Japanese Soft-Roader Weekend Edition: Toyota Starlet Remix

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Japan is home to some very interesting developments of initially uninteresting cars. The Toyota Starlet is one such example, as it’s a honest, humdrum hatchback with no real styling effort seemingly undertaken at any point, except for the unapologetically jazzy seat trim.
But give it seriously heavy-looking body cladding and available four-wheel-drive, and the car is transformed into a camping-themed soft roader in an instant.

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The Remix is so 1990s I should be writing this on a CRT monitor and a 56k modem at best.
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Inside, there are sport seats and shiny yellow switchgear, without forgetting the automatic transmission as so often brandished in Japanese promotional material. These are city cars, and they rarely need a 5-speed shifter on the home market. Over here, I don’t think the Starlet was even available with A/T.
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“I love camping”, declares the spare wheel cover.
The Starlet in non-sporty guise was available with two flavours of 1.3-litre engines, and the Glanza turbo version had roughly 50-60 horsepower more than the base units.
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Still, the Remix sold – at least this particular car was shot by Wikimedia user Tennen-Gas.

By |2016-04-16T09:00:07+00:00April 16th, 2016|Cars You Should Know, Weekend Edition|0 Comments

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