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2007-01-26 11:07

Toyota's new 10 Seater Quantum mini bus

Janine-Lee Gordon

Toyota has added a new 10-seater family member to the Quantum range. The Quantum also boasts a fresh look thanks to some fresh cosmetic enhancements.

The addition of the latest variant now brings the number of distinct models in the Quantum range to four. Each of these is offered with a choice of either a 2.7-litre petrol VVT-i or 2.5-litre D-4D direct injection diesel engine.

Drivers are required to have a professional driving permit (PDP) when driving a vehicle designed to carry more than 12 people at a time.

With the stronger customer demand for an efficient commuter bus type vehicle that does not require the driver to have a PDP, Toyota have delivered the needs of consumers with the new 10 seater Quantum.

Customers also requested a lower roof and more comfort and convenience for passengers.

Now with the 10 Seater, it's even ideal for the bigger than average family. Where it's been more of an industrial van and "taxi" in the past, it can now serve as a great bus for road trips to your favourite holiday spot up the coast.

It is also ideal as an affordable staff transport option, transport for school children and for smaller tourist groups.

The bus has a comfortable seating arrangement and can be placed into a 2/2/3/3 seat configuration.

The new 10-seater model is shorter and has been lowered in height.

Panel vans have received the same redesigned styling as the mini-bus vans, as well as the same height and length dimmensions.

The new models still have the same engines as the previous models producing 111kW of power in the 2.7 petrol model and 75kW of power in the 2.5 diesel engine.


According to Toyota safety was priority with the development of the Quantum.

Safety features include ABS brakes with Brake assist and front airbags.

Other standard equipment include remote central locking linked to an alarm system together with a transponder key immobiliser provide anti-theft protection.

A number of cosmetic changes have also been made to the existing 14-seater model.

The front passenger gets slide adjustment while all seats feature a new cloth trim.

Passengers also have cup holders and magazine nets provided in the first three rows of seats in the main seating area.

The centre console in the front of the bus, between the front seats now features more functional storage.

Styling features includes colour coded bumpers and a two tone, gold metallic stripes for the lower body sides of the bus. Even the wheel covers have had a redesign. The grille is chrome plated to match the door handles for a more modern looking van.

Both the standard and long wheelbase panel vans are now fitted with PVC load mats. On both of these models a load partition is available as a dealer option. ABS and a driver side airbag are fitted to both panel vans.


  • 2.7 10-Seater Bus - R239 000
  • 2.5 D-4D 10-Seater Bus - R249 400
  • 2.7 14-Seater Bus - R239 750
  • 2.5 D-4D 14-Seater Bus - R249 950
  • 2.7 Panel Van - R176 750
  • 2.5 D-4D Panel Van - R186 850
  • 2.7 LWB Panel Van - R205 030
  • 2.5 D-4D LWB Panel Van - R215 130

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