Toyzuki Cres Hustle Super e
The Toyzuki Cres Hustle combines the best out of the Toyota Cresta GX81 and the Suzuki Alto Hustle.
The front section is taken from the Toyota Cresta GX81 and the rear section is taken from the Suzuki Alto Hustle. The fusion of these two cars was born out of the necessity to cut costs and both manufacturers combined forces, combining the best of both cars into this new Toyzuki Cres Hustle.
Toyota and Suzuki deemed it a good idea to combine the front of a hardtop sedan and the rear of a van and created the Cres Huslte as a result.
Due to the short front doors of the Cresta, the car sits on a short wheelbase, but that’s compensated by the increased width of the car. Also the addition of a third door turns this sedan into an practical hatchback.
The Toyzuki Cres Hustle combines the bubble era and Bubble Era. Being a Cresta derivative, this car breathes bubble era from bumper to bumper: everything inside is luxurious and was done to please the richer audience who had too much to spend already.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s the Japanese bubble economy caused some great cars to be built that otherwise never would have existed: the triple rotor Mazda Luce, the Nissan Pikes cars and of course the Suzuki Alto Hustle!
The Toyzuki Cres Hustle has 3 doors and the total length of the car is 3755mm. Due to being a hybrid between a sedan up front and a coupe in the rear, in effect the wheelbase is now extra short, measuring 2033mm in total. The weight of the car also changed from 1360 kilograms (Toyota Cresta GX81) and 660 kilograms (Suzuki Alto Hustle) to 891 kilograms (1964 pounds).
|Number of doors||3|
|Front suspension||McPherson struts|
|Rear suspension||Solid axle|
Engine and drivetrain
|Bore x Stroke||75 x 75|
|Power||168 hp (125 kW)|
|Torque||226 Nm (167 lb.ft)|
|Gearbox||4 speed automatic|
The 1G-GZE is renowned for its unreliability, but when well maintained it can deliver good power.
Super e trim level
The Super e mixes the best out of the Toyota Cresta Super Lucent G and the Suzuki Alto Hustle Le.
Just like in the X70 Cresta, the audio controls and dials had been positioned directly beside the left side of the steering wheel to ensure the driver would keep his/her hands near the wheel as much as possible.
The Hustle Hu-2 version had to do without rear seats: this version was meant as a bare bones 2 seater to fall into the cheaper company owned vans tax bracket.
The rear hatch opens up fully horizontal thanks to a clever hinge mechanism. This grants full access from the bumper to the roof to load in any cargo! That’s cleaver, at least if you are less than 5 feet 5 (1 meter 66) tall.
The original front: Toyota Cresta GX81
This particular model of the Toyota Cresta GX81 was sold in 1989. The body style is a door hardtop sedan.
The Toyota Cresta X80 was a natural evolution of the boxy Cresta X70. Just like the X70, the Cresta X80 was aimed towards the Japanese upper class and featured the hottest luxurious gadgets like cruise control, adjustable suspension and parking sensors. The latter was introduced months before the Lexus LS400 showcased it to the world and brought a shock and awe to the renowned German luxurious car manufacturers. The Cresta X80 offered a very broad engine choice: from the ancient 7M-GE, through the 1G engine range including the super charged 1G-GZE to the newly introduced 1JZ-GTE. The 1JZ powered Crestas are the most sought after cars.
The Toyota Cresta GX81 ad campaign
The Japanese actor Tsutomu Yamazaki (山崎 努) coined the Cresta for many years. Ever since the introduction of the Cresta with the X50 platform he has featured the Toyota Cresta ads showcasing the immense class and luxury. He won the blue ribbon award for best actor in 1984 and in 1985 he played a John Wayne resembling trucker in the ramen western Tampopo.
The Toyota Cresta GX81 in popular media
Due to its luxurious aura, the Cresta lineup is a popular car for creating zokushas. In the Great Teacher Onizuka manga (and anime) the head principal of the school drives a X100 Cresta to show his higher status to his colleagues. His particular Cresta has a bad omen on it as it gets destroyed many times during the various stories and episodes.
The original rear: Suzuki Alto Hustle
This particular model of the Suzuki Alto Hustle was sold in 1991. The body style is a door van.
The Suzuki Alto Hustle is one of those cars that could only have been created during the bubble-era: the idea of mashing up two totally different cars with each other and sell that as a new personalised product. This was the early 90s and the car manufacturers were creating cars for every niché market and the female outdoor type was certainly one of them! Suzuki took the normal third generation Alto (CR22), removed everything from the rear section and then mashed that together with the Suzuki Carry rear end. This made the car look awkwardly dorky and cute at the same time! Using the front end of the normal Suzuki Alto meant they could Carry over (pun intended) all the technology for this platform. Naturally Suzuki also offered a special (extreme) low volume Suzuki Alto Hustle Works that used all the benefits of the Suzuki Alto RS/R Works and all the drawbacks of having a lot of dead weight at the rear.
The Suzuki Alto Hustle ad campaign
The ordinary Alto Hustle was aimed mostly at young sporty women who like to ski, surf and work out in the gym. The cubistic nature of the rear end was part of the focus, where it naturally would offer much more space than any normal kei class car.
The Suzuki Alto Hustle in popular media
Unlike many of it’s Bubble Era contenders, the Alto Hustle never has been a popular car. It hasn’t served a big role in a movie, manga or anime nor does it have a big following in today’s world. It has been mentioned in various videos online including an episode of Pacific Coast Auto’s Auction Picks though as a very cool car.
Japan Weekly Auction Picks 046 – 15 Nov 17 by Pacific Coast Auto
The Toyzuki Cres Hustle certainly is a daring product by combining two cars from two different manufacturers. It really took guts from Toyota and Suzuki to come to this consensus and that’s certainly something to be remembered for. It may not be 100% up to the tastes of typical buyers from Toyota or Suzuki, but the car being sold under the brand could potentially attract new customers that they normally wouldn’t have had.
Keep in mind that this is an automatically generated artist impression what could be a possible mashup between the Toyota Cresta and the Suzuki Alto Hustle. This is not meant to offend any person nor mock a specific car or car brand as all cars and car brands in our database are mashed up randomly. The gods of randomization feel that this was the proper hommage to both cars and highlighting their strong and weak points. In the end, just imagine this newly created car was a real thing and existed out of cost saving necessity. This isn’t the first time such a thing happened, hence we now have to live with the Toyoscionbaru BRZFR-SGT86 and soon with the ToyoBMW Z4Supra.
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