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Until now, Volkswagen’s Touareg had been at the bottom of my list when I compared it with the likes of top-end luxury 4×4 SUVs such as the Toyota Prado, Mercedes ML and Land Rover Discovery. For visual and practical reasons, I felt that it was just not in the same class as these market leaders, and I need usable interior space, especially in the rear loading bay. And the styling felt a little… dare I say, German middle-class? Well, that’s all changed. WHAT’S NEW In its new shape, the Touareg is some 77mm longer and 44mm wider than the previous

When Nissan launched the Navara about a decade ago, we liked it so much that we voted it as our Bakkie of the Year. It had style, was well put together and a pleasure to drive. This new model is interesting, too. Double cab bakkies have become bigger and bigger, and perhaps more truck-like and sophisticated than ever before. While they remain a combination of boyish, easy on the eye styling with good levels of interior comfort, they remain largely capable of taking an additional half-ton load in the shortened load bay. As a result, the suspensions tend to be

I have to say, when I was told I was getting a single cab Chinese bakkie for my trip to Pilanesberg, I was a little skeptical. But my doubts went out the window as I drove from the airport to go the pick up my Echo Kavango caravan in Pretoria. The Vigus hummed along at 120 km/h with no wind noise to disturb my reverie. I liked the aerodynamic clean lines of the bakkie – it could have been any product coming out of Japan. It didn’t take me long to find out that the diesel Vigus I was driving

By Richard van Ryneveld After spending two weeks driving the new Isuzu mu-X (which stands for multi utility crossover), I can safely say that it is a very capable tow vehicle. During my entire trip, I actually travelled with three different caravans, and all of them were towed effortlessly. This new SUV from Isuzu comes in 4×2 and 4×4 versions, the latter being the one I put through its paces. Both derivatives of the mu-X have 6-speed automatic gearboxes and the 4×4 version has a terrain command dial that allows the driver to shift easily from 2H to 4H, and

In a world where individuality breaks the mould of boring, this limited edition Ford Fx4 with its big turbo diesel engine will add joy to your soul. Ford bakkies have never been as good as they are now, nor has the model line-up been so varied – keen to cover every possible usage for their product, Ford has already released 34 models to choose from. But if you are a Ford man and looking for a ride that makes you stand out from the crowd of other Ranger owners, then this “Panther black” Fx4 might just be the Ford for

The turbo-diesel engine pushes out a massive 600 Nm of torque; and there is the ability to reverse a caravan without having to touch the steering wheel, thanks to advanced towing assist function!

Now here is a combination for the adventurous family who spend too many days in the confines of suburbia, and who live to go exploring those picturesque back roads that makes southern Africa so exciting!

We all know that Italians have an incredible flare for design, from shoes to very fast, exotic motor vehicles, and even high performance aeroplanes – but how seriously would you take a one-ton bakkie made by Fiat Professional? The Fiat Fullback double cab certainly looks stylish and it comes with a 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine. But it has a problem: Its towing capacity. You see, underneath that sloping bonnet, behind the sleek headlights and Fiat Fullback badge, lies “the heart and soul” of an aging Mitsubishi Triton bakkie… It’s complete with the previous generation Mitsubishi 2.5-litre turbo-diesel engine, 5-speed manual

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