• Oct 14, 2010
It turns out that the Toyota Hilux isn't just a favorite with fans of Top Gear. According to Newsweek, the unbeatable little pickup from Japan is also a vital cog in various insurgent war machines around the globe. With its combination of reliability, affordability, ubiquity and capability, the bare-bones truck has been a favorite with rebel groups of various nationalities since it first hit the scene in the late '60s. In the more than 40 years since, the Hilux has shown up in conflicts from Nicaragua, Rwanda, Somalia and Ethopia to Pakistan and Iraq. If you're looking for the automotive equivalent of the AK-47, you've found it.

Newsweek even says that U.S. Special Forces has been known to make use of a Hilux or two on occasion in favor of the heavier, more cumbersome and more expensive Humvee. In most war zones, the Toyota has become the modern equivalent of light cavalry – delivering both weapons and troops over rough terrain in quick order. Throw in the fact that a .50 caliber weapon can be mounted in the bed, and the truck's versatility grows by leaps and bounds.

Head over to Newsweek to read the very interesting full article for yourself. Thanks for the tips, everyone!

[Source: Newsweek | Image: Mustafa Abdi/AFP/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing wrong with a Hilux that can't be fixed with a Hellfire missile fired from a Predator.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Isn't that ironic, it takes a $60-70k missile to wipe out a $1k truck?
      • 4 Years Ago
      So it's Toyota's fault that the Americans can't beat the Taliban. Wait till Bush hears this...

      *takes off bad jokes hat*
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm glad this article points out that when you buy a Toyota, you help support terrorism. Bravo!
        • 4 Years Ago
        What year is your Toyota Osama?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm from Jamaica and everyone I mean EVERYONE drive either a Toyota or Honda or Nissan.

      Reliable is the main reason alot of people buy them... I think its dumb that NewWeek signals out Rebels for driving them. Toyotas are very popular all over the world... sometimes I wonder how Toyota even keeps up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like how the racists on here downrate me but fail to defend themselves.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm Jamaican too, & I've been saying it for years: most Japanese cars are ridiculously reliable, but those old Toyotas are something else. You can abuse them as much as you want... they don't die easy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They are not coming from North America because they are all right hand drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The real world Truck, the Toyota
      • 4 Years Ago
      So for some reason, I got this image of Clarkson's toybota hilux being used by the pirates.... and I just had to photoshop it. Not great quality as I took the image from the video, but here it is:

      http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/1852/piratetoybota.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Come on guys, everybody's known this for years why blog about it now?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "I love what you do for me, Toyota!"

      I just figured Toyota has a pretty strong worldwide presence, so their vehicles get around. My dad has an old 89 Toyota Pickup (yes, that's what it's called on the manual)...the thing is pretty unstoppable.

      I miss trucks like this...small and practical. Makes sense they get used by anyone and everyone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Small practical trucks, huh? I completely agree. Funny thing is, if I would have said it, I would have got reamed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, SimpleIdiot,

        We like the idea of there being some small niche market for a small simple truck, which we don't have here. We're not stupid enough to insist that this little niche is anything close to the whole market, nor should it, nor shall it ever be.


        And it is shocking that you're too stupid to know the difference, or why you get 'reemed.' Utterly shocking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Found Toyota is abundant also in Tibet! I guess American's like-a-rock trucks really is home grown.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota, why can't *we* get the Hilux again? I've always though the small crew cab pickups were way cool.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Quote:
        "Toyota was unwilling to confirm that the vehicles in each image are Hiluxes, but the company did say that, though the vehicle may appear under different names, the Hilux is the only lightweight truck it makes"

        http://www.newsweek.com/photo/2010/10/14/toyota-trucks.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        the tacoma and the hilux have similar chassis, but radically different suspensions and powertrains.

        • 4 Years Ago
        The Tacoma is built on the same platform pretty much. Differs in size, body panels and engines but that's about it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take one. With a .50 cal machine gun PREEZE
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