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Toyota's Tazz v2.0 here in May

2012-02-28 11:41

Toyota SA has confirmed its latest budget-beating range – the Etios hatchback and sedan – will be launched in South Africa in May, 2012.

The Etios range, first shown in South Africa at the 2011 Johannesburg international motor show, is Toyota’s first stab at the sub-B segment since the discontinuation of the Tazz more than five years ago. Has it really been that long?

That is, however, where the similarities end. While the Tazz was a re-heated product of Toyota’s Prospecton plant just south of Durban, the Etios cars are designed specifically for modern buyers. The cars will be sourced from Bangalore, India.

MADE TO MEASURE

Speaking at the launch of the Etios at its state-of-the-art facility in Bangalore, chief engineer for Etios, Yoshinori Noritake, said: “After interviewing and studying the customer preferences, we found a growing need for affordable, quality cars.

Toyota Etios

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“We first observed various aspects that were sought by customers then enhanced the features and performance aspects that were truly needed while doing away with excessive design elements.”

The Etios is instantly recognisable as a Toyota through its dipped grille with dramatic chromed detailing; largely, the overall styling seems inoffensive.

Once launched here on May 21, 2012, the Etios range will be offered at two specification levels – entry Xi and more upmarket XS – with features including colour-coded bumpers, chromed accents and 14” steel rims.

Power will be supplied by Toyota's proven 1.5 petrol engine.

Comments
  • Lourens - 2012-02-28 11:59

    Please Toyota, reconsider this. I still own a 12 year old Tazz that probably looks better than this... one

      Fredster - 2012-02-29 10:03

      Is this the Toyota Logan? Love child between a Tazz and a Renault Logan

      Lizel - 2012-02-29 12:17

      @Fredster69: My thoughts exactly! Same mould if you ask me. Nissan NP200 , Renault Logan all made on the same factory line. Toyota must have bought shares in the mould as well

  • Dean - 2012-02-28 13:01

    And all the die hard Toy fans is going to tell you that this is the best thing since slice bread.

      Wesley - 2012-02-28 14:10

      we have all left! (trust me) Cant take the dissapointment anymore! first car was a Tazz (beauty) then the first Yaris (T3 Plus, a beaut with my 16") now ive moved on to better things coz of things like this new Tazz Etios thing!

      Wesley - 2012-02-28 14:10

      we have all left! (trust me) Cant take the dissapointment anymore! first car was a Tazz (beauty) then the first Yaris (T3 Plus, a beaut with my 16") now ive moved on to better things coz of things like this new Tazz Etios thing!

      Thando - 2012-02-29 12:06

      I still like Toyota. New Yaris is OK and GT 86 is one of the best but this is a third world car that should not be released here and will damage the Toyota brand

  • naolifant - 2012-02-28 13:27

    and when was the 2012 JIMS, Mr Editor?

      Les - 2012-02-29 13:51

      Hi, Mr Editor has checked the item and can't find a problem. We mention 2011 JIMS? Anyway, we always appreciate it when readers pick up errors...

  • Johann - 2012-02-28 13:55

    HHmmm nissan tilda ? and the price ? overly exspensive again.this only for toyota diehards.

  • hvanvuuren - 2012-02-28 14:51

    I sat in this car during the 2011 Motor show and was impressed. Not bad if the price is right, just wondering about Euro Ncap on this ?? By the way, I am not a Toyota fan nor do I own one, nor will I own one soon, but this is a nice car from my impressions at the show!!

      Nitro - 2012-02-29 06:28

      I also did get to see this car in the flesh and it is basic, but if Toyota can add to its reliability and make it affordable then this becomes the successor to the the Tazz. In india these start at around INR504K. So hopefully when it is released here we get it for around R80K. Then it becomes the perfect student vehicle or run around. The koreans do not have a reliability track record yet, so if Toyota do price this in reaching distance of them, it will dominate the market.

      Nitro - 2012-02-29 06:28

      I also did get to see this car in the flesh and it is basic, but if Toyota can add to its reliability and make it affordable then this becomes the successor to the the Tazz. In india these start at around INR504K. So hopefully when it is released here we get it for around R80K. Then it becomes the perfect student vehicle or run around. The koreans do not have a reliability track record yet, so if Toyota do price this in reaching distance of them, it will dominate the market.

  • ltjvrensburg - 2012-02-28 16:12

    The person or group that designed this car should not be paid haha as this design fails, BADLY, a small child can draw something better looking than this. Toyota is playing second fiddle to the Korean's now and the ONLY thing that keeps them going is the engines. When the Koreans catch up in that regard(which I think is sooner rather than later)toyota is toast. Only the Hilux and fortuner is worthy of buying. ALL Toyota's other offerings are poor.

      lumifi - 2012-02-28 19:43

      You are the poor one... just keep driving your joke vivo or city!!

      lumifi - 2012-02-28 19:43

      You are the poor one... just keep driving your joke vivo or city!!

      ltjvrensburg - 2012-02-29 12:26

      Look I only say this as it is the truth. I'm actually in the process of buying a 2nd hand hilux, because it is without doubt the best and most durable bakkie, THE rolls royce of the bakkie world. But Toyota will have to do something about they're family (sedans,vans) offerings. The designs are not improving looking at the new Yaris(interior/exterior) and concepts of the future corolla/auris. And no I do not drive an overpriced vivo and I'm definitely not a biased when it comes to cars.

      Stephan - 2012-03-05 12:53

      lumifi, sit down and shutup

  • raynoj - 2012-02-28 16:39

    it almost looked like those nasty China imports

      lumifi - 2012-02-28 19:42

      Well, at least is 100000 times superior to the ugly and obsolet polo vivo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      lumifi - 2012-02-28 19:42

      Well, at least is 100000 times superior to the ugly and obsolet polo vivo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jaco - 2012-02-28 18:27

    Finally a Toyo that makes sense, stripped of extras, but at least with the price slashed as well.

      Jaco - 2012-02-28 18:29

      at least it seems the factory is "state of the art..."

      Jaco - 2012-02-28 18:29

      at least it seems the factory is "state of the art..."

  • lumifi - 2012-02-28 19:41

    At last a pretty and pratical new face in the South african car market, mainly low cost part. This car is quite reliable and solid and has been a huge hit in the Orient. Engine capacity torque and power are correct. Sure it will sell like hot cakes. Please get rid of Chinese jokes, Tatas and VW´s Vivos!! welcome Mr. Toyota Etios!!

      Dean - 2012-02-29 11:29

      Just hope it has brakes. Because i have that on my vw.

      phillip.havenga - 2012-03-01 08:11

      lumifi please feel free to buy this atrocity if you will be happy looking at what is quite possibly the ugliest car on the road other than the Renault Logan good for you! There are however quite a few other people out there that actually have standards.

  • curbylee1 - 2012-02-28 20:31

    Hyundai, cought them off-gaurd... U go. Think they need to employ Hyundai's designers....Maybe then I'll buy another Toy...

      curbylee1 - 2012-02-28 20:32

      The 5 door looks like an i10..

      curbylee1 - 2012-02-28 20:32

      The 5 door looks like an i10..

  • Jannie - 2012-02-28 20:57

    More Indian build, overpriced, high profit rubbish. No thanks.

  • Lizel - 2012-02-29 08:55

    Nissan and renault share the same mould when it come to the NISSAN NP200 AND THE RENAULT LOGAN, Looks like Toyota now have shares in that mould as well.

  • chris.vanzyl - 2012-02-29 09:07

    The ONLY Toyota I will EVER buy is a Toyota Hilux!

  • Hlangothi - 2012-02-29 09:31

    I jst saw the new Avanza and Innova. I have to give it to Toyota, they sure know how to make ugly cars.

  • pvuuren - 2012-02-29 09:43

    The fact that it is a Toyota means nothing, the actual fact that is?! will it be going for under R100K, and I don't mean R99'999.99 with service and maintenance @ R2500.00 at the dealers... that's not "Budget"

  • Candice - 2012-02-29 10:58

    Toyota = UGLY

  • Dean - 2012-02-29 11:34

    First the yaris was going to replace the Tazz. Now a Yaris is around 200k. Give it a couple of years then Toyota will market this as a luxury car, like the corola. that use to be the entry level.

  • lumifi - 2012-02-29 20:32

    A modern car with pleasant style and good engine. Reliability is assured... above all it´s a toyota! 100.000 times better in all respects than an ugly boxy and with 13 years old concept VW vivo!!!!!!!! RATHER WALK THAN HAVE A POLO VIVO WITH 13 YERS OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dean - 2012-03-01 08:51

      Wake up and smell the petrol, every one is surpassing Toyota. Even the Koreans. Toyota nowadays wish they have VW build quality. Toyota never invented the wheel and neither have they brought anything new to it.

      citigolf - 2012-03-01 12:43

      and you recon this 1.5 engine of toyota is newer than the , as you call it, 13 yr old vivo? this isnt even a toyota engine, but comes from the daihatsu component... shame, hope you enjoy it.

  • Shafiek - 2012-02-29 20:49

    Why does cheap have to mean ugly? I mean seriously, this is terrible looking. It probably will not be as cheap as it should be. The Koreans have proved that cheap does not mean ugly. Yet people will still buy it for reasons I can not fathom. Toyota is no longer synonymous with quality and reliability and never with style. There are offerings out there of far better quality and reliability and at better prices. All Toyota is running on now is PAST reputation which no longer stands true. It's sad because people don't realise that while others are moving ahead Toyota is falling far behind.

      Louis - 2012-02-29 21:46

      Old School mentality. Its because oupa drove a Toyota. And boetman still got the picture on the wall where he stands on the seat of oupas Toyota that now has 999999999999999999999999999999km on the clock. Its the day he turned 45 and got his 1st beer.

      Dean - 2012-03-01 08:47

      So right on that statement. I drove the new Fiat Punto lately, and was impressed. Every other car manufacturer has evolved, bringing new technology to the market. Toyota has never really brought anything developed by themselves. Going back to the eighties twin cam was used at Alfa Romeo for production cars since the 1950's. When Toyota brought it out in the early 80's you would swear they pioneered it. The same goes for vvt, its just a copy of Honda's vtec. Soon they will copy Fiat's Multi air and call it their own

  • Louis - 2012-02-29 21:40

    Still prefer my Polo Vivo.

      lumifi - 2012-03-01 20:23

      For God sake, do not say that!!!!!!! You drive an an ugly boxy thing with 13 years old concept!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dumisani - 2012-03-01 11:40

    the bad looks suggest its an electric car? But we all know the story here, some after market genius is going to throw some 17" rims on it, then it wont look so bad any more, next thing it will flood the streets like a the citi golf (citi looks good btw)coz its cheap.

  • Dean - 2012-03-01 12:22

    Lets be honest with ourselves. There has to be a market for cheaper cars, not everyone can afford a Merc, BMW and Audi. There is also the people that also can't even afford a Mazda 3, Ford Fiesta. We also need to get rid of all the realy old cars on the road. That is why the likes of Tata, Cherry and the Polo Vivo and Ford Figo sells. It's obvious that Toyota and Renault with the Logan wants a piece of that pie.

      citigolf - 2012-03-01 12:44

      agreed, vivo and figo might be older reworks, but much better looking than this thing

  • myetios - 2012-03-02 08:27

    Dear Friends in SA I am Munish from India and my experience has been horrible with the product with so many quality issues and no Toyota personnel is ready to listen and sort them out. http://www.facebook.com/mytoyotaetios

  • myetios - 2012-03-02 08:27

    Dear Friends in SA I am Munish from India and my experience has been horrible with the product with so many quality issues and no Toyota personnel is ready to listen and sort them out. http://www.facebook.com/mytoyotaetios

  • Hannetjie - 2012-03-02 10:04

    The Toyota Tazz is still one of the most successful small cars ever launched in SA. My husband still drives his with over 250, 000 kilos on the odo meter and no problems!!!!! I also still see quite a number of Tazz's every day on the Gauteng roads.

      Ewwbur.Evony - 2012-03-02 17:00

      That is now-a-days true for most cars. If you look after your car and have it serviced regular, it will last. The days of the truly crap cars are long gone. Toyota's are highly over-priced (even more than other brands) and other cars just as reliable with more standard spec's are available. There is already far better cars on our market than the above.

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