Are Chinese trucks replacing the mighty Hilux as the truck of choice for rebel groups?

Share Our Knowledge With Your Friends, Contacts And Co-Workers
rebel zx auto 300x141 Are Chinese trucks replacing the mighty Hilux as the truck of choice for rebel groups?

ZX Auto - The Rebels Choice

The Toyota Hilux has long had a monopoly on the market for rebel groups and terrorists, the mighty pick up truck can be modified to fit pretty much any sort of heavy gun, light gun or even basic missile systems, furthermore the Hilux’s legendary reliability and low cost has made it the king of trucks for rebels across the world from Afghanistan to paramilitary militias in South America.

Hilux’s started appearing in rebel camps in the late 60′s when the first models appeared on the market and since then it has exploded (no pun intended) to become one of the best selling trucks for rebels, but its not only the rebels that like it. The Toyota War started in 1987 between Libya and Chad after Libya’s leader, Gadaffi, refused to recongise the new president of Chad, the war was largely undertaken by the Hilux from both sides, with the trucks being modified with heavy guns and also being able to carry armed men through the desert sands, urban environments or sweltering jungles.

The problem with the current Hilux is that it has become a bloated electronic beast with far too many creature comforts for desert warfare, the US version of the Hilux, the Tacoma, has become a gigantic road swallowing beast. The Hilux became popular due to its ease of repair, wide parts network and ability to carry armed men through thick and thin whilst armed to the teeth, the Hilux’s popularity became self perpetuating. Now Chinese trucks from manufacturers such as Greatwall, Huanghai and ZX Auto are taking up the Hilux’s crown as the rebels choice of vehicle, these trucks are based on either old Toyota or Isuzu designs, they are cheap at sub $10,000USD, they can be repaired with just about any spare parts and most of all they are simplistic and are on par with the Hilux of yesteryear.

In recent Middle Eastern revolutions and turmoil, it appears that Chinese motorbikes and trucks have been at the forefront of the action, Chinese truck manufacturers have been doing swift business in ‘rebuilding’ nations such as Afghanistan and Iraq especially as these countries are flush with ready to spend cash and little to no operating government to give out license tags. ZX Auto was in Iraq as early as 2000 and does regular business with Middle Eastern countries, Greatwall is in a similar position and relies heavily on the Middle East to fuel its export sales. The above picture shows several trucks heading off to war spearheaded by a Hilux and was probably part of the 5000 trucks that ZX Auto recently sent to Libya.

Toyota partly owes its growth to those ‘technicals’ that we saw on the news from the 60′s and onwards, the Toyota name became a byword for high quality cheap vehicles, and it seems that the Chinese manufacturers might be heading down the same road as well.

About the author  ⁄ Ash

Ash came to China at 18 and never looked back, a decade later he is still here. After a 4 year stint in a Chinese University where he gained a double BA in Chinese and International Trade he worked for a myriad of different companies in the Chinese Auto industry before heading back to school to get an MBA with a focus in marketing.

Comments are closed.

See News by Industry
Industry News China Green Auto News Spy Shots China Auto Culture
See News By Brand
Acura China Acura China Aston Martin China Aston Martin Audi China,FAW-Audi Audi China
Baojun Auto Baojun Beijing Auto Beijing Auto Group Beijing Auto Beijing Auto
Besturn Auto, FAW Besturn Besturn BMW China BMW China Brilliance Auto Brilliance Auto
Buick China Buick China Baojun Auto BYD Baojun Auto Cadillac
Changa,Chang'an Chang'an - Chana Changfeng Changfeng Changhe Auto Changhe
Chery Auto Chery Chevrolet China Chevrolet Chevrolet China Chrysler
Citroen China Citroen Dodge China Dodge Dodge China Citroen DS
Dongfeng Auto Dongfeng Geely Emgrand Emgrand Geely Emgrand Englon
FAW,First Automobile Works FAW Ferrari China Ferrari Fiat China Fiat
Foday Auto Foday Ford China,Changan-Ford Ford Guangzhou Auto Guangzhou Auto
Geely Auto Geely Geely Auto Gleagle GoNow Auto GoNow
Great Wall Great Wall Hafei Auto Hafei Haima Haima
Hawtai Hawtai Honda Honda Huanghai Yellow Sea Auto Huanghai (Yellow Sea)
Hyundai China Hyundai Infiniti China Infiniti JAC China JAC
Jaguar Jaguar Jinbei Jinbei JMC JMC
Kia Kia     Jaguar Land Rover
Landwind Landwind Lexus China Lexus Lifan Auto Lifan
Lincoln Lincoln Youngman Lotus Youngman Lotus Luxgen Luxgen
Mazda Mazda Mercedes China Mercedes MG - Morris Garages MG
MINI China MINI Mitsubishi China Mitsubishi Nissan China Nissan
Opel China Opel Opel China Peugeot Reely China Reely
Renault Riich Riich Riich Roewe
Rolls-Royce China Rolls-Royce SEAT SEAT Senova Senova/ShenBao
Double Ring Double Ring - Shuang Huan Sichuan Yema Sichuan Yema Skoda Skoda
Double Ring Smart Subaru Subaru Suzuki Suzuki
Toyota Toyota Volvo Volvo Volkswagen Volkswagen
Zotye Zotye   Others    
Close
Sign up today to receive China Car Times weekly newsletter!
Your name
Your email