Toyota TownAce and LiteAce are a line of commercial and derivative passenger cars. They are produced by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota. Toyota TownAce and LiteAce originally utilized the cab-over-engine configuration. Since 1996 a semi-cab-over arrangement has featured instead. The LiteAce was launched in 1970 as light-duty truck. The commercial and passenger van/wagon body variants was added in 1971. In 1976, Toyota released the larger Toyota TownAce van/wagon that derived from the LiteAce. A TownAce truck arrived later in 1978. Between 1982 and 1992, the series accommodated the MasterAce Surf. This was an upscale Toyota TownAce van passenger wagon.
Tracing The History of Toyota TownAce
The 2 model lines existed separately until 1982. This is the time when TownAce trucks became rebadged LiteAce trucks. In 1992 LiteAce vans became rebranded TownAce vans, unifying the once separate vehicle lines. In Japan, the LiteAce retailed at Toyota Auto Store dealerships, with the TownAce sold at Toyota Corolla Store dealerships. The LiteAce and TownAce have been commonly exported to Africa, Asia and Australia. Over the years, select LiteAce/ TownAce models have also been available with Daihatsu Delta badging in Japan. Originally sold as the Delta 750 based on the LiteAce truck, later versions have been badged Delta Wide. They are based on the TownAce van. For the final Delta retailed between 1996 and 2001, the “Wide” suffix disappeared.
Reintroduction of The Toyota TownAce
The LiteAce followed the introduction of the more compact MiniAce and larger HiAce in 1967. It was acting as an intermediary between these two models in size and carrying capacity. By the mid-1970s, the MiniAce had been retired and the HiAce had grown. This created a void in the market resumed by the TownAce. The “Ace” moniker references the Toyota Toyoace medium-duty truck sold starting 1956. The “Lite” in LiteAce refers to its light-duty capability, and the “Town” in TownAce alludes to the suitability of the model for urban areas.