TOYOTA Starlet 5 Doors

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TOYOTA Starlet 5 Doors
TOYOTA Starlet 5 Doors   1996 1999
1996 1999

Toyota introduced the Starlet 90 series in 1996 in two versions, with three and five-door version hatchbacks, the latter being aimed at young customers.
With an increased demand for small-class vehicles good for urban areas, carmakers started to offer customers a wider choice of engines and body versions. The French and Italian brands were very well represented in this segment, while Ford, Opel, and Volkswagen were strong competitors. Unlike the European brands, Toyota focused on only one engine option and no diesel. That decision proved to be a recipe for disaster.

At the front, the simple, curved headlights sported corner-mounted turns signals. Its shaved corners and edges were a mix between the ’80s style and the ’90s bio-design trend. The Japanese carmaker tried an exciting design idea, with a sloped-down beltline over the front doors. Its curved vertical tailgate cut a slice from the rear bumper to make the loading edge lower.

Inside, the straightforward design with hard plastic on the dash and door panels. On the center stack, the carmaker installed the ventilation control unit and a stereo cassette player. Its low-mounted seats led to less legroom for rear passengers but better headroom for the front ones. Depending on the options, the three-door Starlet offered power-windows as an option.

Under the hood, Toyota installed only one powertrain option, a 1.3-liter engine paired to a five-speed manual gearbox.

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TOYOTA Starlet 5 Doors
TOYOTA Starlet 5 Doors   1990 1996
1990 1996

Toyota introduced the fourth generation of the Starlet in December 1989 in Japan and, in the following year, in the rest of the world.
The Japanese carmaker kept the third generation of the Starlet only four years before it changed it to the much successful fourth-generation model. Unlike its predecessor, the new version came prepared to face the tough European competitors such as the Renault 5, Peugeot 205, or the Volkswagen Polo. It gained its credits on the harsh Acropolis Rallye and proved to be successful on the market as well.

Like most of the small-segment vehicles, the Starlet featured a hatchback bodywork, and it was available with a three or five-door configuration. Its rounded edges made it more pleasant to a market that started to step away from the wedged shapes of the ’80s. Before the 1994 facelift, all versions featured squared headlights, and, after that, specific trim levels were granted with four round headlights.

Inside, Toyota offered minimum requirements for a 1990 vehicle, depending on the trim level. The base versions featured an instrument cluster with three dials, while the top trim levels were offered with a tachometer. The power-windows were on the options list.

Under the hood, the carmaker installed a choice of engines ranged between 70 hp and 135 hp. Most of them were paired to a five-speed manual gearbox, but a 4-speed automatic was available for specific models and markets. An all-wheel-drive, turbocharged Starlet was produced to enhance the car’s image on the market.

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