13 March 2001
TOYOTA LAUNCHES NEW SPORTS BRAND
Toyota Australia has launched an all-new sports brand, Sportivo, and unveiled two purpose-built sporty small cars.
The new models are the 1.5 litre Echo hatchback and Toyota's first turbocharged Corolla.
Corolla Sportivo and Echo Sportivo offer increased performance, safety and comfort, coupled with unique exterior and interior features.
Turbocharged Corolla Sportivo is a limited edition Corolla liftback.
Only 100 will be built for sale in Australia, all with manual transmission and Aztec Gold (metallic gold) paint.
It has a recommended retail price of $37,990.
The addition of a turbocharger makes Corolla Sportivo the most powerful Corolla ever sold in Australia.
The turbocharged 1.8 litre Twin Cam Multi-valve engine delivers 115kW of power at 5600rpm and 237Nm of torque at 3600rpm.
Corolla Sportivo's driveline and brakes have been strengthened to complement its increased performance.
Chassis developments include revised spring rates, low-profile 195/50 R15 Bridgestone tyres and "Corsica" 15-inch alloy wheels.
Corolla Sportivo has dual SRS airbag and ABS anti-skid brakes as standard equipment.
In addition, Corolla Turbo has a unique full-width front spoiler, side skirts and risers for the rear spoiler.
Echo Sportivo is available as a three-door or five-door hatchback - both with 80kW (107 horsepower) VVTi-equipped engine.
Five-speed manual transmission and power steering are standard.
Prices start from $19,990 for the three-door model.
Echo Sportivo's VVTi-equipped engine delivers 80kW of power at 6000rpm and 145Nm of torque at 4200rpm.
Echo Sportivo is highly specified inside and out.
It has sports front seats, CD/tuner with four speakers, leather accented steering wheel with metallic finish on the spokes, leather accented and chrome gearshift knob, grey metallic finish on the door handles and heater controls, carbon-fibre look switch plates, metallic scuff plates on the door sills and a driver's left foot rest.
Power functions include remote central locking, front power windows and power mirrors.
Exterior features include sports front and rear bumpers, a sports mesh radiator grille, front foglamps, blackout headlamps surrounds, a chrome tailpipe extension and 14-inch alloy wheels.
2001 Toyota Corolla Sportivo.
2001 Toyota Echo Sportivo.