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Car Of The Year finalists announced

Published by on Nov 27th, 2009, 2 Comments

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The finalists for the 2010 South African Snoozefest Car of the year have been announced. The finalists in no particular order of monotony are:

  • Alfa Romeo Mito 1.4i Turbo Petrol
  • Audi Q5 2.0 T STronic
  • Chevy Cruze 1.8 LS
  • Hyundai i20 1.6 GLS
  • Suzuki Alto 1(!) litre GLS
  • Toyota Prius
  • VW Golf 6 1.4 TSI 90 kw Comfortline
  • Volvo XC60 3.0T Geartronic

From here on the finalists go on a couple of tests which include high speed dynamic assessment, parking ability, handling and other tests all while monitoring the fuel consumption.

I suppose they will have a proper car to tow some of these babies around to get them to high speed because on their own steam they won’t get there.

Anyway, which one do you think will win and why – leave a comment.

Spied: Next Gen Touareg

Published by on Nov 27th, 2009, No Comments

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I like the VW Touareg. It’s got a bit of attitude and went against all the perceptions that you shouldn’t pay big bucks for a VW.

This is the new one. Updated to fall in with the new VW design language – front looks alot like the new POLO and GOLF6. From the rear though it doesn’t look like much is going to change and it basically looks like the current one.

I’m thinking it looks more like a facelift than a complete new model which looks like it’s a bit of a VW trademark these days like they did with the Golf.

Let’s hope its more than just a nosejob.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG DEFORMED!

Published by on Nov 26th, 2009, 1 Comment

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Mercedes SLS gullwing – nice.

Nissan GTR – nice.

Mclaren SLR – nice.

Now imagine someone deciding to take the SLS, give it some kind of GTR “gaping mouth” and for good measure give it the dropping nose treatment of the SLR.

WHAT? This isn’t just a bad idea, but someone actually decided to take that idea further and make a virtual design study of such an abomination.

The guilty party – MEC Design. Let’s hope they don’t build this thing.

Source: MEC Design http://www.mecdesign.de/new/en/gallery/gallery_w197.php

2010 BMW 5 series revealed

Published by on Nov 26th, 2009, 1 Comment

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There’s a new 5-Series and it’s looking good. BMW has finally taken all the covers off the new 5 Series after yesterday giving us a peak of what it’s been testing the last few months.

The new 5 is codenamed the F10 and unlike the E60 that went before it, the new one looks good. Let’s face it – when the previous one was launched everybody was appalled shocked by those freakishly long eyebrows and the design were sadly not Chris Bangles best moment. An indication that you shouldn’t be smoking what he was smoking when you design a car.

Lesson learnt.

The new 5 is a much more graceful, completely uncontroversial design and there is a lot of the 7 series’ design language integrated in the new 5, but you’ll see that for yourselves in the photos and the video.

The new 5 series will be launched during the first quarter of 2010 in Europe, but we’ll have to wait and see when it comes to SA.

See the press release below for additional details.

The world debut of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan once again marks the epitome of aesthetic design and supreme driving pleasure in the upper midrange segment. Through its sporting and elegant looks, driving dynamics typical of the brand, outstanding efficiency as well as innovative comfort and safety features, the sixth generation of BMW’s executive express convincingly reflects the supreme standard of the world’s most successful manufacturer of premium cars throughout the entire process of development. (more…)

Pay your traffic fines online!

Published by on Nov 25th, 2009, 2 Comments

How to pay your traffic fines online

How to pay your traffic fines online

It’s no fun being caught speeding or getting a parking fine. It’s even less fun being summoned to go to court after ignoring the notices! There is a new service available that you can use to view and pay your fines online. In case you want to dispute the fine they also provide the traffic camera photo for your convenience – there is quite a few of myself sitting cozy in the drivers seat.

I just logged in and saw a few outstanding fines on my name. All you need is your ID number. There are two sites depending on your area – Payfines.co.za for Jozi and viewfines.co.za for Cape Town. C’mon be a good citizen and pay your fines!

Bugatti Veyron crashes into lake!

Published by on Nov 16th, 2009, 2 Comments

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The Bugatti Veyron driver has been identified being Andy House, the owner of Performance Auto Sales in Lufkin, a company that restores wrecked exotics.

Couldn’t spot the pelican he claimed causing him to swerve as he said earlier. The man’s handphone had slipped out of the car’s centre console and he reached to retrieve it from the floorboard, Houston Chronicle reported.

When he sat up, he was startled by a pelican flying low alongside the Bugatti and the front tyre subsequently strayed onto the shoulder of the road.

The man couldn’t regain control, the police told Houston Chronicle. There were no indications that the driver was speeding. (He should still be arrested)

After the crash – trying to fish the Bugatti out of the lake

Subaru Impreza

Published by on Oct 17th, 2009, 1 Comment

Subaru have done a bit of work on their new range of Impreza’s. Initially there was just a hatch version, but now there is a sedan version available too.

Subaru Impreza WRX

Subaru Impreza WRX

Sadly, the sedan doesn’t come in an STI version, but the WRX with 195kW should keep you busy around the corners. The WRX comes standard with a scoop on the front, while the standard 110kW Impreza looks more like the car you’ll see Grandad driving.

The price is a bit on the steep side too. The WRX comes in at a hefty R360k, but that’s nothing compared to the R520k for the STI hatch. I’d be hard pressed between the STI hatch and a 2 year old M3.

Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza

I’d suggest giving them a drive anyway, well worth the fun, which really is what sets the Subaru’s apart. They seem to capture a level of excitement and fun in the diving experience that few cars have manged to really capture properly.

One of the best example of this, is what Ken Block manages to do with his STI Hatch. He’s got tons of clips on YouTube, but few of them really capture what he’s able to do. It’s one of my all time favorite clips, and just goes to show what the car is really capable of.

by Shawn Jooste

BMW Sports Car of The Future

Published by on Sep 4th, 2009, 2 Comments

“It’s the sports car of the future, the way BMW imagines it.” – Adrian van Hooydonk

BMW have unveiled what they think the future is. More in this post, and some pics below.

Of course BMW’s vision is a super economical car that does 0-60 in 4.8 seconds and runs at 63 miles to the gallon. The best part though is all this fuel saving technology still produces 356 horsepower. Bring on the future of motoring.

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