the line Performance Pack Edition, the GR Yaris also gets Torsen limited slip differential (LSD), beefier suspension, 18-inch forged BBS Alloy Wheels, as well as Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing GR010 Hybrid Hypercar Revealed

Toyota GR010 Hybrid

Toyota Gazoo Racing just launched its all-new GR010 Hybrid Le Mans Hypercar, which will be competing in the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

The reigning World Champions and three-time Le Mans winners will defend those titles against new manufacturer competitors using a racing version of the upcoming hypercar road car, featuring powertrain technology developed in the TS050 Hybrid and highlighted via new Racing Hybrid branding.

The GR010 Hybrid is a prototype racer developed over the last 18 months in partnership by engineers at the team’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany and the electric hybrid powertrain experts at Higashi-Fuji in Japan.

Toyota Gazoo Racing GR010 Hybrid

The GR010 Hybrid incorporates a four-wheel drive racing hybrid powertrain, with a 3.5litre V6 twin turbo engine, providing 680PS to the rear wheels and combining with a 272PS motor generator unit, developed by Aisin and Denso, on the front axle.

Total output is capped at 680PS, meaning the GR010 Hybrid’s sophisticated electronics reduce engine power according to the amount of hybrid boost deployed.

The striking new look of the racing prototype reflects the appearance of its inspiration, the GR Super Sport hypercar which made its public debut during a demonstration run and ceremonial trophy return at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours and is currently in development.

To mark this new era for Toyota Gazoo Racing, a new livery includes the iconic GR lettering to indicate the strong link between race and road cars.

As part of a cost-cutting initiative incorporated in the regulations, the new GR010 Hybrid is 162kg heavier and with 32% less power than its TS050 Hybrid predecessor, with Le Mans lap times expected to be around 10 secondss slower. It also has bigger dimensions – 250mm longer, 100mm wider, and 100mm taller.

Toyota Gazoo Racing GR010 Hybrid

For the first time since the beginning of its WEC project, Toyota Gazoo Racing will participate without a rear motor generator unit (MGU), with the single permitted MGU located on the front axle. This means a starter motor must be fitted on the GR010 Hybrid while fully hydraulic rear brakes are also required.

Since the new technical regulations permit only a single homologated bodywork package with only one adjustable aerodynamic device, the GR010 Hybrid will therefore compete in the same specification at both low and high downforce circuits, with an adjustable rear wing modifying the aerodynamic characteristics.

For the first time, the top class of WEC and Le Mans will feature a balance of performance, meaning organisers will modify the performance of each car on a race-by-race basis, regulating energy usage and weight, targeting identical performance potential from each Le Mans Hypercar.

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Toyota GR Yaris VS Honda Civic Type R – Which is the Ultimate JDM Hot Hatch?

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Following the government’s announcement that the SST exemption will go on until June 2021, came the interesting news that the most anticipated car of the year after the Proton X50 – the 2020 Toyota GR Yaris, is about RM12,000 cheaper now, at RM286,896.

Dubbed as the “ultimate modern JDM hot hatch” by many excited purists and enthusiasts, the Toyota GR Yaris, which is limited to less than 200 units in Malaysia, was actually priced at RM299,900, which is about the same as the car that is also known as the “king of modern JDM hot hatches” – the FK8 Honda Civic Type R.

So, which is one is it? Let us put both of them side-by-side and see what they have to offer, shall we?

toyota gr yaris

First – the Toyota GR Yaris, which is essentially a rally car that has been tweaked for the road, powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre 3-cylinder engine that produces 261 PS and 360 Nm of torque.

toyota gr yaris

Paired to the engine is a 6-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching, a full-time four-wheel drive system, an electronically controlled multi-plate type clutch, a Torsen limited slip differential (LSD), beefier suspension, 18-inch forged BBS Alloy Wheels, as well as Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

toyota gr yaris

Weighing just 1,280kg, the GR Yaris is fitted with various lightweight components like the roof made of a new forged (rather than woven) carbon material and C-SMC (carbon sheet moulding compound), aluminium doors, thin-sheet steel wings, as well as light and strong high-tensile steels in critical areas.

toyota gr yaris

Stopping power comes in the form of 356 mm ventilated two-piece brake discs with a four-piston red aluminium GR calipers at the front, and 297 mm ventilated discs with a two-piston aluminium red GR calipers at the rear. The GR Yaris is also fitted with a mechanical hand-operated parking brake for extreme cornering in rally stage driving.

toyota gr yaris

As for the Civic Type R, power comes courtesy of a 2.0-litre VTEC turbo engine producing 310 PS and 400 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox, helical LSD with cornering aid, as well as automatic rev-matching that can be turned off.

Stopping power is supplied by Brembo four-piston callipers, 350 mm front ventilated discs, and 305 mm discs in the rear. In terms of weight, the Civic Type R weighs exactly 100 kg more than the GR Yaris at 1,380 kg.

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In terms of performance, the less powerful yet lighter GR Yaris is actually able to sprint from naught to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the bigger and heavier Civic Type R, which does it in 5.7 seconds.

So, when it comes to downright straight line quarter-mile sprint, the Toyota is actually the winner here, but what about corners and twisty bits?

honda civic type r fk8

Looking at the specifications list, it seems like the GR Yaris once again has the upper hand as it has something very vital which the Civic Type R lacks – an all-wheel drive system which simply translates to more grip. Plus, the GR is 100kg lighter, and has a shorter wheelbase as well as overall length, which usually means better handling.  

That being said, the Toyota GR Yaris here looks like it is the better car when it comes to downright performance. However, sometimes it is more than just the driver’s seat. Where the Civic Type R wins is in terms of practicality, as it is a spacious four-door car that is comfortable enough to be used as a family car.

The GR Yaris however is obviously less family-friendly as it is a two-door hatchback with very limited rear seat space. The boot is also much smaller than the Civic Type R. Comfort wise, both cars come with comfortable and supportive seats, and the level of noise, vibration, and harshness is low in both cars as well.

If we are compare the cost of ownership, the Toyota GR Yaris should be asking for less, thanks to the 1.6-litre engine which means cheaper road tax, and also the smaller tyres (18-inch VS 20-inch).

Last but not the least we have the design of both cars. While the Honda Civic Type R would appeal to those who want something visually super-loud, the Toyota GR Yaris is actually designed to go much easier on the eye, with so much lesser happening than the Civic Type R.

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If at all you end up reading this article and feel like purchasing one of the above, those who wish for the GR Yaris can drop by selected Toyota showrooms around the country and check if it is still available.

As for the Honda Civic Type R, we have a bit of a bad news for you as the car is no longer listed in the company’s official website. This could mean two things – either you will have to wait for the new one, or just get a used one.

Either way, both machines are worth every sen they ask for (if you can afford them) as they are arguably the most exciting modern Japanese hot-hatches at the moment, that are without a doubt – future classics.

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The Toyota Vios GR-S is More Than a Vios with Bodykit

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In addition to the GR Yaris, UMW Toyota Motor also announced the introduction of the Toyota Vios GR-Sport last night.

Contrary to popular belief, the Vios GR-Sport here is not just a Vios with an aggressive bodykit, but essentially a more refined version of the actual Vios Challenge race car.

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Powered by the same 1.5L NR Dual VVT-i engine as the regular Vios which makes 107 PS and 140 Nm of torque, the main highlight of the Vios GR-S is that it gets a 10-speed CVT with paddle shifters, versus the regular Vios’ CVT with 7 virtual ratios. The car also gets a “sports-tuned” suspension for better handling.

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According to UMWT, the 10-speed CVT offers a more spirited drive, better start up, and quicker acceleration through tight corners. It is said that this new configuration also allows the car to be more responsive by sustaining higher RPM range for better throttle response especially for overtaking and re-acceleration.

Engineered and produced locally at UMWT’s plant in Bukit Raja, the Vios GR-S is the third Gazoo Racing model in Malaysia after the GR Supra and the GR Yaris. At the moment, Malaysia is the only country in the world to have the Vios GR-S.

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 Key exterior features include the GR Sport badge, an aggressive aerokit that comprises a sculpted front bumper similar to the GR Yaris, a rear bumper diffuser, a blacked out boot spoiler, side skirts and blacked out side mirrors. The car also gets a set of blacked-out 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 205/45R17 low profile tyres.

Inside, the Vios GR-S gets black suede and leather sports seats with red stitching, GR logo on the head rests, a three-spoke leather steering wheel, leather shift lever knob, and GR embossed floor carpets.

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Last but not the least, we have the Gazoo Racing “GR” logo on the push start button, and a red Optitron meter panel with red needles, and GR animation on the 4.2-inch inch Multi-Information Display.

“What Toyota has done with the Vios GR-S is to take it to another level. It is not the run-of-the-mill special edition cars produced in Malaysia that normally focuses only on body kits, wheels and tyres, and interior enhancements.”

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“The Vios GR-S was developed to incorporate the essence of Gazoo Racing with the focus on developing a car with exceptional driving pleasure at a particular price point. A lot of thought went into the developing a car that is worthy of wearing the GR badge, and for the price, you are actually getting a lot of car,” said the GR Ambassador and two-time Vios Challenge champion Tengku Djan Ley Tengku Mahaleel.

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Available in two colour choices (Platinum White Pearl, Red Mica Metallic), the Toyota Vios GR-S is priced at RM97,500 on-the-road without insurance.

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Toyota GR Yaris Arrives in Malaysia – 200 Units, RM299,000

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The Proton X50 may have been the most anticipated car launch of the year, but what Toyota unveiled last night was without a doubt, the most exciting car to be introduced in Malaysia in a very long time. Ladies and gents, say hello to the Toyota GR Yaris.  

toyota gr yaris rear

Priced at RM299,000 on the road without insurance and road tax, the Toyota GR Yaris, which is essentially a rally car that has been tweaked for the road, is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre 3-cylinder engine that produces 261 PS and 360 Nm of torque.

toyota gr yaris engine

Paired to the engine is a 6-speed manual gearbox with i-MT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) function that detects the driver’s shifting operation and matches the engine speed to provide a smooth and comfortable shift feel.

toyota gr yaris

Another highlight is that the Toyota GR Yaris is fitted with an all-new full-time four-wheel drive system (GR-Four), which is the first to be developed since the four-wheel drive system in the Toyota GT-4 some 20 years ago.

The GR-Four system distributes power between the front and rear axle via a high response coupling and an electronically controlled multi-plate type clutch that manages the power split between the front and rear wheels.

There are three driving modes to choose from – Normal, Sport, and Track modes. While torque is split 60:40 front to rear in Normal mode, Sport mode sees the torque being split 30:70. Meanwhile in Track mode, torque is distributed 50:50.

Since the version offered in Malaysia is the top of the line Performance Pack Edition, the GR Yaris also gets Torsen limited slip differential (LSD), beefier suspension, 18-inch forged BBS Alloy Wheels, as well as Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

Built on a unique platform combining Toyota’s new GA-B platform (from the new generation Yaris hatchback) and a rear section adapted from the GA-C platform (used for the Corolla and C-HR), the GR Yaris is the first production model to built at the bespoke GR factory at Motomachi, Japan – the same facility responsible for building the Lexus LFA supercar.

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd is also offering an Early Bird Package that will see buyers of the GR Yaris receiving an exclusive helmet bag, a GR Yaris scale model and undergoing a GR Yaris Driving Experience in 2021, the combined package of which is worth RM5,000.

toyota gr yaris seats

Weighing just 1,280kg, the GR Yaris is fitted with various lightweight components like the roof made of a new forged (rather than woven) carbon material and C-SMC (carbon sheet moulding compound), aluminium doors, thin-sheet steel wings, as well as light and strong high-tensile steels in critical areas.

Stopping power comes in the form of 356 mm ventilated two-piece brake discs with a four-piston red aluminium GR calipers at the front, and 297 mm ventilated discs with a two-piston aluminium red GR calipers at the rear. The GR Yaris is also fitted with a mechanical hand-operated parking brake for extreme cornering in rally stage driving.

toyota gr yaris speedometer

On the exterior, key features include a large opening at the front which takes the shape of the radiator, LED lights, vertical intakes on both sides of the front bumper to cool the brakes, tapered roof and rear pillars, and a high-mounted GR spoiler.

Inside, the GR Yaris comes with leather sports seats with red stitching in front, all-black leather seats in the rear, a bespoke GR leather steering wheel, black and smoke silver trim on the door handles, side air vents and centre console, as well as drilled aluminium pedals.

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The list of standard equipment on the hand includes a 4.2-inch TFT colour multi-information display (MID) with an all-wheel drive indicator, a Head-up display (HUD), a 7” inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker audio system.

Also standard are the dual zone automatic climate control air-conditioning, electrochromic mirror rear view mirror, electric power steering (EPS), a smart entry system, a push start button with a GR emblem, and power windows with (Auto Up / Down with Jam Protection).  

toyota gr yaris driving

There is also an engine sound enhancement system that transmits engine sound into the cabin to make things more exciting for the driver and occupants.

Where safety is concerned, the GR Yaris comes with 6 airbags, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), automatic retractable wing mirrors, automatic wipers with rain sensor, DVR, rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitor system (TPMS), ISOFIX, an intrusion sensor, and Toyota’s premium security and solar film window tint.

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The car also comes with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction control (TRC) with Expert mode, ABS, Brake Assist, EBD, and Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) features that include a Pre-Crash System (PCS); Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC); Lane Departure Alert (LDA); Lane Tracing Assist (LTA); and Auto High Beam (AHB). Vehicle Telematics System is available as an optional accessory.

Fully-backed by a five-year warranty program, only 200 units of the Toyota GR Yaris will be available for our market, in three colour choices –  Platinum White Pearl, Emotional Red 2, and Precious Black.

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Toyota Vios Challenge Season 3 Concluded, Champions Crowned

Toyota has officially concluded Season 3 of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival and Toyota Vios Challenge which was cut-short no thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tengku Djan Ley Tengku Mahaleel was crowned as the overall champion of the Super Sporting class for professional drivers, while 16-year-old Hayden Haikal won the Sporting class for amateur drivers. Last but not least, TV personality Shawn Lee won the Promotional class for celebrity racers.

Having completed 75% of the series or three of the planned four rounds, the finale of Malaysia’s premier street racing series was originally scheduled for April 17-19 at the Sepang International Circuit.

However, the race was cancelled with the announcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) and the advice against holding any public activities and gatherings until the end of the year.

According to Toyota, the final results were made after careful deliberation in adherence to and consistent with all provisions underlined by the technical and sporting regulations of the championship, and in discussion with the Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM), Malaysia’s governing body for motorsports.

The decision was also consistent with the best practices of other international motor-racing events.

Moving forward, UMW Toyota Motor said that season 4 will be an entirely different experience, offering racers, teams and participating dealers not only an enhanced racing format but also prize and reward structures.

The company also said that the Toyota Gazoo Racing spirit will extend beyond the Toyota Vios Challenge and provide racers with additional racing programs to compete in, such as the TGR e-Racing among others.

Summing up the season, President of UMW Toyota Motor, Ravindran K. said that the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival and Toyota Vios Challenge has grown from strength to strength to fulfill the company’s three key objectives: to bring motorsports and Toyota’s racing spirit to the masses; to elevate Malaysian motorsports by introducing the concept of racing on street circuits; and successfully demonstrating the performance, reliability and durability of its vehicle to perform under extreme conditions.

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