Demand is exceeding supply.
The Toyota Yaris sold in the US through last year is not the same car sold elsewhere. America briefly got a rebadged Mazda2 sedan and hatchback while overseas markets currently have a completely different model riding on a combination of the Japanese automaker's GA-B and GA-C platforms. It's also spawned the rally-inspired GR Yaris hot hatch, perhaps one of the sweetest examples of forbidden fruit out there. We want it here desperately but it's unlikely to happen.
Meanwhile, GR Yaris popularity remains through the roof and one market is now out of supply for the foreseeable future. CarAdvice has confirmed with Toyota Australia that beginning July 1 the company will no longer accept new customer orders.
It's working with the main office in Japan "to negotiate to secure more supply" for Down Under and will provide updates on the matter once things are sorted out. Australians who placed orders back in April of this year are not expected to receive their cars until early 2022, just to give everyone an idea of how far backed up the Motomachi factory is these days. Based on the car's performance specs and rally roots, it's no wonder it's become a bona fide smash hit.
Built solely in three-door guise with many body and styling modifications inside and out, the GR Yaris has two engine options: a turbocharged 1.6-liter with 257 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque, and a 1.5-liter base unit churning out 118 hp.
But it's the former engine mostly everyone wants for numerous good reasons. Paired exclusively to a six-speed manual, power is routed to a permanent all-wheel drive system. Acceleration to 62 mph takes just 5.5 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 142 mph.
In Australia alone, about 1,700 examples have been delivered since going on sale in November of last year. That's an extremely impressive number, accounting for 40 to 45 percent of overall Yaris sales. Over 2,200 orders have been placed since April in Australia and hopefully, it won't be too long until deposits are being accepted once again.