ABOVE: As part of Vaal Toyota Sasolburg’s Project Serenity charity drive, the dealership handed shoes and socks to 220 learners from schools in the area. Each learner received two pairs of shoes and four pairs of socks. The dealership also continuously runs a feeding scheme through which a large number of learners receive a meal each Friday. Food is prepared at the dealership and distributed to schools. It recently served its 40 000th plate. GOLD AT NADA AWARDS Toyota and Hino South Africa have each achieved gold awards at the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) Dealer Satisfaction Index Awards. In the Passenger/Light commercial category, Toyota has seen a marked improvement in its scores with a 2.7% increase from last year to an overall score of 83.2% for 2016, only 0.4% behind first placed Hino, which improved its score by 1.8%. The overall industry average increased by 0.3% to 72.7%. NADA measures dealers’ satisfaction with automotive brands and has conducted this survey since 2003. The survey to the dealers is segmented into 13 focus areas, including Policy Claims & Warranty, Communication and Relationships; Vehicle Range and Parts and Media Support. 75 THE VINTAGE TOYOTA It doesn’t happen every day that a dealer sells three new vehicles, and upon delivery, meets the 46-year-old predecessor of the same product. This is exactly what happened to the Ermelo Toyota sales staff when three 2016 Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD 4×4 single cab bakkies were delivered to local farmer Jan Randell and his sons. Jan is a collector of old tractors, cars and bikes, and literally has Gwahumbe Game & Spa is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s favourite spots to venture off the beaten track. Inviting a number of guests, the Bidvest McCarthy Toyota dealerships in KwaZulu-Natal did just that with a range of all-new Hilux and Fortuner models. At Gwahumbe, scenic trails backed by majestic cliff faces wind through plateau grassland and cross lush riverine forests, challenging drivers and offering passengers the ultimate authentic bush experience. The resort forms part of the greater Gwahumbe Valley from which it gets its name and has become a much- ABOVE: At the handover of three new Hilux single cabs were, from left, Ermelo Toyota’s Sales Manager Johnny Blaauw, farmers Phillip, Jantjie and Jan Randell, and Ermelo Toyota Dealer Principal Koos Badenhorst. hundreds of restored collectables in storage on his farm. One of these is a beautifully restored 1970 model Hilux 1600 bakkie, the first of the series introduced to South Africa. At the time, it sold for a new price of R1 525. Compare that to the price of a 2016 Hilux, it equates to around 150 examples of the original 1970 model. McCarthy goes to Gwahumbe favoured self-drive 4×4 destination. The Gwahumbe 4×4 trail is nine kilometres long and comprises a number of different trails through the game reserve. It has a grading of between 1 and 3 and takes between two and four hours to complete. The route winds up mountains to 700m above sea level from 400m in the river valleys while drivers negotiate mud, slippery grasses, river crossings and a variety of interesting obstacles. BELOW: A number of new Hilux and Fortuner models were used to traverse the 4×4 trails at the Gwahumbe reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.
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