Posts Tagged "launch"

Elegant Savage.

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Launches, Road Tests

The Mercedes-Benz CLA range is basically the sedan version of the new A-Class models, which are such a galactic improvement on the old A-Class that’s it’s hard to believe they are from the same manufacturer.

King AMG

Naturally, in both the CLA and A-Class, the focus is on the turbocharged 2-litre AMG models. These produce an astonishing  265kW and 450Nm, a claimed 0-100km/h time of  4.6 seconds and a governed top speed of 250km/h. The AMG models have all-wheel-drive and dramatic-sounding exhaust systems, along with understated but handsome looks.

Read the full Drive launch coverage of the Mercedes-Benz CLA here. 

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El Cheapo?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Launches, Road Tests

WHEN you hear that a car costs almost R436 000 yet is the cheapest model in the range you know you are dealing with something in the premium class. That’s the case with the recently launched Lexus ES250 and its hybrid sibling, the ES300h (which costs R515 000).

The latter was not available for driving at the launch in the Western Cape. And there is only one version of the ES250, with a four-cylinder, naturally aspirated 2.5-litre petrol engine and a six-speed auto gearbox, so it was not one of those launches where you had to fight to make sure you drove all the models in the range.

Read our full Lexus ES250 launch impressions here.

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A Whole New Breed.

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Launches, Road Tests

The recently launched Range Rover Sport is an important vehicle for the Jaguar Land Rover brand.

It slots in above the popular Range Rover Evoque and below the “big brother” Range Rover. There is a supercharged 3-litre petrol V6, a 3-litre turbodiesel and a supercharged 5-litre V8 petrol motor. The latter comes in only the top-spec HSE, while the 3-litre petrol and diesel models both offer a choice of the HSE or the lesser S specification.

Read our full launch coverage of the new Range Rover Sport here. 

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Launch Drive – Toyota FJ Cruiser

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Launches, Road Tests

Big, Bad, FJ!

As driving enthusiasts we get worked up about the power and roadholding and sound of vehicles. But the way they look is also important. It’s no accident that so many desirable cars are visual works of arts.

This brings us to the Toyota FJ Cruiser which, to continue the art analogy, may be more of a cartoon character or a Picasso than a Da Vinci. But it’s undeniably eye-catching. And it has the added characteristic of making you want to laugh, or at least smile.

Read our full Launch Impression here.

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Launch Drive – BMW 3-Series GT

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Launches, Road Tests

Three Maxi



For years and years the BMW 3 Series has been an enjoyable, reasonably affordable driver’s car.

The new 3 Series Gran Turismo follows in its predecessors’ tyre prints in that sense. But the hatchback/fastback shape means it has more luggage space. Some people actually like the way it looks. I must include myself among their number.

Read this full Launch Drive here.

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