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will be worth. In fact, depreciation is the single biggest cost factor when it comes to vehicle ownership. It is far more significant than the cost of servicing and maintenance, for instance.”
Why does the Hilux have better resale value than the Ranger?
“The first is brand image,” says Jacobson. “The Toyota brand is one of the most loved and trusted in SA. Motorists believe that they are purchasing reliability and peace of mind.”
“The second is after-sales service. Toyota dealers have an outstanding reputation for delivering good service at fair prices. Furthermore, the dealer network is vast. Spare parts are also readily available.
“The Ranger has been widely praised — both by members of the motoring media and by the buying public in this country. But Toyota’s long-standing legacy and reputation will be difficult — if not impossible — to usurp in the near future.”
Between them the two bakkies sold nearly 70,000 units in SA last year (36,422 Hilux and 32,811 Ranger).
AURIS HOT HATCH
Toyota is reportedly working on a high-performance Auris to take on the likes of the Golf GTI.
The brand’s relatively new GRMN performance arm, having recently built the limited-edition 156kW Yaris GRMN and busy developing hot versions of the Supra and GR Super Sport, may now turn its sights on the hatchback version of the Corolla.
“So as we go along with our product range we will look at every one of the products and say ok what is possible? Does this model suit the GR brand? Can we make some excitement with it,” President and CEO of Toyota Europe Johan van Zyl told Auto Express.
“I think that’s what we are trying to say with the fact we have launched the 2.0l hybrid in the Corolla range. We are saying it is possible. We can make a more exciting, sporty hybrid. The technology is there. It’s just the way you tune it.”
Speculation is that an Auris hot hatch could use a 2.0l turbocharged four-cylinder with around 186kW of power.
Other sporty Toyotas might be in the pipeline too, including reborn versions of the Celica and MR2, while the secondgeneration Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are due for launch in about 2021.
GRMN models will initially be focused on the Japanese market as well as in selected European countries.
Local valuation service True Price gets the resale-value lowdown on SA’s two most popular bakkies.
Toyota’s performance division is rumoured to be planning an Auris hot hatch to follow the limitededition Yaris GRMN (pictured left).