Pocket dictionary :Truck types

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By Jude Katende

Posted  Thursday, December 12  2013 at  14:11

When we hear the word “truck” usually, a lorry or a big pick-up vehicle comes to mind. Pick-ups as the name suggests, refer to vehicles whose major task is to “pick up” things, usually merchandise and deliver it where it is destined.

That said, as the auto industry continues with changes to vehicle classification the pick-up class also is doing the same. In the past Uganda was awash with small to medium pick-ups and later light trucks also emerged. These should not be confused for pick-ups, thus the necessity for today’s article. Although most pick-ups do not share platforms with cars, some actually do. This means that some pick-ups can be made basing on existing car platforms.

Such small pick-ups include the Volkswagen Caddy, Toyota Publica and the very popular Nissan Sunny 1200 locally known as Lukumi mu bibiri for its 1200cc engine mark. Small pick-ups such as Daihatsu Hijet, Honda Acty, Subaru Sambar, Mitsubishi Minicab, and the Suzuki Carry among others belong to the micro van category also referred to as Kei trucks in Japan. These are locally known as Nyongeza (additional) as they were given away in the past to mass importers. Mid-size pick-ups are these days much bigger as is the global trend.

These include Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi L200, Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux, Tata Xenon among others. Full-size pickup trucks are not available on the Ugandan market although some people have imported them privately. These are so huge and wide that you may mistake them for semi or light trucks. They include Ford F-150, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra.

Heavy duty pickup truck such as the Ford Super Duty, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram Heavy Duty also do not exist but at least you will know that there is such a category called “heavy duty trucks” and one not referring to lorries. The closest to the heavy duty trucks here in Uganda would be the light commercial trucks often used in the construction industry.

These include Isuzu Elf, Toyota Dyna, Mitsubishi Canter, Nissan Atlas among others. From here, we move to the medium duty commercial trucks such as Isuzu Forward and Mitsubishi Fuso among others. Then there is the heavy duty trucks which are much bigger and often carry containers. These are used for haulages. Such trucks include Mercedes Benz Actros, Scania, Volvo, MAN and Nissan Diesel among others.