Toyota wanted to find a different way to say thank you to a business that’s been a loyal customer for 28 years and purchased no fewer than 200 Hilux pick-ups. The answer was to surprise Cornwall-based W.H. Bond with a radio-controlled model version of Hilux, complete with company livery in recognition of its custom.
The handover took place at a business meeting in Plymouth, where representatives from W.H. Bond were completely unaware of the surprise gift. The family business established in 1957 is based near Saltash in Cornwall. It uses Hilux to support its different commercial areas which include an award-winning timber merchant, bespoke civil engineering division, sales of plant and agricultural equipment including classic tractors and farming nearly 2,000 acres.
Nicole Harding, Sales Representative W.H Bond, said: “This is a wonderful and thoughtful gift. The W.H. Bond livery features all the different areas of our business. Toyota is a valued supplier and we have a great relationship with its fleet team and our local centre, Snows Toyota, in Plymouth. We look forward to receiving many more life-size Hilux in the future.”
The radio-controlled Tamiya Hilux is also a seriously capable off-roader on a small scale, featuring a ladder frame, live axle suspension with metal housing, leaf springs and oil dampers. A front metal under-guard helps the model tackle tough conditions. It has an electric motor linked to a three-speed gearbox, delivering power to all four wheels.
The road-going Toyota Hilux, which has just been honoured with the International Pick-up Award for 2022/2023, continues to reward its owners with its built-in quality, durability and reliability. Available in three body styles and a choice of either 2.4 or 2.8-litre diesel powertrains, it has found more than 18 million customers around the world since the original model was launched in 1968.
All new Hilux models come with up to 10 years’ Toyota Relax warranty cover. After an initial three years/60,000 miles, owners can extend their pick-up’s warranty by a further one year/10,000 miles each time they have it serviced at an authorised Toyota centre, in line with its service schedule. The warranty is provided at no extra cost, up to a limit of 10 years/100,000 miles. Terms and conditions apply; full details are available at www.toyota.co.uk.