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CAR July 2018

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

Pete has been a key part of the CAR team for 18 years now and, as our road-test engineer, he is the custodian for what is the most important of all our editorial pillars: our road-test data. Some of us may help out occasionally, but it’s this man who turns left out of our building several times a week and heads to the same piece of asphalt we’ve used to test our vehicles for the last five decades. The electronic, GPS-based Vbox we use might be a lot more sophisticated than the mechanical fifth wheel Pete bolted onto bumpers when he first started working here in 2000. However, getting the accurate and consistent results – so critical in the comparative testing we do – still requires the finesse, intuitive understanding and…

1 min
winning letter

MORE BLUETEETH My experience with CAR magazine dates back to the late 1960s; due to financial constraints, my dad could afford to buy CAR only when there really was money to spare. That was about three times a year in the early days and, after my father read it, my brother and I could have it. I have drawn and designed cars ever since my teen years and my favourite section in CAR was the latest models and trends in motorcar design, but that is a story for another time. I drive a school bus and see drivers busy on their cellphones all the time. They are either making a call, receiving a call or, heaven forbid, texting while driving. Distracted driving is a major contributor to car accidents. I have a suggestion…

1 min

Congratulations to Leon Krog, who wins an aviator-inspired, lightweight SOLO Altitude backpack (R1 499) and a stylish SOLO Ludlo tablet sling (R699). SOLO Established in 2008, Solo is committed to keep you moving in style with cool, thoughtfully designed bags and tablet cases. The sights and sounds of New York provide SOLO with endless inspiration to design a unique style. Now available in South Africa thanks to Gammatek at Incredible Connection, Takealot.com, Shopandship.co.za and participating Vodacom stores. Gammatek is a leading distributor of branded technology accessories, the company is the sole distributors of Body Glove, Solo, Speck, Snug, Tiggly, UAG, UBTECH ROBOTICS, Funko and Whoosh. See www.gammatek.co.za or @gammatek on Twitter and Facebook.…

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. THE BARGAIN CAR I have three cars, but the only one worth mentioning is my 1965 Ford Cortina and its signature peace-sign rear lights. I’m the second owner and it’s still used daily. My first car at university was one like this and I’ve had several since. The doors close with your little finger and the engine starts after the first swing. Thanks to my passion for cars and my reading of your excellent magazine for the past 40 years, people regularly approach me for buying advice –…

2 min
highbrow hiking boot

avarvarii.com SPORTIER UTILITY Following in the footsteps of its A-Class sibling, the new GLA will move away from the current car’s dumpy frame, instead adopting a sleek, sportier shell. Crossover staples such as cladding for the lower body, extended wheelarches and roof rails will be allied with a model-specific take on the A’s “predator face” front-end. The move towards sportier styling will also open up a gap for a new model. ALPHABET SOUP The next-generation GLA won’t be the only new addition to Mercedes-Benz’s G line-up, with the gap between this model and the GLC set to be filled by – logically enough – the GLB. With the GLA likely to adopt a more road-biased air, the GLB will be a rugged affair, essentially a baby G-wagen. An additional row of seats and chunky…

1 min
ranger… with a dash of raptor

Ford’s Australian arm has lifted the covers from the company’s refreshed Ranger and Everest lines, including models packing the Raptor’s engine. This four-cylinder turbodiesel pushes out 157 kW and 500 N.m, and is coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission as standard. In the Everest, the new powerplant offers a claimed combined fuel economy of 7,1 L/100 km and boasts a braked towing capacity of 3 100 kg. As with the refreshed Ranger, expect the current 3,2-litre and 2,2-litre diesels to remain. In addition to a revised suspension aimed at superior ride quality and handling, the new Fords feature redesigned grilles and a new selection of paint schemes and alloy wheels. Both cars will play host to Ford’s Sync3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, while the Everest will also benefit…