Sometime in the recent past, Toyota notified the public of its move towards locally-produced hybrid models. Manufactured at their Kwazulu-Natal plant, the new Corolla, Corolla Cross and Rav4 models are set to turn the market on its head.
Does a Toyota Corolla even need to be reviewed? We think this new one does…
If you didn’t know it yet, I’m a complete sucker for weird car colour combos. You can shove your whites and blacks, I like pearlescent yellow and maroon metallic. So this grey Toyota RAV4 press car with its half-orange interior started off on a good foot… but how did it do after that?
Many years ago, the numbers on the back of cars actually denoted what was under the hood. A 280SE had 2.8 litres, your 528i also packed a two-point-eight and the Cressida actually spelt it out for you: 2.8i. Now though? Lexus has followed the (German) trend with this NX300…
Toyota se verbeterde RAV4 sit ‘n trotse tradisie voort
Die bekendstelling van Toyota se oorspronklike RAV4 so twee dekades gelede het in die jare daarná selfs dié vervaardiger se stoutste verwagtinge oortref. En sonder twyfel gaan die nuutste en vierde generasie RAV met sy vyf verskillende modelle ‘n nuwe hoofstuk byvoeg tot hierdie suksesverhaal en sal sy mededingers in die gewilde SUV-marksegment hulle sokkies moet optrek.
The wake-up call
Competition is healthy. There’s nothing like feeling the warm breath of rival products on the back of your neck to drive excellence and innovation of products. Although our market is pretty much sorted for luxury compact SUV’s, Lexus just decided to give all other makers a wake-up call with their new NX range.
The smooth point
Despite recent tough times and consumers tightening their belts, the car industry has never been as diverse and active as it is now. New models and niche busters lurk around every corner so consumers with a decent motoring budget are properly spoilt for choice these days.
The full treatment
The Toyota RAV4 may happily lay claim to the fact that it was one of the world’s first compact SUV’s. Small and nimble enough to work in town with sufficient off-roady bits for the occasional adventure, four generations of RAV (Recreational Active Vehicle) can look back on many happy customers.
The pluckier toy
Most automobiles, even small and cheap ones, improve with every generation and cater for society’s increasing demands of comfort and safety features. I typed “most” because you do get a few which never got that memo – one of them is the Suzuki Jimny.
The flash accessory
Vying for your attention this week is the Mitsubishi ASX, a crossover SUV that arrived fashionably late in the world of “Honey, let’s buy a 4×4 that isn’t a 4×4.” You or I could criticise and mock all we like but this niche of the market is alive and well.