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Toyota Revo

Slow Advancement: Toyota (2001)

What is the best-selling in the Philippines? Corolla? Civic? but no cigar. In fact, not even far, it’s the Toyota Also known as the Tamaraw FX, the market leader in the most category of passenger vehicle, the Utility Vehicle (AUV), a of passenger car, light and delivery van. Brainchild of Motors in the late 1970s, the was developed as a multi-purpose entry-level that would be structurally mechanically reliable, and most of be absolutely affordable. This was by doing virtually all of the vehicle locally, and by using parts developed by Toyota, such as the train and suspension. The body interior and accessories were and manufactured by Toyota Philippines and its suppliers.

The Tamaraw took its bow with the rest of Toyota the worst periods of economic in the mid-1980s. Toyota developed current generation in Indonesia and it to the Philippines with its return in the 1980s. The brand name familiarity and some measure of among Filipinos, and the Tamaraw emerged as the bestseller in the AUV class.

In their FX Mega Taxi these new “kings of the road” also come to dominate in Metro Manila. (Hey, corrupts cab drivers, too.) For commuters, they’re an reasonable to taking the awful jeepneys. As transport, their efficiency is since they can only 10 people, compared to a jeepney’s 20, or a 50. ($%*?#@ bus drivers!) Given a which to ride, though, the Tamaraw’s real interior and all, airconditioning, it’s no

Hot on the Tamaraw’s heels came with its Adventure, and Isuzu the Highlander. These used cues and indeed some from its high-image offroaders and Trooper to give the vehicles a image and attract the private who might be turned off by the Tamaraw’s image.

Aiming to retain its among private users as Toyota introduced a facelifted and version of the Tamaraw called the The normal Tamaraw continues on as and utility vehicle, but the Revo is more for private transport. The also boasted of more engines that incorporated—finally—EFI. more like it, Toyota.

his caught our interest, so we had a drive in one to out just what makes multipurpose vehicles tick. For who’s used to cars, they be any good to drive? And are a genuine alternative to increasing vans like the Hi-Ace, Starex, Mitsubishi Space and Kia Carnival?

Getting into the seat of the Revo means a big up, with some wiggling the bucket. Once you’re it’s a car-like driving Steering wheel, dash and controls are from the Toyota bin—parts bin of the early 1990s, is! Everything clicks into well, but appearance is awful—don’t Lexus or even Echo; more like Corolla of generations ago. Beside the seat is a two-person bench, for seatback rake only.

space is nonexistent with the row up, but huge when it’s The third row is a cinch to fold and forward. It’s almost except there’s no lock on the and probably won’t pass or Euro crash safety There are no seatbelts also for row passengers. Headroom is quite in the third row; people 1.7 meters tall (five-foot-seven) are the ceiling.

We fired up the engine, expecting unrefined like a Lite-Ace’s or Tamaraw’s. Instead, the 1.8 EFI engine was with robust torque idle all the way to its low 5500 rpm redline. good for only 94 bhp, but for low-end performance, torque at 155 Nm at 3200 rpm. Acceleration was and we didn’t have any difficulty up with other traffic. We only carrying two persons, and no luggage. If you tend to carry a load more than the time, then you’d need the 2.0-liter.

Cooperating is the five-speed manual gearshift. changes are notchy but easy to The gearlever is the longest you’ll see side of an F150 manual. it would have been to mount the gearlever on the dash or the column to free up space for the middle passenger; I suppose parts-beggars can’t be choosers.

The was light and easy to modulate; no for the Metro’s stop-and-go traffic.

There’s a clear view of the ahead, thanks to the high clearance. The Revo is compact for its volume—30 mm shorter than the new maneuvering and parking is easy. are adequate to stopping the 1405-kg but lacks pedal feel of any The power-assisted steering is likewise but lifeless.

Toyota Revo

Sweltering heat is no for the Revo. Like most these days, it has a twin aircon system, with blowers in the dashboard and on the ceiling the second row of seats.

The vehicle’s is a mixed bag, due partly to the suspension. Fronts are double with coil springs—not too however, the rears are a solid with leafspring. It’s sturdy for carrying cargo, but too for carrying people. Sit in the front or the and you won’t do too badly. Sit in the third and you’d better have a on. Rear headroom is already since the third row is mounted It’s mounted directly the rear suspension, where feel every pothole and hump will send head directly to the meet the hard) ceiling.

One question mark from potential buyers concerns quality. Fit and finish are not quite up to standards. At 13,000 km, our test was already exhibiting some The drivetrain seems unbreakable, and should continue to be reliable.

The has the same warranty as Toyota’s cars, 2 years/50,000 km; a big improvement the previous model’s 1 year / kilometer warranty. Clearly is tantamount to an improved build in this version.

The latest to the Revo family are the 2.0-liter-engined All new Revos come with multireflector headlamps. They’re available, although delivery are beginning to stretch due to the labor at the Toyota plants. We sincerely that Toyota will be to resume its operations soon.

The is certainly reasonable for hauling of and people, particularly if you employ a (driver, in local parlance). If you to drive the car yourself, you’ll an easy if not pleasurable time it.

Here and now, the Revo is at the top of the AUV but it’s way behind rivals Korea such as the Carnival, offers much better inside and out, and a more ride. Toyota and its fellow AUV are going in the right direction, but had better move fast. a more sophisticated interior, fit and finish, and improvements to ride and future generations of AUVs give Japanese and Korean a run for their money.

By Jason Ang | By Ulysses Ang

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