The Toyota Hiace is set to go global when it enters its next-generation, suggests a posting on Ameblo.jp. The Toyota Hiace is a commercial van sold by Toyota since 1967. The light commercial vehicle is currently in its fifth-generation. Except for a few developed countries, like Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, for instance, the light commercial vehicle is sold mainly in developing countries like Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the likes. Core markets for the van are Asia-Pacific and the Middle East as of now.
The new report says that the sixth-generation Toyota Hiace will have its market launch in 2017 fiscal year. The all-new model will be sold globally, adds the report. The company might re-launch the vehicle in Europe where it was discontinued in 2012 as its engines were not Euro-5 compliant. The Hiace is offered now in select markets with a Euro 5 compliant 2.7-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 118 kW (158 hp) and 243 Nm of torque, but bringing back the aged van to Europe would be making the same mistake twice.
If Toyota is indeed planning to sell the 2018 Toyota Hiace globally, which should include Europe too, the design, engineering, comfort and equipment can be expected to be ramped-up. The engines would most likely be upgraded to become more fuel efficient and Euro 6 compliant, to keep the vehicle future-ready.
[Source – Ameblo]