Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Hino Motors, Ltd. (Hino) have agreed to jointly develop a heavy-duty fuel cell truck, and to proceed with initiatives toward its practical use through verification tests and other means.
Toyota and Hino are determined to take proactive action toward resolving global environmental issues as one of the most important corporate tasks. The two companies have declared ambitious goals to reduce CO2 emissions by 2050 and are developing electric vehicle technologies for widespread use in society.
In order to achieve further reductions in CO2 emissions, major improvements will be required in the environmental performance of heavy-duty trucks, which account for about 60 percent of the total CO2 emissions from commercial vehicles in Japan 2.
For the electrification of commercial vehicles, the optimum powertrain must be adopted to ensure both outstanding environmental performance and just-right practicality as a business vehicle in terms of cruising range, load capacity, and other aspects depending on the usage.
Heavy-duty trucks are typically used for highway transportation; therefore, they are required to have sufficient cruising range and load capacity as well as fast refueling capability. For this reason, fuel cell vehicles that run on hydrogen with its higher energy density are considered effective.
The heavy-duty fuel cell truck in this joint development project is based on Hino Profia, and is being developed taking maximum advantage of the technologies both Toyota and Hino have cultivated over the years. The chassis is specially designed with the optimum packaging for a fuel cell vehicle, and steps are being taken through comprehensive weight reduction to ensure a sufficient load capacity.
The powertrain is equipped with two Toyota fuel cell stacks that have been newly developed for Toyota’s next Mirai and includes vehicle driving control that applies heavy-duty hybrid vehicle technologies, developed by Hino. Also, cruising range will be set at approximately 600 km, aiming to meet high standards in both environmental performance and practicality as a commercial vehicle.
Toyota and Hino have positioned hydrogen as an important energy source for the future and have worked together on developing technologies and spreading and innovating fuel cell vehicles for over fifteen years since their joint demonstration trials of the fuel cell bus in 2003. Going forward, Toyota and Hino will further strengthen its partnership and accelerate efforts toward the realization of a hydrogen society.
UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) is pleased to announce the upgrading of the Toyota Alphard and Toyota Vellfire premium MPV models for 2020.
Pre-launch orders will be accepted from today at all authorized Toyota dealerships and UMWT branches nationwide. The new models will go on sale with prices starting from RM383,000 for the Vellfire (one variant) and RM465,000 for the Alphard (two variants).
can choose from four exterior colours for the
Vellfire and Alphard which are CBU (completely built-up) imported vehicles from
Japan. The colour options are Luxury White Pearl CS GF (only for Alphard 3.5 Executive Lounge and
Alphard 3.5L); Burning Black CS GF (only for Vellfire 2.5L); and White Pearl C,
Graphite Metallic and Black (available for both Alphard and Vellfire).
latest Alphard and Vellfire have been upgraded with advanced systems being
added in two areas – Safety and Connectivity. This is in line with UMWT’s 360-T
New Brand Experience Strategy
that emphasizes Safe-T and Connectivi-T.
The new or enhanced systems are:
● Toyota Safety Sense (TSS)
● Parking Support Brake System
● 9-inch AVX Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and
Android Auto-Ready Connectivity
● Front & Rear Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
● Vehicle Telematics System (VTS)
● Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Safety Sense (TSS) is a suite of advanced systems that provide driver
assistance to avoid accidents or reduce their severity if they occur. These
include Pre-collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Lane Tracing
Assist (LTA), and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) – All Speed.
With Parking Support Brake System added in the 2020 models, drivers have the support of an intelligent parking system to detect objects in the surrounding areas of the vehicle during the parking process. Should any object be detected, the brakes will be automatically applied and the engine power cut back so that collisions can be avoided. Even if a collision does occur, the early action of the system can reduce damage.
the Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) that enables the driver to view all round the
vehicle, the front and rear DVRs constantly record the views ahead and behind.
In the event of an incident and dispute, the recordings would be useful
evidence for the vehicle owner.
Vehicle Telematics System
(VTS) for the Vellfire and Alphard is a
connectivity feature that uses GPS/GSM to track the location of the car at all
times. This can aid recovery by the police if the vehicle is stolen. VTS can
also monitor and record vehicle speeds and other operating conditions that the
vehicle has been subjected to, with data sent by email to a designated user.
the Alphard maintains its concept of “Dynamic & Formal” to give
the MPV a luxurious impression and commanding presence. The Vellfire’s design
concept is “Cool Tech” which strengthens the distinctive cool and
modern taste, giving a unique identity to the vehicle.
all other models imported by UMWT, owners of the Vellfire and Alphard will
enjoy a full factory warranty for peace of mind and available of replacement
parts when required. Aftersales support is also assured with personnel trained
to service the models using the necessary special tools and equipment.
can locate the nearest showroom by visiting the Toyota Malaysia website at
toyota.com.my or calling the Toyota freephone line 1-800-8-TOYOTA (869682).
UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), the sole importer and distributor for Toyota vehicles in Malaysia, recognizes the importance of having a comprehensive service network for its Toyota customers. Recently, a new Toyota 2S centre located at Klang, Selangor was opened. Operated by PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd, the centre offers aftersales services to Toyota customers and owners in Pandamaran, Bukit Tinggi, Bandar Botanik, and other nearby areas.
PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd has been an authorised Toyota dealer since 2015 with a sales outlet located in Bukit Tinggi, Klang. Over the past four years, as its sales have grown along with its customer base, it has made new investments to expand its facilities to raise the quality of services. This has led to the establishment of the new 2S outlet.
The service centre is equipped with 19 service bays with trained personnel to ensure that customers’ vehicles are promptly attended to. It is also equipped with diagnostic equipment and the necessary Special Service Tools to maintain Toyota vehicles. While waiting for their vehicles to be serviced, customers can relax in the lounge which has amenities for their comfort and convenience.
Commending PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd on their commitment to provide Toyota customers with high quality aftersales services, UMW Toyota Motor’s President, Ravindran K. said, “PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd has been our business partner since 2015 and has provided good services to customers. We are delighted to see that with the growth in their business, they have made the decision to upgrade their facilities to enhance their aftersales services. This has truly reflects the Toyota “Customer First” philosophy where priorities and value-added services are prepared for our customers’ convenience.”
PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd is located at PT 7420 Jalan Kim Chuan, Pandamaran, 42000 Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan.For enquiries, please call 03-3323 9398 (Sales) or 03-3385 2381 / 010-396 0468 (Service). Information on Toyota vehicles and the locations of outlets nationwide can be found at toyota.com.my.
Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has unveiled its first new Hiace model designed for overseas markets.
The new Hiace is built on a special revised platform that not only greatly enhances comfort and safety, but is extremely durable with excellent basic performance, making it suitable both for customers’ daily lives and for business.
In emerging markets, where the automobile market has continued to expand throughout approximately the last decade, demand has risen for passenger transportation including tourist minibuses, private buses, and vehicles for use in logistics.
The new Hiace has been developed to be able to flexibly respond to these diverse needs.
Following launch in the Philippines, the new model is to be gradually introduced in other countries and regions, with a focus on emerging markets. The current Hiace model will continue to be sold in Japan as-is, due to the different local market environment.
“The Hiace was developed using the key words of “Hiace Pride,” and from the concept of being a faithful partner that makes people feel safe, satisfied, and proud. Owners, drivers, and passengers know they are in good hands when they own, drive, and ride in a Hiace,” commented Chief Engineer Takuo Ishikawa, who was responsible for development.
Since the launch of the first-generation Hiace in 1967, it has become one of Toyota’s representative global vehicles, with more than 6.24 million units sold in over 150 countries. The Hiace demonstrates prowess through its high durability and reliability, and has been used as a van, a minibus, and as private transportation. Currently, it is largely sold in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania, Mexico, and Latin America.
Two body types are available: Normal/Standard Roof and Long/High Roof.
Leveraging the semi-bonnet package, the Hiace’s most important features―its reliability, toughness, and functional beauty―are evolved and enhanced, creating an external style that suggests a comfortable and sophisticated space.
Layouts with multiple rows of seats or increased storage space are available to suit various uses*.
Up to 17 people can be carried in the “Commuter” versions―the most in its class―for private bus use.
A specialized interior and functions for comfort are adorned in the new “Tourism” versions.
The “Van” versions feature storage space sufficiently large for pallets from any country or region.
The comfortable interior design provides peace of mind while functionality for driver and passenger needs is upgraded, as demonstrated by large door pockets and generous under-seat stowage.
The new Hiace offers greatly improved ride comfort, quietness, and safety via an all-new body based on the design ideas of TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), such as high-level body rigidity achieved through ring-shaped frame structures.
The comfortable interior reduces driver fatigue even over long distances, and high durability delivers safety and peace of mind whatever the road conditions.
The engine is available either as the 1GD (2.8-liter diesel) or the 7GR (3.5-liter gasoline).
The Hiace comes with Toyota Safety Sense and achieves performance equivalent to five stars in the Euro NCAP.