Toyota taxis offer even greater safety features: meet the updated Hiace Ses'Fikile

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Toyota Hiace Ses'Fikile has been upgraded with additional safety systems.
Toyota Hiace Ses'Fikile has been upgraded with additional safety systems.
  • Toyota's popular 16-seater Hiace Ses'Fikile receives a number of active safety feature upgrades.
  • Vehicle Stability Control can help drivers to try and mitigate rollover situations and accidents.
  • Prices remain competitive despite the addition of several active safety features.
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Toyota South Africa Motors has introduced its updated Hiace Ses'Fikile for the 2021 and beyond model year, and it's packing a respectable set of safety upgrades that will go a long way in helping driver's keep commuters safe on the road.

If your current fleet of Hiaces needs replacing, or if you're running older Quantums or even older Hiace Super Ts, now might be the ideal time to secure a few 2021 Hiace Ses'Fikiles for your taxi business as Toyota hasn't raised prices significantly, despite the addition of safety technology.

The 2.7-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine (16-seater model) sells for R478 500. The 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine (16-seater model) sells for R508 300. 

According to Toyota, the petrol Hiace Ses'Fikile offers 111kW and 241Nm and sips a claimed 14.3l/100km of unleaded in a combined cycle, while the diesel version comes with 75kW and 260Nm and it sips a claimed 9.9l/100km of the preferred 50ppm.

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Toyota Hiace SesFikile
Toyota Hiace Ses'Fikile has been upgraded with additional safety systems.

What you get in terms of 2021 Toyota Hiace safety upgrades

Toyota's venerable people mover, the Hiace Ses'fikile, serves as, arguably, the lifeblood of the South African economy, shuttling hundreds of thousands of people to work and back home every day. Toyota understands the importance of the model, and the people that use it most, which is why the company consistently looks for ways to improve the model but still keep it relatively affordable in terms of price. Following the addition of a 'driver guard' in January this year, Toyota has now announced a range of active safety systems to the Hiace.

Headlining the upgrades to the Hiace Ses'Fikile is Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) that can help drivers maintain control of their taxis on slippery roads to help to mitigate instances of rollovers and crashes. The VSC is complemented by Brake Assist (BA) for additional brakeforce in the case of an emergency stop and Hill Assist Control (HAC) and Traction Control (TRC). 

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These new functions join the Hiace's existing ABS (anti-lock brakes) to provide enhanced safety while assisting the driver to maintain vehicle control when conditions require. Additionally, an Emergency Brake signal system (flashing the vehicle's taillamps to warn other road users when it brakes harshly) forms part of the safety specification upgrades. Toyota says a new hooter design (with enhanced durability) has also been included.

2021 Toyota Hiace Ses'Fikile model line-up and pricing

  • Hiace Ses'fikile 2.7 (16-seater) - R478 500
  • Hiace Ses'fikile 2.5 Diesel 16-seater - R508 300

All Hiace Ses'Fikile models sold in South Africa come with a six-services or 60 000km service plan and a three-year or 100 000km warranty. Service intervals are set as 12 months or every 10 000 km.

Customers and fleet operators can also purchase service plans and warranty upgrades from any of Toyota's dealers nationwide.

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