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|Also called||Toyota TownAce
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Light personal and commercial|
|Body style||Pick-up, van.|
|Engine||4-cylinder petrol carburettor 2.0L (1998cc)|
|Transmission||4/5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic|
The Toyota LiteAce is a line of cab over motor vehicles produced by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota. Launched in 1970, the Liteace is a small to medium-sized van and truck which was most commonly exported to Asia, Australia and Africa. In Japan, the LiteAce was sold at Toyota Auto Store dealerships, giving Sprinter buyers an alternative to load carrying duties the Sprinter wasn't suited. Its twin the Toyota TownAce was sold at Toyota Corolla Store locations. The "Ace" moniker refers to the Toyota ToyoAce medium-duty truck sold starting in 1956. The LiteAce followed the introduction of the Toyota HiAce in 1967, but on a smaller scale in keeping with Japanese Regulations concerning exterior dimensions and engine displacement, so that buyers wouldn't be liable for additional taxes for a larger vehicle.
First generation (M10)
The first generation LiteAce (KM10) used a 1,166 cc 3K inline-four engine, shared with the Publica and other subcompacts. It was available as a four and a five-door van, and as a two-door truck, with a variety of bed options and an available high roof for the vans. The LiteAce is considerably larger than the Publica-based MiniAce which it essentially replaced in the Japanese market.
This was also marketed in a slightly different version as the Daihatsu Delta 750 (chassis code KD10). Still with the 3K engine, this received a small front grille and other detail differences and was available with most of the same bodywork as the LiteAce.
Over the years, the LiteAce has usually also been available with Daihatsu badging. Originally sold as the Delta 750, later versions have been called "Delta Van".
The Liteace was marketed in two different forms later in its life:
- A box-like and more angular design, similar to a Nissan C22 (Vanette).
- A more MPV-like design, with design cues of the Toyota HiAce.
The Toyota LiteAce Noah, an MPV replaced by the Toyota Noah, was also released in the nineties.
In 2008, a new model, based on the Daihatsu Gran Max which launched in Indonesia in late 2007, replaced the Toyota LiteAce along with Toyota TownAce in Japan. Both the truck and the van type are available in 1.5L engine.
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