BMW, Nissan expand SA plug-in network
AFTER a multitude of fully revealing spy shots, Toyota has finally taken the wraps off the eighth generation Hilux. Nonetheless we now get to see the newest version of Toyota’s sales champion from all angles in good quality pictures, following Toyota’s simultaneous CAPE TOWN — The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid for electric and hybrid cars to expand sales of vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa’s top auto market.
The two companies will roll out fast-charging stations from now until 2017 which BMW and Nissan cars can use to power up.
Nissan introduced its all-electric Leaf in South Africa in 2013, while BMW launched its i3 and i8 models in March. reveal events that took place in Thailand and Australia last Thursday.
This eight generation of the Hilux has been completely redesigned from the inside out and its more elaborate exterior design, complete with flared wheel-arches and shapely
Consumers would charge allelectric cars such as Nissan’s Leaf by plugging into an outlet, while hybrid versions such as BMW’S i8, also has a gasoline engine.
The firms said although South Africa is experiencing severe power supply shortages, their plans would not be affected.
State-owned power utility Eskom has been forced to frequently curtail electricity to residents and businesses in a bid to preserve the national power grid. headlights that sweep into a more muscular grille, was conceived with the aim of attracting those who are migrating from an SUV or passenger car to as bakkie for the first time.
Billed as being an all-new model, the 2016 Hilux is 70mm longer and 20mm wider than
“It is not expected that the country’s power crisis will affect this initiative in any way.
“The companies are also exploring renewable energy sources to power their charging grid,” said Nissan spokeswoman, Veralda Schmidt.
Battery-powered cars have failed to live up to their initial hype globally, with drivers put off by the slow roll out of recharging stations, and limited range — despite generous sales incentives in some markets. its predecessor and comes with a slightly lower roofline and LED headlights with daytime running lights.
It adopts a slightly more refined exterior design with a deeper front bumper, pronounced fender flares and more prominent character lines. The rear bumper has been redesigned while the new tailgate incorporates a rearview camera offered as standard. Based on the trim level, the new Hilux can ride on 16, 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels.
Of course, Toyota insists that this new model is every bit as tough as you’d expect a Hilux to be, but that the redesign focused on making it easier to drive and creating a more refined overall driving experience with less cabin noise and an improved ride quality.
To achieve that, this Hilux is built on an all-new and more rigid frame and the suspension system has been thoroughly updated.
Stepping inside the cabin, it adopts a more car-like interior which according to Toyota will bring the utility and comfort you would expect to see in an SUV.
The most noticeable feature is a tablet-like touchscreen display for the infotainment system, along with a 4WD changeover switch, leather upholstery and an LCD screen positioned between the speedometer and tachometer.
As far as the engines are concerned, the 2016 Toyota Hilux will be available depending on market with a 2.4-liter turbo diesel producing 119 kw and 400 Nm along with a 2.8-liter turbo diesel rated at 132 kw and 332 450 Nm.
There’s also a 2.7-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated gasoline engine with 122 kw and a beefier 4.0-liter six-cylinder with 207 kw. Depending on engine choice, Toyota will be offering a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota says the overhauled Hilux will be able to offer a maximum towing capacity of 3 500 kg and a payload of up to 1,240 kg.
Expect 4x4 derivatives to offer improved off-road ability and extra convenience in the form of electronic 4WD switch-over at the touch of a button inside the plusher cabin.
In here we see a brand new dashboard resembling the one in the latest Corolla and offering the option of a modern touch-screen infotainment system complete with a reverse camera.
The bakkie’s increased dimensions also result in some additional cabin space.
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Because the batteries, cabling and cooling systems for electric cars cost more than a conventional combustion engine, electric vehicles have struggled to gain widespread acceptance among price-sensitive customers, particularly if the same model is available cheaper with a more conventional powertrain.
Some electric cars require lengthy charging, reducing their attractiveness for customers planning to drive longer distances frequently.
BMW and Nissan said their national network of stations where vehicles can charge their batteries will also include smaller vehicle chargers using alternating current in some regions.
“In order for the introduction and expansion of electric vehicles as well as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to be successful in this market, we need to work together,” Tim Abbott, managing director of BMW South Africa said in a statement. — Reuters
THE new Toyota Hilux is set to go on sale in the first quarter of 2016