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May 10 2013
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Etios & Etios Liva, Where Did Toyota Go Wrong?

Toyota launched its entry level sedan Etios back in 2010 with a 1.5 Liter petrol engine and a 1.4 Liter diesel variant. The Toyota Etios Liva (hatchback) also followed in 2011 with a 1.2 Liter petrol engine and a 1.4 Liter diesel engine later that year. Both Etios and Liva come with a very competitive pricing almost forcing other manufacturers to cut prices.


 

Etios as well as Liva have been selling well, but there’s a lot of talk about both cars regarding interiors as well as its exterior looks. Both cars might not be the best looking when compared to other competing cars in the same segment of both Etios and Liva, it seems that Toyota managed to keep prices so low by cutting costs on the interiors and exterior designing of the car.


 

The moment you enter the cabin of any of the two cars, first thing you’ll notice is the quality of the plastic used in the dashboard that is not up to the mark. So, if the driver somehow forgets to check the fuel meter, other passengers can remind him about it, since they can see the console right in the centre. Although a similar setup can be found in the MINI Cooper as well, but in the MINI it looks classy and stylish and doesn’t make the car dash which is supposed to look sleak and solid and not boring & cheap plastic like in the case of both Etios and Liva.


Cost cutting seems very obvious in these cars. Even the insulation seems weary as road noise and engine noise is very prominent. Although the engine covers up for every spot the car lacks in other areas. Maybe the only reason Etios and Liva just came out with a moderate facelift recently.

Toyota launched its entry level sedan Etios back in 2010 with a 1.5 Liter petrol engine and a 1.4 Liter diesel variant. The Toyota Etios Liva (hatchback) also followed in 2011 with a 1.2 Liter petrol engine and a 1.4 Liter diesel engine later that year. Both Etios and Liva come with a very competitive pricing almost forcing other manufacturers to cut prices.


 

Etios as well as Liva have been selling well, but there’s a lot of talk about both cars regarding interiors as well as its exterior looks. Both cars might not be the best looking when compared to other competing cars in the same segment of both Etios and Liva, it seems that Toyota managed to keep prices so low by cutting costs on the interiors and exterior designing of the car.


 

The moment you enter the cabin of any of the two cars, first thing you’ll notice is the quality of the plastic used in the dashboard that is not up to the mark. So, if the driver somehow forgets to check the fuel meter, other passengers can remind him about it, since they can see the console right in the centre. Although a similar setup can be found in the MINI Cooper as well, but in the MINI it looks classy and stylish and doesn’t make the car dash which is supposed to look sleak and solid and not boring & cheap plastic like in the case of both Etios and Liva.


Cost cutting seems very obvious in these cars. Even the insulation seems weary as road noise and engine noise is very prominent. Although the engine covers up for every spot the car lacks in other areas. Maybe the only reason Etios and Liva just came out with a moderate facelift recently.

 

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