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Meet the best wrapped GR Yaris in the UK

As amazing as the GR Yaris is (you only need to look at the numerous awards it has won), a growing number of owners have wanted to add more of a personal touch to their hot hatch. With more and more wrapped GR Yaris models appearing across social media, we decided to set out and…

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As amazing as the GR Yaris is (you only need to look at the numerous awards it has won), a growing number of owners have wanted to add more of a personal touch to their hot hatch. With more and more wrapped GR Yaris models appearing across social media, we decided to set out and find the best wrapped GR Yaris in the UK. After a close battle, this light blue GR Yaris clinched the title so we invited both the car and its owner, Jonny Bedworth, to an exclusive photoshoot to show off his unique GR Yaris. We also chatted to Jonny about what made him decide to wrap his GR Yaris in the first place, and get his thoughts on the car.

How did winning our GR Yaris ‘Wrap Battle’ competition make you feel?

Jonny Bedworth: “I was very surprised that I had won because there were some very strong contenders in the competition and they all looked absolutely mega. The biggest surprise was that my wrap was done at home by myself and had beaten more professional looking wraps which gave me a great confidence boost. I was speaking to one other GR Yaris owner who was also in the Wrap Battle competition and we were speculating who might win each round and it was all very friendly, there was no rivalry or anything as it was just a bit of fun on social media.”

What made you choose GR Yaris?

JB: “I actually really struggled to find my next car, I had a few modified Fiesta STs for about eight or nine years and I really enjoyed them. The problem was that I wanted a little bit more and there wasn’t anything out there that would give me that. It was either go up in size (to a Golf/Focus) but they kind of felt a little bit fat or you had to be doing really silly speeds to really enjoy them. Then the GR Yaris was launched which was the same size, if not a little bit smaller, and had the same power as my modified cars plus the bonus of four-wheel drive. I went and test drove one and the experience from behind the wheel was exactly what I was looking for.”

What made you choose such a striking blue wrap for the GR Yaris?

JB: “The GR Yaris came in a limited number of colours (four to be exact) and I really liked the red but opted for the black instead because a) it looks super cool and b) black is one of the easiest base colours to wrap and I kind of had that in the back of my mind when I was ordering the car that I wanted to wrap it. In terms of choosing the blue, because I wrapped the car myself in my garage I didn’t have the luxury of visiting a professional workshop and picking out a colour in person, so I had to go off pictures online and take a punt. I ordered 18-20metres of it to wrap the GR Yaris in and when it arrived I was a bit taken aback by how bright it was in person.”

What made you wrap the car yourself?

JB: “I’m a bit of a sucker for a challenge. I’d already wrapped a previous car of mine after watching people on YouTube do it and thought I’d give it another go with the GR Yaris. I was worried about paint protection which is why I wanted to wrap it in the first place and I didn’t want to spend too much on it so I thought a wrap would give a nice cool colour and it would give the car a little bit of protection. Being able to stand back and get that sense of achievement when you see the car fully wrapped is amazing.”

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to wrap their own car?

JB: “Ideally, you would want somewhere sheltered and out of the wind, it doesn’t have to be a garage as you could do it under a gazebo on your driveway. Make sure whatever vehicle you are wrapping is super clean before you start, as clean as you can possibly get it would be perfect. I would either start with a bonnet or a roof just because they tend to be the flattest surface. In terms of getting a decent corner, the best technique I found was to heat up the wrap and then stretch it around the corner and heat once more as this will cause the wrap to shrink back and hug the corner.”

Apart from the wrap, what other modifications have you done to your GR Yaris?

JB: “The way it drives straight out of the factory, I didn’t want to change a thing. I really think Toyota has done a cracking job on the drive so I haven’t done anything mechanical.I’ve changed the wheels to ones designed specifically for that car by Braid. The Braid wheels are a little bit wider and a lot cheaper to replace if I ding them on a kerb or pothole plus I think they look awesome with the blue wrap and the rally flaps which I have also added. I’ve changed the exhaust as I felt the standard one wasn’t quite loud enough on startup. This is a weekend toy for me so I want to feel excited every time I turn it on so that had to be changed. I’ve also upgraded the speakers in the rear and I’ve put some sub-woofers and tweeters in the front and I’ve powered it all through an amplifier and signal processor, utilising the original head unit. I’ve added some thick acrylic to the foglights to give them both a nicer visual look and to protect them as the foglights are in quite a precarious position.”

Have you taken your GR Yaris to many social car meets?

JB: “I’ve done a couple of trips up to Caffeine and Machine which is quite well known in the car community, and despite there being lots of other exotic cars around, people still get excited when they see the GR Yaris. If you look at the price point of cars that turn heads, the GR Yaris is down the lower end but can still draw as much of a crowd that stuff worth 10x times as much. I think the fact that it is such a striking colour also helps draw a crowd to the car but I think it is still very much the actual car that excites people.”

Have any other GR models taken your fancy?

JB: “Before the GR Yaris, I was very close to getting a GR Supra, I took it for a test drive but this was around the time that GR Yaris was being revealed so I decided to hold off and wait for that instead as that was more akin to the type of car I was used too. The GT86 is a car that I have always loved but sadly never got around to owning so GR86 is one I have been keeping a close eye on I must admit.”

Want to see more of Jonny and his GR Yaris? You can follow more of him on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.

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World Premiere of the New Lexus “UX” | Lexus | Global Newsroom

Lexus globally announces the new UX 200/250h. The vehicle is scheduled for summer 2022 launch. Introduced to the Lexus lineup in 2018 as an urban compact cross-over, the UX uses the “Creative Urban Explorer” concept, with the aim to be the “CUE” to exploring a new lifestyle. The muscular body exudes toughness and strength, while…

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Lexus globally announces the new UX 200/250h. The vehicle is scheduled for summer 2022 launch.

Introduced to the Lexus lineup in 2018 as an urban compact cross-over, the UX uses the “Creative Urban Explorer” concept, with the aim to be the “CUE” to exploring a new lifestyle. The muscular body exudes toughness and strength, while the flared fenders evoke agile driving in order to create a bold and refined exterior. The interior cockpit combines a sense of driving excitement with a visually expansive space. In addition, we have pursued excellent steering response, handling stability, and refined ride quality.

Since its launch in 2018, a cumulative total of approximately 240,000 units have been sold in more than 80 countries and regions as of the end of March 2022. The expanding lineup of electrified vehicles of Hybrid (HEV) and battery EV (BEV), achieved the percentage of electrified vehicles of approximately 80% of sales globally, making it the leading model in the Lexus electrified lineup. Going forward, we will continue to contribute to the practical spread of electrified vehicles toward the realization of a carbon-neutral society, while tailoring to the diversifying needs and lifestyles of customers.

Based on the “Always On” philosophy of continuous improvement through agile development, the new UX200/250h has further refined and exhilarating driving performance, enhanced its advanced safety systems by expanding the preventive safety technology functions and added the latest multimedia system.

To enhance the driving experience, structural rigidity was improved by adding 20 spot welding points on the body and the EPS and shock absorbers tuning was performed accordingly. It achieved refined and exhilarating performance and to further improve the refined, direct feeling and response through extensive testing at Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama.

For advanced safety system enhancements, we aimed to make driving safer and more reassuring by enhancing the functionality of the “Lexus Safety System +” preventive safety technology. The UX also features a new state-of-the-art multimedia system with a larger/higher-resolution touch screen display. Usability has been improved by optimizing the shapes and switch layout of the instrument panel and console area. Two USB charging connectors (Type-C) have also been added in the front of the console.

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LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 Grand Prix Winner Announced | Lexus | Global Newsroom

TOKYO, Japan (May 12, 2022)―Lexus announced today that “Rewind” by Poh Yun Ru has been selected by the judging panel as the Grand Prix winner of the 2022 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, the award’s tenth edition, which drew 1,726 entries from 57 countries and regions. The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD was established in 2013 with the mission…

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TOKYO, Japan (May 12, 2022)―Lexus announced today that “Rewind” by Poh Yun Ru has been selected by the judging panel as the Grand Prix winner of the 2022 LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, the award’s tenth edition, which drew 1,726 entries from 57 countries and regions.

The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD was established in 2013 with the mission of supporting and nurturing creators early in their careers to help shape a better future and enhance the happiness for all through design, while articulating the Lexus brand’s three core principles: Anticipate, Innovate, and Captivate. The Grand Prix winner “Rewind” contributes to a better tomorrow by using technology to help people stimulate their memories when their recall ability is challenged, for example by dementia.

The six finalists selected this January spent three months developing their original proposals and creating prototypes under the enthusiastic and highly skilled guidance of Sam Baron, Joe Doucet, Yosuke Hayano and Sabine Marcelis. Mentoring by the world’s leading creators was a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for these young talents. This process facilitated the impressive evolution of the finalists’ projects, not to mention that of the Grand Prix work, “Rewind.”

Poh Yun Ru commented: “I feel immensely grateful that Rewind is now a step closer to improving the lives of more people. This couldn’t have happened without the unwavering support of my mentors, my team of dedicated engineers, programmers, healthcare experts, and users. This opportunity from LEXUS DESIGN AWARD to turn a project into a real-world product felt nothing short of amazing, and I feel heartened to have met and learned from so many passionate designers from around the world. It has been such a rewarding and inspiring journey, and I am excited to continue designing for a better world and a better tomorrow for all.”

In a new benefit for 2022, the finalists met one-on-one with the design world’s elite panel of judges: Paola Antonelli, Anupama Kundoo, Bruce Mau and Simon Humphries following the 10th LEXUS DESIGN AWARD event. After the judging session, the finalists received not only direct feedback on their work, but also career advice and tips for improvement. This beta-feature of the 10th anniversary LEXUS DESIGN AWARD turned out to be an extraordinarily valuable experience.

After the judging session, all four judges provided comments.

Paola Antonelli told of the overall importance of design in today’s world: “The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 finalists offer a wide range of products in different fields of design, employing different types of technology, but they all have one thing in common: care. Care for the environment, care for the elderly and differently able, care for the needs of families and communities, and more. They demonstrate that at a time of emergency in the world, design can offer suggestions that are poetic and beautiful, and also feasible and scalable. In the hands of great designers, doing the right thing―by society, the environment, the world―also becomes inspiring and elating.”

Anupama Kundoo and Bruce Mau commented on the Award’s feature of mentorship: “I particularly enjoyed the unique feature of the LEXUS DESIGN AWARD, namely, that the talented visionary designers are first identified, and then supported personally in their further development through dedicated mentorship.” Kundoo said, while Mau commented, “The LEXUS DESIGN AWARD’s process, where the finalists are connected to design mentors, is absolutely brilliant. And the impact was plainly evident in the final submissions.”

Simon Humphries praised all finalists for their creativity and imagination in addressing the judging criteria: “The power of creativity and its ability to enrich people’s lives never ceases to amaze me and this year’s entries only reinforced this further. Congratulations to all the finalists who showed such imaginative insights into challenging problems that many just take for granted.”

The six LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2022 finalists’ projects will be shown at Lexus exhibit during Milan Design Week 2022, the world’s largest design event, to be held in June.

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Adjustments to Domestic Production in May | Corporate | Global Newsroom

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