The perks of being Jeremy Clarkson certainly knows no bounds. As the host of quite arguably the number one car show in the world, Clarkson virtually has unlimited access to just about every car in the world he so wishes to drive.

As if that privilege alone isn’t enough, Clarkson can make trips to any part of the world on somebody else’s dime, which is what he found himself in after being invited by Arctic Trucks of Iceland to film a special segment of Top Gear on – of all places - the North Pole.

As you can imagine, Clarkson and top wing-man, James May had a truckload – no pun intended – of fun during their expedition with Clarkson even getting a chance to take the satnav-equipped Toyota Hilux around for a spin across the frozen wastes and wild landscape of Iceland.

Check out the entire episode in three parts and maybe after watching it, you’d want to book yourself your very own multi-day tour of the Polar ice cap courtesy of Arctic Trucks.

Part 2, Part 3, and Press Release after the jump.



PRESS RELEASE

CONQUER THE ARCTIC WITH TOYOTA HILUX

15th January 2010 – Millions of television viewers around the world witnessed the mighty Toyota Hilux becoming the first car to be driven to the Magnetic North Pole, with Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson at the wheel. Now intrepid drivers have the chance to get behind the wheel of a similarly awesome Hilux and test their skills across the frozen wastes in a new range of adventure off-roading tours.

Reykjavik-based Arctic Trucks, the specialist company which engineered the Hilux to cope with the extreme conditions of the Top Gear challenge, is offering trips of between two and five days and longer expeditions through the wild landscape of Iceland. Its fleet of vehicles includes two Toyota Hilux Invincible Double Cabs equipped with special features to meet the demands of tackling the country’s tundra, glaciers, lava fields and mountains, including a set of giant 38-inch tyres that allow the vehicle to traverse deep snow and thin ice.

Arctic Trucks began business as part of Toyota Iceland in 1990 and has since built up impressive experience and a worldwide reputation for modifying 4WD vehicles for use in extreme conditions. Toyota models prepared by the company have supported expeditions to both the North and South poles, outperforming more familiar arctic vehicles such as half-tracks and Snowmobiles.

Those looking to enjoy the benefits of Hilux ownership for more everyday driving duties can take advantage of Toyota’s new 2010 revised model range. Notably Hilux’s 2.5 D-4D has been given a 20 per cent increase in power and more torque, significantly enhancing performance. The high-power 3.0 D-4D engine is now exclusively available in the Invincible Double Cab.

More than 12 million Hilux have been sold globally since its 1972 debut, and in terms of annual sales it ranks as Europe’s most popular pick-up.

Source: Arctic Trucks

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11 comments:

  (580) posted on 08.10.2011

Yeah, I have to agree on that one. But I have to say that the car seems reliable. I wonder if this car has a wider interior?

  (212) posted on 08.10.2011

hmm. I didn’t know that despite the recall history of this car manufacturer they will still feature this car in their show. I was surprised with the performance of the car here.

  (412) posted on 07.15.2011

Sorry guys, but due to the excessive recall from this automaker I have to say that I have a doubt in the performance of this vehicle!

  (467) posted on 07.15.2011

That sounds so impressive! I never thought that Toyota could make an awesome high speed performing vehicle like this. I think this really shows on how reliable is this car.

  (702) posted on 07.12.2011

I wonder if this car performs the same in the snowy environment and in concrete road or not..It seems that Top Gear recommend this vehicle to be used in winter season.

  (442) posted on 07.12.2011

Of course not all Toyota cars are low quality. I thought the only high end cars and sports utility are capable of snow. The Toyota Hilux an affordable choice.

  (434) posted on 06.27.2011

This just proved that the works of Toyota are not all craps! For a off-road vehicle this car would be a good choice. And it already comes out with the mouth of Top Gear that this car is a great snowmobile!

  (448) posted on 06.27.2011

Well, it seems that Top Gear have helped the Toyota to less the bad image of their company with regards to the numerous recall that they have done! Well, with the car alone, Hilux really prove on how reliable it is when talking about performance.

  (683) posted on 03.7.2011

Arctic Trucks? I think they meant is Tundra? Anyways, it like a suicidal attack.
I don’t know how does Clarkson, staff, other stuff fit on the Tundra. Plus their supply of food and water?

  (1023) posted on 01.27.2010

@CollinGronholmn - yup hilux knows no boundary, it can go anywhere you want to go.

  (708) posted on 01.26.2010

well hilux is one of the best pick up truck, you can take this monster anywhere you want, and surely will give you a lot of comfort.

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