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Toyota Raum
Z10 Toyota Raum 1
2006 Toyota Raum 01
2003 Toyota Raum 02
Manufacturer Toyota
Central Motors Headquarters Plant (2nd Gen)[1]
Production 1997 - 2003 1st gen
2003 - present 2nd gen
Class Mini MPV
Body style(s) 5-door hatchback
Layout FWD
AWD
Engine(s) 1.5 L 5E-FE 1st gen
1.5 L 1NZ-FE VVT-i 2nd gen
Transmission(s) Automatic 1st gen
Automatic (Super-ECT) 2nd gen
Length 4,025 mm (158.5 in) 1st gen
4,045 mm (159.3 in) 2nd gen
Width 1,685 mm (66.3 in) 1st gen
1,690 mm (67 in) 2nd gen
Height 1,590 mm (63 in) 1st gen
1,545 mm (60.8 in) 2nd gen
Curb weight 1,100 kg (2,400 lb) 1st gen
1,150 kg (2,500 lb) 2nd gen
Related Daihatsu Tanto
Toyota Tercel
Toyota Vitz

The Toyota Raum is a small, five-seat mini MPV that first appeared in May 1997. The second generation was released in May 2003. It is currently sold only in Japan.

The vehicle's name is German for chamber, berth, room, space, expanse, scope, area, or sphere and attempts to emphasize the vast amount of space it contains relative to its size. This is because the front doors on both the driver and passenger sides open conventionally, but the rear doors slide open rearward and attach to the top and bottom of the door openings and interlock to the front doors. The Raum uses a similar door approach also used on the Peugeot 1007, which is a 3-door hatchback with side sliding doors on both sides.

There is no door jamb between the front and rear doors that the doors attach to on the passenger side, and the passenger front seat folds flat upon itself and then can be folded forward while still being attached to the floor at the front bottom of the seat. The rear seats can be folded flat with a 60:40 split or can also be folded forward individually for a rear flat cargo floor.

The automatic transmission gear selector is dashboard mounted, thereby freeing up the flat floor space between the front seats, allowing movement to the back seat from inside the vehicle.

The first generation car was equipped with EBD brakes on top level G and E packages, with a later addition to the C package. A minor facelift was done August 1999.

A complete body change was released for sale May 12, 2003 and shared the platform with the Toyota Vitz. Side impact protection was further enhanced. The passenger side rear door can be opened electronically and by remote control key fob. The engine used in the second generation model is shared with the Toyota Prius.

On October 20, 2003, the vehicle won the Japan Good Design Award with a special mention for people with physical disabilities. A new trim level was added in 2004, called the C Pakage NEO Edition, (NEW ERA OPENING). The DVD navigational system was upgraded to HDD on December 5, 2006. On January 7, 2009, a in-car cabin air filter was added and HID headlamps.

For model year 2007 on Japanese models only, G-BOOK, a subscription telematics service, is offered as an option.

Prices for the 2009 model start at ¥ 1,596,000 with the top level starting at ¥ 1,984,500.

Toyota-raum-z10kouki-front 2006 Toyota Raum 02

ReferencesEdit

  1. "History of KANTO AUTO WORKS". Kanto-aw.co.jp. Retrieved on 2010-07-16.
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