• Oct 3, 2005
toyota ractis 290 pr photo

Targeted at the Japanese domestic market, the 4-seater Ractis features "high-speed, high-capacity styling," according to Toyota. The compact people-mover comes in FWD or 4WD versions, powered by 1.3- or 1.5-liter VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing - Intelligent) engines, operating through either an active CVT-i transmission (an intelligent CVT), or a seven-speed Sports Sequential Shiftmatic transmission with paddle shift controls.

The Ractis is available with a panoramic glass roof (pictured), and an upscale (by compact standards) interior package. Most models will sell for less than $15,000, including Japanese market consumption tax. JDM products are built to very stringent fuel economy, safety and environmental regulations - it's interesting to see the impact on product design. As regulations tighten up in the rest of the world, cars like the Ractis may well be a preview of future products elsewhere.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      There are some nice pics at athis site http://auto.vl.ru/news/20051004/6221/ that load quickly. Text is probably good, too, if you read Russian. It sure looks like an xB that's been unboxed. Interior looks completely Scion. Cool! When can I buy one here in the States?
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Most models will sell for less than $15,000, including Japanese market consumption tax" Jesus. $15k including scary japanese taxes. I shudder to think of how cheap this box would be in the states. $12k? $13? This has scion written all over it. If they pulled the trigger, they'd sell as many as they could build.
      • 9 Years Ago
      http://www.ractis.com/ A lot of the large desktop sized pictures of the car on that Japanese site are taken in Germany. Odd. Does that mean it is intended for Europe too?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wonder if Toyota has considered the fact that RACTIS is two transpositions away from RACIST...
      • 9 Years Ago
      High speed design, low speed engine. This would be useful as an in-town kind of car, but I don't know... 1.3 liters on the highway? Not terribly confidence inspiring.
      • 9 Years Ago
      If this were a scion, I'd buy it.Especially the roof jobber-do.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Competitor to the Mazda5?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Nice name, Ractis. Sounds like a serious complication of unprotected sex!
      • 9 Years Ago
      JDM site (Flash-heavy): http://www.ractis.com/
      • 9 Years Ago
      I thought it seemed more like a term for bigotry.
      • 9 Years Ago
      will this be a scion?
      • 9 Years Ago
      high-speed, high-capacity styling, Back to Honda City?
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