Good to see that your understanding of value in the automotive sector is as shallow as the horological one. Consider Exhibit A, a rarer but far less heavily modified hatchback that, despite being French and eleven years old has depreciated at a slower rate than that Beetle you posted. That Toyota is a homologation special- something that barely exists anymore in 2020. I’ll wager you one of your horrible discount orange watches, that the price of a used GR Yaris in October 2021 (one year after it goes on sale) will not be half or anywhere near.
LOL! The meggy’s only sought-after because everything that came after it is somehow worse, and it’s in the middle-aged nostalgia market sweetspot.
Meanwhile… The Yaris -
A. It’s a Yaris.
You need more?
B. Homologation hasn’t been a Thing since about 1986, no-one gives a rat’s-arse about rallying now. Sad’n’all, but…
Dunno how many Toyota will have to make, but if it’s more than five, they’ll prolly be crushing the unsold ones to keep the value up.
Granted, if you happen to fall into the tiny market it’s aimed at (moneyed male-menopausal weeaboos) nothing else will do. If you want something actually good - computer says “no”…
Mind, in a world where a Nissan Juke NISMO is unironically an actual thing that actual people buy, I’m prolly hopelessly wrong. In which case - fuck this cancerous World and everybody in it, I’m glad we’re all going to die of the batflu…
Is there a Verso version?
Bet you’d be all over it if it was orange.
I hate you.
I mean REALLY hate you.
Lost interest after Blind Owl died
Canned drama is all the rage y’know
They were scary with ~45bhp…
I’ve seen that go up Santa Pod. Much amuse.
I had a mate with one and drove it a few times - it was actually quite stable compared to my Reliant Supervan, which needed paving slabs on the floor in the back to stop it rolling over. (which I managed to do on only the second day of ownership )
If you’d worked for Bond’s marketing dept., we’d all be driving sporty 3-wheelers now I reckon!
You fucking loon!
For Supervan read Van.
Reading truly is something you’ve abandoned as an activity isn’t it?
A normal 2009 Megane RS is worth buttons. As the ad states in simple terms (it’s written by a used car dealer, they have no other approach), it points out that one (an R26) isn’t which is why the value has held.
Why is that relevant? Well;
If you’d read the piece (and it’s abundantly clear you haven’t) it would be pretty obvious that Toyota wouldn’t normally need to describe this car as a Yaris. Even if you only understood 75% of the content (I’m feeling generous), you’d probably have sussed that a car with;
A different engine;
A different engine position
A different drive system
and, last but by no means least
A different wheelbase
to any other Yaris, is being badged that way for a very specific reason. Now what could that reason be? Reading to the rescue again.
From the article…
Gazoo Racing’s 2020 Yaris WRC car differs so much from the standard Yaris that this homologation model will need to be produced.
So, when you assuredly type
It’s not a great look. To drag this back to your original point, this isn’t a normal move from a car manufacturer. It has a backstory, it exists for a reason beyond sensible, numerate people identifying demographic trends. It has the faintest whiff of being the unwitting result of a company chancing its arm assuming it could get away without building it and having to make good on that assumption being wrong. In short, it has the sort of origin story that all but ensures it won’t be just another car, even if it is to spend its life burdened with a little chrome badge that says ‘Yaris’ on it.
Still, one unwitting ray of wisdom does shine out from your prose.
A man with a track record of purchases that suggests he is to taste what Harold Shipman was to elderly care, declares an object to be not good. As endorsements go for a normal human to covet one, that’s a doozy.
This has held its price.