How SVI Engineering stops bullets sneaking into your car’s cabin

TimesLIVE earlier reported SVI had started developing an armouring kit for the new Toyota Land Cruiser 300. Once installed, it will provide B6 protection against assault rifles such the AK47.

Although the EN1063 B6 standard covers the specification of the materials used in providing protection against the 7.62×51 mm Nato round, it doesn’t tell you the quality of the armouring job.

SVI’s ‘battering ram’ Toyota Land Cruiser revealed

With its current project being an armoured version of the new Toyota Land Cruiser 300, local engineering firm SVI has unveiled a unique battering ram attachment for the Land Cruiser 70 Series.

Its latest specialty model based on a Toyota, the new snowplough-like ram is dubbed the anti-riot scraper and has been integrated into the central section of the front bumper.

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 SVI bullet-resistant package under development

The Toyota Land Cruiser 300 will soon be getting a bullet-resistant modification at the hands of SVI Engineering. The new package will provide the large Japanese SUV with B6 protection against assault rifles such as the AK47.

The Bashewa-based company took delivery of one of the first Toyota Land Cruiser 300 units in South Africa.

SVI develops bullet-resistant Ford Ranger Raptor

The Ford Ranger Raptor is the latest recipient of an armouring package from SVI Engineering.

It is the first Raptor armoured under the Ford-approved armouring scheme that allows clients to order the protection package straight from the Ford dealerships. The B4 package offers bullet-resistant protection against handguns up to a .44 Magnum

SVI Engineering reveals ‘anti-riot’ armoured Toyota Hilux bakkie

Gauteng-based armoured vehicle specialist SVI has announced a new Toyota Hilux conversion, which is designed to serve as a more nimble and cost-effective alternative to larger, older-generation armoured personnel carriers.

The vehicle’s possible applications include controlling riot action, as well as extracting people from dangerous situations and transporting guards.

Now you can bulletproof your bakkie or SUV in Cape Town as SVI

SVI Engineering, a specialist manufacturer of armoured products, has opened its second national office in Cape Town.

Interested customers can visit the premises situated at Killarney Junction in Table View, which is open by appointment. Customers can choose from discreet or the cost-effective non-discreet options in B4 or B6 armoured specification. 

Eight-seat Toyota Land Cruiser 79 eats land mines for breakfast

SVI Engineering, a South African armoured vehicle specialist, has released a follow-up to the MAX 3 we saw last year. While the previous version was practically a truck, SVI’s latest release is a multi-purpose vehicle that can carry up to eight passengers aboard.

Meet, the SVI MAX 3 Troopy – bulletproof and ready to face the end of the Earth. Just like the truck version, the Troopy is also based on the 70 Series.

SVI Engineering launches new armoured guardhouse

SVI Engineering, specialist manufacturer of armoured products, has recognised the need for an armoured guardhouse solution. It is unrealistic to expect a guard in a fiberglass hut to offer any resistance during an attack. In many cases, multi-million-rand assets are left vulnerable as the guard has no time to react when facing a ballistic threat.

The armour not only buys the guard time to call for back-up but also provides the confidence to turn defence into offence.

SVI engineering announces bullet- proofing for VW Amarok

Armour specialists expand their protection services to model with V6 TDI motor.

n a recent report SVI engineering announced a collaboration with Ford SA to offer OEM backed bullet-proofing of its Ranger models. Now the Pretoria-based company says it offers its two levels of armour – B4 which allows the vehicle to withstand the fire power of handguns and B6, which offers protection against assault rifles, including the notorious AK-47 – for the Volkswagen Amarok V6 bakkie.

Ford now offering armoured Ranger bakkies through SVI partnership

You never thought you needed a bullet-proof car until you get the opportunity to drive one.

It’s quite cool actually, driving around like a boss imagining you’re some kind of VIP or wild gangster knowing that your competition can whip out as many guns as they want but the chances of sleeping at home are almost guaranteed.

Armoured Ranger bakkie? You can now order from Ford SA's dealerships...

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa says customers can now order OEM-approved armoured Ranger bakkies from its dealerships nationwide.

The Blue Oval brand has partnered with SVI Engineering, a Pretoria-based vehicle-armouring firm, to bring the option to local customers.

SVI offers two levels of “Ford-approved” armoured protection for the popular bakkie, available across the whole Ranger line-up (so, all three body configurations and all powertrains).

Ford and SVI team up to build armoured vehicles

Ford partners with SVI to offer factory-approved armoured vehicles for civilian and corporate use.

Ford Motor Company South Africa has partnered with SVI Engineering to offer a range of personal protection solutions in their Ford Ranger range. Whether you’re a high-profile executive, an attorney, or member of the state, you’ll be able to find a solution that suits your individual needs.

Armoured Ford Ranger (2021) First Drive

Vehicle-armouring specialists SVI Engineering and Ford South Africa have signed an agreement to build factory-approved bulletproof Ranger bakkies. We headed out to the SVI facility in Gauteng to put the vehicles through their paces and see what the armouring process entails.


This Is What It Takes To Convert A Production Vehicle Into An Armoured Car

The AK47 assault rifle rests heavy in my hands … this is definitely not a normal day in the life of a CAR journalist. The weapon – and, yes, it is legal – belongs to Jaco de Kock, managing director of SVI Engineering ( and we’re standing in his facility’s self-contained shooting range outside Pretoria.

SVI Op Wiele2Wiele

Die egpaar Carl en Jeanette Kritzinger bespreek weekliks in Wiele2Wiele die jongste motornuus, van bekendstellings en padtoetse to algemene nuus en handige wenke. Die week ry hulle onder andere met een van SVI se panservoertuie! Luister vanaf 07:45 om meer oor koeëlvaste motors te leer.

Só Ry ‘n Koeëlvaste Cruiser

In ‘n land waar misdaad op vele plekke hoogty vier, is ‘n Cruiser wat teen vuurwapens bestand is, nie ‘n slegte idee nie. Landbouweekblad het SVI besoek, ‘n onderneming naby Pretoria wat gewone rygoed ombou om koeëlvas te wees.

Pantser-bielies Vir Al

Dis lank nie meer net die pous en die president van Ameriak wat in versterkte voertuie die wêreld deurkruis nie. Al hoe meer Suid-Afrikaners wend hulle tot ‘n spesialis in Pretoria, waar ‘n gesinsmotor in ‘n pantserwa omgeskep kan word.

Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object

The notion of driving around in bulletproof vehicles might seem like the stuff of popes, political dignitaries, and the movies. But think again – a proudly home-grown company is creating world-class armoured-vehicle solutions for anyone who is interested.

Building a Military Vehicle

Forget your modified 4×4 bakkie with its tweaked suspension, body kit, aftermarket wheels and bull bar with an integrated winch. Compared to the SVI Max 9 armoured personnel carrier (APC) standing in front of me, the pick-up resembles a Dinky toy. Just getting into the Max 9 takes two steps up the side holding onto the open door that is locked into places.


RSG het by SVI kom kuier en met Nico Louw, Besigheidsontwikkelings Bestuurder, oor ons verskeidenheid van gepantserde voertuie gesels.

Hoor hoe klink dit binne-in n SVI Max 3 koeëlvaste voertuig

Luister: Hierdie week het die Wiele2Wiele-span ‘n giggelgeel-laggie van lekkerte wanneer hulle gaan ry met die Porsche 718 Cayman GT4. Hulle vertel jou ook oor Renault se Sandero-reeks wat opgeknap is met ‘n Stepway Techroad-model, hoor hoe klink dit binne-in ‘n SVI Max 3 koeëlvaste voertuig en gee raad vir 2-wiele

SVI enhances MAX 3 armoured vehicle

The notion of driving around in bulletproof vehicles might seem like the stuff of popes, political dignitaries, and the movies. But think again – a proudly home-grown company is creating world-class armoured-vehicle solutions for anyone who is interested.

Radio 702 Car Feature - Bulletproof Vehicles

With Guest: Nicol Louw – Business Development Manager at SVI Armoured Vehicles

SVI sees armoured vehicle sales grow as crime increases

Crime is on the increase and Covid-19 has not helped, particularly as the pandemic has pushed up unemployment figures.

The country’s rising crime is reflected in a surge in the sale of Special Vehicle Innovation Engineering’s (SVI’s) armoured vehicles, as well as the sheer amount of enquiries about its products, says business development manager Nicol Louw.

“With our vehicles, you won’t be afraid to go out at night.”

Ever thought of selling armour as an optional extra?

Months of waiting and millions in added costs have made selling an OEM armoured vehicle almost impossible, but local firm SVI says it has the solution.