PRES­I­DEN­TIAL PRAISE FOR SA’S RALLY TEAMS

Toyota Connect/Lexus Life - - TOYOTA CONNECT -

The 2018 Dakar Rally was prob­a­bly the most gru­elling one ever, said

Toy­ota Pres­i­dent Akio Toy­oda when con­grat­u­lat­ing SA’S teams on their pow­er­ful per­for­mances.

Toy­ota Ga­zoo fin­ished in sec­ond and third place over­all, driv­ing the brand­new Hilux. They tack­led ex­tremely chal­leng­ing con­di­tions in­clud­ing var­i­ous road sur­faces, high al­ti­tude and chilly tem­per­a­tures dur­ing the 9 000km race through Bo­livia’s des­o­late salt flats.

Team Land Cruiser Toy­ota Auto Body won the Pro­duc­tion Di­vi­sion cat­e­gory, while Hino Team Su­gawara won the Truck cat­e­gory in a Hino Ranger.

“Watch­ing footage of the rally, I couldn’t help feel­ing the tough na­ture of the road and how un­for­giv­ing na­ture is and won­der­ing whether ve­hi­cles can re­ally func­tion in such en­vi­ron­ments. With nu­mer­ous ve­hi­cles forced to re­tire dur­ing the rally, I ap­pre­ci­ate the per­for­mance of the Toy­ota ve­hi­cles that com­pleted the event,” said Toy­oda.

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