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Hiace, the highly versatile and customisable van from Toyota, continues to evolve and respond to customer feedback.
Toyota New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Neeraj Lala says customer research and listening to what customers are saying is hugely important to how Toyota markets and sells its vehicles.
“We place enormous value on the customer response to all our vehicles. So, if we can use that feedback to make a vehicle even better or import a variation that is in demand from local customers, we have the ability to work with Toyota in Japan to make that happen,” he says.
“Customers were telling us that they wanted a larger passenger van, so we hope this new model will satisfy their need.”
Expansion of Hiace minibus range
In response to customer requests for a larger passenger van, the Hiace minibus range has been expanded to include a 10-seat ZX minibus which is a noticeable 650mm longer and 290mm taller than the 10-seat ZR minibus.
The extra 290mm of height makes it easier for passengers to access the rear seats.
The longer ZX minibus offers passengers a more spacious layout with two seats behind the driver and front passenger and then an aisle with two rows of three seats in a two-plus-one configuration. There is an increase in space behind the 3rd row of rear seats to fit luggage or shopping.
Extra storage is also provided via overhead consoles.
To the keep the ZX minibus firmly and safely on the road, the tyres have been upgraded to a wider 235/65R16.
Premium exterior package
Two ZR automatic transmission variants – the two-seat cargo van and 10seat minibus – are now available with a premium exterior package.
In a move that dramatically alters the look of the van, the front and rear bumpers as well as the exterior door handles are painted in the same colour as the body of the van. This is available for vans in the French Vanilla, and Quicksilver colour schemes. The premium exterior package is not available with the Magma Red scheme.
For a premium finish, a chrome grille and a chrome tailgate garnish on the back door have been added as part of the premium exterior package for the two ZR variants. Front fog lights are also part of the package.
All Hiace models produced from June 2020 production now offer Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™. The touchscreen has been upgraded from a 7” to an 8” touchscreen with built-in Bluetooth and Voice Recognition. Hiace drivers and front seat passengers can connect with the world and interact with supported smartphone applications via the vehicle display while their device is connected using a USB cable.
The Toyota Driveaway pricing includes all on road costs; WOF, registration, 1000kms of RUC, a full tank of fuel, the Toyota Care Service Advantage fixed price servicing package at $330 per service, front floor mats, and three years or 100,000 kms warranty.