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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Urmenyhazi

The car behind the tours

Updated: Sep 2

Old "Klugie" the Toyota Highlander has just had a make-over. Guests can now travel in "presidential" style.

"In the Land Down Under, we've got a curious quirk – Toyota Highlanders go by a different name: Toyota Klugers. Funny enough, 'Kluger' means 'clever man' in German, perhaps a nod to the Aussies' knack for naming things uniquely when 'Highlander' was already taken.

So, a few years back, I picked up an old Klugie. She had a whopping 300,000 kilometers under her belt, but believe me, she still purred like a contented kitten. But, as fate would have it, one rainy day on the expressway, Klugie decided it was time to call it quits. A new engine was in order.

Fast forward a few months, and Klugie's rocking a fresh engine with a mere 70,000 kilometers on it. She's practically a teenager now!

But that's not all. I decided it was time for a total makeover. We're talking brand new luggage racks and a sweet sound system that lets my guests jam to their favorite tunes. Sweet Home Alabama seems to be a hit with my American pals.

And let's not forget the pièce de résistance – a brand-new logo that gives Klugie a presidential flair. At first glance, it resembles the US Presidential Seal, but take a closer look, and you'll spot a cockatoo clutching two iconic Aussie native flowers. On the left, we've got the golden wattle, Australia's national flower, and on the right, the waratah, which proudly represents New South Wales.

Now, Klugie turns heads wherever we go, and I even get a few friendly honks when cruising through town. When it's time to fetch my guests, I pop on the Australian and Aboriginal flags on the bonnet to complete the look.

Our passengers love posing next to the car, especially in the hotel lobby – it's become a bit of a sensation! And don't worry, if you prefer a low-key ride, those flags and the logo are a breeze to remove.

I'm thrilled at the prospect of taking you on tour with the all-new Klugie. Let's make some unforgettable memories together!



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