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Bongo Friendee (1995–2005) Edit
Mazda Bongo Friendee with Auto Free Top
Mazda Bongo Friendee facelift
The Bongo Friendee was introduced in June 1995 and is based on the SG platform. It is an eight-seater MPV and it was also sold in the Japanese home market as the Ford Freda.
They are usually (but not exclusively) available in automatic transmissions, and come in 2WD (SGL3) and 4WD (SGL5) versions. The 2.5-litre turbo diesels are common in Japan, although there is a 2.5-litre V6 petrol version available.
The Mazda Bongo Friendee is an eight-seater MPV. Some have had Mazda factory fitted kitchens installed within their car, but many others are imported and converted to camper vans in the UK. All of them have fold down seats downstairs to make a double bed, and on many models there is also an "Auto Free Top" elevating roof which 2 more people can sleep in. Flat-top versions are also available.
In June 1998, Mitsubishi Motors began reselling the Bongo. This was branded the Mazda Access in some markets.
In September 2001, a facelift version appeared with a revised bodystyle and different engines, although the 2.5 turbodiesel continues unchanged. Air conditioning, climate control and electronic blinds are fitted as standard.
2.0 L FE SOHC I4
2.5 L Mazda J engine#J5 V6
2.5 L turbodiesel WL-T
Also called Toyota Vellfire
Production 2002 - present
Body and chassis
Class Full-size MPV
Predecessor Toyota Granvia
The Toyota Alphard (Japanese: トヨタ・アルファード Toyota Arufādo) is a full-size luxury MPV (minivan) produced by the Japanese automaker Toyota since 2002. It is available as a seven- or eight-seater with a 2.5 and 3.5 litre gasoline engine in multiple different model lines including Alphard GF, Alphard Executive Lounge, Alphard SC and various hybrid versions which uses the 2.5 litre engine along with an electrical motor and batteries. The vehicle was named after Alphard, the brightest star in the constellation Hydra.
The Alphard is primarily made for the Japanese market, but is also sold in Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Oman, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Myanmar.
In 2006, a Royal Lounge Alphard was introduced. It is a luxurious, four-seat version of the Alphard. Its traditional competitor from Nissan is the Elgrand. Toyota also makes a sportier version of the Alphard, called the Vellfire; the Alphard is available new at Toyopet Store Japanese dealerships, while the Vellfire is available at Netz Store locations. The Toyota Spade/Toyota Sienta/Toyota Noah are smaller MPV are more affordable and more family oriented. The Japanese Government enforces dimension regulations and annually applies a road tax, and the Alphard/Vellfire incur higher than average operating costs.
The full-size Alphard/Vellfire Hybrid MPV qualifies as an Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV), achieving emission levels 75% lower than the Japanese government's year 2000 benchmark. The 2.5-litre gasoline engine has been developed specifically for use in Toyota's hybrid systems and features a high-expansion ratio cycle that raises efficiency and reduces friction.
The Alphard Hybrid uses "by-wire" technology that monitors brake pedal pressure and vehicle speed in order to calculate the optimum hydraulic pressure. By-wire works with the E-Four to maximize the collection of kinetic energy from braking for conversion into electric power.
The Alphard Hybrid can generate up to 1,500 watts and is equipped with standard 100-volt AC power outlets, allowing a wide range of appliances to be used, such as laptops and emergency lights. The electrical outlets can also be used to recharge items such as power tools, drones, recreational aircraft, microwave ovens, televisions, cameras and mobile phones, adding a new dimension to leisure activities.
First generation (2002-2008) Edit
Toyota Alphard (first generation) (front, white), Serdang.jpg
Production 2002 - 2008
Body and chassis
Class Large MPV
Body style 4 or 5 door MPV
Engine 2.4 L 2AZ-FE I4 160hp
3.0 L 1MZ-FE V6 220hp
Transmission 4-speed automatic (2.4L & 2002-2005 3.0L)
5-speed automatic (3.0L 2005-2008)
CVT automatic (Hybrid 2.4L 2003-2008)
Wheelbase 2,900 mm (110 in)
Length 4,840 mm (191 in)
Width 1,805 mm (71.1 in)
Height 1,935 mm (76.2 in)
Curb weight 1,790 kg (3,950 lb)
Toyota Alphard (Malaysia)
The Alphard was launched by Toyota in May 2002 to compete against the Nissan Elgrand and Honda Elysion, replacing the Toyota Granvia. With full electrical component features and complete comfort and safety features, the Alphard is Toyota's best selling MPV in Japan. The Alphard was facelifted in 2005 with new design of rear lamp and use of 16" and 17" alumunium alloy wheels. A hybrid version was also added to the lineup. For model year 2007 on Japanese models only, G-BOOK, a subscription telematics service, is offered as an option.
Actor Jean Reno appeared on Japanese TV commercials for the Toyota Alphard.
Technical details Edit
2AZ-FE 2400 cc 4 cylinders 16 valve VVT-i 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) 195 N·m (144 lb·ft)
1MZ-FE 3000 cc V6 24 valve VVT-i 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) 310 N·m (230 lb·ft)
4&5 speed automatic super ECT
Dimension and weight
Length : 4,865 mm (191.5 in)
Width : 1,830 mm (72.0 in)
Height : 1,935 mm (76.2 in)
Wheelbase : 2,900 mm (114.2 in)
Weight : 1,800 kg (4,000 lb)
Second generation (2008-2015) Edit
2008 Toyota H20 Alphard 01.JPG
Production 2008 - 2015
Assembly Japan: Kariya, Aichi (Inabe plant) Body and chassis
Class Large MPV
Body style 4 or 5 door MPV
Engine 2.4 L 2AZ-FE I4 168hp
3.5 L 2GR-FE V6 266hp-276hp
Transmission 7-speed Super CVT-i (2.4L)
6-speed automatic (3.5L)
CVT automatic (Hybrid 2.4L)
Wheelbase 2,950 mm (116 in)
Length 4,840 mm (191 in)
Width 1,830 mm (72 in)
Height 1,905 mm (75.0 in)
Curb weight 1,910 kg (4,210 lb)(Base I4)
1,985 kg (4,376 lb)(Base V6)
1,995 kg (4,398 lb)(Top Trim I4)
2,070 kg (4,560 lb)(Top Trim V6)
Toyota Alphard (ANH20; Singapore)
In April 2008, the Alphard was redesigned with a more modern exterior and a more luxurious interior. For this generation, the Alphard line-up was expanded into two different design variants - Alphard and Vellfire. According to Toyota's press release, the Alphard is described as having an elegant and sophisticated design while the Vellfire emphasizes on strength and strong individuality. Both models are sold via separate distribution channels, with the Alphard sold by Toyota's Toyopet Store dealership chain while the Vellfire is sold at Toyota's youth oriented Netz dealership chain.
A facelift model was announced by Toyota on 27 September 2011, with sales in Japan to start from 1 November 2011. Also introduced is a hybrid version of both the Alphard and Vellfire.
Technical details Edit
2AZ-FE 2,362 cc I4 16 valve VVT-i 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) 235 N·m (173 lb·ft)
2GR-FE 3,456 cc V6 24 valve 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) 330 N·m (240 lb·ft)
4 speed automatic
6 speed automatic super ECT
7 speed automatic super CVT
Dimension and weight
Length : 4,840 mm (190.6 in)
Width : 1,830 mm (72.0 in)
Height : 1,905 mm (75.0 in)
Wheelbase : 2,950 mm (116.1 in)
Weight : 1,910 kg (4,210.8 lb)
Second Generation Gallery
Toyota Alphard Front
Toyota Alphard 2nd Gen Facelift
Third generation (2015-present) Edit
Toyota ALPHARD X (AH30W) front.JPG
Toyota Vellfire (second generation)
Production 2015 - present
Body and chassis
Class Full-size Luxury MPV
Body style Full-size MPV
Layout FF or 4WD
2.5 L 2AR-FE I4 182 PS (134 kW; 180 hp)
2.5 L 2AR-FXE I4 hybrid 152 PS (112 kW; 150 hp)
3.5 L 2GR-FE V6 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp)
7-speed super CVT-i (2.5L)
6-speed Super ECT(3.5L)
Wheelbase 3,000 mm (120 in)
Length 4,915–4,930 mm (193.5–194.1 in)
Width 1,850 mm (73 in)
Height 1,895 mm (74.6 in)
Curb weight 1,985–2,210 kg (4,376–4,872 lb)
Toyota Alphard 2015 Rear
Toyota released the third generation Alphard/Vellfire on 26 January 2015 with new design language in and out and new features such as a new 2.5-litre petrol engine, 2.5-litre petrol hybrid engine, new double wish-bone suspension, a new top of the range Executive Lounge grade was added for both Alphard and Vellfire and followed a year later with the Royal Lounge. Third generation Alphard is currently available in Japan and some Asian markets with Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Hong Kong are being the first markets outside Japan to receive this all-new model and recently the all-new Alphard was introduced in Russia, the model's primary and so far only European market, but only with the 3.5 L V6 engine.
The new generation features very large grille similar to the current model Toyota Crown. The length has grown longer by 60 mm, the width by 20 mm and the wheelbase has grown longer by 50 mm but the height is shorter by 10 mm compared to the previous generation. The Alphard faces competition from big MPV's such as the Nissan Elgrand and the Mercedes V-Class Large audio manufacturers like JBL have partnered with Toyota to create bespoke infotainment system for the third generation Alphard/Vellfire, this package is standard on the Executive Lounge and an option on lower trim levels. The bespoke JBL system includes a 9.2" inch front display with full navigation, 360 degree parking camera, a 12.1" inch rear entertainment display, 17 Speaker JBL premium sound system, wireless phone charger and online services. Other big audio manufacturers such as Alpine Electronics also manufacture navigation and audio/visual accessories specifically for the Alphard.
Technical details Edit
2AR-FE 2,494 cc I4 16 valve VVT-i 182 PS (134 kW; 180 hp) 235 N·m (173 lb·ft)
2GR-FE 3,456 cc V6 24 valve 274 PS (202 kW; 270 hp) 340 N·m (250 lb·ft)
6 speed automatic Super ECT (3.5L)
7 speed automatic super CVT (2.5L)
Dimension and weight
Length : 4,915–4,930 mm (193.5–194.1 in)
Width : 1,850 mm (72.8 in)
Height : 1,895 mm (74.6 in)
Wheelbase : 3,000 mm (118.1 in)
Weight : 1,985–2,210 kg (4,376–4,872 lb)
Third Generation Gallery
Toyota Alphard GF
Toyota Alphard SA
Toyota Vellfire Hybrid Executive Lounge
Toyota Alphard/Vellfire Executive Lounge Interior
Scoring a 5 star rating from JNCAP, the third generation Toyota Alphard/Vellfire is the first in its class to offer advanced safety technology such as auto braking, adaptive cruise control and high beam assists. The Alphard/Vellfire uses radar hidden behind the front grille, as the car approaches an object too quickly the car would have an audible warning followed by automatic braking if no action is taken by the driver, this system is only active when speeds are above 15 km/h. Using the same radar the Alphard/Vellfire is also able to maintain a constant speed and distance from the car in front, the car would automatically slow down or speed up depending on traffic ahead. However, this same radar is unable to detect pedestrians. The Alphard/Vellfire is also able to stop at speeds below 15 km/h during parking situations. Using the 8 parking sensors, the car would detect any objects around the car, if the driver approaches the object at an unsafe distance the car would automatically apply the brakes preventing contact with the object.
Special Trims Edit
After around one year after the announcement of the third generation Toyota Alphard/Vellfire, Toyota introduced three bespoke trims towards their top MPV range. These three trims included an Alphard/Vellfire Royal Lounge, Alphard "Type Black" and Vellfire "Golden Eyes". Both the Vellfire "Golden Eyes", and Alphard "Type Black" are available with the 2.5L or 3.5L engines, while the Royal Lounge are only available as a 3.5L or a Hybrid. The Alphard "Type Black" has a dark tinted grille, fog light garnish, rims and back door garnish, and a golden "Alphard Emblem" compared to the standard chrome finish. It also has dedicated seat upholstery unique to the "Type Black" and black headlining rather than gray. It also adds a special gold decorative smart key, as well as power plugs throughout the car and an automatic tailgate. As for the Vellfire "Golden Eyes" it has the same treatment as the Alphard "Type Black" but also includes gold plated extensions in the head light unit. However, these are not real gold. As for the Royal Lounge, its base price is just over double the price for an Executive Lounge. What you get is a 4-seater luxurious MPV. The Royal Lounge gets the same equipment as the Executive Lounge meaning full 9.2" head unit. However, open the rear doors and you are greeted with 2 huge chairs with a fridge, storage cabinets, bespoke carpets, massaging rear seats with ventilation, rear tables, rear vanity mirrors, hanger hooks. centralized control touch panel, a liquid crystal light control shade and a 24" LCD TV. There are two versions of the Royal Lounge one with a full partition (Royal Lounge SP) and one with out (Royal Lounge). Interior choices come with a black or beige interior with rosewood or bamboo.
Granvia, HiAce Regius, Grand HiAce, Touring HiAce (XH10) Edit
2007 HiAce Van LWB (KLH22, Europe)
Sold in the Japanese market between 1995 and 2002, the Granvia is a semi-bonneted van, with the front wheels positioned in front of the front seats for better safety. Available with seven- and eight-seater configurations and in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, it is based on the regular HiAce. Because of tighter safety regulations, this model replaced the mid-engined HiAce in Europe and several other markets. The engines for Granvia are either a 2.4 L or 3.0 L diesel, or 2.7- and 3.4 L petrol. The Granvia spawned into the upmarket multipurpose vehicles the HiAce Regius, the Grand HiAce and the Touring HiAce. The Granvia, Grand HiAce, and Touring HiAce are upmarket passenger vans only.
In Europe, the Granvia-based HiAce sold from 1995 was usually equipped with the 2494 cc 2KD diesel engine in a variety of versions, with or without turbocharging. The HiAce underwent a facelift in 2006, with bigger "jewel-style" headlights, and continued to be built in this form until 2012, replaced by the Toyota ProAce.
In Australia, the Granvia was sold as the HiAce SBV, alongside the fourth generation HiAce, and both were replaced by the new fifth generation model. The HiAce SBV sold in Australia (from 1999 to 2005) was designated RCH12R (short wheelbase) and RCH22R (long wheelbase) and was available only with 2.4-litre 2RZ-E petrol engine developing 88 kW at 4800 rpm and 200 Nm at 3600 rpm and five-speed manual transmission. The smaller SBV TownAce was powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine.
They are also very popular in New Zealand, imported as used vehicles from Japan. The 3.0 litre turbocharged diesel is especially favoured as its enormous torque but not so impressive power output are ideally suited to the hilly conditions in a country with an overall 100 km/h speed limit. Many of these vehicles are in commercial passenger service.
The Grand HiAce was based on the HiAce Powervan. Sales of the Grand HiAce started in Japan in 1999. Engines available were a 3.4-liter petrol and a 3.0-liter turbo diesel. This type was sold in Japan only until 2002. In China the Granvia was badged "Toyota HiAce Solemio".
E51 Specifications Edit
The E51 Elgrand uses either the 2.5l or 3.5l V6 VQ-series engine combined with a five-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic shift for better response. Additional transmission controls include Power and Snow settings, as well as 4x4 power options. It employs a multilink rear suspension with ventilated disc brakes all around.
E51 design and features Edit
The E51 Elgrand is quite different from its predecessor, now equipped with power sliding doors, turn signal repeaters built into the side mirrors, a rear roof spoiler, and 16- (XL) or 17-inch (HWS) aluminum alloy wheels. The new front fascia, with a chromed grille, gives the Elgrand a sportier look.
Interior features include captain-style seats, an eight-speaker sound system with an optional nine-speaker system by Bose Corp., and a TV/DVD player with a nine-inch (229mm) screen. The Elgrand is also equipped with an eight-inch (203mm) LCD monitor in the dashboard for the Carwings Vehicle Information System (also known as VIS). Optional extras include heated front seats, power curtains and finer levels of interior trim, such as woodgrain trim panels and a woodgrain steering wheel. The interior seating arrangement can be configured for dining by adjusting the front captain-style seats facing the back, and folding the second row of seats flat onto the seat cushions.
Like most newer models produced by Nissan, the Elgrand comes with the "Keyless-go" feature for enhanced user convenience. Higher spec Elgrands like the Highway Star, Rider, X and XL versions come with an internal GPS system dedicated for use in Japan. An optional GPS system for Hong Kong and Guangdong Province in China is available.
NOTE - The GPS system was NOT a satellite based system, but a DISC operated CarWings system, that played off a concealed DVD player, via tracking the vehicles position via wheel sensors, against an inputted start and end position of a journey with incredible accuracy. CD Discs where only ever created for Japan and direct export countries.
E51 model variations Edit
The Nissan Elgrand includes either a 3.5L 240 bhp (179 kW; 243 PS) or 2.5L engine in five model types:
The 2007 - 2010 refresh saw the discontinuation of the VG model.
E51 world markets Edit
The E51 was only available through Nissan dealerships in Japan, with limited exports to Hong Kong and Brunei. The E51 is a popular grey import vehicle in Australia and New Zealand.
The third generation was introduced in 2006 in Japanese and Australian markets as the Estima and Tarago respectively, and as the Previa elsewhere. Features include an available second-generation Hybrid Synergy Drive drivetrain (only in Japanese markets), automatic parallel and reverse parking (only on Toyota Estima), track-mounted second row reclining seats with footrests, and power-folding split third row seats (for seven-seater models). It received a minor facelift in 2009. G-BOOK was added to the list of optional features. Active driver assist features such as Lane Keeping Assist and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control were offered as an option exclusively to V6 variants.
Toyota Estima interior
As with the previous generation, the Australian version of the automobile continued to use a 2.4-liter inline-four engine. In February 2007, a 3.5-liter V6 engine (202 kW (271 hp), 340 N⋅m (250 ft⋅lbf) torque) became available in order for the automobile to remain competitive against its main rivals in Australia, the international Honda Odyssey, the Kia Carnival/Sedona, and the Hyundai iMax. The 2.4-liter engine was widely criticized for lacking torque.
It is known as the Toyota Tarago in Australia, released in March 2006. The model had a facelift in 2009 and the option of a seven-seater variant released in 2008. Another update was released in 2012 with smart start as standard on all models, smart entry on GLX V6 and Ultima models, new audio systems on all models, automatic headlights and a new Rustic Brown colour option. It also received the major facelift in 2016, with updated interior and other new standard features offered, however it still bears its exterior looks mostly unchanged as with the pre-facelift design.
In some markets such as Hong Kong and Taiwan, Toyota announced the 3.5-liter V6 model in January 2007 but was dropped from the lineup after its major facelift in 2016.
The Previa continues to be excluded from North America as the locally produced Sienna occupies that market.
Notable about this generation was its absence in Europe. In many parts of the continent, the price setter in this segment has, since the late 1990s, been a joint venture vehicle produced in Palmela, Portugal by Ford Europe and Volkswagen, the Ford Galaxy/Volkswagen Sharan/SEAT Alhambra. By 2004, the second generation Galaxy/Sharan was coming to the end of its model life and run-out versions were heavily discounted. Competitors found themselves responding to the discounts or losing market share.
In European markets, Toyota branded vehicles often achieved a price premium, but scope for this is not unlimited. Ford Europe's third generation Galaxy, launched in 2006, was also aggressively priced, which offers one clue as to why Toyota ended Previa sales in Europe, where healthier margins are available on smaller slightly nimbler minivans and in the still hugely lucrative luxury four wheel drive segment.
Even though no current MPV of this size is sold by Toyota Europe, much of its market territory it once occupied has been partially filled by the new Toyota Verso compact MPV since March 2009.
In May 2019, Toyota revealed the new Granvia people mover, heavily based on the latest HiAce van. Toyota Australia confirmed the Granvia will replace the Tarago by the end of 2019, however, they will be sold alongside each other for a short period of time.
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