Oh dear, new year, old me. Despite my best efforts, one test car slipped through the 2018 review cracks and everyone gets an apology straight off the bat for my first story of the year. I’m sorry, Hyundai S.A. and dear readers, for only reviewing the Creta now.
The black sorcery
Top dog, alpha fe/male, king of the hill. These expressions may be outdated or even frowned upon in our modern society but their meaning remains the same – identifying a leader. Of course this can also be done in the automotive world and while my latest test car may have an increasing number of rivals, I think that the Mercedes S-Class is still top dog.
The Renault Megane is a natural competitor to the evergreen Volkswagen Golf GTi. We tell you if it’s a viable alternative.
The new elephant
Cars can be so boring. In our hectic modern lifestyles, where automobiles have simply become a mundane means of traffic-jam-infested transport, it breaks my heart to see hordes of lofty 4×4’s and bland hatchbacks. Why? They simply don’t make my soul sing like a powder blue Volvo XC40 with white wheels.
Is Volkswagen on the wrong track with the idea of a luxury sedan? No, we think everybody else may be.
We’ve just returned from the launch of a N$750,000 Hyundai. Let that sink in for a while – ¾ of a million bucks! Take all the time you need but be sure to read on…
A rejuvenated compact hatchback, lots of information in short paragraphs.
What you need to know: The Nissan Micra was never a huge sales success – well, at least not in Namibia – but it always represented a solid second choice to the evergreen Polo or once-popular Yaris. And just like those two chief rivals, this Nissan has shaken its frumpy image in favour of a much sharper design and cool tech.
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.
Toyota has just completed its fifth consecutive leg of the 5 Continents Drive (5CD) Project in Africa. The Africa leg comprised two routes: Arusha, Tanzania to Sandton, South Africa as well as Windhoek, Namibia to Durban, SA. The first drive, led by Team 1 Captain Bundo-san covered more than 4 000km and had included countries such as Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
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.