Motoring

Thu
29
Jun

Launched - New Volkswagen GTI

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Having been around since seemingly forever with more than 350,000 sold in South Africa since launch four decades ago, the latest Golf range continues to lead the pack in terms of exciting as well as affordable motoring.

Like a German aunt’s favourite **Apfelstrudel** recipe, the Golf, likewise, has the ability to disappear just as quickly once experienced.

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Mon
19
Jun

Toyota Yaris Plus now a head-turner

Image (Olympus E-M1) by Bernard K Hellberg

I have a confession. To me, the Yaris range, in terms of exterior styling, has been as exciting as watching a tree grow. It wasn’t even nominally cute and it carried that aura of having been designed by a committee. No longer ugly, the Yaris Pulse now features a muscular and powerful nose section with a “don’t mess with me” attitude.

After breaking cover at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the new Toyota Yaris is now on sale in South Africa in a revised range that offers customers much greater choice and improved equipment specifications across the board.

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Tue
06
Jun

50 years ago: Mazda launches rotary-powered Cosmo

Mazda cosmo sport

It was a pivotal moment in automobile history when, 50 years ago, Mazda launched its rotary-powered Mazda Cosmo Sport. The sleek, stylish two-seater marked the beginning of a legacy of innovation that endures to this day – a legacy of fun-to-drive cars and motor sport success powered by unique technology.

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Wed
17
May

Fiat Tipo Launched

Fiat tipo launched

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has launched the all new Fiat Tipo hatchback and its sedan sibling to the South African market following the vehicle’s highly successful European debut. The Tipo is Fiat SA's attempt to improve on the unimpressive 40 units of the 500 L sold in April.

According to the importers, the "Tipo family's success is based on a value proposition combined with best-in-class passenger and luggage space."

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Tue
02
May

Muscular enhancement for VW Amarok

Vw amarok

After seven years of fairly modest sales, largely because of the perception that a 2-litre engine was unable to cope with the demands of South African conditions, Volkswagen Group SA has relented and recently stunned the double cab bakkie market with the national launch of a brilliant 3-litre V6 version.

The new Amarok, described by 4x4 expert André de Villiers as the best vehicle of its kind and superior to every other brand, certainly ticks all the right boxes in terms of rugged off-road capability, while offering SUV-like levels of comfort on highways.

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Wed
19
Apr

Toyota C-HR Launched

Toyota c hr

As the fastest growing sub-segment on the South African passenger vehicle landscape, it was time for motoring giant Toyota to join the race. But, in a radical, (for Toyota) design, they moved away from dull and boring with a controversial offering dubbed C-HR - a name which denotes coupé high-rider. This is the vehicle, Toyota believes, that will lure buyers away from Nissan's Juke and also Hyundai's recently launched Creta, not to mention Renault's Kadjar.

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Thu
13
Apr

Toyota Etios gets facelift

Toyota etios hatchback

Widely recognised as a value for money proposition and with fairly decent looks to boot, Toyota’s Etios recently underwent a cosmetic “adjustment” to increase its appeal even further. With sales of only 859 units in March this year, it’s obvious that this model should do much better, and that 1,500 units per month should be the benchmark.

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Mon
10
Apr

Goodyear Wrangler 4x4 Tyres

Goodyear tyre

The Port Elizabeth-based  South African division of Goodyear Tyres has launched a versatile all-terrain tyre incorporating Kevlar overlays to reinforce the tread and resist punctures and cuts.

At the same time, the company claims (following Dekra tests conducted in France) that the new all-terrain Adventure provides 37 % better mileage performance than the average of leading competitors.

The new tyre also includes patented Durawall technology which protects the sidewall area against cuts and punctures.

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Thu
06
Apr

Opel Astra takes 2017 Coty

Opel astra

Taking the ultimate accolade as South Africa's Wesbank Car of the Year 2017, the Opel Astra 1.4T Enjoy was the first mid-price range car to take the title since the Hyundai Elantra achieved this distinction in 2012.

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Fri
17
Mar

Mitsubishi Triton Launched

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Having always been a strong contender in the light commercial sector in years gone by, the Mitsubishi Triton, despite its well-deserved reputation for virtually unbreakable ruggedness, fell out of favour some years ago, all because of some really quirky styling.

Gone was the angular look demanded by predominantly farmer-buyers. In its stead, Mitsubishi offered a rear end cabin with a distinctive J configuration which looked awkward, to say the least. To make matters worse, even the load bay had a slope to it.

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