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The Toyota GR Yaris is one of the best supermini hot hatchbacks in recent years, praised by almost anyone who’s driven it, and if we were to bet on it, we’d say that it would beat its rivals on the track – save perhaps for the bigger Mercedes-AMG A45 S and Audi RS3 Sportback.

However, AutoBildSportsCars’ lap of the Sachsenring proved the opposite, as the homologation special actually came behind the front-wheel drive Ford Focus ST, whose 2.3-liter EcoBoost pumps out 280 PS (276 HP / 206 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque.

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At 1:40.65, it was also beaten by the 306 PS (301 HP / 225 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). front-wheel drive MINI JCW GP by more than two seconds.

The unofficial clocked run at the German track, performed on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that come as standard with the Circuit Pack, did place the GR Yaris ahead of the old Peugeot 208 GTI, which used a 1.6-liter turbocharged four with 208 PS (205 HP / 153 kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) and did a 1:41.17.

It also managed to beat the Ford Fiesta ST by nearly two seconds, though it is unknown whether we’re talking about the latest iteration. If so, then you’re looking at a front-wheel drive hot hatch that packs a 1.5-liter three-banger with 200 PS (197 HP / 147 kW) and 290 Nm (214 lb-ft) and has front-wheel drive.

In European spec, the GR Yaris is powered by a 257 HP (261 PS / 192 kW) and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm) turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine, with a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. It will do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than 5.5 seconds and reach a 143 mph (230 km/h) maximum speed.

 


While some believed that an MCV version of the new-gen Logan might be ditched altogether, as such vehicles are not as popular in Europe as they once were, Dacia begs to differ.

This heavily camouflaged prototype of the new Logan MCV was captured near the Arctic Circle, and it should have a front end almost identical to the sedan that broke cover last year. That means the same prominent headlamps and grille, though the latter could have a different pattern.

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The long-roof variant of the compact car, which is due towards the end of the year, has a bigger and more squared tailgate design that should make loading and unloading cargo easier. The taillights appear to be a bit smaller and in all likelihood, they won’t flank the rear window, as those are probably red stickers meant to trick bystanders. Elsewhere, the rear bumper is bigger and the rear license plate holder is still mounted on the tailgate.

The MCV will share its interior with the rest of the Logan lineup

The cabin design and build quality will be identical to the four-door model, and features such as the touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration, automatic climate control, electric side mirror adjustment, power door locks, power windows, multi-function steering wheel, USB port and push-button start will be included.

Underpinned by the CMF-B platform, the new Logan MCV is expected with the same engine lineup as its short-roof sibling, which includes a 65 PS (64 HP / 48 kW) 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit, a 90 PS (89 HP / 66 kW) 1.0-liter turbo-three and a 100 PS (99 HP / 74 kW) bi-fuel (petrol/LPG) three-pot. In the 2021 Logan sedan, the base lump is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, whereas the mid-range option comes with a six-speed manual or a CVT. The bi-fuel variant is offered with a six-speed manual gearbox.

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Tae-Hoon Kim was doubly lucky Thursday at The Genesis Invitational at The Riviera Country Club. The pro golfer not only hit a hole in one at the course’s 16th hole, but he won himself a Genesis G80 in the process.

The hole-in-one came on the course’s 166-yard par 3 and you can see it in the video below. If his reaction to the shot and the prize looks a little subdued to you, it’s because he’s remarkably talented at winning Genesis-es.

This is the third vehicle from the brand that the golfer has won in the last four months. Kim earned himself a GV80 earlier this year after winning the Genesis Open on the Korean Tour in October. Amusingly, that’s the tournament that ultimately earned him an invitation to this event.

Kim was also awarded a Genesis GV70 SUV for leading the order of merit on the Korean Tour in 2020. Fortunately for Kim, he doesn’t have to expand his garage just yet.

“I gave the first two cars to my parents but I’m not sure yet what I’ll do with this latest one,” Kim told PGAtour. “I didn’t see the ball go in the hole but then I noticed some people up at the green celebrating and realized it went in. That was a pretty special thing to happen in my first PGA TOUR event.”

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It may have been unfair to call Kim lucky up at the top, though. He had some great holes in the opening round of the tournament. He became just the fourth golfer since 1983 to hit two eagles on the back nine of the Riviera in the same round.

His second day isn’t going quite as well, though, and (at time of writing) Kim is tied at 87th with a cumulative score of two shots over par.

This is the fifth year in a row that Genesis is partnering with the PGA Tour to sponsor the Invitational.