So you need a bakkie?

Find the five cheap­est, strong­est and best bang-for-buck work­horses in SA right now.

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - AL­WYN VILJOEN

IT may be be­cause the Co­ri­o­lis ef­fect also spins the brains of peo­ple who trans­port stuff in the south­ern hemi­sphere, but from In­done­sia through Thai­land and Australia to Brazil and South Africa, we all love our bakkies.

North of the equa­tor, how­ever, trans­porters of light loads, from plumbers to vet­eri­nar­i­ans and wine farm­ers, all pre­fer a crew-bus pan­el­van as the most sen­si­ble trans­port op­tion for small busi­ness.

But like the sales staff at Fiat, Hyundai, VW and even the dor­mant Maxus, we have given up telling SA’s bakkie lovers why a van is al­ways bet­ter than a bakkie. In­stead, we now bow to pop­ulist de­mand to cut and slice the 27 work­horse bakkies out there to find the top five per­form­ers in price, power and bang for buck.

PHOTO: AL­WYN VILJOEN

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