Tuesday 19 December 2023

Before having an Avanza, this was Mahfud MD`s only mainstay car: really tiny!


Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs of Indonesia, Mahfud MD may be a figure who is quite familiar with Toyota’s vehicles.

In the latest LHKPN released by the KPK ahead of the 2024 presidential election, the vice presidential candidate number three is known to have 6 vehicles consisting of four cars, where the cars consist of one brand, namely Toyota.

These cars include the vehicle of a million people, the Avanza, the popular sedans Vios and Camry, and the luxury MPV Alphard.

Toyota Avanza ready to be exported to the Middle East. (Doc. Daihatsu Astra Motor). paired with Ganjar Pranowo in the 2024 election, he is a user of a small, sporty car, namely the Toyota Starlet.

Based on monitoring results in the 2003 LHKPN document when Mahfud was still Minister of Defense, he once had a 1985 Starlet which he obtained in 1998.

Getting to know Starko who was present in 1985-1989

Third generation Toyota Starlet , or what is known as Starlet Kotak, entered the Indonesian market in 1985.

With its presence, Toyota gave Indonesia a rare opportunity to produce the EP70 model with a 1,000 cc engine locally.

Toyota Starlet. (wikipedia.org) Unique Facts about the Toyota Starlet Kotak

1. Engine Variant

Starlet Kotak comes with two engine choices: 1,000 cc engine type 1E with 12 valve configuration. 1,300 cc engine type 2E.

2. Drive System

The third generation switches from the previous generation’s rear-wheel drive (RWD) to front-wheel drive (FWD), improving performance and maneuverability.

3. Nicknames in Indonesia

In Indonesia, the third generation Starlet is known as “Starko” because of its boxy design, creating its own characteristics in the Indonesian automotive market.

4. Models and Variants in Japan

In Japan, the Starlet 70-Series has various variants, including Standard, DX, Soleil, XL, XL Lisse, S, SE, Si, Si Limited, Si Canvas Top, Ri, Turbo R, and Turbo S. Each variant offers different features and specifications.

5. Replacement of the Drive System

A significant change in the Starlet Kotak is the switch of the drive system to front wheels, providing better response and more stable handling. Variants for the Export Market:

6. Second hand price of Starko

According to monitoring results on a number of used car buying and selling sites, late 80s era Toyota Starlets can still be found at varying prices, starting from 30 million to 50 million rupiah depending on condition.

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