Politi­cians

– es­pe­cially the ones who’ve made such a mess of run­ning this great coun­try – could learn a lot from the mod­ern dou­ble-cab bakkie. And, es­pe­cially, the bakkies fea­tured in our 18-page shootout this month.

Car (South Africa) - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Email: car@ram­say­media.co.za Steve­smithza

These top-spec, ve-seater, tur­bod­iesel 4x4s (see page 48) may have all the lux­u­ries and ac­ces­sories any am­bi­tious dou­ble cab could wish for, but be­neath all the trap­pings of suc­cess, these ve­hi­cles have not lost sight of their fun­da­men­tal pur­pose. They may pos­sess fancy in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems, leather up­hol­stery and elec­tric ev­ery­thing – and, yes, they’re ex­pen­sive – but they are still ca­pa­ble of do­ing what they were al­ways de­signed to do. And that’s to serve their pas­sen­gers.

These dou­ble cabs’ fun­da­men­tal pur­pose is to trans­port South Africans and their fam­i­lies safely, in rel­a­tive com­fort and worry-free, on the jour­neys they un­der­take. They re­main ro­bust ve­hi­cles and, when the road turns from smooth tar to rough gravel and even rocky in­clines, these dou­ble cabs have the ca­pa­bil­ity to care­fully carry their pas­sen­gers over chal­leng­ing ter­rain. Plus, they’re more ef cient; their smaller-ca­pac­ity tur­bod­iesel en­gines offer equiv­a­lent power to that of the older mod­els, yet use less fuel.

They have also learnt from their fore­bears how to not only faith­fully ap­ply the prin­ci­ples of an il­lus­tri­ous an­ces­tor, but how to build on those prin­ci­ples us­ing new tech­nol­ogy and safety fea­tures to offer an even bet­ter pub­lic ser­vice. Un­like those politi­cians…

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