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South Africa's 10 best-selling bakkies of September 2019

The sales figures for September 2019 are in ... and the big news from our list of South Africa’s best-selling bakkies is that the Ford Ranger has regained its previously held top-two position. The Volkswagen Amarok, meanwhile, has dropped a spot.

According to Naamsa, September 2019's new vehicle industry sales came in at 49 191 units, representing a decline of 0,9 percent compared to September 2018. The light commercial segment (13 473 units), meanwhile, showed a small decline of 1,1 percent compared with the corresponding month in 2018. So, what exactly happened in terms of bakkie sales in the ninth month of 2019?

Well, the Toyota Hilux remained at the very top of the table, with the Ford Ranger besting the Nissan NP200 with 71 units to regain second place. For the record, after the first nine months of the year, the Hilux finds itself a full 11 271 units ahead of its Blue Oval rival. Also read: SA’s 10 best-selling bakkies in the first half of 2019

Meanwhile, the Isuzu D-Max – having late in 2018 switched from the KB badge – held steady in fourth (its final figure comprised 1 197 units of the D-Max and seven units of the KB). The Nissan NP300/Hardbody remained in the fifth spot, although sales went down by 195 units.

South Africa’s 10 best-selling bakkies of September 2019:

1. Toyota Hilux – 3 410

2. Ford Ranger – 2 321

3. Nissan NP200 – 2 250

4. Isuzu KB/D-Max – 1204

5. Nissan NP300/Hardbody – 605

6. Mahindra Pik-Up – 262

7. Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up – 247

8. GWM Steed – 170

9. Volkswagen Amarok – 163

10. Nissan Navara – 80

 

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Toyota Hilux Invincible 50 2019 UK review

Should I buy one?

With a smart interior, comfortable cabin and decent engine, the standard Hilux Invincible is capable of competing at the upper end of the double-cab pick-up segment amongst the like of the Volkswagen Amarok and Ford Ranger. But at £39,995 the Hilux Invincible 50 is right at the top end of the market.

The Arctic Trucks and Bilstein partnership should put the Invincible 50 on a par with the Ford Ranger Raptor and its expensive Fox Racing shocks. Sadly for the Hilux, that’s a battle the Raptor is always going to win, and while the Raptor is nearly £9000 more expensive it feels like money well spent in comparison to the considerably less powerful Invincble 50.

It’s got limited edition appeal, but unless you’re a die-hard Hilux fan – and there are plenty out there – its impressive light bar is an expensive novelty you can do without.

Toyota Hilux Invincible 50 specification

Where Derbyshire, UK Price £39,995 On sale now Engine 4 cyls, 2393cc, turbocharged diesel Power 148bhp at 3400rpm Torque 295lb ft Gearbox 6-spd automatic Kerb weight tbc Top speed 106mph 0-62mph 12.3sec Fuel economy 36.2mpg CO2 204g/km Rivals Ford Ranger Raptor, Volkswagen Amarok


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Beefy bakkie! Toyota Hilux handed menacing ‘Black Bison’ body kit

Japanese tuner Wald International has released details on its “Black Bison” body kit for the Toyota Hilux, handing the double-cab bakkie a menacing new look.

Officially dubbed the “Sports Line Black Bison Edition”, the package includes new bumpers (front and rear), extra LED daytime running lights, chunky over fenders (adding some 55 mm of width on each side), a revised bonnet (complete with aggressively styled scoop) and new running boards.


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Toyota executive says Hilux (and Land Cruiser bakkie) WILL go hybrid

A Toyota executive says the Hilux and Land Cruiser bakkies will in future feature “some type of electrification”.

According to motoring.com.au, Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia’s vice-president of sales and marketing, told media at the Tokyo Motor Show there was “no doubt” the bakkies would be electrified.

“We’ve always maintained that whatever we do in the future, we will continue to have Hiluxes, we will continue to have Land Cruisers going forward, but we will bring out – in the future – some type of electrification. There’s no doubt,” he said.

Hanley went on to say the first hybrid examples were “unlikely to be this generation Hilux, given that it’s mid-life”. That, as motoring.com.au points out, suggests the earliest possible arrival of such a variant would be around 2023.

Interestingly, Hanley hinted the bakkies could go the hybrid-diesel (rather than hybrid-petrol) route.

 

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Toyota ‘looking towards’ full-fat Hilux GR performance bakkie, says exec

While Toyota has yet to share any concrete plans around a high-performance Hilux flagship, a high-ranking executive says the firm is “looking towards these things for the future”.

Speaking to whichcar.com.au, Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia sales and marketing director, said company was watching the market “very carefully”.

“We don’t have firm plans outside of the line-up we have currently – which is doing quite well in its own right – but certainly we’re watching that market very carefully and it’s moving quickly, and it’s ultra-competitive and products are coming seemingly by the month at the moment,” Hanley told the publication.

Confirming Toyota was “acutely aware of the competition out there”, Hanley hinted a high-performance model – which might end up wearing the "Hilux GR" badge – could be on the horizon.

 

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Toyota ‘looking towards’ full-fat Hilux GR performance bakkie, says exec

While Toyota has yet to share any concrete plans around a high-performance Hilux flagship, a high-ranking executive says the firm is “looking towards these things for the future”.

Speaking to whichcar.com.au, Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia sales and marketing director, said company was watching the market “very carefully”.

“We don’t have firm plans outside of the line-up we have currently – which is doing quite well in its own right – but certainly we’re watching that market very carefully and it’s moving quickly, and it’s ultra-competitive and products are coming seemingly by the month at the moment,” Hanley told the publication.

Confirming Toyota was “acutely aware of the competition out there”, Hanley hinted a high-performance model – which might end up wearing the "Hilux GR" badge – could be on the horizon.

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Six reasons why the Toyota Hilux outsells everything else in SA - reader

The Toyoya Hilux is undoubtedly the most-loved vehicle in South Africa. It's evident every single month when we look at the Naamsa sales report.

During October, the automaker sold a whopping 4377 units, more than 2000 units clear of its closet rival, the Ford Ranger.

We asked readers what makes the Hilux such a popular bakkie for South Africans and one response sums it all up.

Wheelsl24 reader Maartens Swanepoel says Toyota is selling well because of quality, dependability, durability, parts and dealer availability, and let's not forget its price!

So in short, these key points are the Hilux's best-selling points:

1. Price vs value
2. Durability
3. Dealer support
4. Trade-in value
5. Comfort
6. Parts availability

 
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