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The GTI, only smaller.

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I’m going to begin by saying I’m a fan the GTI. The Golf is incredibly…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on December 4, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Back to the future with Mercedes-Benz’s new A-Class

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The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is somewhat underwhelming. Initially, I thought it was a face-lifted version of the revolutionary prior model. Visually, the side profile looks familiar on the eye. The distinctive changes are the new rear tail lights and…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on November 27, 2018 at 11:03 — No Comments

The better Swedish alternative, the European Car of the Year.

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Volvo’s new compact premium SUV offers something new from the Swedish brand. What began a few years ago with…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on November 16, 2018 at 14:02 — No Comments

Jeep’s new Compass

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Just in time for Christmas – a gift from Jeep – their…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on November 16, 2018 at 12:28 — No Comments

The World Car of the Year, Volvo’s new XC60

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Exciting or intimidating – to drive the 2018 World Car of the Year? The all-new Volvo XC60 is the second incarnation of Volvo’s best-selling car. The previous generation reigned hugely popular over its nine-year lifecycle. Impressively, during that period, a million…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on November 8, 2018 at 12:30 — No Comments

Welter-weight knock out, the new Suzuki Swift

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South Africans love the Suzuki brand. In 2017 and again in 2018, the brand won several local awards. Some of these awards involved consumer votes. This speaks not only to media opinions but to customer experience as…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on November 6, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

The new C-Class Mercedes-Benz

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Since its inception in the early 90’s, the C-Class…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on October 30, 2018 at 14:49 — No Comments

A Micra dose of fun

 

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There’s a new supermini in the hood and it’s designed to turn heads. The Micra isn’t a new car - originally it hit the roads in…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on October 24, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

Iron fist in a velvet glove, the 2X4 Nissan Navara

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Wow! This year has flown by. It feels like only a few weeks ago that I first reviewed the new Navara. That was a year ago! I shot it outside a church. I did this…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on October 16, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

The cool X vehicle from BMW, the new X2

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The world has become SUV/crossover mad. What started out as a functional vehicle for off-road adventures has mushroomed into…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on October 9, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Time flies when you’re having fun

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It’s hard to believe that the fun supermini, the Fiesta from Ford, is 42 years old…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on October 4, 2018 at 16:19 — No Comments

The Ford Figo 2.2

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Times are tough – a recession means cutting back and counting your pennies. It doesn’t mean things need to grind to a halt, though.…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on September 26, 2018 at 11:03 — No Comments

The better equipped and more robust looking, the i20.

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Now half way through…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on September 21, 2018 at 9:52 — No Comments

When the Japanese out play the Germans.





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I reviewed the previous Mazda CX-5 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Then late last year, I drove the current model. I was…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on September 4, 2018 at 13:30 — No Comments

The story of an American classic: the Wrangler

 

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Classic, like a Lego block, this timeless design is somewhat as adaptable as the plastic toy it resembles to…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on August 30, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

The art of design, the VW Arteon

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Every so often, a car is created that makes you look twice. You stare and smile. Years later, you look at the design and understand…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on August 15, 2018 at 16:01 — No Comments

The well-hung VW Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace

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VW jumped on the SUV train over 15 years ago with their brilliant, yet underrated, Touareg. Five years later the brand…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on August 7, 2018 at 14:29 — No Comments

Arguably BMW’s best series

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Despite being facelifted, in the quest to be better than ever, holistically, the BMW 2 Series is arguably the best car in the BMW…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on July 31, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

The adventures of the rare Panda

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Did you know that there are only 1834 Pandas in the world? Scary thought – they are almost extinct! And, did you know that…

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Added by Daniel Calbacho on July 17, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments


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