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The Toyota GR Yaris - body

Source: AutoMotoTV (Glomex)

The GR Yaris is Toyota's first production model with a roof, made of woven carbon fiber material. Compared to a conventional steel component, this C-SMC (Carbon Sheet Moulding Compound) material saves 3.5 kg at a point that is particularly crucial for the car's center of gravity. Toyota manufactures the hood, tailgate and doors from aluminum, resulting in a further weight reduction of 24 kg. In total, the proportion of aluminum in the body of the GR Yaris reaches around ten kilograms. As a result, it weighs 38 kg less than that of the corresponding Yaris predecessor model. High-strength and ultra-high-strength steels are used at particularly sensitive points of the vehicle. On the one hand, they guarantee the unchanged high crash safety of the three-door model, while on the other hand they allow the use of thinner and therefore lighter metal in other segments.

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