What does your Toyota’s name mean? Part 8

By Jude Katende

All of these are familiar names but what do they mean? Like with the previous series, 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.


“Rumion” combines “roomy” and “unique” to represent a car with a spacious cabin and distinctive styling. October. 9,2007.


“Levin” is a poetic word for “lightning.” Jan.31,1977. It was popular among motor rally and fast car fans in the late 80s and mid-90s.


Combines “casual” and “mini.” May 17,1999. Also sold as Daihatsu Terios, it gradually gained popularity among fans of small SUVs.


“Cresta” is the Spanish word for “crest,” the symbolic design of a coat of arms. April 1,1980. Similar in looks to the Chaser and Mark II, it was as popular as these two siblings.


 “Corsa” is the Italian word for “race” or “run” August. 3,1978. Very popular especially for its small engine and perceived subsequent good fuel consumption.

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