The Toyota Coaster is a single-decker minibus produced by Toyota Motor Corporation. It was introduced in 1969, with the second generation introduced in 1982, followed by the third generation in 1993 and the fourth generation in late 2016. Since 1996, the Toyota Coaster is also sold under the name Hino Liesse II. A number of unlicensed clones of third generation Coasters have been made in China, including Joylong Motors' HKL6700, Golden Dragon's XML6701 and Sunlong Bus SLK6770. The Toyota Coaster was introduced in 1969 as a 17-passenger minibus using the same running gear as the Toyota Dyna of the time.Early models used the 2.0-liter Toyota R engine with 4-speed manual transmission.
A smaller alternative was later introduced at Toyopet Store locations, based on the Toyota ToyoAce called the Toyota HiAce which had the ability to carry up to 10 passengers but complied with Japanese Government regulations concerning exterior dimensions and engine displacement. In August 1997, Toyota "Coaster Hybrid EV" minibus was launched, ahead of the Prius. The Coaster Hybrid, according to Toyota, became its first production hybrid vehicle. Production of the Coaster Hybrid continued until 2007. These buses are imported mainly from Asia and had to have the steering wheel moved to the left and the passenger door to the other side. The chassis of the Toyota Coaster was also used on the Salvador Caetano Optimo and sold in Western Europe.
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