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From upgrades to anniversary models, these five bakkies are making headlines

Motoring editor, reporter and presenter

There is no limit to SA consumers’ fascination with bakkies.

For practical and philosophical reasons, the simple recipe of a tough, ladder-frame chassis and rear loading bay will never go out of fashion and a number of new releases are clamouring for attention.

Let us start with a sturdy Indian contender whose workhorse credentials are well-proven — the Mahindra Pik Up. Bizarre spelling aside, it is no mystery why the brand seems to enjoy popularity in the agricultural strongholds of the country. Take a drive just over the Gauteng border into North West, for instance, and you can enjoy a merry game of Mahindra-spotting...

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