Released date : 1968/ 3/21

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Grade Deluxe
Model type
Model type RN10-D
Curb mass(kg) 1040
Dimensions Length(mm) 4215
Width(mm) 1580
Height(mm) 1570
Wheelbase(mm) 2540
Engine Engine code 2R
Engine type In-line 4-cylinder, OHV
Displacement(cm3) 1490
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/70/5000
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are RN10.
The Hilux debuted in March 1968 as a new bonnet-type truck that integrated and succeeded the Briska and the Light Stout. The vehicle was conceived by Toyota, and was developed and manufactured by Hino Motors, Ltd. at its Hamura Plant.

The engine was a 1.5-liter 70 PS unit (2R) that was also used on the Toyoace. The Hilux adopted a separate frame construction with a double wishbone/coil spring front suspension and a rigid axle/leaf spring rear suspension. The transmission was a 4-speed manual with a column shifter. Of the Deluxe and Standard models that were available, the former featured sedan-grade equipment. The Hilux had a passenger capacity of three and a payload capacity of 1,000 kg, with a cargo bed that was 1,850 mm long. In April 1969, an extended wheelbase model with a 2,250 mm-long bed was introduced, and in July 1970 an aluminum van and a refrigerated van also joined the lineup. In February 1971, the engine was replaced with a 1.6-liter 83 hp unit (12R).

Although the cab-over-engine type was to become the mainstream of small trucks later on, the bonnet-type trucks were still popular in Japan at the time, and most auto manufacturers had them on their lineups. In the U.S. where pickup trucks were much in demand, the Hilux was marketed as the Toyota Truck.
Plant Tahara plant, Hamura plant(Hino Motors, Ltd.)
"Hilux" is a combination of "high" and "luxury."

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