Toyota clean sweep in 2017 SA X-Country series

Horn brothers close out victory in Class T champs Second win for Lategan/White in the Ford Ranger Lost wheels end rally run for two teams From CHARMAINE FORTUNE GLENHARVIE, Gauteng – Toyota has made a clean sweep of all the available championships in the Production Vehicle category at the final event of the South African…

Hidden rock ends Toyota SA’s hope of China Rally win

Hidden rock puts Toyota in hard place Five China Rally leaders quit event End of road for De Villiers/Von Zitzewitz ALXA, Inner Mongolia – At least five leading competitors in the Dakar Series China Rally were eliminated from the tough event through the Gobi Desert by a hidden rock not marked on the route guide….

New Hilux on line for Sun City SA X-Country challenge

Testing time for Toyota SA Dakar entry Looks the same – but check under the skin Heavy load ahead for off-road ace Giniel JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA will campaign its all-new Toyota Hilux Dakar challenger at this weekend’s Sun City 400 – the penultimate round in the 2017 SA Cross-Country Series –…

Details: Ford’s Ranger Raptor about to swoop into SA

Ford SA announces another performance vehicle Watch the Ranger Raptor perform in Aussie Outback Toyota, Isuzu, Nissan, Mitsubishi – what you have to say? PRETORIA, Gauteng – Ford has converted units from its Ranger catalogue into what it calls “a purpose-built, desert racing-inspired, bakkie” badged the Ranger Raptor and said to be the first of…

Isuzu production continues at Struandale plant in SA

  PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Isuzu production managers have been inspecting the assembly line at the Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth to ensure production quality is uncompromised during the reorganisation process. The production lines have been consolidated into a single platform for Isuzu light commercial vehicle assembly. Isuzu Motors Limited recently announced its intention…

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…