Toyota Pickup

Well, one cannot really expect a foreign company to do well in the American truck market, and yet Toyota has held its own quite well. The Toyota Hilux, and the Toyota Tacoma, are compact pickup trucks built and marketed by the Toyota Motor Corporation. The Hilux moniker was adopted as a substitute for the Stout in 1969, and actually remains in use worldwide. In North America, the Hilux name was dropped in 1976 in favor of Truck, Pickup Truck, or Compact Truck. Seeing that these are really generic, the name was changed to the Tacoma in 1995. One popular option package, SR5 also became one and the same with the truck, even though it was used on other Toyota models. In 1984, the Trekker, which was the camper version of the Hilux, was changed to the Toyota 4Runner in North America and Australia. The 4Runner would go on to be a phenomenal seller and an overall extraordinary model. Further, the 4Runner, which is now a full size SUV, shares few visual cues with the Tacoma. Anyhow, the Toyota Hilux has gained a reputation for exceptional sturdiness and reliability. Even during sustained heavy use this model has been described as "The indestructible car". This was further proven on the third series of the revamped BBC show Top Gear. In the show, a 1988 Toyota Hilux with 190,000 miles was put under an extraordinary amount of abuse. This included driving it down some stairs in Bristol, then scraping some buildings, crashing it into a tree, tying it up to a jetty to be washed out to sea by the incoming tide, driving it through a wooden house, dropping a caravan onto it, setting the cabin and pickup area on fire, and placing it on top of a 240-foot block of flats that was subsequently destroyed by a controlled demolition. As to be expected, it was now suffering from severe structural damage, however the truck was still running after being repaired with typical tools and equipment.