Toyota has announced the introduction of a new 14-seater taxi, based on the Quantum commuter bus, to succeed the venerable HiAce Siyaya taxi.
The Toyota Ses'fikile 14-seater minibus taxi is a natural successor to the popular and notorious HiAce, a model that has been the backbone of the minibus taxi industry since it was first introduced in South Africa in 1969.
The Ses'fikile name, roughly translated from Xhosa, means "we have arrived".
The new Ses'fikile adopts the latest Toyota minivan and minibus technology found in the Toyota Quantum. Ses'fikile is expected to add significantly to this number as it takes up the position previously held by the Siyaya in the market.
Ses'fikile offers seating for 14 occupants with the driver included, in a 2:2:3:3:4 configuration with three point seatbelts for the front two seats and two-point lap belts for all other seats.
As a new generation model it offers increased safety in design and construction together with a more comfortable ride and a more relaxed atmosphere inside the vehicle. Another safety feature in Ses'fikile is ABS with Brake Assist.
Ses'fikile is powered by a latest generation Toyota 2TR-FE petrol engine. This 2,7 litres four-cylinder, 16-valve, double overhead camshaft engine has VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing - intelligent) on the intake camshaft, and a resin intake manifold that reduces induction air resistance for improved induction characteristics.
Maximum power is 111 kW @ 4800 r/min, whilst torque peaks at 241 Nm @ 3800 r/min. Almost 80% of this torque is available from just 1400 r/min through to over 5000 r/min, which should ensure Toyota remains the small commuter vehicle of choice for most South Africans.
Price: R208 300