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Production of the GR Yaris performance hatch is under way at a brand-new Toyota Gazoo Racing facility in Motomachi, Japan.

07 Sep 2020 | International News : Japan


Production of the GR Yaris is currently under way at a brand new Toyota Gazoo Racing facility in Japan. The first car has already come off the line, bringing the hotly anticipated 'homologation special' model another step closer to customers around the world.

A return to sports car production has given Toyota engineers the opportunity to redesign the assembly process specifically for the GR Yaris, a car that has been developed directly from the company's championship-winning success at the top flight of international rallying. Toyota Gazoo Racing has established a new GR production centre within Toyota's famous Motomachi factory, dedicated to producing GR sports cars

The 1.6-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine in the GR Yaris will deliver 257bhp and 360Nm of torque
The facility comprises a series of individual assembly cells, connected by automatic guided vehicles rather than the conveyors featured in conventional car plants. This method of working enables production of the highly rigid bodies sports cars require and assembly to a high degree of accuracy - qualities that are challenging to achieve on standard, high-volume lines.

True to its commitment to people development, Toyota Gazoo Racing has brought together highly skilled takumi technicians from throughout the company, team members who are renowned for their exceptional craftsmanship. They will contribute to the craftsmanship and technical skills training the GR factory will provide for workers at other Toyota facilities.

The GR Yaris is a unique sports car, built on a new platform and powered by an all new 1.6-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 257bhp and 360Nm of torque. The GR Yaris is equipped with a bespoke GR-Four all-wheel drive system developed directly from Toyota Gazoo Racing's competition experience. Beyond just being powerful, it also is lightweight, tipping the scales at just 1,280kg, helping to deliver a 5.5 second zero to 100km/h sprint time.

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