South African 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Lexus LC500 (2017) First Drive

2016 Lexus LC500 DarkGray Dynamic 12 Lexus is not renowned for producing headlining sportscars, but the evocatively styled LC500 looks to change all of that. We drive the eye-catching V8-engined newcomer, which will be launched in South Africa in mid-2017, in Spain. SEVILLE – Stepping out of the hotel, onto the narrow, cobbl [...]

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 [...]