I saw a Toyota HiAce in Mississippi!

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    Stock photos, the odd window in a window made me notice.

    Near as I can tell, this is a sixth Generation Toyota HiAce 13 passenger van, the one I saw was certainly full of passengers. (I was driving, so I do not have a picture nor did I get a accurate count, my wife guessed 15)
    Toyota has never before imported the HiAce to the US, I really doubt they import it now. As far as I can tell, no version is a hybrid.

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    Toyota HiAce - Wikipedia
     
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    Cool!

    My bro saw an Estima Hybrid last week. I sat in one at the L.A. 2010 Prius launch/test drive event back in March 2010.
     
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    Awesome!

    The whole time I was in China, we were shuttled around in Toyota Coasters. 23 tiny seats.

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    This reminds me of the front-mid-engine first-generation Toyota Previa I almost bought way back when shopping for our first mini-van.
     
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    Gotta admit, I’ve always had a soft spot for Toyota’s early van efforts. Not many left, like most good trucks they were worked to death.

    @JimboPalmer You’ve made me curious why we haven’t seen the Toyota HSD on any sort of truck or van? What part of it can’t scale up to the mass of a small van?
     
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    I don't know, the HiAce on I-55 did not strike me as 'bigger' than a Highlander. Which has an HSD.
    A very similar transmission runs a Pacifica, so it CAN scale.

    The V6 in the HiAce is a 3.5l 7GR-FKS The big Lexus LS 500h uses a 3.5 l V6, the 8GR-FXS so the tech is there.

    Perhaps the packaging is awkward.
     
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    Maybe we'll see a hybrid Sienna after the release of the new HiHy. The current one has a high price for the hybrid for what appears to be a small gain in fuel economy. Without the RX to carry it, the HiHy may have gone the way of the Prius v and c. There are Toyota minivans with HSD, but they are smaller than an American minivan.

    The system in the LS is new. How long after the first Prius did Toyota put that system into another model? The new Tundra is rumored to get it. I don't think the the system is any bigger than a traditional transmission. Devoting space for the battery in a van might be more noticable than in a car or truck.
     
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