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Bakkie: The Toyota Hilux

If you know Johann’s Hondura or even if you don’t but you’ve just wondered about our unusual name, you will discover that we have deep South African roots. Johann came to the U.S. from Durban, Kwa Zulu/Natal in 1980 and envisioned a car repair shop that specialized in a few, reliable car brands in order to service them with excellence. As a British trained vehicle mechanic, Johann was able to bring a unique brand of service and expertise to the Oklahoma City Metro and has continued to do so for the last 39 years! We are proud of our roots and as such, we’d like to introduce you to the Toyota Hilux–the rugged yet luxurious pickup you never knew you couldn’t get!

The Toyota Hilux is not available for purchase in the United States but this rugged Toyota “bakkie” (slang for truck) is a popular off-roading/luxury choice in South Africa, Australia and many other parts of the world.

Unfortunately the Hilux is unavailable in the U.S. market due to a few factors including a tariff many refer to as “the chicken tax” that somehow includes “light trucks” in its definition. If you need to get a Hilux fix in the U.S., Toyota manufactures the Tacoma, which is mechanically similar to the Hilux, but with different styling and engines. 

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

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Let’s hope one day the Hilux makes its way to a U.S. market sometime in the future because this thing is cool!

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