Padtoets: 2018 Volvo XC40 D4 AWD

Die nuwe klein SUV koning

Volvo het nie net in 2017 die Europese Motor van die Jaar toekenning gewen nie, maar ook nou ‘n voertuig gemaak wat as “cool” beskryf kan word. Volvo se nuwe XC40 is nie net visueel treffend en een van die mees tegnologies gevorderde voertuie op die mark nie, maar ook nou meer ‘generasie’ vriendelik vir enige ouderdoms groep met verskeie kleurskemas en binneruim styleringspakkette. Waar anders dan om die jeugdigheid van die nuwe XC40 uit te beeld as by ‘n Matriek- (Graad 12) afskeid? 

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News: Hyundai ranked 6th among global automotive brands

Hyundai Motor has been ranked among the highest valued brands in the world once again, according to the latest rankings published by global brand specialist Interbrand. Hyundai’s global brand value grows 3% since 2017 to a company record high of US$ 13,5 billion (about R 200,8 billion).

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Padtoets: 2018 Volvo XC40 T5

Volvo XC40 mik bo klas gewig

Veiligheid, gemak, spasie en gebalanseerde ryvernuf. Dit is begrippe waarmee die splinternuwe Volvo XC40 goed opgesom kan word. Tydens die loods van die model in April het ons dit al bevestig en na ‘n week met die voertuig, kan ons dit nét beaam. Die XC40 is ‘n voertuig wat goed bo sy eie gewig slaan en meer bied as wat verwag word.

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Sprint Review: Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dCi 4×4 Tekna

A bronzey SUV, lots of information in short paragraphs

What you need to know: I hope you don’t know me personally because you’re bound to have heard the following rant on repeat… I miss boxy, practical SUV’s. There weren’t many to start with, mostly the Nissan X-Trail and Land-Rover Freelander or Discovery, but all of them were instantly recognisable and incredibly practical.

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Bekendstelling: Jaguar E-Pace

Jaguar se welpie, die E-Pace

Na die sukses van die F-Pace is die aankoms van sy kleiner broer nie ‘n verrassing nie. Met die E-Pace het Jaguar ‘n ontwerp van ‘n sportmotor met die funksionaliteit van ‘n sportsnutsvoertuig (SUV) gekombineer.  Volgens Jaguar is die E-Pace ontwerp om aanklank te vind by jonger mense met ‘n aktiewe leefstyl.

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Tested (again): Hyundai Tucson R2.0 Diesel Elite Automatic

The epic trip

I’m sure you’ve heard of the custom that bumping into a friend for the second (or third) time in quick succession means you should go for coffee together? Well, I firmly believe in this and when it comes to cars, the new Hyundai Tucson and I are going for coffee, muffins, cappuccino and a light brunch.

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Tested: 2017 Hyundai Creta 1.6 Executive Automatic Diesel

The awesome example

Recently I was involved in a discussion – or possibly an intervention – where I was accused of being too critical of new cars. I’ll save you my whining retorts but promised all participants that I can indeed be positive about deserving automobiles. And wouldn’t you know it, the Hyundai Creta is a perfect example.

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Tested: Ford Ranger 3.2 XLT FX4 (Limited Edition) 6-spd AT

Working around stereotypes

Hearing the word “bakkie” or “utility vehicle” immediately brings certain stereotypical thoughts to mind. Bakkies have always been seen as the business workhorse, mainly being used for carrying or towing large weights. Yet, within recent years, that stereotype may have been put to rest as more and more manufacturers are trying their hand at changing this perception.

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