“The Toyota Hilux is everywhere. It’s the vehicular equivalent of the AK-47. It’s ubiquitous to insurgent warfare, and actually, recently, also counterinsurgent warfare. It kicks the hell out of the Humvee.”This isn’t the first time radical terrorist groups have favoured the hardihood of the Hilux. Back in 2010, Ravi Somaiya of Newsweek pointed out that the Hilux has been featured in several extremist movements since the 60’s. Scanning through images of world-wide insurgent warfare through the decades, the influence of the Hilux is prevalent. In 2009, the New York Times reported Somali pirates cruising the streets of Mogadishu, hanging out of the windows of their Hilux, guns in hand. 2004, Sudanese fighters raise their arms aloft in the back of a Hilux. Pakistani militants drive through a crowd, guns high, in 2000. Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq – the list goes on. Everywhere you look, truck beds are loaded with heavy weaponry and cabs are crammed with radical extremists. The Hilux is durable, maneuverable, powerful and is the ideal four-wheel drive vehicle for outrunning and fighting enemy soldiers. Of course, Toyota has a strict policy to not sell vehicles to potential purchasers who may use or modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities. This doesn’t stop the terrorists from acquiring them, though, and it’s impossible for Toyota to track down all the sources. All they’re guilty of is building a great car.