You Can’t Get ’em Here Dept.
by Jim Corbran - posted 7:52 pm, May 11, 2009
In Australia they call them “utes,” but in South Africa, the car-based pick-up truck is a “bakkie” (pronounced “buckie”).
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.
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.