The number one stolen car in Japan isn’t a Honda Accord, Toyota Camry or Landcruiser—it’s actually a Toyota HiAce, and it has been number one stolen car from 2007. I think most of Super Street readers don’t know what HiAce is because it was not shipped to US market. HiAce is a popular van that comes in a couple variations, and is basically a cargo van that can seat either 11 or 15 passengers, depending on size. It is very popular for enthusiasts who like go-kart racing, motorcycles and bicycles. They’re also used as metro transportation, are popular with blue collared workers and are often used as ambulances. If you came to Japan, you would see the HiAce many times. It’s also very popular in other countries, that’s why HiAce is stolen so much; they’re shipped to another country for parts.
Many people who like customizing in Japan like HiAce. I said many people because I see many customized HiAce at the car shows and some shops organize car show in Japan. There are many HiAce customizing styles. The campers style is basic; they put big and expensive audio equipment in, first class airplane seats and expensive upholstery to make it look like inside of private airplane or executive office. I saw there was a bathtub or Japanese-style garden once. Lowering down is basic HiAce style, and there are so many lowering kits/coilovers, also body kit, rims and muffler; some customize like sports car, so they put RAYS wheels or Bride seat in. Not many people but some people enjoy drifting with HiAce or customized HiAce’s diesel engine to make 400ps. I think you will be surprised at drifting van but then again the first time I see drifting van was black GMC van on The A-TEAM on TV in Japan. Customizing vans or station wagon for commercial is becoming popular in Japan. I know you cannot buy Toyota HiAce but Civic Wagon (Civic Shuttle in Japan) and Nissan Sentra Wagon (Sunny California in Japan) are becoming popular but it is difficult to find them in Japan now. If you would find them in USA, you could customize JDM style or you can sell it to Japan with expensive price.....hahaha JK.