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19 August, 2014

Hopping around town in DFSK still far under R100 000


  • Geely Loadhopper still priced at R92 990
  • Halfton-pickup with 600kg capacity
  • Fuel running cost around R1/km

Geely's gutsy LOADHOPPER range of small pick-ups survived the exchange rate onslaught with a handful of these run-arounds still available at rock bottom prices.

Based at R92 990 (including VAT) the DFSK Loadhopper offers unrivalled value for money for a no-nonsense light commercial with a load capacity much higher than its specified half-ton capacity.

Boasting a load box of 2m by 1.3m, the Loadhopper with 13" wheels can easily handle a payload of 600 kg. Because of the classification of light commercial vehicles in South Africa, this bakkie is classified as a half-ton unit.

"The Loadhopper packs a heavy punch when it comes to work load," says Devon Nassif, Sales and Dealer Development Manager of the Dacar Motor Corporation, importers and distributors of Geely passenger and DFSK light commercial vehicles.

"Our many loyal customers operating this gutsy little bakkie refer to it as a 'trailer with its own engine'. It really is the ideal vehicle for anything from garden rubble and miniloads to collections, deliveries and general transport of basically anything."

The 1,3-litre single-cab offers an added financial advantage - the price includes VAT, which can be claimed back from Sars at a rate of 14% if used for business purposes.

"This means in essence the Loadhopper 1.3 costs a mere R81 570," says Nassif.

The Loadhopper comes with a 12 months/60 000km warranty.

"Service parts are really affordable, which means running costs are kept at a minimum because of low maintenance costs," concludes Nassif.

As far as performance is concerned, the Loadhopper 1.3 averages a fuel consumption of only 8,2?/100km.

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