Since 1968, the Toyota Hilux has been building a reputation for being indestructible and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Here we look at some of the achievements of this incredible vehicle and what makes it so popular all over the world.
1. Top Gear Assassination Attempt
Hard to believe but in one of the episodes of the BBC automobile TV show, Top Gear, they actually tried to destroy a Hilux. They took a second-hand vehicle and hit it with a wrecking ball, put it on top of a building that was being demolished, let it get washed out to sea and set fire to it. End result: the truck started with simple repairs using the toolkit supplied with the vehicle. See for yourself at the official BBC YouTube channel.
2. North Pole to South Pole Reputation
Top Gear also took a 2005 model to the magnetic North Pole, making it the first automobile to reach the ‘top of the world’ with only minor modifications, such as larger wheels and oil sump guard. Then in 2008, it was selected as the support vehicle for the Amundsen Omega 3 Pole Race to the South Pole, where it proved to be stiff competition to the arctic Snow Cats, and funnily enough, a sled pulled by huskies.
3. Active Traction Control (A-TRC)
Used for a number of heavy-duty applications in deserts, mountains, snow and places where no road can go is the active traction control. This system is activated when any of the wheels are slipping or losing grip and applies braking to the errant wheel. This also helps transfer torque to the wheels that are in contact with the surface and keeps the vehicle moving forward.
4. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
Imagine you have parked on a slope. As you turn the ignition on and engage the clutch, to your horror, the vehicle starts to roll backwards, down the slope. With HAC, the brakes are applied for a few vital seconds that it takes for the throttle to be applied, from then the forward momentum of the engine takes over. So, with the Toyota Hilux, there is no question of rolling backwards, unwanted.
5. Vehicular Stability Control (VSC)
Along with ABS and the aforementioned A-TRC, the VSC controls any oversteer and understeer symptoms exhibited by the vehicle. Tiny electronic sensors apply little amounts of braking to individual wheels to keep the truck on track in turns without swinging too wide or tight.
A favorite with some of the most discerning customers and guaranteed to handle the rough with the smooth, the Toyota Hilux is clearly the best truck on the market to own.