Jaco Van Der Merwe
Head of Motoring
2 minute read
3 Dec 2020
9:50 am

Toyota Starlet hits the ground running

Jaco Van Der Merwe

Over 1 000 units of Etios replacement sold in its first month.

An instant local hit

There was a fair degree of scepticism around Toyota's unveiling of the Starlet, its successor to the discontinued Etios, back in September. Reason being that the little fellow was no more than a rebadged Suzuki Baleno, a car that has been on our roads for a number of years and is the result of a joint development between the two Japanese manufacturers. But the Baleno has never performed as well as Suzuki would have hoped for, with models around it constantly stealing its thunder in terms of monthly sales. The South African public's loyalty to its favourite car brand didn't...