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  • 3 weeks later...

Toyota USA : GR Corolla second teaser !

Some points to note:
1. The front grill does not seem to have the squarish, bulging shape of the GR Yaris. It could be that the camo hides it quite well or not there because its still a development model.

2. The container says NA G16 GR Four...does that mean there is a NA G16 as opposed to, or in addition to, the Turbo charged G16 ?

Pics courtesy of ToyotaUSA and Creative311 for the blow-ups

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1 hour ago, iRage said:

Toyota's new EV future...
30 EV models by 2030...100% of Lexus global sales (EU,US, China ?) being EVs by 2035...interesting times ahead...
The 15 concepts that were showcased do look good...well..most of them...

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3 Sports cars and a FJ Cruiser and an EV Double Cab. Seems like the whole range is covered except for the big LC. Interesting indeed.

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15 hours ago, Gummybr said:

3 Sports cars and a FJ Cruiser and an EV Double Cab. Seems like the whole range is covered except for the big LC. Interesting indeed.

Yeah...Akio TOyoda had always kept on saying that existing EV tech does not suit a large frame SUV/Truck. O perhaps they are still in the process of developing something htat is actually viable. 

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4 hours ago, iRage said:

Yeah...Akio TOyoda had always kept on saying that existing EV tech does not suit a large frame SUV/Truck. O perhaps they are still in the process of developing something htat is actually viable. 

Maybe so, I dont think the new LC300 is well received by people just like in the below video I saw,

But then again there is a Land Cruiser type compact EV in the line up so maybe they have planned out something. Autocar says that Lexus has a full size EV in the line up a 7 seater I think.

 

On the above video its unbelievable the Australians still get the old Patrol with the old interior, but they still like the fact that its nice to drive, shame the diesel would have been a good option for Australia.

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19 hours ago, Gummybr said:

Maybe so, I dont think the new LC300 is well received by people just like in the below video I saw,

It seems to be a split as it always has been. When the 200 came out people didnt like that too but still it did quite well. Drove a diesel GR Sport...it is a much nicer car to drive (on the road) so many people actually might like it.

19 hours ago, Gummybr said:

But then again there is a Land Cruiser type compact EV in the line up so maybe they have planned out something. Autocar says that Lexus has a full size EV in the line up a 7 seater I think.

It is planned...it is just that they don't seem to have a viable solution just yet...the Tundra has a Hybrid option so since it is based onthe same platform as the Lexus LX and the LC300, it won't be too long before the LC300 gets a Hybrid option (In Japan it was mentioned 2023 ?). Just that they have not perfected it to be a full EV.

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19 hours ago, Gummybr said:

On the above video its unbelievable the Australians still get the old Patrol with the old interior, but they still like the fact that its nice to drive, shame the diesel would have been a good option for Australia.

Strange...probably they find comfort in the fact that it is old...kind of like a lot of Aussies and South Africans prefer the LC100 because the funcitons, etc..is old and they do not want to change from what they are used to :) After all even this reviewer siad he wishes Nissan keeps the Patrol as it is...and the main argument for it seems to be that it is old.

As for the Patrol...still prefer the old one much much better. Been a passenger in this one over a long drive....it just felt like an elephant wollowing along....and the car does need to be pushed hard. If not it just felt very...lazy and hazy..probably to keep the car smooth and quiet.

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The new Noah and Voxy....and their GR and Modellista kits.
Maybe I am old but I do like the Noah's looks better.
Seems to have gotten pricey...gasoline variants seem to hover around 2.9mil yen withthe Hybrids going up to 3.9ish (so nearly 4mil on road price).

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Then last year, end of November; Suzuki out of the blue released the next gen Alto. The sporty variants are not in the line up right now but might be introduced later on. Delivery started around mid December and by ealy January it already gota recall for airbags or seatbelts or something. But since then it seems to be doing okay.

Nothing new...Hybrid claims something like 27kmpl and the ene-charge something like 25kmpl...then there is TECT and Heartect...prety much their weight reducing structural rigidity enhancing method. Suzuki claims that these methods plus improvements in the suspension, etc..has made the car significantly more comfortable than the previous one. For now all the variants seem to be CVT.

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Toyota offerings at the Tokyo Auto Salon (no..I did not make it out there because of the pandemic situation here...so all pics are from friends and internet)

GRMN Yaris

After much hype...it is a bit of a let down for existing owners of the car. The GRMN is offered in 3 variants; Standard, Circuit Pack and Rally Spec GRMN Yaris. There is no power upgrade over the GR Yaris (JPN spec) except for a bit of torque increase. So where does the extra performance come from ? Well..they have reduced the weight of the car by turning it in to a 2-seater. Plus additional carbon body panels. But the biggest contributor would be the short-ration gearbox. interestingly fact most of the upgrades to the GRMN have been available as upgrades to the GR Yaris but made standard for the GRMN variant. The prices range from 7mil to 8.2 mil yen, which is 4-5mil over the rally spec GR Yaris RC grade and about 2-3 mil over the high spec GR Yaris RZ High Performance edition. the centiment amongst many is that this caters more to the performance enthusiasts who are seeking nothing but JDM exclusivity. Exclusivity ? Well only 500 will be made for the Japanese market and 50 of them will come in the exclusive grey color. The car will be sold by lottery.

The grey car is the Circuit Package and the red one the Rally Spec.

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In other news....Toyota unveiled the much anticipated GR GT3 concept. Many people were speculating that it might be the one of those things Toyota is working with Mazda because the earlier silouhette teaser images made the car look like the Mazda Vision concept. Is it ? This is supposed to be the base for their GT3 racer. Toyota's claim is that like the GR Yaris, this will be a car desgined for sports that will be adopted for street use.

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They are also showcasing the Toyota bZ4X GR Sport Concept

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Ralliart was revived in SEA a few years ago with the statement that is merely cosmetic and modest mechanical upgrade parts...well Rallart is back in Japan....have they changed their stance and moved in to tuning and building actual performance models ? We yet have to see...

Well..here is the Vision Ralliart concept...(yes the Vision was the concept base for the new Outlander)

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