Bekendstelling: Hyundai Elantra

Nuwe Hyundai Elantra; nou ook met ‘n sportiewe variant 

Die nuwe Hyundai Elantra is nou al ‘n rukkie met ons. Maar daar is weer nuwe lewe geblaas in ‘n model wat met sy bekendstelling ‘n paar jaar gelede die koppe behoorlik laat draai het. Al was dit net vir die sprankelende voorkoms en lyne! Van die kant gesien was dit moeilik om hom van die Beierse vervaardigers te onderskei – behalwe vir die baie billiker prys. En natuurlik het hierdie model in 2012 die prys as Suid-Afrikaanse Motor van die Jaar vir hierdie stilering, en hantering, verwerf.

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Sprint Review: Kia Sportage 1.6T GT-Line DCT

One new car, lots of information in short paragraphs.

What you need to know: Kia’s new Sportage is closely related to its Korean cousin, the Hyundai Tucson. Besides sharing a lot of technology, the relation is evident in both vehicle’s stylish looks. Where a Tucson shows flowing lines, the Sportage was penned with more determined strokes of the pen.

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The emperor’s cogs   

Dual-clutch gearboxes are rubbish

There, I said it. Somebody had to, eventually, although I’ve been preaching this for what seems like a decade. DSG, DCT, S-tronic, MCT, it doesn’t matter what you call an automatic shifter with more than one clutch – they’re fairly terrible most of the time. 

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Tested: Hyundai Tucson 1.6 TGDi DCT Elite

The boring butterfly

Remember that quiet, geeky kid in school? They were most notable for not being noticeable, had good manners but never caused a stir. Until you bumped into them at your matric reunion and they’d morphed into a stylish, vibrant entrepreneur. Well, cars can do the same and Hyundai’s Tucson is a prime example.

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Tested: Mercedes-Benz B220 CDI

The bolder lines

In honour of recent name changes in the Mercedes-Benz model codes, and to better describe the virtues of our latest test car, this text is brought to you by the letter B. Insert Sesame Street jingle here. The model tested was a snow white B220 CDI with black leather interior and optional AMG goodies.

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Tested: Mercedes-Benz A220 CDI

The thrilling drive

Very few vehicles generate so much excitement BEFORE they’re launched. Mercedes-Benz’s new A-Class seems to have been leaked out to all and sundry before many of us even received our invitation to the launch, but that doesn’t make it any less innovative and fresh once you get to see and drive it for yourself.

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