Toyota Raum

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Toyota Raum
Overview
Manufacturer Toyota
Central Motors Headquarters Plant (2nd Gen)
Production May 1997–2011
Body and chassis
Class Mini MPV
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout FWD
AWD
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 at Toyota Netz retail sales channels.

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 first generation Mitsubishi RVR/Space Runner.

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.

First generation; 1997[edit]

First generation
Z10 Toyota Raum 1.jpg
Overview
Production May 1997–April 2003
Powertrain
Engine 1.5 L 5E-FE
Transmission Automatic
Dimensions
Length 4,025 mm (158.5 in)
Width 1,685 mm (66.3 in)
Height 1,590 mm (63 in)
Curb weight 1,100 kg (2,400 lb)

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.

1997 Toyota Raum 

Second generation; 2003[edit]

Second generation
2006 Toyota Raum 01.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Central Motors Headquarters Plant[1]
Production May 2003–2011
Powertrain
Engine 1.5 L 1NZ-FE VVT-i
Transmission Automatic (Super-ECT)
Dimensions
Length 4,045 mm (159.3 in)
Width 1,690 mm (67 in)
Height 1,545 mm (60.8 in)
Curb weight 1,150 kg (2,540 lb)

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 Package 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.

2003 Toyota Raum doors 
2003 Toyota Raum 
2003 Toyota Raum 
2006 Toyota Raum 

References[edit]

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