Of course Toyota’s latest Gazoo Racing model is a Hilux

9 Nov by admin

Of course Toyota’s latest Gazoo Racing model is a Hilux

“As a car to launch Toyota’s new Gazoo Racing brand, it’s a brilliant demonstration of the engineering prowess that will go into future products.”

So said, erm, us when we drove the Toyota Yaris GRMN, one of the punchiest, hardest cored hot hatches of the last few years. Gazoo Racing had arrived in Europe with a bang.

In South America, though, it arrives with this. The Hilux GR Sport has just been unveiled at the Sao Paulo motor show as the first Gazoo product designed and developed in the region.

It makes sense, of course. Toyota’s sold some niche Gazoo offerings in its Japanese homeland for some time, but launching it elsewhere with targeted products makes sense. While a pent-up little hot hatch is perfect for British roads, it’d flounder a bit in the South American market. So they get a pick-up with stickers on it.