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New 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Review: 2.0 XR CVT – Wandering at Long Last Lust

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   Calvin Fisher

  19 May, 2020

Forgive the coat of dust on Calvin Fisher’s brand-new Toyota Corolla test car – it wears this proudly as evidence of a lockdown-enforced hibernation – much fresher, though, is the ink on his permit that allows him to finally work at last. And that means a 400km round trip from Cape Town to Gansbaai on some of the best driving roads. Anywhere.

New Suzuki S-Presso Three Important Things to Know About The New Suzuki S-Presso

 Kelly Lodewyks

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 19 Mar, 2020

Suzuki has just launched the S-Presso compact SUV-cum-Hatchback locally and without even getting behind the wheel, Kelly Lodewyks is suitably impressed. A more detailed launch report by Calvin Fisher will come later, but here are Kelly’s three reasons why this is an important car for our local market. Spoiler: it’s now the cheapest car in SA!
Lamborghini Huracan Evo Driven Driven: Lamborghini Huracan EVO – Ludicrous Speed

 Calvin Fisher

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 13 Mar, 2020

Calvin Fisher is grateful that lightning can indeed strike twice as he once again finds himself at the helm of a Lamborghini. The rather new Huracan Evo EVO. At R5.5million (sans options) sure, this it is dear. But it's the kind of car that well, if you have to ask, you probably can’t… Because you're not buying a car, you're buying an experience.
New Audi A1 40 TFSi Review New Audi A1 Review: 40 TFSI – Red is For Race

 Calvin Fisher

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 25 Feb, 2020

The previous Audi A1 was cute – whereas the brand spanking new red number we’ve been enjoying recently is edgier, sharper and comes with the throaty soundtrack you want from a hot hatch. Then there's the fact that we really like the Polo GTI. Speaking of, is the Audi A1 merely just a more expensive Polo GTI? We’ll let Calvin Fisher explain.
Suzuki Swift Sport 3 Key Things to Know About The Suzuki Swift Sport

 Kelly Lodewyks

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 4 Feb, 2020

Purists may mourn the loss of another naturally aspirated performance car, even if it was the unit found in the diminutive Swift Sport – it was revvy, enjoyed a good thrashing and was bags of fun. So, what’s changed with the new one? Well, nothing really. Kelly Lodewyks shares 5 reasons why her love for the JDM supermini grows and grows.
Volvo XC40 Review Volvo XC40 Review: T5 R-Design Geartronic AWD – The Swedest Thing

 Calvin Fisher

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 3 Feb, 2020

Calvin Fisher reviews, what he calls the Tom Hanks of motorcars – the Volvo XC40 in range-topping T5 R-Design trim – not because it's as white as Scandinavian snow, but because literally everybody likes this car. And while there is more valued found in cheaper models, the XC40 is the quintessential representation of the humblebrag, and that’s okay.
Mahindra Scorpio Pik Up S11 Auto Driven Carshop First Drive: Mahindra Scorpio Pik Up S11 Auto – Pik Up and Play

 Calvin Fisher

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 20 Jan, 2020

Their passenger SUV range includes the TUV300, XUV300, XUV100, XUV500, Scorpio and Thar. The Pik Up remains our favourite with close competition from the new kid on their block, the XUV300 which now has an entry-level diesel W4 model with steel wheels for a ridiculously low R234,999, excluding service plan.
Suzuki Ciaz Review Five Things to Know About the Suzuki Ciaz

 Kelly Lodewyks

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 16 Dec, 2019

The Suzuki Ciaz competes in a tough market segment – fighting for space amongst firm favourites such as the VW Polo Sedan and Toyota Corolla Quest – a segment we like to call ‘The Uber Segment’. Thrills, as you might guess, are few and far between which is kind of the point. Kelly Lodewyks lists her top 5 things to know about the Suzuki Ciaz.
New Kia Sportage Review KIA Sportage Review: 2.0 EX Plus 2WD Auto CRDI – Happily Urban

 Calvin Fisher

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 11 Dec, 2019

On a recent work trip to the big smoke, Calvin Fisher had the pick of a few test cars for the four-day marathon of meetings and film shoots. The KIA Sportage enticed him immediately with its SUV stance and capacious, comfy living quarters. That it came with a frugal auto oil burner in the 2.0l CRDI couldn't be ignored either. So, how did he get on?
Ford Everest Bi-Turbo Review Ford Everest Review: 2.0 Bi-Turbo 4WD – Ford's White Good

 Calvin Fisher

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 11 Dec, 2019

The range-topping Everest is a bargain at its sub-R800k price if we’re fair, when you consider its extensive equipment list. You get a handsome, comfy SUV capable of carrying you and six passengers across almost every type of terrain, from asphalt and gravel to mountain side and top. What’s not to like? The Ford Everest makes all kinds of sense.
Isuzu mu-X Review Isuzu mu-X Review: 3.0 4x4 AT6 – Silver, But Not a Silverado

 Calvin Fisher

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 9 Dec, 2019

Isuzu's seven-seater SUV, the mu-X is effectually a follow up to the Frontier of the 90s. As such it's an excellent all-rounder with an array of standard active and passive safety features as well as its proper 4x4 system complete with low range. Can it sway customers away from a Fortuner, Everest or Pajero Sport? Calvin Fisher digs in to find out.
VW T-Cross Review VW T-Cross Review: 1.0T DSG R-Line – Little Big Car

 Calvin Fisher

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 3 Dec, 2019

The VW T-Cross is already the company's third bestselling car in South Africa, so naturally, we thought we needed to take a closer look at what makes it such a success. Built to take on the likes of the Ford Ecosport, Hyundai Creta, and Mazda CX-3, the T-Cross is initially powered by a 1-litre, 3-cylinder engine, tested here in DSG R-Line Spec.
Hyundai Venue First Drive Review Carshop First Drive: Hyundai Venue

 Calvin Fisher

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 2 Dec, 2019

Calvin Fisher has just driven the Hyundai Apartment… Sorry, we mean the Hyundai Venue, at its international launch right here in Mzansi. Okay, it has a silly name but according to the author, they’re going to sell like hotcakes. A direct rival to the VW T-Cross (and many others), the Venue has every right to feel confident in its challenge.
VW Polo Beats Five Things to Know About the Polo Beats

 Kelly Lodewyks

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 28 Nov, 2019

Equipped with a sound system by one of the most well-known purveyors of audio accessories, the Volkswagen Polo Beats is for serious audiophiles, considering for R13 250 less, a standard Polo with standard audio would do just fine. What else do you get? Kelly Lodewyks explains, with her five things to know about the VW Polo Beats.
Datsun GO CVT I Drove The Datsun GO CVT and Lived to Tell the Tale

 Calvin Fisher

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 27 Nov, 2019

The Datsun GO is NOT a death trap. The original launch car wasn’t either – but it was unsafe in 2016 where our roads are far more congested than they were 20 years ago – which is why the Datsun GO continues to be controversial. It’s also not alone in this arena (looking at you Renault KWID). Now with CVT gearbox, Calvin Fisher been driving it.


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