Toyota Paseo (in Japan and other regions, also known as Cynos) – economical sports car, loosely based on the Toyota Tercel components. Produced from January 1991 to July 1999.
Available in two versions: a coupe and later – a convertible. In 1997 Toyota U.S. sales ceased, although, however, in Europe, Canada and Japan, it has continued to 1999. Was replaced in 2000 by the model Echo. Paseo, like the Tercel is constructed on a similar platform as the Toyota Starlet.
The first generation was produced from January 1991 to September 1995. In terms of design based on the model Tercel, characterized by a 1.5 liter engine in the series 5E-FE R4 105hp. In addition, offered a stronger unit 5E-FHE 1.5 (115hp). The car was available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.
The second generation model Toyota Paseo introduced in September 1995. In addition to the modernization of small engine electronics, the only noticeable change was in the bodywork modifications. The vehicle appeared in the alpha version (1.3 engine 4E-FE, power 85-88hp) and beta (1.5 5E-FHE, 110hp). Torque to the front axle serve four-speed automatic transmissions and 5-speed manual. In October 1996, the convertible version. In order to reducing the emissions of the second generation Paseo engine was brought to California CARB standards.
In the UK, the car was offered in three versions – ST, SI and limited Galliano. Sales (1996-1998), which brought lower returns than expected, was abandoned after he found out that the design of the car deviates from the local tastes of the customer.