SA’S CHEAPEST BAKKIES
AT R115 900: (60 kW/102 Nm) For workhorse buyers who insist on new, nothing beats the Changan in South Africa. The 1,3 King Cab is better for bigger drivers, but Elvis Naidoo at Metro Cars in Pietermaritzburg reports none of the seven people who won Changans as prizes in the Unilever Competition have complained about a tight squeeze in the single cabs.
Naidoo points out the Changan bakkie is the old Chana with a new name, and adds that they use them as these little Chinese pit ponies at the Metro truck year, where they will yet outlast the trucks.
At R134 995: (74 kW/238 Nm) The Mahindra Bolero is South Africa’s second-most affordable bakkie, and for heavier loads, the one we recommend without reservation. But don’t take our word for it. Ask the many farmers who thought these were so cheap they may as well buy one and drive it to death, something they are still trying. In fact, the only owner we know of that could kill a Bolero had chipped his to make 400 Nm, and then fell asleep at the wheel, driving into a large rock. Both driver and passenger escaped with only seatbelt bruising.
R139 995 Foton Thunda 2,2 (76 kW/193 Nm)
R157 900 Nissan NP200 1,6i (64 kW/128 Nm)
R159 800 Chevrolet Utility 1,4 (68 kW/120 Nm)
For last-mile deliveries, Witness Wheels can recommend a used Chana, or the new Changan. Lube them when required and these little Chinese pit ponies will work past the boss’s retirement.
Many farmers are still trying to work to death the Mahindra Bolero bakkies they bought years ago, without success.