7th round of WPMC Short Circuit Championship at Killarney International Raceway

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The seventh round of the Western Province Motor Club Short Circuit Championship took place at Killarney International Raceway on 10 September.

A gruelling and exciting event yielded some interesting results from the competitors and as usual the audience were kept on edge thanks to some intense adrenaline-fuelled racing.

Above: Arnold Lambert (6) keeps Mustapha Enus (47) at bay in a battle which was fought over all 3 heats of the 125cc Gearbox Kart class.

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sept16-15aPeugeot 208 1.2T GT Line auto review for her

The Peugeot 208 is a nippy, snazzy hatch.  It has a compact appearance with a bump for the rear and a sloping slant to the neat bonnet in the front.  The front appearance presents a large grille, edged in silver up to the lights which wrap around the sides.

Inside, there is no mistaking that this 208 is built with a heart for sport.  The red thread flows through the stitching on the seats, the stitching on the steering wheel and follows through to the inlays in the doors.

The multifunction steering wheel is leather-bound and adjustable, and it too denotes the sport ability of the 208 with the flat bottom and smaller size, making for easier turning and maneuverability.

The dash flows in two parts that have the driver info and the “dropped” display screen with controls directly below it.  This presents a compact and neat appearance which is easy to see and navigate.

The 208 has all the niceties of electric windows and mirrors, cruise control, Aux, USB, Bluetooth for telephone and media streaming as well as auto-locking and split-folding rear seats.

The new 208 is in all ways sharper and more distinctive with the new front bumper and integrated grille.

It is a small car, but certainly packs a punch.  Passengers sit comfortably and the ride is comfortable and quiet.

The auto that I drove was great fun, easy to handle and quite simply a fantastic drive.  It has what is most needed as well as the sporty side and provides an economical ride.

The Peugeot 208 is an impressive offering and stands up to most of its competitors, offering a lot more of the things standard here, that are only available as extras on other vehicles in this class.

What’s more when you buy a new Peugeot you are buying peace of mind as every new Peugeot comes standard with a 100,000 km warranty and Premium Maintenance plan.

sept16-15bMahindra KUV100 1.2 review for her

The KUV100 is certainly an interesting little number.  Looking at it you see a cross-over that looks strong and daring with a high thick grille that flows through to the rear where it meets high tail lights.

The roof racks and higher ground clearance create a strong stance for the KUV100. There are many niceties that stand out, like the driver door lighting, that light up on opening the door and the auto-door locking on drive-away.

The interior is indeed spacious and the front cabin has plenty of space.  The dash is high and the gear lever is situated up high, just under the dash.  This creates extra space on the floor level, and I found this the perfect place to put my handbag, where it is totally out of sight.

The dash is totally uncluttered and easy to see and operate.  The tiny screen displays driver info and radio.  Directly below that, all at hand and eye-level, are the air-con dials and buttons and the gear lever.  The steering wheel is multifunctional and adjustable.

The KUV100 has Bluetooth telephone and media streaming, electric windows with auto in the front, electric mirrors, LED daytime running lights and the driver display includes a gear-indicator to show what gear you are in.

The KUV100 has a snazzy look about it.  The headlights wrap around to a sliver on the sides that taper to the front of the doors. Likewise the tail lights from the protruding rear have a curved line to the rear doors.

The rear doors have concealed handles, in thick silver, which allows that even though they are concealed they can be easily seen.  Front door handle and side mirrors are colour-coded to the body.  The side mirrors have thick grooves, which along with the roof racks, creates a rugged, sporty look.  The black accentuated wheel arches add to this.

The KUV100 has two drive modes, an ECO-mode and a POWER-mode.  The ECO mode I found to be quite sluggish, but switch over to POWER mode and the KUV is indeed nippy.

Light and easy to drive, the five-speed manual provides a comfortable drive, is easy to park and easy to maneuver.

It would seem cabin space was enlarged, resulting in a rather small, but deep boot area.

The pull-type parking brake takes some getting used to, but top of my list is most definitely the outstanding fuel efficiency.  Here the KUV100 is tops in my books.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one and just a few refinements would render it outstanding.

Traffic fines ‘warrant’ explanation

The City of Cape Town would like to caution motorists against an increase in warrants of arrest being generated for failure to appear in court – in large part because some motorists appear not to understand the difference between the types of fines issued.

As a result, unsuspecting motorists run the risk of being arrested for unpaid traffic fines.

Traffic enforcement agencies generally issue two types of fines – the Section 341 notice and the Section 56 notice.

A Section 341 notice is issued in circumstances where it is not evident who the driver is, for instance, a parking ticket or an offence captured by means of a camera. For such offences, vehicle owners receive fines in the post. If the fine is not paid, a summons follows with a date to appear in court.

Section 56 notices are issued where an enforcement officer physically stops a motorist and issues the fine. It is primarily used for moving violations that are witnessed by the officer. The Section 56 notice has the option of a fine, which, if not paid is an automatic written notice to appear in court on a date stipulated on the fine. Vehicle owners do not receive notices in the post for Section 56 notices.

‘This is where things have come unstuck, unfortunately. Some motorists are under the misguided impression that they’ll receive a follow up notice in the post and when that doesn’t arrive, they happily carry on with business as usual – until they are stopped at a roadblock or by a member of our roving Automated Number Plate Recognition Unit and discover that there is a warrant out for their arrest. Not only is there the very real risk of arrest and time in a holding cell, but it also means that we are dealing with a pile of warrants that could have been avoided if only the motorist realised that the physical fine that was issued was, in fact, their notice to pay.

‘I have to add that not everyone is necessarily blissfully ignorant; some simply choose to disregard the fine even though they are informed by the officers issuing the ticket of the consequences. I have very little sympathy for this category of motorist, because they are the scofflaws who clearly don’t have any respect for the law and think traffic fines are a joke,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

In recent years, the City has introduced a number of measures to help expedite the generation and execution of warrants for outstanding traffic fines, including:

  • an agreement with the Sheriffs of the Court to help execute warrants of arrest
  • the introduction of the Admin Mark on eNatis which prevents motorists from renewing their vehicle licence if they have outstanding warrants
  • the introduction of an SMS reminder service to motorists with outstanding fines
  • the introduction of automatic number plate recognition technology in traffic vehicles to trace scofflaws
  • the ramping up of Operation Reclaim, which aims to track down warrant evaders

‘I am compelled to remind members of the public that the issuing of traffic fines is not a revenue-chasing exercise, but the enforcement of national legislation that prescribes how motorists are expected to behave on the roads. We’ve introduced these additional layers to track down errant motorists because when people realise that their actions have consequences, they start modifying their behaviour. We then end up with safer roads and a lower road death toll. Cape Town has already seen results in this regard which spurs us on to hold even more motorists accountable,’ added Alderman Smith.

Fifth round of WP Karting Regional Championships

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Mayhem ensued at the fifth round of the Western Provice Karting Regional Championship at Killarney International Raceway on 30 July, when a multicar pileup occurred shortly after the start of the second heat of the Junior Max division.

Above: Andrew Rackstraw (440) looks on at the mayhem unfolding before the start of the second Junior Max heat as Pole man Jason Coetzee (446) gets airborne after being rammed from behind in a multiple Kart pileup. Unphased, after restart, Jason went on to complete his clean sweep of winning all 3 heats.

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AUG16-17-1MINI Clubman Cooper S review for her

by Helen Carstens

The Mini Clubman is like a little SUV Mini. No, it is not a SUV, but it is larger than the well-known Mini Cooper.  When climbing behind the steering wheel, the first thing I noticed was the vast distance to the rear of the vehicle.

The 4-and-a-bit door Clubman is snazzy and smart.  The wheel arches are trimmed with black.  The jutting roof has a sporty fin and it appears as though the windows slope from front to rear.

I found everything pertaining to the Clubman circular in design, from the headlights to the dash and dials.

The red detailing alluding to sportiness, including the defined steering wheel which has indents for your thumbs.  The centralised circular dash has a display screen and below are the air-con dials.  Directly below this is another row of dials – unusual – but very functional.  The steering wheel is leather-wrapped, adjustable and includes multifunction controls.

At first, I must admit, the cabin area felt a bit cluttered, with dials and buttons everywhere, but one soon becomes accustomed to it.

The Clubman offers many interesting features that also allude to luxury and refinement.

The list of standard features is extensive, with several others being available as optional extras.  Standard features include electric windows front and rear, electric side mirrors with folding and auto-dimming features optional, auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic air-conditioning and climate control for driver and passenger, cruise control with adaptive being offered as an extra.  Rear park distance control is standard, while front pdc and rearview camera are available as optional extras.  Radio with CD player, Aux, USB as well as Bluetooth audio streaming and telephony are standard with voice control and navigation being available as extras.

The Clubman Cooper S includes ABS with EBD and brake assist. Hill hold assist with electric parking brake as well as keyless start and optional keyless entry.

The drive is nippy, sturdy and sporty.  The sport mode offers a whole different experience.

Everyday driving is comfortable with smooth handling and clear, smooth gear changes.

The boot is a fair size. With tailgate consisting of two doors that open outwards.  Rear-seated passengers are afforded space and comfort.

An amazing feature, which clearly sets the Clubman in a different category, is the Mini emblem emanating from the driver’s door that illuminates onto the ground when the door is opened – rather a nice, and unique touch.

The Clubman certainly has many bells and whistles, offers a great drive and most definitely has a refined, sporty and luxurious appeal.

HC

AUG16-17-2Ford Everest 3.2 4WD XLT review for her

by Helen Carstens

The new Ford Everest is big, macho and strong. It is a vehicle of navigating serious terrain.

I must say, as a suburban driver, I found it rather big and heavy, as if it wanted to do more than just drive from stop street to stop street.

But, it is a very nice offering.  Comfortable and spacious, with leather seats and a number of USB and Aux points throughout.

Being high off the ground, there is a hand grip and step rail to aid stepping up into the Everest.  The cabin is spacious with a large central touch display with air-con dials and buttons below.

The multifunction steering wheel is wrapped in leather, adjustable and includes controls for Bluetooth functionality.

A nice feature, and one of my favourites, is auto door locking and drive away.  Auto lights and auto high-beams are both very handy features, as are the lane deviation warning and blind-spot warning indicators in the side mirrors.  Another favourite of mine are the heated seats with various heat settings, all controlled via the central touch display.

The Everest drives well, although I found it to have a very large turning circle, being such a big, muscular, heavy vehicle.  Thank goodness for the reverse camera that displays in the central screen.  This definitely helps with navigating in and out of parking bays and tight spots, should you manage to find yourself in one.

The automatic gearbox shifts smoothly and cleanly and the 3.2l V6 engine provides more than enough power to move this hulking behemoth.

The 7-seater provides plenty of space for the whole family.  Open the tailgate with the push of a button as it raises and you will find buttons to auto fold the last row of seats with one push, to create more boot space.

The lovely double-sunroof provides extra light into the cabin and really adds to the feel of being one with nature, if you decide to take the Everest off the streets and release it into the wild as this is something you really should do as the Everest is a fully-functional off-roader with one touch control for various terrain types.

The Everest is a multi-purpose vehicle that is able to take on many identities, all in great comfort.  It offers luxury, refinement and, at the same time, off-road capabilities that would place this vehicle in a class that is anything but refined.

The large body, arched wheels, curved bonnet, strong front grille, large side mirrors and step bars all point to the Everest being a strong, versatile ride.

HC

Play Pokemon Go responsibly

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While not officially available in South Africa yet, Pokemon Go has arrived in the country, and people are already playing this popular game. The need for players to be completely engaged with their screens, is, however, cause for concern, and the Automobile Association (AA) joins local and international road safety campaigners in calling for caution while playing.

VG247 (https://www.vg247.com/), a leading UK-based gaming blog, explains that Pokemon Go uses your mobile phone’s satellite GPS system, and built-in clock, to figure out where and when you are while the game is open.

“When you’ve got the game open, the game then populates the world around you with Pokemon. You end up looking at the world through your phone’s screen and camera, and the Pokemon are dropped on top of the real world in a semi-convincing way – this is augmented reality,” VG247 writes.

The effect of this is that many Pokemon Go players are glued to their screens, while walking or driving, concentrating on the screen instead of the road ahead.

“Reports are already coming in from other countries where people have been involved in crashes as Pokemon Go players have not been focussing on the road. There are also reports of road rage incidents involving this game. While we are not calling for anyone to not play the game, we want to urge anyone who is, to play responsibly, and be alert to the roads they are travelling on, whether by car, motorbike or on foot,” the AA said.

The AA said distracted driving, and walking, remains a problem in South Africa with too many people using their mobile devices while they should be concentrating on the core activity they are involved in.

“This is especially true for people who are walking. Statistics from the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) show that up to 35 percent of all deaths on our roads are pedestrians. This is extremely worrying, and people who aren’t paying attention while walking and playing Pokemon Go are at risk of being part of this statistic,” the AA warned.

The AA offers the following suggestions to players:

Don’t play while driving, or while walking near traffic;  Pay attention, and be vigilant, when you are playing. Distraction can cause injuries (even death), especially if you walk in traffic;  If possible, take someone with you when you are playing as a second pair of eyes to watch out for possible dangers;  Avoid playing Pokemon Go while boarding or alighting buses, trains or taxis; focus on the road and traffic and get to a safe place before playing

“We urge everyone to enjoy this, or any other gaming experience, but not to sacrifice their, or anyone else’s real life to catch a virtual character,” the AA concluded.

RENAULT KADJAR RANGE EXPANDED

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TO INCLUDE NEW EDC TRANSMISSIONS AND 1.5 TURBO DIESEL ENGINES

Renault launched their Kadjar crossover in April this year.  Combining the best of both worlds, the Kadjar crossover combines the best of three worlds – SUV, hatch and sportswagon.

Now only a few months later, the Kadjar range has been expanded to include new models featuring Renault-developed EDC transmissions as well as globally acclaimed and proven 1.5 dCi 81kW Turbo diesel engines.

New to the lineup are the: 1.5 (81kW) Turbo dCi 6-speed Manual, 1.5 (81kW) Turbo dCi EDC 6-speed Auto and the 1.2 (96kW) Turbo petrol EDC 7-speed Auto (already available in manual).

The EDC gearbox delivers the driving comfort of an automatic in tandem with the responsiveness and versatility of a manual gearbox.

The result is an excellent, fuel-efficient drive (reductions of up to 17% in fuel consumption and up to 30g/km in CO² emissions) together with seamless, smooth gear changes. Substantial reductions in engine noise have also improved levels of acoustic comfort.

Reliable and robust, the Renault-developed EDC gearbox has a host of advantages. It dispenses with the need for a clutch pedal, while gearshift control is of the ‘P-R-N-D’ type plus an ‘up/down’ shift mode. The ideal gear is selected by an electronic control unit and gearshifts are both automatic and comfortable.

The 1.5 dCi 81kW turbo diesel is the Renault engine most sold worldwide. It is currently available in the Renault Duster, launched here in September 2013, and was recently added to the Renault Captur range.

Developed using technology derived directly from decades-long Renault Formula 1 expertise and substantiated to reduce fuel consumption and CO² emissions by an incredible 35%, the 1.5 dCi 81kW turbo diesel engine is the power behind both the new Renault Kadjar Dynamique 4×2 6-speed manual and Dynamique 4×2 EDC 6-speed auto models.

The new 1.2 (96kW) Turbo petrol Kadjar Dynamique 4 x 2 (previously only available in manual), is paired with Renault’s EDC 7-speed Auto transmission which features an oil-bathed concentric multi-disc dual clutch system (wet clutch). This is a proven combination that delivers optimum ride comfort with seamless gear changes, reduced fuel consumption and CO² emissions.

The 1.5 dCi turbo diesel power plant delivers maximum power output of 81Kw with peak torque rating of 260Nm on the manual reached at 1 750 r/min. The EDC auto derivative delivers maximum torque at 250Nm also at 1 750 r/min.

Fuel and eco-friendly, both fuel consumption (4.6 litres/100km in combined cycle NEDC) and CO² emissions (120 g/km) are low. A second-generation Direct Common Rail + multi-injection fuel system, it ensures that only the minimum amount of fuel is injected into the cylinders for optimized fuel consumption.

The new Renault Kadjar 4×2 models start at R394,900.

The entire Renault Kadjarline-up comes standard with a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. The range also comes standard with a 5-year/90 000km service plan. Services take place at 15 000km intervals.

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Rising star in Motorcycle Racing ranks

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Cape Town is in the process of producing another Motor Cycle Racing super-star.
After only 3 years of racing, the 15 year old Fairmont High Grade 9 Learner, Brandon Staffen is already the NSF100 2014 champion, CBR150 WP champion 2015 and currently leading the KTM RC390 national championship, with an offer to take part overseas in the UK KTM RC390 series.

Stepping it up even further, Brandon has started taking part in the Regional Clubmans Powersport A Class riding a Suzuki SV 650. On Saturday 18 June, the Durbanville resident took victory again with some impressive riding.

Brandon’s success is a testament to the commitment from within the Short Circuit racing community, with a focus on introducing and mentoring young riders and helping to bring them up through the ranks. Brandon is just one of the up-and-coming stars Cape Town is producing. For more information on how to get involved in Short Circuit Racing, visit http://www.shortcircuitracing.co.za/

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JULY16-15_01Opel Astra hatch 1.4T Sport hatchback
by Helen Carstens

Sleek and smooth best describes the new Opel Astra.  It features a new design that sets the scene for the premium vehicle from Opel.

The stylish sedan look with silver edges around the windscreen culminates in the hatchback design of the rear to create the look, certainly a different take on the Astra.

Defined lines down the sides and the sleek slightly extended roof extending to the rear roof fin all add to the sporty look.

Inside the sleekness continues, offering a neat dash and centre console.  My test unit was the 1.4 Turbo Sport Hatchback and featured cloth seats and lots of bells and whistles:  Cruise control with speed limiter, auto-dimming rearview mirror, lane deviation warning, dual aircon, Bluetooth telephone and media streaming, rain sensing wipers, LED daytime running lights, auto off headlamps – once turned on you can leave them on as they automatically turn off when you turn off the engine.  And that is not all – Keyless entry with push button start/stop, auto-stop/start, electric windows and side mirrors with blind-spot warning indicators to assist with lane changing.  Even more the Astra features a reverse camera and parking sensors, an adjustable multi-function steering wheel which adds to a comfortable drive.  Paramount among the extensive feature list, the keyless function is always a plus for me.

All the controls are laid out neatly with centrally located buttons below the central display screen.

I was most impressed with the six-speed manual I drove as the gear changes were effortless and extremely quiet.  The new Astra certainly sets the bar, providing a sporty, sleek ride.  The drive was smooth and comfortable. Rear-seated passengers also said that the ride was comfortable.  Additionally the 60/40 split rear seats can fold flat if you need to carry a large load in the boot.

The new Opel Astra certainly appeals to me, offering style, comfort and an unbelievably smooth ride.

HC

JULY16-15_02Jeep Cherokee 3.2L 4×4 Trailhawk
by Warren Hammond

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee brings quite a few changes to the existing formula.  The offroader has been upgrade to mirror a sleeker sports look from the rugged bundu basher of before.

The bonnet tapers downward from the windscreen ending in a more rounded front with a narrow grille that sits quite high.  The Jeep logo sits above the grille on top of the bonnet.  A nice addition to the top of the range Trail Hawk is the centre portion of the bonnet cut in black vinyl to shape that runs up to the end of the bonnet to the windscreen.  The bonnet itself tapers inward toward the grille and the front fenders wrap around on top creating a rounded front with narrow, sports car-like wrap around headlights.  These units house the main headlights as well as the daytime LED running lights.

Red badges on the body in front of the side mirrors that say “trail tested” give credit to the Jeeps 4×4 capabilities.  Park assist sensors front and rear are standard and there is a rearview reverse camera, however this is available only as an optional extra.

The Tailgate opens and closes automatically at the push of a button – perfect if you’re loading luggage and your hands are full.  The boot provides ample storage room with the option to drop the rear seats to further expand this, at the cost of carrying extra passengers in the rear of course.  The spare wheel is located under the floor of the boot on a hinged door.

The Trail Hawk features a Leather-bound multifunction steering wheel and leather seats with a modern black interior.   The seats are leather and stitched in red with the Trail Hawk label in Red below the headrest.

The bulk of the driver information is displayed is via a full colour LCD panel situated between analogue speedometer and rev counters.  The display can be adjusted, via the navigation buttons on the steering wheel, to show range, fuel economy, speed (which can be set to display in km or miles), media and a range of settings among others.

The main console features a large full colour touch display for navigating radio, media, climate control and several vehicle settings as well as the onboard GPS navigation.  Below the display are the controls for the dual-zone climate control, most of which are edged in chrome to add a certain level of class.  At the bottom are ports for Car Charger, Aux, USB, SD Card and iPod connectivity.  Bluetooth connectivity for telephone and audio streaming is also present as well as voice control accessible via the multifunction steering wheel.  Additionally the steering wheel has buttons on the back, very cleverly situated in perfect reach of your fingers when your hands are on the wheel, for controlling the volume and track selection of the media you’re playing.

At the base of the console are the controls for the Cherokee’s offroad capabilities.  The dial features settings for auto-snow-sport-sand/mud and rock.  Buttons on the dial control additional features such as hill hold assist and incline descent assist.

The automatic gear lever shifts smoothly and precisely and the electric parking brake sits just behind it.  The parking brake engages automatically when you shift into park, which I found to be really handy.

The Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk is loaded with features.  You can expect all the standards like auto-locking doors on drive-away, electric windows all around and electric folding mirrors, but what stood out for me was the keyless entry and start with auto stop/start as well as rain sensing wipers and auto lights with daytime running LEDs.

The Jeep Cherokee provides a solid ride.  The V6 engine pushes out 200kW and 315nM of torque to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.  The 60 litre petrol tank offers a range of approximately 500km and an average consumption of around 10.8 litres per 100km.

Ample space is afforded to all passengers and the ride is solid and comfortable.  On the road and off the road the Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk is a great drive, affording the driver and passenger comfort and class.

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JULY16-15_03Renault Kadjar 96kW TCe Dynamique
by Helen Carstens

New from Renault is the Kadjar – an SUV that is functional and practical.  The Body presents as an SUV with large wheel arches, a curvaceous bonnet and large side mirrors.

My test unit was the 97KW turbo 1.2 model and featured an interior with leather-stitched seating and an uncluttered dash housing a large display screen with dual aircon below.  The Kadjar packs a multifunction, adjustable steering wheel with the volume and media/phone control stalk behind the steering wheel, as is Renault trademark design.  The driver is greeted by a simplified driver display with the rev counter in the centre with a digital speed display nested in the centre of that.

The touch screen allows for navigation of various menus and options as well as the handy reverse camera.

My Kadjar was loaded with features including keyless entry, push button start/stop, an electric parking brake, cruise control with speed limiter, lane change indicators, rain sensing wipers, doors that auto-lock on pull away, auto-dimming rearview mirror, electric side mirrors and electric windows all around.  Furthermore I was impressed by the number of USB iPod and Aux ports as well as built in navigation and Bluetooth telephone and media streaming.  I absolutely loved the panoramic glass roof, especially when driving through areas where trees line the roads as you feel like you’re driving through nature with a window to the beauty of the world.

The six-speed manual provides a smooth drive. It includes an ECO mode and gear change indicator which both help with the fuel economy.  You can see when you are driving economically by a leaf display that shows and guides you, aiding you to drive in the most economical manner.  After each drive you can pull up a display via the touch screen that shows you how economical your last trip was.

The Kadjar is spacious and comfortable and my test unit included my ultimate favourite feature – heated seats.  The boot is spacious and the rear seats can fold down to greatly increase the carrying capacity.

The phrase what you see is what you get most certainly does not apply here – versatile is one of the best ways to describe it because besides standard suburban driving, I had the opportunity to take the 1.6 Turbo Diesel 4WD Kadjar on sand dunes where it handled just as superbly.

While the Kadjar had a wide selection of niceties, the thing that stood out the most for me was the superb fuel efficiency, which I think is the most important aspect to most any driver in our current economy.

HC

JULY16-15_04Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 d/cab Raider auto
by Helen Carstens

The Hilux is synonymous with durability and functionality and, I must admit, it was not anywhere near the top of my rankings.  It had its place and was a top seller to no end, but to me it has always been just a bakkie, nothing more.

The new Hilux is, to me, anything but just a bakkie. It is different to its predecessor from every angle you can think of. It has a modern appearance, from the outside and the inside.  Besides all of the upgrades under the bonnet, it has a completely new appearance.  The exterior is bold and strong with curves and smoothness.  From the front grille over the accentuated wheel bonnet to the roof and down behind the cab to the back loading bay, it most certainly shows strength in its appearance.

The interior is radically different from anything before – you could easily be mistaken for thinking you are in an SUV and not a bakkie.  The new Hilux has a sense of style and a host of modern features absent in the Hilux of yesteryear.

The smooth, straight dash is seamless with a dual display and aircon dials, USB and Aux inputs, juice holders and the gear lever all below that.  My test unit was the Hilux 2.8 six-speed auto.

The Hilux features a leather-bound adjustable multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth telephone and media streaming and multiple functions for the display screens.

The 4×4 controls are handled via a dial (as opposed to a lever), ensuring that the functionality of the Hilux is still there – and somewhat better than before.  Now I can say, and it’s about time too, that the Hilux has finally arrived and can comfortably compete with others on an even playing field.

I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.  It was smooth and gear changes silent. The ride was most comfortable and there was most definitely power.  I was unfortunately unable to unleash that power, but believe me it is definitely there!

The new Hilux is here and I think it is a welcome addition that the die-hard Hilux fans are going to love.  It shows boldness and strength in the suburbs and durability and functionality in the great outdoors where it will sparkle and shine like never before and can definitely compete with any of its rivals.

HC

Xtreme Racing clinches 6th overall at 3rd Leg of CPMCC Rally Championship in Malmesbury

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The 3rd leg of the Cape Peninsula Motor Cycle and Car Club (CPMCC) Rally Championship took place on Saturday 4 June.  The field consisted of nearly 30 competing vehicles – the largest number to date according to Xtreme Racing driver, Trevor Hodges.

The leg consisted of six stages across three tracks in the Malmesbury and Philidelphia areas.

Xtreme Racing came in second in class and sixth place overall.  Driver Trevor Hodges and navigator, Ian Thebus were satisfied with their position, considering trouble that befell them on the fourth stage where they lost second gear coming into a corner and broadslided into a barrier, resulting in a flat tyre for the rest of the stage.