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CAR April 2019

CAR is Southern Africa’s leading automotive-interest magazine – and has been since 1957. It’s aimed at petrol-heads of all ages looking for, expert reviews, road tests, driving impressions of the latest models available and great motoring content from the country’s leading motoring journalists.

South Africa
RamsayMedia (PTY) Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s letter

What separates a truly great car from one that’s simply very good? Human emotion plays a large role in anyone’s estimation of a vehicle, of course; while you may think a Land Rover Defender is cramped, noisy and uncomfortable, my opinion of that automotive anachronism has been shaped by the sheer joy of regularly driving one on a farm long before it was legal for me to do so. I unequivocally love a Defender, warts and all, and you may feel similarly about a different example. When it comes to voting for CAR’s annual Top 12 Best Buys awards, however, we take a far more scientific approach to separate the good cars from the great ones. We consider only those vehicles in which we’ve spent lots of time; doing otherwise would be…

2 min
winning letter

ICE AGE The ICE Age is coming to an end... ICE (internal-combustion-engined) vehicles are on the path to extinction. They have served humanity well for a century but now their environmental and health toll is too high. Whether this change occurs in a decade or longer is still unknown but it will happen. Electric vehicles are superior to ICE cars by every measure. ICE cars’ health costs are no longer tolerable. The current limiting factors for EVs are range, cost, charging times and facilities, but this will soon be addressed and be irrelevant. We live on a farm, 25 km from the nearest small town. A normal day out is between 150 and 175 km. There are currently no local charging points. Yet, we cope easily with a 94 Ah BMW i3 EV…

7 min
over to you...

Please include your physical address and telephone number. Diverse ideas and opinions are welcome, but publication of your letter doesn’t necessarily mean we agree. Please stick to a maximum of 300 words. CAR reserves the right to edit and shorten letters owing to space constraints. MAZDA2 I thoroughly enjoyed Gareth Dean’s comment on his experience with the Mazda2. I totally love mine: it’s so individual. It’s sporty, too, and there’s no engine strain at high speed. The car bristles with high-tech features and the service is very reasonable. It’s unfortunate so few people are driving these amazing cars. I definitely intend to drive mine for a long time. JOHANN VAN TONDER Mossel Bay [Couldn’t agree with you more, Johann – the Mazda2 is an underrated gem – editor.] HAVE CAR DEALERSHIPS LOST THE PLOT? Nicol Louw’s…

4 min
return of the king

EVOLUTIONARY EXTERIOR IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T TRY TO FIX IT … THAT’S THE ETHOS BEHIND THE EIGHTH-GENERATION GTI’S STYLING Volkswagen tends to make ballooning bodywork, prominent spoilers and diffusers the preserve of its R and track-focused variants but there’ll be a purposeful simplicity to the Mark 8 GTI befitting its balanced persona. As our renderings show, staples such as red pin striping, black honeycomb grille and dual-tone alloys remain part of the exterior highlights, albeit in more vestigial forms. The narrower upper grille shows the continuance of the signature thin red line, which will mirror the chromed louvers by flowing into the LED daytime-running light elements, much like in the Arteon. Out back, the subtlest of roof spoilers and dual exhaust ports are the only real telltale signs. That clean exterior…

2 min
blunt forces

#1 RANGE ROVER VELAR SVAUTOBIOGRAPHY DYNAMIC EDITION POWER 405 kW TORQUE 700 N.m 0-100 KM/H 4,5 sec TOP SPEED 274 km/h Utilising a 405 kW supercharged 5,0-litre V8, the SVA will become the apex Velar when it arrives here later this year priced at R1 714 000. Discernable from its lesser stablemates by its model-specific body kit and suspension, 21-inch lightweight alloys and red callipers biting down on uprated brake discs (395 mm front; 396 mm rear), the SVA also features a highly configurable drivetrain system. ETA: Q3 #2 BENTLEY BENTAYGA SPEED POWER 467 kW TORQUE 900 N.m 0-100 KM/H 3,9 sec TOP SPEED 306 km/h Lamborghini Urus owners’ noses are surely out of joint with the announcement their car’s title of Fastest Production SUV has just been nabbed by the latest addition to the Bentley…

1 min
gallic charm offensive

NEW PLATFORM; BETTER PACKAGING DESPITE BEING SHORTER THAN THE OUTGOING CLIO, THE NEW MODEL’S BOOT IS 26 LITRES BIGGER ETA: early-2020 The new Clio is underpinned by the CMF-B platform; a common B-segment unit scalable across a number of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance products. Although it’s 14 mm shorter than the previous-generation car, the new Clio’s packaging has been optimised to free up additional interior space. The load bay has been redesigned to be more “cubic” and the optional Bose speakers have been fully integrated so as to not eat into boot space. The upshot is a luggage bay up by 26 litres to a claimed 391 litres. BORROWING FROM BIGGER BROTHER Elements carried over from the Mégane are very much evident in the new Clio’s styling, including sharper bonnet creases, a more defined front-end and…