Toyota has just completed its fifth consecutive leg of the 5 Continents Drive (5CD) Project in Africa. The Africa leg comprised two routes: Arusha, Tanzania to Sandton, South Africa as well as Windhoek, Namibia to Durban, SA. The first drive, led by Team 1 Captain Bundo-san covered more than 4 000km and had included countries such as Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Junie 2018 was ‘n uitstekende maand vir Toyota, met dié vervaardiger wat kop-en-skouers uitstaan bo enige ander vervaardiger in terme van verkope. Hierdie is wel te danke aan die Fortuner en Hilux se goeie verkoopsyfers, maar ook die van die veel luukser Prado reeks.
We took Toyota’s dinosaur 4×4 for a quick spin to see what the new, longer model is like.
A newly updated compact hatchback, lots of information in short paragraphs.
What you need to know: Much like the Volkswagen Polo, Toyota’s Yaris used to be a simple city car which was smaller than a Golf or Corolla / Conquest / RunX / Auris / whatever it’s called nowadays. And just like the Polo, this Yaris is now much bigger, fancier and expensive than its original and first incarnation.
Fortuner 2.4 expands line-up
Selling more than 1000 units every month, the Toyota Fortuner stands as the leader in the SUV market. During our test of the 2.8 GD6 (2017) and our latest test in 2018, it was not uncommon to find at least three Fortuners behind one another in a traffic queue. Late in 2017, the Fortuner line-up was expanded with a smaller 2.4 engine. It was time to test this newcomer.
Die Stedelike Ontdekkingsreisiger
In Suidelike Afrika is daar twee groot probleme. Stede soos Windhoek, Johannesburg en Kaapstad raak digter bevolk. Nie meer is dit ‘n vinnige uitstappie om in die kar te spring en na die naaste winkelsentrum te ry nie. Tyd, verkeer en padwerke moet in ag geneem word. Die tweede probleem is natuurlik die styging in petrol pryse. Dit is nie meer ekonomies vatbaar om met ‘n groot voertuig in die stad rond te vertoef nie en baie vervaardigers is besig om juis hierdie kwessie aan te spreek.
MORE THAN 2.3-MILLION KILOMETRES AND STILL GOING STRONG!
Hino South Africa
“Two Bar” is the fitting nickname for Namlog’s Hino 500-Series 1324 freight carrier that has covered more than 2.3-million kilometres since it was purchased new in 2009. It certainly carries its age well and does not look like a truck that has covered a distance equal to going around the earth almost 60 times!
One new car, lots of information in short paragraphs
What you may want to know: From the moment our test car arrived it was crystal clear that, thanks to its name, this car was always going to get a Sprint Review. Toyota’s cheapy Etios range is available in hatchback or sedan shape with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and three spec levels – Xi, Cross (hatchback only) or this “Sprint” version.
Bekostigbare vervoer en ‘n naam wat mens kan vertrou.
Die Etios was nog altyd ‘n baie belangrike model in die stal van Toyota Suid Afrika en dié model is redelik gewild in ‘n baie kompiterende segment. Dit bied bekostigbare vervoer in ‘n tyd wat motors baie duur geword het. Toyota se Etios word in Indië vervaardig vir die Indiese mark, asook vir Suidelike Afrika, Brasilië en Indonesië.
Butch presence and new gadgets – we test the updated Chevrolet Trailblazer.
Right, so you live in Suburbia, have a couple of kids and lead an active lifestyle. Where before a “Kombi”, some station wagon or 4×4 double-cab may have done the trick, your next automotive purchase must tick all those boxes. Stand around any respectable Namibian braai and most attendees would strongly advise Toyota’s recurrent Fortuner, but we at NamWheels would like to suggest the new Chevrolet Trailblazer…