Merc, helped by Nissan, aiming to be star of ‘luxury’ bakkie market

A NEW BEAST has just arrived ahead of its general sale in South Africa, one looking to take on the tough South African bakkie market currently dominated by Toyota with its now near half-century-old Hilux, not to mention the Ford Ranger and Isuzu KB (which has already adopted the ‘X’ nomenclature now about to be…

New GWM Steed single-cab challenges on price

10 years on comes another Steed Bakkie ‘has an appetite for hard work’ Steed 6 ‘a premium double-cab’   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Great Wall Motors – now trading as Haval Motors SA – arrived in South Africa 10 years ago and, the importer says, “comprehensively and crushingly redefined the term ‘value for money’.” During…

SA Toyotas head Doha Rally first stage

SA-built Toyota head Doha rally Two Hilux bakkies in first three Rough, obstacle-ridden first stage DOHA, Qatar – South Africa’s Leeroy Poulter, he of Dakar fame driving for Toyota, and navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz finished third from the short (4.85km) opening stage of the 2017 Qatar Cross-Country Rally. They and their Hilux were only 9.7sec…

Ford fires special Ranger limited-build in Bakkie Wars

Fx4 Model added to Ford Ranger line-up New bakkie based on 3.2 TDCi Double Cab 4×4 Includes latest Sync3 with satnav and infotainment FORD has stepped up the tempo of the South African Bakkie Wars – the major conflict between it and rivals Isuzu and Toyota for top truck sales in any given month. Ford’s  latest weapon…

Special X-Rider double-cab joins Isuzu bakkie range

Isuzu 250 X-Rider 4×2 Double Cab is extra model Bakkie based on KB 250 Hi-Rider double-cab Model range now totals 19 in South Africa PORT ELIZABETH, Eastern Cape – The X-Rider was introduced a year ago but as a limited run of about 700 units, Isuzu says, and sold out fast. Now it’s back on…

Runaway pain adds to Ford’s recall woes

Faulty autobox plate failing to ‘park’ 52 000 Ford F-250 units called for repair Problem restricted to North America sales DEARBORN, Michigan – The marketing and customer retention nightmare that is Ford at the moment has worsened with the “safety compliance recall” in the US of about 52 000 2017 Ford F-250 6.2-litre auto petrol…

Tonka Toy-ota: Aussie techs go big on bakkie conversion

No, it’s real, and it plays in the Outback Aussie off-road team goes nuts with grown-up toy 70 years of Tonka Toys, 80 years of Toyota Toyota says it has reimagined its “unbreakable” – just look at its Dakar successes! – Hilux as a full-scale Tonka toy and brought together two world-famous brands “in a…

Navara Nirvana: West Coast waltz for big-bakkie launch

⦁ West Coast tour shows off new Nissan ⦁ 450km – plenty to get to know a new bakkie ⦁ Highs, lows and doing it in the dunes  LES STEPHENSON NISSAN SA and a large support crew spent last week (mid-March 2017) cruising some of the most beautiful – despite the drought – West Coast countryside  to show…

2017 Nissan bakkies: What they got, then?

2017 Nissan bakkie range due now Dual-turbo diesel and petrol engines Long list of standard / special items ROSSLYN, Pretoria – Nissan SA will become South Africa’a most prolific bakkie brand when the first models of the all-new Nissan Navara arrive here later in 2017. The range will start with the sub-one ton NP200 the…

Latest Mazda BT-50 bakkies reach South Africa

’17 Mazda BT-50 ‘sportier, more powerful presence’ Warranty/service now three-year/unlimited distance Thailand assembly, fresh models added JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – It’s five years since the Mazda BT-50 reached South Africa with, it was said at the time,  “modern and refined styling that defies the conventional workhorse image”. The intent back then, Mazda says, was to widen…

Dyna shifts gear into light commercials

Truck favourite slims down to LCV No more annual road tests More comfort for driver and passenger The Toyota Dyna truck has been reclassified to rate now as a light commercial instead of medium, as it has been listed the South African market since way back in 1965. The chassis has been redesigned to be 50kg…

End of trail for cross-country sponsor Donaldson

CHARMAINE FORTUNE CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The South African Cross-Country championship’s major sponsor, Donaldson Filtration Solutions, has pulled out of the tough off-road racing formula after four years of support. No replacement sponsor was immediately named. The company confirmed in a media release sent to The Corner that it had “decided not to pursue…