Padtoets: Mahindra PikUp D/C S11 Karoo

Oor die afgelope paar jaar het Mahindra as ‘n redelike onlangse vervaardiger dit goed reg gekry om ons, die joernaliste by NamWheels, te beïndruk. Natuurlik is elke vervaardiger nie volmaak nie en sal nuwe vervaardigers wat die mark betree meer swart skape hê as ander. Met Mahindra het hierdie hoeveelheid aansienlik verander.

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Padtoets: 2020 VW Amarok Dark Label

Gedurende Desember van 2019 het ons die geleentheid gehad om die Volkswagen Amarok Canyon vir ‘n maand deur die passe te plaas. Gerieflik genoeg is die Canyon gebruik om te help met ‘n verhuisings-proses asook ‘n kort vakansie deur die grondpaaie van die Suid-Kaap. Die Canyon het ‘n geweldige leemte gelaat nadat dit weggeneem is in vroeg Januarie. Nou, ses maande later, is die Amarok Dark Label aan ons gegee vir ‘n week.

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Sprint Review: Isuzu D-Max 3.0TD Double Cab 4×4 LX

The Isuzu KB bakkie range is dead, long live the new D-Max series! (it’s basically the same…)

What you need to know: Although yours truly isn’t the biggest bakkie fan, someone thought it funny to bring us a whole string of Isuzu pick-ups to test. Starting with KB250 double cabs over “X Rider” 4×2 and 4×4 models, this D-Max denotes the new-and-improved product onslaught from the Japanese commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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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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Ford Ranger FX4

Second time around…

About a year ago, when the Western Cape was still cold and had relative water sources left, we took the Ranger FX4 3.2 Automatic on a camping excursion in the freezing Cederberg mountains. Proving an excellent mixture between a bakkie (workhorse) and a luxurious SUV, the FX4 took us through some of the toughest terrains.



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Long-term test: 2017 Isuzu KB 250 D-Teq double cab X-Rider

The complete poser

Golden geese, gift horses and hands that feed – surely you are familiar with these sayings? That’s as diplomatic as I can be about our latest long-term test vehicle, a bright red Isuzu KB X-Rider double cab bakkie which most of us at NamWheels drove over the festive season 2017 / 2018.

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