Toyota Quantum Motoring Review
Most mass-transporting passenger vehicles have been for long been often associated with lousy comfort and tedious long boring rides. Over the years, passengers in these minibuses, mostly used in developing countries for transporting the public, have born the brand of poor or lack of ingenuity or design of a mass-transporting car that provides real comfort, making those long journeys comfortable both along the highway and on the daily to and from journeys around town. However, thanks to the emergence of the Toyota Quantum, the public don’t have to hesitate that long journey because this cars offers real solutions for the public, clubs or groups when it comes to comfortable rides in and around the city and on the highway.
The Toyota Quantum is a mini-bus produced by the Japanese manufacturer Toyota. It is known by many names, which include; Toyota Commuter in Thailand; Toyota Ses'fikile & Quantum in South Africa; Toyota Ventury and Toyota Ventury Majesty in Thailand. It is available with a choice of 2.5 litre common rail turbo diesel engine that has the ability to generates 75 kW of power at 3600 rpm and 260 Nm torque at 1600-2400 rpm; or a 2.7 litre petrol engine that generates 111 kW at 4800 rpm and 241 Nm at 3800 rpm.
It comes with two distinct body styles; the standard wheelbase version, and the Super LWB model with its longer, wider, and higher body for high volume load requirements. The Super LWB model features large sliding doors on both sides and the lift up rear door allows for easy access to the load area. A large upper glove compartment and lower-mounted glove and under-fascia tray are distinct features in the interior of the Quantum. Additional features are the analogue gauges, gear-shifter sprouts, ventilation and heating controls on the centre stack. Mends to the Quantum by Toyota include new upholstery colors, a cup-holder for each passenger and magazine nets on the seat backs of the first three rows. There's carpeting in place of the 14-seater's PVC mat and a centre console with storage space added between the front seats.
In South Africa the Quantum is classified as a light vehicle and therefore only a code 8 license is required to drive it. The Quantum, the original concept manufactured under the brand Toyota Hiace was first launched in 1967, and has come in various configurations that include the minivan (MPV) and minibus, van, pick-up, taxi, and ambulance. It entered the market in 2005 as a wide long-wheelbase wagon, wide super-long-wheelbase high-roof "Grand Cabin", long-wheelbase van, long-wheelbase & wide super-long-wheelbase high-roof van. It was launched in the Philippines on June 13, 2005, with D4D variants, 2.5 diesel and GL Grandia, both with manual transmission.
The 5 speed manual transmission gearbox allows you to accelerate the engine up to a top speed of 135km/hr. The engine can accelerate from 0 – 100km/hr in 28.5 seconds. Features on the car include power steering and Antiblocking system; Electronic brake distribution. It comes as a ten seater bus with a weight of 2100 kg, overall length of 5390 mm and a width of 1890 mm. height-wise, it measures 2290 mm and has a wheelbase of 3120 mm.
With a tank capacity of 70 liters, the bus does justice to long trips and between fill ups. However, its lack of Immobilizer makes it a prime target for thefts. In Japan, it is on the list of the most stolen vehicles, at number 1.
It has become a popular mode of transportation for clubs and members on entertainment business and has also been adopted as a passenger bus for cross border transportation. It is a real carrier when it comes to moving a sizable number of people that yearn for comfort.