Toyota GR Yaris receives ‘overwhelming’ demand in Malaysia

Updated Jan 21, 2021 | Same topic: Latest Consumer Reports

Looks like Toyota has another hit on its hands.

The Toyota GR Yaris has landed in Malaysia, almost a year following its debut at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon. Upon its launch, Toyota fans and enthusiasts simply can’t rave enough about the handling and power that the hot hatch offers in spades.    

Toyota GR Yaris Brand Film

Malaysian customers wholeheartedly agree, and the carmaker could be having a shortage on its hands. UMW Toyota Motor, the official distributor of Toyota vehicles for the Malaysian market, has reported that response to the GR Yaris has been ‘overwhelming’.

As of this writing, GR Yaris units have reportedly been leaving showrooms at a rate that has exceeded expectations. Considering that only less than 200 units are reserved for Malaysia out of the 25,000 being produced worldwide, local customers who are still on the fence over buying one should already be making up their minds.

White GR Yaris drifting

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“When we were informed of the new Toyota GR Yaris by Toyota Motor Corporation, we knew it would have a great potential in the Malaysian market, especially with the increasing motorsport and motorsport-related activities organized by UMW Toyota Motor,” said UMW Toyota Motor President Ravindran Kurusamy.

“The enthusiastic fans were eagerly awaiting the launch of the model and wasted no time booking one right after we launched the car on December 17, 2020,” he adds. “And now, just over a month since its launch, we have been receiving such an overwhelming response. We thank customers for their enthusiastic support.”

Other markets have seen a similarly spirited response to the GR Yaris, fueled by widespread acclaim from motoring journalists over its performance. Australia, for instance, has seen 1,000 units sold out in a span of just one week.  

GR Yaris standing

Flipino Toyota fans are hoping that the GR Yaris makes its way to the Philippines soon

“The GR brand harnesses the racing experience gained by pushing the limits in motorsport and applies it to a whole new generation of high-performance cars from Toyota,” according to Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman for UMW Toyota Motor and Chief Motorsports Officer for GAZOO Racing Malaysia.

Hopefully, Filipinos will also get a taste of just how desirable the GR Yaris is, with the model rumored to be arriving in Philippine showrooms by the second quarter of 2021. Toyota Motor Philippines has yet to confirm this, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed.   

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Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris is another subcompact hatchback offering from Toyota. It is a perfect vehicle for individuals with an active lifestyle because of its youthful vibe. The current version of this subcompact hatchback looks stylish and modern compared to its predecessor. The redesigned front exudes a premium and very trendy look. Inside, the five-seater Yaris features a 6.75-inch touchscreen entertainment display, and a 60:40 foldable rear seat to make additional room for the already spacious 326-liter cargo space. This subcompact hatchback is known for providing exceptional in-cabin comfort levels. The spacious cabin, particularly at the rear part, is massively impressive, considering the car size. The seats also offer under-thigh support and great cushioning. ABS with brake assist and brake distribution, complete set of airbags, and immobilizer with alarm are a standard feature in the Toyota Yaris. Toyota Yaris provides two engine options. The first option is the smaller 1.3-liter with an output of 98 hp and 124 Nm of torque. The second one is a bigger 1.5-liter unit that produces 106 hp of power and torque of 140 Nm. It comes in a total of two variants with base variant price at Php 973,000.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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