The motorsport conundrum

Text: Franco Theron and Junaid Samodien

Since the dawn of the 19th century, motorsport has always existed due to two key factors. Through the decades, these factors have either worked together very closely and successfully or either against one another, proving unsustainable for the sport. These two factors speak to the needs of the spectators as well as the big manufacturers (brands). The following article will analyse the movement of the motorsport world into different directions, perhaps towards an imbalance between the two factors.

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Sprint Review: Toyota Prius

A new car, lots of information in short paragraphs.

What you need to know: The Toyota Prius was the first petrol-electric hybrid vehicle to go into mass production around 1997 and its maker sold about nine million hybrids since (including Lexus). 2,900 of those were in bakkie-mad, long-distance southern Africa. Exact Namibian sales numbers unknown… 

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Tested: Mercedes-Benz ML400 4Matic

The gentle giant

It just happened again. Motoring journalists are not infallible and for the third time in my career I made a slightly huge mistake. The first one involved a hidden Honda CD player, my second blunder was mistaking a Jeep’s engine and this newest one follows that tradition with the Mercedes-Benz ML400 4Matic.

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Launched: Mercedes-Benz S-Class [2013]

The phenomenal change

The best car in the world. Although Mercedes-Benz South Africa preferred to use the phrase “This changes everything” for their flagship model, the S-Class has long been the leader for pioneering technology. Most of what you discover here will trickle down to other cars in a few years.

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Tested: 2012 Toyota Yaris HSD

The dwindling consumption

Motorised vehicles have taken a lot of flak in recent times due to exploding numbers, dwindling resources and nasty emissions. Toyota was pioneering with their hybrid cars, although these also gathered quite a bit of criticism. Believe it or not, today I won’t add any more to that.

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