Asco Motors Samoa has officially launched the next generation Hilux in Samoa.
The launch took place at Asco’s office in Apia on Friday night.
In an interview with Finance and Administration Officer Rajenda Singh, he said they had been waiting for the new look vehicle for more than a decade. “This is the launch of our 8th generation Hilux, as we started the first generation in 1968,” he said.
“This Hilux has got more S.U.V. features added to it, but it still maintains its working culture so its more S.U.V. features [are] incorporated in the new look. “We were waiting for this new model for 11 years and now it’s finally in and we are hoping to see more on the road and people enjoying the features.
“It also suits the climate in Samoa, like [for] going in the rural areas.
“It’s very good for Samoa.”
Mr. Singh said the Toyota Hilux on display had already been bought, with the buyer wishing to stay anonymous.
“There are about three types of Hilux, there’s a standard model, mid-range model and a deluxe. “We received the first shipment in September and the latest shipment was about nine weeks ago. “This is coming through Australia but the ultimate importing country is Thailand.”
The new Toyota Hilux comes with power train options such as a six-speed manual transmission and six-speed automatic transmissions.
It has a new frame structure that is 20 percent more rigid, and has a new rear suspension and an engine under cover.
“The Hilux’s price is starting from $105,000 to $120,000 and it comes in both automatic and manual.”