Models / History

1997 Funcargo, Funtime, Funcoupe

In 1997, Toyota revealed three 'concept' cars - the Funcargo, Funtime, and Funcoupe.

All three cars used the same platform, the Funtime was the small family car, the funcargo was designed for carrying loads, and the funcoupe was fun, convertible, sport version. The Funcargo and the Funtime both went into production in 1999, but the 'Funcoupe' never made it... 

In Europe, Toyota wisely decided that these names were bit silly. The Funtime became the Toyota Yaris, and the Funcargo become known as the Toyota Yaris Verso.

The official Toyota describes how they came up with the name -  "Fun Cargo is created by combining the English words fun and cargo."  - which is nice to know.

Funtime Concept

1997 funtime 11

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Funcargo Concept

1997 funcargo 12

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Funcoupe Concept

97toyota funcoupe

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1999 First Generation

"The Yaris Verso didn't take long to impress and it wasn't hard to see why. Owners loved the trick that the Yaris Verso pulled off so neatly - somehow it got the space of an estate into the shape of a small car. Which appealed to everyone who needed a roomy, practical vehicle but didn't want to feel like they were driving a council bus. In effect it was a new breed of car altogether: a mini MPV. It was nippy enough, with an economical 1.3. litre petrol engine and later, a beefier diesel option. It had a long wheel-base too which made it really manoeuvrable; great for three point turns outside the school gates or for slaloming around abandoned trolleys in supermarket car parks." Toyota.co.uk

2005 Second Generation

"The substance remained but the style was tweaked a bit in these years. The Yaris Verso got new bumpers front and rear, a new grille and new teardrop headlights. No tears shed in the safety department though. Front side airbags became standard and a new 3-point centre seat belt was fitted. Oh, and people started calling the car names: the original GS became the T3 and the GLS became known as the T Spirit." Toyota.co.uk

Model Grades

Grade

Transmission

Drive

Engine List

Body Shape

Number of Doors

X

4A

Front/4WD

2NZ-FE, 1NZ-FE

Hatch

5

G

4A

Front/4WD

1NZ-FE

Hatch

5

J

4A

Front/4WD

2NZ-FE, 1NZ-FE

Hatch

5