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The New 2016 Renault Megane Sport GT

The New 2016 Renault Megane Sport GT

The Market Needs A Paradigm Shift “Behind the new Megane’s appeal, there is substance, technology and innovation that will make life easier and more rewarding,” Renault’s chief designer, Laurens Van Den Acker said. All over, the Megane GT Turbo is a mixture of sensual aesthetics, combed aerodynamics and hot hatch muscularity. A convincing formula to trump its German rivals – but for some reason, South Africans, especially those so-called no-it-all car enthusiasts still have a mental block to anything French. Quite frankly, the new Megane GT Turbo is a paradigm shift light years ahead of any critics “trapped in a box” mind-set. The Megane GT Turbo is ultra-comfortable, there are five driver settings to choose from, that not only changes the vehicle’s driving dynamics, but also the colour theme of the vehicles interior lighting. Select sport mode and red lighting illuminates the cabin, the speedo also changes from analogue to a sporty digital display with obvious changes to the drivetrain: improved throttle response, a raspier exhaust note and tighter steering at the helm. Honestly, the Megane GT Turbo just had me seeing red all the time! Night-time driving features another one of the Megane GT Turbo’s innovations: 3D Edge Light LED technology headlights that produce a 180° halo or crescent of light at the front of the vehicle – quite celestial. Along with Renault’s latest and much anticipated concept: 4Control Chassis four-wheel steering system. A bold move by the French automaker and not the first time they have done it, but a standout feature that makes the Megane GT Turbo different to any other vehicles of its class. Being... read more
The 2016 MAZDA BT-50

The 2016 MAZDA BT-50

Looking better than ever – even after 50 The new  Mazda BT-50 replaced the outgoing Drifter, with a minor facelift, the new model presents a more stylish package. Without decent contenders to compare the BT-50, I reviewed the BT-50 as anyone would: take it on a road trip, put it through its paces on some off-road terrain and just drive it to the shop and back. Mazda have taken an eraser to the mundane utilitarian look of the previous model line-up and though it is still a draft horse – the new BT-50 is a striking looking bakkie: bold new front-end and swept-back headlights are kindred of a SUV. Perhaps to pretty looking to denote it can handle the wild outdoors. Considering Gauteng witnessed some of the worst heavy downpours and flash-floods in its history, I thought it appropriate to say the BT-50 might be adept for crisis and rescue situations. This could be an over-reaching statement, but on a particular stretch of arterial road, was the aftermath of a flash-flood, mud, river reeds, almost two-feet of water and some water born parasites. Now I should have turned back, but I could not resist the temptation to put the BT-50 to the test. So I engaged the diff-lock and began my camel-trophy adventure. The front of the bakkie quickly sunk into the mud, with the front-wheels pinned down by boggy water; the rear wheels had enough tarmac for me to make a safe retreat. Nevertheless, the 147kw, 3.2L 5-cylinder turbodiesel engine, eager to impress, spurred me on and besides a loss of traction at the deepest point, the BT-50... read more

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The New 2016 Renault Megane Sport GT

The Market Needs A Paradigm Shift “Behind the new Megane’s appeal, there is substance, technology and innovation that will make life easier and more rewarding,” Renault’s chief designer, Laurens Van Den Acker said. All over, the Megane GT Turbo is a mixture of sensual aesthetics, combed aerodynamics and hot hatch muscularity. A convincing formula to trump its German rivals – but for some reason, South Africans, especially those so-called no-it-all car enthusiasts still have a mental block to anything French. Quite frankly, the new Megane GT Turbo is a paradigm shift light years ahead of any critics “trapped in a box” mind-set. The Megane GT Turbo is ultra-comfortable, there are five driver settings to choose from, that not only changes the vehicle’s driving dynamics, but also the colour theme of the vehicles interior lighting. Select sport mode and red lighting illuminates the cabin, the speedo also changes from analogue to a sporty digital display with obvious changes to the drivetrain: improved throttle response, a raspier exhaust note and tighter steering at the helm. Honestly, the Megane GT Turbo just had me seeing red all the time! Night-time driving features another one of the Megane GT Turbo’s innovations: 3D Edge Light LED technology headlights that produce a 180° halo or crescent of light at the front of the vehicle – quite celestial. Along with Renault’s latest and much anticipated concept: 4Control Chassis four-wheel steering system. A bold move by the French automaker and not the first time they have done it, but a standout feature that makes the Megane GT Turbo different to any other vehicles of its class. Being... read more

The 2016 MAZDA BT-50

Looking better than ever – even after 50 The new  Mazda BT-50 replaced the outgoing Drifter, with a minor facelift, the new model presents a more stylish package. Without decent contenders to compare the BT-50, I reviewed the BT-50 as anyone would: take it on a road trip, put it through its paces on some off-road terrain and just drive it to the shop and back. Mazda have taken an eraser to the mundane utilitarian look of the previous model line-up and though it is still a draft horse – the new BT-50 is a striking looking bakkie: bold new front-end and swept-back headlights are kindred of a SUV. Perhaps to pretty looking to denote it can handle the wild outdoors. Considering Gauteng witnessed some of the worst heavy downpours and flash-floods in its history, I thought it appropriate to say the BT-50 might be adept for crisis and rescue situations. This could be an over-reaching statement, but on a particular stretch of arterial road, was the aftermath of a flash-flood, mud, river reeds, almost two-feet of water and some water born parasites. Now I should have turned back, but I could not resist the temptation to put the BT-50 to the test. So I engaged the diff-lock and began my camel-trophy adventure. The front of the bakkie quickly sunk into the mud, with the front-wheels pinned down by boggy water; the rear wheels had enough tarmac for me to make a safe retreat. Nevertheless, the 147kw, 3.2L 5-cylinder turbodiesel engine, eager to impress, spurred me on and besides a loss of traction at the deepest point, the BT-50... read more

The New Honda Civic Sport

Civil and Spice and All Things Nice Now in its tenth generation, the Civic Sport is the brands sportiest Civic design and looks to cut a new groove for itself in the South African market. The Civic Sport concept car debuted at the 2015 New York International Auto Show and is based on Honda’s compact global platform. For some, Japanese cars might translate into the usual and predictable function over form, but the Civic Sport breaks that stigma. The Civic Sport’s redesign has given it more driver appeal. From the exterior, we see a striking fastback design; rear air-splitter does seem at odds in relation to the boot lid, but a new feature nonetheless. A longer wheelbase underscores it broad and low sportier stance. The Civic Sport sheds its dowdy looks of that of its predecessor, for a more aggressive scowling front-end, the 215/50/R17 fill-out the protruding wheel-arches – a calculated balance of body-to-wheel proportions. The Civic Sport is aimed at the iPhone wielding crowd, and not so much those carrying walking sticks. The Civic Sport carries advanced technology, through a neatly styled 7” touchscreen, to access audio/visual functions, vehicle settings, Bluetooth for cell phone connectivity and an excellent HD reverse-camera. However, in the pursuit of excellence, the absence of a Navigation function is sorely felt – and nothing replaces the convenience of a volume dial.  Congenial ergonomics that provides easy ingress and egress, comfortable leather chairs, heated front seats are a bonus and ample legroom in the rear. Without the cargo area being the sacrificial offering, provides 430L of boot space and houses a full-sized spare tyre. Aluminum... read more

What Should Motorists Do In Case of A Flash Flood?

Flash floods have claimed the lives of dozens of South Africans around the country. In simple terms: plan, be prepared act decisively. What does a flash flood warning mean? Flash Flood Warnings are issued for flooding occurring within 6 hours of heavy and intense rainfall.  An Areal Flood Warning are issued for flooding that occurs more gradually, normally from prolonged and persistent moderate to heavy rainfall longer than 6 hours. A number of streams, like the Klipspruit River, Klip River, Jukskei River, Klein Jukskei, Braamfontein Spruit, to name a few, meander throughout the suburbs and cities of Gauteng. Though mostly canalized, they have the potential to overflow and burst their banks – causing devastating flash floods. Flash floods are sudden, violent and powerful enough, in 60cm of water, to lift even a truck. Did you know a flash flood of 10cm+ of rapidly flowing water is capable of washing your car away? Radio stations, social media will issue flood warnings, areas and roads to avoid. This gives you a window of opportunity to prepare. Heavy and rapid downpours cause runoff that collects in gullies, streams and converge to form larger volumes of fast flowing water and debris – often miles away from the source. If you are on your way home from work, visualize the route; imagine that route/highway congested, and which spots, bridges, under bridges or river crossings that you need to avoid. This will help you decide on an alternative route, preferably towards higher ground. If you have little ones in the car, at all costs steer-clear of all congested routes prone to flash flooding and absolutely... read more

The New Mazda CX3 – Individual

It is As Individual As they Come DESIGN: Assembled exclusively in Hiroshima Japan and based on the same platform and rigid, light-weight unibody structure as the Mazda2, two brilliant cars competing in the small car segment. The new CX3 possesses bold aesthetics that sweep back into a most appealing aerodynamic exterior: resonating Mazda’s Kodo design ethos, which is sure to be as contemporary and striking in years to come – as it is now. INTERIOR: Is hospitable, spacious and comfortable. Good use of quality materials, soft leather accents on the dash, door arm rests, with contrasting red stitching while chromed dials,(infotainment/volume/climate controls) create a heightened sense of exclusivity. Carbon fibre inserts frame the climate control dials and AUX/USB ports for a finished sporty look. With voice command, Bluetooth  and every other visual/audio function accessible via the multi-function steering wheel. SPACE/RIDE QUALITY: Ample leg-room in the rear, offering body comfort for above average height passengers. Struts in the front, torsion-beam axle in the rear: the compact-hatch SUV’s pliant suspension rides out rough tarmac and is skilled at tackling dirt roads. The sport-tuned suspension provides both friendly and sharp handling: a complement of smooth steering and a weight-saving design provides a can-do attitude of feedback – a most noticeable characteristic when gliding the car through the bends, dynamics based on Mazda’s Jinba ittai,(unity between horse and rider) engineering philosophy. DRIVETRAIN: The 2.0L, i4, engine, with SkyActiv Technology and an ample 115kw of power makes the CX3 the perfect suburban and city car – capable and able. Select the sport mode switch, flip the gear-lever into manual, tap the paddle-shifts and you... read more

Orange Is The New Black

The new Renault Captur DCI 1.5L Turbo-diesel Dynamique Sunset LTD Edition. The exterior is truly eye-catching, its bi-tone hue draws a striking contrast between its Diamond black metallic paint and Sunset Orange detailing on the roof, fog lamp surrounds, side-view mirrors, door-sill protectors, boot lid, front grille and rear nameplate holder. Smooth flowing lines, highlight a rather elegant finish and elemental design. Orange is certainly the new black, the interior is a funk-up of the polyrhythmic Diamond Black on the Sunset Orange theme. Adorning the infotainment/touchscreen/climate control panel, speakers and the air-vents – not forgetting the seats. And to maintain the seats new car luster, the fabric chair covers can be unzipped and washed – a practical thought, when it comes to little ones along with a reverse-camera! Standard tech’ equipment includes Navigation, Bluetooth and audio AUX/USB connectivity. With the versatility of a MPV, the rear seats fold completely flat, transforming the Captur’s 377L boot-space into a 1235dm3 cargo area. Inspite of the rear brake-drum, front ventilated-disk combination, Renault have dialed in a granite braking system – keep a watchful eye in your review mirror for drivers behind you because the Captur’s ABS/EBD with BAS/EBA braking is a knife-edge of stopping power. Driving the Captur in manual guise, just makes perfect sense, most would agree that it is a far more engaging experience than the EDC auto-transmission found in the 88kw turbo variant. The light rumbling, 1.5L turbo-diesel 66kw engine achieves maximum torque as low as 1750rpms. The close-set 5-speed manual transmission, a sixth gear please Renault, is excellent at putting down 220nm of torque to the front-wheels. Keeping... read more