Seeing as no-one else has replyed to you I thought I would try and help.
Toyota produced the Hilux in 2 types both are concidered "commercials". There is the 4x4 and a non 4x4 produced. I suspect they are all a cab and chassis configuration with some coming with colour matched trays and others coming with a chassis allowing custom trays to be built.
In foreign countries auto manufacturers often name the exact same car by a different name. I belive it is the nissan altima that is called the nissan "pajaro" in australia, for example. In foreign countries the toyota "pickup" is called a "hilux". So basically is the exact same thing.
the hi-lux is a pick-up, just a different name, and the pajero is our montero, again just a diff name. i think bob was thinkin of the navaro, a nissan pick-up. you also thave the nissan terrano, aka, ford maverick. its kinda like our x-terra, but where not talkin bout nissans here, were talkin bout toyota hi-lux. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
for US models, i believe that HILUX was the name given to all of Toyotas pickups in the 60s. (but they continue to call them that to this day in Australia and new zealand... maybe africa too) In the early 70's i think they just started calling the US models simply 'trucks', sometimes referring to their carrying capacity with the name (3/4 ton) they didn't get another real name until 1995.5 with the tacoma among the outdoorsy car names frenzy that continues to this day.
here's a few examples of their ad campaign and truck names in the seventies and early 80s where they call them trucks.. unfortunately i haven't found a US ad referring to them as HILUX yet, although i have seen one in a salvage yard. the HILUX emblem now reside on the wall at my house.
notice the taillight placement on this one...
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The Hilux is not just a Tacoma with a different name. They offer the hilux with diesel and it also has a front solid axel unlike the Tacoma's IFS. I wish they would sell them here; I would trade in my Tacoma in a heartbeat for one. Over all it’s a better, strong, truck than the Tacoma.
I believe Hilux is what the pickup was called up until the Tacoma. I will have to look at my title, but I think under model is states Hilux. Mine is an '89. I will look at the tile of my former '81 too.
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