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Turbo Tuesday: 10 Interesting Facts About the Toyota Vitz

16 Jun 2015 | By Rowland K. Ng'eno

Toyota Vitz Nairobi Kenya

From around 2006, sightings of a small, cheap and manageable Toyota became frequent. Since Toyota constantly introduces a variety of car models, most had not at that time heard of or realized that this one was going to be famous… or infamous (depending on how you choose to look at it). It’s the Vitz.

The first ones in the market were the 1999-2003 models which at the time cost about KSH 400,000 from a car bazaar. Currently, the 2007-2010 versions can cost anywhere between KSH’s 600,000 to 700,000.

Here are some fun and little known facts about the little car that splits opinions:

1 | The Toyota Vitz was a successor to the popular Toyota Starlet that served many. You might still spot a few on the roads.

Toyota Starlet Nairobi Kenya

2 | Unlike its predecessor, the Vitz has a more powerful engine ranging from 1.0-litre/999cc to a 1.5-litre/1500cc.

3 | As of 2010, the first two generations, which are most common in Kenya, had achieved in excess of 3.5 million sales in over 70 countries, including more than 1.4 million in Japan.

4 | It has different names for different regions. It is commonly known as Vitz in Japan, with most international markets receiving the same vehicle under the Toyota Yaris name. For the first generation, the Vitz was formerly known as the Toyota Echo in some markets.

5 | The Toyota Yaris was voted European Car of the Year earlier in the millennium.

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6 | In spite being the most common than any other model sold by Toyota Kenya, the Vitz is not meant for the African market. It was originally developed to be sold in Japan, Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.

7 | The only country officially selling the Toyota Vitz in Africa is Morocco. The ones available in Kenya are not sold via Toyota Kenya, rather through car bazaars.

8 | There is a Toyota Vitz Fan Club in Kenya.

9 | The Vitz has a sedan version Toyota Belta but in 2014 was discontinued in the Asian market.

Toyota Belta Nairobi Kenya

10 | Toyota Yaris plans to make its competition debut in 2017 at the WRC (World Rally Championships).

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