Toyota is an automotive company which really and truly puzzles me. I’m sure there are good reasons for it but why does one of the biggest players have to co-develop or badge engineer models?
The gift horse
I’m sure you’ve heard of the adage that one shouldn’t criticise a gift. Well, I shall try to be as diplomatic as possible while still giving you an objective opinion of this double-cab bakkie which Mahindra graciously lent us over the Festive Season.
Somewhere between all those hideously expensive luxury SUV’s and the oh-so trendy compact crossovers lives a whole horde of bakkie-based rustic 4×4’s with seven seats. We tested the face-lifted Isuzu offering.
“There’s no replacement for displacement…” is an often-used phrase whose author I couldn’t determine. Usually it goes together with enormous V8 motors but it also applies to this cut-price Ford Figo model…
Believe it or not, at some point this was the most popular vehicle on our parent company Galimoto Media’s Youtube channel. Not by sheer hits but simply in the number of requests…
Mitsubishi’s compact soft-roader was recently refreshed; we give you a quick spin in this little city slicker.
‘n Naweek reis met die nuwe Mazda 2
Die kleiner luikrug mark in Suider-Afrika is tans baie kompiterend, met vele keuses vanaf elke vervaardiger. Mazda het pas hul nuwe 2-reeks luikrug uitgebring met sewe model keuses. Ons het besluit om die nuwe model oor ‘n 800km roete te neem om te sien of dit kan kers vashou by die kompetisie.
Good breeding, clever design and cool colours – surely this is a winning recipe?
The serious contender
As one of the largest vehicle manufacturers in the world, Chevrolet took a bit of strain after the recent recession yet the American giant was blessed with perfect timing as that coincided with the launch of their new world beater – a passenger car for markets around the globe – the Chevrolet Cruze.
The brilliant plus
Although we are blessed with a multitude of cars – some may even argue abundance – there are some models which we don’t get. Next to any left-hand-drive-only examples, quite a few sub-species don’t always make it to our shores. One such car was the Volkswagen Golf Plus.