Toyota Motor Philippines has launched the new Hilux FX to address the high demand for dual-purpose vehicles in the country.
The Japanese carmaker said the Hilux FX will "reinforce" its leading position in the commercial vehicle segment of the local market.
"As an answer to its customer's business and hauling needs, Toyota makes use of the Hilux's agile frame by installing a rear deck which can accommodate more passengers and cargo," Toyota said in a statement.
The new Hilux FX can carry as much as 15 passengers (12 at the back and three in front) or up to 1,000 kilograms of loadable weight.
It runs on a 2.5-liter D-4D type common-rail diesel engine and comes with the Toyota Outstanding Performance Platform, similar to that found in the Fortuner and the Innova.
Aside from being a multi-purpose vehicles, the new Toyota Hilux also boasts of being fuel efficient as it registered reaching 19.2 kilometers to a liter in the Department of Energy Fuel Economy Run last year.
The new Hilux FX sells for P810,000 for the variant without the rear air-conditioning system, and P840,000 with rear air-conditioning.
Toyota dominates the commercial vehicle segment in the country with a 33.2 percent market share representing the sale of 6,069 units in the first quarter of 2009.