UPDATE, November 26, 2020: Toyota Australia's vice-president of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, has confirmed that the company's request for additional GR Yaris stock will be fulfilled during the second half of 2021.
Those additional cars, as they arrive, won't be subject to the kind of drive-away pricing affecting the initial allocation however. While customers will be able to negotiate their final price with dealers, the full retail price of $49,500 plus on-road costs will be applied without national drive-away deals.
The number of vehicles allocated in the next shipment, and a more accurate arrival date, are yet to be confirmed, with more info expected as cars get closer to arriving.
The latest price update applies only to the regular GR Yaris, with the upcoming GR Yaris Rallye edition subject to its own initial $56,200 drive-away offer before reverting to full retail pricing of $54,500 before on-road costs.
November 19, 2020: The Toyota GR Yaris has sold the first allocation of 1100 cars and executives in Australia are now scrambling to secure a new round of production in the second half of next year.
When Toyota Australia announced a promotional price of $39,950 drive-away for the first 1000 cars, it expected stock would carry the brand for a year. Instead, the first 1000 cars sold out in one week.
Toyota then allocated a further 100 vehicles at $44,950 drive-away, however they took less than a month to clear.
There may be a handful of cars in dealerships – or coming into stock – that are not accounted for, after deals fell over.
However, as far as Toyota Australia is concerned, the first 1100 GR Yaris cars are spoken for – and it is now negotiating with Japan for a new production allocation for the second half of next year.
The sell-out of the first 1100 examples does not include the 250 Toyota GR Yaris Rallye editions.
Dealers have been told the price for the track-focused model will be announced on 26 November, however Toyota Australia is yet to confirm the timing or the price.
Last week CarAdvice reported that internal dealer pricing showed the Toyota GR Yaris Rallye was listed at $49,950 plus on-road costs, and was estimated to be between $53,500 and $53,900 drive-away.
However, Toyota sources have since indicated this holding price may have been put into the system in error.
A statement issued today by Toyota Australia said: "Extraordinary demand ... has resulted in the stock available at special offer prices being fully subscribed".