What does your Toyota’s name mean? Part 7

By Jude Katende

I am sure this week’s series features names most of you are familiar with. The name origins mentioned are limited to principal ones and are not exhaustive for some models. Each name has a date of when the car’s production started.


 A “corolla” is the ring of petals around the central part of a flower. “Fielder” suggests the car’s suitability for field excursions and other leisure activities. August 28, 2000. Since its inception, it has been well received, although some people still consider it a bit expensive. The saloon/sedan model does not have the Fielder name but just Corolla. The second-generation model is a common sight these days.


The name was intended to identify this car as the Corolla’s “little brother” May 19,1982. Like we shall later see with the Starlet, it was and still is popular among small hatchback fans.


“Spacio” comes from the Italian word “spazio,” meaning “room” or “space.” January 13,1997. Very popular among first time car owners among others into spacious MPVs, however small they may be.


“Runx” comes from “run” and, with the addition of an “X,” represents the ultimate in driving performance.  January.24,2001. It replaced the then popular FX.

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