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Still a good sport after a year

  Top Gear  REFLECTING on one year of Suzuki Swift Sport ownership….. One of the advantages of writing about cars is that you get to drive more models than most which helps a fair bit when the time comes to spend your own money on a set of…

Toyota Auris HSD XR Hybrid

High tech with low emissions Top Gear If you haven’t driven a hybrid car before, prepare for something of a surprise because you could well feel you’re at the wheel of a luxurious milk float that sounds just like those that……well…..float around the streets of England first thing…

Hyundai aiming to be most loved

Top Gear I find myself questioning whether there has ever been a more rapid transformation in the motor industry than that wrought by Hyundai of South Korea. To be blunt, I looked askance at one of my mates from Johannesburg who bought a Hyundai for his wife at…

Sparkling engine boosts Fiesta 1.0

Top Gear There’s always someone around who believes nothing is impossible. I don’t think, however, that even the most optimistic individual would ever have believed that Ford’s engineers could succeed in extracting an extraordinary 92 kW from a mere 1.0 litre, three-cylinder engine. (more…)

Zim Motor Show a huge success

Top Gear, Richard Wiley Bigger isn’t always better but in the case of the 2013 Zimbabwe Motor Show (ZMS), the bigger turnout of exhibitors did indeed make for a cracker of a show. Further, many of the, dare I say it, bigger franchise holders, also went to town…

F-Type Jaguar roars, purrs

Top Gear  More than half a  century has passed since Jaguar last launched a two -seater convertible sports car, so the global launch of the F-Type in northern Spain was an event of huge significance.The question on everyone’s lips was whether the long wait since the E-Type rocked…

Switch-on to the 2013 Zim Motor Show

The adoption of hard currencies in Zimbabwe just more than four years ago changed the trading landscape such that showrooms which once only contained a few examples of locally-assembled vehicles funded by privately-sourced funds (NCI), are now filled with a variety of global brands.From Shanghai or Shenzen, from…