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Bella Down Memory Lane

Jurgens AutoVilla Road Trip   Unbridled freedom, an open road, and a tinge of nostalgia – if this sounds appealing to you, then a road trip in a nearly 40-year-old camper van must be at the top of your bucket list, writes Julie Graham.   I have always felt a strong connection to the

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Cross marks the X

Two decades ago Japanese carmaker Isuzu, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, unveiled the radically styled VehiCROSS – a vehicle nearly ten years ahead of its time; and the real pioneer of the modern crossover genre … Ferdi de Vos explains why.   “Is this the new Isuzu?” Peter Schulze of Gordons

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Mahindra Meanders

Mahindra XUV500 auto long-term   Meandering through South Africa with the revamped XUV500 Mahindra during a long-term test with a difference, Ferdi de Vos experienced some of the architectural diversity (and similarities) that makes the country unique. Form follows function; sometimes, no, probably most times, out of necessity. This again was evident when

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Navara Innovation

Nissan Navara in the Dunes   Though 2 years later than its first release, the (new) Nissan Navara has finally made it into South Africa. Bernie Hellberg recently gave it an official welcoming in the dunes of Lambertsbaai.   The much anticipated, long-awaited, oft-vaunted, and already two-year-old Nissan Navara is finally here, albeit two

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A Century of Three-Diamond Cars

Mitsubishi celebrates 100 years The automotive origins of Mitsubishi date back to 1917, when the company introduced the first series-production car of Japan. Sixteen years later it released a prototype car with full-time four-wheel drive – in essence the first SUV. Ferdi de Vos reviews the century of car-making of the

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Diamond in the Rough

Toyota C-HR on the Diamond Route   To celebrate the discovery of diamonds in South Africa 150 years ago, Ferdi de Vos undertook a journey on the byways of the Diamond Route of the country. His road trip companion? Toyota’s new C-HR crossover with its diamond-inspired design.   On the banks of the Orange

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Tour de France

To celebrate the illustrious 70-year history of the Cavallino Rampante, Ferdi de Vos took the Ferrari F12tdf, a very special limited-edition model from the Italian supercar-builder, for a tour of the petite France of South Africa to preview the Bastille Festival.   Click here to read more online...

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Santa Fe conquers Antarctic

Hyundai has recently made history when a near-standard 2.2-litre diesel powered Santa Fe became the first passenger vehicle to cross the continent of Antarctica. Named after a desert city in New Mexico, USA, the Santa Fe – driven by Patrick Bergel, the great grandson of legendary polar explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton – crossed the Antarctic ice

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