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Lexus ES300h SE – Steampunk-styled land yacht

It’s a sci-fi style from the comic book universe that has been pioneered by Goths who discovered the colour brown. The Lexus ES 300h SE is a stylistic homage to a subculture that appreciates art and science.

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FIRST DRIVE IMPRESSION: Kona adds youthful appeal to Hyundai’s SUV range

Hyundai seems intent on plugging the smallest gap in their local model range – and not just by expanding their existing model ranges, either. Following the recent updates to the Creta and Tucson, a gap of about R40 000 opened up between the most expensive petrol Creta and the least-expensive petrol Tucson. This clearly wouldn’t do, so Hyundai decided to slot their brand-new Kona crossover into this micro-niche.

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FIRST DRIVE IMPRESSION Lexus ES: The smooth operator

A little bit of this and a little bit of that, mixed in the right proportions, results in a rather pleasing all-rounder.

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Driven! Renault's all-new Duster

With its French name plate and modest price tag, you wouldn't think the Duster is half as capable as it really is. And it was only after heading up into the Maluti mountains near Clarens last year, that I fully had the opportunity to see what the Duster can do, which lead me to believe that it should have been named the Renault Hustler instead. Well, that was the old Duster, and this is the new. Is it even better? Let's take a look.

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All-new Cayenne: the next step forward for Porsche

The all-new third-generation Porsche Cayenne is an unmistakeable design evolution of the brand’s previous key SUV model. Here's why it remains an excellent choice for lovers of luxury SUVs.

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2018 Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design - Review

We drive the 2018 Volvo XC40 D4 AWD in R-Design trim and walk away suitably impressed, even if the engine and gearbox combination was a little bit of a let down.

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First drive - Merc's alluring A-Class

"Mercedes-Benz's sexy new A-Class is sporting a whole new look and feel, and is chock-full of new artificial intelligence to simplify your life - but it comes at a price.

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2018 Nissan Micra Acenta

The new 2018 Nissan Micra is making big waves in the B segment. Join us as we take a look at what makes this new hatch so special.

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All-new Nissan Micra - in the ring and hungry for a fight!

When the weather report on the radio says "brace yourselves for bad weather, all emergency services are on stand-by", you generally don't plan any road-trips. But what if a manufacturer has to launch their new 'upper' B-segment hatchback, namely the new Micra? Well, Nissan decided to go ahead with the launch regardless of the torrential downpour and a South-Easter that had more in common with a typhoon.

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The all-new Suzuki Swift – excitement, value and style; a first drive impression

I joked with my peers at the local launch of the new Suzuki Swift that 80% of the write-ups around the launch would be centred around fuel economy, in light of the recent, and rather severe, fuel price increase. Suzuki models have always been known to be extremely fuel efficient and one of the only manufacturers whose consumption claims are comfortably met in real-world applications.

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Review
Lexus ES300h SE – Steampunk-styled land yacht

It’s a sci-fi style from the comic book universe that has been pioneered by Goths who discovered the colour brown. The Lexus ES 300h SE is a stylistic homage to a subculture that appreciates art and science.

Read More
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First Drive Impression
FIRST DRIVE IMPRESSION: Kona adds youthful appeal to Hyundai’s SUV range

Hyundai seems intent on plugging the smallest gap in their local model range – and not just by expanding their existing model ranges, either. Following the recent updates to the Creta and Tucson, a gap of about R40 000 opened up between the most expensive petrol Creta and the least-expensive petrol Tucson. This clearly wouldn’t do, so Hyundai decided to slot their brand-new Kona crossover into this micro-niche.

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First Drive Impression
FIRST DRIVE IMPRESSION Lexus ES: The smooth operator

A little bit of this and a little bit of that, mixed in the right proportions, results in a rather pleasing all-rounder.

Read More
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First Drive Impression
Driven! Renault's all-new Duster

With its French name plate and modest price tag, you wouldn't think the Duster is half as capable as it really is. And it was only after heading up into the Maluti mountains near Clarens last year, that I fully had the opportunity to see what the Duster can do, which lead me to believe that it should have been named the Renault Hustler instead. Well, that was the old Duster, and this is the new. Is it even better? Let's take a look.

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First Drive Impression
All-new Cayenne: the next step forward for Porsche

The all-new third-generation Porsche Cayenne is an unmistakeable design evolution of the brand’s previous key SUV model. Here's why it remains an excellent choice for lovers of luxury SUVs.

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Video Review
2018 Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design - Review

We drive the 2018 Volvo XC40 D4 AWD in R-Design trim and walk away suitably impressed, even if the engine and gearbox combination was a little bit of a let down.

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First Drive Impression
First drive - Merc's alluring A-Class

"Mercedes-Benz's sexy new A-Class is sporting a whole new look and feel, and is chock-full of new artificial intelligence to simplify your life - but it comes at a price.

"

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Video Review
2018 Nissan Micra Acenta

The new 2018 Nissan Micra is making big waves in the B segment. Join us as we take a look at what makes this new hatch so special.

Watch Video
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First Drive Impression
All-new Nissan Micra - in the ring and hungry for a fight!

When the weather report on the radio says "brace yourselves for bad weather, all emergency services are on stand-by", you generally don't plan any road-trips. But what if a manufacturer has to launch their new 'upper' B-segment hatchback, namely the new Micra? Well, Nissan decided to go ahead with the launch regardless of the torrential downpour and a South-Easter that had more in common with a typhoon.

Read More
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First Drive Impression
The all-new Suzuki Swift – excitement, value and style; a first drive impression

I joked with my peers at the local launch of the new Suzuki Swift that 80% of the write-ups around the launch would be centred around fuel economy, in light of the recent, and rather severe, fuel price increase. Suzuki models have always been known to be extremely fuel efficient and one of the only manufacturers whose consumption claims are comfortably met in real-world applications.

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