Toyota is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world, producing around 10 million vehicles per year. While their extensive range of car models such as the RAV4 and Prius are immediately recognisable, Toyota van models are equally as popular thanks to their reliability and dependability.
Below we delve into Toyota’s commercial vehicle offering to see what they offer to various businesses.
Toyota Corolla Commercial
Toyota revealed the Corolla Commercial at the 2021 CV Show in Birmingham, touting it as the first full-hybrid van in its class.
Based on the Corolla Touring Sports model, the van is powered by a 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain which uses the same electrification and self-charging technology as the standard Corolla. This will give business customers the advantage of high fuel efficiency and low emissions.
The rear seats have been removed and replaced with a spacious and easily accessible load area. Towing capacity is estimated to be 750kg braked.
The new model is scheduled to go on sale in summer 2022, with the UK being its first market.
The Toyota Proace is a medium duty van covering all areas of the commercial vehicle segment with a choice of three body lengths and four powertrains as well as payloads up to 1.4 tonnes and commercial load volume up to 6.6m3.
Having recently retained its title as Medium Van of the Year at Company Car & Van Awards, the Proace offers all-round real-world usability in one of the most competitive segments in the market. Specification highlights include optional power sliding side doors, three front seats (including Compact) and a new Smart Cargo system that features an opening bulkhead and lifting front passenger seat base to increase load length capacity by 1.16m and overall load volume by an extra half a cubic metre.
The addition of Proace Electric in 2021 added two fully electric versions to the line-up, with no compromise on load space. With a choice of a 50 or 75kWh lithium-ion battery, Proace Electric can achieve a zero-emission driving range of up to 205 miles.
Toyota Proace City
The Proace City is one of the newest Toyota van models added to the range. Having originally launched in 2020, it marked Toyota’s entry into the compact van segment.
Offering best-in-class load volume (up to 4.4m3), payload (up to one tonne) and towing capacity (up to 1.5 tonnes), the van is available in standard (4,403mm) and long (4,753mm) forms – the latter
being both longer overall and having a longer wheelbase (2,975 vs 2,785mm). The optional Smart Cargo system creates even more load space and allows for longer items to be carried with ease.
Proace City’s 1.5-litre powertrains are highly efficient, in terms of both fuel economy and CO2 emissions – performance which contributes to a strong cost-of-ownership profile. Equipment specifications are tailored for practicality and convenience, with a cab that can also double as a mobile office when business needs to happen on the move.
When it comes to all-round real-world usability, Toyota has the best small and medium vans on the market, according to What Car? – they recently named Proace and Proace City as “best for practicality” class winners at its first van awards
With more than 50 years of heritage, Toyota Hilux has always had a reputation for outstanding quality, durability and reliability, as well as very capable off-road performance.
Tough outside, comfortable inside, the Toyota Hilux’s reputation for tackling every terrain and overcoming every obstacle is legendary ensuring it is the most capable of all Toyota van models.
The latest model, introduced at the end of 2020, has a striking new frontal design and more powerful 2.8-litre engine – available as an option for the Invincible grade model and fitted as standard to the Invincible X. These changes, together with new equipment features, added comfort and improvements in performance both on and off-road, strengthening the world-famous pick-up’s appeal to the growing numbers of customers who need a vehicle that meets both business and leisure needs.
This has helped the pick-up truck secure numerous awards including Pick-Up of the Year in the Van Fleet World Awards.
Toyota Land Cruiser Commerical
The Toyota Land Cruiser is the epitome of a true SUV: its off-road credentials have been honed over the course of 65 successful years and it remains unique in its ability to combine outstanding quality, durability and reliability with unrivalled performance and ever greater levels of luxury, prestige, and comfort.
While these qualities have made it a success in the passenger vehicle segment, they also lend themselves to the light commercial vehicle segment too. Engineered to excel over sand, rocks or any other demanding conditions, it has a robust, body-on-frame construction, proven all-wheel drive capability and a highly capable 2.8-litre D-4D engine. All of this ensures the Land Cruiser Commercial has all the abilities needed for the commercial segment.
Short and long-wheelbase versions are available with three and five doors respectively, sharing the same smart body styling as the current Land Cruiser. Offering payloads of up to 593kg (SWB) and 756kg (LWB), both vehicles can tow braked trailers with loads of up to three tonnes.
The rear load space is designed to be practical and hard-wearing with an edge-to-edge non-slip flat floor tray. The division between the front cabin and rear cargo area is a full height metal bulkhead with a strong mesh top section fitted with a hatch for easy access.