Toyota Hiace fitted with upgraded 'driver guard' for Covid-19 protection

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• Upgraded driver guard to protect against Covid-19 transmission on Hiace Ses’fikile

• Reverse camera and auto-dimming mirror added to GL, Panel Van and Crew Cab

• Model line-up has been streamlined

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Taxis are an important part of the economy as they transport millions of South Africans to work, and school. Toyota is a dominant player in the market with its Hiace Ses'fikile model. 

The Japanese carmaker announced the Hiace has received an upgrade in response to the "prevailing Covid-19 operating conditions."

Thus to ensure the safety of drivers and commuters, there is an upgraded driver guard fitted to the Ses'fikile commuter model. Toyota says this guard provides additional protection for the driver against possible Covid-19 transmission. 

All Hiace Ses'fikile models produced from October 2020 are fitted standard with the Covid-19 driver guard.

Upgrades inside and out for Quantum

The brand's other people-mover, the Quantum, has also received up upgrades inside and out. The GL bus inherits 16-inch alloy wheels shod with 235/65-R16 tyres (replacing the previously-employed steel versions), while also standardising the wheel size between 11 and 14-seater models. 

Inside, there's a new upgraded rear-view mirror with an auto-dimming function (electro chromatic), as well as reverse camera display.

The Panel Van and Crew Cab derivatives too benefit from the auto-dimming rear-view mirror and reverse camera upgrade. 

Toyota Quantum
Toyota Quantum

Streamlining of models

Toyota says based on market response and customer feedback they have reduced the number of derivatives within the Panel Van and Crew Cab ranges.

The non-air-conditioned models have been discontinued while the Crew Cab line-up has been simplified by deleting the rear air-conditioned version from the line-up.

Model Line-up and Pricing

Quantum 2.8 LWB Panel Van 3-s – R 535 700

Quantum 2.8 SLWB Panel Van 3-s – R 574 600

Quantum 2.8 LWB Crew Cab 6-s – R 545 300

Quantum 2.8 LWB GL Bus 11-s – R 669 800

Quantum 2.8 SLWB GL Bus 14-s – R 684 900

Quantum 2.8 LWB VX Bus 9-s – R 985 600

All models are sold with nine-services or a 90 000km service plan, and a three-year or 100 000km warranty. Service intervals are set at 12-months or every 10 000km.


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