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Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup GR Yaris makes UK debut

A very special version of GR Yaris made its first UK appearance at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, in the form of a new competition car used in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup rally series. We found out more about this new-for-2022 one-make championship.What is the Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup?It’s a one-make…

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A very special version of GR Yaris made its first UK appearance at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, in the form of a new competition car used in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup rally series. We found out more about this new-for-2022 one-make championship.

What is the Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup?

It’s a one-make rally category based around a special competition version of GR Yaris. The Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup visits different gravel and asphalt rallies in Spain and Portugal, culminating in December with the mixed-surface Rallyshow Madrid. The competition has been organised by Toyota Spain, Toyota Caetano Portugal and the Motor and Sport Institute (MSi) in Madrid.

Which car is used in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup?

The Toyota GR Yaris forms the basis of the competition. To make it suitable for the rally stages, the acclaimed road-going hot hatch goes through a raft of technical upgrades, safety modifications and weight-saving measures. However, the 1.6-litre, three-cylinder engine does not receive an increase in performance, retaining the 257bhp and 360Nm of the road car. See the bottom of this article for a comprehensive technical specification.

What is the Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup car like to drive?

By all accounts, it retains the key qualities of usable performance which make the road-going GR Yaris so much fun to drive. Earlier this year, a handful of key UK automotive titles were invited to test the Iberian Cup car and came away impressed. Find out what Autocar thought by clicking here.

The equal machinery ensures a level playing field and places the emphasis on driver talent. At the time of the car’s appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the first four events had each been won by different driving crews.

Who can compete in the Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup?

The competition is aimed at all kinds of aspiring rally drivers, navigators and teams. On the one hand, it gives young talents the opportunity to get into a four-wheel-drive rally car for the first time and continue progressing in their sporting careers. On the other, it offers an opportunity for more experienced drivers to continue competing at the highest level in a high-performance car at an accessible price. For more information on the Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup, click here.

What are the benefits of the competition?

One of the attractions of this single-brand cup are the monetary prizes that are distributed in each rally: the first driver classified will receive 7500 euros, the second 6000 euros and the third 5000 euros. In addition, the first classified junior (under 24 years old) will receive an additional 1000 euros. Another 46,000 euros will be distributed among the top three overall finishers at the end of the season.

Additionally, two of the events run alongside the Portuguese and Spanish rounds of the World Rally Championship, offering Iberian Cup competitors valuable experience of competing on some of the same rally stages as the world’s best drivers, including the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team.

Why was the Iberian Cup car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed?

The car was part of a showcase of Toyota Gazoo Racing activity at the Duke of Richmond’s annual motorsport garden party. For most of the event, the Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup car was driven around the Forest Rally Stage by double Spanish Rally Champion Pepe Lopez, who works closely with the Motor and Sport Institute as a development driver. However, Dakar Rally champion Nasser Al-Attiyah also took a turn at the wheel, with regular co-driver Mathieu Baumel alongside.

Toyota Gazoo Racing Iberian Cup GR Yaris – technical specification

ENGINE

Displacement 1.6-litre, three-cylinders, turbocharged
Power 257bhp, 360Nm
Maximum revs 6500rpm
Maximum torque 3000-4600rpm
Mixed injection Direct and indirect
Fuel 98 octane unleaded

TRANSMISSION

Traction GR-Four all-wheel drive
Gearbox six-speed manual
Clutch Ceramic bi-disc
Differentials self-locking limited slip

SUSPENSION

Front suspension McPherson system with adjustable coilovers
Rear suspension Deformable parallelogram with adjustable coilovers

BRAKES

Asphalt, front 356mm ventilated discs
Asphalt, rear 297mm ventilated discs
Gravel, front 297mm ventilated discs
Gravel, rear 297mm ventilated discs
Handbrake Hydraulic

WHEELS AND TYRES

Asphalt 8in x 18in, 20/65-18
Gravel 7in x 15in, 17/65-15

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT

Length 3995mm
Width 1805mm
Height 1455mm
Wheelbase 2558mm
Front track 1536mm
Rear track 1572mm
Weight 1280kgs (est)

COMPETITION CAR COMPONENTS – INTERIOR

Integral safety rollcage Safety rollcage protectors
Racing seats with adjustable supports Six-point racing harnesses
Competition steering wheel with adapter Co-driver’s reading lamp
Carbonfibre footrests Carbonfibre door panels
Crash helmets rack Automatic fire extinguisher kit
Manual extinguisher kit EVO CRK wheel jack
Wheel nut wrench for spare wheel Holder for two spare wheels and mountings
Fuel extraction kit Hydraulic handbrake kit

COMPETITION CAR COMPONENTS – EXTERIOR

Duraluminium front and rear sump cover Roof air intake with adjustable vents
Front bonnet latches and tailgate Front and rear tow strap
Explosion-proof films for side windows Wheel skirts and wheel-arch guards
Stainless steel exhaust pipe Chassis anchoring points and supports

COMPETITION CAR COMPONENTS – POWERTRAIN

Pressure plate, two-disc clutch assembly High-security fuel pipelines
Anti-engine-torque mount Front and rear limited-slip self-locking
Competition fluids Silicone intercooler hoses kit
Oil cooler kit 33mm restrictor

COMPETITION CAR COMPONENTS – SUSPENSION, BRAKES

Full asphalt suspension with springs Front and rear anti-roll bars
Reinforced front wishbones Three-way adjustable dampers
Front suspension reinforcing bar 12 asphalt wheel rims; 5 with tyres
Reinforced studs, lightened wheel nuts Pagid Racing RST 5 brake pads

COMPETITION CAR COMPONENTS – ELECTRIC SYSTEM

Data acquisition equipment with 6in screen High-performance dry battery
CARTEK power disconnection equipment Two grids of eight Lazer LED headlights

Optional gravel kit includes 12 wheel rims, front brake discs and caliper adapters and three-way adjustable shock absorbers with springs.

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Hybrid driving tips for best fuel economy

Want to get the very best out of your ground-breaking Toyota hybrid? We’ve gathered a number of hybrid driving hints and tips that will help you to get the best from the system, improving fuel consumption and getting you further for less.Whichever Toyota hybrid you’ve set your heart on, the following tips and pointers should…

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Want to get the very best out of your ground-breaking Toyota hybrid? We’ve gathered a number of hybrid driving hints and tips that will help you to get the best from the system, improving fuel consumption and getting you further for less.

Whichever Toyota hybrid you’ve set your heart on, the following tips and pointers should maximise the range and fuel economy of your Toyota.

The basics

It’s not just hybrids that benefit from the first seven tips – these will help to improve any car’s fuel efficiency:

  • Clear out the boot! Keeping the boot free of unnecessary weight will give your car and immediate boost in performance and economy.
  • Check your tyre pressures – dig out your owner’s manual, and do a weekly check to ensure that your tyres are correctly inflated in line with Toyota’s recommendation. Or read our handy tyre pressures article here.
  • Think ahead – by planning your journeys, you can avoid traffic jams and minimise the likelihood of getting lost.
  • Shut up! Closing the windows and sun roof at speeds above 45mph will reduce drag, reducing fuel consumption.
  • Remove unused roof racks, boxes and bike racks – they’re a real drag too!
  • Steady as she goes – maintain a steady speed and don’t go over the speed limit.
  • Smoothly does it! Try to avoid sudden braking or acceleration.

Hybrid driving: hybrid-specific tips

Sorry everyone else, but these tips are for hybrids only:

  • Become familiar with the hybrid information display so you can know how much energy is being used.
  • EV does it! Keep the car in EV mode as much as possible by using the accelerator gently, pressing it lightly but consistently.
  • Improve efficiency with ECO mode, which reduces aggressive throttle response.
  • Harvest time – braking gently and early helps the regenerative braking harvest more energy, which means EV mode can operate for longer periods.
  • Keep an eye on the dials and gauges to fully understand the hybrid system and manage the charge levels in the hybrid’s high-voltage battery.
  • If you’re in stop-start traffic, don’t put the car in neutral (‘N’) when stationary, as electricity will not be generated and the hybrid battery will discharge.
  • Consider using cruise control (where fitted) to maintain steady speeds.
  • When using climate control, Re-circulate mode reduces energy usage.
  • Think about the environment! Constant or heavy use of systems like air-con, lights and wipers will increase energy consumption.

Hybrid driving: drive modes

Toyota hybrids have four drive modes: Normal, EV, Eco and Power. When you first start your hybrid, the car defaults to the ‘Normal’ drive mode, which automatically manages the most efficient use of both the engine and the battery.

Drivers can also select one of the car’s on-demand drive modes to achieve better fuel consumption in certain settings.

These drive modes are: EV Mode where the car is powered by the battery only during city driving, running near-silent and with no tailpipe emissions; Eco Mode that reduces A/C output and lessens throttle response to limit harsh acceleration; and Power Mode which boosts acceleration by using the hybrid battery to assist the petrol engine.

The shift lever offers four positions: R (Reverse), N (neutral), B (engine braking) and D (drive). For normal driving, D (drive) is absolutely fine, but should you need it, position B has the effect of engine-braking handy when descending a steep hill, for example. It’s not recommended to leave the car in position B for normal driving, mainly because you’d end up using more fuel than necessary!

Hybrid driving: read the road ahead

Another great hybrid driving tip is to use the car’s battery whenever possible.

Another great hybrid driving tip is to use the car’s battery whenever possible. You can do this in town and urban driving by accelerating to your required speed, easing off the accelerator and then gently easing the accelerator on again. By doing this, you can activate EV mode – indicated by the dashboard light – which means that the engine has switched off and you are using the electric battery.

Try to maintain a constant speed and, as always, it’s important to read the road ahead. By doing this, you can reduce the amount of unnecessary braking and accelerating, using less fuel. Braking slowly and gently also maximises the amount of energy recovered by the regenerative braking system on the car.

Other factors to consider

Bear in mind that there are many factors that can affect a car’s performance, hybrid included. On cold days, your car will use more fuel as it warms up, but once it’s reached its optimum temperature, the MPG figures will increase.

Also, during the winter, you’re more likely to be using the air-conditioning, lights and wipers, all of which will use some electrical power from the battery. If you regularly travel the same route, don’t be surprised if you get better MPG figures during the summer than in the winter!

If you’d like more hybrid driving tips or want to discuss your driving technique with other hybrid owners, it’s worth visiting the Hypermiler website.

As a final note, please remember that these hybrid driving tips are published as general guidance on how to get the best fuel economy from your Toyota hybrid. Toyota encourages and supports safe driving at all times – please adhere to the rules of the road.

Read more: Toyota hybrid – how does it work?

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September Production Plan | Corporate | Global Newsroom

We at Toyota would like to again apologize for the repeated adjustments to our production plans due to the parts shortage resulting from the spread of COVID-19, and for causing considerable inconvenience to our customers, who have been waiting for the delivery of vehicles, suppliers, and other parties concerned. The global production volume for September…

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We at Toyota would like to again apologize for the repeated adjustments to our production plans due to the parts shortage resulting from the spread of COVID-19, and for causing considerable inconvenience to our customers, who have been waiting for the delivery of vehicles, suppliers, and other parties concerned.

The global production volume for September is expected to be approximately 850,000 units (approx. 250,000 units in Japan and 600,000 units overseas). In last month’s production plan, we announced that the average monthly production plan for the next three months (August through October) would be approximately 850,000 units, and that the planned production volume for September is in line with this plan.

At the time of this announcement, the global production plan for September through November has been revised to a higher volume, estimated to average about 900,000 units per month. This plan is based on careful confirmation of parts supply and the personnel structures and facility capacities of our suppliers. However, it remains difficult to look ahead due to the spread of COVID-19 and other factors, and we will continue to make every effort possible to deliver as many vehicles to our customers at the earliest date while closely examining the situation.

The production forecast for the fiscal year remains unchanged (approx. 9.7 million).

The following is the revised domestic operations suspension schedule for September.

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Toyota and its eclectic Cruiser collective

Toyota can trace the ‘Cruiser’ nameplate to June 1954, when technical director Hanji Umehara revealed that the new name for the off-road vehicle that had become known as the Toyota Jeep would now be the Toyota Land Cruiser. An evocative description as much as a name, Land Cruiser was also felt to resonate well within…

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Toyota can trace the ‘Cruiser’ nameplate to June 1954, when technical director Hanji Umehara revealed that the new name for the off-road vehicle that had become known as the Toyota Jeep would now be the Toyota Land Cruiser. An evocative description as much as a name, Land Cruiser was also felt to resonate well within the export market, which the model was about to pioneer on Toyota’s behalf.

Learn more: History of the Toyota Land Cruiser

Since then, more than ten million examples of the Land Cruiser have been sold, and through almost 70 years of continuous production, it has become the world’s most customer-trusted vehicle. But did you also realise that during this time some of that etymological magic has been sprinkled on a number of other Toyota models?

As you will see below, the Cruiser name has been associated with a further six distinct models. These have been bigger, smaller, roomier, retro-inspired and conceptual, yet all are connected by that common Cruiser heritage. And what’s more, one of these vehicles will see the designation go much, much further than any Land Cruiser has ever been before.

Toyota Urban Cruiser

Introduced in Europe in 2009 in response to growing customer demand for urban-friendly SUVs, the Toyota Urban Cruiser distilled the rugged, go-anywhere qualities of its distinguished big brother into a new B-segment model that was close in spirit to the original three-door RAV4.

But more than simply being compact and practical, the Urban Cruiser provided an important milestone in the motor industry. The top-spec 1.4-litre D-4D AWD model achieved the world’s lowest CO2 output for a four-wheel drive car, and in its relatively short, four-year life in the UK market played an important role in helping Toyota continue to reduce its overall emissions levels.

Toyota FJ Cruiser

Visitors to the 2003 North American International Motor Show were given an unexpected treat, with Toyota’s surprise unveiling of the FJ Cruiser concept clearly inspired by the legendary 40 Series Land Cruiser. So well-received was the design study that it returned to Detroit two years later as a full production model, initially for the left-hand drive United States market.

Based on the contemporary 120 Series Land Cruiser Prado, the FJ Cruiser had impeccable off-road credentials to back up its highly styled body. This is why the model was later produced in right-hand drive for discerning off-road markets such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan. In fact, as of January 2020 and after 14 years of continuous production, you could still buy a brand new FJ Cruiser in the Middle East.

Toyota Tj Cruiser

Fusing the roominess of a van with the aesthetics of an SUV, the Toyota Tj Cruiser was displayed at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show as a concept designed to seamlessly dovetail work and play. The ‘T’ stood for ‘toolbox’ in reference to the vehicle’s boxlike practicality, while the lower case ‘j’ referenced the ‘joy’ drivers could experience in using its four-wheel drive chassis to reach the most inaccessible of locations.

The interior of the Tj Cruiser rivalled the Swiss Army Knife for practicality, with multi-configurable seats that could fold flat to create a double bed-size space, and sturdy side rails that could be configured to mount all sorts of accessories. The fact that the Tj Cruiser was built on the TNGA platform has led some people to predict that it is destined for production. However, we can neither confirm nor deny this assertion.

Toyota Mega Cruiser

Toyota’s answer to the American military’s Hummer H1 marked the biggest and most heavy-duty Cruiser derivative to date. In fact, similar to its US equivalent, the Japan-only Mega Cruiser was originally developed as an unstoppable infantry transport vehicle for the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force. But it was later decided that Toyota’s Gifu Auto Body subsidiary would build a very limited run of civilian models from January 1996 to August 2001.

With a footprint exceeding five metres by two metres, the Mega Cruiser must have been incredibly intimidating from the perspective of a Kei car driver. What’s more, with full-time four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, immense ground clearance, near-vertical approach and departure angles, and grip-seeking differentials across every torque plane, there was no terrain that proved too intimidating for this monster to tackle.

Toyota Space Cruiser

The Toyota Space Cruiser was one of the first people carriers in the UK market and, despite being lauded as the only production vehicle in the world with two ‘moonroofs’, was unmistakably based on the Liteace van. That would change, of course, with its bespoke successor, the Toyota Previa of 1990. But there was still much to like about the Space Cruiser, from its eight-person capacity and (almost) mid-engine architecture to the fact it was rear-wheel drive and that the second and third row of seats could be folded flat to make a convincing double bed.

From 1983 to 1990, a grand total of 9,346 examples were sold in the UK, the majority of which were equipped with the more powerful 2.0-litre engine, as opposed to the launch 1.8-litre unit. At the time, a 2.0-litre displacement sounded generous but the Y-series engine was built for durability rather than speed. Its 87bhp output was therefore never able to propel it to warp speed.

Toyota Lunar Cruiser

This is the concept vehicle that will take the Cruiser nameplate further than ever before. The recently revealed Lunar Cruiser was given its illustrious name because the quality, durability and reliability that are necessary to keep its occupants alive in the vacuum of space are the same values that Toyota has held sacrosanct in the Land Cruiser line for 70 years.

Dwarfing even the Mega Cruiser in terms of size, proposals for the forthcoming Lunar Cruiser pitch its proportions as being approximately akin to two minibuses parked side to side. The pressurised living quarters provide 13 cubic metres of space for up to four occupants, which is about twice the size of the load volume of a long-wheelbase Toyota Proace. As the nearest refuelling station for the hydrogen fuel cell powertrain is half a million miles away, the vehicle has tanks big enough for a range of around 6,200 miles!

Toyota Compact Cruiser Concept

At the other end of the scale to the Luna Cruiser above comes this Compact Cruiser. Designed to show how the ‘Cruiser’ moniker can adapt to an all-electric and ultra-modern environment, it borrows styling cues from the first-generation Land Cruiser the Toyota Compact Cruiser Concept draws off more than 70 years of Land Cruiser and off-road heritage and even won the prestigious 2022 Car Design Award for it’s looks.

Discover more about the Toyota Land Cruiser by clicking here.

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