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Toyota Platz is a sedan category vehicle which entered the auto world in 1999. The production was stopped in 2005 where the vehicle was replaced by Toyota Belta. Although the production of Toyota Belta was from 1999-2005. However, in China the car was manufactured from 2000 till 2012.
The name Platz was derived from a German dictionary which means space, reflecting the interior room of the vehicle. The vehicle entered the Pakistani market in the early days when imported vehicle is seen on roads. However, the car never received a good response from the market.
Toyota Platz is available in 1.0L, 1.3L and 1.5L, however, in Pakistan, the only available versions were 1.0L and 1.3L. The majority of the vehicle present are equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission. However, there is a 5-speed manual transmission as well, which is pretty hard to find in the market.
Toyota Platz price in Pakistan is quite reasonable, where one can purchase a second hand Toyota Platz under 1.0 million easily. However, in general, used Toyota Platz price in Pakistan usually revolves around 0.85 million.
Current variants available
Toyota Platz F 1.0
Toyota Platz F 1.3
Suzuki Liana, Toyota Corolla, Honda City, Suzuki Baleno are direct competitors of the vehicle. Although, there is no doubt that Japanese cars can not be compared to locally manufactured cars but there were many things which the Pakistani people didn't like about Toyota Platz. The shape was one of the biggest reason for not purchasing the vehicle. The vehicle had an absurd look which surely drifted many potential buyers away. If you compare the success of Toyota Belta with Toyota Platz, Toyota Belta was a more successful vehicle as the vehicle had a sleek and smart design. The pretty eyes and grille of Toyota Belta attracted people even though the interior room was smaller compared to Toyota Platz. People preferred purchasing local cars instead of imported Toyota Platz as the vehicle was amongst the very few new imported vehicles in Pakistan and the citizens were not ready to take a risk. Back then imported cars were not very popular, unlike the current market situation where almost every imported vehicle gains popularity.
Used Toyota Platz is pretty hard to find in the market especially if you visit showrooms; all the cars for sale are usually sold by individuals and not dealers. The resale value of Toyota Platz has decreased as there are very few good condition second hand Toyota Platz available in the market. Also, there is a huge issue for parts availability as the vehicle is now old and it never gained the amount of popularity which would have made an excess amount of spare parts present in the market.
The most popular model of Toyota Platz is the automatic version of the 1.0L engine. In the very start, when Toyota Platz was being imported, the 1.3L engine was slightly expensive, and people were not ready to take a risk on importing 1.3L engine rather 1.0L versions were imported in the market. All in all, the vehicle couldn't make its position strong in the market, and the stop in the production further ruined the market in Pakistan.