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You Can’t Get ’em Here Dept.

In Australia they call them “utes,” but in South Africa, the car-based pick-up truck is a “bakkie” (pronounced “buckie”).

Ford New Bantam (South Africa)

Ford New Bantam (South Africa)

And for the Ford Motor Company, the Bantam is its top selling vehicle in South Africa.

This is what we could use here in North America. A small pick-up. Remember when Datsun and Toyota first imported their pick-ups here 40 or so years ago? They sold like itch cream at a poison ivy convention because they were small, uncomplicated, and inexpensive. Like everything else automotive in North America, the small pick-up grew in size to fat-ass proportions, where GM’s “small” pick-ups, the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, are more mid-size these days.

early Datsun pick-up

early Datsun pick-up

The newly remodeled South African Ford Bantam is a Focus-based vehicle, which I think would do well here, especially when gas prices hit the ceiling again. And you know they will. See more of the Bantam by clicking here.