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This week in cars: Ultra-compact Toyota BEV, open-top Supra

Some of the happenings throughout the holidays

Toyota will launch an ultra-tiny EV in 2021

Toyota has shown us a handful of quirky little EV concepts over the years. While not all of them make it into production, some eventually do, and oftentimes they’re exciting.

“The latest concept that’s slated for a formal introduction next year is a two-seater compact electric vehicle, Nikkei Asia reports. This could be similar to—if not the same as—the EV you see above. That’s the ultra-compact BEV that was on display during the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.

“The upcoming EV will reportedly be equipped with a lithium-ion battery from Prime Planet Energy & Solutions, a joint venture between Toyota and industry giant Panasonic. With the said battery, the vehicle is expected to have a maximum range of about 100km with one full charge.”

Toyota has finished building its open-top Supra


Toyota USA’s open-top Supra, a one-of-a-kind build, is finally complete. Toyota has officially revealed the finished product, and it looks hella cool. Who would’ve thought this look would actually work for the famed sports car?

“This is called the GR Supra Sport Top, and it’s said to be the successor to the previous Supra Heritage Edition revealed at SEMA 2019.  The entire project has been ongoing for over a month since it was first revealed to the public.

“This Supra sports a two-tone colorway highlighted by a piano black finish up top. Here lies the car’s removable roof, which is comprised of two separate 3D-printed panels. The side mirrors add more accents to the exterior, and the same red finish has been applied to the interior.”

The refreshed Toyota Yaris is now in PH

“Well, what do you know—it looks like our speculations were right yet again. Sort of. Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has now officially launched the refreshed Yaris, the one we previously said might be arriving in 2021.

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“We may have missed a bit on the launch date, but we did get it right with the specs. The refreshed model retains the 106hp, 140Nm 1.5-liter engine and the 98hp, 123Nm 1.3-liter mill, but only the CVT gearboxes remain.

“As for its styling, well, we’ve pretty much seen all of it before, so we’ll head straight to the interior. Here, the refreshed Yaris sports a new Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-compatible infotainment system that’s standard across the range. A new smart keyless entry and a push-to-start ignition feature, as well as new synthetic leather seats and a six-speaker audio setup, are available in the top-spec variant.

“Available colors include Cyan Metallic, Citrus Mica Metallic, Red Mica Metallic, and Super White II. As for its pricing, you can check out the list below:”

 2021 Toyota Yaris

  1. Toyota Yaris 1.5 S CVT - P1,114,000
  2. Toyota Yaris 1.3 E CVT - P973,000

The Nissan Magnite has just been launched in Indonesia


“Have you been waiting for the Nissan Magnite to finally land in the ASEAN market, too? Well, it appears our speculations from a week ago were right, as Nissan has now officially launched the new subcompact crossover in Indonesia.

“Now, we’ve seen a lot of this vehicle before already back when it was first launched in India, so we’ll skip the part where we talk about its styling because it looks basically the same. Let’s head on over to what’s under the hood and all the tech this Indonesia-spec model packs.

“The new Nissan Magnite comes with a familiar 1.0-liter turbopetrol that generates 99hp and 160Nm of torque mated to either a five-speed manual or an X-TRONIC CVT. Extra features include a seven-inch TFT instrument panel, an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.”

The new Mini Convertible Sidewalk Edition is now in PH with a P3.4-M price tag

Mini opened 2020 with the launch of the Mini Convertible Sidewalk Edition. Now, it appears Mini Philippines is ending the year by bringing the same top-down hatch over to our shores.

“The additions to this Mini include a seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch gearbox, a Deep Laguna metallic finish, and variant-exclusive 17-inch light-alloy two-tone wheels that all come as standard.

“There are a few other custom touches here such as the ‘Sidewalk’ badging found inside the cabin and the variant-specific leather seats. The latter sports contrast yellow and blue stitching that can also be seen on the vehicle’s doormats.

“The Mini Convertible Sidewalk Edition packs a 2.0-liter four-banger TwinPower turbopetrol that generates 192hp and 280Nm, and is mated to the aforementioned gearbox or a seven-speed Steptronic Sport transmission as an option. The engine may not be as powerful as the John Cooper Works GP’ powerplant, but it’s still punchier than the smaller 1.5-liter mill that the regular Cooper gets.”

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