This week, the vehicles that dominated local news headlines were bakkies, with the Toyota Hilux claiming the International Pick-up Award, Ford officially unveiling the next-generation Ranger and JAC launching its “most advanced” bakkie to date. Lexus and Volvo also featured, with the Japanese car manufacturer releasing pricing for the updated ES range and the Swedish firm announcing the refreshed XC60 is heading to South Africa. Here are the top five motoring-related news stories that made this week’s headlines…

1. Toyota Hilux claims International Pick-up Award 

The Hilux range recently received “notable” spec updates.

Toyota has announced the Hilux – the firm’s bestselling bakkie – has claimed top honours at this year’s International Pick-up Awards. Said Didier Gambart, vice president of Toyota Motor Europe sales, marketing and customer experience, “With more than 50 years of heritage, the Hilux has always stood for outstanding quality, durability and reliability, as well as very capable off-road performance … So, for us, this award is a recognition of all the inherent qualities of Hilux, with even more capabilities.”

2. New Ford Ranger officially revealed!

Ranger news
The Ranger is scheduled to arrive in SA come 2022.

Ford has finally whipped the wraps off the next-generation Ranger. Now available with a 3.0-litre, turbocharged V6, the new Ranger boasts a bold exterior design, fresh tech and “improved” ride and handling.

3. T8 2.0L CTi debuts as JAC’s “most advanced” bakkie

T8 news
Large hexagonal grille dominates the front end.

Billed as the “most advanced” bakkie ever produced by Chinese automaker Chery, the T8 2.0L CTi has made its local debut. See pricing here.

4. PRICING: Updated Lexus ES lands in SA!

Sporting a cabin “representing the future” of Lexus interiors, “class-leading” safety systems, and a duo of hybrid powertrains, the updated ES range has arrived in South Africa. See pricing and spec here.

5. Revised Volvo XC60 heading to SA!

Upgrades include the Gothenburg-based brand’s latest, Android-powered infotainment system.

Volvo has announced the refreshed XC60 is en route to South Africa. Scheduled to arrive on local shores during the first quarter of 2022, the updated version of the Swedish firm’s popular SUV features, most notably, upgraded in-cabin tech.