UPDATE: Toyota Motor PH announced a pricing correction. The MSRP for the Hiace Cargo Van is P1,101,000.
Toyota Motor Corporation held the global reveal of the all-new (H300) Toyota Hiace in the Philippines last year. This is mainly due to the fact that outside Japan, the Philippines is the largest market for the Hiace. However, what’s missing in the local line-up for the longest time now is a Toyota Hiace cargo van.
All of the Toyota Hiace models on sale in the Philippines are meant for carrying people. This includes the family-friendly GL Grandia and the luxurious Super Grandia variants. Meanwhile, the Commuter variant continues to be the staple people-mover used as company shuttles for private use and the UV Express to serve the public.
With a market share of 66 percent as of May 2020, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) wishes to continue the Hiace’s success by launching the Hiace cargo van. This model is based on the previous-generation (H200) Hiace. This means that under its hood is Toyota’s familiar 1KD-FTV inline-4 D-4D turbo diesel engine that produces 136 hp and 300 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual.
“TMP in pursuit of providing for the needs of the market, it has introduced the Hiace Cargo to cater to customers who have requirements to transport load in a safe and secure way. It is also timely as we are also able to cater to the needs of the market for goods transfer during this pandemic situation,” explained Sherwin Chualim, Toyota Motor Philippines First Vice President for Vehicle Sales Operations. “The Philippines is the largest Hiace market outside Japan. We want to continue expanding our Hiace line-up for more versatile use.”
The Hiace Cargo retails at P1,101,000 starting this July at all Toyota dealers nationwide.