Toyota Tsusho Corporation (“Toyota Tsusho”) announces that it will start sales of Toyota Starlet, a compact car under the Toyota brand in the African market, with the OEM supply from Suzuki Motor Corporation (“Suzuki”) in India. Sales will be initiated in South Africa from mid-September of this year. Sales will then be successively expanded to 47 countries in Africa.

The Positioning
The small passenger car segment is growing steadily throughout the African Market, increasing individual customer demand. The Starlet will be an entry model in Toyota’s lineup, with good performance and affordable pricing. The Starlet offers a modern exterior design, spacious interior and enhanced specifications.

Modern Exterior
The exterior design follows a classic hatchback profile, with a short, downward-sloping nose and rounded-off rear hatch. A v-shaped front grille with centrally-mounted Toyota insignia are joined by two vertically arranged headlamps with chrome inlay.
The side profile features contour-following upper and lower crease lines which creates a sense of motion. Prominent wheel arches give the Starlet a sure-footed stance.
The rear design center’s around the large LED tail lamps featuring a red and clear color scheme. These are joined by a trapezoidal indent in the lower bumper section. The overall result is a compact and striking design.

Interior Design
The interior layout prioritizes spaciousness and ergonomics without compromising on flair. The center hang-down section neatly groups the ventilation, infotainment and climate control switchgear. Contour lines create a feeling of unison with the exterior design. A chunky three-spoke steering wheel incorporates steering switches.

Engine & Performance

Powering the Starlet is a 1.4-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine. The engine exhibits responsive and reactive characteristics that make light work of the daily commute. Power outputs are 68kW @ 6000 rpm and 130Nm @ 4200 rpm.
Two transmission choices are on offer, a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic, all driving the front wheels.


3.995 x 1.745 x 1.470



5 Manual, 4 Automatic



Curb weight (kg, min./with full option) 895, 915, 935* Fuel tank capacities(L) 37

*depends on grade or transmission

Safety & Security

All Starlet models come well equipped with safety and security equipment which include active electronic aids such as ABS, EBD, and Brake Assist (BA).

ABS – Anti-lock Braking System
ESP – Electronic Stability Program (RHD)
Hill Hold Control (RHD&AT)
Driver & passenger airbags (SRS)
Side airbags* (SRS)
Curtain airbags* (SRS)

* Availability of model / grade / specification / color on this website depends on countries.