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The New 2016 Peugeot 208 GT-Line | Latest News

The New 2016 Peugeot 208 GT-Line | Latest News

When the French design cars. They make every effort to make both a fashion statement and a lasting impression. And above all else – to be different. The new Peugeot 208 GT-Line five door looks unlike any other hatchback of its class. Its French design flair, an aerodynamic and classy, that doesn’t look like it is trying to hard too look pretty. All encompassing quality that includes a most congenial interior.    The fabric upholstered seats feel both durable and firm while very clean in its presentation –  interior architecture is premium. A seven-inch touch screen that provides access to the vehicles settings, audio/visual functions,(AUX/USB) and Bluetooth connectivity. Convenience at your fingertips with the multifunction steering wheel. (Sporty pedals and the small,flat-bottomed wheel – like it was taken off a PS4 game consol). In front of you, under the bonnet. Peugeot’s award-winning 1.2L, 3-cylinder Puretech turbocharged engine is excellent in any car: a small engine that produces 81kW of power and very satisfying performance, an acclaimed top speed of 190km/h, the 208 GT-Line has both acceleration and cruising speed. Despite wind noise the ride is very comfortable. A well-balanced chassis and pliant suspension – better suited for normal driving conditions. There is however some room to explore its limits and tap into its sporty DNA. And who says every autobox should have a dual-clutch? The 6-speed box feels almost seemless as it shifts cogs. There is a small button for Sport-Mode; so the car holds onto gears a bit longer, rev’s with a little more pep and under braking – downshifts with the rasp of a small motorbike. The... read more
Opel Adam S Experience

Opel Adam S Experience

Having just completed an advanced driving course a few days prior. My new skills were put to the test a lot sooner than what I could ever imagine. On my way to the pharmacy, in the new Opel Adam Sport, I took the left-hand slip way, about to exit onto the M5.When suddenly and without warning. A taxi, that had jumped the redlight, swerved and stopped right in front of me. With catlike reflexes, I initiated an emergency lane-change maneuver. Jumping on the brakes, just like Marius showed me, hands at 9 and 3 on the steering, there’s sand on the road and the car’s in a slide. I swerve right, ABS/BAS T/c/ESP activated, but the car is still skidding, I swerve left; and in what feels like slow-motion and an eternity to end. I am back on the throttle and on my way. Five minutes later I arrive at my destination. Before I exit the car. I take a moment to thank GOD and reflect on: what was a narrow escape from a, (potentially) very lethal situation. There are many dangerous situations motorists will face on a day-to-day basis and a single advanced driving course cannot prepare you for each and every one of them. Sure, when I was on the skidpan, I was determined to master an emergency lane-change; but I had to do more than learn to control a car in an understeer – I had to change my entire driving philosophy. Which I did, thanks to the brilliant team at Driving Dynamics. I now know why they call it the Opel Driving Experience. In the... read more

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The New 2016 Peugeot 208 GT-Line | Latest News

When the French design cars. They make every effort to make both a fashion statement and a lasting impression. And above all else – to be different. The new Peugeot 208 GT-Line five door looks unlike any other hatchback of its class. Its French design flair, an aerodynamic and classy, that doesn’t look like it is trying to hard too look pretty. All encompassing quality that includes a most congenial interior.    The fabric upholstered seats feel both durable and firm while very clean in its presentation –  interior architecture is premium. A seven-inch touch screen that provides access to the vehicles settings, audio/visual functions,(AUX/USB) and Bluetooth connectivity. Convenience at your fingertips with the multifunction steering wheel. (Sporty pedals and the small,flat-bottomed wheel – like it was taken off a PS4 game consol). In front of you, under the bonnet. Peugeot’s award-winning 1.2L, 3-cylinder Puretech turbocharged engine is excellent in any car: a small engine that produces 81kW of power and very satisfying performance, an acclaimed top speed of 190km/h, the 208 GT-Line has both acceleration and cruising speed. Despite wind noise the ride is very comfortable. A well-balanced chassis and pliant suspension – better suited for normal driving conditions. There is however some room to explore its limits and tap into its sporty DNA. And who says every autobox should have a dual-clutch? The 6-speed box feels almost seemless as it shifts cogs. There is a small button for Sport-Mode; so the car holds onto gears a bit longer, rev’s with a little more pep and under braking – downshifts with the rasp of a small motorbike. The... read more

Opel Adam S Experience

Having just completed an advanced driving course a few days prior. My new skills were put to the test a lot sooner than what I could ever imagine. On my way to the pharmacy, in the new Opel Adam Sport, I took the left-hand slip way, about to exit onto the M5.When suddenly and without warning. A taxi, that had jumped the redlight, swerved and stopped right in front of me. With catlike reflexes, I initiated an emergency lane-change maneuver. Jumping on the brakes, just like Marius showed me, hands at 9 and 3 on the steering, there’s sand on the road and the car’s in a slide. I swerve right, ABS/BAS T/c/ESP activated, but the car is still skidding, I swerve left; and in what feels like slow-motion and an eternity to end. I am back on the throttle and on my way. Five minutes later I arrive at my destination. Before I exit the car. I take a moment to thank GOD and reflect on: what was a narrow escape from a, (potentially) very lethal situation. There are many dangerous situations motorists will face on a day-to-day basis and a single advanced driving course cannot prepare you for each and every one of them. Sure, when I was on the skidpan, I was determined to master an emergency lane-change; but I had to do more than learn to control a car in an understeer – I had to change my entire driving philosophy. Which I did, thanks to the brilliant team at Driving Dynamics. I now know why they call it the Opel Driving Experience. In the... read more

Tesla: Autonomous Vehicle Enthusiast Becomes Tesla’s First Fatality. | Latest News

As the world enters into the realm of autonomous vehicle technology. Drivers are either test subjects or collateral damage. There are myriads of irresponsible drivers across the globe, drivers who do not care about their own lives and the lives of others. Negligence is rife on every road and in every country. But will autonomous or driverless vehicles save us from our own self-destructive tendencies? More-often-then-not, these self-destructive tendencies are much more subtle than we realise. Perhaps that is why we employ the help of machines to babysit us – protect ourselves from ourselves. The death of Joshua Brown puts a spotlight on autonomous driving technology. The first known death in over 209 million km’s where Autopilot was activated. Auto-pilot does not mean driver-less. the Tesla Model S is supposed to have had active control to steer, brake, accelerate, along with the front-collision and avoidance systems activated – the Model S failed to distinguish a 18-wheeler white truck&trailer crossing the highway against the backdrop of a bright sky. Referring to the trailers clearance and height, at which the system may have mistaken the trailer for a sign board. Tesla Model S auto-pilot still did not detect the first impact, which sheered-off the roof, as the car passed under the trailer, off the road, crashed through two fences, collided with a lamp post veering the car counter-clockwise and sliding to a stop 100m+ from the first point of collision. Primary investigations are underway to determine who or what was at fault. But autopilot, or autonomous driving does not negate the driver from their control-responsibilities of operating the vehicle. (Meaning, if... read more

F.C.A Recalls Grand Cherokee | Latest News

Apart from Paul Walker, the list of famous actors who have died in automobile crashes is vast and unless we have seen their movies, they probably were not on the top of  our list of Google searches. But when a celebrity dies as a direct or indirect result of a vehicle’s design flaws – a dark cloud begins to loom over the motor industry. Paul Walker’s surviving daughter, his only child, Meadow Walker sued Porsche, blaming her father’s death on the lack of safety features or defective design that trapped Paul Walker inside the 2005 Carrera GT. Meadow Walker’s attorney Jeff Milam said “Paul was the passenger in a car that was not designed to protect its occupants. While the speed may have been unlawful, it was well below the vehicle’s advertised capabilities,” Milam said in a statement. He added that Paul Walker survived the impact of the crash, but “burned to death because of the Porsche’s defective design.” (Sorry not an opinion I support). Anton Yelchin, 27 years old, died in what can only be called a freak accident. He wasn’t a gearhead, but he was a talented actor, well-known for his role as Pavel Chekov in the 2009 reboot motion picture Star Trek – Yelchin making his final appearance in Star Trek Beyond, which he completed before his untimely death on June 19th 2016. Yelchin’s 2015 Grand Cherokee rolled backwards on the steep driveway of his Los Angeles home, pinning him between his brick mailbox and security fence. Which at the time, a recall of 1.1 million 2014, 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees had already been issued in... read more

Tyre Inspection Time | Informative News

Tyres are paramount and of the utmost importance when it comes to safety. And logic would serve that these be a motorists first point of call, when it comes to a vehicle’s maintenance. But according to Sharon Tattersall, a 24-year veteran of the tyre industry and a Supa Quick franchisee. Far to many motorists, by the time their tyres need to be replaced – have already reached or exceeded the tyre tread legal limit of 1.6mm. The tyre industry has become more stringent and to ensure safety-critical standards are met, tyres are manufactured with tread depth/wear indicators – cross ribs evenly spaced around the circumference of the tyre in the main longitudinal tread grooves, that when flush with the tread surface are a sure sign, it’s time to replace those old pair of round takkies. But tyres are a serious financial pain-point for motorists and that is why consumer’s neglect to replace them – which equates to negligence. Worn tyres can place unnecessary wear-and-tear on shocks and brakes, (pads/disks), never mind the dangers. Worn or under-maintained tyres will increase braking distance, and the likelihood of hydro/aquaplaning your car in wet weather. The tyres are the car’s only connection to the road and will show warning signs of underlying issues with your car. You just have to get up-close and personal with your tyres – and look. If there is still sufficient tread, well above the tyre-depth-indicator, then look for uneven tyre wear. Assuming the same brand of tyres are identical in the front and the brand of tyres are matching in the rear.(Regardless if all four tyres are the... read more

South Africa’s New Concept Motor Show | Latest News

Motor shows are critical for manufacturers to showcase their products and market their brand to industry specialists, the media and the public. A foresight of future vehicle designs. But the cost to participate in a static show is exorbitant and in terms of return on investment – overrated. But for the traditional motor shows held close to major vehicle markets, such as in Detroit, Frankfurt, Geneva, Shanghai and Tokyo continue to attract major brands and increasing visitor numbers. Enter S.A’s Festival of Motoring. The revised and all new concept of the outgoing Johannesburg international Motor Show. For South Africa, a more innovative approach was needed to revive the traditional idea of a motor show. A think tank that would offer an exhibitor a better R.O.I and the consumer a far more interactive, entertaining and meaningful experience. Stepping away from the smog of boring static vehicle displays to one that is more lifestyle focused – with a long-term plan in mind. A benchmark that  could pave the way for other motor show think tanks – even on a global scale. And if you have ever asked a business owner what is the most important consideration when starting a new business. They will tell you, location, location and location. This year’s first SA Festival of Motoring will take place at the new Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre.  SA Festival of Motoring will turn spectators into participators: You will not only get to see the most beautiful cars money can buy but you will be able to drive them as well. Which is a game changer all on its... read more