Don't dud Aussie car buyers! Bring the "performance pack" Toyota rally-road car here

Don't dud Aussie car buyers! Bring the "performance pack" Toyota rally-road car here

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chris mccormack started this petition to Toyota Motor Corporation Australia

Toyota has announced their most exciting road car since the release of the ST205 Celica GT-Four rally car way back in 1994. The all-wheel drive pocket-rocket Yaris GR-Four was designed with the help of four-time World Rally Champion Tommi Makinen and will go on sale later this year in Australia with a turbocharged 200 kilowatt engine, manual transmission and all wheel drive with up to 70% of the drive going to the rear wheels in a lightweight steel, aluminium and carbon fibre body weighing 1280kg.

However, reports suggest the "performance pack" version of the car which uses torque-vectoring differentials front and rear (employed on the last Ford Focus RS) which make the car's handling much sharper and prevents loss of grip, will not be available on Aussie-spec models. 

Why is it that Australia always seems to miss out on the best variants of models that are available in overseas markets? You can count on one hand the number of affordable rear and all wheel drive performance cars available to Aussies with a manual transmission. Aussie motorists' choice seems to invariably be limited to the most boring and mundane versions of extensive overseas model ranges which translates into automatic-only, front drive-only or detuned variants here. The Aussie GR-Four version will apparently come with seat warmers (who cares or needs them) but not with technology that will make it faster, safer and far more fun to drive.

I urge Toyota Australia to ensure the Aussie specced Yaris GR4's are available with the "performance pack". Don't dud Australian's again of the technology that would make the Yaris GR-Four one of the most exciting, affordable cars available to drive in Australia this year.

 

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