Sprint Review: Mercedes-Benz X250d bakkie

A hyped-up new bakkie, lots of details in short paragraphs.

What you need to know: Mercedes is apparently back-paddling and emergency-meeting the living daylights out of themselves because of the X-Class. No matter what they do, no matter what anyone says or writes, all people remember is that it’s based on a Nissan. Navara with mascara. And nothing, nothing else matters.

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Launch report: 2018 Suzuki Jimny

New Jimny surpasses expectation

Twenty years since the third generation of the much-loved Suzuki Jimny was launched globally, the small 4×4 made quite a stir in the market. While the Jimny has only been on South-African roads since 2008, it became well known as the small 4×4 with an abundance of character and the ability to show larger 4×4 drivers a thing or two in rough terrain.

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Tested: 2018 Peugeot 3008 1.6T GT-Line

The little jeans

For many years I’ve been warning people about buying Peugeots because of their mediocre quality, inferior dealer count and frightening aftersales stories; like that poor chap who had to wait eight weeks for a new 207 GTi clutch from Paris. Now though, I’m about to change my tune because of this second-generation 3008. 

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Tested: 2018 Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Tekna   

The shiny details

Love or hate its name, that compact Nissan SUV with the strange badge is here to stay. And where I lamented the recent loss of identity by its bigger X-Trail sibling, this second-generation Qashqai is quite a handsome machine. Its first incarnation looked a bit… librarian. 

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Padtoets: 2018 Volvo XC40 D4 AWD

Die nuwe klein SUV koning

Volvo het nie net in 2017 die Europese Motor van die Jaar toekenning gewen nie, maar ook nou ‘n voertuig gemaak wat as “cool” beskryf kan word. Volvo se nuwe XC40 is nie net visueel treffend en een van die mees tegnologies gevorderde voertuie op die mark nie, maar ook nou meer ‘generasie’ vriendelik vir enige ouderdoms groep met verskeie kleurskemas en binneruim styleringspakkette. Waar anders dan om die jeugdigheid van die nuwe XC40 uit te beeld as by ‘n Matriek- (Graad 12) afskeid? 

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News: Hyundai ranked 6th among global automotive brands

Hyundai Motor has been ranked among the highest valued brands in the world once again, according to the latest rankings published by global brand specialist Interbrand. Hyundai’s global brand value grows 3% since 2017 to a company record high of US$ 13,5 billion (about R 200,8 billion).

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Padtoets: 2018 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0 TDI 4 Motion R-Line

Volkswagen se kunswerk

Na sy bekendstelling in 2018 het die splinternuwe Volkswagen Arteon die voertuigmark met ambisie aangegryp. Nie net lyk dit heeltemal anders as ander Volkswagens in die huidige lyn nie, maar is dit ook veel meer eksklusief, met etlike herinneringe aan die Passat, CC en selfs die Volkswagen Phaeton.

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