Back to the beach! New Toyota RAV4 launched 25 years on in SA

RAV4 goes upmarket with Generation 5 Five versions, choice of engine and gearbox Off-road ability grows with higher chassis LES STEPHENSON CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Way back in 1994 Toyota’s launch of the original RAV4 – here in Cape Town on Muizenberg beach when it was still legal to drive there –  introduced a…

Volkswagen T-Cross coming to South Africa in 2019

T-Cross to joinTiguan and Touareg at VWSA Sportier T-Roc confirmed for SA market in 2020 ‘Budget’ pricing for T-Cross promised by VWSA UITENHAGE, Eastern Cape – Volkswagen will introduce its first compact SUV to South African showrooms in the second half of 2019… the T-Cross  (pictured). The small SUV will join big brothers the Tiguan…

2019 Suzuki Ertiga: Update, more space, for 7-seat SUV

Second generation Suzuki Ertiga now in SA More passenger space, wider/longer body 200 000km promotional warranty included CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Wider, taller and longer than the updated model that was launched in South Africa in 2016  comes the brand’s new seven-seat Ertiga multi-purpose vehicle. It was an original model way back in 2010;…

Renault Koleos: SA brand flagship gets 2019 makeover

Renault’s top-end Koleos about to hit SA showrooms Three models, two of them with all-wheel drive One engine, a powerful 2.5 petrol with auto available PARIS, France – Renault says the latest version of its top-end Koleos SUV  ”is the embodiment of Renault’s new design language with its distinctive styling” Take a look – there’s…

JD Power survey: Hyundai Santa Fe ‘most reliable’ midsize SUV

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California – Hyundai’s Santa Fe has come through as ”most dependable SUV” in the 2019 JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study whose results were released on February 13. The handsome Hyundai ranked highest in its class from 2016 (yes, it takes time to determine reliability) thanks, the results say, for ”bold design, high-output powertrains…

Suzuki Jimny in running for World Car title finals

LONDON, England – Suzuki ‘s big little guy, the 2019 Jimny, has made it to the semi-finals of three categories in the 2019 World Car awards. It’s sister, the Suzuki Ignis,, had successes for the Ignis in 2017 and the Swift in 2018 in the World Urban Car category. The Jimny has so far made…

Mitsubishi to unveil chunky concept at Geneva ’19

GENEVA, Switzerland – Mitsubishi Motors will have an Engelberg (it’s a winter sports resort) Tourer Concept at the 2019 annual auto show here from March 5. READ MORE Mitsubishi features on Carman’s Corner The automaker says the vehicle will show off developments in SUV styling (well, just cop the image above, again!) and practicality with a focus…

Ford year-end boost focuses on more EcoSport sales

New entry-level addition to EcoSport line-up ‘Impressive’ new-generation 1.5-litre three-cylinder Six crash bags, electronic stability contro PRETORIA, Gauteng – Ford’s EcoSport SUV, launched in June 2018, has made a close-to-Christmas bid to boost sales. The Pretoria automaker says its making the model ”available to a wider range of price-conscious buyers” with the introduction of an replacement…

Made to Wow: Enhanced Kia Sportage (+4×4) now in SA

Design updates refreshes Kia’s baby SUV New engines, new autobox, available ‘Impressive’ value proposition, says automaker JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – It’s only just more than two years since the most recent awards-winning Kia Sportage reached South Africa but already the automaker is bringing in a mid-life ”refresh” that includes revisions to engines and transmissions options, as well…

Aston Martin goes off-road with new luxury DBX SUV (VID)

Aston Martin officially names first SUV as DBX Prototype testing started on rally stage in Wales Extensive tests due in world’s harshest environments GAYDON, England – Aston Martin believes it’s taken a significant but symbolic stride towards the luxury brand’s first SUV – now officially named DBX – with a development prototype. It’s about to…

Mitsubishi SA lops R30 000 off special Sport version of ASX

Model described as ‘cross-over SUV for stylish adventurers’ Maker claims enough space, practicality, safety, versatility Easy to drive ‘with fuel consumption of a smaller car JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Mitsubishi has created a limited-edition version of its ASX Sport SUV (November 2018) with the promise of a range of extra ”sporty” equipment that would otherwise add…

Kia’s big flagship arrives: Four models, one engine

New eight-speed auto transmission standard One turbodiesel engine with plenty clout Range of passenger configurations up to 11 seats JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Kia’s ”comprehensively refreshed” Grand Sedona wagon has arrived in South Africa with its prime changes being an upgraded shell and cabin and ”enriched” specification levels. Prices range from about R600 000 to  nearly…