SA’s lit­tlest bakkie proves it just sips, driv­ing 750 km with 750 kg on R750 of petrol.

Suzuki de­liv­ers a do­nated goods to Sheppy’s Hospice and proves con­sump­tion of their bakkie

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THE chal­lenge — drive 750 km with a load of 750 kg on R750 worth of fuel with a Suzuki Su­per Carry.

This chal­lenge, dubbed the #Su­perCarry750 chal­lenge, was con­ceived when the team at Suzuki Auto South Africa de­cided to test their new­est workhorse and help some­one in need at the same time.

Af­ter some de­lib­er­a­tion, the staff at Suzuki de­cided to help the Hospice in Port Shep­stone and the call went out for any­one to con­trib­ute.

Soon a large load, in­clud­ing a cou­ple of dish­wash­ers and fresh paint, stood ready to be taken to the coastal town.

“We de­cided that this would be a great test for our new Su­per Carry workhorse and chal­lenged our team with the fol­low­ing: take the load, now weigh­ing in at ex­actly 750 kg, to Port Shep­stone us­ing only R750 worth of fuel,” ex­plained Charl Grob­ler, na­tional mar­ket­ing and prod­uct plan­ning man­ager at Suzuki South Africa.

To make the chal­lenge more fun, the team mapped a route of ex­actly 750 km from their head of­fice and parts ware­house in Jo­han­nes­burg to the Hospice in Port Shep­stone.

They then handed the keys to a Su­per Carry to Bren­don Car­pen­ter, the as­sis­tant man­ager of sales train­ing and de­vel­op­ment, the vol­un­teer­ing driver, and co­driver Ni­cole Glover, and they were on their way.

On Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 17, the do­na­tion left Jo­han­nes­burg and was de­liv­ered by the team that same af­ter­noon.

Af­ter the de­liv­ery Su­per Carry cov­ered an­other 156,2 km on the fuel that the team had bought in Jo­han­nes­burg for R750, be­fore they de­cided to re­fuel.

“The Su­per Carry was the true hero of this chal­lenge,” says Car­pen­ter.

“It sol­diered on well be­yond the 750 km tar­get and didn’t chicken out at the very last minute like we did.

“The risk of run­ning out of fuel in the dark on the N2 be­tween Amanz­im­toti and who-knows-where didn’t ap­peal to us.

“Still, even af­ter we cut the to­tal dis­tance short, the Su­per Carry man­aged to achieve an av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion fig­ure of just 6,7 l/100 km (14 km/l) for the en­tire trip, with most of the trip com­pleted with a full load.

The new Suzuki Su­per Carry is equipped with a 1,2 litre, four-cylin­der petrol en­gine that de­liv­ers 54 kW and 101 Nm to its rear wheels through a fivespeed man­ual gear­box.

With a very af­ford­able price, a 1,49 m wide and 2,183 m long load bay and a load car­ry­ing ca­pa­bil­ity of 750 kg, the Su­per Carry is an ev­ery­day sight in coun­tries such as Ja­pan and In­dia.

In South Africa, this cab-over workhorse is avail­able at a sug­gested re­tail price of R129 900, but only un­til the end of the month.

The price in­cludes a three-year or 100 000 km war­ranty and road­side as­sis­tance plan and a six-year anti-cor­ro­sion war­ranty. — WR.

PHOTO: AL­WYN VILJOEN

Suzuki South Africa de­liv­ered a 750 kg pay­load over 750 km away us­ing only R750 of petrol, get­ting an av­er­age of 14 km/l.

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