Both the Toyota Hilux and its Fortuner SUV sibling have occupied the top-selling positions in their respective segments since launch. Although they are facing their fiercest competition yet, particularly in the LCV segment with all-new rivals from Ford and Isuzu, they continue to be extremely popular choices in workhorse and leisure roles alike – both in SA, and across Africa.
Toyota South Africa sponsored two vehicles for the 2013 General Tyre 4×4 African Adventure – a Hilux Double Cab 4.0 V6 Automatic 4×4, and a Fortuner 3.0 D-4D 4×4 Manual. The convoy also included the Adventure Junkies Hilux, as well as the Farrar family’s Fortuner.
Although the 4,0-litre Hilux was predictably the thirstiest vehicle in the group, its mighty performance was actually a bonus, allowing Adventure Junkies’ Wimpie Smit to lead the convoy with confidence. The second Hilux belongs to Wimpie, and has travelled extensively through South and Southern Africa. It was used to carry and power three fridges and a host of other essential camping equipment. Both Hiluxes were fitted with the all-new General Grabber MT, which performed brilliantly on the trip.
The sponsored Fortuner was equipped with the Grabber AT, and was driven by Russel Stewart, the marketing manager for Continental Tyre SA, who once again raved about its ideal family-oriented space and comfort, as well as its commendable off-road performance.