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, [...]

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 [...]

Lexus IS (2017) First Drive

Lexus Is350 028 1800x1800 The latest iteration of the Lexus IS is set to go on sale early in 2017. We took the revised business class sedan for a drive around the winding roads of the Lowveld to get a feel for it. Such is the domination of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the premium sedan market that Lexus battles t [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Opel Mokka X (2016) Local First Drive

DSC 2801 Opel launched the Mokka X compact family car/crossover in South Africa this week and we took it for a drive up the West Coast. This is what we discovered… The resurgence of the Opel brand on the local market is well underway following a host of local model introductions in the last [...]

New BMW 5 Series (2017) First Drive

BMW 530d 01 In a quest to usurp its newer rivals, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, facelifted Audi A6 and Jaguar XF, BMW goes all out on its all-new 5 Series and the result is nothing short of sensational. Contributor Aaron Borrill reports from Portugal. Lisbon, Portugal – It’s been a long time comin [...]

Update: Volkswagen Tiguan (2016) Specs and Pricing Announced

20Tiguan 001 Volkswagen has added two new diesel models to the Tiguan range, including a high-powered 4Motion model. The Tiguan range is starting to look complete now that Volkswagen SA has added 3 diesel engines to its model lineup. The turbodiesel models are open for orders but, are only arriving in the c [...]

Opel MOKKA X in SA – Specs and Pricing

Mokka X 10 1800x1800 Opel has launched the refreshed MOKKA X compact SUV in SA. Take a look at specification and pricing for the MOKKA X. The Opel Mokka is a relatively new offering in South Africa (launched in March 2015) and has been around since 2012, racking up over 600 000 sales globally. In South Afric [...]

Mercedes-AMG E63 S 4Matic (2017) First Drive

16C1052 224 Mercedes-AMG has launched the most powerful E-Class ever, the E63 S. We spent some time with it on the twisty roads in the Algarve and then punished it on the Portimao circuit in Portugal.  “We will only be getting the S model in SA,” says our Mercedes-Benz host, Shirle Gr [...]