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Volvo XC 60 – Superfluous Swedish Style

Volvo XC 60 – Superfluous Swedish Style

Having the privilege of doing an overview for another Swedish powerhouse, I once again approached Madelein Kruger for some information on the Volvo XC 60. As the marketing manager for three incredible brands (namely Jaguar, Volvo and Landrover) Madelein offered me an overview of one of Volvo’s best-selling vehicles to date. The XC 60 is a crossover-SUV that, according to its tagline, is “built for anything”, although the suave, handsome exterior gives the impression of a vehicle designed to chauffer the high-class executive, it is indeed a functional, practical vehicle too. It is suitably impressive to look at though and – to be honest – is one of the nicest-looking SUV’s in this segment, in my opinion. It has class by the bucket load, with a proud and pronounced grille cluster and a tapered rear that is most certainly eye-catching. The interior is tasteful with a wide range of soft, light leather trim (although the always-popular black is still available) and has many beautiful inlay options. Elegance and technology meet up in the dashboard layout, and the XC 60 is said to offer everything that may be needed for the driver to enjoy his commute (as echoed in the “every detail matters” Volvo philosophy). Volvo has designed an exceptional cabin which is aimed at maximising Driver control. The Sensus system in the cockpit, is the Swedish manufacturers attempt at connecting the vehicle and the driver to the world around them through the stunning tranquil cabin which is fitted with intuitive instruments and controls, that are also easy to use. A multimedia hub exists as a focal point, called the... read more
Subaru Outback – Doing Life Right

Subaru Outback – Doing Life Right

  Subaru Centurion were enthusiastic about offering me the refreshed Subaru Outback for review this month, noting that this particular vehicle remains hugely popular with families seeking dependability as well as individuals seeking a car that offers functionality combined with performance. The ever-impressive Subaru Centurion dealership remains a hub for Subaru fans and newcomers alike, who come to find out more about the popular Touring Wagon. The philosophy behind this vehicle design is the idea that the Outback is the “sum of all things” which includes practicality, adventure, family-oriented sensibility all built around a performance-grounded frame. Looking at the Subaru Outback, I find the exterior look to be pleasing and sturdy, with a solid stance that radiates confidence and dependability. I like the way the vehicle’s front resembles a sporty performance-type sedan’s nose, whilst the rear provides the grounded look of a family SUV. The Outback is also tipped to have ample space in terms of head and leg-room, thanks to its raised estate car body shape. As a family-oriented reviewer, I note the impressive 512 litre boot space, which can be increased to a whopping 1801 litres with rear seats folded down – not only do I see this working like a charm for long family road trips and vacations, but also as a comfy (and safe) shuttle for my large-breed pets, who will find the low loading sill easy to jump. Speaking of safety, the Outback comes standard with Blind-Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, as well as carrying the standard that the body itself is made of high-tensile-strength steel, which is designed... read more

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Volvo XC 60 – Superfluous Swedish Style

Having the privilege of doing an overview for another Swedish powerhouse, I once again approached Madelein Kruger for some information on the Volvo XC 60. As the marketing manager for three incredible brands (namely Jaguar, Volvo and Landrover) Madelein offered me an overview of one of Volvo’s best-selling vehicles to date. The XC 60 is a crossover-SUV that, according to its tagline, is “built for anything”, although the suave, handsome exterior gives the impression of a vehicle designed to chauffer the high-class executive, it is indeed a functional, practical vehicle too. It is suitably impressive to look at though and – to be honest – is one of the nicest-looking SUV’s in this segment, in my opinion. It has class by the bucket load, with a proud and pronounced grille cluster and a tapered rear that is most certainly eye-catching. The interior is tasteful with a wide range of soft, light leather trim (although the always-popular black is still available) and has many beautiful inlay options. Elegance and technology meet up in the dashboard layout, and the XC 60 is said to offer everything that may be needed for the driver to enjoy his commute (as echoed in the “every detail matters” Volvo philosophy). Volvo has designed an exceptional cabin which is aimed at maximising Driver control. The Sensus system in the cockpit, is the Swedish manufacturers attempt at connecting the vehicle and the driver to the world around them through the stunning tranquil cabin which is fitted with intuitive instruments and controls, that are also easy to use. A multimedia hub exists as a focal point, called the... read more

Subaru Outback – Doing Life Right

  Subaru Centurion were enthusiastic about offering me the refreshed Subaru Outback for review this month, noting that this particular vehicle remains hugely popular with families seeking dependability as well as individuals seeking a car that offers functionality combined with performance. The ever-impressive Subaru Centurion dealership remains a hub for Subaru fans and newcomers alike, who come to find out more about the popular Touring Wagon. The philosophy behind this vehicle design is the idea that the Outback is the “sum of all things” which includes practicality, adventure, family-oriented sensibility all built around a performance-grounded frame. Looking at the Subaru Outback, I find the exterior look to be pleasing and sturdy, with a solid stance that radiates confidence and dependability. I like the way the vehicle’s front resembles a sporty performance-type sedan’s nose, whilst the rear provides the grounded look of a family SUV. The Outback is also tipped to have ample space in terms of head and leg-room, thanks to its raised estate car body shape. As a family-oriented reviewer, I note the impressive 512 litre boot space, which can be increased to a whopping 1801 litres with rear seats folded down – not only do I see this working like a charm for long family road trips and vacations, but also as a comfy (and safe) shuttle for my large-breed pets, who will find the low loading sill easy to jump. Speaking of safety, the Outback comes standard with Blind-Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, as well as carrying the standard that the body itself is made of high-tensile-strength steel, which is designed... read more

Range Rover Velar – The Bold and the Beautiful

As far as Range Rover’s go, the latest Velar lives up to the standards of luxury, off-road capability and the legendary quality which Range Rover is famous for. Landover East Rand provided me with a comprehensive overview of this incredible machine in preparation for an in-depth review later this festive season. Madelein Kruger, marketing manager for Landrover, Volvo and Jaguar East Rand, notes that the tagline for Landrover (Above and Beyond) has been literally summarised in the design and specifications of the Velar. With a superbly face-lifted look, the Velar is beyond magnificent to look at, with tight, clean lines, a streamlined nose with new-design grille, and a taut rump that gives the impression that it is ready to spring ahead. I love the exterior look of the vehicle, and feel a rush of excitement when previewing the spacious, elegant interior. Easily one of the most beautiful interiors I have seen, the Velar is wrapped in leather luxury with a glass-cockpit feel that is miles ahead in terms of technologically advanced system displays and controls. A Touch Pro Duo entertainment system integrates two 10-inch high- definition touchscreens for your driving convenience, meaning you can use one for navigation and the other for phone calls or audio controls – at the same time. Add to this a full-colour Heads Up Display on some variants or as an optional extra, and the cockpit of this vehicle will make you feel as though you are living a few years in the future. I am particularly impressed by the uncluttered look and feel of the dashboard, and the design notes that imply a... read more

Jaguar F- Type – Boss of the Road

Powerful. Agile. Distinctive. These are the words used to distinguish the Jaguar F-Type and identify it as the latest sports-car offering in the Jaguar family. Jaguar East Rand highlights the F-Type for effortless performance and precise, nimble handling that is steeped in luxury. Jaguar East Rand proudly hosts the cream of the Swedish manufacturer’s automotive crop, showcasing both the Coupe and Convertible variant of the F-Type, and offering me the opportunity to preview the vehicle before doing an in-depth test-drive next month. Marketing manager Madelein Kruger – who manages the Jaguar, Landrover and Volvo brands at the East Rand Dealership – notes that Jaguar has outdone itself with the superbly-styled, state-of-the-art F-Type, each of which offers a pulse-hastening, driver-focussed experience. At the outset, the F-Type is glorious to behold – it has the sexy, low-set appeal of a classic sports car with gorgeous feline lines that embody the grace and power of the big cat which the brand is named after. Both the Coupe and the Convertible are nothing short of magnificent to look at, and boast a refreshed interior with slimline seats that maximise comfort and style for the driver and passengers alike. With a class-leading Touch Pro infotainment system, the driver connects to the vehicle and the world around him with ease. The Jaguar F-Type range also now includes a 221kW 4-cylinder 2.0 litre Turbocharged Ingenium Petrol engine, which is currently noted as the most advanced and efficient engine to date in an F-Type. Offering potent performance with maximum efficiency, this engine incorporates such technologies as Intelligent Continuously Variable Valve Lift Control and a variable displacement oil... read more

Honda Civic Sport – Bringing Sexy Back

Honda East Rand notes they are committed to world class customer-service and showcases a full fleet of beautiful vehicles. My first impression of this Dealership is one of efficiency, friendliness and eagerness to serve the customer. Simon Edwards, the Dealer Principal, is enthusiastic about our relationship and my desire to tell the Honda East Rand story – he adds that telling the story from a female perspective is something which he is supportive of, as empowering women (especially in this industry) is a priority to him. I feel immediately at home, and am excited about the prospect of driving the Honda Civic Sport sedan this month. Introducing me to Wendy Badenhorst, I am told that she has been working for Honda East rand for 11 years, and displays a great passion for the brand – to the extent that she left for some time to pursue other interests, and then asked to specifically come back to this brand and this dealership, which speaks volumes about her commitment. Wendy states emphatically that she loves the fact that a Honda can be sold to a client, and she can sleep soundly knowing she has sold the best to them with integrity and honesty. What a vote of confidence, and I love the sense of assurance that I pick up from both the team, and the Dealership as a whole. Wendy delivered the beautiful, elegant Civic Sport 1.5 Turbo for me to test drive, and at first sight feel wowed by its edgy look; it is sporty yet also suave, with a bold stance that clearly points out its ability to be... read more

Freeway Toyota – Corolla Preview

Freeway Toyota, situated in Ormonde, Johannesburg, is one of South African’s largest independently owned Toyota Franchises. Boasting an extensive range of new Toyota vehicles that include family cars, SUV’s, all-round bakkies and small compact cars, Freeway Toyota strives to uphold their motto of being “your family Toyota dealer”. Family implies trust and dependency, and in my relationship with Freeway Toyota, I have found these values to be core to their daily service. With teams wholly dedicated to sales, parts and services, Freeway Toyota has all the bases covered when seeking to meet the needs of the client – whether it be Automark approved pre-owned vehicles, or out-of-the-box new cars, replacement parts or just a mechanical adjustment here and there, Freeway Toyota has your back. With great strength in terms of knowledge and experience, the team at Freeway Toyota have always been able to answer my questions with ease and present their products to me with confidence. This month, I am able to preview the new Toyota Corolla, which I will be reviewing in full in December. Claiming the title of Best Compact Sedan in 2014, the new Corolla has big shoes to fill. At a glance, the vehicle itself has smooth aerodynamic lines that immediately draw me in, with striking light-clusters in the front, and a sweeping body-line to the boot. With 16-inch alloy wheels as standard in all but one variant, the Corolla is set to make its mark as being both elegant and sassy. Freeway Toyota notes that due to an elongated wheelbase, the Corolla’s cabin is set to be even more spacious whilst still allowing for... read more