THE first Hiluxes were imported to Australia by then Toyota commercial vehicles distributor Thiess. Sir Leslie Thiess was the forward-thinking chap who saw the need for a good four-wheel drive vehicle in Australia, and he imported the first Land Cruisers here in the 1950s for his workers toiling on the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Thiess also had mining and construction interests in Queensland and, shortly after the first Hilux was launched in Japan in 1968, Thiess brought them to Australia. The first-generation RN10 Hilux replaced the Toyota Stout and was only available in two-wheel drive, singlecab configuration. Power came from a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that made just 57kw, a far cry from the 225kw supercharged V6 that powered the TRD Hilux 40 years later. The RN10 Hilux used a body-on-chassis configuration that remains the class standard to this day. It utilises a live axle with leaf springs at the back for optimal load bearing, and independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs to provide a better ride for the passengers. Updates to the RN10 Hilux in 1971 included a long wheelbase model and a bigger 1.6litre engine.