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Toyota thanks customer with surprise gift of a radio-controlled Hilux

  • Toyota has handed over a radio-controlled Hilux to loyal customer W.H. Brand
  • Mini pick-up features W.H. Brand livery and was a surprise gift
  • Company has been a Toyota customer for 28 years

Time 2 weeks ago

Toyota has thanked a loyal customer with a special radio-controlled Hilux pick-up.

Cornwall-based W.H. Bond has been a customer of Toyota for 28 years, and in that time has purchased no fewer than 200 Hilux pick-ups.

As a surprise thank you, Toyota has handed over a special miniature version of the Hilux – a radio-controlled one finished in W.H. Bond’s livery.


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.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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