Top 5: Light Systems

This time we focus on one of thee most important features a new car can offer – its headlights. Available with multiple assistants and very cool names, these systems are adapted to each vehicle and offer the driver maximum light in most situations. LED (light emitting diodes) are the current forerunners but we are still fond of a good Xenon setup. And what does the future hold? The next step in automotive lighting is lasers. Beam us up!

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Launch Report: 2015 Volvo XC90

The great future

Volvo is known for building safe, reliable family cars and their big seven-seater XC90 SUV has always typified this. While the outgoing model was still a great car, a wave of fresh design and new technology is sweeping through the Swedish manufacturer with this brand-new XC90 at the pointy end.

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Bekendstelling: Volkswagen se nuwe Touaregs

Vir Ernstige Pret tussen Noorweë en Kaap Agulhas

Volkswagen van Suid-Afrika het so-pas sy nuwe reeks Touaregs aan die pers bekend gestel. Hiermee het hulle weereens bevestig dat hierdie vuurwa die beste van die bestes in rowwe terrein en modder, snelweë en sand in die skande kan steek. Die naam Touareg roep immers beelde van wilde woestyn-Arabiere op kamele in die Sahara se sandduine op.

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Tested: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL500

The proud sensation

Few cars can trace their direct ancestry over six generations and sixty years, encompassing some of the most beautiful and desirable motor cars along the way. One of these vehicles is the big topless Mercedes SL and we were fortunate enough to spend a week with the latest SL500.

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Launched: Audi A3 [2012]

The new popularity

I’ve bought quite a few cars over the years and my shortlists usually included some or other derivative of a car which I believe to be a sensible and beautifully engineered hatchback. It’s never been the most affordable and I’m yet to own one so my admiration of the Audi A3 lives on.

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Tested: 2011 Range Rover Sport HSE Luxury

The sensible extravagance

Welcome to this week’s contradiction on wheels: the decidedly extravagant Range Rover powered by a sensible turbo-diesel engine. Half the appeal of a flashy R-R Sport was always its thundering beast of an engine so does this mean the Sport badge should be ripped off its backside?

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Tested: 2010 Volvo C70 T5

The disappointing drop-top

You should never meet your heroes. They might turn out to be rude, stupid or suffer from halitosis. In other words, quite disappointing. To be completely honest, the Volvo C70 T5 I tested recently was only mildly disappointing and is actually an offspring of my chosen hero, the plain but elegant C70 Coupe from the dawn of this century.

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