Released date : 2000/ 2/ 3

body type

Tall Wagon


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Grade 1.5_"X Version"_2WD 1.5_Z_2WD 1.3_"X Version_2WD"
Model type
Curb mass(kg) 1040 1040 1030
Dimensions Length(mm) 3845 3825 3845
Width(mm) 1690 1690 1690
Height(mm) 1640 1640 1640
Wheelbase(mm) 2500 2500 2500
Engine Engine code 1NZ-FE 1NZ-FE 2NZ-FE
Engine type In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC
Displacement(cm3) 1496 1496 1298
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. 81/110/6000 81/110/6000 65/88/6000
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are NCP35(1500), NCP31(1500), NCP30(1300).
The bB was a compact car that mounted a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) body on the platform of the Vitz. The name bB was derived from the initials for "black box." It was popular among young Americans at the time to modify and personalize their vans, and it was this trend that inspired the styling of the bB. The vehicle was fully digitally designed, using computer graphics-based virtual models without building a single physical prototype. The Honda S-MX had been enjoying popularity among Japanese youths since its debut in 1995, and the entry of the bB further expanded the market for this type of vehicle. Although the bB was originally aimed at young generations, it proved popular across wider age groups due to its usefulness and ease of handling.

In June 2001, an open deck version was added to the line, removing the top of the rear cabin. The hatch gate and the hatch window that divided the deck and the cabin could be opened up to enlarge the integrated cabin-deck space. The rear door on the left was rear-hinged, offering wide access to the interior when both the front and rear doors on the left were opened, as the center pillar was integrated with the doors.
Plant Takaoka plant [to Apr. 2005], Central Motor Co.,Ltd. [from Aug. 2004], Toyota Industries Corporation [from June 2001 to Mar. 2003]
The first letters of "black box."

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