GR Yaris is here


IT is really a wonder that Toyota keeps on unwrapping wondrous cars almost unstoppably, pandemic or no pandemic.

Its latest stunner is the GR Yaris, metamorphosing into a full-fledged sports car on the vision of Toyota Motor Corporation’s CEO Akio Toyoda.

May I give the floor once more to Nadinne Capistrano, one of the top writers of vice president Tini Arevalo of Toyota Motor Philippines:

“GReatness is finally here. Born from the World Rally Championships and Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda’s passion to develop the Toyota sports car, the GR Yaris is built from the ground up to surpass standards in building ever-better cars.

“Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR), Toyota’s performance development arm specializing in motorsports and development of ever-better cars, combined motorsports technology and design to develop the GR Yaris as a pure performance vehicle and a heart-racing daily driver.

“While regular motorsports cars are built from normal road production vehicles, the GR Yaris was built first as a motorsports vehicle then developed as a road vehicle. It comes in six-speed manual transmission and is powered by a G16E-GTS 3-cylinder inline DOHC 4-valve roller rocker engine hailed as the ‘world’s best’ inline 3. The unique GR-Four 4-wheel drive system makes the GR Yaris competitive and rally-ready in any condition. The Philippine-spec GR Yaris comes with the High Performance/Circuit Package as standard.

“The GR Yaris is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense features (Pre-Collision System, Automatic High Beam, Lane Trace Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control), which aids the driver in identifying and eliminating factors that may cause accidents. A standard for Toyota vehicles, the GR Yaris also comes with 6 SRS airbags, Anti-lock Brake System, Vehicle Stability Control, and Hill-start Assist Control. Its Front and Rear Torsen Limited Slip Differential provides increased traction and improved stability for the vehicle.

“It retails at Php2.65M, with the 1.6L Turbo MT variant in 3 colors: Super White II, Emotional Red, and Precious Black.  It will be available in Toyota’s 16 GR Performance dealers nationwide starting August 14, 2021.  For more details, visit”

What would delight us next?

Petron cares

PETRON has come up with a one-stop shop carrying all its internationally-accredited mineral and fully-synthetic automotive lubricants.  Here’s Gadgets’ Christine Giray to tell us more:

“Just like humans, our cars need to be hydrated, too, with essential fluids to keep them in tip-top shape and ensure their roadworthiness.

“The Petron Car Car Center serves as a one-stop shop for all automotive fluids like engine coolant, engine flush, transmission oil, clutch fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, manual transmission/differential gear oil, greases, and multi-purpose sprays.

“Services from light to heavy repairs are also provided, as well as tire assistance and wheel balancing/alignment, twin post lifters, aligners, a scissor lift, automatic transmission fluid exchanger, waste oil drain, and gear oil and grease dispenser.

“The CCCs offer a uniform Change-Oil packages from P999 to P4,399 for gas and diesel engines.

“There are now 46 Petron CCCs—11 in Metro Manila, 19 in Luzon and 16 in VisMin. For more details, visit”

PEE STOP  Foton’s big gun Rommel Sytin saw it fit to gift weightlifting wonder Hidilyn Diaz of the 13-seater Foton van—the first golden act from the motoring industry. Simply commendable. For her golden feat in the Tokyo Olympics, Diaz, who also earned a lifetime PAL business class ticket among many other prizes, deserves nothing but the best. Cheers!

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