I'm Moving To The Small Factory Where Toyota Makes The GR Yaris Bye

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The 2020 Toyota Gazoo Racing Yaris is pretty much all the car anyone needs, a small, pissed-off, 268-horsepower hatchback that I could not be more charmed by. That is, until I learned about the small charming factory in which it is made in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. Toyota doesn’t know it yet but I’m moving in.

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Here are some facts about the factory that I gleaned from a story in Automotive News today. Auto News says it is the “first international media outlet allowed to visit the new factory.”

  • The factory is called the “GR Factory”
  • Over 36 feet of glue and 250 spot welds are used to stiffen the Yaris’s body at the factory
  • Some 314 workers work there, known as takumi or master craftsmen that were scouted and plucked from other Toyota factories for their skills
  • There is no assembly line. Instead, cars are built in “work cells” where the craftsmen “handle multiple processes in quick succession more efficiently than on a mass-volume line” and the cars are “shuffled between stations by workers pulling them on dollies”
  • The factory does not lose money
  • While Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” played, Toyota President Akio Toyoda drove a GR Yaris through particleboard at a ceremony last week at the factory
  • The factory will probably make a GR Corolla, which *may* actually come to the US, unlike the GR Yaris, because we don’t deserve it
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And here is a sick hype video about the factory. The music is really key:

Please do not tell Toyota that I am moving into this factory to simply be among the GR Yarises and to live at a plant where tiny god cars are built. I promise I will not be too conspicuous and only drive a GR Yaris through particleboard while Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” plays just once a day, or possibly twice if the car is begging me too. Otherwise, I will just be sitting in a GR Yaris and absorbing its power while weeping for America.

News Editor at Jalopnik. 2008 Honda Fit Sport.

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smalleyxb122
smalleyxb122

They should totally go to the expense to federalize this car. They would easily sell tens of them in the US.

The only reason I think I want this car is that I can’t buy one.  If they actually brought it to the US, I wouldn’t care about it at all.