Motoring

Wed
15
Apr

Brilliant optical illusion VW design

Volkswagen SV | Images courtesy Volkswagen

South African car buyers are a strange lot. Unlike their European cousins, they dislike station wagons but demand extra space when packing.

The design teams in Wolfsburg and elsewhere where great designs are born have, I believe, come up with the answer to the average South African buyer's insistence on lots of room without -horror of horrors - being seen in a station wagon.

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Tue
03
Mar

Ferrari California Turbo now in SA

Ferrari California Turbo | SA Men

Lovers of all things red and Italian will be delighted with the arrival of the latest Ferrari California Turbo - a 312 kW V8 that sees off the 0-100 km/h sprint in a mere 3.6 seconds.

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Mon
26
Jan

Most affordable quality SUV in SA?

Mitsubishi ASX

The recently launched 2015 Mitsubishi ASX compact crossover may have started off in modest fashion when it comes to sales, but subsequent results (137 units sold in December 2014) show that more and more buyers have begun to realise that it’s a real quality bargain waiting to be snapped up.

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Fri
05
Dec

Ford Everest – a mountain that has been conquered

Ford Everest - Photo courtesy Ford

Taking a bold step to redefine the SUV market in Asia Pacific and beyond, Ford recently unveiled the new Ford Everest in China, a technologically advanced, stunningly capable and refined seven-seat SUV that could be yet another winner in the Ford stable. In Asia Pacific, the Ford Everest will be available in nine markets: China, Australia, New Zealand, India, and markets across the ASEAN region. Ford will also introduce the rugged SUV to Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa in 2015.

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Tue
25
Nov

Preparing your 4x4 trailer/caravan for the Holidays

Trailer and Caravan checks

Due to the fact that trailors and caravans are only used on occasion, it is vital that you have them checked and prepared thoroughly. Having a problem with your caravan or trailer en route has the ability to spoil your well deserved break. All too often I have come across people on trips that have terrible stories to tell because something went wrong with their caravan or trailer.

Here are a few basic points to consider BEFORE you hitch it to your vehicle and head out into the great yonder.

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Tue
25
Nov

Is your vehicle ready for the Holidays?

Is your vehicle ready for the Holidays?
So it’s that time of the year where we plan our yearly getaway with the family.  You have made the bookings, paid the deposits and can’t wait to leave, but like the TV ad used to say… “That’s not all”!!
 
If you are going on a 4x4 or camping trip this holiday season we have some advise to ensure that you and your family have a hassle free and SAFE holiday break.
 
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Wed
05
Nov

Boys (?) and their toys

Boys and their toys

Until very recently I have always associated bigger, more expensive and ‘dangerous’ toys with the Male Mid-life crisis. Then I found myself behind the wheel of a beautiful, powerful, sheer-driving-pleasure vehicle and I seriously had to reconsider my previous opinion… There just simply is something fascinating behind the purr of a smooth-running, all-powerful engine. I can be walking down a very busy street and that sound will have me stop and look around to find its origin. Mostly, the source is a thing of beauty.

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Thu
02
Oct

Porsche hybrid launches in Paris

SA Men porche hybrid launches

The world premiere of the new Porsche Cayenne S E-hybrid at the Paris Motor Show will surely set the standard as the world's first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. Porsche is now the only manufacturer to offer three plug-in models. In addition to the Cayenne S E-hybrid, the company will also present model updates of the Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Diesel, as well as the Cayenne S Diesel in Paris.

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Tue
23
Sep

Mazda stakes strong claim

Mazda Ford split

Mazda stakes strong claim Report by Bernard K Hellberg; pictures by Mazda If history is any barometer of a company's fortunes, then the recently announced separation of Ford and Mazda bodes well for the Hiroshima-based maker of top quality Japanese cars. Under the leadership of the dynamic Manchester-born Australian David Hughes, the independent Mazda operation has kicked off with several new engine additions to its existing range with the CX-5 getting two new engines to bolster the popularity of the current 2-litre (114 kW) model.

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Tue
16
Sep

MG3 leads Chinese Challenge

Samen banner mg

Half a century ago car enthusiasts would pull up their noses at anything Japanese. Fifty years later, Chinese vehicles are subject to our prejudices. Remember and take note of  September 2014 as the date when a truly competitive Chinese-made car reached our shores.

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