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Here is why Toyota Vitz prices keep going up in Ghana

A photo of Toyota Vitz

The Toyota Vitz, also called Yaris, is among the most used subcompact cars in Ghana. Whether you want to use it for a private or commercial purpose, it perfectly fits in. The Vitz falls into the same category as the KIA Morning, KIA Picanto, Daewoo Matiz, and Hyundai i10, but it stands out due to its larger and more spacious interior. Japanese automaker Toyota began manufacturing the Vitz in 1999 and has since undergone significant upgrades to establish it as one of the top subcompact cars.

Toyota Vitz Prices

Toyota Vitz 2010GH₵ 70,000
Toyota Vitz 2011GH₵ 75,000
Toyota Vitz 2012GH₵ 85,000

What influences the Toyota Vitz’s price in Ghana?

Buying a Toyota Vitz in Europe, Asia, or America is very cheap. You could buy a fairly used one for as little as $1000, but the cost of clearance at the shipping port can be two times higher than the amount you bought it for. If you purchase it from a dealership, be aware that once the dealership settles all the costs, they will also add their own profit to sustain their business operations. Another major factor that influences the price of this car is the strength of the Ghanaian cedi against the dollar. I understand that you may be wondering why this is the case, but once you convert your cedis to dollars to make a purchase from abroad, you should no longer have to worry about the exchange rate. However, there’s more to consider. Instead of billing their clients in Cedis, the port authorities in Ghana opt to bill them in dollars. This means that when the local currency depreciates, importers must fork out additional funds to compensate for the depreciation in Cedi. Remember, these importers will undoubtedly pass on the cost to the consumer.

Is the Toyota Vitz a good car to buy? 

It has a low fuel consumption, is durable, has cheap spare parts, has good speed, and so on. Yes, by all standards, the Toyota Vitz is a good car to buy. Of course, the Toyota Vitz can only be considered a good car if it serves its intended purpose. The commercial side of the Toyota Vitz is what has made it popular in Ghana, and evidence of this can be seen when you order an Uber or Bolt ride. Out of five requests you make, three of these cars are most likely to be Toyota Vitz. Also, when you go to the various taxi stations, the Yaris constitute about 40% of the fleet of cars you find there.

What are the specifications of the Toyota Vitz?

The Toyota Vitz, also known as the Toyota Yaris in some markets, is a popular subcompact car known for its reliability, fuel efficiency, and compact design, making it ideal for urban driving. Here are the specifications for the latest model of the Toyota Vitz:

Engine and Performance:

  • Engine Options:
    • 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine
    • 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine
    • 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (available in some models)
  • Power Output:
    • 1.0-liter: Approximately 69 horsepower
    • 1.3-liter: Approximately 99 horsepower
    • 1.5-liter: Approximately 106 horsepower
  • Transmission:
    • 5-speed manual transmission
    • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • Fuel Economy:
    • Varies depending on the engine and transmission, but generally ranges from 18-22 km/l (42-52 mpg) for the smaller engines, offering excellent fuel efficiency.

Dimensions and Weight:

  • Overall Length: Approximately 3,945 mm (155.3 inches)
  • Overall Width: Approximately 1,695 mm (66.7 inches)
  • Overall Height: Approximately 1,500 mm (59.1 inches)
  • Wheelbase: Approximately 2,510 mm (98.8 inches)
  • Curb Weight: Ranges from 1,030 to 1,100 kg (2,270 to 2,425 lbs), depending on the model and specifications.

Interior and Comfort:

  • Seating Capacity: 5 passengers
  • Upholstery: Fabric seats (with higher trims offering premium materials)
  • Infotainment System:
    • Touchscreen display (size varies by model)
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • USB ports
    • Smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available in higher trims)

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