Toyota GR GT3 Concept, Subaru’s Electric ‘Ring Challenger and Honda’s North American HR-V Teaser: Your Morning Brief


Good morning and welcome to our daily roundup of automotive news from around the world, starting with…

2022 Tokyo Auto Salon kicks off

The Tokyo Auto Salon is back, bringing with it a slew of new and tuned cars from the best of Japan. Over the next few days, we’ll bring you the latest news, including new releases, quirky concepts, and anything else that catches our eye.


Toyota Grabs Our Attention With Non-Supra-Based GR GT3 Coupé Concept

Toyota’s new GR GT3 Coupé Concept looks very different from anything we’ve seen before, especially since it’s not based on an existing production car. There’s no indication the GR GT3 will make it on a racetrack or in customer hands, but it sure looks good. Also on display is the bZ4X GR Sport Concept — GR’s take on the electric SUV co-developed with Subaru. It has a matte black exterior, sports seats and larger wheels and tires.


2022 Toyota GRMN Yaris is a wilder and lighter 2-seater version with a maximum of 500 units

If you thought the GR Yaris was impressive, the limited-run GRMN Yaris ups the ante slightly. The GRMN Yaris is only available for the Japanese market and comes in Rally or Circuit packs. All cars have a six-speed manual transmission, two-seaters with Recaro boxes and 545 extra spot welds. Mechanical LSDs are fitted to both the front and rear axles, while other upgrades, depending on the package, include different wheels, new shock absorbers, under-guard kits and additional carbon bodywork.


Rolls-Royce Boss thinks COVID deaths were ultimately good for business, leading to record sales

In what might be considered a rather tone-deaf statement, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Otvös believes the growing death toll the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to us has helped people realize that “life can be short”. He used the explanation in relation to the brand’s record sales last year. “A lot of people saw people in their community die from Covid, which makes them think that life can be short, and it’s better to live now than put it off until a later date,” he told The Financial Times. “That also helped [Rolls-Royce sales] quite massive.” I think we should ignore the fact that the rich have better access to health care and in general were less affected by the Covid-19 pandemic than the rest of society.


Subaru STI E-RA Electric Concept charges Tokyo with 1,073 hp

Subaru brought two electric concepts to TAS2022. The first is the STI E-RA Concept, which aims to complete a lap of less than 6 minutes and 40 seconds on the Nürburgring by 2023. It is powered by four electric motors and an integrated Yamaha inverter. The Solterra STI Concept is less radical and has a new roof spoiler and red accents on the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser. Also in attendance were STI Performance Concepts from the WRX B4, BRZ and Levorg.


2023 Honda HR-V escapes design studio as first North American SUV sketches revealed

Honda has given us an idea of ​​what the upcoming North American HR-V will look like. The new car is remarkably different from its international sibling. It has an oval grille, swept back headlights, conventional rear door handles and a two-tone bumper. Specifications remain unconfirmed, but we expect the Civic’s 2.0 four-cylinder engine to make its appearance.


You won’t believe this parkour parking lot from China

Many of us pride ourselves on being good at parking, but not many people could find a spot as quickly as this driver from China. In what can only be described as a shocking display of dangerous driving, a black sedan crashes into a row of parked cars, mounting the first few and somehow ending up in an empty slot.


What else is in the news


China’s crude oil imports fall for the first time in two decades

China’s measures to reduce excess domestic fuel production have resulted in a 5.4 percent drop in crude oil imports, the first drop since 2001. It is also partly due to low oil prices in 2020, which caused companies to build inventories because prices were at an all-time low, reports Al Jazeera.


Novak Djokovic’s visa revoked… Again

Novak Djokovic could be deported after his visa is revoked a second time. This time, immigration minister Alex Hawke said he canceled the tennis star’s visa with his ministerial discretion for reasons of public interest. Djokovic’s lawyers are appealing the decision.

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