A light commercial van that was first launched in the late sixties, the HiAce (pronounced High Ace) is a runaway success model for Toyota. Now produced in several countries under several brand names, the Toyota HiAce has penetrated even markets in distant Africa.
Initially produced to carry only 8 persons, development over the years has helped it to carry as many as 15 people with their fourth generation models (H100) that appeared in 1990. With rear-wheel drive, these vans or mini-buses come with a 2-litre petrol engine or a 3-litre diesel engine.
Angola, in Southern Africa imported a large number of these models and painted them in blue colour to be used as Taxis. Known locally as the Candongueiro, these blue-painted mini-bus is the lifeline for many Angolans in their day-to-day life. Costing 150 Kwanza (Rs. 35) as the minimum fare they take you from point to point in one of the most expensive capital cities of the world.
There are nearly 15,000 Candongueiro’s operating in Luanda, its capital.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|- On plinth (platform base) with plexiglas hard-display case|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 2.5|
|Color||Blue / White|