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Range Rover Velar

FRANSCHHOEK, Western Cape – Considering the positively gaping hole created between the Range Rover Sport and the entry-level Evoque when the latter arrived way back in 2011, the launch of the box-fresh Velar – which inherits its name from a series of late-1960s pre-production mules that ultimately heralded the original Range Rover – should come as no surprise.

What is fascinating, however, is that the fourth member of the Rangie family doesn’t slot quite as neatly between its established siblings as one might expect.

Indeed, with an overall length of 4 803 mm, the Velar is a whopping 438 mm longer than the five-door Evoque (although we expect this model to grow a little in its upcoming second generation), yet just 53 mm shorter bumper-to-bumper than the Range Rover Sport.

It’s a similar case when it comes to local pricing, with the Sport range [...]

Renault Kwid Xtreme

Renault South Africa has added a third, limited-edition derivative to its local Kwid range, but the new flagship model – dubbed Kwid Xtreme – still does without ABS.

The brand says the newcomer will be available “in limited numbers”. For the record, the local arm of the French automaker has sold more than 6 000 examples of the Kwid since the budget vehicle’s launch late in 2016.

The Kwid Xtreme is based on the Dynamique model (priced some R15 000 higher), but adds an exterior styling pack that includes chrome accents for the front grille, fog-lamp surrounds, front bumper, rear bumper corners and tailgate.

Black roof-rails, black plastic mud-flaps, 14-inch rims and decals are also part of the package. This model furthermore gains rear parking sensors and auto-locking doors (from 20 km/h).

Power still comes from a naturally aspirated 1,0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, linked [...]

Porsche 718 Cayman GTS

Porsche has revealed the new GTS versions of its 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, and while the four-cylinder engine remains firmly in place, it does now pack a bit more punch.

The German automaker says peak power of the 2,5-litre, four-pot boxer unit has been boosted to 269 kW, thanks to a newly developed intake duct and an “optimised turbocharger”. For the maths addicts, that’s around 11 kW more than the 718 S derivatives and up to 26 kW more than its GTS-badged predecessors (which, of course, had naturally aspirated hearts with six cylinders apiece).

Maximum torque of 430 N.m (up ten units on the 718 S models) is available between 1 900 and 5 000 r/min, facilitating a zero to 100 km/h sprint in a claimed 4,1 seconds in self-shifting guise. Both GTS models top out at 290 km/h.

As with the existing 718 [...]

Landwind X7

Land Rover design chief Gerry McGovern says he is “nervous” about copycats stealing the design of the brand’s concept cars.

Speaking to Autocar, McGovern made reference to Chinese brands that had copied the British automaker’s designs in the past. Jiangling Motors, of course, offers a Landwind X7 that takes more than mere inspiration from the styling of the Range Rover Evoque, something that has led to a lawsuit.

“We’re nervous about showing show cars a couple of years out as you can be copied just like that,” McGovern told Autocar.

McGovern went on to insist that the brand had to “protect” the massive investments that went into developing new cars, right from the concept stage.

  • Also read: 5 of the most blatant copycat cars out of China

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Honda CR-V

Honda debuts its all-new mid-size SUV in an ultra-competitive segment…

Honda’s CR-V has, at various times, been in the top tier of its class. Previous versions were multiple winners of CAR’s Top 12 Best Buys awards, and rightly so; the CR-V has had all the qualities that appeal as a family vehicle in its segment. Lessons learnt from the previous CR-V have led to Honda SA offering a streamlined range and there are just two engines to choose from: a 2,0-litre, naturally aspirated, inline-four; and the version tested here, a new 1,5-litre turbo. Both are petrol-fed units, with the former available only in front-wheel-drive guise and the latter only in all-wheel drive. Due to low demand, says Honda, there will be no turbo-diesels. Both engines are mated exclusively with CVT and the derivative on test here is the lower spec of the two turbo versions.

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Suzuki Ignis

Suzuki Auto South Africa has released a statement saying that it has placed “a general freeze” on all vehicle prices, adding that it will not participate in the “customary fourth quarter industry price hikes”.

This comes after the local arm of the Japanese automaker announced that it would include an extended five-year or 200 000 km warranty on every passenger vehicle it sold until the end of 2017.

“Whether one looks at the consumer confidence index or at general economic growth, it is clear that consumers are feeling the pinch. With that in mind, we decided to squeeze as much value into our price and warranty offering as possible,” said André Venter, divisional head for sales and marketing at Suzuki Auto SA.

Suzuki claims that many of its competitors have already raised their prices, but insists that it will hold out as it chases a [...]

Polestar 2&3

Following the official unveiling of the new Polestar 1 hybrid, the recently-formed performance subsidiary of Volvo Cars has announced its first fully electric vehicle will be available as a right-hand-drive “mid-sized” offering aimed at challenging the likes of the Tesla Model 3.

Dubbed Polestar 2, it is said to be the first of five possible Polestar/Volvo-branded vehicles to be launched between 2019 and 2021. Polestar chief operating officer, Jonathan Goodman, stated at the launch of the Polestar 1 that the Polestar 2 will be ready for mid-2019 production.

Furthermore, it was mentioned that the production of the Polestar 3 is nearing the final stages of design. The automaker has also disclosed that the Polestar 3 will be a large SUV-styled, battery-powered electric offering.

Polestar looks set to market the Polestar 3 in between the 1 and 2 in terms of production volume and pricing. Reports also suggest [...]

VW Polo base model front

The sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo will arrive in South Africa within the next few months. Since its official reveal, we’ve had a look at various trim lines for what is expected to be one of SA’s best-selling hatches, but now we finally have an idea of what it looks like in base trim (likely to be similar to Trendline guise in SA) thanks to images sourced by AutoForum.cz.

Before getting into the details, it is worth mentioning that this is a German-spec model, which means that the level of specification may differ to what SA will receive. Visually, however, you can expect it to look pretty similar.

On the outside, it’s pretty much as you would expect it to look. The Polo adopts unadorned plastic trims for the bumper inserts and door mirrors (with embedded indicators), while the door handles are finished in black. [...]

Polestar 1 front

A few months ago it was revealed that Polestar would be branching off from Volvo Cars as a separate division aimed at focusing on EV production for the Swedish manufacturer. Accordingly, the new division has revealed details and images of its maiden creation, the Polestar 1.

The Polestar 1 is an electric performance hybrid delivering 448 kW and 1 000 N.m of torque via a Volvo-built 2,0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine (powering the front wheels) and a twin electric motor system (one on each rear wheel). While relatable performance figures have yet to be released, we do know that the 1 features an electric (emissions free) range of 150 km.

The Polestar 1 adopts a 2+2 GT layout built around Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture, though Polestar claim to have adapted around 50% of this platform to suit their needs, including weight management. That said, the Polestar [...]

McLaren-F1-front

It seems to have become a regular occurrence these days: classic cars that are found with near-zero miles on the odometer. However, this McLaren seems to have a story to tell unlike any other F1 supercar.

Offered by reputable dealer Tom Hartley Junior in England, this Dandelion Yellow McLaren F1 has just 239 km on the clock, which according to the dealer represents the pre-delivery test mileage.

Chassis number 60 is basically brand new in every way. The cabin is still covered in the protective plastic and so is the luggage set. All the documents and tools are also available as well as the McLaren Cars watch.

This must surely be a dream car for the potential next client, right? Well, that could actually not be the whole truth.

It is never good for any car to not be driven at all. Although it is likely that parts such as [...]

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