The rally version is in trouble as FIA has changed the details of the guideline for 2022. Remains to be seen how this will unfold.
AUTOhebdo.fr: Mäkinen : « Nous espérions prendre la Yaris 2021 pour 2022 »
Google translated from the original french interview :
If the racing version will be short lived it doesn't bode a long production run for the road car either. Instant collectors car.... Why did you launch a car that should only be used for one season before the arrival of a hybrid WRC?
We have to see how the new regulations will evolve. Initially, with what had been decided by the world commission, there was not a lot of changes to make between the car of 2021 and that of 2022. We hoped to take the Yaris WRC 2021 to develop that of 2022. However , it appears that there are discussions again and that does not seem good. We are really very disappointed.
That is to say that you could not use this Yaris 2021 for 2022? Would you have to develop yet another car?
The 2022 regulations seemed very close to those of 2021 except for the installation of batteries and the hybridization system. That would have required us to modify only part of the car… but now we are wondering. The issue has been reopened and we have no idea whether it will be good or not. I have no idea what that means. What I do know, however, is that to develop an entirely new WRC for 2022, the deadline is very short. The 2021 version takes many things from the current one. There are several elements and subjects common to the two cars and yet it took us a long time to build the 2021. If we were to achieve a completely new WRC, I think we would have to get even more resources and I don't know where we could find them ...
Interview by Loïc Rocci
TL;DR: The fun is over, this is now a Prius thread.
I have a kneejerk reaction that this is bad news and agree with Fifi who left the comment in the linked article:
Cest ça réduire les coups
Une hybridation débile
La mort du rallye a petit feu
Don't know really how this is going to play out though, supposedly lower cost is part of the equation and attempts to get more manufacturers participating in WRC?
I just pray they never go full electric,
what a drag that would be...
the clickniks actually have a decent Yaris related article concerning pricing:
+ nice UK advert posted today too:
Note sure if it was mentioned but Europe got a cool Yaris GRMS a while ago. Very cool supercharged variant. FANTASTIC reviews. Another cool hatch we do not have.
https://youtu.be/o2wEdWngL0o - VERY interesting result vs Civic Type R
A very limited production vehicle.
Had many questions about it which still remain unanswered...
AutoBild mentions it here:
Toyota put a lot of effort into the GR Yaris . The powerful turbo three-cylinder engine and the all-wheel drive were newly developed especially for the power dwarf. With 261 hp and 350 Nm, the three-door car is significantly stronger than its predecessor, the Yaris GRMN . Nevertheless, it will only cost a good 3000 euros more than its predecessor!
GR-4 = €33,200