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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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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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