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2012-02-14 08:23

ALL BUSINESS: The new Avanza panel van makes for a worthy choice if you're looking for a workhorse and a mom's taxi rolled in one. It's also not a bad option compared to rivals such a Volkswagen's Caddy or Hyundai's H1 Multicab.


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Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer TOYOTA
Model Avanza Panel Van
Engine 1.3-litre
Power 67 / 6000
Torque 117 / 4400
Transmission Five-speed manual
Fuel Consumption 7.7l/100km
Steering Power steering
Airbags Dual front
Service Intervals 15000km
Service Plan Four-year or 60 000 km
Warranty Three-year or 100 000 km warranty.
Price R161 400
Toyota SA has already launched its 2012 Avanza MPV. Now here comes the panel van version with assertive styling and a bigger cabin and load bay than its predecessor.

According to Calvyn Hamman, Toyota’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing: “Inside and out, the Avanza van is proof that just because a vehicle works for its living doesn’t mean it has to look utilitarian. That said, it’s certainly a case of form following function – the Avanza van is that fit for purpose."

The new vinyl-clad load bay has a low sill and large aperture to make loading and unloading far easier. The load capacity is rated at 500kg and has a cargo net to secure goods.

Toyota Avanza Panel van

MPV WORKHORSE: Whether you're working from home or want to expand your business, the Avanza panel van is worth considering as a workhorse.

The rear windows have been tinted as a theft deterrent and the van's 200mm ground clearance will help on South Africa's rural roads.

Powering the new model is an enhanced version of Toyota's 1.3-litre VVT-i engine. It's capable of 67kW at 6000rpm and 117Nm at 4400rpm and drives through a a five-speed manual transmission rated at an average fuel consumption of 7.7 litres/100km.

The van carries the same specifications as the passenger version, which includes power-assisted steering, two front air bags, alarm/immobiliser, anti-lock brakes, central locking and power window lifts front and rear.

Avanza 1.3 S panel van – R161 400. Sold with a  four-year or 60 000km service plan (service intervals 15 000km) and a three-year or 100 000km warranty.

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