GMSA shows new bakkie range

Sixth-generation model for Isuzu

This sixth-generation model of the Isuzu KB bakkie was unwrapped by GMSA recently.
GMSA introduces new Isuzu KB bakkie range

The Isuzu KB has a long and proud legacy in South Africa, and the all-new sixth-generation model featured prominently on the 2013 African Adventure recently.

It had only just been launched to the media, and the public were gaining their very first glimpse of the new General Motors contender in the fiercely competitive light commercial vehicle sector when the convoy set off from Continental Tyre South Africa in Port Elizabeth – the home of General Motors South Africa, and just down the road from the KB assembly plant in Struandale.

GMSA kindly supplied two KB300 D-TEQ 4x4 models for the trip, comprising the top-spec Double Cab LX, and the versatile Extended Cab LX. Its aggressive new design drew favour from most observers.

Both vehicles were used in support roles, with the double cab carrying all of the African Adventure’s Tentco tents, and the Extended Cab being loaded with water, fuel and firewood.

The KBs performed faultlessly over the entire 7 314km route, with improved power delivery and enhanced comfort being noted as the major improvements over the previous model.

The new interior was also welcomed, with the crews appreciating the more sophisticated car-like design and greater functionality.

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 South Africa and across Africa.

Toyota South Africa sponsored two vehicles for the 2013 General Tyre 4x4 African Adventure – a Hilux Double Cab 4.0 V6 Automatic 4x4, and a Fortuner 3.0 D-4D 4x4 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 Wimpie Smit of Adventure Junkies 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.

Follow the General Tyre 4x4 African Adventure on the Continental Tyre SA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/continentalsa) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ContinentalSA).

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