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Old 05-21-2020, 10:41 AM   #51
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Old 05-21-2020, 05:12 PM   #53
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It's small.
It looks obnoxious.
It has 2 doors.
It has a manual, AWD, and more power than necessary.
There is some kind of connection to rally racing.

Of course we're not getting this in the USA. How many would they have to sell to make up for the regulation compliance, the supply chain expansion, training the dealers and mechanics, etc, etc. They're only going to make as many as they have to to qualify for homo.

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Old 09-02-2020, 07:30 AM   #54
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Among carmakers, Toyota sets the standard when it comes to actually making cars. Its production methods have been studied closely and copied widely in the auto industry and beyond, so when it rolls out a new production system, it's a big deal. Automotive News ( I posted the article below ForYa) has a story on how Toyota is building the new rally homologation special GR Yaris, and it's quite unlike any other Toyota product.

At the new Gazoo Racing Motomachi factory—where Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda kicked off a media event by driving a GR Yaris through a particleboard wall while a band played Deep Purple's Highway Star—workers are grouped in cells and move cars from station to station on dollies. The GR Yaris is quite different than regular Yaris models, so lots of extra attention and hand craftsmanship is required. The Motomachi factory is designed to build more than just the GR Yaris, and we're really hoping that means something that'll come stateside.


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Toyota's new factory idea for small-batch production
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TOYOTA CITY, Japan — In its quest to build ever-better cars, Toyota says it also needs ever-better factories. That is the thinking behind the newly christened GR Factory that celebrated its first vehicle line-off last week here near Toyota Motor Corp.'s global headquarters.

The boutique workshop occupies a corner of Toyota's Motomachi assembly plant campus and is dedicated to churning out low-batch, high-performance vehicles for the Gazoo Racing line.

The enterprise, which makes the GR Yaris "super hot hatch," is an integral part of Toyota's effort to deliver on President Akio Toyoda's promise to earn fun-to-drive street cred.

Automotive News was the first international media outlet allowed to visit the new factory, which entered production this year. The GR Factory draws inspiration from the carmaker's Gazoo Racing team with a dedicated line producing sports cars for the company's GR performance subbrand.

The factory employs numerous new manufacturing technologies for low-volume output of niche vehicles, without losing money. It relies on a rare mix of high-skilled human labor and high-tech automation.

"We have a mission to make excellent specialized vehicles," Toyoda said at the ceremony, where he drove a new hot rod Yaris through a particleboard wall in a stunt to the strains of Deep Purple's "Highway Star" performed by an employee rock band.

Key is the use of work cells, instead of a conveyor-driven line. The cells can be increased or decreased as demand fluctuates. Veteran workers assigned to each cell handle multiple processes in quick succession more efficiently than on a mass-volume line.

Cars are shuffled between stations by workers pulling them on dollies or by automated guided vehicles.

Production focuses on delivering ultra-rigid bodies with exacting precision — an extra 11 meters (36 feet) of glue is added to stiffen the body, while an additional 250 spot welds are made by hand. Some 314 workers swarm the pint-size factory.

Toyota scouted its best assembly line workers from other plants for the job. These so-called takumi master craftspeople lend an extra touch of quality and efficiency.

The GR Yaris is a 268-hp subcompact developed from Gazoo Racing's entry in the World Rally Championship series. It will be sold in Japan, Australia and certain European nations and has 7,000 preorders. But the GR Yaris was deemed too small for the U.S. market.

Toyoda said other GR offerings eventually will land stateside, but he declined to elaborate. The GR moniker has been applied to Toyota's top-tier sports car in the U.S., the GR Supra. Toyota also has hinted at possible GR treatment for the Corolla.

Toyota traditionally took street cars and adapted them to professional racing, Toyoda said. But the GR Yaris was conceived with racing in mind first.

Toyoda, the company's "master driver," still straps in for the track. He even kicked off a new racing team with his son Daisuke, called Rookie Racing in honor of the family's pet terrier, the unofficial Gazoo mascot. Toyoda, now 64, will pilot a GR Yaris around Fuji Speedway in a 24-hour endurance race in September.
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Alright, every American listen up! I've got a diet and exercise plan for you, PM me and we'll hash out details as they apply specifically to you and your diet preferences.

Tip#1 that applies to everyone: don't fill the 18 cupholders in your massive SUV with soda, try water out for a change.
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Old 09-02-2020, 11:11 AM   #56
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GR factory.. I should visit there next time I'm in Japan. Something to look forward to.. Japan is a boring place these days just filled which stupid Chinese tourists.

I miss the good old days when Akihabara sold very cool Walkmans no one saw outside of Japan.
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Old 09-02-2020, 11:39 AM   #57
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Alright, every American listen up! I've got a diet and exercise plan for you, PM me and we'll hash out details as they apply specifically to you and your diet preferences.

Tip#1 that applies to everyone: don't fill the 18 cupholders in your massive SUV with soda, try water out for a change.
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But the GR Yaris was deemed too small for the U.S. market.
Just more salt in the wound.
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the costs for developing an american single seater GR were too high
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Just more salt in the wound.
All the salt the internet can produce.
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the costs for developing an american single seater GR were too high

"not large enough for the American market". LMAO. It's plenty big enough for us that don't live via drive thru corporate chain fast food restaurants. Your chill-rens can fit in a trailer towed behind it





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All the salt the internet can produce.

Yep. Oh wow, finally a homologation WRC car! Finally! Nah, you can't have it! I wonder if these same a holes have ever seen a Miata, or 86?
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