New Toyota Coaster

Photo Feature: Toyota gives Coaster first full model change in 24 years, release set for January

After 24 years, Toyota is finally giving its Coaster microbus a full model change. The new version of the Coaster, a model that is often seen serving as a shuttle bus, is set for release on January 23, 2017.

The microbus has over 50 years of history and is used in over 110 countries worldwide. Its sales have reached a total of 550,000 units. The new model, which is its 3rd generation model, aims mostly to improve safety and comfort.

In terms of safety improvements, it has been made compatible with ECE R-66, Europe’s standardized rollover test. All models will also have Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) as a standard feature. For improved comfort for passengers, it has been designed with a more spacious interior and improvements in noise reduction.

The monthly sales goal is 160 units. The 25-seater with 5-speed MT is 5,940,000 yen.

(Translated by Greg Scott)