By on November 23, 2010

Toyota launched the second generation of its Ractis subcompact in Japan. Never heard of a Ractis? No wonder: The first generation Ractis, introduced in 2005, was available only in Japan (and maybe a few in Hong Kong.) This one will receive wider distribution. Also, Subaru has been itching for its release.

As reported a few months ago, Toyota will make small Subarus for Fuji Heavy, so that Fuji Heavy and Subaru can focus on midsize cars. The first of them is said Ractis. According to The Nikkei [sub], “Toyota is also supplying the new subcompact on an OEM basis to Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.”

Europeans should also be able to get their hands on the Ractis, albeit under a different name. The car had been shown at the Paris Motor Show as the “Verso S.” U.S.? No mention.

The Ractis is a shortie. Less than 4m (13 ft) long, it should fit where other cars can’t park.

In Japan, the car will be available with either a 1.3 Liter or 1.5 Liter enginelet, coupled to the wheels by what Toyota calls a “Super CVT-I” transmission. 4WD available. Prices in Japan start at 1.44 million Yen (approx. $17,000) and go all the way up to 1,958,000 yen (approx $23,500).

Having their eyes on the ageing Japanese population, the Ractis is the first car in Japan that can be bought wheelchair-ready ex factory. The rear wheel air suspension can lower the car for a gentler slope of the wheelchair ramp. Don’t laugh, it’s the wave of the future.

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