A connected drive for older Audi vehicles – Free Audi connect plug and play OBD device

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Audi South Africa has introduced the national availability of its new Audi connect plug and play device. This innovative technology solution is freely available to all customers whose vehicles have a model year introduction from 2008 onwards and that doesn’t currently offer Audi’s latest connected integrated technology. The Audi connect plug and play app (available on iOS/Android) lets your smartphone use Bluetooth and the Audi connect plug and play hardware to connect to your vehicle, turning it into a connected car. “We understand that Audi customers are keeping their vehicles…

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Citroen C3 Aircross Reviewed!

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The Citroen C3 Aircross has been updated for 2022. Here’s the specification and pricing for the fun, fresh, French crossover. For 2022, Stellantis says the Citroen C3 Aircross has been given some updates to “show a more assertive personality” and the cabin has been rejigged for enhanced practicality. What’s Updated? The updated Citroen C3Aircross gains a brand new front end, designed to Give it some independance from the standard C3. The new grille is bigger and demanding, plus there are some chunky add-ons like the wheel arches and front/rear skid…

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross(2022) Updated.

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We were lucky enough to spend time with the recently updated Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5 T GLS 4×2 variant, this is a first time this segment has been updated with a turbo charged motor making 110kw and 250nm, it now competes head to head with the rest of class. If you prefer the most reliable tried and tested Mitsubishi 2.0L 16v motor you can still purchase it with the update but it is the “base” model variant producing the same 110kws but only 198nm. Mitsubishi is like the old faithful…

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Peugeot’s Landtrek 4×4(2022) Reviewed

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Over nearly a century, Peugeot has been a formidable force in Africa. The new LANDTREK enables Peugeot to make a strong comeback in a market where it has a very strong heritage, the LANDTREK personifies the DNA of legendary models such the 404 wagon and the 504 Pick-Up which sold exceptionally well in SA back in the day. Peugeot bravely releases the all new LANDTREK, which enters the One-Ton Pick-Up segment and accounts for more than 25% of the South African new vehicle market, and possibly the hardest segment to…

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Mitsubishi Triton 2.4 Di-DC 4X4 A/T P/U D/C(2022) Reviewed

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The new Mitsubishi Triton represents 42 years of Japanese engineering and that means that it’ as strong and capable as Anything we’ve ever driven, on road and especially off road. Since it emerged as the L200 in 1978, Mitsubishi have sold 4.7 million units. We loved them in South Africa, previously known as a “Colt” – a workhorse and lifestyle companion, a member of the family even, just like its rivals such as the Ford ranger, Isuzu D-MAX (nee KB) and Toyota Hilux. The development of this particular Triton began in…

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Updated Fiat 500 Sport Road Test and Review

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Pros – Trendy Retro styling; great fuel consumption; comfortable seats; Go-Kart like handling; Great engine Cons – Drivers seat can’t be adjusted down; Fuel economy does fall short of claimed; Poor safety rating After a trip to Italy, I fell in love with the original Fiat 500 known initially as ‘The Cinquecento’. Introduced by the Fiat Company in July 1957 and produced under this guise until 1975 the model was designed by Dante Giacosa, and the Cinquecento was marketed as a cheap, functional, and economical town car for post-war Italy. Fast forward exactly 50 years…

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The all-new Kia Carnival(2022) Pricing and Spec

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The all-new Kia Carnival replaces the outgoing Grand Sedona to become a multifaceted companion to progressive families intent on living a big life. Staking its claim on the unoccupied space between SUVs and utilitarian people-movers, the Carnival offers the best of both worlds with its advanced technologies, new engine and platform, and luxurious cabin. Penned at Kia’s world-class California design studio, the Carnival wears a bold appearance and conveys the visual language found on the brand’s recent and highly successful line of rugged SUVs – Sorento, Seltos and Sonet. Inside,…

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Spotted! Volvo’s all-electric XC40 P8 Recharge on South African roads

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The highly anticipated Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge has been spotted on South African roads, marking the local arrival of the Swedish firm’s first all-electric vehicle (EV). A mere four days after Volvo opened the order books for the battery-powered XC40 in May 2021, all initial slots were sold out. Now the first example has made local landfall, being handed over to its excited new owner at the Tom Campher Volvo Cars dealership in Johannesburg. In order to meet growing local demand, Volvo Car South Africa has secured an additional allocation…

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Volvo XC60(2022) is coming to SA

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Fans of the Swedish luxury car brand Volvo will be pleased to hear the MY22 Volvo XC60 is coming to South Africa. Volvo says the infotainment system makes this the best-seller smarter than ever before. This next-generation system offers unprecedented personalisation and unparalleled connectivity running Google Maps, Google Play, and hands-free Google Assistant. The Google Assistant allows the driver to use their voice to control the air temperature, set a destination, play music, send messages all while keeping hands on the wheel. The system stays up to date with maintenance and new features with updates over-the-air. Exterior changes include…

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2021 Suzuki Ignis II GLX 1.2MT

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Pros – unique styling; comfortable high up seating position; solid ride and handling. Great engine Cons – Expensive (Should it be priced above a Swift); cheap finishes on the interior. Love it or hate it styling at the rear. Suzuki has launched its new ‘not quite an SUV, not quite a compact’ compact SUV; the 2020 Ignis has been overhauled, and now bears the II moniker. The unconventional looking car has charming looks and features pretty up-to-date technology, in a package that might best be described as fun-sized motoring. Much like…

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Suzuki Vitara Brezza 1.5 GLX Auto (2021) Road Test and Review

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We had the new bold compact SUV from Suzuki on test and spent some time getting to know the fun little SUV which has lots of talent. The compact SUV market is suddenly booming in South Africa and everywhere you look you will see a Kia/ Hyundai or even a VW SUV running around. This styling is on trend and the go to for new car buyers. I think it makes you feel like you can go anywhere even with its very limited ground clearance as it still gives you the confidence you…

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Updated Peugeot 3008 GT-Line Road Test

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OPULENT from the moment you open the door. The 2021 Peugeot 3008 GT is the pinnacle model in its mid-sized SUV range, offering class and comfort. To stand out from the crowd, it sports Chrome exterior highlights, grille and branding featuring high polished, eye catching wheels.

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70 days to Corolla Cross

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70 days to Corolla Cross Another sign of the times in car buyer’s habits is the move away from the normal four door and boot sedan car to a SUV. And if you are Toyota and have been selling the ‘World’s best-selling car’ the Corolla sedan in South Africa since 1975, then you really need to adapt to the new demand. Introducing the all-new Toyota Corolla Cross SUV poised to take the Corolla brand into the ‘new-age’. To keep with the move towards ‘New energy vehicles the Corolla Cross will…

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2021 Citroën C3 Shine Review and Road Test

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Pros – unique styling; comfortable seating; solid ride and handling. Cons – pricey; limited rear leg and head room. The latest offering from the back in SA brand is the 2021 Citroen C3 Shine, and we have thought up a few keywords to describe it starting with quirky, fun, cool, different, and possibly even pretty. It’s a fantastical little hatch that offers unique styling, a funky design and plenty of practicality. It even sports Air Bumps, which are at least slightly more discreet then the previous door protection fitted to…

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21YM HONDA NC750X(2021)

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One of Europe’s favourite all-rounders gets a well-rounded evolution: more power for the engine, plus higher redline and revised gearbox ratios, which come hand-in-hand with Throttle By Wire management, 3 riding modes and refined, expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control. Its renowned fuel efficiency is maintained, and a full 6kg has been shaved from the kerb weight. A redesigned frame is clothed in sharper-edged styling, the unique up-front storage compartment is usefully larger and seat height 30mm lower. The Dual Clutch Transmission variant continues to offer a technology unique to Honda…

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The New Suzuki GSX-S1000 to arrive on SA Shores(2021)

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The excitement is growing in South Africa with the Worldwide launch of the new Suzuki GSX-S1000 which took place in April 2021. Before we get into specifications and the finer details of this Monster! We can expect the first stock arrival and official launch of the GSX-S1000 in the 1st quarter of 2022” says Baker. South African pricing is still to be released and will be released later this year. The previous GSX-S1000 A and F model did quite well in the South African market, customers just loved the power,…

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Updated Suzuki Swift for 2021 Reviewed

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Suzuki – the fastest-growing automotive brand in the country, has just updated 2 of its top-selling models, we look at the Swift 1.2GLX 5MT. To read the Review of the outgoing Swift Click Here  Whats New? Suzuki has announced an update to its popular compact hatchback/budget car using the word “minor” and I would like to say from the outset it is less than a minor up-date. The revision offers a few new colours (including some 2-tone options on the GLX derivatives) and a new sportier 15-inch alloy wheel design. If you have a look…

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The all-new Opel Corsa 1.2 Turbo Elegance Review

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The Opel Corsa supermini has had a legendary history dating all the way back to 1982 when the car was first sold in the United Kingdom and Europe. Only in the early 90’s did the Corsa make its presence in South Africa with the B shape model. Built on a General Motors front-wheel-drive (FWD) platform the early Corsa models were one of the few supermini hatchbacks available in SA until Peugeot, Renault and VW came along. The battle of the superminis has raged on ever since and now in 2021 we have on test Opel’s latest…

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Driven: Peugeot 2008 SUV(2021)

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Peugeot have come a long way in recent years. One of the first stand out Peugeot’s I spent time with was in 2018 with the 3008 model, and I must say it was just light years ahead with the design and interior fit and finish (Read about it here). If you had asked me 15 years ago if I would consider a car from this French manufacturer I would have told you “how nice the seats are designed” but that’s about the only appeal I had for them. Nonetheless here we are in 2021 and Oh Boy, how things have…

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Locally produced Nissan Navara for 2021

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With the new locally built Nissan Navara set to roll off the production line at Nissans Rosslyn plant in June 2021, orders are now open. Retail prices start at R311 000 for the 2.5 Petrol XE SC and R740 000 for the top of the range 2.5D PRO- 4X 4×4 AT DC. The new Navara line-up is an exciting range with a variant to suit everyone’s needs, whether you are buying for business or a family leisure vehicle suitable for both on and off road. Even with Improved styling, enhanced technical and power specs, the Navara still remains…

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