Toyota has retained its number one spot as the world’s biggest manufacturer beating its closest
rival GM by 270,000 units. Toyota sold 9.98 million vehicles during 2013 up 2% from the year before as Toyota also announced plans to sell 10.32 million vehicles in 2014. Toyota has still managed to revive its fate after the damages it faced in the 2011 tsunami. The tsunami and earthquake in 2011 caused extensive widespread devastation which affected car suppliers and production.
Toyota has also been facing reputational issues after a series of recalls and safety issues as more than 14 million vehicles have been recalled since 2009. However, at the end of 2013, Japan’s exports saw their biggest annual rise for three years. Car exports also rose to 31.3% year-on-year, as the Japanese yen saw big falls in value against the dollar. Toyota has been the top manufacturer in the world for more than 70 years. Toyota was the king of automakers till 2011. However, it regained the number one position in 2012.
GM sold 9.71 million vehicles last year, while Germany’s Volkswagen came in third with sales of 9.5 million vehicles. Toyota’s leading models have been Lexus and Prius hybrid models. Toyota’s sales target for 2014 is 10.32 million which is significant as no carmaker has gone beyond the 10 million mark. The three largest carmakers all had a strong 2013, and the figures are an indication of a healthy global automotive sector.
An exceptionally wonderful off-roader was built by Toyota under the Hilux line, named Toyota Hilux Surf. It was made first using the fibreglass glass sitting over the old Hilux chassis, but with minor changes made. As the time moved on, so did the Surf, it emerged as an independent entity with good off-road capabilities. In US and Australia, it is known as Toyota 4Runner.
It was late 1989s when the Surf received the whole new fully steel integrated bodyshell, though the B pillars forward remained same as of Hilux. The engine for Toyota Hilux Surf was very powerful, designed especially keeping in view the utility of this vehicle. A 2.4-litre turbo-diesel Toyota Hilux Surf engine for sale was available in the beginning which later backed up with a 3.0-litre diesel engine. The Toyota Hilux Surf engine problem was recorded as the cylinder head cracks in the 2.4-litre variant.
The rear suspension system on this new model was again prone to slump as of previous ones. Most of these models produced as a five door, meanwhile for couple of years – during 1990 and 1992 – some 3 door models were also built which are very rare though. The trim levels offered by the Toyota Hilux Surf during its life time were: ‘SSR’, ‘SSR Ltd’, SSR-V’, ‘SSR-X’, SSR-X Ltd’ and last but not the least the awesome ‘SSR-G’.