1991, celebrating the completion of 21 years in the local market,
and recognising the potential of the recreational sector of the
market, Toyota South Africa introduced the luxury specification
Raider models to the Hilux range, expanding the choice to 14 variants.
concept would be further developed over the years to provide class-leading
luxury features for the Hilux.
November 1997 a Hilux milestone was achieved in South Africa when
sales topped 500 000 units in the local market.
year later, in November 1998, the latest generation Hilux was introduced.
Once again this new range offered the latest in LCV developments
from Toyota and built on the solid reputation of the Hilux in the
South African market.
Hilux Raider models included in this range moved the goalposts out
again with another list of firsts, this time focused on the development
of the Hilux into a true multi-purpose vehicle.
full-house specification on the Raider models included front airbags
and ABS brakes on top of the line Double Cab 4x4 models - firsts
for this market segment.
host of other comfort features including sound system, electric
windows, and air conditioning rounded off what is effectively an
executive specification level.
at this time Toyota introduced its all-new 5L 3-litre diesel engine
with extended service intervals. This would be the first time that
buyers were offered a 3-litre diesel engine with a 10 000 km service
interval in the one-ton market.
popularity of this latest generation Hilux would see it rise to
ultimate popularity as it ousted all comers to become South Africa's
overall top selling vehicle in 1999.
Hilux has continued to build on this success and at the end of the
latest model cycle total Hilux sales in South Africa were 661 285.
The Hilux has continued its reign as the second most popular vehicle
of all in South Africa behind the Toyota Corolla through the first
quarter of 2005.
sales of the previous generation Hilux were in excess of 151 000
from October 1998 through March 2005.
October 3 2003 Toyota South Africa took on a daunting challenge
when the company sent a group of eight Hiluxes, representative of
petrol and diesel models across the product range, on a mission
to set a series of South African speed and distance records for
light commercial vehicles.
72 hours of non-stop driving at the Gerotek vehicle test facility
Toyota claimed 89 speed and distance records for the Hilux to write
the brand into South African motoring history. To date these records
have remained unchallenged.
this rich haul of records set by these showroom specification vehicles,
two stand out.
Hilux 2700i averaged 160.009 km/h for the 72 hours, and the Hilux
2400D covered a distance of 9 990.5 km, just 9.5 km off the magic
10 000 km mark.
makes this performance even more significant is that all laid down
service requirements, including oil and filter changes, were met
during the record run.
its quest to better the magic 160 km/h barrier for the 72 hours,
the Hilux 2700i topped speeds of 177 km/h and set a fastest lap
around the Gerotek oval of 170.3 km/h.
total distance covered by the eight vehicles during the run was
84 887 km. At times daylight ambient temperatures went as high as
37 degrees C and only momentarily dropped below 24 degrees C at
any time during the run.
the 1980s the Hilux has been a strong contender in the South African
national off-road racing series. The Hilux was a particularly strong
in the 1989, 1991, and 1992 series when it was the overall championship
the 2003 season Toyota placed a renewed focus on Hilux factory entries
in the off-road championship and ended the year as runner up in
the Overall Production Vehicle category and winner of the Class
success in Class E of the off-road championship was repeated in
2004. The Hilux was a vehicle to beat in the Production Vehicle
category ultimately finishing as runner up in the series.
continues to evolve the Hilux with contemporary styling to match
customer preferences in a dynamic market.
proven formula of continually improving the product to meet South
African needs with the overriding criteria of low whole life costs
together with exceptional reliability and durability is a fundamental
element of the Hilux success.
celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Hilux in July 2004, a special
edition Legend35 Raider range was introduced initially as a limited
edition model with scheduled production of just 600 units.
demand for this anniversary model range saw it become a full production
model with 5 523 units ultimately produced.
latest Hilux goes beyond the normal process of evolution of the
model by setting new benchmarks in the class with a clean sheet
design. The latest Hilux is better in every way. Bigger size, passenger
car like comfort, more load space, improved safety features, latest
generation petrol and diesel engines, and a continued accent on
durability define this latest model.
to this a new level of affordability brought about by the new global
manufacturing programme established for this range of vehicles and
the winning formula is set to continue.
latest Hilux has redefined manufacturing standards at Toyota South
Africa as the company is fully absorbed into the Toyota Motor Corporation
global supply network as one of four global manufacturing facilities
for the IMV project of which the Hilux is the major element.
the first time vehicle production of any one platform for export
will exceed production for the local market with the Hilux as export
production builds up during 2005 and into 2006.
production of the Hilux passed the 12 million mark during the first
quarter of 2004. The introduction of the latest global model Hilux
could see that number grow at the rate of over 500 000 per year.