Toyota ups the ante on multipurpose vehicles

Keeping a tight reign on the top spot
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Sep 10, 2009
Toyota Motor Philippines has upgraded its multipurpose vehicles to keep the Japanese carmaker's reign on commercial vehicle sales in the country.

The Fortuner--Toyota's then-"halo" car that once had customers waiting for as long as eight months for a brand-new unit--a new double wishbone front suspension system ensures its passengers' comfort while an automatic up/down power driver window is a welcome feature. Both upgrades will be offered across all Fortuner variants. The top-spec, 3-liter 4x4 V variant will also get a six-way power driver's seat and retractable power side mirrors. The Fortuner line-up will also have a new variant; the 2.5-liter G trim with manual transmission.

Upgrades on the Hilux pickup depend on the variants. The top-of-the-line 4x4 and 4x2 G variants are now equipped with automatic up/down power driver window and new 16-inch wheels. The mid-level 4x2 E variant will not only have both upgrades, it will also have a driver's SRS airbag, a seatbelt warning system, four-spoke steering wheel, power doorlocks, and front fog lamps. The 4x2 E variant also looks tougher with an increased ground clearance and taller frame. A drivers' SRS airbag and a seatbelt warning system will also see duty on the base 4x2 J variant.

The Innova, Toyota Philippines' best-selling model next to the Vios, now has an automatic up/down power driver window across its E, G, and V trim variants while the base J variant will now come with a driver's SRS airbag and a four-spoke steering wheel. Body color options for the Innova now includes Bronze Mica Metallic for the G and V variants, and Jade Green Metallic for the E and G variants.

Toyota Philippines introduced its multipurpose vehicle trio in 2005 with the Hilux and Innova ruling their respective classes since their introduction while the Fortuner was only recently displaced after having ruled its roost in the past four years.
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