Hilux has many fans around the world, perhaps none so devoted as family firm W.H. Bond and Sons, which has just taken delivery of its 200th Toyota pick-up.
The Cornwall-based company has been a loyal Hilux customer for the past 28 years, using the ultra-tough Toyota as transport for employees and as part of its extensive hire fleet, alongside other vehicles and plant equipment.
On behalf of the W.H Bond family, Alison Bond said: “When we purchased our first Hilux 28 years ago, we couldn’t have foreseen just what an integral part of our business it would become. Taking delivery of our 200th vehicle, we can reflect on the excellent service it has given us year after year as our business has grown. At the same time, Hilux has become much more than a reliable workhorse, being safe, comfortable and versatile vehicle to drive.”
W.H. Bond and Sons, based in Trerulefoot, near Saltash, was established in 1957 as a family farming business, later diversifying into timber, civil engineering, agricultural services and machine sales. Today it employs more than 50 people.
The company’s landmark 200th Hilux is a top-of-the-range Invincible X model in Titan Bronze, powered by the new 201bhp 2.8-litre engine introduced to the Hilux range earlier this year. As well having plenty of muscle – maximum torque 500Nm (with auto transmission) and 3.5-tonne towing capacity – the new Invincible X also majors on sharp new styling and a higher equipment specification, including nine-speaker JBL audio system, dual-tone leather upholstery, heated front seats, ambient cabin lighting, smart entry and start, 18-inch alloys and automatic air conditioning.