TOYOTA HILUX: THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE

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South Africa’s most popular vehicle, Toyota Hilux, has been voted the ‘Best Commercial Vehicle’ in The Star Readers’ Choice 2018. The accolade comes a month after the model’s double cab version was named the best pre-owned car in its segment. The Hilux, which boasts the best resale value when compared to its closest sales competitor, has been recording average sales of more than 3 000 units a month. Research suggests that the important criteria for buyers in this market are: resale value, quality, durability, overall performance, economy and especially, outright…

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TOYOTA AND ARCTIC TRUCKS CELEBRATE HILUX’S HALF CENTURY WITH NEW INVINCIBLE 50 LIMITED EDITION

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The Toyota Hilux’s first 50 years have been packed with achievement, its status as a world-beating machine confirmed by feats such as the conquest of both North and South Poles, scaling the slopes of an erupting volcano and surviving ordeals of fire, water and explosives courtesy of the Top Gear television programme. To mark this exceptional half-century, Toyota has created a new and exclusive Hilux, the Hilux Invincible 50. This special edition has been engineered in partnership with Arctic Trucks, the Iceland-based specialists in extreme terrain driving. The modifications include…

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Hilux versus Ranger: which has the best resale value?

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The Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger – the two most popular vehicles in South Africa by far – have long had a ding-dong battle in the market share stakes. Some motorists swear that the Hilux is a better bakkie. Others are die-hard Ford fans. But now, for the first time ever, we can reveal which bakkie is the best… in the resale stakes anyway. According to Darryl Jacobson, managing director of True Price, the Hilux has the best resale value. “This is especially the case when considering high-mileage models,” he reveals.…

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Toyota Hilux – New look, New Derivatives, Same DNA

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Following the release of the Dakar Limited Edition – which introduced the SA audience to the bold new ‘square’ face – the Hilux range receives further tweaks to its façade whilst the line-up is also reinforced with a number of additional models catering to both utility and convenience-minded customers. Fresh Face The standout feature of the refreshed Hilux range is the ‘new face’ across normal Raider and SRX models. The bespoke Dakar derivatives utilised a black-and-grey-themed version of the new Hilux front design – which is carried over to SRX.…

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Toyota has unleashed its inner-child to create a real-life Tonka truck.

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The Japanese brand has converted one of its HiLux utes into a big, yellow, go-anywhere off-roader to celebrate the popularity of the dual-cab workhorse and celebrate Tonka’s 70th anniversary. The Tonka HiLux also serves a serious purpose, highlighting Toyota’s investment in its 150-strong product planning and development division that is still active in Australia despite the impending closure of its manufacturing facilities. Australian product design chief Nicolas Hogios was in charge of the project and explained it was about showing the brand’s fun side. “We have taken Tonka out of…

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