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Toyota Stories: West Midlands’ Hilux fire response vehicles

The fire service, which provides a fire and rescue response to more than 2.7 million people across an area of 350 square miles, has a compelling need for reliable, robust and excellent off-road vehicles like the Hilux Invincible. Being smaller Read more

Flexible and versatile vehicle conversions

Pickup Systems recognise that more flexible and versatile set of vehicles, equipment and crewing levels will enable the Fire and Rescue service to more closely match the demands and risk posed by an incident to the level of resource they use to respond. Take a look at the below video to see a small selection of our vehicle conversions.




Pickup Systems styling techniques for sleeker, cost effective vehicle conversions

Why Polypropylene?

Today’s plastics (Polypropylene) have revolutionised the design of auto body interior and exteriors from water tanks to full vehicle body’s, the lightweight plastic gives our conversions better petrol consumption, and allows our designers and engineers the freedom to create innovative concepts that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Traditionally aluminium was synonymous with exterior design and manufacturing. However the materials previously used prior to polypropylene are susceptible to dents, stone chips and corrosion. They are also heavier and more expensive than plastic. Choosing plastics for auto body parts allows manufacturers to adopt modular assembly practices, lower production costs, improve energy management, achieve better dent resistance.

New processes enable manufacturers to reuse scrap plastic and recycle used plastic cost-effectively. Also, plastic components weigh approximately 50 per cent less than their steel counterparts. This enables our vehicle conversions  to be substantially lighter while retaining strength and contributes to an overall lighter vehicle and, therefore, fewer emissions and improved gas mileage.

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A body fabricated in polypropylene offers the following advantages over traditional body building methods: Read more

“On The Up” The Lighter More Efficient Mountain Rescue Vehicle

Our latest conversion was for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, Toyota Hilux Double Cab complete with slide out laptop table and power points / 240V power supply and stowage compartments for all of the emergency and rescue equipment.

Our conversions are built to last the full vehicle lifecycle. We use the highest quality materials and components assembled with dedication and care to create a vehicle that delivers day in, day out over the long term ensuring mountain rescue vehicles can respond to a wide variety of different incidents, over rugged terrain, often a good distance from the nearest road especially in extreme weather conditions, or when roads are flooded or covered in snow and ice. Read more


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