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In a few days’ time the 2014 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Brazil and right now in South Africa, Hyundai is launching the Grand version of its i10. The entry-level market segment of new cars is set to keep on growing here as long as fuel prices remain under such pressure.  In other words, A-segment appeal is likely to broaden and still include first-time owners, but woo a big chunk of The Establishment away from the likes of three-box sedans. Yet, when buying down, these customers still want all the comfort accoutrements that they’ve been used to when enjoying a more sophisticated but thirstier example of personal mobility. Fuel economy has been in the news lately regarding manufacturers’ claims and what car owners are actually achieving out there in the real world. Our test drive included some urban commuting as well as highway driving, and what we noticed with the Hyundai Grand i10 is that the overall gearing of the car is perfectly pitched at what South African’s are likely to encounter in real-world conditions. This rev-range is perfectly pitched to enable the Grand i10 to ascend most highway hills in top gear, and on a light throttle opening at the speed limit. Talking of gear change action, the shift on the Grand i10 was a little notchy, and the clutch action on the car we tried was weirdly light.
Upholstery on our launch-preview model was of a particularly rugged, ribbed fabric material, quite smart, with a shiny finish. Interestingly, the Motion model comes complete with all the must-have features in this ever more demanding market segment. Rear seat accommodation is adequate for large adults, but the boot space is only moderately good for a car in this bracket, measuring 256 litres.
Well, the Grand version of Hyundai’s entry-level A-segment car could well turn out to be a marketing masterstroke of similar proportions.
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That’s partly because it’s a very smooth and quiet engine in general, even when all four cylinders are being called upon for heavy acceleration. The Audi A3 Saloon is offered in two trim levels and the car tested here is in the lower Sport trim (the other, more expensive one is called S line). Standard kit on the Sport includes 17-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control and the smart colour screen for the multimedia and information systems, which slides neatly out of the dashboard on start-up.
It’s just one feature of a smart, elegant interior that’s one of the finest on the market today. The driver’s seat adjusts manually and has an excellent range of movement, including the angle of the seat base and a pull-out section to provide extra under-thigh support on long journeys. Rear passengers will be happy too as there’s plenty of leg room in the back, enough for a tall adult to sit comfortably behind an equally tall driver.
As with most Audis, there are plenty of options available at extra cost and a selection were fitted to our test car. The most expensive was the Xenon light package at ?1,250, which may be pricey but certainly did light up the road very well. Also fitted was an upgraded Audi sound system at ?255 which did sound good but became a little muddy at higher volumes. Our test car was equipped with Audi’s clever S Tronic automatic transmission, which uses two clutches for very fast and smooth shifts.
One slight criticism is that throttle response is a little abrupt from standstill; when setting off it’s best to let the car creep for a moment before pressing the throttle to avoid making an accidental racing start. This A3 was fitted with the softer suspension option and ride quality was very good indeed – not always the case with Audis.
In fact, the main criticism that can be levelled at the A3 saloon is the power steering system, which tries to be too clever for its own good.
You can adjust the weight and responsiveness of the steering via the A3’s standard ‘Drive Select’ modes, but in none of the settings does it just feel normal. A booted version of the A3 hatch this may be but it has the character and presence of a larger saloon. Apart from its natural rival, the Mercedes CLA, its classy interior and build quality mean it could even be a competitor for larger saloons such as the Lexus IS or a cut-price alternative to its A4 sibling.


As for trim level, if you’re happy to live without a few bits of extra aluminium trim and S Line badges the Sport trim is the smarter buy – it costs less, rides better on its smaller wheels and looks nearly as good. The Audi A3 saloon 1.4 TFSI Sport is an understated, quietly confident car with plenty going for it.
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You can't afford to skimp when you're trying to topple some of the bigger names in the premium segment. Right now, the BMW X5 is the darling of the XXL SUV-buying set in Australia, outselling the current M-Class by exactly two to one so far through 2015. The climate was right for Ferrari to build a faster, cleaner supercar.Here's an upside for global warming.
Four years ago in South Africa, Hyundai was the vehicle sponsor when our country hosted the world’s soccer show piece, and if you speak to the Korean company’s executives today, they will tell you that it was the best bit of brand awareness marketing they’ve ever done here, harking way back to Hyundai’s SA debut in the mid-1990s. Around town, there is plenty of urge available for quick acceleration away from the traffic lights, again not using full throttle. This light action resulted in no feel, making smooth getaways a chore that required lots of concentration. More important, perhaps, is the feeling of overall maturity and quality that the Koreans have injected into the body shell of the Hyundai Grand i10.
But the equipment levels on the Grand are very good in both models launched, these being the base-line Motion model and the slightly better-equipped Fluid model.
Thus there is standard air-conditioning, electric window operation, a standard RCD radio with CD and MP3 compatibility, an on-board driving-function computer and central locking. But the biggest ownership-experience factor is likely to be the level of understated sophistication you’ll enjoy with this car. Constructed by Peter's son Frank, a decade ago, the distinctive addition draws comments where ever the car is parked. Drivers such as Sir Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney, Jim Clark, Fred Lorenzen, Jack Sears and Sir Gawaine Baillie all spent time in a Galaxie. A couple of '63s found their way out to Australia. Despite that refinement, the 138bhp powerplant can really get a move on when it needs to and has more than enough performance for UK roads. While you’re unlikely to match the 1.4 TFSI’s claimed average every day it’ll still be an economical steer.
An attractively uncluttered layout, high-quality materials and superb fit and finish make it a very nice place to be. Other highlights include heated front seats (?260), an SD-based sat-nav system integrated with the display screen (?495), rear parking sensors (?345) and cruise control (?225) – which, frankly, you’d really expect to be standard on a car like this. At the time of writing it costs an extra ?1,480 over the standard six-speed manual gearbox.
As standard it’s fitted with a relatively firm ‘sports’ setup, while a softer setting is available as an alternative at no extra cost. It certainly doesn’t mean your A3 will turn into a wallowing barge – our test car was a very well-balanced and composed car to drive.
It’s priced towards the bottom of the A3 saloon range but for many drivers it could be the pick of the bunch. Put some decent wheels on this car, add navigation as part of the stickered price and the D4 Kinetic would walk out the door. Basically, the German brand has prised the badges off its big M-Class SUV, and stuck on different ones.This new name is part of Stuttgart's plan to make its model designation system more logical as its line-up grows more complex. The exterior styling has a nod to funkiness while leaning towards conservatism, while the interior has a grown-up feel to it that is remarkable in a car costing just under R140 000.
The dashboard and door capping materials used are of a higher perceived quality levels than what you are likely to expect in a car in this price range. The Fluid model gets rear-window electric operation, remote wing mirror adjustment, heated wing mirrors, and one-touch auto-down window operation. This information is supplied for personal use only and may not be used for any commercial purpose whatsoever without the express written consent of Chrome Data. There is a legend that someone attempted to drive the car off the end of the Frankston pier in Melbourne.
The futuristic dashboard is a glittering array of bright diecast fittings and sharp knobs set against an emerald blue steel facia. Peter and Frank believe that their Galaxie is only one of seven or eight sold by Ford in 1963. Ford in the USA used the '63 Galaxie (and Lotus Cortina) to spearhead its return to global motorsport under the evocative banner of 'Total Performance'. The price gets you climate and leather upholstery, plus auto lights and wipers and a rear view mirror that dims automatically, as well as alloys and daytime running lights.DESIGNXC60 is a good size, with comfortable seats that offers an excellent view of the traffic ahead from the higher driving position.
With GLE, the first two letters are Mercedes-Benz code for SUV, while the final one makes clear the close relationship — technology and size-wise — to the E-Class sedan.Aside from the name, there's little new about the "new" GLE, which will arrive in Australia in September. Yes, the overall layout still tends to lean towards the conservative side of the spectrum, but there’s no denying the feeling of well-being that comes with noticing high-end levels of panel fit.


Chrome Data makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. Whatever the Ford's early life, it first came into Peter's orbit when the second owner, the son of a mate, inserted the car under a truck.
The steering wheel is deeply dished, as was the style in 1963.The horn rim stretches two thirds of the way around the inside of the wheel.
The headline item is the introduction of a nine-speed automatic transmission for mainstream models, replacing the seven-speed of the M-Class. The regulation V8, a mammoth 6.4 litre unit, powers the rear wheels through a 'CruisOmatic' transmission.
The young guy lost interest in fixing it so Peter obtained the car, gave it the once over and has been driving it ever since. The diesel features world-first i-ART technology with pressure feedback from each fuel injector. Essentially, each injector has its own intelligent chip that monitors injection pressure. Using this information, the self-adapting i-ART system makes sure that exactly the right amount of fuel is injected during each combustion cycle.
That truly is F1 racing technology for the road.At a glance, it's hard to pick this as the new model. 13.9 cubic feet of cargo room out back is better than most compact car offerings, and occupant room is mostly competitive.
EPA estimated mileage varies between 24-26 mpg city and 26-28 mpg highway, depending on drivetrain choice. The XFE model is pretty basic with cloth seats and no air conditioning or power door locks, but has perhaps the most important feature of all: an unbeatable price tag. In the four GLE models equipped with it, the nine-speeder yields incremental improvements in fuel efficiency and performance.Prices of the made-in-the-USA GLE line-up are a little higher than the M-Class that was manufactured in the same place. The rises range from $3000 to $7000, depending on model, but each GLE in the range comes more richly equipped than ever.On the road, the new auto transmission works very nicely.
Most engines suffer an asthma attack at high revs but the Ferrari's shove of acceleration just doesn't stop. Customers can choose between a variety of interior themes and colors to personalize their car and enhance the Mini’s quirky reputation.
We could easily live without the metallic paint applied to our test car which is $1750.Of more concern is the reversing camera which did not activate automatically in our test vehicle. Turns out you can switch it off in the setup menu which to our way of thinking is kind of crazy. This drivetrain is a well-polished piece of engineering.It can be a surprisingly capable off-roaderThe GLE 350d's five-seat interior is a pleasant place to be, classy and well made. Despite riding on tyres with sidewalls as thick as an iPad cover, the Ferrari glides over bumps.And, unlike some other Italian supercar makers, Ferrari got the steering right on the first go.
We were surprised too to find that satellite navigation was not standard on what is a premium vehicle.
At this point I should find some token flaw, so I don't sound all gaga.OK, it's the door handles (designed like a shark fin, they also direct air to the rear intakes). Like all GLEs, the 350d comes standard with nine airbags and a host of high-tech safety and driver-assistance systems. They're a bit wobbly on the pre-production car tested (all car makers say something is pre-production when something's not right, but we never know if it's true or not).But that's not the reason it's half a star away from a five-star score.
While the antilock brake and traction control systems are not standard, they are an easy addition considering the Cobalt’s superior base price within the compact car segment. Some of the aids are things any driver would want to have, but there are some that can be annoying. It's because a rear camera is an option on this half-a-million-dollar supercar when it's standard on a $14,990 Honda hatch.Would that stop me from buying one? Active Lane Keeping Assist can drive you nuts with its constant nudging of the steering, for example.
Equipped with Mercedes' optional Airmatic air suspension and Off-Road Engineering package, the GLE 350d gains a lot of ground clearance and a low crawler gear for steep tracks.
These come into play when its Dynamic Select controller is turned to the Offroad+ setting added to the usual menu when these options are chosen.But off-road ability isn't what most buyers of a large SUV from a premium brand are searching for.
And there are a couple of truly new competitors close to arriving in Australia which will have seven-seat interiors as standard; the Volvo XC90 in August and the Audi Q7 in September.



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