There is no car more South African than a bakkie. While there are many models on offer, certain ones take the top spot.
AutoTrader, the largest digital automotive marketplace in the country, compiled a list of the top 10 most driven bakkies with a 2019 registration year that were listed in October 2020. The Fiat Fullback came out as the one most locally loved, with 50 580km average mileage.
The Toyota Landruiser 7 came in second place, and the Isuzu D-Max in third. The Mahindra Bolero, the Nissan NP300 Hardbody, the Isuzu KB, the Toyota Hilux, the Ford Ranger, the GWM Steed 5E and the Mahinda Pik Up round out the top 10.
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The Fiat Fullback comes in both single and double-cab sizes and is powered by either a 2.4-litre petrol engine offering 97 kW and 202 Nm of torque or a 2.5-litre turbodiesel with peak outputs of 100 kW and 324 Nm. It measures at 5.204 metres long, 1.815 metres wide and stands 1.780 metres tall.
The vehicle was first shown at the 2015 Dubai International Motor Show and launched in South Africa in mid-2016.
Interestingly, the Fiat Fullback is not the top-selling new bakkie in the country, an honour that belongs to the Toyota Hilux.
According to AutoTrader CEO George Mienie, however, its ranking as the most driven bakkie shows that motorists are confident with this vehicle.
“The ranking indicates the Fiat Fullback’s perceived reliability as a workhorse. Owners are perfectly happy to put mileage on these willing and able commercial vehicles.”
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