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News Toyota GR Yaris Commercial Banned In Australia

Toyota GR Yaris Commercial Banned In Australia

If a person is late but still arrives on time while driving a Toyota GR Yaris, then it’s unsafe driving


  • Apparently, it promotes unsafe driving.

  • It seems as though regulators think that driving on a dirt road in a straight line is wrong.


We won’t play stupid and say that we don’t understand why this commercial on the ultra-desirable too-cool-for-North-America Toyota GR Yaris was pulled for circulation. We will say however that this might a new low-point in overreacting.

Toyota GR Yaris | Photo: Toyota

From what we gather from the 30-second spot, three siblings are on their way to their parents’ place for a 30th wedding anniversary party. While one sister is on time and the other is slightly behind schedule, the brother appears to have forgotten altogether. He receives a call while working on his Celica and quickly jumps in his Toyota GR Yaris. We see him driving in a straight line on a dirt road (which we assume is commonplace in Australia) and a moment later, the scene cuts to the sisters showing up at the house only to discover that he arrived ahead of time, and with a cake.

Apparently, this is too much for the Federal Chamber for Automotive Industries Motor Vehicle Advertising Code as it goes against two of its clauses: “unsafe driving” and “breaking the speed limit”. Toyota took the claim seriously and responded by saying that it wanted only “to show the Yaris’s versatility across a range of Australian road types”, according to Car Throttle.

Toyota GR Yaris | Photo: Toyota

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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