Wth a continental population of over one billion people and just 65 million private automobiles, Africa is the perfect place to establish far-reaching public transportation systems. Aside from South Africa, however, public transportation systems, such as rail and municipal bus lines, do not exist.
Even in places with rail and bus lines, these just aren’t extensive enough to meet the needs of the hundreds of millions in need of transportation. What a perfect explanation for the boom in private transportation collectives, many of which employ passenger and commuter vans in the Toyota HiAce series.
Toyota HiAce: A History of Reliability
Toyota HiAce, its name meaning “high performance hard worker,” for over 45 years, has lived up to its name. At first, starting back from the 1960s through the 1980s, the Toyota HiAce was available in various body styles, including passenger and cargo vans, short and long wheelbase versions, and a short-lived cargo truck version.
Today’s HiAce has essentially distilled the essence of reliable passenger and cargo transportation into a line of streamlined and straightforward vans. Powered by reliable engines and transmissions with some even equipped with all-wheel drive systems, Toyota HiAce performs admirably in just about any location, whether in her home country, Japan, or exported worldwide, such as those found in Peru, South America, or Kenya, Africa.
If there is any one thing that separates the Toyota HiAce from its competitors such as the Nissan Caravan and Honda Odyssey, it is neither power nor style, but Toyota’s impeccable history of reliability and low repair costs.
Checking reviews of the Toyota HiAce, for example, you’ll find countless stories of HiAce vans pushing 400,000 kilometers without ever needing an engine or transmission rebuild. Of course, this all dates back to the original Toyota HiAce, and pretty much all Toyota vehicles, built on the premise that quality construction doesn’t need to be expensive.
Toyota RegiusAce: Alternative in Name Only
Whilst searching BE FORWARD stock lists for the ever-popular Toyota HiAce, you could be overlooking an excellent alternative, the Toyota RegiusAce or HiAce Regius, which has been available from the 2000 model year. “Regius,” in Latin, means “magnificent” or “splendid,” making the RegiusAce a “magnificent hard worker” van.
An alternative in name only, the first- and second-generation Regius Ace vans are based on the mid-fourth- and fifth-generation HiAce vans, identical in every way, except for some optional features.
For example, while the mid-fourth-generation HiAce van offered a high-roof option, the first-generation Toyota RegiusAce offered only a standard roof. Standard and long-body versions, however, were offered in the first-generation RegiusAce.
Similarly, the second-generation RegiusAce, starting in 2005, is identical to the fifth-generation Toyota HiAce van. For the most part, in comparing the Toyota RegiusAce and Toyota HiAce Regius, they find their closest relation with the high-end HiAce vans, equipped with more comfort and convenience options.
Toyota and BE FORWARD: More Choices
BE FORWARD, a premier Japanese used car exporter to Africa, has hundreds of reliable Toyota vehicles, from the world’s most-popular Toyota Corolla to the Toyota HiAce van, as well as the upscale Toyota RegiusAce van. Chances are, we have your next family, commuter, or delivery van in stock, inspected and ready for shipping. Contact our knowledgeable staff to see how we can help you find what you need.