The electoral commission has decided to use the 2015 Toyota Hilux Vigo pickup as the official general purpose vehicle in the 2016 Ugandan general elections. Big deal, right??
Well, that depends on who’s anwering!! First is the whopping 12 billion UGX that is solely going into the procurement. Second is the awarding of the tender that has in many an opinion been skewed. Putting this into perspective, 14 companies bid for this tender including Miracle Motors co. Ltd, CFAO motors Ltd (VW), Victoria motors (U) Ltd, Motorcare Uganda Ltd (Nissan), Toyota Uganda Ltd, Haks Investment Ltd, MAC East Africa Ltd, Tata Uganda Ltd, Walusimbi’s Garage Ltd (Toyota), Honda Uganda Ltd, Cooper Motors Corporation (U) Ltd, Mantrac Uganda Ltd, Nile Fishing Co. Ltd and Achelis Uganda Ltd.
So it follows that in a market dominated by ‘big players’, a barely known or recognizable for that matter, Haks Investment emerged overall winner of the tender, scooping more than half (6 Billion UGX) of the entire contract sum. As you would expect, this has gotten the ‘big players’ seething and citing ''politics'' in the selection process. Seems we're headed for some court battles. Watch this space!!
Putting that hullaballoo aside, we delve into the Toyota Vigo and look at the features that may have given it an edge over the VW Amarok, Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max and others in this category.
Interior designs Perhaps the biggest improvement here is the seating and interior space adequate to accommodate people of all heights and sizes. The digital distance meter, automatic anti-glare rear view mirrors and an optional standard air-conditioning are also common features on all the models of the new Vigo.
Safety features are standard with front and rear side bar protection, tinted window shields, SRS air bags for both driver and passengers and seatbelts.The audio systems consist of six speakers, foldable antenna and 2 DIN FM/AM audio systems to play a CD of MP3/WMA type of music.
The full size truck has both bed and cabin in bigger length and width than its predecessor. The 5255mm long and 1760 mm wide vehicle has a rear bumper and front grill made up of chromium.
The door handles also made up of chromium gives the cab a classy look. The 1795mm tall cab has a multi-reflector halogen headlight giving the driver an anti-glare vision comfort while driving. The 15 inch steel/allow wheels, ventilated front discs and leading trail drums for rear brakes give a good grip to control the speed of the vehicle.
Engine and Performance This car is powered by regular 4×4 2.5litre D-4D diesel engine with four inline cylinders. The direct injection common rail fuel injection system and a fuel tank capacity of 80 liters provide maximum output of 120 (88)/3600 DIN hp (KW)/rpm and maximum torque of 325/2000 Nm/rpm. The Toyota Vigo cab can go up to a speed of 96.3mph – 108.7mph with a fuel consumption of 34.0mpg to 30.1mpg depending on the model of the Toyota vehicle.
Towing capacity Fortunately, for those keen on using the HiLux for heavy-duty towing, braked towing capacity has been upgraded to 3000kg, which puts the Toyota workhorse right in the fray with Mitsubishi Triton, Volkswagen Amarok and Nissan Navara (with 3000kg braked towing).The 2015 Toyota Vigo is available in four grades 4×2 3.0G, 4×2 2.5G, 4×2 2.5E, 4×2 2.5G with prices ranging from $42,490 – $54,490 respectively.