Car Launches

Audi Q5 (2017) First Drive

Q5m The new Audi Q5 is destined to reach South Africa in the third quarter of 2017. It's the follow-up to Audi's best selling model and what the firm calls the world’s best-selling premium SUV, so expectations are high. Does it deliver? Our British correspondent, Mark Tisshaw, [...]

Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe (2016) First Drive

1066019 P15 0777 Rgb A4 The latest version of the 911 is the first to feature an all-turbocharged lineup (save the track-oriented GT3). Has the greener direction turned the most iconic sportscar into something a bit bland and non-distinct? Our UK-based correspondent, Andrew Frankel, investigates... There is no car mor [...]

Maserati Levante Diesel (2016) First Drive

Levante6 It seems an outrageous challenge: to create the "Maserati of SUVs" – a vehicle that is as sporty and luxurious as it is versatile. The turbodiesel-engined Levante is the first derivative of Maserati's new model to be launched in South Africa... Consume [...]

Suzuki Ignis (2017) First Drive

Suzuki Ignis 001 The Suzuki Ignis is due for introduction in South Africa in May 2017. We had a chance to get behind of the wheel of this mould-breaking compact family car/crossover at its European launch in Italy. British Correspondent, Wayne Gorrett reports. Firstly and most importantly, what this ISN&rs [...]

Mercedes-AMG GT R (2016) First Drive

16C1050 020 They call it the Monster from the Green Hell. They say it is essentially a road-going version of a Nurburgring 24-Hour Race-winning GT3 race car. It looks somewhat like the automotive equivalent of the Hulk, and sounds like a demon... a very furious demon. Has the new Mercedes-AMG GT R stretc [...]

Facelifted Mazda BT-50 (2017) First Drive

Bt50g The new-look Mazda BT-50 may still be regarded by some as the less-than-macho, somewhat awkward-looking cousin of the top-selling Ford Ranger, but beneath its polarising exterior styling lies a pragmatic bakkie that is made for work and isn’t short on comfort, either. Australian contrib [...]

Facelifted Lexus IS (2017) Specs and Pricing

Lexus Is350 001 1800x1800 Toyota's luxury brand, Lexus, has announced a new version of the IS sedan. Here are specifications and pricing for the 2017 Lexus IS.  The Lexus IS, rival to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, has never been a best seller and we don't understand why. It's supremely well [...]

Nissan GT-R (2016) First Drive

Gtr1 Can the iconic Nissan GT-R, which was unveiled in 2007 and arrived in South Africa 2 years later, still be considered a benchmark sportscar, considering the performance capabilities of much-newer rivals? Have a series of updates, including one during 2016, allowed the R35-generation car to ma [...]

Facelifted Renault Clio (2016) First Drive

Renault Clio 2017 1280 16 The facelifted Renault Clio was recently introduced in South Africa, replete with modest exterior and interior updates. But the big news is that a 5-speed manual 1.2-litre turbopetrol Clio, which will fill the gap between the regular and RS/RS Trophy derivatives, is coming soon [...]

Range Rover Evoque Convertible (2016) First Drive

Evoque1 The Range Rover Evoque Convertible, branded as the "world’s first luxury compact SUV convertible" is now available in South Africa. It's arrived just in time for summer, but how much does making such an emphatic style statement cost you? More than a million... Based on the Evo [...]