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Mar 7, 2013

Check out the brand new ride at Belize Diesel

If you are looking for a new brand vehicle, there is one on the market that is likely to suit your image. The Toyota Rav-4 is now available from Belize Diesel; it has been upgraded and redesigned to make it attractive to both genders, and especially the younger generation. Duane Moody also found out that the Rav-4 is sporty, compact, but comfortable and economic on fuel.


Duane Moody, Reporting

A new ride was introduced to Belize. It’s the newly remodeled Toyota Rav-4. This morning at the Biltmore Plaza, Belize Diesel and Equipment Company Limited officially launched the luxury sports utility vehicle. The sleek, snazzy 2013 SUV has a handsome front-end design with a chrome-accented grille and projector-beam headlights. It is an SUV for all ages.


Israel Marin

Israel Marin, Managing Director, Belize Diesel & Equipment Company Limited

“The Rav-4 has been a very important product in the lineup that we have because it is a small SUV and we’ve been selling Rav-4s for over ten years here in Belize. So the target of course will be people that have had Rav-4s before. If you notice the design of this Rav-4 is a bit more youthful so we are expecting that a lot more younger people would want to drive the Rav-4s. Previously people thought that the Rav-4s were a lady vehicle, but now this design covers a wider spectrum of users.”


We had to take a closer look inside. Sales Manager at Belize Diesel, Lela Riveroll, allowed News Five to bask in the features of the vehicle.


Lela Riveroll, Sales Manager, Belize Diesel & Equipment Company Limited

“Welcome to your new Toyota Rav-4. The Rav-4 comes with Bluetooth, controls in your steering for your radio. It’s a digital touch screen radio. This is your dashboard here; you have your digital touch screen, you have your stations programming. This is a park assist. You can take off the park assist, the sensors comes off. You put on the park assist [and] you have the three sensors for the vehicle when you are parking. This will let you know, it will detect, when you are near something on the road and it is easier for you not to cause an accident. The vehicle comes with six airbags. It has the seats airbag, the side curtains airbag and the front airbag. It is a two point five automatic transmission, four cylinder gas unit. We have leather all in the steering and on the dashboard. This is a fully loaded unit; it comes with a sunroof at the top, the vehicle is much more spacious than we had before. The seats are made a bit slender so that you have enough spacing for your leg room—in the front and in the back. The vehicle also comes with the econo and sport mode. The econo mode saves on fuel and the sport mode is when you are in rough terrain area. The vehicle comes now with sound buffers that the noise is no longer inside the vehicle. The vehicle is cut in a way that when you step outside the vehicle, the back of your pants no longer gets dirty.”


The Toyota brand is the signature vehicles of Belize Diesel; the company offers from Hilux to Landcruiser, Prado and now the Rav-4. Managing Director, Israel Marin, says that the company has grown throughout its establishment.


Israel Marin

“Because we have sixteen different types of option listings that we get, we try to get in to see if we can start with a price of seventy-five and the most equipped one will be about one [hundred and] twenty [thousand]. So we are hoping that we can achieve that pricing target and we think that we can.  Durability, affordability, value, resale value is very important. If you try to sell a Toyota, it is the easiest thing to sell in the second-hand market and people become satisfied of the durability and they have a good ownership experience with the vehicle. And of course Belize Diesel gives the after sales service. We are the only company with multiple points of servicing—Belize City, Belmopan, Dangriga. We are going to open one in Orange Walk. So that’s part of what you are buying into. You are buying into not only the Toyota product, but also the Belize Diesel experience.”


The Rav-4 is available in various colors and the prices vary depending on features. Duane Moody for News Five.

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5 Responses for “Check out the brand new ride at Belize Diesel”

  1. Auto repair w/ BZ warranty says:

    They could be better than their competition, the bar is low in Belize.

    I took my vehicle to an established dealer to have a timing belt replaced.
    Routine 60k maintenace, done second time at 120k.
    I could have had it done in the US before shipping it down.
    But I wanted to spend the money in Belize and put people to work.

    200 miles later the engine blew up.
    The dealer claimed a shaft, not their problem. My 100% loss.
    They advised me to rebuild the engine, replace pistons, valves, and the cam shaft.
    And I needed to buy the parts before they would start.

    I contacted a dealer in the US about buying a cam shaft.
    They said the manufacturer did not sell them.
    Why? Because cam shafts never break.
    I also knew it was cheaper and more reliable to buy a used engine in the US than to crack an engine open. You rebuild an engine as last reort.

    Later an engine rebuilder told me, to break a cam shaft meant either they did not replace the oil in the vehicle, or somebody got the timing belt off by one notch.

    Dont get me started on electrical mechanics.
    At one shop their best electrician wanted me to show him how to use my volt ohm meter.

  2. Ricky Malthus says:

    So Mr. Marin , what youth with that kind of money can afford to buy that vehicle, or maybe you will sell that to the government because only the government with taxpayers money can be spendthrifts. To update Belizeans on real wages in the different sectors, there has been a steady decline in the pittance call real wages because of the ravages of inflation and government high taxes particularly fuel taxes. So any increased wages were negated ; it was all an illusion. So mote it be.

  3. Belizean says:

    Rather buy from the U.S. than to have to deal with something that they call a “dealer” in Belize

  4. Belizean Pride says:

    for that price tag I’d buy a piece of land which i’m trying to get one, build a nice small house 20″x 25″ and maybe still have some to put in the bank for my kid for his studies later,
    oh, this is a low Belizeans mind eh, where only in dreams we would afford for one, unless you win the lotto and can’t think better than spend it crazy. nah
    it’s beautiful but can’t afford it Mr. Marin. I might get old and never be able to get one, lol

  5. Eye in the Sky says:

    I am surprised that the government in power buys Toyota’s & other rides from the Marin family since they are the opposition.
    I guess they want to have nice rides to wreck and get a new one annually.

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