The Toyota Hiace is a series of vehicles that is manufactured by Japanese carmaker Toyota. This vehicle was initially launched in 1967 and has been available in a number of different configurations since then, including a minivan, minibus, van, taxi, pickup, and even an ambulance. This vehicle is sold in Japan exclusively at Toyopet Store locations. The HiAce and all of its variants are not available for purchase in the United States or Canada. The first generation of the HiAce came in the form of a cab over pickup as well as a delivery van and a stretched commuter vehicle.
In its first generation, the HiAce was called the HiAce Commercial in its camper van configuration. This vehicle came onto the market two years after the Nissan Homy was introduced and was acquired by Nissan when they assumed operations of the Prince Motor Company. This vehicle was available with a few different engines of varying sizes, including the 70 PS 1.35 to 83 PS 1.6 liter version. The 1.8 liter 16R version was added in 1975. At first, the HiAce was designed to be a commuter vehicle and had the ability to transport as many as 8 people at a time.
The second generation of the HiAce came out onto the market in 1977, featuring a streamlined cab with single headlights. As well as the petrol engine that this vehicle used, there was also a 2.2 liter diesel version that could be purchased in various markets around the world. There was also a super-long wheelbase version of this vehicle as well as a double cab pickup and a super long high-roof commuter. All of the commuter models of this vehicle were able to seat up to 15 passengers at once. The short wheelbase version of this truck used the H111 series chassis codes.
The third generation of the Toyota HiAce was released onto the market in 1982, and the pickup truck version came later on. The cab design for this vehicle was similar to that of the Toyace light truck, but its front end did have different styling. The third generation pickup trucks fall under the 80 and 90 series. The Toyota Mobile Lounge, which was first introduced to the public in 1987 at the Tokyo Motor Show, is based on the HiAce high-roof Commuter. Even though the van and Commuter variants of this vehicle were redesigned in 1989, the pickup remained the same until the mid 90s.
The fourth generation of the HiAce made its first appearance on the market in 1989 and came in a standard wheelbase as well as long wheelbase variants, including the Grand Cabin, which was a standard wheelbase and long wheelbase van. There was also the long wheelbase and super long wheelbase high roof van. The HiAce first originally sold in 1995 with a diesel engine but was revamped in 1997 when it went from a commercial status to a more family-friendly image.
The fifth and most recent generation of the HiAce came onto the market in 2005 with a whole new design. This vehicle was available in the form of a wide long-wheelbase wagon as well as a wide super-long wheelbase high-roof Grand Cabin, a long wheelbase van, a long wheelbase high-roof van, and a wide super-long wheelbase high-roof van. All of the fifth generation models of this vehicle come with a 4-cylinder DOHC engine. Two of the engines that are available with this vehicle are also available in Malaysia, including the 2.5 liter turbo diesel and the 2.7 liter petrol. The HiAce has experienced quite a bit of success in international markets and continues to be a popular choice among consumers.