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Toyota brings back Starlet decades after

The Starlet has from inception evolved into an enviable mini subcompact Sport Utility

Toyota (Nigeria) Limited has unveiled the new generation Starlet as a response to the yearnings of their customers that have over the years demanded its entry into the Nigerian automobile market.

The Starlet debuted April 1973 and continued to evolve until the last edition of July 1999. The Japanese vehicle has not been in the market for 22 years until last weekend when TNL unveiled the new generation model for the Nigerian market.

The Starlet has from inception evolved into an enviable mini subcompact Sport Utility Vehicle providing incredible safe driving experience and convenience for the owners. It is fitted with enhanced body design, easy to manoeuvre and pleasurable and cabin comfort.

Managing Director of TNL, Mr. Kunle Ade-Ojo said the vehicle offers enhanced safety for occupants without compromising on efficiency.

According to him, the Starlet comes with 150,000 kilometres or five years warranty; whichever comes first.

There are three variants of the 1.4 litre engine to cater to the preferences and pockets of the target segment. The available variants are Entry grade, Mid-Grade and High Grade. Other details and unique selling propositions of the vehicles include enhanced body design, luxury package, easy to manoeuvre and pleasurable cabin comfort, top class safety and green environment friendly.

With 345 litres of boot space–extendable to 756 litres with the 60:40 split rear seat folded flat, there’s always space for fun. And the cup holders and central console box are all ideal holders for phones or water bottles after a night out.

Ade-Ojo, who was represented by General Manager Corporate Services Mr Bunmi Onafowokan, described the vehicle as “another masterpiece from the stable of Toyota.”

The Starlet, he said, is an elegant vehicle imbued with the quality, durability, reliability and style that the Toyota brand stands for.

He said quality after-sales service was an essential component of TNL’s business value chain, adding “we have consciously continued to improve on our after-sales service delivery and bring such services closer to our teeming customers.”

Meanwhile, TNL has announced plans to inaugurate a world-class Certified Service Centre (CSC) at Isolo, Lagos.

This facility, he said, has a body and paint section, a workshop and a parts section among other services available.

“Toyota (Nigeria) Limited will not only continue to invest in the Nigerian Automobile Industry but also align with the aspirations of the Nigerian government to revolutionize the local Industry,” he said.