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Raum: The little car with big heart’

Francis Harawa, EDITOR • 3 November 12:53PM • 1 comment

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HARARE The Toyota Raum is an “unassuming” car. If we were to give it characteristics, it would be an introvert.

like my namesake, minister Nhema quiet but effective in his own

The car doesn’t have the looks of its “showy” cousins the Toyota or the Runx which cry out to be looked at.

its “blunt” looks, it has been out its “better looking” cousin the Spacio as the car of choice for taxi

And of late, it proved its “mettle” it was used as a getaway car after a in Avondale.

Notorious Mbare robber Mushonga perished when he and of his in crime” were involved in a collision with a bus on Beatrice

The horrific accident happened the car burst a front tyre.

in the world, robbers prefer to use the powerful turbo-charged models to their prospects of getting

But the Mbare robbers may have the Raum to con unsuspecting commuters getting a lift from

The car is extensively used as a commuter car on the route.

The “little car” is being used on a city-to-city from 4th Street to Copacabana.

On the day, the robbers are said to snatched $17 000 from a woman who had jumped into the car for a lift.

Who would have suspected a Toyota Raum would be by robbers. The money has yet to be recovered.

of its fuel efficiency, the Raum’s 1,5 engine is particularly suited for the now streets of Harare and the stop-start required under such

The Toyota Spacio, also a 1,5 litre engine, has been the car for taxis after dollarisation in

But initially, taxi operators for the Toyota Ipsum, a seven-seater, could be used to carry to work in the mornings but could be used on the city.

The Ipsum was dumped because its 2 litre was uneconomical on fuel.

Demand for the Toyota Spacio was by the World Cup which was held in Africa in 2010, the first the event was staged on the continent.

allowed tourism operators to cars duty-free. The result was a of the Toyota Spacio which was the operators’ pick.

With the growing at an average seven then, hopes were Zimbabwe would get a big spillover of the cup crowds to watch games of the border.

The police even tourism officers who were to the multitudes of tourists who were to come.

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But the crowds expected for the cup did not materialise.

The country was still emerging a decade-long economic decline.

have blamed the hospitality for pricing themselves out of the market.

the overtraded taxi industry, turned the Spacios into where revellers turned tricks at night at the many holes that dotted the

There were threats grey imports would be by October 2010 which in accelerated imports of cars, Zimbabweans across the border in and further away in Durban to buy

People changed their of cars as taxi operators dumping the Spacio for the Raum.

The industry has for a long time dogged by liquidity problems.

to dollarisation, the industry seems to been rejuvenated.

Soon independence in 1980, when taxis dominated the taxi it was the Datsun 120y and the Renault 4s held sway at taxi

Those models were from the sanctions busting era the French traded with the regime.

It was not until the Esap era 1993 when the Nissan (box) took over the Datsun 120y as the favourite car for operators.

The game moved Nissan to Toyota after and has remained in the Toyota stable since.

Hyundai muscled in on the turf briefly, when for the time, it offered brand new to taxi operators, but the South car faded as it lacked spares Today, one can hardly see a Hyundai in the city.

And so for the time being, the “little rules the roost on the taxi with the help of its cousin the

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