It’s being touted as the most sophisticated VW Polo ever – and it is. But has that upward mobility alienated the Polo from its once youthful, budget-conscious target market? And where does the cheaper yet talented Polo Vivo fit in? By DEON SCHOEMAN.
State Capture: Another SAPS sole supplier threatens to cut services, this time to Crime Intelligence
A Durban businessman who supplied R6.7-million worth of bulletproof vests to SAPS, without a tender, is now threatening to “collapse” a confidential mobile encryption service app he sold to Crime Intelligence by switching off the server, if he is not paid more than R5-million. By MARIANNE THAMM.
At under R150k, the Renault Kwid Dynamique AMT is the cheapest auto-gearbox passenger car on the SA market. But without ABS brakes, and a dubious crash test rating, the question is whether keen pricing is the budget runabout’s only talent? By DEON SCHOEMAN.
The latest-generation Mazda MX-5 marks the return of the quintessential, classic roadster: lightweight, lithe and elegantly uncomplicated, with an unwavering focus on undiluted driving pleasure. The RF version adds the convenience of a retractable hard top and an auto gearbox – but loses some lustre in the process. By DEON SCHOEMAN.
Forget about maintaining a low profile in the latest Honda’s latest Civic Type R. With all those wings and spoilers, Honda’s hottest hatch looks more racing machine than road car. But for once, those add-ons aren’t just for show – they’re key to a hugely accomplished performance package. By DEON SCHOEMAN.
The A5 Coupé is one of Audi’s most handsome machines. The shape is both sensuous and athletic, with just enough visual muscle to keep languid elegance at bay. But the Audi Sport interpretation of the A5 is an altogether different machine: meet the Audi RS5. By DEON SCHOEMAN.