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Toyota revamps van range and boosts dealer support

All Toyota commercial vehicles are now fitted with the 2.5-litre D-4D direct injection common rail turbo diesel engine, it was announced today as the manufacturer revealed its new LCV range and a dealer-support network.

The engine comes with two power outputs, either 88bhp or 102bhp, both complying with Euro III emissions legislation. The adoption of common rail diesel engines, with an advanced engine oil maintenance management system, allows the introduction of extended oil maintenance/health check intervals of 10,000 miles with major service intervals at 20,000 miles in line with Toyota VVT-i passenger cars. The combination of reduced fuel consumption and extended service intervals.

And during the next year a dedicated commercial vehicle dealer network of 80 dealerships will be rolled out across the UK to offer specialist support for the expanding range to Toyota's commercial vehicle customers.

The Toyota Hilux pick-up range is now available with new features such as a new front, improved interior and a choice of common rail diesel engines.

The 2002 model range comprises a choice of the all-new 2.5-litre direct injection common rail D-4D diesel engine with either 88bhp or 102bhp. The entry-level model is the 240 Single Cab Pick-up with two-wheel drive with 88bhp. This is followed by the all-new 2WD 240 Extra Cab Pick-up FX, also with 88bhp, but with a higher level of equipment and specification such as air conditioning.

For the first time, all other models now feature automatic selectable two or four-wheel drive with high and low ratio transfer boxes.

The entry-level four-wheel drive model is the 4WD 250 Single Cab Pick-up EX with 102bhp. This is followed by the 4WD 270 Double Cab Pick-up EX with 102bhp. The high specification 4WD Double Cab GX featuring 102bhp will be available from February 2002. A VX grade, available for the first time on Double Cab, joins the range with added specification of alloy wheels, ABS brakes and overfenders over the wide wheel arch.

The Hiace is to be launched with a new front, improvements to interior specification and a choice of common rail diesel engines.

The new model range carries over the existing Standard Wheel Base (SWB) and Long Wheel Base (LWB) models with either swing out rear doors or tailgate and one or two side doors.

The 2002 model range comprises the entry-level model the S grade 280, 88bhp, with swing out rear doors. This is followed by the S grade 300, 88bhp, also with swing out rear doors. The popular GS grade comprises the 280, 88bhp, and the 300, 102bhp, with either tailgate or swing out rear doors. The GS grade 300, 102bhp, has two side doors. A new GLS model, replaces the previous 74bhp GX grade and comes with tailgate full bulkhead and one side door. The 2.7-litre petrol engine with 141bhp is still available on the GLS grade, replacing the GX, with tailgate and one side door. This derivative is only available to special order. A full bulkhead is standard on all GS swing out rear door models and also on all GS 300 versions.

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