Toyota HiAce was launched in the start of October 1967 as a full sized and light weight commercial van by the Japanese four wheeler manufacture, the Toyota group of companies. It served as a multi-purpose van (MPV) and was also used for several other purposes such as a taxi, pick up cars and even as ambulances. Currently, it is one of the highest selling cars in Malaysia with the improved Toyota HiAce 2015 being its latest addition.
The first generation of Toyota HiAce cars were introduced as H10 and were in operation for about a decade from 1967 to around January of 1977. Coming to the Toyota HiACe specifications, it was designed to carry about eight people, with a body style of a cab and the engine being placed underneath in between the passengers in the front. The car was introduced along with the Toyota MiniAce and was a great hit in the European market with a large number being exported to Africa in need of public transportation. The car had a length of 4305 mm, width of 1690 mm and a height of 1890 mm, with the curb weight being around 1130 kg. However the second generation of the Toyota HiAce cars featured more streamlined and longer cars, which included the models H20, H30 and H40 for a period of five years from 1977 to 1982. This age also introduced the lighter version of the van, Toyota LiteAce. Toyota HiAce now started offering a 2.2 litre diesel engine along with the original petrol engines. The wheelbase grew larger to about 2290 mm from the original 2350 nm in the first generation and the length also increased to 4990 mm, with the width and height being same as 1690 mm and 1890 mm respectively. Both the first and second generations are rarely seen nowadays.
The third generation of Toyota HiAce introduced the H50, H60 and H70 with the new van being launched in 1982 and the pickup truck being introduced in the month of August, 1985. The dimensions remained same to an extent, but now came with 4 speed and 5 speed automatic and manual transmissions respectively. The fourth generation introduced the H100 which ran for a larger period of about 15 years till 2004. This included a grand cabin and had a long wheelbase with an even longer high roof. Both rear wheel as, well as front wheel drives were sold according to the given specifications. This car was also commonly known as the Toyota Commuter and was a huge hit among transportation vehicles.
The fifth generation of Toyota HiAce which is currently being nowadays includes the H200 model and is commonly known as the Farid Placer in Malaysia. These cars use a four cylinder DOHC engine which comes in a wide range of varieties ranging from 2 to 3 litres, with the 2.5 and 3 litre turbo engines giving a maximum power output of around 75 kW at 3,600 rpm and about 80 kW at 3,000 rpm respectively while the maximum torque is of 260 Nm at 1,600–2,400 rpm for the 2.5 litre engine and 286 Nm at 1,200–1,600 rpm for the 3 litre one. The latest version of Toyota HiAce specifications, released in 2015 includes a list of new features, including a 6 speed automatic transmission, new safety features such as electron stability control and an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)! It also includes an ABS and Brake Assist (BA) for improved and safe journeys. The Window Van models are upgraded to seat 10 passengers and there are dual bags along with three point seat belts and reverse sensors- a massive take on safety, to say the least! It also includes a warranty of either 3 years or 10000 km on all models. The front seat passengers can now access the inside through the gear shift panel which has been integrated into the instrument panel.
The Toyota HiAce price is around RM 102600 for a 2.7 litre petrol version and about RM 109600 for a version of 2.5 litre turbo diesel. In case of strict purposes of company commercial registration only, this van comes at around RM 87600 which covers all prices on the roads, along with the insurance.
The Toyota HiAce review needs no words as it tops the list in several countries on being one of the most stolen vehicles in the world. A lack of safety features is what needs to be dealt with. The van has been used and is still being used as one of the easiest and best forms of transportation for both economical and commercial purposes.
With easy and low cost maintenance, reliable services and a great network support, the Toyota HiAce is surely one car that is providing a safe and comfortable experience to many.
Toyota Hiace have a total of 18 variant.
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