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5th November, 2010

Toyota has boosted the power of its popular HiAce turbo-diesel range by 25 per cent to 100 kW and increased active safety across the board.

Toyota has recalibrated the HiAce 1KD-FTV turbo-diesel engine to deliver an additional 20 kW of power and 14 Nm of torque - coupled with fuel-economy and emission improvements of up to seven per cent.

All new Toyota HiAce models have the added safety of ABS anti-skid brakes as standard equipment.

The improved turbo-diesel engine and adoption of ABS as standard equipment are part of an upgrade to the HiAce range - Long Wheelbase, Super-Long Wheelbase and Commuter bus.

The upgrade comes as Toyota HiAce sales in Australia pass the quarter-million mark.

HiAce's improved engine matches a taller final drive ratio of 3.727:1 compared with the superseded 3.909:1 ratio - making full use of increased maximum torque. HiAce turbo-diesel now has 100 kW of power at 3,400 rpm and 300 Nm of torque from 1,200-2,400 rpm.

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Fuel economy and emissions improve by up to seven per cent. The LWB turbo-diesel manual model now returns 8.0 litres/100 km (combined cycle) and 210 g/km emissions (previously 8.6 litres/100 km and 225 g/km).

The Toyota HiAce upgrade extends from the engine to the exterior and interior.

The vehicle has a new front mask, with revised headlamp, radiator grille and front bumper designs.

Inside, HiAce improves instrument meter dial styling and revises shift-lever bezel styling on automatic transmission models. The interior trim colour changes from Grey to Dark Grey.

HiAce Commuter bus' new Option Pack offers the choice of an Auto Door closer for the side sliding door.


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