Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1989 Toyota Starlet 1.0 – The Starlet (And Others) We Didn’t Get

What a terrific shot by Roshake; small, medium and large. None of these three were ever sold in the US, but the prior generation of Starlet was. That was still a RWD little hatch; this generation (P70) that replaced it in 1984 is FWD, looking very European here, not unlike a little Peugeot or Mini Metro or such.

As to its companions, that’s a VW Caddy and a Renault Master van.

The Starlet is a perfect embodiment of that mid-80s period when angular lines were used to create some of the greatest little hatchbacks of the time. No muss; no fuss.

Seems a bit curious that Toyota decided not to bring this generation over, but then its affiliate, Daihatsu was trying to break into the US at the time and its Charade was pretty much the same size.


Related CC reading:
Curbside Classic: 1981 Toyota Starlet –The Last Of The Littlest RWD Toyotas

Curbside Classic: 1989 Daihatsu Charade – Treat And Retreat