TOYOTA GR YARIS TO MAKE WORLD DEBUT IN JANUARY
- New model inspired by rallying, engineered for the road
- Toyota’s second GR pure sports car, following the launch of the GR Supra
- Development signed off by Toyota Gazoo Racing Master Driver Morizo – alias Toyota President Akio Toyoda
The Toyota GR Yaris, an all-new, rally-inspired sports car, will make its world debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January.
The GR Yaris benefits from advanced technologies, knowledge and experienced gained from Toyota’s title-winning participation in the World Rally Championship (WRC) under the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) banner. It will be the second pure sports car to be launched globally by TGR, following the return of the legendary Toyota GR Supra.
The GR Yaris has completed its final development stage and a prototype was recently pushed to the limits by Akio Toyoda, Toyota’s global president, under his TGR Master Driver codename Morizo.
Toyota is using TGR motorsport activities to help create ever-better cars and build a passionate fan-following, competing in challenging events in different competition categories around the world. In 2017, it returned to the FIA World Rally Championship with the Yaris WRC (World Rally Car), going on to post five victories and secured the manufacturers’ title the following year. Its success has continued in 2019, with the team claiming both the drivers’ and co-drivers’ championships.
TGR has delivered further success in the FIA World Endurance Championship, campaigning with the Toyota TS050 Hybrid and winning the manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles in 2014 and 2018-2019. It is also leading both championships in the current 2019-2020 season.
Earlier in 2019, TGR took Toyota to its first outright victory in the gruelling Dakar Rally with a Toyota Hilux driven by the Qatari champion Nasser al-Attiyah.
Further details of the new Toyota GR Yaris will be announced in due course.