While everyone is rushing to market with their twin-scroll compact SUV’s, Mazda appears to be fast asleep. Or are they?
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.
One new car, lots of info
I always liked the Toyota Yaris. I thought it was funky. Great lines, clever, economical car. So many people I know drive one of the older versions and are happy as Larry with their choice. So it was with no small amount of anticipation that I accepted the keys to my bright blue test vehicle. Post testing views are a bit dampened however.
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.
The refurbished chance
Today I bring you news of the freshly face-lifted Hyundai i20 which, for most people, probably bears the same significance as a kitchen appliance sale at your local mall. So – for those of you in need of a new dishwasher, err car, you may want to read on.
The polar opposites
It’s tough at the top and even tougher to stay there – something Toyota Motors South Africa is keen to achieve by giving their product line up a thorough seeing to. Their immediate plan appears to include a dash of excitement and further riding of the hybrid wave.
Toyota Yaris Zen: Nie “Zef” nie!
Die manne van Toyota Suid-Afrika het met die bekendstelling van die nuwe Yaris Zen beklemtoon dat hierdie nuwe, bekostigbare model se naamgewing verband hou met die filosofiese term “Verligting” (Enlightenment) en rasionaliteit. Maar die verligtheid hou ook verband met moderne Oosterse kontemporêre kuns wat beslis nie “Zef” is nie.
Die prettige alternatief
Sodra mense uitvind dat jy ‘n motorjoernalis is, sal jy onmiddelik die volgende twee vrae moet beantwoord: Wat is die motor wat die grootste indruk op jou gemaak het en watter klein, bekostigbare motor kan jy aanbeveel?
The fun alternative
When caught in casual conversation and people discover that you are a motoring journalist, two questions will inevitably pop up. What’s the most impressive car you’ve ever driven and what car should I buy next? The former would be a 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 with a Hooper coach and the second answer matters not as they will purchase a Polo or Yaris anyway.
The SUV with a conscience
Unless you haven’t notice it yet, the motor industry has taken some considerable turns in recent times. Rather green turns. Manufacturers had to react quickly to counter the recession and play along with the current mentality of consumers and the press.