Toyota is once again opening the order books for the GR Yaris, but precious few are coming.
Orders reopen on November 10 for an allocation of just 160 vehicles for the next 12 months. On the same day, Toyota will also open orders for the new GR Supra manual.
The small GR Yaris allocation is unlikely to satisfy pent-up demand, especially given Toyota Australia paused GR Yaris orders all the way back in July 2021, just months after its local introduction.
It’s also considerably less than the 500 units Toyota Australia has secured of the new GR Corolla for 2023, or the 1100 units of the new GR86 coupe.
Toyota Australia says it paused GR Yaris orders last year to support the delivery of the first batch, and has since fulfilled all of those orders.
It says “the number of orders able to be taken by dealers will match their given allocation over the next 12 months”, warning customers not all dealers will have a vehicle available to order.
As with the GR Corolla, customers can make expressions of interest in the GR Yaris, which will retain the same pricing as before the order pause.
The range opens at $49,500 before on-road costs for the standard GR Yaris, with the more track-focused GR Yaris Rallye priced from $54,500 before on-roads.
Both variants are largely unchanged. The Rallye loses its individually numbered build plaques but gains new Glacier White, Tarmac Black and Feverish Red exterior finishes which join the existing Frosted Pearl White.
The GR Yaris range continues to use a turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 200kW of power and 370Nm of torque, sent through a six-speed manual transmission to all four wheels. For reference, the GR Corolla uses the same powertrain, but produces an extra 20kW.
“When we first launched the GR Yaris, we believed it would generate plenty of interest but even we were surprised at the phenomenal level of customer demand,” said Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia’s vice president of sales, marketing and franchise operations.
“So we have worked hard with our parent company in Japan over the past 12 months to secure these additional 160 vehicles.
“Together with the GR Supra, recently launched GR86 and forthcoming GR Corolla, we have the most exciting family of performance cars ever available in our line-up,” he said.
It’ll display its entire GR line at the Repco Bathurst 1000 from October 6 to 10, which will also be the first opportunity for locals to see the GR Corolla ahead of its launch in the first quarter of 2023.
While it has released pricing for the GR Supra manual, GR Corolla pricing remains unknown. Conversely, we know exactly how many GR Corollas Toyota will import next year, but not how many GR Supras.
Toyota has been battling tight supply across its range in Australia. The company has previously apologised to customers for the long wait times afflicting its most popular models.
It quotes lead times of up to 24 months on cars like the RAV4 Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, and LandCruiser 300 Series.
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