Car enthusiasts have long noticed that news footage from war-torn regions inevitably result in grainy shots of heavily armed men overflowing from the beds of Toyota pickups. Whether it’s rebels, guerillas, insurgents, counterinsurgents or, on occasion, the US Special Forces, the Toyota truck has become as ubiquitous on the battle field as the AK-47. Now Newsweek is taking an in-depth look at the history of Toyotas on the war front.
It could be a 35-year-old Hilux or a 50-caliber-machine-gun-equipped Land Cruiser, but it’s the ride of choice in hostlie environments around the globe. It’s not necessarily bad guys either — we’ve seen a US Marine Corps FJ45V at Toyotafest. There was even an entire conflict called the Toyota War.
The article about the indestructible ute even quotes a former Army Ranger who says, “It kicks the hell out of the Humvee.”