Anyone who now runs to the Toyota dealer for a delivery van will get the twin brother of a French buyer moored there.
The ProAce is the successor of the time-honored HiAce, which has survived thanks to an extensive facelift until 2012.
With the original HiAce, the front axle is not in front of the cab, but at the height of the driver’s seat.
The Hi-Ace, still available in Asia, followed that cab-over philosophy until 2019. Only with the last, sixth generation of the model did the engine get a place under a real hood and did Toyota say goodbye to its typical shape.
In Europe that happened much earlier, because here a HiAce with a bonnet appeared on the market in 1995.
The car was based on the Japanese Granvia, the luxury brother of the HiAce.