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2022 Toyota GR Corolla Teased for the US – GR Yaris’ 1.6L Turbo Three-cylinder, GR-Four AWD, 268 Hp Hinted

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Toyota has said last year that the GR Yaris will not come to the United States. Instead, America will get its own hot hatch that is widely rumoured to be the GR Corolla, and it looks like we finally have confirmation that this is the case.

Members of the GR Corolla Forum recently spotted some hidden Easter eggs in an Instagram post by Toyota USA, which gives us some details about the upcoming model. Take a few seconds to look at the image above. Do you see them?

Let’s start with the instrument cluster, where the clock shows “G:16,” a reference to the G16E-GTS 1.6 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine used by the GR Yaris. Now look at the climate control display that shows “2 68,” which points to the 268 hp (272 PS) that the engine outputs in the GR Yaris sold in Japan.



Elsewhere in the image, the road on the navigation display is labelled “GR Four,” referring to the GR Yaris’ GR-Four permanent all-wheel drive system. Last but not least, at the far right of the image, you can roughly make out a camouflaged GR Corolla on the road that appears to have a hatchback body, indicating that the model will be based on the existing Corolla Hatchback sold in the US.

It should be noted that this post is dated October 27, so Toyota has already teased the upcoming model for quite a while now, although it did it in such a sneaky way that was barely noticed. Additionally, the teaser is based on an existing image of the Corolla with the clues added in, so the rest of the cabin is likely not reflective of the GR Corolla.

Toyota USA has not provided a launch date just yet, but it was previously reported that the hot hatch will be unveiled around the middle of next year. Expect a manual transmission and sporty styling to be part of the final product as well.

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AD: Double Your Joy With Amazing Prizes Including a BMW G310R With a New BMW From Millennium Welt!

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Congratulations, you made it to the end of the year! There has been no shortage of challenges, but you have managed to face them, and now is the time that you reward yourself. Nothing else says success quite like a new BMW, and Millennium Welt is sweetening the deal with its year-end sales campaign.

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That is not all, as you will get the chance to double your joy by being entered into a lucky draw, taking place during the launch of Millennium Welt Kuala Lumpur North. You will be in the running to win the grand prize of a BMW G 310 R (three units, one for each Millennium Welt outlet), so do not miss out.

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2022 Mazda BT-50 Pick-up Truck and MX-30 EV or CX-30 CKD Coming to Malaysia Soon – Preview on Nov 29

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Mazda distributor Bermaz has released a teaser of two upcoming models, which it will preview on November 29. The sole image only shows silhouettes of the new cars, but we can see that they are an SUV of some kind as well as a pick-up truck.

The identity of the pick-up is pretty obvious, because Mazda makes only one – it’s the new BT-50, based on the latest Isuzu D-Max. It has a unique exterior design but shares the same cabin and mechanicals as its sibling, including the 150 PS 1.9 litre and 190 PS 3.0 litre turbodiesel engines and six-speed manual and automatic gearbox options.

It’s the unknown SUV that’s a little harder to discern. The shape appears to belong to the CX-30 at first glance (Bermaz is working on CKD local assembly for the car, after all), but look closely at the rear end and you’ll see a tiny bump reminiscent of a round taillight – exactly like the ones on the MX-30.

This makes sense, given that the electric vehicle was due to be launched before the CKD CX-30, alongside the BT-50. In fact, the MX-30 was supposed to have arrived in Malaysia more than a year ago in October 2020, but the timeline has obviously been shifted, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


More recently, a Maybank Investment Bank research article reiterated that the MX-30 will be coming, subject to Mazda’s approval and the government’s EV policy (which has since been revealed). It also confirmed that the car will be introduced in fully electric form, rather than the mild hybrid model also available in certain markets. To recap, the MX-30 EV is powered by a 145 PS front motor, juiced by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery to deliver range of 200 km on the WLTP cycle.

Don’t discount the CKD CX-30, however – last we checked, production of the crossover was due to start in December ahead of the 2022 on-sale date. Expect the car to be offered with the same range of engines – a 164 PS 2.0 litre Skyactiv-G petrol four-cylinder and a 116 PS 1.8 litre Skyactiv-D turbodiesel.

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Selangor Aiming to Install 10,000 EV Charging Stations by 2025 – First 1,000 Units Expected to Be Ready in 2022

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The Selangor state government has announced it is aiming to install 10,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the state by 2025, with the first 1,000 stations expected to be ready next year, according to the Selangor Journal.

The ambitious plan was outlined by Selangor MB Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari earlier today. Speaking at the tabling of the 2022 Selangor Budget at the state legislative assembly, he said the state is looking to pioneer EV usage, and the development of a charging infrastructure would help expand that scope in faster fashion.

Amirudin said that the state government and private parties would collaborate on the project, which will involve an investment value of RM10 million. It was not detailed what type of chargers would be utilised or what rates, if any, consumers would be expected to pay for charging.

He did however say that incentives would be provided to businesses and industries that invest in EV infrastructure projects, and there would be no public parking charges imposed on EVs next year. “The incentives include a reduction of business fees and assessment tax. Apart from that, parking fees which come under the jurisdiction of the local authorities will also be waived for EV users in 2022,” he explained.

The state’s plan to develop an EV charging infrastructure sounds timely, given the upcoming EV push announced by the government during Budget 2022. In the outlined plan, EVs are set to be completely exempt from import duty, excise duty, sales tax as well as road tax for a period of two years, starting from January 1, 2022.

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