Toyota MasterAce is an automobile introduced by Toyota Motor Corporation in 1982. Toyota MasterAce was exported to many countries under different nameplates. In Japan, it was sold as MasterAce. In the North American market, the MasterAce was sold as the Toyota Van. It was introduced as VanWagon in press materials before it arrived in North America. Similarly, in some of the European markets, it was sold as the Toyota Space Cruiser; in Australia, it was known as the Toyota Tarago; while in Germany, Sweden, Norway and some countries of Latin America, it was marketed under the brand name of Toyota Model F.
Compared to the Toyota LiteAce/TownAce, it was a hint larger with a sharply sloped front as opposed to the flat upright front of the Toyota HiAce. The MasterAce was first introduced with an 1812cc 2Y petrol engine. Later in 1983, most of the markets received the MasterAce with an option of 1974cc 2C diesel engine. The North American version of MasterAce debuted with the fuel-injected 1998cc 3Y followed by 2237cc 4Y engine later.
In 1990, the Toyota MasterAce was discontinued and replaced by the Toyota Previa.
In 1983, the Toyota Van was launched in North America as 1984 model year. In the similar year, the Dodge Caravan was also launched in the market. From 1983 to 1989, the rear-wheel drive versions of Van were marketed in the American markets. However, the front-wheel drive versions remained in the market from 1987 to 1989. There were 4-wheel drive models as well, offered with skid plates and a transfer case for Low and High four wheel drive. Almost all the trim levels offered after 1986 came with a cornering lamp system.
There were basically three trim levels of Van offered including DLX, LE and CRG. The DLX and LE trim levels were publicized as the “Wonderwagon”, whereas the CRG trim level was marketed as the “Cargo Van”. The Van was normally offered with a front mid-engine layout in which the driver seat and front passenger seat was mounted right above the front axle. The VanWagon had a short wheelbase as well as a short turning radius of 15 feet. Some of the major features offered in VanWagon were: dual air conditioning, captains chairs, dual sunroofs (the front tilted and rear opened fully), digital clock, satellite radio controls, fog lights, tachometer, power locks, power windows, and a tinted glass privacy package. LE models offered with a color matched bumpers, front grill, power mirrors, chrome headlights bezels and chrome Toyota emblems. Base models on the other hand featured black bumpers, grille with white Toyota emblems.
A special EXPO86 version was launched in Canada only in 1986. The Espirit model of 1986 came with a unique light blue color finish along with a white wave pattern on the lower half. Similarly, a bronze color plaque was attached to the B pillar just behind the driver and passengers’ doors displaying ‘Spirit of 86′ inside a globe.