Toyota Australia has put in an urgent call to Japan for a larger allocation of the GR Yaris and limited-edition GR Yaris Rallye in the next production run – after both models sold out within days of going on sale last year.
The first 1000 examples of the regular Toyota GR Yaris sold out within a week when the company announced an introductory price of $39,950 drive-away. A further 200 vehicles sold out within a month, when the price increased to $44,950 drive-away.
In addition, a further 200 examples of the Toyota GR Yaris Rallye ‘track pack’ were exhausted almost immediately after its price of $56,200 drive-away was announced.
The chronic shortage left Toyota dealers nationally with hundreds of upset customers who missed out on the first batch.
In an update issued after this story was published, Toyota said it has "over 2200 orders including both GR Yaris and GR Yaris Rallye".
While many Toyota GR Yaris models have already been delivered, deliveries of the Rallye edition were due to commence from this month.
In an attempt to ease the backlog, Toyota has made a formal request to Japan for a larger allocation in the next production slot which is scheduled later this year.
Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia’s vice president of sales and marketing, told CarAdvice today: “It’s very accurate to say we are seeking to get further cars in the second half of this year both of the GR Yaris and the Rallye edition.”
However, Mr Hanley said while the initial allocation of cars is being delivered now, “there will be a slightly longer waiting time”.
“If you order a car today you’re looking at delivery in 2022,” said Mr Hanley during the media preview drive in Canberra.
The following day Toyota – after this story was published – Toyota added: "Based on our current supply schedule, we are expecting more than 2000 ... orders will be fulfilled in 2021, with a small percentage to be fulfilled in early 2022. We encourage all customers to contact their local dealer for the most up to date information on delivery timing for their vehicle."
Prices for the next batch will return to the full RRP of $49,500 plus on-road costs for the regular model and $54,500 plus on-road costs for the Rallye. Add about $3000 to $4000 to both RRPs to get the new drive-away prices.
While the Toyota GR Yaris is unlikely to be in "free supply" it is not a limited edition, the company said, even though the Rallye models are numbered.
“GR Yaris and GR Yaris will not be in ‘free supply’ in the way that we traditionally (sell) vehicles," said Mr Hanley "(but) it is not a limited edition. We have allocated production slots."
While approximately 1200 examples of the standard GR Yaris and 200 examples of the Rallye were sold in the first allocation in Australia, the second batch would be determined by market demand – hinting that more Rallye editions would follow next time around.
Both types of Toyota GR Yaris have the same performance from their identical turbocharged three-cylinder engine (200kW/370Nm), which testing by CarAdvice has shown can complete the 0-100km/h dash in 5.2 seconds with an aggressive 5000rpm launch start.
The Toyota GR Yaris Rallye gains even lighter 18-inch forged alloy wheels, sticky Michelin tyres, and front and rear limited-slip differentials to provide better traction and grip out of corners. It also has functional brake cooling ducts.
CarAdvice is attending the media preview drive of the Toyota GR Yaris Rallye in Canberra today. Drive impressions are under embargo until 7:30pm next Thursday. Be sure to check back for our review then.