WHEEL­SPIN

South African Country Life - - Wheels -

GWM on the charge

We all know that bakkies rule the roost in South Africa, so a fair num­ber of you will be ex­cited or at least in­ter­ested that GWM, the Chi­nese au­to­mo­tive gi­ant that has been mak­ing such strides in its prod­uct qual­ity, has un­veiled the new GWM Steed 7. As you can see it is a good-look­ing bakkie, al­beit with some bor­rowed de­sign cues. Big­ger news is that GWM has launched a whole new bakkie divi­sion, called GWM Pickup Truck, which will be rolling out a num­ber of new ve­hi­cles for most mar­ket seg­ments.

Toy­ota lends a help­ing hand

Toy­ota South Africa has do­nated a brand-new Toy­ota Hilux 2.4GD-6 SRX dou­ble-cab 4x4 to the South African Na­tional Parks in an ef­fort to curb rhino poach­ing in South Africa. The ve­hi­cle will as­sist SANParks with the trans­porta­tion of the Meerkat, a wide-area sur­veil­lance sys­tem, that can comb the bush for po­ten­tial poach­ers. The sys­tem com­prises a suite of radar and elec­tro-op­tic sen­sors ca­pa­ble of de­tect­ing hu­man move­ment, which is so im­por­tant when it comes to anti-poach­ing mea­sures in the Kruger Na­tional Park.

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