Toyota Is Dumping The Tarago, The Classic Aussie People Mover

One of Toyota's longest running nameplates will be retired at the end of 2019. 

The once popular people mover Tarago will no longer be manufactured, ending a 36-year-run for the famous van.

The Tarago first went on sale back in 1983, and despite its characteristically sluggish engine, was revered for its space and value for money. It was an instant hit and eventually more than 100,000 Aussie families used the Tarago to get around.

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In fact, during the 1980s and 90s the Tarago was regularly among the top-selling people movers on the market. It was like the slower, multi-seat cousin of the four-wheeled drive.

Tarago, Toyota
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The classic vehicle's sales started to slide in 2004, with the Kia Carnival gradually becoming more popular.

Now, it seems Toyota has also moved on from the famed wagon.

The newer, shiner Granvia is the carmaker's latest people mover, but with added luxury. Previously the Granvia was only available in overseas markets, but now it's time to Australia to move onto better things.

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Complete with captain chairs, diesel engine, 12-speaker sound system, leather seats and electronic doors, it's set to cost a little more than it's predecessor -- the much-loved Tarago.

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