Joining the current Proace and Proace City, the new larger van is likely to be little more than a badge-engineering exercise, with the new vehicle expected to be built around the Vauxhall Movano and its Stellantis twins.
With the compact Proace City sharing most of its components with the Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Vauxhall Combo trio, and the medium-size Proace being based around the Citroen Dispatch/Peugeot Relay/Vauxhall Vivaro siblings, expanding the Toyota range to include a Citroen Expert/Peugeot Boxer/Vauxhall Movano-based model makes perfect sense.
The new model will be built by Stellantis at its plants in Gliwice, Poland, and Atessa, Italy, and will include fully electric versions as well as more traditional diesel-powered options.
As with every other model in its range, the Toyota-badged models will include coverage by a warranty that extends as far as ten years, subject to some conditions. As well as the renowned Toyota Professional backup, the warranty gives a clear differentiator between the Toyota model and its closely related brethren.
Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO, said:
“Operational excellence is by definition recognized in this expanded deal. With this third successful engagement, Stellantis is further demonstrating its expertise in the commercial vehicle segment and in developing battery electric technology built to support a full range of needs.
This agreement strengthens our leadership in the EU30 for LCVs and low emission vehicles and moves us a step closer to realising our Dare Forward 2030 goal of becoming the undisputed global light commercial vehicle leader, in terms of technology, manufacturing, market share and profitability.”
Matt Harrison, President and CEO at Toyota Motor Europe, added:
“We are pleased that we can extend this successful partnership through the introduction of a new large-size commercial van. It represents an important addition and completes our light commercial line-up for Toyota’s European customers.
The new LCV will represent a key contribution to Toyota’s growth targets for its overall LCV line-up, alongside the Hilux pick-up, Proace and Proace City, enabling Toyota to provide a mobility solution in all segments of the LCV market.”
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