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Toyota Tarago

Tarago TCR10/11/20/21 (Mk2) Series II

Toyota logo1 Sep 1993

By THE GOAUTO TEAM

In September ’93 a new front bumper design improved aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.

High prices forced Toyota to drop the remaining 4WD variant (GLS) in favour of the rear-wheel drive, independent rear suspension Ultima.

However equipment levels improved, with the latter scoring a driver’s side airbag while the GLi gained four-wheel disc brakes, central locking and power mirrors.

In September ’94 the Getaway II became a permanent part of the range and offered cruise control and a driver’s side airbag above the regular GLi offering.

In October ’97 dual front airbags became standard and the Getaway II gained anti-lock brakes.

Value-added edition Taragos included the World Cup GLi of May ’95 and the Advantage of October ’95.

As the Tarago aged, sales began to ebb away to smaller, cheaper alternatives from Honda (Odyssey), Chrysler (Voyager) and Kia (Carnival).

Nevertheless, it enjoyed an unprecedented level of high owner satisfaction during the 1990s and continues to be sought after today despite the introduction of an all-new Camry-based Mk3 variant.

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