50 years of Hilux

Born to be Tough! 50 Years of Working to Be a Reliable Partner

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  • Hiroki Nakajima, Chief Engineer for the 8th generation Hilux (2011―2016)
    Hiroki Nakajima,
    Chief Engineer for the 8th generation Hilux (2011―2016)
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  • Masahiko Maeda, Chief Engineer for the 8th generation Hilux (2016―2017)
    Masahiko Maeda,
    Chief Engineer for the 8th generation Hilux (2016―2017)
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HISTORY

  • 1968

    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.…READ MORE

  • 1972

    The second-generation Hilux was placed on the market in May 1972. Both the long and short wheelbase versions succeeded the predecessors' mechanical components, although they extended the wheelbase by 10 mm and 45 mm, respectively. The length of the deck and the maximum payload capacity remained unchanged.…READ MORE

  • 1978

    The third-generation Hilux went on sale in September 1978. The cover of its brochure featured a photo of an orange Hilux with ornamental white side stripes, and the heading read: "Hilux California -- born in Japan, raised in the U.S.," emphasizing the versatility of the pickup truck that routinely doubled as a passenger car or a leisure vehicle in the U.S.…READ MORE

  • 1983

    The fourth-generation Hilux was released in November 1983. The rear-wheel-drive (RWD) models included the Comfortable series and the Popular series.…READ MORE

  • 1988

    The fifth-generation Hilux that came out in September 1988 represented the three basic concepts of power, sturdiness, and comfort. To enhance its functionality as a multi-purpose vehicle (known as RV or recreational vehicle in Japan at the time), the interior equipment was further upgraded.…READ MORE

  • 1997

    The sixth-generation Hilux that was introduced in September 1997 consisted of a business-use truck line and a personal-use sports pickup line. The latter came with equipment and devices suitable for a multi-purpose vehicle, featuring extended cabin height and length as well as improved quietness.…READ MORE

  • 2004

    The seventh-generation Hilux was launched in August 2004 as a new pickup truck for sale into more than 140 countries worldwide. Inheriting its rugged styling from the sixth-generation model, it offered 21st century customers the high levels of durability and comfort they were looking for, with lots of interior space, improved comfort, and both the ride comfort of a passenger vehicle and the convenience of an SUV.…READ MORE

  • 2015

    The eighth-generation Hilux was launched in May 2015. To truly understand what customers expect and the challenges they face on a daily basis, the development teams traveled the globe, getting direct feedback from customers and driving on a wide variety of different roads to get a feel for different usage conditions.…READ MORE

  • 1968
  • 1972
  • 1978
  • 1983
  • 1988
  • 1997
  • 2004
  • 2015

VIDEOS

Footages of the Hilux in action around the world.

IMAGES

Photos of the Hilux and its history can be found here.

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