Toyota's new Hiace van debuts in the Philippines

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 18 Feb 2019


Toyota Motor Corporation has unveiled in the Philippines its first new Hiace model designed for overseas markets.

According to the Japanese carmaker, the new Hiace is built on a special revised platform that not only enhances comfort and safety, but is extremely durable with excellent basic performance. The all-new body based on the design ideas of TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), such as high-level body rigidity achieved through ring-shaped frame structures.

Toyota is targeting emerging markets with the new Hiace, regions where demand has risen for passenger transportation including tourist minibuses, private buses, and vehicles for use in logistics. The new Hiace has been developed to be able to flexibly respond to these diverse needs.

Following launch in the Philippines, the new model is to be gradually introduced in other countries and regions, with a focus on emerging markets. The current Hiace model will continue to be sold in Japan as-is, due to the different local market environment.

"The Hiace was developed using the key words of ‘Hiace Pride’, and from the concept of being a faithful partner that makes people feel safe, satisfied, and proud. Owners, drivers, and passengers know they are in good hands when they own, drive, and ride in a Hiace," commented chief engineer Takuo Ishikawa, who was responsible for development.

Since the launch of the first-generation Hiace in 1967, it has become one of Toyota's representative global vehicles, with more than 6.24 million units sold in over 150 countries. The Hiace has been used as a van, a minibus, and as private transportation. Currently, it is largely sold in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania, Mexico, and Latin America.

The Hiace is available in two body types – Normal/Standard Roof and Long/High Roof. Layouts with multiple rows of seats or increased storage space are available to suit various uses. Up to 17 people can be carried in the Commuter versions ― the most in its class ― for private bus use. A specialised interior and functions for comfort are adorned in the new Tourism versions. The Van versions feature storage space sufficiently large for pallets from any country or region.

The Hiace is powered by the 1GD (2.8-litre diesel) or the 7GR (3.5-litre petrol).

The Hiace comes with Toyota Safety Sense and achieves performance equivalent to five stars in the Euro NCAP.