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Datsun goes big with new Datsun GO+ MPV!

Bargain-hunting motorists should be thrilled to hear that Datsun is further expanding its range to include two new vehicles, one of which is a MPV. The Datsun brand has considerable value in South Africa going back years based on vehicles that combine reliability and cost-effectiveness. News of their return to the country a little less than two years ago was welcomed far and wide.

The range on offer at launch, however, was limited to one vehicle – the very basic...

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New VW Tiguan – Tigging all the boxes in a mid-size SUV!

The first Tiguan was launched here in SA an incredible eight years ago. Since 2007 it has sold over 19,000 units in South Africa and a whopping 2,8 million around the world, which puts it in the category of a resounding success. It’s easily one of the more popular SUVs in the country and testimony to VW’s ability to design vehicles with universal appeal. This is likely due to their design ethos, which under head designer Klaus Bischoff boils down to the simple...

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VW Passat – SA’s finest family sedan

If you travel long distances and are looking for a comfortable, well-specced and fuel efficient vehicle, look no further than the VW Passat.

Cars in general are increasingly more fuel efficient but VW put everything else on the road to shame recently when the Passat was driven an amazing 2,029kms – on a single tank of fuel!

The model in question was a new Passat 1.4 TSI DSG and it drove from the South African and Zimbabwean border gate in Beit Bridge to...

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Fiat Fullback – Fiat scores big with its first bakkie

What’s that you say, yet another bakkie on the market and it’s a Fiat? Well, yes. Sales figures bear out evidence that there is a seemingly endless demand for bakkies in South Africa and Fiat’s have decided to try and take a slice of that cake. No easy thing, given the enduring popularity of the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Hilux, not to mention the VW Amarok and Nissan Navara, both of which will be coming out in refreshed forms this year.

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New Opel Astra – A Humble Hatch No More

When it comes to popular choices of vehicles in South Africa, there are three clear categories – bakkies, SUVs and passenger cars. In the latter category the hatchback has always been a firm favourite. Up to now, the VW Golf has almost defined the segment, with fierce competition from the Ford Focus, Mercedes A-Class and Audi A3.

But wait, what’s this? A plucky outsider has muscled their way into a favourable poll position by pulling off a massive coup – winning...

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VW Celebrates 40 Years of Golf GTI with special Clubsport Edition

Remarkably, the Golf GTI celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion for what is arguably the world’s best known hot hatch, VW have created something even more unique to drive power fiends crazy with desire – the limited Clubsport edition.

The Clubsport will appeal to those for whom there is never enough power. If you’re looking for bragging rights on the straight line power of your vehicle, the Clubsport delivers in spades. The turbocharged...

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Isuzu KB Raider X – A budget bakkie built for business

Business owners who need a tough, reliable bakkie and are on a tight budget will be pleased to hear that Isuzu have added a new special value model to their light commercial vehicle range - the KB X-Rider.

According to Vice President of Vehicle Sales, Service, and Marketing at General Motors South Africa, Brian Olson,  the aim with the X-Rider was to offer real value and individuality.

“The X-Rider follows...

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All-new Toyota Prius - 21st Century Green Machine

The Toyota Prius is a true motoring icon - the first hybrid to hit the road. Toyota has now sold over 3,5 million units worldwide and the rest of the industry has long since caught up with them – practically all the big players now offer hybrid models. Toyota has to work a lot harder in today’s market to ‘bring the magic’ and attract interest in their pioneering sedan. To ensure they still have an edge over the competition the 4th generation Prius has been reinvented in...

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New X5 xDrive40e – BMW’s first ever hybrid SUV hits the streets

Electric cars are no longer a vague promise on the horizon, they are a firm reality. As of last year, there were over 1 million electric vehicles on the roads around the world. Unfortunately, the South African car industry has lagged behind the rest of the world and we have nowhere near the same variety of electric vehicles as you will find in Europe, Japan and the USA. That is starting to change. BMW, to name one manufacturer, is enthusiastically embracing this new...

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Audi pulls away from the pack with the best A4 yet

Since its local introduction in 1994, Audi SA has delivered 109,382 Audi A4s to the market so they must be doing something right. But they have always been up against tremendous competition in the form of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, among others. With the latest generation of the A4, Audi have raised their game to a new level, pushing it into a realm where people will definitely sit up and take note.

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The Colour up! is exclusively offered in two colours: Dark Silver Metallic and Pure White.

VW up! now even funkier with five doors and more derivatives
Fans of the VW up! will be pleased to know that a five door version of the cute little hatch will now be available. Until now the two standard models of the up! – the Take up! and the Move up! - have only been available in three door configuration.
The up! is a worldwide success story for VW and South Africans have already shown that they love VW’s little hatches with the Vivo still one of the best...

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The new Renault Kadjar - born ready for any adventure

The crossover revolution shows no sign of slowing down. Renault haven’t lost any time getting in on the action and their latest offering is classic crossover. The Kadjar is a mid-sized crossover that slots right in between their Captur and Koleos models and will hold a lot of appeal for young families who enjoy getting out there and living the adventure. Whether you’re taking a trip to the seaside or heading off into the mountains – the Kadjar is designed to do it all...

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Explaining the vehicle alphabet – Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

In the second of our series, we explain another common acronym found in modern vehicle safety and driver aid systems – Electronic Brakeforce Distribution or EBD.

EBD works closely with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), which we explained in last month’s newsletter. The whole idea is to apply brake force when and where it is needed most in an emergency situation. This response is controlled by a micro-computer and happens much faster than the driver can react....

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All-new Toyota Fortuner – Cool, capable and classy


Toyota SA are on a roll. Last month they launched the all-new Hilux and clearly people are loving it; the  Hilux was the best-selling vehicle in SA last month, moving a healthy 3,273 units. Now Toyota are set to close the deal with the release of an all-new version of their highly popular Fortuner SUV. 

We feel confident that buyers will flock to it, as it shares...

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Engine oil - purely essential to your car

Do you know how to make sure your car is always good to go? First is to service it properly at an accredited service centre that employs properly qualified and trained staff. The second is to have the engine oil changed regularly and always use premium grade oil.

Changing the oil in your car regularly is vital to ensuring your engine performs at its best. Oil keeps your car cool and adds an invisible lubricating...

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All-new Toyota Hilux - Eighth generation of the iconic bakkie is up for any challenge

There’s no doubt about it, this is a very big year for Toyota SA. Not only are they releasing an all-new version of their best-selling Toyota Hilux bakkie, but an all-new version of another popular Toyota model, the Fortuner, will also be released shortly. But first, the Hilux, which is available from dealers right now. There are a great number of changes, mostly aimed at making it a slicker and more comfortable lifestyle vehicle, as capable in the city as it is in the...

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All-new Toyota Hilux and Fortuner launch is imminent!

Toyota fans should clear their calendars as they have a big couple of months ahead of them. March and April will see the launch of the long-awaited all-new Toyota Hilux bakkie and Fortuner SUV. The Hilux is one of the best-selling vehicles in South Africa and the Fortuner too has gone from strength to strength and is now one of Toyota’s best-selling vehicles.

The release of all-new versions of these two vehicles promises to be a hugely momentous event...

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Suzuki Ciaz 1,4 GLX – Give expensive motoring the boot

We always make it our mission here at Bidvest Club McCarthy to highlight cars which we feel offer good, solid value without compromising on quality.

Which is why we’d like to point you in a direction of the Suzuki Ciaz. Suzuki is a brand that continues to fly somewhat under the radar here in South Africa, with one or two exceptions. Their little Jimny jeep has earned them a lot of fans, as has the Swift hatchback. More recently the redesigned SX4...

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2015 Toyota RAV4 – A new look for the original mini-SUV

When the Toyota RAV4 first made an appearance back in 1994 (yup, we celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014, can you believe it?) it was a real oddity. There simply weren’t any SUVs out there that looked like it, with off-road capabilities in such ‘petite’ dimensions. Turns out that Toyota must have had a crystal ball because not only was it a commercial hit, but it was a visionary idea – one that has become increasingly popular with time.

As we now see, mini-...

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Pick-ups, SUVS and compact crossovers rule the roost in USA

The motoring industry is subject to trends just as much as any other industry which relies on people’s personal desires. As the world’s biggest car market, the USA is a good indicator of how trends are likely to go and the message from that part of the world is loud and clear – pick-ups or bakkies, SUVs and compact crossovers are what people want.

According to a recent New York Times article, the US auto industry is in a very healthy state, thanks to...

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Toyota Avanza – All aboard for fun times!

If you have a large family, finding an affordable car with enough space can he tough, which is why adding the newly refreshed Toyota Avanza to your check list is a must. It’s pretty utilitarian looking and you won’t win any street drag races in it but it does have seven seats and that desirable Toyota badge to its credit. Plus, Toyota have just refreshed the design and to our eyes it’s a considerable improvement over the previous model. Whether you’re...

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Let’s get practical!

Let’s talk about two vehicles that will appeal to those of a practical mindset, who appreciates a versatile vehicle. The all-new Ford B-Max is built on Ford’s Fiesta platform but has done something very interesting with the doors and the refreshed Volkswagen Caddy offers infinite possibilities to anyone who needs more than their usual share of space, whether to transport people or merchandise.VW Caddy

Let’s start with the Volkswagen Caddy which was just launched...

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All-new Ford Everest – A new high point in SUVs?

Last month we gave you a preview of the new Toyota Fortuner which is due out next year. Now Ford has released the long awaited all-new Ford Everest and we bring you all the details – and prices. Will the Everest capture the hearts of a motoring market that is crazy for SUVs? Based on the success of the Ford Ranger bakkie we think it has an excellent chance of doing so.

In a market that increasingly demands SUVs above all else, the two new releases from Ford and...

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Renault Duster – A new look for a mid-priced favourite

What with the explosion of smallish SUVs like the Ford EcoSport, Renault Captur and Opel Mokka you can hardly throw a rock these days without hitting a new SUV-styled vehicle.

However, many of these are mere pretenders to the throne. Do they offer what you really want in a SUV, ie, good ride height, lots of passenger and cargo space and actual off-road capability? If you can tick all of those boxes and add an affordable price tag, you’re on to a potential winner...

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Clash of the titans: Ford Everest Vs Toyota Fortuner!

Next year will witness an epic battle of the seven seater SUVs as an all-new version of Toyota’s much-loved Fortuner is launched just in time to fight off a challenge from a serious new contender – the all-new Ford Everest.

Ford has had a good run in the last few years, adding several new models to its line-up, and hitting the mark more often than not. Their Figo, EcoSport and Kuga models have all done well, but the Ford Ranger bakkie is the real success story -...

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All-new BMW X1 – Beemer’s entry level SUV is back!

In a country that can’t get enough of SUVs, the news that BMW is set to release a new version of its very popular X1 SUV this year was bound to create considerable interest.

An all-new X1 seems certain to be a big hit for BMW, especially considering that the X1 once accounted for one in every ten vehicles that BMW sold. Seeing as it is hitting the market just when the demand for compact SUVs has never been greater, the timing seems just about perfect.

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VW Polo hatches for everyone!

The VW Polo hatchback remains a tremendously popular car in South Africa and it’s not hard to understand why. The designers have somehow managed to capture the ideal dimensions for a hatchback that despite being a compact car somehow feels like a bigger and more solid vehicle. That, combined with VW’s reputation for producing high quality vehicles with universal design appeal and a relatively affordable price tag, has made it a runaway success for the manufacturer....

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VW Polo GTI gets a speed bump

It may not be everyone’s dream car but the VW Polo GTI is undeniably a vehicle that gets many a young heart racing. The Polo is a popular enough vehicle on its own and when you add a powerful engine and upgraded suspension to the mix, not to mention all that GTI styling that evokes the mystique of its legendary big brother…. well, the proof is in the pudding and the Polo GTI continues to be a brisk seller for VW.

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BMW embraces the future of energy generation

BMW has always had a clear vision for the future. In keeping with its home country’s status as one of the world’s leading adopters of renewable energy, the Bavarian-based motoring giant announced earlier this year that it was on a mission to replace the engines of all its bigger models by 2022 with hybrid or full electric power plants. Exciting stuff! Read on to see what else you can expect from them…

Already we have seen the launch locally of the all-...

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Renault set to ‘Captur’ hot mini-SUV market

Renault as a brand has captured a lot of hearts in SA with their entry level vehicles, in particular the small hatches like the Sandero and the ever-popular Clio.  Now it looks set to keep winning fans with its latest offering – a mini SUV called the Captur that once again offers a lot of bang for the buck.

Sticking with the ‘small is big’ theme, Renault’s latest offering the Captur taps into a growing demand for affordable ‘lifestyle’ vehicles....

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Sleek new look for Toyota’s hatch

For some reason, the Toyota Auris never really lived up to its initial promise, a strange thing in a country that loves both hatchbacks and Toyotas! Now Toyota has given it a mid-life revamp, with an even sleeker look but the same engines. Will the motoring public say yay or nay? We share our thoughts…

In last month’s newsletter we profiled the all-new Ford Focus, which not only features Ford’s award-winning new 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine, but also comes...

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BMW 3 Series gets all new engines

The trend towards efficiency and ‘dynamite comes in small packages’ continues apace throughout the motoring industry, with BMW being the latest manufacturer to move in this direction. All the engines in its top-selling 3 Series will now be replaced as it gives it a mid-life face lift.

It’s not only changes under the hood you’ll see, but the exterior changes are relatively minor, as clearly BMW doesn’t want to spend the time and money messing with their...

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Ford gives Focus an EcoBoost

For quite some time, there has been a lot of competition between Ford’s Focus and the Toyota Corolla for title of world’s best-selling car. Sometimes the Corolla is in front and sometimes the Focus. No doubt they are both excellent vehicles, proven performers that offer a winning combination of reliability, driving comfort and value in an eye-pleasing package that any motorist can take pride in.

But now Ford have made a move which may prove to permanently...

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VW Golf SV a BIG winner for soccer moms

This month sees the introduction of an exciting new model from Volkswagen - a Golf on steroids! The Golf SV is all-new model that closely mimics the Golf but with more space all round and some truly impressive high tech features. It’s a soccer mom’s dream come true! Winning the space race

Space and versatility is the name of the game with the Golf SV. First, the specs. Compared to the Golf hatchback, the SV is 83mm longer, 8mm wider and 126mm...

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Best of the best - CAR magazine picks its favourites!

Despite its really boring name, Car magazine is still a very influential publication for motoring enthusiasts. Every year the team of motoring fanatics at the magazine do a round-up of their best buys. They use all their extensive knowledge to evaluate the cars they test, get under the hoods, consider all the factors and weigh all the pros and cons. It’s always an interesting exercise to see what the experts pick and why, so we thought we’d round up some of the more...

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New Opel Corsa – An old favourite gets fresh

The little Opel Corsa has won a lot of friends in SA since its launch back in the 90s and the latest generation is now ready for release. You’ll be hard pressed to see any resemblance to the original, so drastic are the changes. The little car has come a long way!

Although the platform and structure remains the same, everything else has changed. Practically every panel has been replaced and reflects the brand new design. The front facia is particularly different...

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2015 Kia Rio- Let’s get this party started!

The Kia Rio is one of the brands best success stories, particularly in South Africa, where people are always interested in a good value proposition when it comes to their daily transport. The Rio certainly represents that and it would appear that Kia didn’t want to mess with a good thing as the 2015 version hasn’t been drastically revised, but it’s been tweaked just enough to keep people interested.

You still get plenty of options with the Rio, including two...

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Time to get Up! and go…

Yes, it’s yet another mini hatchback… VW’s newly released Up! will enter a crowded category but VW has proven with their highly successful Polo and Vivo that they really know what South Africans like. Will the Up! be as successful? We think it will. Read on to find out more about this cute little car.

The competition must have broken out in a cold sweat when they heard the news that VW had decided to release its new Up! two door mini hatch in South Africa...

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Car prices to remain largely steady in 2015

The good news is that most manufacturers will not be imposing huge increases in their prices in 2015, despite a steady drop in the value of the rand. Not surprisingly, imported cars will see bigger increases than those made locally. Read more here.

Despite the drop in the value of the rand it appears it will not be all doom and gloom for car buyers in 2015. In 2014 there was a total of 644 523 units sold, a 0,7% drop in sales after four consecutive years of...

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Toyota Fortuner Epic edition – Epic farewell to an all-rounder icon

The Toyota Fortuner will soon end its run in its current form. To give this highly popular SUV an appropriate send-off, Toyota SA has released the limited Epic edition, with a number of tasty extras added to the mix. Read more to find out why the Fortuner is SA’s favourite SUV.

As rumour has it, we will soon be saying goodbye to the Toyota Fortuner in its current form, as it ends a remarkable run of nine years. Toyota can safely claim that the Fortuner...

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Opel’s new Adam brings the funk!

If you can’t get enough of the Mini or the Fiat 500 you’ll be pleased to know Opel has something that will go toe to toe with either of these popular little city cars. Introducing the Adam, a funky little two door hatch with loads of attitude that will definitely stand out from the pack.

South Africans can look forward to something extra cool and funky from German marque Opel in the new year. It’s a new little city car called Adam. Now it’s unusual for car...

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A reliable tow is just a phone call away

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If you’re out on the road this holiday season and you run into mechanical difficulties or have an accident, what will you do with your vehicle? Luckily, as a Club McCarthy member it only takes one phone call to get the help you need with a professional tow-in service. Read here to find out how it works.

If you’re on the road this holiday season, and chances are you will be, chances are everything will be plain sailing. However, there is...

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The ideal family vehicle - is it out there?

Renault Duster – Big fun doesn’t have to mean big money

A surprise entry on this year’s Car of the Year list, the Renault Duster is proving to be a big winner for Renault. An affordable SUV that’s actually very easy on the eye, and quite capable off-road, Renault may just have captured the golden formula that every South African family is seeking. The Duster is cheaper than a Juke, but it’s about the same size as a Qashqai. That’s a neat...

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Book your service now and beat the festive rush!

People will be hitting the road in their droves come the festive season, so don’t wait in line to book your service, get in now and beat the rush. There’s plenty of good reasons why servicing and getting your vehicle 100% roadworthy makes good sense.

The festive season is right upon us and of course many will be taking to the roads to enjoy a well-deserved break. There really is nothing like a road trip to bring the family together and see this wonderful...

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Etios gets sporty

The Toyota Etios has been out for only a short while, but its popularity is firmly established. Now Toyota is releasing a pimped out version, but you’ll need to be quick, numbers will be limited!

The Etios already has an excellent little engine which punches above its weight class but being a budget car, it can easily get lost in a crowd – or a parking lot. So if you want to stand out from the pack, and still enjoy its great value, this may well be the...

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All-New Nissan X-Trail – X marks the spot!

In South Africa, the X-Trail ranks high for those seeking an affordable SUV. Now Nissan is set to release a radically revised third generation X-Trail. Let’s see what they’ve come up with.

Japanese manufacturer Nissan no longer plays second fiddle to its chief competitor, Toyota. It all started when their visionary CEO and Chairman, Carlos Ghosn, came on board to execute a turnaround strategy to reinvent the brand.  With the release of the Qashqai...

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It’s time to Spring into action!

Spring means new beginnings and getting back out there after a long winter – the perfect time to get that new car. Whether you’re looking to trade in or buy outright, McCarthy offers all the leading vehicle brands.

We also have some awesome Spring Back deals on a wide range of new, used and demo vehicles. Plus you can get in-house finance and insurance at pretty much all of our dealerships. So swing into a ...

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Limited Editions for Everyone!

For car manufacturers, it’s the era of the Limited Edition. It seems that as the various big names offer products that are increasingly similar in terms of features and performance, it is becoming more and more difficult for them to stand out from the pack. The answer to this appears to be the limited edition run.

This is designed to increase desirability by being both, well, limited, and also by giving people that which they crave above all – exclusivity. We...

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Ever-popular Polo Vivo gets a new smile

The Polo Vivo is consistently one of SA’s best-selling cars, particularly in its hatchback form, despite the fact that it’s an old model that was reinvented for a new market. Even though it’s an old shape and doesn’t even come with a service plan, unlike many of its chief competitors, South Africans still buy it in great numbers. In August 2014, it was second only to the Toyota Hilux in the top 50 cars sold for the month, with 2756 Vivos going to new owners....

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What’s new in the world of motoring

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron hybrid

With the unwelcome news that the petrol price is set to increase AGAIN, there is surely now an urgent need for hybrids to become a viable option for motorists who are tired of being fleeced at the pumps. More and more manufacturers are adding hybrids and EVs to their line-ups. Toyota has the hybrid Auris and Yaris available as well as the Lexus CT200h and Nissan has the full electric LEAF. BMW now has two full...

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All-new Nissan Qashqai – Locked and loaded!

One of the most anticipated releases of 2014, the all-new Nissan Qashqai is now available. Nissan used to pretty much own the urban SUV segment but now there’s a whole brace of competitors. So does the new Qashqai have what it takes to leave them in its dust? Read on and find out!

The Nissan Qashqai was the vehicle that launched a powerful new trend in motoring – the urban crossover. It wasn’t really made to go off-road but it was pretty good at overcoming those...

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New VW Polo – Now turbocharged for extra voomah!

The VW Polo is like the Jack Russell terrier of the auto world – cute and tough - and South Africans just can’t seem to get enough of them, particularly the hatchback. Not so surprising really, it’s a handsome car, with enough space for a small family, very well specced, with high quality construction. It was named Car of the Year in 2012. And it’s not just popular in this country. According to VW, they have sold more than 14 million of them worldwide since 1975....

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Nissan LEAF – The future is here!

Last year Nissan became the first manufacturer to make a full electric car available to the SA public. Given the price of petrol these days, motorists should have been turning cartwheels and queuing up to buy one. There’s just one problem: the LEAF sells for a cool R450,000 so it’s still beyond the reach of most car buyers in SA. Let’s just say you’d have to be a pretty serious ‘greenie’ to consider plonking down that much of the folding green for one.  

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BMW 2 Series coupé - The Driver’s Choice

The all-new BMW 2 Series coupé was undoubtedly created for those who live for the pure joy of negotiating the open road in a finely crafted automobile.  

BMW has operated under the pay-off line Sheer Driving Pleasure for many years as an expression of the brand’s single-minded purpose: creating high end vehicles that are all about the driving experience. But when you have to keep so many segments of the market happy, it’s difficult to always make it purely...

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Toyota’s reality check: all-new Corolla 1.4 D-4D Prestige

OK, you’ve been dreaming of a new car for some time but now you need to wake up and get real! The wife is hassling you to make up your mind, you have a family and you’re on a tight budget… but you also don’t want to compromise in terms of quality and resale value. Time to check out the new Toyota Corolla 1.4 D-4D Prestige.So you’re looking at a mid-size sedan, big enough for a medium size family – two kids and the family mutt. A key factor is that you have a fair...

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Renault Sandero – More bang for your buck

Renault is championing value for money motoring with its new budget Sandero hatchback. But this category already has very popular models like the Ford Figo and VW Vivo. So how does the Sandero stack up against the competition? Read on and find out!

Renault recently caused a stir with its new Clio, a bold and dramatic redesign that has been a big hit with South African motorists. However, the Clio is still a fairly pricey option, with models starting at R159,000...

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Lexus CT200h – Hot hybrid

One of the more interesting cars on the road is the Lexus CT200h, first introduced to the Lexus line-up in 2011. Lexus has now upgraded in a variety of ways to make it even more desirable. If the idea of a luxury compact hybrid appeals, it’s definitely worth a closer look.

Although Lexus hasn’t made the kind of in-roads into South Africa that is has in the USA for example, where it is consistently voted the no. 1 luxury auto brand. This is strange, given...

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All-new Suzuki SX4

Bigger and better


It’s no secret that SUVs and crossovers have lots of appeal for motorists. The original Suzuki SX4 was a cute little mini-SUV and people enjoyed its affordable price and reliability. I say ‘was’ because the all-new SX4 is considerably larger, and while not quite as affordable now, the added space adds to its versatility and appeal as a family vehicle.

Not so small anymore...

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Mercedes-Benz GLA – Made for adventure

Mercedes-Benz is clearly doing something right. The brand recently became the second biggest luxury car manufacturer in the world, out-selling Audi. Now they have their wicked cool new GLA mini-SUV to add to their line-up. To add to the excitement is that this is their first mini-SUV; as such it will go up against the likes of the BMW X1 and X3, Audi Q3 and Land Rover Evoque.

Mercedes-Benz might be known for their sedans, but lately they have displayed a...

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New Chevy Sonic RS – The affordable pocket rocket

Chevrolet’s hatchbacks enjoy a good rep in SA for their reliability and build quality. Now those who enjoy the bigger Sonic can aspire to something even more exciting – a souped-up flagship RS version.

There are already a smorgasbord of hot hatches on the market to tantalise power-hungry motorists but some of them are not exactly within easy reach, hovering as they do around the R300,000 mark.

The Sonic RS by contrast is a lot more affordable, coming in...

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VW BlueMotion

BlueMotion is a raft of features that basically has one end goal in mind: to make the vehicle more efficient as it moves from A to B. Essentially, the R&D boffins at Volkswagen are trying to cheat physics in as many ways as possible. BlueMotion is made available in popular models like the top-selling Polo, which was named SA Car of the Year in 2011 and all of the models in the new Golf 7 range, which won the World Car of the...

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Coming Attractions in 2014 to a McCarthy Dealer near you.

Coming attractions at a McCarthy dealer near you in 2014!

There are going to be some awesome new rides available in 2014, so here’s a quick rundown of a few new vehicles that you can look forward to throughout the year. There quite a few more besides - including BMW’s electric i3, the new Kia Cerato Koup, the new Mercedes C-Class and the Ford Fusion - that we don’t have space for, so keep an eye out for future editions of e-Spice, where we’ll...

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Enjoy a Hassle-free Holiday with Help from McCarthy

Get the car you want with some great year-end deals

As usual, the year has seen many great new vehicles introduced to the marketplace. Although we are now spoiled for choice, this can be something of a problem, but you can also turn it your advantage by scooping up some great deals as dealers look to make room for in-coming stock in the new year. To help you out, here’s a round-up on some excellent deals on some of the most popular models...

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All-new Nissan Qashqai

The original urban SUV goes high tech

There will be plenty of new vehicle releases in 2014, but one of the most anticipated is the all-new Nissan Qashqai. Here’s a preview of what you can expect.

The Nissan Qashqai was the vehicle that started a powerful new trend in motoring – the Urban SUV. It wasn’t designed to go off-road but it certainly looked more competent when you were cruising the urban boulevards. With its big, beefy tyres and...

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New Opel Astra Sedan: Give boredom the boot!

The New Astra Sedan is a very well specced mid-size sedan that offers a lot of bang for your buck, particularly in the top of range model which comes in at well under R300K.

Opel is a brand that hasn’t had much traction on local shores of late. General Motors has devoted much of its focus to its main brand, Chevrolet. But with the introduction of a brace of new models, that is changing faster than you can shift from first to second. We’ve had new derivatives of...

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Service and Win an iPod with Forsdicks Pinetown!

Heads up BMW 3 Series owners in KZN! If your 3 Series is out of motor plan you can get an oil service at Forsdicks Pinetown for only R950 inclusive (normal price R1,300) which Includes oil, oil filter, washer additive and labour.

So book your oil change today!

Plus, service before end October, and your name will go into a draw to win an iPod Touch.

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Renault Duster – Your next adventure starts here

Another week, another budget SUV! We are truly spoilt for choice here in SA. Renault have charged into what is becoming a very busy segment with their all-new Duster, a compact SUV that looks very competent at first glance, with its prominent wheel arches, skid plates, running boards, built-in roof rails and distinctive alloy wheels. The chrome plated radiator and headlight cluster add to the overall picture.

With all that gear, it certainly looks like...

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Ford EcoSport – Small package, big fun!

Ford has been on something of a roll lately. Not only has its Focus sedan wrested the title of best-selling car away from the Toyota Corolla but their Ranger bakkie is now consistently among the top selling cars  in the country, to the extent that they can’t make them fast enough.

Their small hatchbacks, the Figo and its bigger brother, the Fiesta, remain a popular choice and the Fiesta is now the UK’s best-selling car. You’d think with all that going on...

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Toyota brings the heat! Upgraded FJ Cruiser and a new Land Cruiser 70 engine

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is easily one of the most idiosyncratic vehicles on the road. Toyota is always accused of being conservative in its designs, but when you consider the FJ Cruiser and the 86 roadster, there are definitely a couple of wild and crazy guys in their design department.

It’s a weird combo of retro and modern and it vaguely resembles something you might see in a sci-fi movie, if it was being made by a 12 year old kid buzzing on too much sugar....

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class – Intelligent Design

There are legions of very loyal Mercedes Benz fans in South Africa and little wonder, the brand has consistently stood for quality without compromise for over a hundred years. It’s logical therefore that a new Mercedes-Benz launch garners a lot of attention. This time out it’s a new E-Class and it is a formidable machine indeed, stuffed to the gills with high-tech features to make your drive safer and more comfortable. These machines have become so sophisticated, we...

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Rock’n’rolla, it’s the new Toyota Corolla!

The Toyota Corolla has long held the enviable status as the world’s most popular (ie, top-selling) car, despite its persistent labelling as ‘boring’. Clearly there are a lot of people who actually like boring! Lately, Ford has been looked to steal that title away from Toyota with its equally popular Focus.

The jury is still out as to who is truly the ‘best-selling car in the world’, but Toyota has now upped the ante by unleashing an all-new Corolla. As before,...

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All-new Ford Tourneo: this Van’s no joke.

IF you’ve got a bit more lolly to spend another option you can consider is the new Ford Tourneo. It’s been some time since there was a Ford panel van available in South Africa and now there are TWO different models to choose from, long wheel and short wheel base. The SWB is 4,97 metres long and the LWB is 5,34 metres. Both short and long wheel base versions of the Tourneo can take eight passengers, but the long wheel base offers more luggage space.

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Nissan NV200 Combi : the Big Apple’s taxi now here

Calling their new panel van a ‘Combi’ may well have been a calculated – if cheeky - act by Nissan. Many people come over all misty when they think about the classic VW Kombi from years gone by. It was a much loved concept, the faithful family van that ferried all and sundry to the game park, seaside or dam, where wonderful memories were made. It became an icon. Perhaps Nissan are hoping for the same for their Combi van. They have certainly made sure its versatile enough...

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Ford and Merc bring the heat

Everyone is feeling the nip of winter on their toes so we thought we’d bring you news of two hot new models that will definitely get you fired up. The brand new Ford Fiesta ST is a real chilli pepper, bite-sized but red hot! Ford’s new models are selling like hot cakes, and this little hot hatch will definitely add to their status as an ever-fresh brand.

The all-new Mercedes A-Class is a stunning new entry level model from the German giant and it’s bound to...

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All-new Ford Kuga Vs All-new Toyota RAV4 – It’s the Clash of the CUVs!

All-new Ford Kuga Vs All-new Toyota RAV4 – It’s the Clash of the CUVs!

Motorists in South Africa just love compact yet versatile utility vehicles so the excitement levels will ramp up this year as two of the biggest car makers release all-new versions of their popular Compact Utility Vehicles.

The one – the Toyota RAV4 - is an established presence on the market; the other – the Ford Kuga - is a relative newcomer. Both offer excellent...

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Caught in a cross-over quandary?

In honour of Mother’s Day, we put three of the best known examples of the crossover or Compact Utility Vehicle, one of the most popular choices for South African families, up against one another.  

One of the most hotly contested categories for family vehicles is the crossover. Given the state of South Africa’s roads, many are gravitating towards vehicles with nice big tyres to soak up the bumps. Further pluses are a higher ride height to afford you a better...

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BMW goes hybrid - BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid

The Bavarian giant has taken on hybrid engineering in several of its models. We take a closer look at the new 3 series ActiveHybrid and see what the German engineers have done with it.

The hybrid vehicle is slowly but surely becoming a more common sight on South Africa’s roads. OK, admittedly it’s not like you pass one every five minutes, but Toyota now offers the Auris HSD and the Yaris HSD to its line-up and its luxury brand Lexus has long included...

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Ford’s new EcoBoost Engine Moves Things Forward: Ford Fiesta EcoBoos

Ford has updated its popular Fiesta and included an intriguing new engine that is small, yet amazingly powerful. Introducing the 1 litre 92KW EcoBoost…

The spunky Ford Fiesta hatch has gathered many fans since it was first introduced and its appeal is clearly universal - the little hatch is now the UK’s best-selling car.

It’s therefore no surprise that Ford has chosen it as the platform to launch its exciting new one litre EcoBoost engine to the...

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Hatch A-fire!

By some strange coincidence, the Golf 7 and Toyota’s new Auris have just launched simultaneously. It’s the battle of the hatchback! Let’s examine the contenders in more detail.

Hatchback fans are getting ever more spoiled for choice these days. With the release of the stunning Volvo V40 and news that Kia are set to launch a new Cerato hatchback this fiercely contested category is getting hotter than ever.

All this competition is good for the...

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Treat yourself to a sexy new vehicle this Valentines!

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For Him: Toyota Land Cruiser 79 Double Cab

It’s a bit of a dream come true. The vehicle that has been described as the most capable 4X4 on the planet is now available in a double cab. That’s right, we’re talking about the Land Cruiser 70 series, the farmer’s bakkie on steroids.

The Double Cab version will be produced along with an all new spec Land Cruiser range which includes...

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VW Amarok gets more power under the hood

The VW Amarok has proven to be a popular bakkie in South Africa since its launch about two years ago, but quite a few sceptics weren’t shy to express doubts that its 2 litre bi-turbo diesel engine might be shy a few horses to shift a bakkie that size under SA’s demanding conditions.

On paper it looked impressive enough, with 120KW and 400Nm on tap, but that was within a narrow torque range. Combine that with a fussy clutch that made the vehicle stall rather...

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Audi A4 Crossover – An SUV for the champagne and polo set

Those who like to spend weekends visiting wine estates or sipping champagne and OJ at the polo matches should sit up and take note. Audi plans to release its new A4 Crossover in South Africa early next year.

Describing the A4 Crossover as a crossover estate car, this beefed-up country car will have some serious muscle in the form of raised ride height, and stainless steel undercarriage.

It doesn’t end there – it also has the latest generation...

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The Ford Figo gets an upgrade, but price remains the same

In a commendable move, Ford has upgraded its popular entry level Ford Figo model but kept pricing the same. Wow, now that’s refreshing…

Take a look at what you get for the same price as before:

A new lower grille design, as well as a new chromed trim line on the upper grille. The front and rear  have been re-worked, and in particular the foglight housings are now more sharply and aggressively defined.

There are new rim designs...

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Whither the Electric Car Industry?

In 2006 a documentary was released entitled Who Killed the Electric Car? It discussed how a successful electric car industry in California was killed off by under-handed machinations by Big Auto and Big Oil. Shoot forward six years and once again the electric car industry is in peril. But who’s responsible this time…?

The world is a very different place today, that what it was six years ago. With the imminent threat of climate change due to global warming...

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New Mazda BT50 – Built for serious business

The bakkie market has really become fiercely competitive lately with the release of the new Ford Ranger. Now, another challenger enters the fray - does it have what it takes to claim its place in the squad of top bakkies?   

For a long time, the Hilux has claimed the position of king of the hill without any serious challengers. The release of the new Amarok was greeted with snorts of derision from Toyota fans. Way too pretty – and underpowered - they...

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All-new Volvo V40 – Beautifully practical

A Volvo station wagon used to be something that only the most conservative of soccer moms would drive. Safe as houses, it was also, well, extremely square – in more ways than one!

But that’s all in the past. Volvo has since re-invented itself and now boasts more sexy models than a Parisian catwalk during fashion week. Among them, the S60 and C30  spring to mind… but now Volvo have raised the bar yet again with the new V40 due out here in November. It will...

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Landy goes Limited!

In this day and age, everyone wants to stand out from the pack. It’s no longer enough to get yourself a beautiful vehicle that instantly makes you the envy of friends and family. You want your ride to be unique, or as close to it as possible. For this reason Limited Editions are all the rage. These are highly sought after for their exclusivity. Nothing gets people worked up like that little word: limited.

With this in mind, Land Rover fans need to sit up and pay...

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Audi A1 Sportback – The more the merrier

When the Audi A1 was first introduced it garnered a lot of attention. It’s cute as a button and imbued with all the ultra-cool cachet that the German dark horse carmaker has created over the last two decades with such legendary vehicles as the TT and R8, and its undeniably awesome ad campaigns.

However, when all was said and done, it was still only a two door. As such it appealed to a very small market and faced fierce competition from the likes of Mini Cooper,...

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Mazda CX-5 – The Sky’s the Limit

Fans of mid-size crossovers – and there seems to be no end to them here in South Africa – will be pleased to note there is another new release well worth considering: the new Mazda CX-5.

Mazda has gained a large and loyal following in South Africa over the years, thanks to a blend of solid Japanese engineering and good value for money. While it is typically sedans and hatchbacks like the Mazda 2, 3 and 6 which seem to win the most fans, they are now looking to...

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New car review: Citroën DS5

The French have really raised the bar in the design stakes with the new DS5, a car that simply demands to be admired from all angles.

It’s not often a vehicle comes along that is simply as drop dead gorgeous as the Citroën DS5. Certainly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but one test you can easily apply is try to remain aloof as one drives past you. It’s impossible. You have to turn your head and drink in every detail. Eye-catching indeed…

And that’s...

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Super mini shootout!

For budget conscious shoppers the so-called super mini - a compact hatchback priced between R125,000 and R150,00 – is a very popular category. But how does one decide with all the choices on hand? We’ve done the research on some of the most popular ones to give you a head start on making the best choice for your needs!

Polo Vivo 1.4 Trendline

The Vivo is a tricky one. There are many VW fans in South Africa and the Polo is their biggest...

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New Ford Ranger – Rugged, refined and ready to go!

It’s no secret that South Africans are completely mal for bakkies.

So the arrival of the all-new Ford Ranger is likely to create a lot of excitement in the marketplace, spicing up an already potent mix that includes the Toyota Hilux, Isuzu KB and relative newcomer the Volkswagen Amarok.

The new Ranger is completely overhauled, with an all-new exterior, interior and a range of efficient new engines. Best of  all, it is relatively...

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The New Citroen C3 - The Visiodrive

Beautiful. Young. Intelligent. 

CITROËN has an ambitious objective with the new CITROËN C3: to renew a best-selling car that has sold in more than 2 million units. Frédéric Banzet, Managing Director of CITROËN, said, “This is a major launch for the Marque and gives us the means to achieve our ambition of further increasing market share, with both private and professional customers.”

To do so, CITROËN has taken the best of the...

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New Toyota Fortuner. Same old reliability, cool new look!

One of South Africa’s most popular vehicles, the Toyota Fortuner, was recently given a facelift and a new engine was added to the line-up.
 

The Fortuner is a South African automotive success story. It is entirely manufactured at Toyota South Africa’s Prospecton manufacturing plant and in many respects it’s unique in the market. 


The significantly upgraded Fortuner shares many styling cues with its brother, the recently upgraded Toyota Hilux....

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New BMW 3 Series

It’s no secret that the BMW 3 series is one of the most popular sedans in South Africa. The latest version is the sixth evolution of this cornerstone model which has been produced in this country since 1974. So popular has this model proven to be – it accounts for one third of all BMW sales worldwide – that BMW is now investing R2,4 billion in a new plant at Rosslyn near Pretoria to build the new model for local and export markets.

This will more than double the...

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The love bug gets a 21st Century makeover

A symbol of fun and freedom from a time when events like the first moon landing and three day rock concerts were blowing minds regularly, like a great pop tune the VW Beetle seems to live forever. Introducing Beetle III – now updated for the iPod generation.

Perhaps because it is one of VW’s most popular models ever (21 million models of the first two units were sold globally), the manufacturer seems determined to keep it as a part of its line-up.  Of course...

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Range Rover Evoque – the smoothest Land Rover yet

Who could have imagined that the brand that gave us the indestructible Defender – as representative of indomitable British spirit as Winston Churchill – would one day produce a vehicle like the Evoque?

Many a British farmer in waxed Barbour jacket and wellies must have harrumphed in disgust at first sight of it. And yet he needn’t have worried… the Evoque is winning all sorts of awards on both sides of the Atlantic and British pride is still intact.

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THE HERITAGE

Globally Nissan has a longstanding heritage in the commercial vehicle market that dates back to 1932. The Nissan brand presence in the LCV market has been built over the last seven decades and today Nissan
boasts the most comprehensive commercial vehicle line-up in South Africa.

The previous Nissan half-ton bakkie is a living legend in South Africa. Highly versatile and functional, it proved to be the most hardworking...

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Ford Kuga: For mommas with sharp claws

The word cougar has taken on some strange connotations of late. It now not only refers to a large feline predator, but it also to a two-legged feline predator of a certain age, who’s preferred prey is largely unsuspecting young dudes.

The latter is no doubt the target market for Ford’s sexy new compact SUV of the same name (albeit with up-to-the-minute, Urban Dictionary inspired spelling). The Ford Kuga is one of those SUVs that is born not to bash the bundu,...

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CITROEN C4 – Do the French have what it takes to win the battle of the 1600s?

In the South African car market, the 1,6 litre hatchback has eternal appeal and is always a popular choice for the mass market. Vehicles like the VW Golf have been a mainstay for South African motorists for several decades. Toyota made a tremendous impact on the market with the RunX, which has since evolved into the Auris. Now the French are entering this hotly contested segment with a typical flair for style and innovation.

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Sedans and hatches sweep Car of the Year 2011

The Car of the Year finalists for 2012 have been announced and it’s a (fairly) practical bunch this time around. With the exception of one purely indulgent fantasy car the line-up is dominated by family sized sedans and hatches. More surprisingly there are no SUVs among them, and only one MPV, the Peugeot 5008 2.0 HDi Active Manual, a nifty mom’s taxi with super modularity to for hauling people or gear around. Here is a quick round-up of the finalists:

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New Foton Tunland Double Cab takes on the heavy weights

Chinese bakkies are known to be cheap workhorses, not exactly long on style, luxury or features. The new Tunland double cab from Foton is set to change all that. Who is Foton exactly? Not yet a household name in South Africa, they are in fact one of the world’s largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles.

But that doesn’t mean they know much about passenger vehicles. And that’s why the Tunland is quite unique. In order to get their first effort at a high end one...

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New Lexus brings hybrid technology to the people

For a long time there has been a buzz about hybrid technology in cars and its potential for delivering economical motoring. However, the excitement has been somewhat tempered by the fact that the only hybrid available to the public is the Prius, and then in limited numbers.

Now Toyota is stepping up to the plate with yet another hybrid, this time from their luxury Lexus stable. The CT 200h is a compact hatch and as such is clearly...

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Chery takes the high road with increasingly popular Tiggo

The Tiggo SUV is proving the most popular model in the Chery range with customers looking for a rugged, reliable yet still affordable off-road vehicle. The company recently exported their 100 000th Tiggo. 


Chery is the leading exporter of vehicles from China and its vehicle are now available in more than 60 countries worldwide.
 
The Tiggo is particularly popular in countries with rough road conditions. It is the top-selling SUV in Egypt, with...

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New Jeep Grand Cherokee: OFF THE RESERVATION

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee has always been a handsome vehicle. The latest iteration retains much of those striking good looks, although it’s a definite departure from previous versions. In fact, at first glance it doesn’t even look like a Jeep at all. The prominent wheel arches are still there, as is the signature 7 bar grille, but beyond that a far sleeker and more refined vehicle has emerged from the designer’s hotbox.

The new Cherokee has a higher, wider...

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SCIROCCO ‘R’ – Prepare to be blown away!

Without a doubt one of the most striking looking cars on the road today is the VW Scirocco. Now Volkswagen is dangling even more temptation in the faces of car lovers by introducing the Scirocco R, with several subtle enhancements for those who really want to stand out from the pack. At the heart of the Scirocco R is a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine in heavily revised form. The block has been reinforced with an entirely new alloy head, uprated pistons, conrods...

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Introducing the Toyota Aygo – Entry Level with Style!

A new addition to the budget category from Toyota is bound to get a warm welcome from the SA public and the Aygo certainly packs a lot of features that belie its entry-level status.

Challenging the perceptions that entry-level vehicles should only deliver on the functional needs of first time buyers, the Aygo offers loads of youthful appeal.

Viewed in profile the Aygo shows a coupe-like profile despite its four doors. This is supported by the rearward...

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Are Electric Cars just around the Corner?

With the price of petrol going ever skyward, can we look forward to one day driving an electric car to work, and waving cheekily as we drive past the petrol station on the way?

According to a recent Op Ed piece in the New York Times, this future is possible, but it won’t on as grand a scale as we would probably like. At least, not at first. Politically, the idea has plenty of backing from the Obama administration. The White House has a goal to put 1 million...

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New Nissan Micra – Cute and Curvaceous!

The new Nissan Micra retains much of what made the previous version such a winning combination of effortless driving, classy styling and undeniable cuteness. In a world where fuel economy and minimising your carbon footprint is becoming increasingly important, the new Nissan Micra in many ways epitomises the modern car.

Compared to the previous model, the new Micra has grown very slightly in size while having its overall weight reduced. The core appeal of this...

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Nissan LEAF – European and World Car of the Year

The world’s first mass market electric car, the Nissan LEAF, won World Car of the Year for 2011 - the first fully electric car to be awarded this title.

Despite being anelectric car, the LEAF resembles a regular vehicle in practically everyrespect, except it’s a lot quieter and doesn’t have a tailpipe. You get frontMcPherson suspension, rear torsion beam, front wheel drive and a practical5-door hatchback body with remarkable aerodynamics. The pack of lithium-...

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VW Amarok 2.0 BiTDI 4X2 (Car of the year finalist 2011)

The first 1 ton bakkie to be released by Volkswagen, the Amarok sets the wolf among the sheep when it comes to this popular segment. Not only is it Best in Class in terms of space, load bed width and height, cargo loading capabilities and capacity, but it does so powered by a mere 2 litre engine. Featuring common rail injection and a two stage control bi-turbo, the engine gets 120KW with maximum torque of 400Nm. The Amarok offers class-leading fuel consumption figures...

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BMW 5 Series 530d (Car of the year finalist 2011)

The BMW 5 series has assumed legendary status since it was first introduced in 1972. Now in its sixth generation, it is often referred to as the 'best sedan in the world' and the latest version of the 530d continues this tradition of excellence in no uncertain terms. Its new generation 3.0 litre straight six diesel engine can take it from 0 - 100km/h in just 6.3 seconds, with a healthy dose of 540Nm of torque pinning you to the back of your seat. But this power is...

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VW Polo 1.6 Comfortline TDI (Car of the year finalist 2011)

The VW Polo needs no introduction to local motorists. Easily one of the most popular vehicles in its segment, the newest version of the Polo has been quickly embraced by people who love its sporty good looks, practical size and build quality. The 1.6 Comfortline TDI is the top of the range, offering VW's lively diesel engine that kicks out 77KW at only 4,400 rpm. But perhaps the most appealing aspect of the diesel is its frugality. With a claimed consumption of a mere 4...

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Opel Astra 1.4T Enjoy Plus (Car of the year finalist 2011)

A sleek, powerful looking vehicle, the new Astra looks set to restore Opel's status in the compact segment. The design combines the sportiness of a coupe with the practicality of a 5 door hatchback. The new generation of Opel Astra ECOTEC® engines are leaner and greener, delivering effective performance with competitive consumption. Improved structural rigidity and a sophisticated compound crank with Waifs link rear suspension adds up to a nimble, responsive ride....

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Ford FIGO 1.4 Ambiente (Car of the year finalist 2011)

Budget-minded car shoppers will no doubt flock to the Figo in droves, particularly after the prestigious endorsement of being a COTY finalist. The Figo is a funky little city car that closely resembles the previous incarnation of Ford's popular Fiesta model. No coincidence as the design is in fact based on the Fiesta. The 1,4 litre petrol engine delivers 62 Kw at 6000 rpms and delivers a peak torque figure of 127 Nm at 4000 rpm. It achieved a very respectable fuel...

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Citroen DS3 1.6 THP Sport (Car of the year finalist 2011)

If you're someone who likes to turn heads when you drive down the street, then the DS3 is for you! With it's up to the minute styling, huge air-intakes and alloy wheels, floating roof and LED powered headlights, it has undeniable attention-grabbing presence. Combine that with a 1,6 litre turbo-charged engine mated to a slick 6 speed gearbox and you have a car that is very much about the driving experience. As this is the Sport version, you get a huge number of mod cons...




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