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SEE: Hilux, Ranger, NP300... these are the bakkies government is buying

2019-08-06 06:30

Lance Branquinho

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The South African government needs bakkies. Between the police force, army and all those troubled SOEs, bakkies are the vehicles that spread government services into rural areas and supposedly make the country work. 

Many locally available bakkie models are also assembled in South Africa, which means that government bakkie purchases are essentially economic reinvestment in the local economy. So what did government buy last month, in the bakkie market, and why?

READ: No 'R1-million SUVs' but 80 luxury BMWs in one month - These are the cars the SA government is buying

NP300 (312)

Nissan’s ageing bakkie but a perennial government favourite. The NP300 blends slightly outdated but still marginally relevant mechanicals, with proven reliability. These are tremendously tough and uncomplicated bakkies, which make them ideal for government departments, where vehicle abuse is a given.

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The 2.5-litre turbodiesel engines aren’t hugely sophisticated, but they remain powerful enough to get the job done, at 98kW. And with airbags in the cabin, you can’t do much better for R231 000, if you wish to run a Japanese 1t bakkie in South Africa. 

D-Max (140)

Isuzu offers a range of relatively humble specification D-Max bakkies, which enable government fleet managers to have a modern platform and engine, without radical cost escalation. 

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The Isuzu 2.5-litre diesel engine is a legendary power unit in Southern Africa and provides virtually indestructible reliability. Isuzu’s D-Max 250C base model prices at R260 000, which is a bit more than the its NP300 rival, but it does feature a much newer design. 

Ranger (77)

With Ford having launched a heavily revised Ranger in April, government has shown some interest in the company’s upgraded T6-series platform. Ranger’s new ten-speed automatic transmission is big win in the segment, offering tremendous fuel-efficiency and performance.

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And for many government departments, who need to start showing better expense managements, having a bakkie that can do all it is expected to, with an improvement in fuel consumption, makes these Ranger purchases justifiable. 

Hilux (31)

South Africa’s most popular vehicle and sales phenomenon only ranks as government’s fourth most purchases bakkie. Why? Well, demand for Hilux is so high, with private buyers willing to pay full retail, that Toyota isn’t really incentivised to offer fleet purchasing discounts.


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And when you are dealing with government, there is always the expectation of a discount or incentive of some sort. With Toyota’s Hilux business effectively on autopilot in South Africa, the country’s most popular automotive brand isn’t possibly that bothered with courting government business. 

Transporter bakkies (7)

This is the one you’d never have guessed: government did not buy a single Amarok, but did purchase seven of VW’s Transporter bakkies.

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Based on the T-series Kombi platform, these Transporters are outstanding workhorse bakkies, with the single-cab variant capable of taking a 1438kg payload. That means fewer double-trips for those government departments 

VW Polo Sedan (92)

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