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New VW Taigo SUV Heading to SA: Local Specs, Details Revealed

Here’s what you need to know about the VW Tiago hitting SA in 2022.

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The new Volkswagen Taigo (pronounced ‘tie-go’) will join the Volkswagen T SUV model range in South Africa from June 2022. 

The Volkswagen Taigo, which is manufactured in Pamplona, Spain, will join the T-Cross and T-Roc as Volkswagen’s trio of compact SUVs in the A0 SUV segment. Volkswagen’s T SUV range currently consists of five models namely the T-Cross, T-Roc, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg. 

With the new Taigo, Volkswagen has produced its first SUV coupé in this segment. Highlights of the new Taigo include high-quality equipment features, raised seating position and unrestricted suitability for everyday use. The technical basis of the new Taigo is provided by Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Toolkit (MQB). The MQB platform offers a range of advantages: tight proportions are combined with a high level of body rigidity, excellent crash properties and a low body weight. 

Engine

The 2022 Taigo will be available with the 1.0 TSI engine with 85kW of power and 200Nm of torque. The Taigo’s three-cylinder engine is paired with the 7-speed DSG transmission. Fuel consumption is 5.4 litres / 100 km and it takes just 11.3 seconds to go from 0 to 100km/h. 

Design

The design of the Taigo is characterised by powerful proportions and particularly striking is the coupé silhouette, with its strongly forward-sloping C-pillar. The side view is also characterised by very precise and sharp lines, which, together with the large wheels and offset wheel arch cladding, emphasise the crossover character of the Taigo. The overhang at the rear has been extended to underscore the vehicle’s functionality.

The Taigo has a long roof line which slopes towards the rear, merging into the roof spoiler at the level of the rear window. The window line, surrounded in black, visually lowers the centre of gravity of the Taigo. Among the iconic details is the long band of side windows, including the third side window integrated in the C-pillar and the window line rising sharply towards the rear. It opens up into the precisely cut C-pillar and gives the new SUV coupé a dynamic feel.

The Taigo is flatter and longer than the T-Cross and has a ground clearance of 137 mm. The striking design of the front and rear bumpers also underscores the highly distinctive nature of the new Taigo. The long wheelbase of 2 566 mm gives all passengers a comfortable and slightly elevated seating position. As compared to the Polo and T-Cross, the distance between the axles has been increased by two and three millimetres respectively. Measuring 4 266 mm in length, 1 515 mm in height and 1 757 mm in width, the Taigo has short overhangs that give it a powerful and sporty appearance. 

The luggage compartment volume is an impressive 440 litres and offers almost as much storage space with full seating as the T-Cross with its sliding rear seat (385 to 455 litres). All exterior lighting elements from the headlights to the rear lights feature LED technology as standard

Interior

The entire dash panel of the new Taigo features a horizontal design. This design is largely defined by the modules that the dash panel contains: the standard Digital Cockpit in the Taigo Life or the Digital Cockpit Pro in the Taigo Style and R-Line, as well as the new generation of infotainment systems. The new Taigo is available with a choice of three different infotainment systems: Composition Colour with a 6.5-inch display (standard in the Life), Composition Media with an 8.0-inch display (standard in Style and R-Line) and the optional Discover Media with an 8.0-inch display format. 

The 2-zone climatronic air conditioning (standard in the Style and R-Line) has a new, digitalised mode of operation: touch panels and sliders now perform the functions of rotary knobs and buttons. Located below the air conditioning module are two USB-C ports and, as an option, a compartment for inductive smartphone charging.

The Taigo also features progressive lighting and driver assistance systems, including what VW is calling the IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights, IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist, Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Side Assist, Lane Assist, Park Assist and more.

The Taigo is available in Life, Style and R-Line versions, which with different aesthetic trimmings, all of which come standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty, 3 year/ 45 000km EasyDrive Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. The service interval is 15 000km.

The Taigo is available in eight exterior colours – two solid paint finishes, five metallic paint finishes and one pearl effect finish. All body colours except Deep Black Pearl can be combined with a contrasting black roof. Customers can choose wheel sizes from 16 to 18-inch alloy wheels.

Retail pricing of the Volkswagen Taigo will be announced closer to the launch date.

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Jeep Unveils its R1.26 Million Bakkie Coming to SA: Specs, Details

Check out what the 2022 Jeep Gladiator has to offer.

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Jeep has announced the pricing and details of its all-new 2022 Jeep Gladiator, confirming that the rugged new pick-up will be available in South Africa.

The 2022 Jeep Gladiator features an eight-speed automatic 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine delivering 209kW and 347Nm of torque and features ESS as standard equipment. It also includes the company’s Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems, third-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axle lockers, Trac-Lok limited-slip differential, segment-exclusive electronic sway-bar disconnect capability, and off-road tyres.

Design

As for the five-foot scratch-resistant steel bed, the Gladiator prioritises functionality and versatility, using under-rail bed lighting, and strong integrated tie-downs, to provide durability and versatility. A Trail Rail Cargo Management System provides additional storage options to organise and secure cargo.

A four-bolt design at the top of the windshield’s frame allows for the windscreen to fold down quickly and easily. A header bar connects the A-pillars and stays in place even when the windscreen is folded down. This allows the rearview mirror to remain in place even with the windscreen folded.

Lightweight, high-strength aluminium doors feature the Torx bit size stamped directly onto the hinge to eliminate guessing which size bit is needed to remove the doors. A tool kit with the necessary Torx bits to remove the doors and lower the windscreen is provided as standard equipment.

The Gladiator also features body-colour sport bars, which are welded to the chassis and feature integrated grab handles for front occupants.

A premium Sunrider soft top provides an easy open-air option, which helps to quiet wind noise and allows for access to partial and full open top positions. The soft top features retainers that slide into a track for easy rear window removal.

There is also a black three-piece hardtop which offers even more options for open-air driving. The two Freedom panels and quick-release latches enable a fast removal and installation of the hardtop. The hardtop features a manual rear-sliding window.

Interior

The interior features an instrument cluster that has a 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) information LED display. The 7-inch LED display allows the driver to configure information in more than 100 ways, including current media being played, tyre pressure, tyre-fill alert or digital speed readout; and integrated buttons on the steering wheel control audio, voice, and speed functions.

Additional features include Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility, along with Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, standard ParkView rear back-up camera with dynamic grid lines, Adaptive Cruise Control and electronic stability control (ESC) with electronic roll mitigation.

Pricing

The 2022 Jeep Gladiator features a retail price of R1,259,900, which comes with a 3yr/100,000 Km Maintenance Plan and 5yr/100,000 Km Warranty Plan.

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Ford EcoSport Active Launches in SA: Price, Details

The special edition EcoSport Active bolsters Ford’s highly successful EcoSport range.

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As the mini sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment continues its rapid growth, Ford has started the year off with a new addition to its highly successful EcoSport range. The new special edition model EcoSport Active adds a dose of distinctive style and a more rugged appearance to the popular EcoSport line-up in South Africa.

Appealing to adventurous types, the EcoSport Active is based on the popular mid-range EcoSport Trend 1.0 EcoBoost Automatic and boasts a range of unique styling and feature enhancements.

Bold is the new black

Building on the aptly named Trend model in the EcoSport range, the trendy special edition EcoSport Active gains a more rugged and dynamic appearance that hints at its adventurous character. This is thanks to the bold black treatment for the front grille, headlamp surround and foglamp bezels, as well as sporty black front and rear skirts. The athletic demeanour is further emphasised with black wheel arch mouldings and the adoption of stunning 17-inch Active design black alloy wheels for a more muscular stance.

The dark finishes extend to black mirror caps and roof rails, along with dark-tinted privacy glass for the rear windows. The roof is painted black, providing a bold contrast to the four available paint colours: Frozen White and three distinctive metallic options comprising eye-catching Luxe Yellow, Solar Silver and Magnetic dark grey.

An ‘Active’ badge on the front fenders asserts this model’s special edition status, which is carried through to the cabin and features prominently on the leather seats, which replace the cloth seats used in the standard Trend models.

As with the EcoSport Trend, the spacious and versatile interior is adorned with a high level of specification, including a leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel with cruise control, electric windows all-round, air-conditioning and an eight-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system with built-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Tech features to boot

The EcoSport Active, similar to the Trend and Titanium derivatives, is equipped with the innovative FordPass Connect system, which includes an embedded modem that allows you to connect with the car and control a number of vehicle functions from your smartphone via the FordPass app.

While providing useful information such as fuel level and vehicle health alerts, the owner can also remotely lock, unlock and even remotely start the car (automatic models only) to cool or heat the cabin. Through FordPass, owners can effortlessly call up the vehicle’s service and warranty information, find the nearest Ford dealer, and even make service bookings. In the event of an emergency, owners can contact Ford Roadside Assistance directly from the app.

Performance & safety features

The EcoSport Active is powered by Ford’s multiple award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, producing 92kW of power and 170Nm of torque. The three-cylinder engine is paired with a smooth-shifting and responsive six-speed automatic gearbox.

A top-notch safety specification on the EcoSport Active mirrors that of the Trend derivative and includes seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain and a driver’s knee airbag), along with ABS brakes with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Hill Launch Assist (HLA). Rear parking sensors are fitted, and the vehicle is equipped with a high-grade Thatcham alarm with immobiliser.

Price and availability

The EcoSport Active 1.0 EcoBoost Automatic is priced at R393,700. Included as standard is Ford Protect comprising a four-year/120 000km warranty, four-year/unlimited distance Roadside Assistance and five-year/unlimited distance corrosion warranty. The recommended service interval is 15,000km or annually, whichever occurs first.

Customers have the option of purchasing service or maintenance plans for up to eight years or 135,000km. The warranty can be extended up to seven years or 200,000km, while the Roadside Assistance can be extended for an additional one or two years.

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5 Things To Know About The Iconic Shelby Mustang

Breaking down one of the most iconic cars in history.

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Every gearhead around the world has probably heard about the Shelby Mustang. This is a product of collaboration between Ford and Shelby American. It’s a high-performance variant of the Ford Mustang that was first launched in 1965.

Now, these cars pack quite the power. But how much do you really know about them? Read on to learn about five facts you didn’t know about Shelby Mustangs before.

More Power Under The Hood

Under the stock Mustang hood, you’ll find plenty of power and muscle, thanks to its 5.0-liter V8 engine. These cars already produce over 400 horsepower, which can really get you up and running on any road in no time at all.

Shelby Mustangs, on the other hand, are designed for racing speed, making them more powerful. The newest Shelby GT350, for example, packs 526 horsepower, courtesy of its more powerful and bigger 5.2-liter V8 engine. There’s even the Shelby GT500 that cranks out 726 horsepower, thanks to its supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine.

This goes to say that if power is what you’re looking for, you should opt for Shelby Mustangs. Plus, Shelby Mustangs aren’t as expensive as European sports cars.

They’re Some Of The Most Beautiful Mustangs Ever Made

Shelby American has been responsible for some of the beautiful Mustangs ever made! But if there’s one that Carroll Shelby (the founder of Shelby American) is definitely proud of, it’s the GT500. Shelby American is responsible for some of the most important Fords ever. Not to mention that it’s a fastback.
Carroll Shelby has always wanted to build a masterpiece on a fastback body, and he certainly delivered. The GT500 is what helped cement his legacy as an automotive icon. Its design was able to encourage people to buy these cars. Aside from being a great-looking car, the Shelby GT500 is also pretty fast.

Classic Shelby Mustangs Are Rare And Highly Collectible

Classic Shelby Mustangs, like the 1965 Shelby GT350, are rare, making them an exclusive collector’s item. Only 562 examples of this car were ever made.

It’s even considered luck if you can come across one today. And even if you can find one on sale, expect its price tag to be quite high. Only the super-rich can afford to make a hobby of collecting these classic muscle cars. This is why many car fans are collecting Shelby Mustang apparel instead of cars because they can’t afford them.

Classic Shelby Mustangs Are Expensive These Days

As soon as Ford’s Shelby Mustang line started rolling out in the 1960s, they quickly became an instant classic. Car enthusiasts would rather pick Shelby Mustangs over their stock counterparts. The 1967 Shelby GT500, in particular, was widely popular back in the day and is now a rare collectible among many car collectors.

Classic Shelby Mustangs such as the GT500 are quite expensive to buy these days. Their price usually depends on how they’re restored and how special the unit itself is. A regular 1967 Shelby GT 500 can cost anywhere between USD$100,000 to USD$200,000, depending on its current condition, mileage, and history.

Perhaps the most expensive Mustang ever made was the 1965 Shelby GT350R, which sold for USD$3.74 million in an auction in January 2020.

Shelby Mustangs Have History

When the first Shelby Mustang was launched in 1964, it was a resounding success. The car was created to demonstrate Ford’s technology, and it soon won numerous races around the world and a few championships on road courses. After the first model was built, sales continued to grow and the Shelby Mustang became an icon.

If you’ve always wanted to drive a muscle car, then a Shelby Mustang is probably the car for you. It’s a classic and iconic American car with an engine and design that are both legendary and highly desirable. Ford and Carroll Shelby teamed up to create the Mustang, and each year, they improve its performance, style, and technology. The Mustang Shelby remains the ultimate muscle car legend.

Final Thoughts

Car enthusiasts consider the Shelby Mustangs as the top-of-the-line Mustang performers. The long all-American history between Ford and Carroll Shelby and his company is one of the reasons why these cars have become an icon. The partnership between the two companies has definitely changed the automotive landscape. As of today, Ford and Shelby American are still working together to improve how muscle cars look, feel, and deliver on the road. These cars will always be iconic legends, regardless if you prefer the GT350, GT500, or other models in the Shelby Mustang line.

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Ferrari 296 GTB Launches in SA: Price, Details Revealed

Ferrari drops its new V6 hybrid sports car in SA.

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Ferrari has launched its brand-spanking new Maranello mid-rear engine two-seater berlinetta, the 296 GTB, in South Africa.

The Italian brand says that “the 296 GTB redefines the whole concept of fun behind the wheel, guaranteeing pure emotions not just when pushing the car to its limits, but also in day-to-day driving situations.”

The 296 GTB ushers in an authentic revolution for Ferrari as it introduces a new engine type to flank the marque’s multi-award-winning 8 and 12-cylinder power units: a new 663 cv 120-degree V6 coupled with an electric motor capable of delivering a further 122 kW (167 cv). This is the first 6-cylinder engine installed on a road car sporting the Prancing Horse badge; it unleashes its massive 830 cv total power output to deliver previously unthinkable performance levels and an innovative, exhilarating and unique soundtrack.

The car’s name, which combines its total displacement (2.992 l) and number of cylinders was chosen, with the addition of the GTB (Gran Turismo Berlinetta) acronym in the finest Ferrari tradition, to underscore this new engine’s epoch-changing importance to Maranello. It is not simply the living, beating heart of the 296 GTB, but it also ushers in a new V6 era that has its roots deep in Ferrari’s unparalleled 70-year-plus experience in motorsports.

The very first Ferrari V6, in fact, featured a 65-degree architecture and debuted on the 1957 1500 cc Dino 156 F2 single-seater. This was followed in 1958 by bigger displacement versions on the front-engined sport prototypes – the 196 S and 296 S – and F1 cars, such as the 246 F1 which powered Mike Hawthors to the F1 Driver’s Championship title the same year.

The 296 GTB’s plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system guarantees it is an incredibly usable car as well as cutting pedal response times to zero and delivering a 25km range in all-electric eDrive mode. The car’s compact dimensions and the introduction of innovative dynamic control systems as well as meticulously honed aero ensure that the driver will instantly experience its astonishing agility and responsiveness to commands. It’s sporty, sinuous design and extremely compact dimensions also visually underscore its exceptional modernity, brilliantly referencing the likes of the 1963 250 LM, the perfect marriage of simplicity and functionality.

As was the case with the SF90 Stradale, for clients who want to exploit the car’s extreme power and performance to the upmost, particularly on the track, the 296 GTB is also available with the Assetto Fiorano package, which includes lightweight features and aero modifications.

Pricing

The Ferrari 296 GTB is priced at R6,380,200.

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Opel’s Eye-Catching New Mokka SUV Unveiled: SA Price, Details

Opel showcases and prices its new SUV heading to South Africa.

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Opel has confirmed that its new Opel Mokka will be heading to South Africa, along with some more details about the newly-unveiled SUV entry.

The Opel Mokka boasts the iconic design inspired by the GTX Xperimental Concept Car and is one of the first Opel models to feature the new Vizor design. As part of a revitalized model range, the Mokka arrives in SA hot on the heels of the Opel Zafira.

Two models of the distinctive Opel Mokka are set for the South African market: the Mokka Elegance and Mokka GS Line, both powered by the same turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Design

The silhouette of the new Opel Mokka stands out thanks to the compact five-seater featuring Opel’s Vizor design. As on a full-face helmet, a protective visor covers the new front face of the Opel, combining in a single element the grille, the LED headlights, and the new logo with the Opel lightning bolt.

The model name appears in the center of the tailgate with a specific font that forms the word “Mokka” in a technical, fluid and lively way and is stretched in a wide landscape format, spaced to emphasise the width of the car.

The interior incorporates two large screens, and unlike dashboards overloaded with information and controls, the Pure Panel displays an original and refined line. Opel designers have placed great emphasis on digital detox, and in order to avoid distracting the driver, they have ensured that the system works intuitively. The buttons still control the most important functions without having to navigate through menus.

The headlamps of the new Mokka feature the Opel’s iconic ‘wing’ design and is modern and elegant in its appearance. Eco LED are headlamps standard on the Elegance model, while the GS Line offers the Full-LED Matrix headlamps.

Under the hood

The Opel Mokka’s award-winning petrol engine is both lively and economical, offering high efficiency and good dynamic performance. The 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivers 96kW at 5,500 r/min and thanks to low internal friction and responsive turbo technology, allows the delivery of high torque at low revs.

Despite its power, this all-aluminum engine with an eight-speed automatic gearbox with particularly smooth shifts offers an impressive fuel consumption of 5.3- and 6.1 l/100 km on the extra-urban and combined cycle respectively with just 139g/km of CO2.

The Rüsselsheim engineering team has worked hard on mass reduction: the new Mokka is up to 120 kg lighter than the previous generation. They took the opportunity to also improve the rigidity of the body.

Technology features

The new Mokka continues the Opel tradition of bringing the innovative technologies that until recently were only available in the luxury car class to a wide range of buyers.

Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection on GS Line models work at speeds above 5km/h. When the Mokka approaches a vehicle or pedestrian too quickly, the system emits a warning signal and displays a message in the driver information centre. If a collision is imminent, the braking system is prepared and, if necessary, emergency braking is initiated to minimise the effects of a potential collision. Below 30km/h, the system can bring the vehicle to a complete stop. If the speed exceeds 30 km/h, the speed is reduced and the driver must brake hard.

Adaptive cruise control (also on GS Line models) maintains a set safe distance between the new Mokka and the vehicle in front, using radar sensors and cameras. It works between 30km/h and 180km/h. Vehicle speed increases or decreases to follow the vehicle in front, but never exceeds the set speed. With automatic transmission, the system offers an additional stop and go function. It is thus able to brake the car to a standstill and follow the vehicle in front in traffic jams.

Opel is at the forefront in the field of lighting. All versions of the Mokka are equipped with the latest generation LED lights, ranging from daytime running lights bearing the Opel signature to front fog lights. At the rear, the choice to always have lights with LED technology has allowed the designers to opt for very thin and stretched lights, which reinforces the feeling of precision and quality.

The GS Line offers a bigger 10-inch high-definition IntelliLink colour touchscreen with the addition of built-in navigation. The navigation system provides the driver with information on various destinations, traffic alerts, local weather, and embedded voice control.

Pricing and maintenance

  • Opel Mokka 1.2T Elegance — R 469,900
  • Opel Mokka 1.2T GS Line — R519 900

The Opel Mokka comes with a standard three years/120,000km warranty and Roadside Assistance. Service intervals are every 12 months or 15,000km but covered by the Mokka’s four years/60,000km service plan.

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