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2013-10-17 12:42

FUNKY BAKKIES: Isuzu SA has some out-of-the-box displays for its KB bakkies at the 2013 Joburg motor show. Image: Quickpic

Johannesburg - Creativity is vital at any auto show - so is out-of-the-box thinking. Isuzu has plenty of both at the 2013 Jozi motor show to show off its new range of  SA-built KB bakkies.

The special KB bakkies were on display with various custom options in a trendy, pop-up style of launch event. The display is outdoors near the 4x4 track at Jims with a unique Isuzu container.


The container can be packed and closed automatically - an indication of the smart design and engineering employed on the new Isuzu KB. The container is designed as an eco-friendly solution, self-sufficient wtih solar panels for power, audio-visual components and hospitality.

Powered by the Isuzu Off-Road Academy, various versions of the KB are available at the 4x4 track for a real off-road passenger-seat test ride which shows how capable the KB's are.

Isuzu brand manager Mlungisi Nonkonyana says: “The Isuzu KB has been delivering for Isuzu customers for six generations in South Africa. The current  generation is still a formidable competitor with class-leading fuel consumption and a 3.5-ton towing capability for the KB 300 D-teq. The workhorses of the range, the 2.5 low-pressure turbodiesel single-cabs, have the lowest operating costs in their class.

“The KB’s performance is the culmination of state-of-the-art design and hours of durability testing and validation. The KB has been developed for the harsh and demanding conditions in Africa. It will soon be exported to left-hand drive markets in sub-Saharan Africa.”


Isuzu said a personalised Vector Blue Isuzu KB 300 Double Cab LX 4x4 has a number of changes including 17” gunmetal alloy rims, satnav, gunmetal roof rails and a reversing camera. It's in Hall 7.

Back at the outdoor stand, four other customised bakkies are on show, each of which has a unique set of changes which contribute to their nature and design. The KB Sumo is also at the outdoor stand and reflects just how creative Isuzu engineers can get – the high-riding and fat-tyred one-off Isuzu KB literally showing off its muscles.

The innovative Isuzu Trailview, which has a specialised camera to record off-road driving trails, is also present – the Trailview concept enables 4x4 enthusiasts and owners to go off-road online, previewing various trails around the country and picking up tips and tricks even before their vehicle has been started.

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