No nonsense Namib: Land Cruiser for serious off-roaders

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Land Cruiser 70-series has long had a reputation as ”the” choice” for rough country and desert trips (it’s also It good for shopping, as The Corner has tried) and recognised as an automotive symbol of go-anywhere-ability. It’s also seen as (also as experienced) a prime  example of off-road engineering excellence…

Great Wall’s P Series Pickup challenging bakkie Big 3

BEIJING, China – Great Wall Motors’ new P Series Pickup has been officially launched to, the automaker says, ”bring the dawn of a new era for Chinese passenger bakkies” and to enhance the brand’s globalisation. That’s it above – quite sexy double-cab, hey… Haval says the bakkie will be user-centered, a bakkie for everyone and…

Ford Raptor exports: Even more success from two SA plants

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Ford has emerged from a comprehensive investment and production expansion programme sll ready to meet the demands of a growing export market. An investment of R3-billion, announced in 2017, opened potential for Ford’s Silverton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Pretoria and the Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth. The Silverton plant…

SA Toyota Hilux crew dominating Mongolia rally

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel have taken first place from Stage 4 of the 10-stage event in their SA-assembled Hilux bakkie – their fourth stage win – which put them 27 minutes ahead of the pack. The route was a loop of 470km, starting and finishing near…

Hilux GR Sport: Live the Spirit of Gazoo Racing in flash bakkie

Limited numbers – get in quick with a deposit Really classy machine as the Hilux lives on Auto only – but performance and 4×4 included JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Toyota has created a limited-edition Hilux bakkie badged as the Hilux GR Sport and regarded by the automaker as the next chapter in Toyota’s GR product…

SA Nissan Navara build promises ‘jobs for hundreds’

An estimated 1200 jobs across the value chain Investments to grow for local component suppliers Five new black-owned suppliers to be developed ROSSLYN, Gauteng – Nissan will boost employment in South Africa with local production of the next Navara bakkie poised to create an estimated 1200+ jobs in the automotive sector. SA’s president Cyril Ramaphosa…

Performance off-roader: Meet Ford’s new AWD veloci-Raptor

‘New benchmark for the bakkie segment’ More ground clearance, wider track High-performance two-litre Bi-Turbo engine JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – An all-new Ford, the Ranger Raptor double-cab bakkie, has reached showrooms nationally ”with Ford Performance DNA at its core”. The automaker describes it as ”an entirely new breed of exceptionally capable off-roader that pushes technology, innovation…

All-new Triton tough enough for Nampo 2019

Mitsubishi’s latest bakkies ready for farm expo Test-track set aside to test all-wheel drive system ‘High-spec, lots of features included in price JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Nampo, believed to be the biggest agricultural show in the southern hemisphere, shares a characteristic with the latest version of Mitsubishi Motors’ SA;s “Engineered Beyond Tough” 2019 Triton. Visitors…

Nissan to produce award-winning Navara bakkie in SA

Major investment in plant, equipment, training LCV export hub for Navara, NP200 and NP300 bakkies Significant job creation at plant and parts supply chain PRETORIA, South Africa – Nissan has announced a R3-billion investment in its facility in Pretoria to prepare for assembly of the next-generation Nissan Navara bakkie. The plan involves nearly doubling production…

Isuzu SA going big with Icelandic KB bakkies conversions

Isuzu going B-I-G with its KB range in SA Icelandic company involved in special vehicles Special conversion jobs on Isuzu D-MAX trucks PORT ELIZABETH South Africa – An exclusive and very well-specced Isuzu D-MAX Arctic AT 35 is about to become the brand’s flagship in South African showrooms and the required parts are coming all…

Special RAM at Chicago show: Catalogue of 170 accessories

Catalogue of more than 170 Mopar accessories Modified Ram 2500 Heavy Duty has off-road lights Concept products include beadlock wheel rims CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – The Mopar and Ram Truck brands unveiled at the February 2019 Chicago auto show included a modified Ram 2500 Heavy Duty truck to highlight some of more than 170 products Mopar has for…

Mahindra goes upmarket with its S10 Karoo edition

Higher specification, additional accessories Option of cosmetic package or body-colour canopy S10 Karoo Edition produced in South Africa JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Indian automaker Mahindra’s South African sales team, to celebrate a surge in vehicle sales, has gone upmarket in the bakkie world with a 4×2 or 4×4 Mahindra S10 Karoo Edition. Rajesh Gupta, CEO of…