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History of Toyota Starlet
The Toyota Starlet was a long-running model for the Japanese manufacturer. Its name was used on models from 1973 to 1999. In the ten years between the launch of the front-wheel drive Starlet in 1985 to the introduction of the Jeans special edition in 1995, 40,000 FWD Toyota Starlets were sold by Toyota GB. The Starlet was a very popular model in the UK, and a particular favourite for Toyota owners looking for a second car. The Starlet name was first seen in 1973 as a trim level when Toyota introduced the Publica Starlet coupe. Five years later the Publica and Publica Starlet lines were merged to create the Starlet range.
Toyota Starlet 60-Series (KP60) 1978 To 1984)
The Starlet became Toyota''s entry-level model, and was available in the UK as a three-door. Unlike other cars in its class, the Toyota Starlet retained the front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout of its predecessor. The British market received a choice of three engines ranging from 1.0- to 1.3-litres and either a four or five-speed manual gearbox or two-speed auto. The 60-series Starlet was Toyota''s first car to use rack-and-pinion steering.
In 1980, the Toyota Starlet received a minor facelift, the most notable change being the switch from circular to rectangular headlights. There were also detail improvements in 1983.
Toyota Starlet 70-Series (EP70) (1984 To 1989)
The next generation of Starlet was launched in Japan in 1984, arriving on our shores February 1985. This model was a complete overhaul on the 60-series with new styling, new engines and, most markedly, a change to a front-wheel drive layout. This change in layout and 55mm increase in width meant increased interior space.
The new E-series engines offered 21% more power and 13.8% more torque than the outgoing 1.0-litre. The 70-series Starlets had superb fuel economy that could compete even in today''s market. A 500 mile range could be achieved from the 40-litre tank.
A minor facelift in March 1987 saw modified suspension improve ride comfort and convenience features such as internal fuel and rear hatch releases, an intermittent rear wiper and extra storage features added. By the end of 1998, 1,850,088 Starlets had been sold globally.
Toyota Starlet 80-Series (EP80)
The 80-series Starlet with its more rounded appearance was launched in the UK in April 1990, having debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. This model was put together with high quality materials so it felt like a much more expensive car than previous examples. The 80-series also had retuned suspension and improved braking performance. The carburetted 12-valve 1E engine and five-speed gearbox were carried over unchanged. The Toyota Starlet is famed for its superb reliability, consistently topping European reliability records.
In 1992, the model was revised to add further safety features and body-protecting side moulding fittings as standard. In 1993, a new fuel injected 1.3-litre 2E-E engine was added to the line-up with fuel injection and a three-way catalytic convertor being added to existing engines. The new 2E-E engine provided a 27% increase in performance over the 1.0-litre model.
The five-door model was introduced to the UK in 1994, as was a cheaper trim level. The range now comprised of the 1.3 XLi three-door and 1.3 GLi five-door. A year later, Toyota GV announced that over 40,000 front-wheel drive Starlets had been sold in the the UK since they were introduced back in 1985: half of those were bought by people that already owned other Toyota models.
Toyota Starlet 90-Series (EP90)
The final series of Starlets was launched in Japan in January 1996, after a record design to production time for Toyota of under two years. The 90-series Toyota Starlet sat at the heart of the small car market and boasted a best in class turning circle. It excelled in terms of safety and featured a spacious interior. The engine in this generation of Starlet was the 1.3-litre 16v DOHC 4E-FE four-cylinder from the Corolla. Transmission options were either a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic.
1997 was the best ever year for Toyota Starlet sales with 10,000 sold in the UK. A year later there was a minor update with improved safety features, ride comfort, stability and braking performance. The trim levels were updated and the sporty SR model was released. Production of the Toyota Starlet ended in July 1999 to be replaced by the Yaris.