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Volvo V40 – The Safest Hatchback on the Road

Volvo V40 – The Safest Hatchback on the Road

When gathering information about the Volvo’s incredible Hatchback, the V40, the one sentence I kept hearing over and over again was “it’s the safest hatchback on the road”, followed by a pause, and then, “Ever.” I thought this was a bit of an exaggeration, but when approaching my contact at Volvo East Rand, I heard this is indeed the truth. Safety has been a priority for Volvo since the start of their vehicle manufacturing career in the 1920’s. As pioneers in the field of vehicle safety, Volvo has also been instrumental in the design and implementation of such important safety mechanisms as the three-point safety belt which has, undoubtedly, saved countless lives. This vision and mission remains ingrained in every Volvo produced, and the V40 is no exception. One of the most distinctive vehicles on the road at present, the V40’s tell-tale black-inlaid boot has been catching my eye on the road for some time. The style and design of the V40 has it mirroring a sedan from the front, but the classy, hatch-backed rear changes the game substantially; in my mind, Volvo (together with certain other major German brands) has always stood out as a mature, sophisticated vehicle for the more experienced driver. The V40 has changed that perception entirely for me. With a recent subtle, yet sexy, facelift, the V40 has elegance and fun bundled into one gorgeous package. The interior is characteristic Swedish luxury, with unparalleled quality in finishes. The steering wheel is leather-clad, as is almost everything else, effectively submerging the driver and passengers in lavish comfort. Although not as roomy as a sedan, the... read more
Landrover: Discovery Landmark – Cream of the Crop

Landrover: Discovery Landmark – Cream of the Crop

The Landrover Discovery has been a global success thanks to its superb capabilities and practical nature. Coupled with luxurious design and styling, the Discovery has come of age and peaked in the release of the Landrover Landmark. Landrover East Rand showcases this incredible vehicle, which is released in an exclusive finish called “Zanzibar” metallic; unique and distinctive, the Landmark stands out wherever it goes. The familiar chiselled look of the Discovery has been amped up and polished for the Landmark derivative. With exclusive Bright Finish Full-Length roof rails and Narvik Black Mirror Caps, there is nothing about the Landmark that seeks to blend in with the crowd. Released with 20 inch split-spoke alloy wheels, really sexy fender vents that highlight the blackened grille, and an electric sunroof as standard, the Landmark is rugged, yet devastatingly gorgeous. The interior continues on the distinctive, earthy-toned theme, with magnificent Windsor leather upholstery showing off a Tan, leather-wrapped interior, with Ebony fascia’s and door casings as a bonus. Ambient lighting sets the mood in the cabin, and brushed aluminium inserts along-side a leather wrapped steering wheel literally soak you in luxury. My favourite little bit of ostentatious luxury rests in the heated seats and incredible soft-touch leather finishes all around. Adjusting the ride height to suit your need (or want), thanks to Electronic Air Suspension systems, the Landmark stands tall with a generally great ground clearance that is the first clue to this vehicles true potential. There is a marked sense of capability to this vehicle, and once behind the wheel and revving the potent 3 litre diesel engine, the true nature of... read more

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Volvo V40 – The Safest Hatchback on the Road

When gathering information about the Volvo’s incredible Hatchback, the V40, the one sentence I kept hearing over and over again was “it’s the safest hatchback on the road”, followed by a pause, and then, “Ever.” I thought this was a bit of an exaggeration, but when approaching my contact at Volvo East Rand, I heard this is indeed the truth. Safety has been a priority for Volvo since the start of their vehicle manufacturing career in the 1920’s. As pioneers in the field of vehicle safety, Volvo has also been instrumental in the design and implementation of such important safety mechanisms as the three-point safety belt which has, undoubtedly, saved countless lives. This vision and mission remains ingrained in every Volvo produced, and the V40 is no exception. One of the most distinctive vehicles on the road at present, the V40’s tell-tale black-inlaid boot has been catching my eye on the road for some time. The style and design of the V40 has it mirroring a sedan from the front, but the classy, hatch-backed rear changes the game substantially; in my mind, Volvo (together with certain other major German brands) has always stood out as a mature, sophisticated vehicle for the more experienced driver. The V40 has changed that perception entirely for me. With a recent subtle, yet sexy, facelift, the V40 has elegance and fun bundled into one gorgeous package. The interior is characteristic Swedish luxury, with unparalleled quality in finishes. The steering wheel is leather-clad, as is almost everything else, effectively submerging the driver and passengers in lavish comfort. Although not as roomy as a sedan, the... read more

Landrover: Discovery Landmark – Cream of the Crop

The Landrover Discovery has been a global success thanks to its superb capabilities and practical nature. Coupled with luxurious design and styling, the Discovery has come of age and peaked in the release of the Landrover Landmark. Landrover East Rand showcases this incredible vehicle, which is released in an exclusive finish called “Zanzibar” metallic; unique and distinctive, the Landmark stands out wherever it goes. The familiar chiselled look of the Discovery has been amped up and polished for the Landmark derivative. With exclusive Bright Finish Full-Length roof rails and Narvik Black Mirror Caps, there is nothing about the Landmark that seeks to blend in with the crowd. Released with 20 inch split-spoke alloy wheels, really sexy fender vents that highlight the blackened grille, and an electric sunroof as standard, the Landmark is rugged, yet devastatingly gorgeous. The interior continues on the distinctive, earthy-toned theme, with magnificent Windsor leather upholstery showing off a Tan, leather-wrapped interior, with Ebony fascia’s and door casings as a bonus. Ambient lighting sets the mood in the cabin, and brushed aluminium inserts along-side a leather wrapped steering wheel literally soak you in luxury. My favourite little bit of ostentatious luxury rests in the heated seats and incredible soft-touch leather finishes all around. Adjusting the ride height to suit your need (or want), thanks to Electronic Air Suspension systems, the Landmark stands tall with a generally great ground clearance that is the first clue to this vehicles true potential. There is a marked sense of capability to this vehicle, and once behind the wheel and revving the potent 3 litre diesel engine, the true nature of... read more

Jaguar E-Pace – Jaguar’s First Compact SUV

Jaguar’s tagline is a powerful statement that highlights the dedication of the brand to the creation of phenomenal vehicles that are guaranteed to blow you away; the new E-Pace is no less a tribute to the motto, The Art of Performance, and as the first offering from the legendary brand in the Compact SUV segment, I am thrilled to preview this beautiful vehicle, as promoted by the Jaguar East Rand dealership. As one of the members of the most attractive brand on the road (in my opinion at least), the E-Pace is obviously a gorgeous vehicle to behold. With broad, muscular lines and the signature “ready-to-pounce” haunches, the E-pace is an agile SUV with the looks of a coupé. I particularly like the unique LED taillights that differentiate this Jaguar variant from the others. The interior proves to be more of the same beauty, with classy leather seating, highlighted by contrast stitching and a sporty grab-handle near the gear shift. The dashboard itself is the focal point of a driver-centred cockpit that seems to wrap around you and bring all the dials and switches within reach. With a decidedly premium feel, the cockpit boasts a 10-inch touchscreen that can do everything short of a load of laundry, and flexible, clever little stowage options that really speak of attention-to-detail design (the removable cupholders are worth a mention). Space is a given in a Jaguar – both front and rear are generously spaced, and the boot (a comfortable 577 litres) expands dramatically with the flipping down of the seats. My favourite touch is the panoramic sun roof that seems to fill... read more

Toyota Fortuner – Good Fortune to All!

Freeway Toyota in Ormonde, Johannesburg provided me with the opportunity to test drive South Africa’s most popular SUV last year, and as an avid fan, found it be exactly what it was punted to be: remarkable, reliable and really, really pleasing to drive. The new Toyota Fortuner has shown to be the recurring choice amongst families seeking both SUV luxury and off-roading capabilities, and I enjoyed the 4.0 V6 version for a trial run. The sleek, streamlined body shape is still fresh and relevant. The Fortuner is attractive and gives the impression of sophisticated confidence in its own abilities. I personally love the way the front of the vehicle feels so familiar, yet the rear has a brand new striking shape with a more refined look that – to those unfamiliar with the Fortuner and its forerunners – pique your interests as to whether this is in fact, the ideal hybrid between a traditional utility vehicle and a luxury family van. The gorgeous interior oozes luxury, with superior finishes and intricate stitching detail. Seats, windows and mirrors are all electronically controlled and conveniently shape to your needs; similarly, audio controls, communication devices and information display controls are situated in the steering wheel. New features mix with the standard luxuries from its forerunner – including climate control, reverse camera audio visual navigation system and 7 inch touchscreen with DVD capabilities in the 4.0 variant (great for families with smaller kids). The boot door opens and closes at the touch of a button from the driver’s seat, and boasts an incredible amount of storage space, which expands even more with the... read more

Peugeot 2008 – Big Shoes to Fill

In December last year, I reviewed one of the most amazing SUV’s in my career thus far: it’s safe to say that the Peugeot 3008 literally took my breathe away on every level. This past week, I had the absolute joy of reviewing the little sister of this amazing vehicle – the Crossover SUV from Peugeot, the 2008 1.2 Auto. Dinesh Reddy, Sales Manager at Peugeot Isando shared his experience with the 2008 with me, noting that Peugeot is generally quite underrated in South Africa, with the tide turning as people become more aware of the fantastic value and superb quality which Peugeot represents. With 17 years of knowledge and experience built up over various roles in the industry (and across many top brands as well), Dinesh is proud to represent the Peugeot brand, stating emphatically that the 2008 – as well as the gorgeous 3008 – are strong contenders in the market. I love the look of the 2008, with its core design being a clear nod to the 3008. The vehicle is designed to be recognisable, with 3D rear lights with a 3-claw design and a distinctive front grille that are offset by sporty wheel arch extensions, front and rear scuff plates and roof bars. Colour-coded mirrors and door handles provide a classic finish that speaks volumes about Peugeots attention to detail. Although being 83 mm shorter than the 3008, the 2008 has the same spacious cabin, with ample head and leg room all around. Although it is also somewhat narrower and sleeker, it has the same high stance and still has an incredibly generous boot storage,... read more

Isuzu Truck World – Where the Client Comes First

Meeting up with Charl Randall this past week reminded me of the true scope of the motoring industry. As the Sales Manager for Isuzu Truck World in Kempton Park, Charl heads up a sales team that is taught how to sell, present – and maintain – bakkies and trucks of the highest standards to the South African market. As the first Isuzu Truck Dealer to open in South Africa, it currently features among the top 5 Large Dealers in the Country. Isuzu Truck World was established to be the forerunner of the Isuzu Truck Network in South Africa, and as a subsidiary of the Itochu Corporation of Japan, holds itself to global standards of excellence and precision as both a local and international business of commercial vehicles. Headed by Dealer Principal Mahomed Philip, the dealership has a large catalogue, which includes a variety of bakkies and bigger trucks, and strives to use a winning combination of global expertise and local knowledge to meet the needs of Gauteng-based clients. Having been in the industry for 16 years, Charl notes that the Isuzu brand is one of only two brands he has ever represented, and feels a firm affinity to Isuzu and the client-base he has built up over the years. It’s not often that one hears someone say that another’s persons satisfaction is the key to their happiness, but Charl is one such individual; believing that Sales is not simply about selling a vehicle, but more about ensuring that clients are cared for holistically and throughout many years, Charl is emphatic about putting the client first, and wanting to see... read more