19 May 2010 - 08:00
Causing a Rukus
You'll undoubtedly be seeing a lot of the new Toyota Rukus over the next few months, especially if you're a hip young thing. A nick taller than a Corolla and a tad shorter than a RAV4, the boxy, bulbous Rukus is shooting hoops in the same court as the Kia Soul. It's built on a Corolla platform and will run a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine used across the Toyota family. It'll start from a not-small $27,490, riding through to $31,790.
It's not a new model in the Toyota family, though; in fact, in car terms it's out the other side of adolescence. It's known as the Scion xB in the US, and as a Corolla derivative back in Japan.
Toyota is expects to move about 200 Rukuses - Rukii? - a month - not a lot when you consider it moves about 4000 Corollas in a similar period. As for the looks... I'm not convinced, but I haven't been a hip you thing for about 20 years now...
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Yo, I saw one of those just today. They look exactly like a Scion because, er, they ARE a Scion.
i saw one today there like a hummer with out the grille, the size and the fuel consumption
These plain ones are alright but the American version which appeared in Top Gear Australia Magazine May 2010 looked awesome.
I just bought one this year 2011 model - it's white - my 18 year old granddaughter thinks I'm a cool nanna! Fast pick-up (got to watch the speed-o), great to drive, holds all my stuff including the grandkids, I love it!!