We’ve heard of walking the plank…

Posted on August 26th, 2015 by James Luckhurst

The Toyota Hilux has a reputation for being tough. In fact our car review team tried to throw a good few challenges at the pickup truck when they drove it a few years ago – but they found that a good wash was all it needed to recover.  What nobody realised was that the Japanese workhorse is rugged enough to board a ship using nothing more than a pair of rather slippery planks.

We have to admit we cringed a little bit as the video revealed more and more of the madness. Judging by the soundtrack of the clip, it looks like those witnessing the loading job were surprised of the outcome. By the way, it appears this operation takes place in Brazil and we’ve heard this isn’t exactly an experiment over there. Yes, moving cars around like this seems to be a common practice.

Speaking of the Hilux, Toyota has recently introduced a new generation of the machine, which may be just what you’re looking for if your journeys call for toughness, endurance and strength. Don’t be surprised if you experience a bone-crunching ride, however.  The all-new 2016 Hilux models will be longer, wider and stronger.  As for those all-important work figures, the Hilux can now tow up to 3,500kg and offers a maximum payload of 1,240 kg.

What we’re worried about is whether the loading experts realise they have to set their planks a little wider for the new model!

Car boarding a ship over a plank from GEM Motoring Assist on Vimeo.