In 2003, Jin Bei bought a license and began producing the mid-size Toyota High Ace gasoline model year 1999. About 80 thousand minibuses leave the assembly line annually.
The Chinese copy does not differ from the Japanese original either in appearance or in filling. The design is a classic of the genre: the carriage layout of the body with an integrated frame, rear driving continuous axle and an independent front suspension. Unlike the prototype, the “Chinese” lacks ABS and airbags; automatic transmissions and four-wheel drive are also not offered. But they didn’t save on air conditioners - for passengers there is an additional climate control unit with a separate control unit.
The interior of the utility minibus is designed in modest gray tones, the fabric upholstery looks practical. The seats are quite comfortable, they can be folded for transportation. Or, armed with a wrench, in a matter of minutes turn the car into a glazed freight van.
Inside, everything seems to be in place, but … a little lack of accuracy in the assembly. Plastic interior details are too hard and look kind of fragile.
The driver liked it - excellent visibility, informative pedals, a comfortable steering wheel and high landing. Claims? Found: I would like to have a platform for the left leg, a regular adjustment of the steering wheel on the slope (now this is an option). The gear lever moves are good, but there is still no Japanese clarity.