GR Yaris manufacturing: how it is bespoke

In our fourth and final instalment of blog articles revealing the bespoke, competition-derived engineering of the new GR Yaris, we examine its unique manufacturing.

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GR Yaris manufacturing

GR Yaris manufacturing: the best builds the best

Toyota recognised from the start of the model’s development that the new GR Yaris was too specialised to be able to be built alongside the standard Yaris. In fact, it required an entirely bespoke low-volume sports car production system. Watch the video below for an understanding of the bespoke manufacturing measures introduced for this model.

The car is built exclusively at a new Toyota Gazoo Racing production facility created within the Motomachi plant in Japan. This is the most specialised manufacturing plant in Toyota’s worldwide repertoire, famously home to the iconic Lexus LFA supercar and the facility where the hydrogen fuel cell Mirai and flagship Lexus LC coupe are currently produced.

GR Yaris manufacturing

The new GR Factory has a pure white finish from floor to ceiling to create an environment that helps team members focus on their work. Everything has its rightful place, and the immaculate, all-white surroundings ensure that in the unlikely event an object is misplaced it will stand out.

GR Yaris manufacturing

The production line itself consists of a series of individual assembly cells, connected by automatic guided vehicles rather than the conveyor system featured in conventional car plants. This method of working is more flexible and accommodates many manual assembly techniques – some of which are unique to GR Yaris.

These assembly cells also enable precise body and suspension alignment, where variations in vehicle dimensions and weight kept to a minimum. Such a high degree of accuracy would be more challenging to achieve on a standard, high-volume production line but was essential in crafting the highly rigid body of the GR Yaris.

True to its commitment to people development, Toyota Gazoo Racing has brought together highly skilled technicians from throughout the company to produce the car. These specially selected team members are renowned for their exceptional abilities and attention to detail.

However, just as Toyota uses motorsport as a means to hone the skills of its workforce and the quality of its products, these technicians have also been tasked with sharing the craftsmanship and technical skills training provided by the GR Factory with workers at other Toyota facilities.

Learn more: GR Yaris bodywork
Learn more: GR Yaris drivetrain
Learn more: GR Yaris development

2 comments

  1. Love the new GR Yaris, please make more Toyota! I’m sure a lot of people would want one since this car is limited.

    1. Hi Abay,
      Thanks for getting in touch. It’s great to hear that you love the GR Yaris!
      Toyota has always said that it would build a minimum of 25,000 vehicles to meet the FIA homologation requirement, but could continue if customer demand was strong enough.
      Sales of the car in the UK have been immensely strong, and our existing allocation for 2021 has been sold. We are delighted by the popularity of the car amongst enthusiasts and are keen to ensure potential customers are not disappointed, so we have sought addition supply for the UK market. This should mean that we can continue to fulfil orders taken in the months ahead, with deliveries from that additional supply starting in 2022.
      You can add your name to the waiting list either via online retail or with a centre. When cars allocated for 2022 are available to order, you will be notified.
      Thanks.

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