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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-19-2017, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Toyota GR Is Not Holding Back



Toyota has launched a new sub-brand called GR and the performance division plans to release an extensive lineup of performance models following the Yaris GRMN.
Probably tired of their reputation as a producer of beigemobiles and utility vehicles, Toyota is now attempting to distance themselves by revealing their plans to release a "new sports car series”.

Sitting at the very top of their lineup are GRMN models, which will feature a plethora of performance upgrades including engine enhancements. One step below is the GR series with every upgrade available aside from the engine; upgraded brakes, suspension, rolling stock, exhaust, limited slip differentials, aero and interior equipment. Then there’s the GR Sport models, mostly equipped with cosmetic upgrades and some suspension tuning, but GR Parts will be available to purchase separately so Sport owners won’t be left out.

Unfortunately, North America may not see these GR models anytime soon. “Toyota's launching new performance models at each level for the Japanese Domestic Market,” says CarScoops.
Europe is already getting the Yaris GRMN, but there was not mention of North America.

Hopefully Toyota’s GR models will be sold globally in the future as there’s plenty to look forward to including the Yaris in GRMN, GR, and GR Sport specs. The Prius, Lexus RX, Mark X sedan, Voxy and Noah will also be launched with GR Sport upgrades.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-20-2017, 01:18 PM
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Such a missed opportunity if they're not releasing those performance models in North America. There's a new surge for performance models, especially hot hatches and some are even willing to pay a premium for them.
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Such a missed opportunity if they're not releasing those performance models in North America. There's a new surge for performance models, especially hot hatches and some are even willing to pay a premium for them.
There will be a bit of a different approach but they should be able to use some of the same components. Toyota wants to consolidate platforms, so for us it might be a GRMN CUV rather than a hatch. Lots of parts can get carried over.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-04-2017, 02:42 PM
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Apparently the GRMN models will be released under the TRD badge, so I assume everything else is the same aside from its lettering. That's great news for everyone, but now it's a matter of how long it'll take Toyota to release it there.
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Apparently the GRMN models will be released under the TRD badge, so I assume everything else is the same aside from its lettering. That's great news for everyone, but now it's a matter of how long it'll take Toyota to release it there.
But that's the whole point, GRMN is GRMN, nothing else. But we might see a GRMN with TRD accessories. It wouldn't make the slightest of sense for TRD to launch the GRMN. TRD can only slot in as an accessories provider.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-26-2017, 01:16 PM
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Too bad it’s a limited-run vehicle that is only being sold in Japan and Europe. Even if GRMN starts selling their models in North America later down the road, production of the Yaris GRMN would have ended already and be out of customers' reach.
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