Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR: More bark than bite?

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR: More bark than bite?

The Golf 7.5 GTI's last hurrah is this, the TCR. It stands for Touring Car Racing but does it deliver on such a bold nameplate?The Golf 7 GTI has been around for quite some time now having first launched in 2013. It’s been through midlife changes of course, widely known as the Golf GTI 7.5 but that’

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A kick at the can: Opel Corsa 1.2T Elegance

A kick at the can: Opel Corsa 1.2T Elegance

After years of lagging behind the competition, can the fresh faced sixth-gen Opel Corsa cut it in a segment filled with talented rivals?Once enjoying great popularity in South Africa, the Opel badge has, over the years, lost the appeal once associated with its badge. Forgotten are the days of the le

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Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX: Boutique styling, bargain price tag

Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GLX: Boutique styling, bargain price tag

The cheeky Suzuki Ignis offers plenty of style for not much outlay. But it's not all about appearances - under the skin, it's a competent little city car.Boutique city cars – they’re bijou, ultra-chic and easy to park. But unlike conventional city slickers, they prioritise both style and practicalit

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Family value: Renault Triber Prestige 1.0

Family value: Renault Triber Prestige 1.0

BizNews journalist Jarryd Neves spent some time with the practical Renault Triber – here’s what he thought about the affordable seven-seater.The MPV – or multi-purpose vehicle – enjoyed a fleeting moment as the preferred choice of propulsion for large families everywhere. That is, at least, until th

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Suzuki Vitara Brezza 1.5 GLX: Eminently likeable – and practical, too

Suzuki Vitara Brezza 1.5 GLX: Eminently likeable – and practical, too

Compact SUVs are positively de rigeur at the moment. The latest addition to the high-riding party? Suzuki's talented Vitara Brezza.Suzuki is producing some cracking cars at the moment. On the lowest rung of the ladder sits the accomplished S-Presso. Climb up a bit more and you’ll find the brilliant

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Cheap can be cheerful: Suzuki S-Presso 1.0 S-Edition

Cheap can be cheerful: Suzuki S-Presso 1.0 S-Edition

Starting at R149,900, the Suzuki S-Presso is SA's cheapest new car. BizNews journalist Jarryd Neves spent some time with the range-topping 1.0 S-Edition.Here’s the scenario. You’re in the market for your first car and have a number of requirements. It needs to be practical, fuel economical and cheap

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Kia Pegas 1.4 EX – Big car refinement, small car price tag

Kia Pegas 1.4 EX – Big car refinement, small car price tag

The latest addition to Kia's local range is impressive. BizNews got to grips with the Pegas, a family sedan with a focus on value for money.For decades, the sedan has enjoyed great popularity with South African consumers – people who simply required a sensible, practical and spacious family vehicle.

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The lion’s got its roar back – Peugeot 2008 GT 1.2 96 kW EAT6

The lion’s got its roar back – Peugeot 2008 GT 1.2 96 kW EAT6

We get to grips with the eminently capable and Peugeot 2008 GT, the brand's latest compact SUV. Here's what we thought of the sophisticated newcomer.When you think of motoring pedigree, your mind often races to brands like Ferrari or Mercedes-Benz. Iconic brands which, through innovation and racing

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Paddock diary: Zwartkops in a new data filled light

Paddock diary: Zwartkops in a new data filled light

In this edition of paddock diary, Miles Downard heads off to Zwartkops for the third round of the Lotus Challenge race series.Thursday 13h00I swing past the Garmin head office in Rosebank to speak to a new acquaintance about an exciting new device from the world’s best known GPS company. It’s called

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Style and substance: Audi Q3 Sportback 40 TFSI quattro

Style and substance: Audi Q3 Sportback 40 TFSI quattro

BizNews journalist Jarryd Neves spent some time with the stylish Audi Q3 Sportback - here's what he thought about Ingolstadt's crossover coupé.Audi’s Q SUV range is growing from strength to strength. From the eminently cool, boutique Q2 to the range-topping RSQ8, there’s no denying the overall desir

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Ford Everest Sport: Competent and willing

Ford Everest Sport: Competent and willing

Biznews Motoring correspondent William Kelly was in George recently, sampling the latest Ford Everest derivative, named the Sport.By William KellyLaunches are hard work. Really. They are.How do you get anything more than just a first impression with only a few hours behind the wheel of any car? The

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Porsche’s electric lively young horse – a Taycan in South Africa

Porsche’s electric lively young horse – a Taycan in South Africa

Porsche's Taycan is arguably the most advanced electric vehicle available in South Africa at the moment. Miles Downard spent a few days with one recently to understand what it's like to live with here in SA.Electric vehicles, or EVs for short, are all the rage these days. The world will shortly be f

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Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition: luxury first, speed second

Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition: luxury first, speed second

By Miles DownardI have some fairly well-documented views on fast SUVs. It might be that I’m a little hard-headed on the matter but the notion of a fast SUV is so fundamentally flawed it’s hard to justify its existence in my mind.Now this. The Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition. A mouthful indeed b

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Volkswagen T-Roc 1.4TSI 110 kW Design: Better than a Golf?

Volkswagen T-Roc 1.4TSI 110 kW Design: Better than a Golf?

BizNews Motoring gets to grips with the much anticipated Volkswagen T-Roc, a handsome crossover based on the accomplished (and outgoing) Golf 7.Since its introduction in 1974, the Volkswagen Golf has focused on delivering practicality, reliability and bank vault solidity to the masses. The original

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Ford EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente: Perennial favourite showing its age?

Ford EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente: Perennial favourite showing its age?

The Ford EcoSport has been around for quite some time. Despite that, it remains competitive in the compact SUV arena - a segment bustling with activity.Ford’s EcoSport has been around for quite some time, before any mainstream manufacturer decided to enter the compact SUV/crossover segment that now

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Porsche hedging its bets with synthetic fuel development

Porsche hedging its bets with synthetic fuel development

While car makers across the globe commit to fully electric vehicle line ups inside the next two decades, some are hedging bets with synthetic fuel development.As the electric vehicle revolution begins to gather momentum, most automakers have pledged their allegiance to battery power. Bold claims (sp

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2021 World Car of The Year awards – here are the winners

2021 World Car of The Year awards – here are the winners

Since, 2004 the World Car of The Year awards have selected the finest cars from across the world - here are the winners for 2021.Since 2004, motoring journalists from across the globe have come together to assess the merits of the latest and greatest cars to shoot out of factories and design studios

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Paddock diary: a trip to the gold fields pays dividends

Paddock diary: a trip to the gold fields pays dividends

This edition of Paddock Diary sees Miles headed off to Phakisa for the first time which brings new challenges in his bid for success in the Lotus Challenge race series.Thursday, 18h00: work continuesWhy is it that things always seem to fall apart at the office a day before race weekend? My last Zoom

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS: An animal unleashed

Porsche 911 GT2 RS: An animal unleashed

The Porsche GT2 RS is like a wild animal that, at your peril, can be unleashed at the turn of a key. Miles Downard assesses its merits.It’s not often I drive a car that scares the living daylights out of me, but just over a week ago, that all changed when I jumped behind the wheel of the outgoing Po

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Rugged charm: Renault Duster TechRoad 1.5 dCi 4×2 EDC

Rugged charm: Renault Duster TechRoad 1.5 dCi 4×2 EDC

"The average driver will be able to manage anything from 5.2 L onwards with ease. This translates to a potential 1 000 km + on a single tank of diesel."The Duster has proven to be a crowd-puller for Renault. The compact SUV has proven widely popular with local consumers, with both the first and seco

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Maserati reveals exotic MC20 supercar

Maserati reveals exotic MC20 supercar

Italian luxury carmaker Maserati has revealed their latest supercar, the MC20. The mid-engined two-seater takes Maserati back to its roots, harking back to the MC12 of the mid-2000s.If you wanted a sporting, two-door Maserati, the now discontinued GranTurismo was your only option. Despite a melliflu

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Looking sharp: Merc’s swoopy CLS receives styling refresh

Looking sharp: Merc’s swoopy CLS receives styling refresh

Merc’s slinky four-door coupé has received a raft of styling updates, bringing the stylish luxury car in line with the Three-Pointed Star’s other offerings. It’s not just aesthetic revisions, though. The interior has also been the beneficiary of some tweaks – a new steering wheel design, extended le

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Budget-friendly load luggers for large families

Budget-friendly load luggers for large families

We take a look at four budget-friendly family cars capable of carrying seven people - and keeping your wallet intact.The SUV has replaced the traditional saloon car as the transport of choice for families across South Africa. While SUVs and their booted compatriots suit the needs of most families, t

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Land Rover Defender 110 P400 X: Modern yet supremely utilitarian

Land Rover Defender 110 P400 X: Modern yet supremely utilitarian

Miles Downard spends some time off the beaten track with the new Land Rover Defender P400 X. Here's what he thought of the big Brit.Few cars create quite the stir that this one did when it broke cover on the internet in 2020. Land Rover had essentially been making the Defender since its very beginni

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