A GOOD VALUE KEEPER
TOYOTA launched it as a replacement for the muchloved Tazz, and when it comes to second- hand prices the rugged Etios certainly sounds a sweet deal for both buyers and sellers.
When the Etios 1,5 hatch listed in 2012, it sold or R121 800. The same model is now on offer for between R80 000 and R110 000 in our sister site OLX.
Buyers on a budget who cannot afford the R110k for a better condition Etios need not fear too much about the high mileage models. At the launch, Calvyn Hamman, senior vice president Toyota SA sales and marketing, was at pains to point out that the Etios was conceived after some of the most extensive mar- ket research yet conducted in South Africa by a motor company. “We observed every aspect of car ownership from the standpoint of the customer, including general functions, performance, QDR ( quality, durability, reliability), and equipment. From there, we polished and enhanced the product offering and performance aspects that were truly needed, and eliminated any excessive specifications.
“As a result, we were able to strike the best balance between initial purchase price, running cost, performance and specification, which are all essential to a quality, affordable, value for money vehicle. After all, the Tazz left us with very big shoes to fill,” Hammon said.
The Witness uses a ‘ normal’ Etios as a pool car, and the rugged little hatch does not shirk from any dirt road, as the staff discover daily on their news quests.